Sunday, 31 May 2020

The Scent Of Honeysuckle


Yesterday one  of the sisters on our local intensive care unit sent me a photo of the staff accepting Mrs Trellis' sponsored walk monies.
She asked me to forward it on which I will do
I will probably frame it for her also.
A nice momento for the kitchen wall.

Siri? What day is it today?
Sunday! Crikey ...it's the last day of May today !!!
It's June 1st tomorrow ....

I'm making a tomato, papaya, salmon and mozzarella salad for lunch
The ones I used to love in Sitges
But I've forgotton the fucking basil !
Bollocks

I wasn't going to blog today but my sister in law just video messaged me worried that I had not blogged for a few days .( she had not refreshed her Going Gently page )
At least if I ever succumb to a serious illness , I will always be found by a worried relative or friend before the dogs start eating my face off!

That's the down side of blogging sometimes.
Everyone seems to know  your news but you don't always know theirs
A one way mirror of sorts.

Lockdown changes here tomorrow and I will go and see my sister  to give her my birthday gifts.
I think it's going to be as hot as it is here today so we shall sit in her garden and I shall drink tea out of my own cup and saucer, and made by me in my sturdy thermos!

How different we do things?

I can't tell you how glorious it is here
Right in this one small moment of time
I have the front door of the cottage open and the sun is heating the honeysuckle flowers that adorns the front of Bwthyn y llan so that the whole house is filled with the scent of a June birthday!

The intensity of the fragrance cannot be described, it's so strong and heady
The carpet needs a hoover, Winnie has kicked around three of the fifteen scatter cushions in temper as she waits for her lunch and Albert needs a feeding .
I haven't made my bed yet
And there are dishes to wash up
Oh and all of the plants on the patio need watering after which underpants need fetching from their sunning places on the garden shrubs

But the cottage is full of honeysuckle , and I'm not moving for a few more moments yet!!


70 comments:

  1. Oh to have an idyllic cottage like yours John. I love Rambling old fashioned Roses and Honeysuckle especially the scent wafting in making life seem somehow still and special and oh to breathe. So glad to see your joy in your home and personal space where you breathe and simply be. Animals will be animals but they give you so much unconditional love. Enjoy the moment xx

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    1. The honeysuckle is interwoven by a climbing rose by the front door

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  2. Sounds wonderful x

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  3. It really is so hot here in North wales today isn't it, beautiful but far too hot to sit in for long.

    We both worked for an hour in the Net Tunnel weeding the last of the beds and refilling with new compost and then that's it for the outside work today. We sat enjoying cold drinks for a few minutes and then Mavis appeared, covered head to toe in thick sandy soil from inside a rabbit hole.

    So then it was bath time for doggies, how quickly plans of doing nothing for half an hour vanish.

    Enjoy seeing your sister tomorrow, how brilliant that our lockdown rules changed just in time for you to spend time together on your birthdays.

    Happy Birthday for tomorrow. xx

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    1. Hasn't it been hot today . Winnie hasn't left the house

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    2. I don't blame her, sensible girl (for once) ... neither has Suky :-)

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  4. It does sound wonderful and Dorothy is such an exceptionally pretty bulldog! x

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  5. Isn't it funny how we work so hard to make beautiful places to live and then hardly ever take the time to just sit and relax and enjoy what we have created?

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    1. It's like a painting you buy and never really look at

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  6. Good to give yourself a moment to bathe in the warm scent of honeysuckle. Enjoy the time with your sister.

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    1. I'm doing a great deal of relaxing at the moment

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  7. I love your cottage but your village is wonderful.

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  8. you live in such a wonderful place. almost happy birthday!

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  9. What a beautiful entrance you have. Great you sat and enjoyed the honeysuckle fragrance.Enjoy your visit to your sister. Be safe

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    1. My entrance has never had so much lurve

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  10. That sounds so peaceful. Yesterday I sat outside and the air was full of the scent of lilac. It was late this year, as winter went on and on, just like this virus. Finally it has warmed up and my irises have started to get buds. We have had a great deal of family drama this spring, and I feel exhausted and ready for a break of some kind. Very best wishes for a great birthday and a wonderful year to come. Take care
    Barb

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    1. Drama is exhausting .....don't I know that one

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  11. Barbara Anne3:49 pm

    Our honeysuckle is blooming and the fragrance is blissfully lovely. It is the perfume of my childhood's early days of summer vacation from school.

    Hurray for the check given to the hospice from Mrs. T's stellar efforts!

    Happy Birthday to you and your sister! Hope you enjoyed the envelope the card I send arrived in. :)

    Hugs!

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  12. Good for you, all the chores can wait... enjoy the moment.

    LX

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  13. Anonymous4:21 pm

    "...how glorious it is here. Right in this small moment of time."

    You once again impress me with how beautifully and accurately you use language,John.

    A moment that could be described the same way was one here minutes ago.

