Diehards

Friday, 19 February 2010

Blooming Joy

Über broke at the moment: new business, you know how it is. So life's little luxuries have had to be cut from the budget, and flowers, being merely decorative and apt to dying, are a luxury I can't justify even to myself.

But:

Kim came over a couple of weeks ago and, as well as two or three hours of great company, brought



which after a few days became



and I only had to throw them out a couple of days ago. Yesterday my sister-in-law and her family stopped over night here on their way to Glasgow, and as well as a hangover I now have



I feel quite spoilt.

28 comments:

Golden West said...

Aren't ranunculus grand? Such wonderful colors and so many layers of gorgeouness!

Pat said...

No-one deserves them more.xoxox

The Pollinatrix said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for brightening my day.

And I love the matching vase and lamp.

Are those sketches of Piglet up there?

savannah said...

i LOVE that all y'all remember to bring flowers when visiting! we're far too casual around here...or maybe the bottle everyone always brings is supposed to be enough! ;~D but as pat said, i can't think of anyone who deserves flowers more, sugar! xoxoxoo

Kim Ayres said...

Lovely to see the tulips lasted - can never be sure wit h tulips, but they are pretty :)

My mum used to say if you have a penny, you should spend a ha'penneth on bread and a ha'penneth on flowers

Not that you'd get much bread or flowers for penny these days...

Titus said...

Aha! Grapes and flowers then...

angryparsnip said...

Fabulous flowers ... Lucky you, wonderful friends and you should be spoiled!
Love the letters on the wall.
cheers !

Eryl Shields said...

Golden ~ I think they could be my favourite flowers. I used to grow them in my old garden but they don't do well here, sadly.

Pat ~ oh, thank you, XXXXXXX

Polli ~ you're welcome!

I hadn't noticed they match until I looked at the photograph, but I do have a thing about spots.

Yes, that's Piglet battling through the wind, I have a little statue of him too. After we all read the Tao of Pooh (years ago now) my in-laws joked that I was the Piglet of the family.

Savannah ~ I once read in one of those modern etiquette books that it was bad form to take flowers as it gives the hostess an extra job, but I love it when people bring them to me and am more than happy to locate a vase while someone else pours the drinks.

Kim ~ even if they'd only lasted a couple of days they'd have been very much appreciated. They were a particularly good colour, too.

I think your mum was right, good diet advice too!

Titus ~ can't wait!

Parsnip ~ I do feel very lucky to have the friends I have. I got your postcard the other day too, it's great, I love your little drawings.

Aren't the letters fab! The shop I bought them from also sold them individually but I couldn't decide which ones to get so I got this whole alphabet with added numbers.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Aye hen, he may well have brought floo-ers, but did you check the silverware in the cutlery box before he left for hame?

Pam said...

First time visit here, and your flowers are lovely! Very much enjoyed your previous posts, particularly your 19th August Transformative Moment post - for me, so fascinating to find out what makes others who they are.That's quite a journey!

Abe Lincoln said...

The flowers you showed in your photographs are all quite beautiful. We seldom have flowers here in the winter until or unless it is someone's birthday and flowers arrive. We do have plastic ones that look real but have to be washed and dusted from time to time. LOL

Eryl Shields said...

Jimmy ~ now you mention it I do seem to have lost a butter knife!

Pam ~ hello, you actually went back and read previous posts, gosh?! I'll have to reread the transformative moment one now as I can't remember it at all but I'm glad you liked it. Finding out what made people what they are is the thing I like most about blogging.

Abe ~ artificial flowers are really amazing these days, having to dust them drives me nuts though, so I usually end up shoving them in a cupboard after a while: lazy.

Lulu LaBonne said...

I love ranunculus and they look so great with the spots.

Lucky you
xx

Mary Witzl said...

Ooh, but what a nice way to be spoiled!

Wish I could send you a bucket of our wildflowers. We've got all sorts of anemones blooming, and black orchids, oxalis and poppies. (Which, come to think of it, we're not allowed to pick...)

Eryl Shields said...

Lulu ~ the spotty jug was the only thing I could find that could accommodate them all, so it's fortuitous that they don't look hideous in it.

Mary ~ a bucket of black orchids would look very chic; especially if it was an old enamel bucket in faded duck egg blue or eau de nil.

newjenny said...

I find the pure, functionless beauty of flowers quite moving. Most of life is so unlike flowers.

The Weaver of Grass said...

There are always catkins and pussy willow in the hedgerow Eryl - all you need is secateurs (and time of course). This time of year, though, nothing beats tulips for me, especially when they are fully out.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh gorgeous! I am so ready for some fresh flowers and green . . . I love the snow, and it IS winter, but . . . I am living in a sepia world right now :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely flowers, a beautiful piece of Spring...

hope said...
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hope said...

Let me try that again. I had a typo that was stupid and rude sounding. :0

Sadly, it seems that our "modern" world thinks flowers are for holidays, when a guy wants to apologize, or for funerals. The funeral one really bothers me. What a waste when the recipient can't smell them!

Flowers are for the living. No special occasion needed. Just because. Especially if someone is special to you.

I hope more flowers show up on your doorstep!

steven said...

hey eryl - i love flowers through their blooming, fading, drooping and then their drying into the deeper colours of their death. tough about the hangover!!!! peaceful evening. steven

Eryl Shields said...

Jenny ~ ain't it so?

Weaver ~ if only I knew what to look for in the hedgerows, they all look full of dead stuff to me. I'll google pussy willow and catkins now though.

Kathryn ~ you make the winter monochrome sound so romantic!

Crafty ~ it smells of spring around here now I've noticed, won't be long till we're in full colour again.

Hope ~ yeah, put that way the funeral thing seems bonkers.

Steven ~ I am my own worst enemy when it comes to sitting round the kitchen table chatting, and nodding to yet another top up.

Golden West said...

Hi Eryl, I think you could get trumpet vine to grow in Scotland - it is such a hardy vine, it tries to engulf anything that stands still and you can almost watch it grow!

Eryl Shields said...

Thanks Golden, I'll look out for it.

Coffee with Cathy said...

When you have to pare down, it's the little things that make the most impact -- and you're able to appreciate them more fully. Thanks so much for sharing with us -- and for stopping by my blog to visit. Love yours!

Gadjo Dilo said...

You weren't tempted so say "Please, next time, no flowers, just bring me the money instead"?

Eryl Shields said...

Cathy ~ true.

Gadjo ~ no, but I did look for a recipe for ranunculus tempura.