It’s been a very sad start to 2017. Hubs dad unexpectedly passed on January 4th, which was a huge shock to the family. On a positive note, he didn’t suffer and lived a grand life, enjoying good health until recent weeks. He was almost 87.
Hellebore shooting star….most apt!
We will all miss him, but intend to remember, and act upon his famous catch phrase…
“Just smile kid”
He shall have a royal send-off next Tuesday.
It appears that my fancy pigeons/doves are missing. Bella was the first to disappear, poof, just like that. She had taken to flying with my released flock and stood out like a beacon, being white. I have an uneasy feeling that the kestrel or sparrow hawk picked her off.
A few weeks later, Ben, the dove also went AWOL…..he too enjoyed flying with the flock, finally, yesterday, Billy-Bob was absent. I have scoured the gardens for white feathers, and have checked outside the windows for blood, but haven’t come across anything suspicious. I would love to think they have all gone elsewhere, but I suspect a bird of prey is responsible. It’s so odd without them!
I just have to remind myself that they had that second chance, and enjoyed their freedom over the last eight months.
My wrought iron birds are still here. I have added the latest addition.
Whatever happens, the seasons continue. It’s comforting to see signs of spring, new buds and emerging bulbs are everywhere. They will have to watch themselves as temperatures here are suddenly plummeting.
This witch hazel is adding warmth and bringing good cheer, daughter bought it for me last year and it’s going from strength to strength.
I’m also another year older and am reaching an age where I would prefer to forget about birthdays!!! Still, hubs treated me to a gin tasting session, and a shed load of plants which will arrive shortly, I wait with bated breath.
I’ve never drunk gin so it was certainly an experience. I really enjoyed mixing the gins with exotic tonics and botanicals. It was fun slapping the mint between our hands before adding it!
How could you not smile looking at this?
Thank you Anne, I’m afraid it will be a while before I use it, it’s far too cute!