19 Feb 2016

Five on Friday: Tulips and carnations



This week is the first anniversary of Five on Friday! A special thank you must go to Amy for organizing the link up.
This week I'm sharing some photos of the flowers that I was given on Sunday, Valentine's Day. I really appreciated the bunches of white tulips and carnations from my husband as I love white flowers.  He also bought red tulips and carnations for our daughter and granddaughter so it was rather a flower fest at teatime on Sunday afternoon as they gave me a bunch of red tulips.  There were phone calls to other family members.  It will soon be Easter and we're looking forward to another family reunion. Easter is early this year and for that reason we're not going to Italy in March as we usually do. We're missing Italy, but it should be warmer when we do go.  It means that I've been able to settle into a routine since Christmas and can go to various events that take place in March. The eldest grandson who arranged for us to visit the Yorkshire vineyard will take the day off from work and is now going to drive us to Holmfirth. He's also booked himself and his mother for the tour and lunch when she comes up from Berkshire to stay in the Easter holidays. 




The cards that we exchanged are from my collection of old postcards.  The one above is "A page from a Victorian sketchbook"  with paintings of polyanthus and forget-me-nots, anemones and roses. The other postcard (below) is one from another collection from a time when we visited a display house full of orchids at the Eric Young Orchid Foundation in Jersey. Our honeymoon was spent in the Channel Islands and we went back again to celebrate our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.  We've never been back since then, but having spent those two happy holidays there and as my parents often stayed with friends on the island the association and memories of a interesting and beautiful place are special to us.



62 comments:

  1. Those white tulips are amazing with their lace like petals!

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    1. They're unusual and very pretty.

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  2. I love those frilly white tulips, you definitely got the best present! :-)

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    1. I always appreciate receiving a bunch of flowers and I particularly love tulips.

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  3. Beautiful tulips especially the white ones in your first photo. It sounds as if you had a lovely Valentine's Day with your family and have many more lovely things to look forward to. Have a super weekend - I wish today's sunshine would stay for a while:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. We were rather spoilt with the sunshine and blue skies last Sunday - always welcome even for a few hours.

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  4. Wonderful, wonderful flowers, in your home and in the old postcards.
    I must say the gorgeous red tulips are my favourites this time. :)
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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    1. I love tulips in all their varieties and was pleased to receive them.

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  5. Umm you are one lucky lady. I love flowers in the house. My husband too gave me a Valentine present. But like yours though!

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    1. Having visited your blog I now know what your husband gave you. He has a great sense of humour.

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  6. Wow! What stunning tulips - one of my very favourite flowers. xx

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    1. There are so many lovely varieties of tulip and these were particularly pretty.

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  7. The tulips are beautiful, the white ones are a little different with their frilly edges. Glad you enjoyed Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thank you Jan. It was a good day.

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  8. those white tulips with ragged edges are amazing, my first ever viewing of them. what a great gift, family and flowers.

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    1. A chance to go for a walk and then some family time is the sort of day we enjoy.

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  9. I love tulip season! Yours are very pretty. Sounds like you had a very special Valentine's day. That Victorian postcard is beautiful. How wonderful that you can travel to Italy each year. It's also nice that you will have your family around you at Easter.

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    1. I have quite a collection of postcards as I buy them when we visit different country houses, museums or art galleries and some of them are quite old now. My parents did the same so I've inherited theirs. I like to use them as note cards for special occasions.

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  10. Your tulips are so beautiful. You will enjoy Italy all the more when you get there... I know I would!

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    1. We're both looking forward to going over to Italy as there's plenty that needs doing in the house and garden. Meanwhile we try and take life as it comes.

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  11. I have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day, but flowers are always welcome and a lovely gesture. Glad you enjoyed your day.

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    1. Yes, we enjoyed the day in our own way. I know what you mean and can understand.

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  12. The white tulips are especially beautiful. We need flowers in this time... and Easter is so early in this year.
    Enjoy your weekend

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    1. Thank you Mascha. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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  13. hello
    j'adore toutes les fleurs blanches
    j'en ai planté beaucoup pour le printemps
    tulipes , anémones , jacynthes , narcisses
    bon weekend
    mille bisous

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    1. Hello Iris (Edith). You'll soon be enjoying the bulbs that you planted as they start to bloom. I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

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  14. How lovely of your husband to treat you all to such beautiful flowers!!! He is a keeper isn't he!! Yours are especially pretty with the frilly edges! Thank you so much for joining in the anniversary of Five On Friday, I really do appreciate it so much! Have a good weekend! xx

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    1. Very thoughtful of my husband. Five on Friday is going from strength to strength. Thank you once more for setting up the link. I hope you're able to have a restful weekend.

