Monday 4 March 2013

In the Time of Daffodils
Saturday Morning at the Farmers Market

"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;"

"For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils."

"when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood
... "

When in a pensive mood ...
but lucky enough to live in Vienna,
head to the Yppen Farmers' Market
on Saturday mornings!

While you still can only dream
of hosts of golden Daffodils beneath the trees,
the farmers are already displaying
a show of brightly coloured spring flowers
ready for you to take home.

Saturday Morning at the
Yppen Farmers' Market
6 February 2010

Yppen Square
16th District

"The Daffodils"
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Thank you,
William Wordsworth!

Photographs © by Merisi
First published February 2010


  1. tulips, forsythia and roses....l'm in heaven

  2. We are havng weather in the 40s this week so I guess I will have to come to Vienna to find spring :)

  3. I guess spring is almost here...

  4. Beautiful poem and beautiful flowers. And as we prepare today for 8 more inches of snow in Minnesota, it will surely be a while before we see any daffodils.

  5. Hi Merisi, Just wanted to let you know how much I love reading your blog! You've just got an award on my blog! :) Pop by to receive it ok?

  6. How lovely. Looking forward to "A host, of golden daffodils;" also.

  7. obviously there are BIG advantages to living close to Holland...

  8. How gorgeous! Once at this time of year I visited a vast commercial greenhouse carpeted with pots of primroses -- it absolutely lifted my soul to see so many flowers. Your pictures are the same.

  9. Fat, frumpy and fifty,
    so we are in heaven together! :-)

    and you are in heaven too, I suppose! ;-)

    Lara Neusiedler,
    the greenhouses are in bloom, can Mother Nature be far behind? ;-)

    at times, Spring keeps us waiting just a tad too long. Stay safe!

  10. Vickys and Juju,
    thank you both! :-)

    Arkansas Patty,
    when I think of this poem, I think of driving on Rock Creek Parkway into Georgetown in Washington DC - on a sunny early Spring morning and discovering that on the southern exposure side the daffodils are already blooming! Unforgettable.

  11. Paris Breakfasts,
    these tulips were grown in a greenhouse outside Vienna, not in Holland! ;-) This is a farmers' market, after all.

    Vicki Lane,
    I know what you are talking about! :-)

  12. Beautiful start to a snowy day

  13. Wow, it looks like spring! I am already sick of all this snow (not at work today, couldn't get there), so thanks for some color!


  14. Val,
    you are welcome! :-)

    help yourself to as much colour as you'd like to!
    So glad you at least have power. ;-)

  15. Stunning blooms Merisi. On such a grey and dismal day, these are very welcome.

  16. beautiful flowers. the colors are wow.
    thanks for the cheery post this morning (well it is morning for me)

  17. Ahhh...Spring is definitely coming. Stunning colors and gorgeous bouquets.

  18. I believe Spring is peeking furtively!

  19. Thanks for visiting my blog. What gorgeous photos! I have fond memories of the parks in Vienna, as well as the Naschmarkt.

  20. We are on day 62 of snow. Those photos and your poem is so heart warming. I really love the colors of tulips and daffodils.

  21. Oh, Merisi ... William Wordsworth is my favorite poet, and it just doesn't get any better than his poetry and your photographs.

    What a lovely way to begin my day.

  22. My favorite flowers are probably tulips--these colors are fabulous. I'm so ready for spring--our daffodils are coming up, but no sign of my tulips yet!

  23. Beautiful! The place where Wordsworth was inspired to write this is but a few minutes drive from my home!

  24. Oh wow.. what a day brightener. Such vivid colours. Love these

  25. Definitely one of my favorite poems!

  26. Daffodils and tulips...Springtime at its best.
    Merisi, these are just lovely.
    I think I need to go buy a bouquet to brighten this day.

  27. I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    Lined up expectant,
    They gave me thrills.
    Pistachio did spill upon my bib,
    This flavor wants
    A napkin and refills.

  28. esbboston:
    Mine too! :-)

    I did so and put them on my windowsill. :-)

    Emily Dickens:
    "Emily", you are one fine poet (and an even better painter!). ;-)

    Dear Readers:
    You can visit Emily Dickens here! Parisian spring awaits you! -)

    (Sorry, Em, for blowing your excellent cover! *grin*)

  29. @ Emily:
    Blessed are those who can make us laugh!
    (Sorry for the delay, my brain was out to lunch.)

  30. Spring flowers, oh soon we shall have spring flowers that shall look as lovely as these from the market...have a beautiful weekend!

  31. Dear Merisi, Your beautiful photographs brought back so many happy memories...We took a gypsy wagon through Wales in early May and there were Daffodils in thick yellow carpets everywhere. My favorite lines of Wodworths' poem has always been "and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils. Gina

  32. Mary,
    thank you!

    my favorite line also! :-)
    It always was my dream to one day see the woods where Wordsworth's daffodils bloom.

  33. What a breath of fresh spring air! Thank you for posting this.

  34. Oh, those tulips! I plant a few but mice and voles tend to eat the bulbs sooner or later.

  35. The Teacup incident,
    you are welcome! :-)

    Vicki Lane,
    I remember my neighbor back in DC wrapping the bulbs in something like chicken wire to keep the squirrels out.

  36. In the time of pancakes and gelato,
    I wandered hungry as a horse.
    For oft, when on my meandering way
    An afternoon snack bears no remorse.
    In a vacant or a pensive mood,
    I dream of framboise takeout food.

  37. Carol,
    you crack me up! :-) Merci, ParisB!

  38. What pretty flowers. Especially love the daffodils and tulips.

  39. All so beautiful! Enjoyable flowers!

  40. Thank you, Sam and Pietro! :-)

  41. Monday, 4 March 2013

    Dear Readers,
    I tried to put together a new post this morning. Alas, while I feel better, I realized I am not up to create anything inspired. So, back to this old post of mine, of a Saturday market just like the one I undoubtedly would have encountered the other day, if I had felt well enough to venture out.
    I hope spring has brought sunshine to your shores or some needed early autumn rain where you live,
    best wishes,

  42. I am in bed with a box of tissues, lots of tea, my laptop and books, sneezing away, so this shot of colour and a spring feeling is very welcome.

  43. What a lovely post! The flowers are lovely and deserve another showing. I hope you will soon feel better. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  44. Simply gorgeous Merisi. Spring flowers just make me feel so good.
    The colors and textures...

  45. Thank you all! xxx

    I am up and trying to get two urgent tasks done downtown.
    This flu literally knocked me off my feet. Feel wobbly like some rickety chair.
    Thank you all for your get well wishes,

  46. Oh, I am certain that these lovely blossoms brightened your day as they have done for me this morning. So happy that you now feel among the living after your too-long bout with the flu.

    Seeing these flowers and thinking of spring is a good feeling. I just learned that St. Paul has gotten 7 inches of snow overnight with more on the way. So happy that we are here wintering in Charleston, SC. We are escaping the worst as I smile.


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