The Marry Month of May
It's the marry month of May when flowers are in bloom
A time for courtship and romance for every bride and groom.
Mister Swallow and his bride donned their very best
They married in a hawthorn tree and then they built their nest.
And then there were two pixies dear who lived in Yorkshire dell
The fairy folk who live there still have this tale to tell...
Mushroom Boy, a gentleman, he bowed on bended knee
Asking his beloved one, "will you marry me?"
"Oh yes!" she cried and clapped her hands, her cheeks a rosy hue
And with a sunny smile she said, "I will marry you!"
Another couple fell in love when they were young and free
Married in a chapel, filled with friends and family.
They are still together now, a faithful king and queen
Through all the seasons of their life, like a garden green.
Birds and faeries, people too can marry in the spring
Sharing love and happiness and even wedding rings.
© written and illustrated by Christine Summerfield / May 7, 2020
Coats of Blue
Two little friends in coats of blue
Went walking one rainy day
There was no sun
But they had fun
Singing along the way!
The raindrops fell
Pell and mell
You might say "my oh my!"
But 'neath that umbrella you could tell
That they were warm and dry.
And then they stopped to take a look
At birdies one and two
Under an umbrella big
With feathers bright and blue!
They too were singing in the rain
Yet they were warm and dry
Underneath a mushroom cap
Big, and fat and wide!
So when you walk out with a friend
Who likes to sing with you
You might just see another pair
Wearing coats of blue.
written and illustrated by Christine Summerfield/April 21, 2020
A Family of hedgehogs
A family of hedgehogs
Came to me today
Wrapped up in a pretty box
From very far away.
And when I opened up the box
They all looked up at me
"Won't you take us to be part
Of your family?"
"Oh yes I will!" I did reply
"But how did you all know?
That I love hedgies oh-so-much
They give my heart a glow!"
"Oh, that's because a friend of yours
Who knows you oh-so-fine
Sent us to you as a gift
In the summer time."
"She knew that you were just the one
To give us all a home
Where we could dig and play and work
With your garden gnome."
Thank you sweet Melissa dear
For your gift so fine
Like this hedgie family
You are in this heart of mine.
This family of hedgehogs
Really make me smile
And think of a friend so very dear
Across the many miles.
© written by Christine Summerfield/September 1, 2019
Five little girls one summer's day
Went to the garden to laugh and play.
But when the sun so hot did grow
And no cooling breeze did blow...
Grandma had the perfect treat
Watermelon red and sweet!
Juice - a -running
Seeds -a - spitting
Underneath the shade a sitting
There's nothing like the summer treat
Of watermelon and bare feet!
© written by Christine Summerfield/August 25, 2018
I have so many kinds of thyme in my garden green
Some you may have met before and some you've never seen!
And there's so many things to do with all the different thymes
Here's a few to share with you in story and in rhyme...
French thyme and English thyme,
I like to plant in pots.
They grow just by my kitchen door
I cook with them a lot.
And sometimes in my winter tea
I like a little zing
Lemon thyme and orange thyme
are the perfect thing!
Elfin thyme and woolly thyme like to creep and crawl
In the cracks between the stones and along a wall.
It's fun to walk on woolly thyme
in my barren feet
A lawn of thyme is fun to grow
It really can't be beat!
There are so many things to do with all the many thymes
Fun to use and fun to grow and even fun to rhyme.
But my favorite kind of thyme is one you cannot see
Time for tea and teddy bears, friends and family!
© written by Christine Summerfield/June 28, 2018