Saturday, June 27, 2009

clover, rescued, found

Posted by Picasa Clover appears on the short-cut grass outside the town hall like a table cloth. Soon the bees came to enjoy it, and so do I with my camera.

The other day in the Grove I see some boys swinging an oak sapling, which had come loose from it stakes, to and fro. I urge them to desist, which they reluctantly do. For some days since, the un-staked tree, leaning over to one side, has worried me, but today I see that two stout new stakes have been provided and the sapling is standing up straight again.

A Parker ball pen of which I am fond because I like the feel of it and I have got used to its streamlined look, has gone missing. Did I drop it or leave it on a table in a bar? Then, in the pouch-like pocket in front of the blue and white striped apron which I use when cooking, I feel the familiar shape of the pen, and there it is. The sun comes out and shines on an old friend whose company I depend upon.

6 comments:

The Crow said...

Clover nectar is almost as sweet on the tongue as is honeysuckle.

Didn't notice the bee until I enlarge the photo.

:)

Zhoen said...

I haven't looked at clover that closely since I was very small myself. Didn't quite recognize it at first.

Barrett Bonden said...

A courageous thing, telling children to desist from anything. The newspapers are full of unpleasant precedents.

I wonder if your sleek Parker is the same as mine. I have hung on to it for years and even bought replacement inserts for it. A year or so ago, Saga sent me a similar Parker as part of their promotional bumf. I feel reassured that I can afford to lose one of these now. I have in the past tried to analyse this attachment: the solid feel (unlike the bendy disposable pens), the fact that the shape tapers very slightly at the top (pusher) end as well as the bottom, the fact that the ball-point extends just the right amount for comfortable writing. Theoretically I should regard the design as flawed since it includes a never-used pocket clip. But that's the part with the arrow design which perhaps is the most important detail of all.

Plutarch said...

The sweetness of the nectar is confirmed by the eagerness of the bees.

BB: the boys were quite small.
I have two Parkers. One has a slightly concave button at the top where the arrow-shaped clip is retained. The second has a concave button. My preference is for the first. I agree about the solid feel, to which I would add the pen's sense of "weight and balance", qualiites shared with a wide and varied range of tools.

herhimnbryn said...

I have a Parker fountain pen that is 'an old friend'. I got it when at school and handwriting skills were encouraged, itallic script praised! I use it rarely these days, but see it everyday in the pencil pot next to my laptop.

Plutarch said...

I scarcely ever use my fountain pen nowadays. It has to be for something special. But I miss using it. The options are too easy.