Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
Ann Landers (1918-2002) American Advice Columnist
For various reasons, which I won’t go into right now, we have barely been in the garden this year – it’s been tumultuous to say the least – no time for much apart from pressing issues, let alone gardening or blogging. From the patio window, I’d seen various bulbs flower and go over, during late winter and early Spring, dwarf irises, crocuses, various daffodils and narcissi, and the early tulips. At Easter weekend we had a bit more time and some dry weather, we ventured into the garden to see how things were and start tidying up – there were quite a few tulips around. so I picked some which reminded me of fire. There was also tête-à-tête daffodils and some orange wall flower.
My Chap and I have got back to arrangements for our wedding in September this week 🙂 we’ve got a flowery theme – and regular readers won’t be surprised to know it features purple. I CANNOT WAIT to get married to him and continue our life together – happily married.
They’re are in a vase which I found in the house of my friend, who died in 2015. It was his mother’s but I never saw any flowers in the house, in the 25 years I knew her. It’s a 1960s crystal style triangular vase – it wasn’t her taste at all so I think it might have been a wedding gift. She was a very determined lady – a Northern matriarch with a love of crosswords and opera. We always got on very well. I miss her too, she died in 2013.
I’ve used the vase and daffodils before for in a Vase on Monday:
- Red glass vase
In a Vase on Monday – sunny yarrow, oranges and reds – 10 August 2015
- tête-à-tête daffodils In a vase on Monday – daffodils and dreams – 29 February 2016
- In a Vase on Monday: yellow and purple in bottles 23 March 2015
- In a vase on Monday – tête a tête daffodils and mini iris – my first ever In a Vase on Monday – 15 March 2015
I’m joining Cathy from Rambling in the Garden who hosts this worldwide link up of people picking flowers and foliage from their gardens or locality – she has a lovely fresh pink and blue vase – with a tulips in it too (as Cathy says – a hazard of this time of year but I don’t mind as I love tulips). It SO helps me to look at other people’s flowers and arrangements- it lifts my mood even in the darkest times (metaphorically as well as physically). Cathy, and the other gardening bloggers, have been been lovely to me during all the tribulations I’ve had over the last few years – so many supportive and positive comments. Thank you everyone – it means such alot to me.
Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of.
Bethany Hamilton (1990 – ) Professional surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack aged 13.
I’m a grown woman and many people would say I’m a determined person, with bucket loads of resilience – but gosh it’s been tested recently, with everything that life has thrown at My Chap and I over the last few years – once again I’m feeling chronically exhausted, with a lot of physical pain, especially from my arthritis.
I’m channelling all these attributes Bethany speaks of, and the determination of my suffragette granny, to keep going one day at a time, gradually getting better again. All the women in my family are resolute, tenacious women – whatever their age 😉
I am SO looking forward to spending our wedding day in September with these women, with my female pals from all across the world some I’ve know for decades and some much more recently. The blokes I know are pretty awesome too. It’s going to be a day of fun, flowers, cake, music, dancing but most of all love and laughter. Fingers crossed for no rain as we are planning an outdoor ceremony.
I am grateful every day for my family and friends, but most of all I am grateful my wonderful Chap pitched up in my life nearly seven years ago. I would be in a pickle if he wasn’t here holding my hand. Fire in our hearts always – I definitely agree with theAnn Landers quote.
I’m determined to get out in the garden more too – It’s my solace and I know it will help me. And pick some more flowers for vases too.
Have a lovely week.
Love Bec xx