Muddy Knees and Elbows

26 Feb

It’s difficult to think of spring with the wind howling down the hillsides and small, dry snowflakes falling from a sludgy sky most persisitently. Still, here and there, there are green shoots and heartening spots of colour. I’ve been walking past daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses for a week or two now and certain trees and shrubs have that tell-tale swelling at the end of their stems: inside them, wrapped up tightly, is a leaf or petal.

The presence of early spring bulbs brings to mind a former editor who insisted upon all her garden photographers coming back from shoots with muddy knees and elbows – she was quite allergic to receiving envelopes stuffed with trannies uniformly taken from chest height.  This presented challenges. I was learning at the time and eager to please, so I soon knew to wear longer length t-shirts with low-rise jeans if I was going to be out and about, particularly if the location was somewhere rather smart, as it often was.

Knees-and-elbows was a great lesson to learn, however, and I think it’s a lesson for life, too. Isn’t it amazing how different things seem, usually for the better, with a change of perspective.

Here, crocuses from Kew.

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3 Responses to “Muddy Knees and Elbows”

  1. Janine February 26, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Beautiful Viv.

    • Vivienne February 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

      Thank you, Janine.

  2. Marina February 27, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    Gorgeous array! Monty Python have a “Muddy Knees” song 🙂

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