William Wordsworth ‘Daffodils’

Daffodills & birdsThe first photo is a page from a book of mine, titled ‘The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady’ by Edith Holden.
The birds are a Chaffinch and a Hedge Sparrow.

The daffodils make me think of William Wordsworth’s poem, which I’ve always loved. ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.’ (Also commonly known as ‘Daffodils’)

The poem was inspired by an event on 15 April 1802, in which Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy came across a “long belt” of daffodils.

‘I wandered lonely as a cloud
floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.’
William Wordsworth (1815)

Wordsworth revised the poem in 1815. He replaced “dancing” with “golden”; “along” with “beside”; and “ten thousand” with “fluttering and”. He then added a stanza between the first and second, and changed “laughing” to “jocund”. The last stanza was left untouched.
(The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery. Retrieved 23 December 2009.)


Daffodills - 220px-William_Wordsworth_-_I_wandered_lonely_as_a_cloud - A hand-written manuscript of the poem (1802). British Library Add. MS 47864[1]The second image is a hand-written manuscript of the poem (1802). British Library Add. MS 47864[1]

Although I’m not writing poetry at present, I have always loved it. My novella ‘Love The Gift’ is inspired by Tennyson’s poem ‘The Miller’s Daughter.’



Can a woman who has been dead for over one hundred years help Mark come to terms with the grief he feels over his mother’s death and find the woman he’s always loved?

Love the Gift is a love story with a difference. It’s set in contemporary times and in 1905. Mark visits his best friend Beth at her family home in the New South Wales Highlands. The house has been turned into a Boutique Hotel. Mark occupies the room that belonged to Beth’s great-great-aunt, Charlotte, who died in 1905. The room has been kept just as Charlotte left it.

On his first evening there, he steps into the walled garden that leads off the bedroom and is shocked to find he is in a sunny afternoon in 1905, with Charlotte in the garden to greet him.

Is it a dream, or is it really happening?

When he discovers it’s only three days until Charlotte’s death, he becomes desperate to save her. In the end it is Charlotte and Beth who save him.

If you haven’t read it yet, it is available for 99c at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo and many other e-book retailers. It’s a Novella, so is a short read.

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BOOK REVIEW: Stella’s Awakening BY RK Ryde

Stella's Awakening

I have just finished Stella’s Awakening . It is a well-written erotic love story. I enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of erotic romances but I am a fan of RKRyde’s writing and story. Stella and Conrad are both compelling characters. Both beautiful people. Stella has led a sheltered existence and RKRyde has explored a topic here that I’ve never encountered in a novel before. It was interesting and I felt for Stella and the turmoil she felt as she discovered more and more how much she loved Conrad and how this love was forbidden to her. He is a worldly man from a wealthy family, and has a playboy image. As we all know, images can be misleading. Stella knows there is something in his past but Conrad is not only an experienced lover but is loving, gentle, caring and kind. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next Stella novel. If it had been merely one erotic experience after another, it wouldn’t have kept my interest but this is a good story.

REVIEW of Disappointment by Nadia King


In this short story, Nadia King’s writing quickly brings to life the small, narrow and disappointed existence that is her character Miriam’s life. Miriam’s mother doesn’t really want her. Her conception was a disappointment to her mother, as was her birth. Miriam only recently found out who her father was.

She’s not the most popular girl in school, but she hopes the good-looking Damien will notice her. Miriam is sensitive and, despite her life and living conditions, which she just happens to have dealt to her, she really only wants to be accepted and liked. The story highlights the rejection by peers that so many young people experience.

I like to think that when Miriam crushes the cigarette packet under her heel, it is symbolic that she will aim for something better than her life of disappointment.

DISAPPOINTMENT is published by