My blog has taken a bit of a back seat in recent weeks, and then the past few days i have spent being in the back garden as much as i could, energy allowing.
England has had a really warm spell, with temperatures here in the 20's, which is about twice what they normally are for March.
The sunshine has felt so good after the long winter, and the flowers are coming out early.
The tulips, were in bud and have now opened wide with the heat, and the miniature blossom trees are also covered in flower.
Its set to go back to being colder, but hopefully there will be more of this lovely warmth returning soon.
I have enjoyed the flowers return so much, and have taken a lot of pics.
These hyacinths are so blue and a nice contrast to the yellow daffodils and tulips.
I am very lucky that my dad likes to grow things, so that there are lots of tubs with bulbs and things opeing into flower all around.
Whisper has been out running about the garden, but she has been eating EVERYTHING! and keeps getting a sore tummy, really she just doesnt seem to know what is best for bunnies to eat and what should be left to grow!
She will spend some time in her run soon, to let the summer flowers establish themselves, or the garden will be bare! cheeky thing
Whisper drinking from the bird's water! And trying out new ballerina's (i got in the sale last year) You may get the impression of a neat and tidy garden from the pictures i have shared, but i assure you i have avoided the messier bits, i don't notice them anyway because i just see the flowers.
Shanon these i took for you to see, at the top of my garden :)
As you can appreciate the last few days have been some what of a blur, and a considerable mix of emotion. I just want to thank everyone who has extended their sympathy and friendship to me (regarding my previous post)
Your words really make a difference in my life.
I would like to say a special thanks to Lisa, for this post, on our little project called #kindgram. I shall have more to write on that in time.
But for now, i wanted to share this, the first butterfly, and its early this year, the sunshine and warmth obviously brought them north to us sooner than is usual. I was sitting in the front garden just getting some sunlight at the front door, and i saw this little butterfly fluttering about and my heart smiled.
At first it was too nervous for me to get close, but after a bit i was able to ask it for a photo, and then even took a little video, sorry its a bit wobbly, my arms are weak when holding the camera out like that.
It meant so much to see it. There will be more butterflies, but somehow the first one after the cold winter, is special and gives me a good feeling, maybe you will sense that too on the video
When I think of my friend Emily, immediately I sense her amazing strength of spirit. Something that despite her weakened and pained body, never faltered & never diminished. In her heart, if not her physical self she was so full of life and love.
I think of how despite her own immense suffering, and the physical pain she was constantly in, she never dwelt on her own problems.
Somehow she turned her weakness into a strength, she used what awful experiences she went through, while ill with ME for most of her life, to provide others with better understanding, so that they could ease their suffering or avoid having to go through the worst of what she herself so often had to.
She was blessed with the ability to articulate her thoughts so well, into words that would go on to impact those within the ME community in a myriad of positive ways.
Written for those with severe ME, in need of guidance, practical advice and compassion from someone who truly knew what they were feeling, it was a lifeline they desperately needed yet were unable to find - until Emily heeded her hearts call to compile it.
Her words and experiences also reaching those within the medical profession who she hoped, would gain a better understanding of the patients with ME in their care & how best to support their treatment.
When someone we love passes on, we question why, we feel lost, immersed in seeking answers to the question of why they had to go and why they had to suffer...
But answers as to why Emily had to go through all she did, & why she had to leave us at such a young age, will likely never be answered.
Yet, we do not have to fully understand her death in order to see how very full of purpose her life was.
The answers, the meaning, the comfort we seek, lies in looking at her life, not her passing. They lie in what she stood for, how her brave spirit shone through all adversity. They lie in her example as a human being.
I believe she embodied many qualities that others strive to reach, the main one bring selflessness.
She held others close in her heart, she was so kind & despite her sadness, she somehow sourced and gave out happiness. When everything in her own life was dark she still wanted to be that source of light for another.
A lantern shinning, to guide someone lost along a similar pathway to her own. That is how I shall remember our Em, always caring & giving, always putting into practice real ways to help, that will continue to make a huge difference to so many.
It is that light that will be continuing to shine, to guide and to love.
Today was a day for appreciating flickr again
Instagram, is perfect for that instant fix of pictures.
But sometimes a slower pace and a chance to browse pure photography
is just what feels right
and here i am with some new flowers in my hair, a decorated slide from April of Garden of Whimsy on etsy, i just love the nature inspired hair accessories she does, and am always tempted when i browse her shop.
My blog has an anniversary this month, so I hope to hold a giveaway for that soon.
love and wishes kat x
I do love Hush for lounge wear, which is what i am in most of the time. I also like ditsy floral prints, so that vest top at warehouse is yummy.
The Vanessa Bruno Athe top with the lace neckline, has given me inspiration to do something similar on a plain t shirt.
Again green pops up, and i like Ganni dresses, they're viscose as opposed to polyester and so nice, i got one for christmas in a different print, this one is cut the same and i like the turquoise.
Tba have beautiful pieces in their range, though i have never owned anything from the label i am always inspired by their lookbooks and would imagine wearing them if i needed something dressier for an occasion.
So that completes my little fashion extravegance, hope you enjoyed!