“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
— William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

(Photo: “Shakespeare’s Garden” in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; Juliette Tang Photography).

If you haven’t watched the British TV series, The Darling Buds of May, I highly recommend it. It features a very young Catherine Zeta-Jones but the entire cast is exemplary. Summer’s Lease is the title of good novel by Sir John Mortimer, of Rumpole of the Bailey fame. Shakespeare is everywhere. Isn’t that wonderful?


      1. often shown on t.v. Sky… but not sure where you are… The story takes place in Kent. I used to live there but long after the series.. eve

        1. PBS was showing it here in the US, I got hooked, and thankfully my library carried the series on DVD. Lucky you…beautiful place. Like Cornwall in Doc Martin…Yorkshire in All Creatures Great and Small…you live in a beautiful country!

          1. 😉 I love in France now.. However, in those days after WW2 – I guess England was totally beautiful but today many people.. Although there are some beautiful areas still. Lovely to live there if you are a millionaire… A multimillionaire can buy something very nice in the beautiful areas – but few people have that sort of money thus, do not live half or even a patch on what you see on t.v. sadly. eve

          2. Sounds a lot like the US, unfortunately. Middle class dwindling steadily…Ooh, one day I’ll get to France. I loved John Thaw’s turn as Peter Mayle in A Year in Provence…

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