29 Jul 2014

The Flowers

It is so easy to let life get out of balance, to become focused on things that really shouldn't be taking up so much of your head space.  In order to regain some form of control over my own mental harmony, I find it often imperative to take a step back and think like a child once again.  To me, thinking in the way I did when I was young is so very freeing and calming.  It puts things back into perspective and helps regain balance, but also aids imagination and motivation.

This poem epitomises my own childlike thoughts and completely transports me back to the days when I would spend hours in the garden playing out every adventure that popped into my head.

The Flowers by Robert Louis Stevenson
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.

Life is quite often just about perspective, if you take the time to view it in a different way, it may help you live yours much more contentedly.



  1. Pretty pretty flowers!! I love just taking a step and enjoying. I have started to carry my camera around a little more during the day to day to help this. If I'm going to stop and enjoy the simple things I might as well take a photo so I can enjoy them later too!

    1. Yeah me too! I've decided that despite the awkwardness of carrying around a dslr, the pay-off is totally worth it. x

  2. Both the photos and the poem are beautiful. Funnily enough I was actually talking with a friend today about how the way children see the world, and how we now, when we're older, tend to only think about our current problems and doings. I was definitely much more carefree when I was little!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

    1. Thank you so much. That is such a weird coincidence, it is completely true too! x

  3. beautiful little flowers Anya x

  4. Gorgeous photography as usual Anya, I love taking a little peek at your blog :) I have nominated your blog for the liebster award on my most recent blog post if you wanted to take a look.

    1. Oh wow, thank you so much! That is so very kind of you, I'm genuinely touched. Have read your post and am going to get cracking with my response now. Thank you again x

  5. What gorgeous photography! And I think the choice of poem is lovely too. This whole post has made my morning!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

    1. Oh thank you so much, that is really sweet of you! x


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