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gathering lilacs

In a rush to get to the store 
I performed an illegal turn in the middle of the road
and noticed the private gated square was offering up 
an explosion of lilacs in full purple hued bloom, 

l left the car running, door open 
and galloped to the railings 
dismissing the heady scent threatening my sinus'
and grabbed several random stems 
a handful of joy

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and a few words from Ivor Novello...

We'll gather lilacs in the spring again
And walk together down an English lane
Until our hearts have learned to sing again
When you come home once more

And in the evening by the firelight's glow
You'll hold me close and never let me go
Your eyes will tell me all I need to know
When you come home once more

We'll gather lilacs in the spring again
And walk together down an English lane
Until our hearts have learned to sing again
When you come home once more

And in the evening by the firelight's glow
You'll hold me tight and never let me go
Your eyes will tell me all I want to know

When you come home once more
When you come home once more
When you come home once more
Ivor Novello

Comments

  1. Oh I love those lilacs!
    and the Vase...is it Portmerion?
    Do you carry secateurs in your handbag? Lilacs being woody stemmed are hard to "pick".

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  2. hostess= YES!! it is Portmerion, 'the botancial garden', l love the lilac and butterfly issues...of course!
    no, no secateurs, l'm pretty strong...!

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  3. You DIDN'T! I'd probably go back at night when no one was around...but then I'm chicken. They are absolutely gorgeous - I love lilacs!

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  4. Oh Saz.....I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS!!! Do you know we have the EXACT same vase???? Isn't that tooooo funny?? You are truly my soul sister!! Love it!! And the lilacs are simply exquisite...courageous, bold YOU!! Woohoo! And the words by Ivor Novello? Sigh...so beautiful...but wistfully sad, too...You are so extraordinary, dear friend...simply extraordinary. Love you! Janine XO

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  5. I planted lots of lilacs in my previous garden. Love them.

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  6. What a treat! Thanks for stopping, partake, and photograph such beauties.

    p.s. I love your new picture. It says: "Saz is in the house".

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  7. You are so brave. I would have probably strolled by, smelling the lovely scent, but I don't think I would ever have been daring enough to bring stems home. The photographs are so beautiful and thank you so much for sharing the poem. I was not familiar with it.

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  8. They look lush
    I think my house needs some bold stems and scents ,we have flowers in the garden but not pickable ones like those Lilacs
    Hmmmmm may a few shillings need to be spent

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  9. You little tinker!

    I love lilac, they are such rewarding plants. Nice shots. I bet you are on a security camera now!

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  10. I love the vision of this daring smash and grab raid I've now got in my head...

    I see you diving in the car yelling "GO GO GO!" and then disappearing in a cloud of tyre smoke... :-)

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  11. How beautiful! We've got a white lilac in the garden and I'm sitting next to a vase full of blooms that is scenting the whole room. Gorgeous pics too (oh, and hello, I arrived via Family Affairs xx)

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  12. That was the first song my singing teacher made me sing! She thought it was modern!

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  13. Lovely, Sazzie; Lilacs are the loveliest blossoms, they tell us Spring really is here.

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  14. Oh Saz, I am loving both the lilacs and the lovely vase .. strong gal indeed .. xo

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  15. Beautiful! I have always loved lilac.
    At first I thought you were going to take photos of it but you took it home. I like that!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  16. Lilacs are the most wonderful flower ever! These are gorgeous.

    jj

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  17. Oh, the heady scent and seduction of those lilacs!

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  18. Oh I know! We have some in our garden and they are a total joy. So happy to see you can feel some happiness Saz. Keep up the good spirits.xx

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  19. Oh I love you vase - in fact the mantelpiece is lovely - very you.
    I've spent the morning stripping the ivy from our lilac tree - no blooms this year unfortunately.

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  20. Your pictures are AMAZING. They really inspire. Also I love your mantlepiece, and LOVE your tall slender antiquey-looking chair (Quel est son provenance?) And I love your solid wood coffee table and that you have lots of books......

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  21. Beautiful photos getting closer and closer like that. I love it. My own lilacs are just about done now. It was a lovely season.

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  22. The scent of the lilacs almost comes through the photos. Wonderful!

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  23. Sara- I love the smell of lilacs and the knowledge they're not just for the priveledged. Lovely post
    ~rick

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  24. Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers. My husband planted them all along a fence in our house we were in for 16 years. I adored the smell and the beauty for the short time they flourished.

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  25. One of my favourite scents :)

    x

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  26. Oh my goodness, it was a drive-by-plucking! Good for you, by the way. In our old house (which we still own, so I should probably just say "our house" but as we don't live there...ahhhh yes, back to the subject at hand...) we had an enormous lilac bush.

    Every now and then my doorbell would ring, and someone would ask if they could have some of the blossoms. The bush was on the side of the house that faced a street, and was accessible from the street. The answer was always, "Oh of course, help yourself, my pleasure."

    I did once surprise someone in the midst of helping themselves, Saz and my reaction was the same...but that poor woman nearly burst into flame, she was so embarrassed.

    "I didn't want to bother you! I'm so sorry!" It was incredibly entertaining for me, actually. You'd have thought I'd apprehended her mid-murder or some such thing.

    So here's hoping that the owner of the bush actually saw your mad dash, the "Must have lilac or die trying!" mission :-)

    I'll bet if she did, she laughed and laughed.

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  27. Just here to give you my love!! And hang out! ~Janine XO

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  28. beautiful pictures and words to go with them. so glad you were able to seize a bit of spring for your place.

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  29. love those Lilacs..don’t have them in Southern california...how sad...Your house looks beautiful!

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  30. Oh no you di-n't!!!
    Oh yes you did!!!

    Living wild. Or at least, a kind of wild I understand. I love it.

    xo
    erin

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  31. I so miss lilacs. I love their scent. It reminds me of when a young girl and my mother and I wore them to church on Mother's Day. I wore purple, she white as her mother had passed.

    Can't grow them where I live now. Too hot and winter not cold enough. Thanks for the photos. I can smell them.

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  32. My lilacs are about to bloom and I can hardly wait. I too load up my house with their beauty both in scent and colour and their beautiful little purple flowers.

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