Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Le Premier Mai

Just reading Wilf's blog reminded me of the French tradition of exchanging lily of the valley -- muguet -- on May 1st to celebrate spring and to share good fortune. And then it reminded me of a song Rosemary Clooney as well as Mabel Mercer used to sing:

"On the first warm day,

On the first warm day in May,

I hope you come a calling,

And bring me a big bouquet..."

A day to enjoy, yes, -- but we're keeping a huge place in our hearts for those who have suffered so badly in the path of those fierce tornados.



Gus said...

Muzzer is really old, ya know? She remembers making may baskets and leaving them at the neighboring houses on her way to school.

Her memory is not so good, ya know? But she claims that two years out of three, it was pouring down rain.

So we are sending you a virtual may basket, and hoping none of us get wet.

Gussie n Teka

The Boston Lady said...

When I lived in the suburbs of Toronto we had Lily of the Valley growing alongside of the house and I loved them so. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory - I still remember their sweet scent. Ann

Angus said...

After reading your comment made it to the supermarket just in time to buy a sprig before they closed. Thanks !

Molly the Airedale said...

Our mom was checking out her garden yesterday and our Lily of the Valley are budding! They are such beautifully smelling flowers!
Happy May Day!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Two French Bulldogs said...

Lily of the Valley sure smells good
Benny & Lily

rottrover said...

Our neighbors left us two boxes of strawberries yesterday. It was lovely!


Dog Dad remembers Lilly of the Valley in his parent yard. He thinks of spring. Then he thinks of baseball, and we are getting the fever.

Agatha and Archie said...

WE could almost smell the lily of the valley! Remember the perfume Muguet de Bois? love A+A

Bouncing Bertie said...

Pretty flowers. We could do with a bouquet here, as my gardener is a bit useless....(and she has the cheek to blame me for digging things up, as if she ever plants things in the first place).
Toodle pip!

Angela said...

My name is Molly and I live with my grandson in Provence, France. We got given a muguet plant......and we have it on our kitchen table. Please pass by and take a look at my blog, I am looking for guest contributors. Many thanks woof woof