3/20/2009

"Down the Lane" in March


"I saw the March hare racing
Trying to catch the breeze
And a clutch of speckled eggs
Cradled in ivy leaves."

extract from my book "Down the Lane"

We saw lots of hares doing exactly this last year in Scotland, I have to confess that I haven't seen any this year around these parts. There are however, hundreds of baby bunnies, a few primroses, daffodils and even a few bumblebees which is nice because without the bees there will be no flowers, or apples or pears, or beans...... sorry to be droning on.

24 comments:

  1. What a lovely spring scene. We are lucky to live in a part of England where hares are common - they'll be gathering in the fields to dance and 'box'.

    We had 'sea mists' extending inland right over the county this morning and just a few seconds ago the sun has broken through - looking good for a glorious spring day just like your picture.

    Celia

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  2. So sweet! Your images make me smile! We've enjoyed bunny tracks throughout the winter...they snack with the birds~ No sign of them for a few weeks...
    I'm sure they're waiting for planting to begin...fresh, tender, yummy plants to munch on! :)
    Hope your weekend is wonderful!
    Michelle

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  3. What a perfect spring picture! We have no hares out and about either, and that is quit unusual...maybe they know something we don't...

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  4. I think you said, once, that you nearly illustrated an Alison Uttley collection. She is who I thought of as soon as I arrived on this page and saw the hare.

    Lucy

    P.S. Not sure what's happened to my grammar there!

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  5. Lovely illustration, as usual, Valerie. We have a few hares here - they are without a doubt my favourite animal. Now is the time for them to begin their madcap boxing.

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  6. This painting is pure spring... it's joyful...

    ... about the only signs of new life round here today, besides the beloved ravens... are the shingle flies..... I don't always look on them too fondly but since it is the first day of spring, I'll think of them as a sign of warmer days to come!!!

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  7. When I saw this painting my first thought was Alison Uttley.
    How I loved the illustrations of little grey rabbit.
    Your painting is beautiful.

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  8. It's so fascinating for me to hear comments from around the world and your observations of spring.

    Gwen,Ravens, how extraordinary, such majestic birds!

    Celia and Weaver, Wild hares boxing, you are very lucky.

    My local library has had a sale and I have just bought a biography of Alison Uttley. I did illustrate a book based on a world created by her called "Little Grey Rabbit's Country Book" which was great fun.

    Margaret Tempest was the illustrator who created those wonderful illustrations.

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  9. What a wonderful picture. Hares are such magical creatures. I've very rarely seen them in the wild - I'd love to see them chasing and 'boxing' as they do at this time of year:)

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  10. You lovely March hare looks just like I feel! So happy to be noticing Spring!

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  11. I love the pun! A very pretty illustration. I hope the blackbirds are nesting in my ivy? There are a lot of bumble bees in my garden early this year. I would love to see a hare. We do have lots of bunnies in the countryside around us. x

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  12. What a magical spring scene! Your illustrations are the best Valerie!

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  13. Your images are gorgeous as always, and the verse is a perfect accompaniment for them, the rhythms well constructed and the touch light but not too light.

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  14. Hello Valerie, Your illustration is magical, a wonderful reflection of our coming of Spring. It sorta reminded me Beatrix Potter wonderful book Peter Rabbit. Hugs Judy

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  15. What a fabulous painting!! I want to jump right into it and chase the breeze along with the hare.

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  16. I agree with everyone, a wonderful illustration of a spring scene. I have seen several large bees in the sunny spell, now back to stormy weather!

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  17. What a beautiful illustration! I don't think I've ever actually seen a hare around here, only smallish bunnies.

    Love the verse too. :) It's always such a delight to visit your blog!

    ~ Carolee

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  18. Drone on forever, if you wish. I enjoy your pictures so and the words are fine too. Best from Oregon, where it's also green - Jeanne

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  19. I love your beautiful picture! It really captures that wonderful lively feeling of Spring!

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  20. This drawing is so lovely, Valerie! It has so many things to look at. What fun!

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  21. Lovely to come across your hare illustration, just this morn i sat and watched a spring filled fellow dashing around the fields.

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  22. I love this illustration and poem very much. I have an affinity with the hare ~ my surname Haas is Dutch for hare.
    xx
    I will add you to my list today, so that I can find you to visit regularly
    xx
    Wishing you a beautiful week
    Sumea

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  23. I love your picture here and it makes me laugh a little because I also made a March Hare out of felted wool, and yours is so sweet, and springlike wonderful, while mine is so .... I don't know, primitive and wild, I guess. I think I'd like to make a sweet one, too!

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  24. How absolutely wonderful. This precious drawing fills my eyes. I say that, because when I see something that is amazing, my eyes focus in so quickly they tickle. (grin) I say whatever I'm looking at fills my eyes. It is the greatest compliment I could ever give.

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the world.

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