Surprise! It’s Spring

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!

— Wallace Stevens, quoted in The Daily Post

Yesterday was self’s first walk to the lake in over a month. It’s but a five or 10-minute walk at the most. But self has been busy, and the weather’s been unpredictable.

Yesterday, Esther came to change the sheets. So self took advantage of the break to go out of her cottage. And the first thing she noticed was: close by the cottages, there were suddenly so many flowers! (Has it really been that long since she took a walk? Apparently, it has! Surprise!)

Self had a lovely walk. Spring has truly arrived!

Here are some other beautiful spring shots:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cadair Idris, Wales

Self plans to visit the places listed in Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series — or at least, as many places as she can, when she’s in the United Kingdom: Westminster Abbey (After xx trips to London, she has never seen), Kew Gardens, Hyde Park, Blackfriars Bridge, Kensington Gardens, the Tower of London (seen once, ages and ages ago. She remembers in particular taking son to the McDonald’s near there — holy sacrilege).

The hero of the trilogy is Will Herondale, who grew up in Wales but has spent the past five years in the London Institute of the Clave, training to be a Shadowhunter. (It’s such a great series. Honestly, self highly recommends it to anyone who enjoys historical fantasy. Especially Victorian steampunk fantasy)

Here’s a section from p. 401 of Clockwork Princess (Of course she is bringing all the books of the trilogy with her!) that describes a mountain Will Herondale remembers from his childhood in Wales:

He remembered climbing Cadair Idris with his father, years ago. There were many legends about the mountain: that it had been a chair for a giant, who had sat upon it and regarded the stars; that King Arthur and his knight slept beneath the hill, waiting for the time when Britain would awake and need them again; that anyone who spent the night on the mountainside would awake a poet or a madman.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, p. 299

BIG SPOILER BIG. Mother of all SPOILERS.

Did you really think you could escape one day without seeing a Clockwork Princess post, dear blog readers?

Think again!

Because we are nearing the end. That is, the end of The Infernal Devices Trilogy.

Yesterday, while reading, self started crying and crying and crying. Because Will left to rescue Tessa, all by himself, without the approval of the Council. No one went with him, because everyone in the Institute was so worried about Jem, who had taken a turn for the worse.

AAARGH!!!

Will you just stop, people?  Jem is not going to die!  He’s going to be immortal, and outlive Will, while Will is all too mortal. HE, WILL HERONDALE, is going to die! Die die die!

THANK GOD FOR CECILY HERONDALE, Will’s younger sister.

While everyone is all boo-hoo about the angelic wasting-away of Jem, while even Warlock Magnus Bane has been roped in to the task of HELPING JEM TO LIVE SO THAT HE CAN MARRY TESSA AND WILL’S HEART WILL BE BROKEN FOREVERMORE, Cecily thinks of her brother, who’s headed to Wales. Mortmain has taken Tessa there, as if to taunt the Herondales in their own backyard (There was mention of Holyhead, Wales, which self visited last year: she’d taken the train from Dublin and switched to a ferry in Holyhead and completed the rest of her trip by train to London).

Here is Cecily:

She could not help but think of her brother. Part of her mind was there in the Institute, but the rest was with Will: on the back of a horse, leaning into the wind, riding hell-for-leather over the roads that separated London from Dolgellau. She wondered if he was frightened. She wondered if she would see him again.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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