Buttercups Our Gold.
The sun is shining so brightly on the buttercups and daisies today that I am reminded of that sweet children's hymn by Jan Struther. If you were at infant school forty plus years ago then you probably remember it too. If you don't remember that one then I am sure you remember When A Knight Won His Spurs also by Jan Struther* -my favourite.
Let us travel back in time 37 years to a similar sunny May afternoon. My 9 year old self is standing in a field dotted with buttercups and daisies. I am wearing my PE kit and am making a daisy chain while in the distance my classmates are playing rounders. I am also playing rounders but as I am completely rubbish at batting, bowling and fielding I have been banished to the very deep field where no one is going to manage to send the ball. Now and again I pick a buttercup and wander over to a fellow rounders reject and hold the flower under her chin and say 'do you like butter?' The yellow of the flower reflects on her chin to show that she does indeed like butter.
I love playing rounders.
The perfect way to spend a warm afternoon.
*Jan Struther is the pen name of J.Anstruther (see what she did there?) and is of course the author of Mrs Miniver.
I can't find Buttercups and Daisies on Youtube but here is When a Knight. Enjoy.
Anne from Life in Mud Spattered Boots has very kindly found a clip of Daisies Are Our Silver. The singing begins at around 27.