Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday.
Schizostylis (Kaffir lily, Hesperantha), Cuckoo Pint (arum) leaves and self sown Antirrhinum
In an orange charity shop vase and little square vase from Chive
Joining Cee’s Flower of the Day.
The vases were filled to be put in the spare bedroom, getting ready for my sister to come from London to stay for the weekend.
She was coming to celebrate our Mum’s 89th birthday, so I thought I would add a photo of a wonderful family gathering we had about 20 years ago.
Our Mum has dementia. She wasn’t really aware that her 3 daughters, one granddaughter and 3 great-grandchildren were there. However, she seemed to enjoy the attention, she smiled when we sang Happy Birthday.
I said, “Mum it is your birthday today, how old do you think you are?”
She seemed to be thinking for a while and then said “Ummm ….. 25”
Here’s a picture of my beautiful Mum, when she was about 19.
She opened the cards the children had made for her and enjoyed eating the cake. The chef at her Care Home put so much thought and creativity into the cake inspired by a teddy bear Mum has.
We were all amazed when he carried it in with the candles lit. It was delicious.
Little Miss M particularly loved eating the ears!
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Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Miss E -eeeeeee
Happy Birthday to You
Yes, I have now been a Granny for 10 years! What an amazingly wonderful 10 years it has been, watching this magical being grow and blossom. The cake was made by her Mum, my daughter, who is a fabulous cook – it was DEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee – lish.
I was asked for some edible flowers so I cut them the night before in case of rain overnight, and plonked them in a vase
Next morning I cut off the heads of roses, marigolds, lavender and marjoram to take to the cake
So strawberries and cream with fresh rose petals, edible glitter, silver and gold candles, and a garland of lavender to celebrate a a feisty, sporty, sparky, creative and all round delightful 10 year old. I’m so happy to be part of her life and look forward to what happens next!
Pop across to Cathy’s to see what real gardeners are putting in their Vases this Monday. A celebration of the camaraderie of gardeners, this week. It is strangely thrilling to see flowers from some seeds I sent to Cathy in her Vase today – the friendly, supportive connections that are built through blogging are so full of joyful surprises. Thank you Cathy for your brilliant meme and bringing us together each week. ❤
Little Miss M has just had a ‘Frozen’ birthday party for which my daughter made her a fabulous cake – yes that is the cake disguised as ‘Elsa’s dress.
and Granny and the children made a frozen ice-bowl using flowers and raspberries from the garden and filled with watermelon and strawberries.
I have done a few of these over the years for different parties, sometimes filling with a fruit punch, sometimes with a fresh fruit cocktail.
This one started on the 28th May with a layer of primroses, thyme and Sweet Cicely laid on top of about a centimetre of ice in the bottom of a large plastic bowl
I only add edible flowers.
The children then gathered some mint leaves, marigold flowers and wild strawberry flowers
We put the pink bowl in the middle and weighted it down then poured more water round the sides, about another centimetre. The flowers were added and it went back in the freezer.
As I was a bit low on flowers from the garden (borage, nasturtiums and rose petals look great) I added raspberries in layers and when it was full removed the pink bowl from the centre and we used the bowl for a picnic in the garden.
Then back in the freezer so that I could use again for Little miss M’s party
I experimented with using a layer of pomegranate juice and added edible glitter.
Now out of the large plastic bowl, it sat out for about 4 hours and hardly melted at all, so it has gone back in the freezer to use again later in the summer.
You can see loads of other examples of other peoples ice-bowls on Pinterest. It seems the ice stays clearer if the water is boiled first, and maybe it would have looked better set on an ice plinth……. next time.
wolfing down the cake
contrasts with her daily mood:
“No, that’s not for me!”
Combining the two challenges of Bluedaisyz Weekly Photo Challenge: CONTRAST
Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge: prompt words CAKE and WOLF
The photo is of my Mum on her 87th birthday, she often says “No” to things, but seemed genuinely delighted with her cake. Perhaps it was because it had a splendid Welsh Dragon on it, the cook at her nursing home handpainted it for her – I cried! Such a wonderfully touching thing for him to do.
Mum has dementia, a cruel and hideous disease, so it is particularly special when we can see that she is really enjoying herself.
And another one:
pushes cake aside
to feed on dreams
The ‘hungry wolf’ refers to the creative driver that lives inside which sometimes just will not let me attend to the everyday mundanities – know what I mean?
Photo prompts for the next 3 weeks – the last three weeks of the year – are RED, MAGIC and JOY
Update: Ronovan’s Review:
Contrast | Wild Daffodil. There are two Haiku, but I’m focusing on the first one. The Wild One might not see this as humor, but the fun I received from it tells me differently. The imagery and the truth of it makes it a sweet Haiku people will smile at when they read. The second Haiku is nice, but not humor and the first is so good and there is so much sentiment in it that it steals the show.
I’m thrilled that Ron picked up on the humour – one of Mum’s strongest and most endearing characteristics.
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