Saturday 19 February 2011

Eve's pudding

Van Goch

My dreams are especially vivid at the moment.

Night after night I find myself surrounded by fruit trees, apples, cherries, pears, mulberries, medlars, quince.

Every night this week I have visited an orchard, a small ancient orchard around which I wander in my nightie!

As I float through it I gaze wonderously at bough after bough of sweet soft blush blossom

and then miraculously those same boughs are laden with ruby red fruits and I am stumbling on the mounds of windfall

Apple trees have been etched on my consciousness all my life.

From as far back as I have memories I ate from this bowl.

I would scrape the food away to reveal that apple tree somehow worried it mught not be there or exactly as I remembered it, I would stare at those rosy apples.

Later I would try to recreate that tree with my paints and pencils, over and over again in my sketch book.

I love this painting by Deb Grise the apples are so brilliantly suggested

It seems that we are all beginning to think of blossom, Country Living has a beautifully illustrated piece this month that I have been returning to over and over again.

As I was driving home the other day I turned the radio on and as serendipity would have it caught the first play of the new Fleet Foxes song ~ listen here if you are interested.
It so captured my mood, so ethereal and strangely appropriate.
My eyes pricked with tears.
I especially loved these lyrics
I was raised up believing
I was somehow unique
Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes
Unique in each way you can see
And now after some thinking
I'd say I'd rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery
Serving something beyond me
But I don't, I don't know what that will be
I'll get back to you someday soon you will see
What's my name, what's my station
Oh just tell me what I should do
I don't need to be kind to the armies of night
That would do such injustice to you
Or bow down and be grateful
And say "Sure take all that you see"
To the men who move only in dimly-lit halls
And determine my future for me
And I don't, I don't know who to believe
I'll get back to you someday soon you will see
If I know only one thing
It's that every thing that I see
Of the world outside is so inconceivable
Often I barely can speak
Yeah I'm tongue tied and dizzy
And I can't keep it to myself
What good is it to sing helplessness blues?
Why should I wait for anyone else?
And I know, I know you will keep me on the shelf
I'll come back to you someday soon myself
If I had an orchard
I'd work till I'm raw
If i had an orchard
I'd work till I'm sore
And you would wait tables
And soon run the store
Gold hair in the sunlight
My light in the dawn
If I had an orchardI'd work till I'm sore
If I had an orchardI'd work till I'm sore
Someday I'll beLike the man on the screen

Yes, I think if I had an orchard I too would work until I'm sore.
I have been thinking about The House with the purple trees a lot too.........
All this night time wandering can make a girl hungry so I am planning to bake Eve's Pudding for tea tonight, yum!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend
from the girl in the orchard


  1. blossoms will come soon
    I like the idea of a night orchard
    almost time here to go apple harvesting

  2. What astoundingly beautiful dreams you are having, I wonder if they mean anything? Apple trees are happily redolent of my childhood too. This is another gorgeous post, with such lovely and well chosen pics - your blog is such a treat - I always wait for a nice, tea -in -hand moment to read it!x

  3. What a beautifully put together post Sarah. I loved it all. I haven't yet opened my C Living mag or heard Fleet Foxes new single but you have given me a glimpse. I really miss our apple tree in the garden we had to take it out for a green house. A fair swap but I'll miss the blossom. We've planted two at our allotment but it's not the same as having one on your garden.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Jo x

  4. What a lovely post. It won't be long now till the trees are in blossom - green shoots are beginning to appear already.

  5. What a gorgeous appley dreamy post!

  6. Oh your post makes me happy today...I grew up in an apple orchard...and cherry! These images feel like home to me.

    Now I too feel like making a huge pan of apple crisp for tonights dinner!

    Sending you ooodles of apple love today my sweet friend. oxoxoxoxox

  7. Hope the weather is good in your dreams if all you're wearing is a nightie!
    Enjoy the appley delights you bake.
    Lisa x

  8. What a beautiful posting today. So enchanting. I share your wanderlust for springs arrival. So much so, I'm sharing " garden glimpses " on my blog as recommended by the return of our very own Dandelion Fairy!
    I don't have an orchard for you to wonder through but there are lots of pretty blossoms to gaze at! Oh, and my sink garden is brimming with snow in summer!
    Dandelion Wishes,
    Deborah Jean

  9. Hi love your blog will have a really good look later jennyx

  10. I love this post!

    So dreamy. What beautiful dreams you have been having. Lovely pictures too.

    I adore this Fleet Fox track. Have been enjoying it all week on the radio. So beautiful. And suits the gorgeous mood of this post well.

    MBB x

  11. Aaaahhhhh - apples and blossom....delicious.

    Nina xxxx

  12. The world of dreams is so intriguing - I too have very vivid dreams, some are like films. I think the fact that you dream about such lovely things means that you are content in your life. x

  13. A very nice post that I am clad to have stumbled apon.


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