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  15. What a kind and loving husband Linda.
    Your frilly white tulips are wonderful - I have a penchant for white flowers too!
    My eyes not being so good now, I'm straining to see but are those little china candle holders in the second photo? They're lovely just the sort of thing I would buy in the gift shop!
    What a life - the best of both worlds England and Italy - I can but dream!
    Your grandson is thoughtful gifting you tickets, I seem to remember him doing something like this before - am I right?
    Enjoy your day.
    Shane x

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    1. We mark Valentine's Day in our own quiet way trying not to get caught up in the commercialism. We always exchange cards and I have kept many of them through the years. The scented candles and holders were a little gift from our granddaughter. They are made of glass with a pretty design, roses and one has a bird, the other a butterfly. The tickets for the vineyard tour were the ones our grandson gave us as a Christmas gift. We've been waiting for better weather to book the visit. We're pleased that he and his mother will be coming with us.

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  16. Your tulips are simply stunning and I love how you have displayed them in your home. Have a lovely weekend :)

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    1. Thank you dear Prunella. Enjoy your weekend. I shall be coming by your way to see what you and Francine have been up to.

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  17. Those tulips are so, so lovely! It sounds like you have had a lovely week and I hope your weekend is fun, too. My best to you, Pat xx

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    1. Thank you Pat. I hope you also have a lovely weekend and look forward to catching up with
      your news next week.

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  18. The white tulips are particularly beautiful, white flowers are my favourites too. Your Easter plans sound lovely. Have a great weekend xx

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    1. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Enjoy your weekend.

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  19. Wow, your flowers are just spectacular.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, It's nice to share my flowers with you.

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  20. Oh my Linda! Those white tulips are truly gorgeous, almost ethereal. The red ones were lovely too. Everyone always says the rose is the queen of flowers but there are so many other beautiful choices as well. I'm glad to hear you had such a lovely day.

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    1. Roses are special, too, Gloriade, but tulips are one of my favourite Spring flowers. I would love to see masses of them growing in the bulb fields.

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  21. I didn't know that I liked white tulips until now. Spectacular!

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    1. The white tulips with frilly edges were particularly pretty and a lovely surprise.

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  22. Such beautiful lacy tulips. Flowers are so nice to receive. Such a treat in February.

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    1. It's nice to have a gift of an indoor flowering plant or a bunch of flowers to brighten up our homes in the winter months.

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  23. Tulips really are a promise of summer aren't they? so lovely.

    Diana

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    1. We wait in anticipation for our Spring bulbs to bloom in the garden. Thank you for your visit and comment Diana. I hope you're having a good day today.

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  24. Sempre pieni di gioia e di armonia i tuoi post. Mi piace tutto, ma in modo particolare i tulipani bianchi, sono splendidi. Un grande abbraccio
    Emi

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    1. Thank you for your visit and kind comment Emi. I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing your beautiful creations.

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  25. I love tulips but those white ones are very special. Have a lovely weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda. I hope you have some relaxing times this weekend and next week.

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  26. What beautiful tulips Linda, I especially like those with the ragged petals.
    Thank you for the advice on my dresser. I have looked at your post... you did a great job! I've still to decide on the colour but I have a few ideas, I'll post it once it's done.

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    1. Hello Fiona. Thank you for coming by. I look forward to seeing what you do with your dresser.

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  27. Those white tulips are just gorgeous. Love all flowers, but white definitely are high on the list. Lovely that you will be home for Easter this year.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Marilyn.

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  28. The white tulips are just beautiful! White flowers are so crisp looking, the little fringe adds to the beauty. How nice that you will be able to spend time with your family at Easter if you are normally away then. Enjoy your weekend :)
    Wendy

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    1. Thank you for the visit Wendy. Have a good day.

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  29. Those white tulips are stunning Linda. The reds are too. How lovely that you will spend Easter with your family. Won't be long:)

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    1. Thanks for the visit Denise. Yes, looking forward to the Easter holidays!

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  30. I love the white fringed tulips. No flowers for me as my sister and I were on the way to Ypres on Valentine's Day.

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    1. Yes, of course, you were away on your trip. How lovely to have had your sister with you to share the experience.

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