Sunday, August 23, 2009

Magical Beauty of Daffodils at Rydal NSW

Pop Art Photos of an original photo of daffodils
by Sinead Simpkins
using software

It's that time again to visit the sleepy village of Rydal NSW. Thousands of daffodils have been planted in various parks and private gardens. Come and enjoy the celebrations this year on the 12th & 13th and 19th & 20th of September 2009.

Enjoy food and refreshments in the village and purchase a $10 entry (you will be given an entry ribbon and map) fee which covers all private gardens and events. Click on this link for a brochure of "Daffodils at Rydal". You will also come across some fantastic musical performers, groups,etc at various venues on the two weekends. Local Wallerawang resident Martin Doherty and his band Roisin will appear on Sat 19th Sept at Rydal, so come and unwind in this beautiful heritage village and enjoy the beauty and ambiance and have a great time! For further information
you can contact Lithgow Tourism or Lindsay Green on (02) 6359 3237.

The first thing that comes to mind when one mentions daffodils is William Wordsworth's lovely romantic poem "The Daffodils" or mostly known as "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud".

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: -
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -and gazed -but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

  • Did you know that there are thousands of daffodil varieties? Check this site on how they are categorised !
  • The Cancer Council of New South Wales has "Daffodil Day" (this year on Fri 28th Aug 2009) as its annually fundraising event. The daffodil is the international symbol for hope, for all cancer sufferers and this event raises money for research, support services and education.

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