Well, I’m now another year older and have a few more wrinkles, which I insist are laughter lines, to prove it! Says I with a stifled sob!
I was rooting through old photo’s the other day and thought I’d show you a pic of me as a child. Practically every one has me clutching some poor animal or other. I’ve included a pic of my mum, and my dad aged 18 in his RAF uniform. Included in his photo is a pic of his father in ww1 uniform. That poor guy had to fight in both wars and had the most awful shrapnel wounds.
I’ve always thought that having a birthday on January 2nd is such a burden to everyone. Seriously, everyone is broke and totally partied out, not to mention full to bursting with all the holiday food.
When I was a child, my father was a teacher and was paid monthly. Every birthday I would get a card in which he wrote, “Present following at the end of the month”, It never did as with four kids money was always tight in January. They did always buy me a tiny trifle though, which they would put a single candle in. Everyone would gather around and sing happy birthday to me, then after blowing the candle out I’d eat the trifle soooooo slowly with my three siblings gathered around, watching me and swallowing each spoonful along with me, drooling like dogs! How horrid was I?
So, the first dilemma! I got a call from my younger sister a few days ago telling me that she was going to get married. Wonderful says I, when?
In two weeks, she said! Yes….. TWO WEEKS! Now my sis lives in Leeds and I’m in Liverpool so I asked her where the venue was. Turns out she’s getting married in the local woods overlooking a lake full of swans. How beautiful is that, not much fuss or bother and no huge expense. Just a few friends and family to enjoy the day with….yes, it all sounded delightful until she asked me if I would choose her bouquet and decorate the walk through the woods to the lake as a wedding present. She added that she had every confidence in me to make it all look lovely, simple and elegant and make sure it was all natural and wouldn’t clash with the environment. PRESSURE!!!
I agreed of course, and then went into a total panic, after all I only had two weeks. Initially I ran around all the local florists and came out none the wiser. It’s a HUGE responsibility choosing a wedding bouquet, especially as chats with sister revealed that she didn’t like most of the flowers I was considering. Then daughter came around to find me sitting amongst a heap of white ribbon and holly with sweat pouring off me….I explained.
“Oh Mother….for God’s sake just go on the internet and let her see what you have in mind or even better, let her pick her own.” At first I felt like this was a bit of a cop out but the relief was too great, so I rang sis who JUMPED at the idea. I think she was secretly beginning to regret asking me to pick her bouquet to be honest. She’s now going for white lilies and roses.
I’m still on wood decorating duty though. I’ve now decided to make huge sweeping white bows with long dangling ribbons, with holly sprigs and little jar lamps with tea lights in….wish me luck!
I may include some ivy in the arrangements too…..
So, in other news I’ve noticed that the daffodil shoots are popping up and buds are beginning to appear on the honeysuckle. Lot’s of other plants are beginning to sprout too, I think it’s because it’s been so mild, albeit wet, which could be fatal if we get a sudden frost. I even saw a blackbird gathering nesting material today….and a BLUEBOTTLE on Curly cat’s food! How crazy is that, it’s still January.
While these two do this I don’t think the grass will ever grow back…..ideas anyone? Maybe I should just leave it as a little copse as the back garden has so many tall trees….
My other dilemma is what to do about Holly the hedgehog. She’s done brilliantly and is nearly 800 grams. If I released her now she could hibernate but I want to give her the best chance and don’t know what the weather will be like in the next few months. If the garden floods she’d stand little chance, so I was thinking of putting her out in Herbie’s rabbit hutch until spring when Herbie goes out again…..it would accustom her to being outdoors and I could just open the hutch door in spring and let her wander off ….decisions decisions eh?