In a Vase on Monday: Happy Birthday

It was my daughter’s birthday last week and I picked some asters and cotoneaster to pop in a jar for her.

The bees are going crazy for those asters but the birds are not eating the cotoneaster berries yet. There is a Mrs Blackbird tucking into some pyracantha berries just outside my kitchen window – so they must ripen earlier.

I used an old doodle book of the children’s to make the birthday card

The book had been filled and discarded so I took out the centre to reuse the neon pink cover

I could easily reuse the holes for sewing in a new centre.

With a bit of neon yellow embroidery thread. My daughter loves a bit of neon!

I came across something called ‘block writing’ on Instagram, so I had to have a go.

When my daughter was born, I was reading a beautiful book about Native American practices: Voices of Our Ancestors. by Dhyani Ywahoo.

A was born at 3.45am and when I got back to the ward, the light of dawn was beginning to glow in the sky. I looked out of the window, feeling so happy and relieved and grateful to have a healthy baby girl, and I saw one bright star, which I now realise must have been Venus.  I gave A a Native American name ‘Bright Morning Star’- a secret name – just between her and me.

For her birthday I gave her a rooted fig tree cutting that I bought in the market – hope it grows well and tucked a note in the card for her to go towards her lunchtime meal at The Station Kitchen, West Bay.

I am definitely going to try and take some cuttings from my fig tree next year.

My daughter lives just across the field from me, so I walked up quite early to give her the card.

This was the scene over the village as I walked back – autumn mist in the distance.

Joining in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday.

24 responses to “In a Vase on Monday: Happy Birthday

  1. What a lovely post, sorry I missed it earlier on.

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  2. That block writing is great, thanks for sharing it. A wonderful birthday bouquet and card.

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  3. Love your enthusiasm for simple things. The world would be a better place if we all re-used things. Love doesn’t come with a pre-ordained price tag. Love is in the thoughtfulness of a gift. You are setting the world an example.


  4. Oh, I must think about Native American Names for my daughters too! We learn such intriguing things about each other on our blogs sometimes, don’t we? And I love the block writing, which reminds me of makers’ marks on Chinese pottery. Thanks for sharing, Sandra

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  5. Going Batty in Wales

    I never thought to take fig tree cuttings but I have one which needs cutting back so… Your card, flowers and view were all lovely.

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  6. What a thoughtful gift for your daughter. 😃 Love the card, and the asters!

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  7. This post brought tears to my eyes. Utterly beautiful. Happy, happy to your daughter.

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  8. A lovely story. Block writing looks interesting. Have always loved different fonts and ways of doing writing. I think my Indian name for my eldest could have been Sleeping Angel, though her siblings used to call her Bossy Boots!

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    • Apparently Native Americans sometimed added names onto their birth names as they went through life so Bossy Sleeping Angel would be a fun name to have!
      The block writing is fun and I will definitely try it again.

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  9. Such a beautiful post! I “visited” Station Kitchen, what a fabulous looking place it is. I would love to visit there. I think my Native American name might have been Nearly Born on Newgale Beach. I think you might like that one, my friend.

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    • Oh my goodness – yes indeed – what a wonderful thing – did your Mum go into labour on the beach?! You could have been called Pebble!
      Yes, I agree about the Station Kitchen – I might go there for my birthday – looks lovely doesn’t it.


  10. A beautiful post WD- had me thinking about what Indian names I’d have my sons- 1 Too D**m Early!, 2 Just before Christmas! and 3- American President Election!
    Not quite the same ring as Bright Morning Star.
    Think I better stick with their real names.

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    • HaHa!!! Love “Too D**m Early”!


      • 5 weeks prem! Number two was a mere 12 days early- before rather than after Christmas, number three 11 days early- I woke up from his delivery to be greeted with the news of a- you have son, no surprise there and two George Bush senior was the new president! Just what you want to know after a caesarian!

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        • Good gracious – those babies put you through a lot didn’t they!
          My two boys were both early, but only by 7 days and 5 days respectively – my daughter was 10 days late.
          Of ALL the things you could have been told at that most heightened time! Bizarre and never to be forgotten!
          Thanks for sharing – it reminds me of me and my friends all telling our birth stories to one another all those years ago – the best most deepest friendships were bonded during those times when we were all having baies together. ❤ ❤ ❤


  11. A lovely, thoughtful and very personal card and gifts – they will have made her day I’m sure.

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