Words worth reading.

October 1, 2014

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The Earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparell’d in celestial light,
The glory and freshness of a dream…       William Wordsworth


dandelion puff to fencerow

I found this poem, by William Wordsworth, quoted in the front cover of the children’s classic, Betsy-Tacy, 
which I am delighted to be reading for the first time. (a gift- my first fan mail!) The poem was written as a
recollection of  early childhood.  We are all familiar with the contagious joy of a child experiencing life’s
everydayness with rapt wonderment.


fencerow to corn crib

Although not a child, I, too, feel this poem when I pick up my
camera. It’s especially true as I welcome October- my favorite
month next to May.


corn crib to virginia creeper

Since I am now in the habit of leaving the house with a fully charged
camera, my common walk to the garden for tomatoes ‘to me
did seem as if the Earth and every common sight was apparell’d
in celestial light’.

Can you see it?


virginia creeper climbing silo

I do not know what the grey outline is around these virginia creeper leaves. I did not see it when I took the
photo; therefore, I am labeling it celestial light.


silo overlooking garden

Starting with the dandelion puff in the first photo at the top of this post,
you can follow the trail of my camera lens with each consecutive photo.                                                                                             This brief walk was brimming with ‘glory and the freshness of a dream’.


unpicked pepper in the garden

The next few weeks will be clothed in splendor- ‘every meadow, grove, and stream’.


bench on hillside overlooking garden and barn

Be ready to drop the dust cloth and get out on the other side of the windowpane. October is a gift,
and it lives for such a short time- be with it.

You will  find me here swinging in the arms of this massive
maple tree, amidst the falling leaves…


maple tree next to barn where swings the hammock

reading Betsy-Tacy, by Maud Hart Lovelace. I love her name- Lovelace- it decorates Maud so pleasantly.



You will also find me here traipsing over meadow,


view of Hayden Creek Farm from the meadow



oak grove

and stream.


Hayden Creek










Latest Comments

  1. Tom Spurgat says:

    I love the pictures!! Very relaxing to look at in the morning.


  2. Nick says:

    Julie in addition to your gift of writing, you certainly have a great eye for photography for capturing all of the beauty of Hayden Creek Farm.


  3. Lynne Vorce Hall says:

    Love your words and pictures! And I enjoy Wordsworth too!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Penny says:

    Love this one, too!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Apple Hill Cottage says:

    Such gorgeous photos! I’ve always heard that artists and photographers like the light in spring and fall best. It must be that celestial light…


    • Julie says:

      Thanks! Being an amateur, I am learning about light. On that particular morning, I was out just as the sun was coming up. It certainly did make a celestial difference.


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