A compilations of A Return To Loveliness posts from A Delight Life.

Gardening Has Us

By The Heart

April is the enchanted month, no matter where you are 
– miracles begin in the garden.

“Spring has come once more…lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chill days, with pink sunsets and piracles of resurrection and growth”.
L.M. Montgomery “Anne of Green Gables”

Early in the morning and late at night, the blend of  the fragrances from the Mock Orange, Roses, Snapdragons, Iris, 
Violets and more blend to an intoxicating scent. 
You cannot seem to breath deep enough to take in its nectar.

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.  ~Hanna Rion

The sweetness of the morning is enhanced by the chorus of song 
from the birds – the activity of life – of a day beginning anew.

In a story about Ellen McClelland Lesser in the 1995 issue of Victoria magazine, Ellen is quoted as saying, ‘love is only the beginning’. Even though we are ‘smitten by the prospect of creating a wonderful garden, it takes hours of hard work and lots of patience to make one come to life. For many gardeners, their toil takes place in private” Nancy Lindemeyer.

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.  ~Abram L. Urban

Gardening is an ever-changing ongoing process that reaps bountiful rewards. I am constantly in awe by the first bud of  a rose or a peony – by the immergence of a volunteer flower – seeds from beloved blossoms seasons past.

Spring has come once more –
What a marvelous blessing from God.

A Day of Loveliness

If you were to give yourself a Day of Loveliness,
what would you include?

I would begin, by walking in the garden with a lovely cup of coffee with cream. The soft – cool breezes, the song of the birds lift my spirits – I give thanks to God.

I love the indulgence of a bubble bath. There’s nothing more serene than to spend a few moments, soft music in the background, beeswax candles giving the only light –
serene moments to contemplate those things that are lovely.

I love to bring flowers into my home – to meld the beauty of the garden with the atmosphere of the home. Whether I pick flowers from the garden or bring them home from the market – flowers in the room add a sense of loveliness and joy.

I would visit friends or family – to enjoy a lovely lunch, convivial conversation and a lot of laughter.

I would enjoy a lovely cup of tea in the afternoon with a good book. I have been blessed by another intriguing book from Laura Childs, Scones and Bones. I have enjoyed spending time with the wonderful characters she’s created.

I would treasure the moments I spend sharing thoughts, events and memories with my husband in the evening.

I would begin and end my day thanking God for his many blessings and wonder in awe of His love to us all.