    Feeling poorly I wasn't surprised to become suddenly too warm for comfort. So I stepped out to feel the cool breeze blowing across my back deck. Just then a magnificent golden eagle soared overhead, slowly riding the wind's currents. I was mesmerized, and that simple experience turned my low mood into feeling profoundly grateful. - Mary

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    1. Thank you Mary , youbalways go for the lines that surge into my brain and like instantly

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  14. I tend not to write on the weekends. I spend enough time behind the computer during the week but sometimes I get a bit curious and check in on others too. It is a one way mirror but the writing is therapeutic.

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  15. Scent of honeysuckle - nothing like it. x

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  16. Hope you and your sister have a wonderful birthday, John. Best wishes for a happy, healthy year!

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  17. Home is always best. Especially when you take the time to enjoy what you have!

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  18. There's a "Korean" (maybe) lilac by our back step that has a powerful, overwhelmingly glorious scent that knocks me back in awe every spring. Hasn't bloomed yet ... we just got our poplar leaves last week.

    I loved your description of your moment and have added it to my file of favourites for Blondi's Side Order. Like you, I have a lot of details to tend to but I guard my beautiful moments with great care.-Kate

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    1. The lockdown slowdown has made us view many things differently

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  19. I'm sure if you succumbed to a serious illness, you'd be found within seconds by a villager bringing you a gift or some left-over casserole!

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  20. What a heavenly scent! Yes, enjoy it.

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  21. Heather5:33 pm

    Hope you both have a Happy Birthday tomorrow and you enjoy tea in the garden. As our children used to say, it's John eve. xx

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  22. our honeysuckle is in bloom also; you step outside and it overwhelmes you. now get busy before winnie kicks the rest of the cushions onto the floor!

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  23. A lovely moment captured perfectly. Have a very happy birthday tomorrow with your sister.

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    1. It will be nice to relax in her company

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  24. Love the reproachful face in the doorway. Happy Birthday visit to your sister tomorrow. Love Janx.

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    1. She constantly looks worried .....Dorothy not my sister

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  25. Oh, god, the fragrance of honeysuckle! We tried growing it on our terrace, but it just wasn't happy. Don't know why, but we didn't enjoy the high maintenance. Maybe too hot. Maybe too sunny. So, we just have to appreciate it when it blooms around the neighborhood.

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    1. It's like clematis it likes its feet cool....

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    2. Good to know. It couldn't possibly have cool feet on our terrace. It thrived in our garden in San Diego.

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  26. The scent of honeysuckle in your cottage, what a wonderful moment.

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  27. Those moments happen oftener than we think, but it's hard to notice them at times and harder still to savour them without moving on to the next thing to do. Being in the moment takes awareness and effort, ironically! When you record these moments they are a pleasure to read.

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  28. Be so careful visiting relatives. Just watched an unintentional incident. Park next to my house my neighbours met her mum. Adults in front precious little girl in the middle n grandma at the rear. Little Sarah fell over instinct clicked in grandma scooped her up. All I could hear was mum put her down, old lady said no turned her back and for a minute by her body language held the little one so tight n contemplated running with her opposite direction. Ye god's how hard to watch and be that grandma, bairn mum n dad. Sob.

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    1. It's all been choreographed ..I'm even taking my own chair

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    2. Need to take own food drinks plates,knife fork ,glass everything really. Luckily being a chap easier to have a wee outside.

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  29. What a lovely post John. You wrote of everything that matters in life and those are such simple pleasures.

    My honeysuckle is by the front gate - I will have to get up close and personal tomorrow - I have had far too much pollen today considering the effect it has on my asthma.

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    1. It's a constant in my life
      Like my old friends, family and cottage

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  30. Lovely ..... such simple pleasures ... you can’t beat them. XXXX

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  31. I only recently discovered you. You are one of my best finds in a very long time. Thank you for being you.

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  32. It is good to see a new post, and know the dogs are not nibbling on your nose. I masked up and went into a store this afternoon,

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  33. Honeysuckle. I am looking forward to my night-scented stock blooming.

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  34. ??? I didn't know basil fucked?

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  35. Happy Birthday John and Janet, hope you both have a wonderful and very special day♥ xxx

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  36. I love honeysuckle it reminds me of home. I hope you and Janet have a wonderful day together on your birthdays; and a very safe year ahead.

    Jo in Auckland

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  37. It's already tomorrow in Wales so HAPPY BIRTHDAY John!!! 🎊🎉🎂❤🥂

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  38. I was almost glued to the spot yesterday when I smelt the Mock Orange by Haddock's gate. It was overpowering. Combine that with the very heady aroma of Chestnut flower, and I can easily share your pleasure.

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  39. Happy birthday, John! The honeysuckle is just starting here, should be at peak in a few days. The lilacs have the centre stage now, and the lupine are on deck. Their scent is very light, but we've got a bunch in the farther back yard, so if you stand just right, you get their delightful scent wafting on the breeze.

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  40. I think it's tomorrow already where you are John, wishing you and Janet a happy birthday full of joy and laughter and good times ahead.

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  41. Happy Birthday John xxxx

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  42. Happy Birthday John.
    Hope you have a good day .xx
    Kathy

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  43. Happy birthday from Down Under, John. So sad that we were so physically close last year when we were in Wales but never met you. Maybe just as well, as we are pretty boring old men.

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  44. It sounds beautiful, John! and a very Happy Birthday to you!

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