A happy, beautiful Easter to everyone! This has been such a spectacular year for the spring daffodils at Hamer Hills Farm! They are just begging for an Easter Egg hunt among the vivid blooms!
We shot just a sampling of the many different varieties here on the farm to share with you. It is just 1.5 minutes with narration.
Do you recognize the poem that Penny is narrating? It is William Wordsworth's most famous work, "Daffodils" or "The Daffodils", also known as "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", written in 1804 and first published in 1807.
Wordsworth then came back in 1815 and edited the poem, and that is the version you will hear in this clip.
The inspiration for this classic romantic poem is widely presumed to be a walk Wordsworth took with his sister Dorothy near their house in the Lake District in England.
Dorothy later wrote about this inspirational walk among the daffodils:
"When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow Park, we saw a few daffodils close to the water side. We fancied that the lake had floated the seed ashore and that the little colony had so sprung up. But as we went along there were more and more and at last under the boughs of the trees, we saw that there was a long belt of them along the shore, about the breadth of a country turnpike road.
"I never saw daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about and about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness and the rest tossed and reeled and danced and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake, they looked so gay ever dancing ever changing.
"This wind blew directly over the lake to them. There was here and there a little knot and a few stragglers a few yards higher up but they were so few as not to disturb the simplicity and unity and life of that one busy highway. We rested again and again. The Bays were stormy, and we heard the waves at different distances and in the middle of the water like the sea."
– Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal , Thursday, 15 April 1802