Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Welcome Spring!

Two things this innkeeper loves about Spring - the first is new life and the second is new life. 
April is the primo time to visit Booker T Washington Birthplace (National Monument) which is about 8 miles from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast here in Franklin County. 

Why Spring you ask?  Well let me demonstrate via a photo I took there - soft snuggly adorable and cute does not even begin to cover new life at Booker T Washington.  

Here are some favorite quotes of Spring:

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud

was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-   Anais Nin 

April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers. --Edna St Vincent Millay

 In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like d
irt.  --Margaret Atwood

 Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year. 
--Robert Frost

 April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
-  William Shakespeare 

 Science has never drummed up quite as effective 
a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. 
-   W. Earl Hall 

 Spring shows what God can do
with a drab and dirty world.
-   Virgil A. Kraft 

 Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices 
instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable 
shrieking into the heart of the night.  
-   Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke 

 Every year back spring comes, with nasty little birds, 
yapping their fool heads off and the ground all
mucked up with plants.
-   Dorothy Parker 

 The Earth Laughs in Flowers
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-   Anais Nin 

 If there were nothing else to trouble us, the fate of the flowers would make us sad.
-   John Lancaster Spalding, Aphorisms and Reflections 

 flower arrangement:
just two yellow daffodils,
the first to bloom
-  L.A. Davidson, The Shape of the Tree 

 And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
-  Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant, 1820 



Booker T Washington National Monument - Visitor Information
(540) 721-2094.  12130 Booker T. Washington Highway Hardy, Virginia 24101  Open every day except Christmas 10 to 5pm.  See their website for special events http://www.nps.gov/bowa/

Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia  http://www.claibornehouse.net/