Today is the birthday of Alfred Austin (May 30, 1835 – June 2, 1913), critic, novelist, political journalist and poet. He was appointed Poet Laureate of England in 1896; however, he carries the reputation of having been the worst and least read English poet. His best work is The Garden That I Love.
"Tears are the summer showers to the soul." - Alfred Austin
"There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder." - Alfred Austin
"Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society." - Alfred Austin
"Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think." - Alfred Austin
"Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are." - Alfred Austin
"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul." - Alfred Austin
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Fireside Cats: 1955 - Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955, and the youngsters last seen here. The Buick is out of the picture, replaced by a battleship and a cat; clothes and hair hav...
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