30 May 2016

May moments

May is almost over and today I've the opportunity to sit quietly for a while and think of the many happy moments that made this particular month a good and memorable one. Here are some that I give thanks for.......

Flowers
I'm grateful and give thanks for my eyesight that allows me to see the beauty around me especially in nature.  It's been a good month for flowers. In particular I looked to see if the buds of the lily-of-the valley (my birthday flower) were open. The plants were in a pot and given to me by a daughter a couple of years They were transferred last year into a raised bed by the sitting out area. I didn't mind if they multiplied there, but now they're back in a pot indoors as like many of the tender plants in the garden the buds are being munched up by some Nasty Creature. Of all the plants in the garden that flower at this time of the year in this part of the world I'm being rather protective of my lily-of-the valley.



Birthday moments
I'm thankful to be a year older and well although I don't take my health for granted. I'm grateful for medical care that we receive.  I have a recall at the hospital this week after going for a routine screening and although apprehensive I'm hoping that it's nothing to worry about. I'm also grateful for a wonderful husband - a patient one who's happy to take me on outings. Actually we do enjoy these times together even if it's only a short drive in the countryside.
I had a lovely birthday.  It didn't matter that rain stopped play with regard to spending time out of doors with our daughter and grandchildren, but we did have a lovely lunch and tea together and I had some wonderful gifts from all the children and grandchildren, too many to include here.



 Gifts -  a mug and and two plates with a cherry blossom design from grandchildren




More birthday gifts. There are some good recipes in this cook book, some variations on those I already know and many new ideas to try on the family.



Books from my daughter-in-law who knows what I particularly enjoy reading.

An enjoyable meeting
It was lovely to spend a few hours with Marilyn and her husband in York.  We had such a good time chatting over lunch and then looking around the nearby Museum Gardens.  I give thanks that we met and can continue our friendship through the wonders of the internet and the blogging experience. 




Marilyn gave me this lovely porcelain ornament made by Margaret Furlong, an Oregon artist. It's exquisite in every little detail and I shall treasure this beautiful gift from a delightful lady.
Here are some more photos of the gardens in York where we wandered and spent such a happy time together.

This area within the walls of what was once a small part of the grounds of  St. Mary's Abbey has been created as a garden for edible plants. There are entrances on a main street in Marygate and another leads into the rest of the Museum Gardens.
  



Hovenia dulcis Japanese raisin tree
Szechuan pepper (edible seeds)

Swiss chard



By midday the sun really began to shine which explains the blue skies in these later photos.




The fruit or 'grapes' of the mahonia aquiflorium.The mahonia aquifolium is the state flower of Oregon and an appropriate way to end this post. It was just after seeing this that we had to say goodbye to Marilyn and her husband, make our way to the car park near the river in Marygate and go back home. There were days of sunshine in May and I'm thankful that our day in York was one of them

I hope to catch up with all of you soon.
Wishing you a good day and a good rest of the week,
Linda:)

44 comments:

  1. Happy belated birthday, it sounds like you had a lovely day celebrating with family. Wishing you well for your follow-up appointment at the hospital, these things are often nothing to worry about but better to be safe than sorry. My lily of the valley has been flowering for a while, it's such a pretty flower.

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    1. Thank you Jo. It has been a good month. Re. the hospital appointment, being positive helps and thank you for your comment.

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  2. You had a lovely May Linda - so many nice happenings. If I haven't told my congrats, take a catch now! You got many pretty treasures as gifts... I wish you and Mr. P a good June!

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    1. Thank you Riitta. Wishing you good days in the month of June.

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  3. Happy belated birthday to you and with all the lovely birthday gifts. Beautiful photos and I like the neatly piled up stones on both sides of the path.

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  4. He did have a memorial birthday for sure. I love those Old Stone ruins but then you know that. Glad you had a happy birthday.

