Sunday, 5 July 2020

Iris in the window


I'm reading a book but am doing it slowly as I don't want the story to end
It's approaching  dusk
and it's my last day of holiday
I've facetimed friends whilst cooking and texted others
My nephew sent me the address of his new YouTube channel
I watched that for a while
I'm looking at the blue iris in the window
A gift from a recent date
Blue iris are my favourite flowers
All the Street Wardens called " all is well" to the Velvet Voiced Linda on what's app today and
my sister has almost finished reorganising the back garden and worked there quietly this afternoon as I pottered
Winnie isn't very well
I'm holding onto my holiday like I did my novel ...I don't want to go back to work tomorrow

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  1. Barbara Anne8:45 pm

    Lovely iris! Our purple iris are past blooming so enjoy yours while they last.

    I'm so sorry read that Winnie isn't doing well and hope she rallies so you can leave for work tomorrow without worries about her.

    How marvelous that your Janet has made your back garden so beautiful.

    Hugs!

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  2. Anonymous9:05 pm

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    You deserve this for destroying your own children's future. No one is coming to save you. Suicide is your only hope.

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    1. Oh, no! I better get to it quickly, then! Now, where did I put my gun ... (grumble, grumble). 😂😂😂

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    2. Oh my, you are one twisted up mixed up loonie tune aren't you. I could almost feel sorry for you but you clearly are a bitter lonely person. Get out in the world and make some friends... Then come back and apologise.

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  3. Hugs. For you and for Winnie.

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  4. I hope it's nothing serious John xx

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  5. I have been a long-time reader, but rarely, if ever, a commenter. You have so many wonderful blog friends who add a great deal of info/joy/drama to each blog entry.

    I've been reading your blog the last thing before I go to bed, so by then, it's really too late to comment because you are already on to your next post!

    I just wanted you to know that you are a hero in my book--you are a lovely "father" to your sweet animals, a superb caretaker to the patients at your work, a fine, true friend to the those who share your village, and a soulmate to your close friends. I love reading your various posts, seeing your home, animals, friends, village, choir, movie and theatre reviews, etc. If I were fitter and younger, I would talk my sister into one last trip to England with a side-trip to Wales.

    That probably won't happen, so I will just enjoy your posts and root for you to find happiness and fulfillment in all aspects of your life.

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    1. What a lovely comment

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    2. Yes sol Beth's words moved me greatly
      Thank you Beth x

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    3. You are most welcome. Too bad you are gay, 12 years younger, and I am married. I don't mean any insult by that statement. You just are the most interesting man. My friends and I used to say all the good ones are gay--what a shame for us!

      Now I must go fix supper: store-bought pepperoni pizza, white cabbage/red cabbage/carrot salad with slivered almonds and raspberry vinaigrette dressing (not homemade), and sliced strawberries for him/sliced cantaloupe for me.

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  6. Why would you want to go back to work and leave that beautiful tranquil scene? You have worked so hard to make it so.
    What a nice date to bring you your favorite flowers.

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  7. Get well soon Winnie!

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  8. winnie, old girl, we love you. pretty flowers, john.

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  9. The last day of holidays is always tough. I know those irises as "Japanese irises." They are indeed lovely.

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    1. I have planted them in my new gardens

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    2. And ... they multiply like crazy!

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  10. Blue iris for you, how thoughtful, how romantic!

    I'm worried about Winnie...does the hot weather bother her? I hope she is well soon.

    lizzy
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    1. She's lost a lot of weight

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    2. My heart stopped a moment when I read that comment, John the dogs. No matter what transpires, you had time off to spend with this wonderful girl.

      The flowers are lovely, and I know all too well that feeling of not wanting to return to the workworld after a holiday.
      x

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  11. Oh I remember that gut-wrenching feeling one can get the before works resumes after holiday. I do not miss that.
    Once you get back into the routine you will have forgotten all the angst.
    Sending peaceful positive energy to Winnie.....and you.

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    1. ......one can get the day before work......(I'll be OK) lol

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  12. The flowers are a beautiful and thoughtful gift. You can return to work knowing you have made the best use of these days off getting jobs checked off your list as well as enjoying yourself in a variety of ways. I do hope sweet Winnie feels better. Take care John.

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  13. Really beautiful flowers! I am glad you will have them in your garden. Sending best wishes for Winnie to be well.

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  14. we call irises flags here. they were my mothers favorite flower. i hope winnie will be okay. i'm worried now.

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    1. There are regular iris, flags are huge iris like regular iris on steroids, and there is Japanese Iris that have thinner petals then a regular iris has. All beautiful!

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    2. We call iris like John was given ''flags'' here, which , as I looked it up, seems to be the common name for the slim type here in the US. We also call then Siberian iris and Japanese iris. The fancy frilly ones are bearded iris.

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  15. You've packed a lot into your days off. Pats for dear Winnie, please. It's heartwrenching to see a pet go downhill.

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  16. The iris is a lovely flower. What a shame it doesn't last very long - like a holiday.

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    1. Yes the iris was a metaphor for the holiday and the book

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  17. Iris are my favorite, too. They remind me of my Aunt Laura. Good luck to Winnie. And to you. Back to work with you, now.

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  18. The irises are beautiful and how lovely to be given them by a date!
    Before you know it, you'll be back at work feeling like the holiday was a dream

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  19. Oh, that first day back at work after the holidays. Almost as bad as returning to school after summer!

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  20. I'm glad you managed to get such a lot out of your holiday checking of your list lovely outings and flowers on the window sill John.

    Hope sweet Winnie will be ok perhaps it's the heat.

    cheers Margo


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  21. Oh, dearest Winnie, may that cloud over your health soon pass and put you in the sunlight again.

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  22. Hoping Winnie perks up again soon , and it's just a blip. You've had such a successful holiday you must be very pleased with what you've achieved. I fully understand the sinking feeling about starting work again. It'll disappear once you're there - remember how much you enjoy the collegiality there.

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  23. We never want good things to end.

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  24. Thinking of you and Winnie and wishing you both well. xx

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  25. Love to Winnie, and yourself of course ❤️

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  26. I love the irises - very striking and a favourite of mine. I used to pair them with golden tulips.

    Sending love and healing wishes to dear Winnie.

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  27. Thinking of you on your first day back. Thanks for sharing your holiday and your thoughts.

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  28. Nice gentle and peaceful post today John. I love blue iris too. My first (also very happy) marriage was in 1952 (before you were born!!) and I had white carnations and blue iris in my wedding bouquet.

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  29. Take care and enjoy the flowers, the books, the dogs, the dates, the days, for they just keep passing by. You will soon be back helping others make the best of life,

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  30. Lovely Winnie. I pray she gets better. Hugs to you.

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  31. Hugs to you both and all.

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  32. Those are lovely flowers. Everybody should have fresh flowers in their house.
    And your nephew has a youtube channel? Interesting...

    XOXO

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  33. Love to Winnie, I hope she is okay ♥️

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