Let Fancy Fly


    Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune without the words,
    And never stops at all,

    And sweetest in the gale is heard;
    And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little bird
    That kept so many warm.

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
    And on the strangest sea;
    Yet, never, in extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me.

by Emily Dickinson

If you have weathered a storm or two then you may know this little bird.  Miss Dickinson’s poem lifts my spirits, and I hope that I, too, may share something that lightens your day!

Hope Luminaries

To all the well wishers who have said such kind things about this fledgling effort, thank you.


Discoveries From Our Rambles

The big purple blooms of Ruellia would be at home in the fanciest garden.  But Ruellia, with a name like an old fashioned belle, is not too fussy to settle herself in field or fence row.





Deptford Pinks (Dianthus armeria) are even more brilliantly pink in person, and sprinkled with speckles of fairy dust.

Deptford Pink

Moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia) is one of the loosestrifes.  From my Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife field guide: ‘”If thy yoked oxen show contention, give them loosestrife,” admonished the ancient Greek physician, Dioscorides.  “Do ye the same,” he added, “for quarrelsome lovers.”‘


I wanted to show you its trailing habit,

when what to my wondering eyes should appear…

Moneywort and Paw

…but the furry black paw of our Johnny Dear!  It seems John has taken an interest in botany.

There is glad news here in Clutchpen.  My little shop, Saffronia, is now officially open!  I am offering wooden wall signs painted in natural milk paint.  Custom work will be offered, and new designs, including florals, are on the way.

Saffronia Is Open!

It’s been a pleasure to have you in Clutchpen once more.  I do hope you return.

Flee As A Bird


“The bluebird carries the sky on his back.”

Henry David Thoreau


Write a good one!




Let Fancy Fly — 16 Comments

  1. Enjoy the excerpted pieces a lot & am really looking forward to your handiwork if your illustrations are any indication. Your “words” are so lovely! Till next time….

    • I do like to give a single word my full attention. I’ve been reading my old volume of Emily Dickinson poems and I’m enrapt all over again!

    • Hello, Sharla! Your wish is my command. I can’t wait to hear your sign requests! That paw just shot out of nowhere it seemed – the stealthy little stalker.

    • Hi, Effie! Coming from such an organized person as yourself, that means a lot! And the cat paw – I can’t help laughing each time I see it.

    • Hi, Anita! If by helper you mean kitty John – I love him, too, although quick as a flash, he spilled my little bottle of water in his enthusiasm to help.

  2. you are bringing the art of conversation and thought back by what you do here… well conversation in an updated way:) the words you use recall an era gone by and i love that you are reviving an old new way to learn and love the things around us:)i visited you saffronia site and i like the shalom style sign. but with Cavaliers or K C C S or King Charles Cavalier Spaniels. i was thinking i would like a Cavalier House sign for our brood. not sure yet will be in touch

    • Jennifer! Friend! I am so glad you visited. I would love to create something for you. We can do a different shape or size for you, of course. Excited to hear more!

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