Tuesday, May 15, 2012

female buttercups thankyou

Female blackbirds unlike the males have no orange beaks. They are altogether more modest, tend to shyness and retire whenever someone appears with a camera. I am lucky to catch this one  on a fine day in The Grove.

Buttercups are foe to gardeners having  a creeping root system which creeps underground. Even the smallest piece of root will grow in time, making them difficult to eradicate from flowerbeds. But on a spring day you can't object to them dancing in a field or  grassy corner. Today they are especially exuberant  by the roadside in Mount Sion mingling boldly with a scattering of bluebells.

Somewhere I read that women no longer like you to open a door and let them go through first. When young I was told that this was de rigeur and I have never lost the habit. Today I reach the doorway of a shop which I am about to leave almost at the same time as a young woman. I make way for her and open the door. "Oh," she says. Surprised or insulted, I can't tell; but she does add, "Thank you."


7 comments:

marja-leena said...

I appreciate a door opened for me, by a man or woman, and say thank you. I will even open a door for others, if I'm there first, especially for men and women older than I, or someone with parcels, baby etc. It is just a kindness, not de rigeur, don't you think?

CC said...

I always appreciate the kindness of some one opening a door for me. Courtesy is never out of date. Pay no attention to social ignoramuses (or is it ignorami? ;~)

Lucy said...

I seek only to achieve a state of equilibrium with buttercups, they're so pretty. Had a good wood walk today, the bluebells are going over now, but I think the blue of alkanet, of which there was plenty, alongside white stitchwort and that magenta-ish herb robert, is an even better complement.

Lucy said...

Oh yes, and I'm fine with the doors too!

Plutarch said...

Alkenet (encouraged) and herb robert in our little garden but no buttercups, which are discouraged for want of space. They say of herb robert that it grows well and is often found in ancient woodland.

M-L CC and Lucy Glad to hear that you have not objection to doors being opened for you. More from me on this subject in today's post.

Plutarch said...

Correction. In tomorrow's post.

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