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  5. Your lily of the valley is so pretty; it was my grandma's favorite flower. Happy belated birthday wishes. It looks like you had a wonderful day. The museum gardens look amazing, too. Have a wonderful week, Pat xx

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    1. Thank you Pat. Wishing you all the best also.

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  6. Belated Birthday wishes, sounds like a good day celebrating with family creating some wonderful memories. Loved the photos of York.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you're feeling better this week.

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  7. It is late, but my congratulations with your Birthday. As I see May was a good month with lovely moments for you. Interesting to see photos of York gardens, we visited these when we were there on holidays two years ago.

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    1. Thank you Janneke. The gardens are a pleasant place to walk. As you know, there's a lot more to see in the different areas than I've shown in this post. The new area where culinary plants are becoming established is very interesting.

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  8. You have had some wonderful May moments. Such a lovely month in which to celebrate a birthday and for meeting up with friends. It looks as if May has been good to you and I hope June will be equally good to you too:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. Wishing you a good June also.

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  9. Hi Friend, You do have some great moments to remember about May... Looks like you had an awesome birthday.. Love the pictures... You are SO pretty!!!!!

    I've never been to a garden which features Edible plants... That is AWESOME.

    I hear you about never taking our health for granted. We just try to stay as healthy as possible for as long as we can. George is having Cataract Surgery next week.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy for your kind words. Wishing you and George all the best in the coming days.

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  10. I loved Mary Beard's programme on Rome, she is a learned and captivating story teller.
    I can see you had a lovely time in York with your blogging friend - the connections made via our blogs make the world a smaller and hopefully better place.

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    1. Yes, my husband and I have enjoyed Mary Beard's television programmes. As well as being learned she's enthusiastic about her subject and that comes across in her presentations. I agree that connections with others around the world through blogging is not only a personal pleasure, but helps us open up channels of communication. Hopefully we'll have a better understanding of different cultures and lifestyles through such friendships.

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  11. Your May was blessed with many enjoyable things. Glad you had a good birthday. Hope your visit back to the doctor is nothing to worry about...

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  12. Linda , what a lovely birthday month you've had.
    Your photo's are lovely.
    I visited York many years ago now, but I remember it well. The blue skies in your photo's look glorious.

    Here's to a good June ... but wishing you well for your follow-up hospital visit.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan for your visit and for leaving a kind comment. It's good to be in touch with you again. Wishing you a good June.

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  13. What a lovely post. Thanks again for making that one day so special. Praying your visit at the hospital is all positive with only good news.

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    1. Thank you Marilyn. I hope you and your husband are settling in again at home after your wonderful tour over here. Thank you for your prayers.

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  14. Good Morning Linda. I am wishing for you many many happy returns of not only your birthday but all the moments of spending time with family and friends. You and your husband look so wonderful together and the garden pictures are lovely. Of course, my favorite is the shell angel, but then you know how I love the ocean. I will be thinking of you and have already said prayers for your upcoming visit to the doctor.

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    1. Thank you Gloriade. Times with family and friends are always special - memories to be treasured. We all have those places that mean a lot to us and I can understand why you love being near the ocean. Thank you for your prayers for my recall visit to the hospital for further procedures.

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    2. I guess your angel is actually not a shell but it's shape still reminds me of the sea. :)

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    3. The dress and headdress of this delicate porcelain angel are indeed fashioned as shells Gloriade.

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  15. I recall my parents visiting York and enjoying it very much. Happy belated birthday to you. Lovely gifts -- and not just the friends and family. I can't grow Lily of the VAlley where I live, but I do remember their beauty from my childhood days in Minnesota. Someone's grandmother had them on the entire side of her yard with rock paths winding through. Always fun to reach down into the leaves to find the delicate blossoms.

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    1. I can just imagine that yard with the lily-of-the valley planted along the winding rock paths. Thanks for your visit and good wishes.

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  16. Dear Linda,
    I started a new link-up 'Flower Wednesday' today. You are most welcome to join in!
    http://intoetvimma.blogspot.fi/2016/05/varaslahto-linkki-auki.html

    I wish to see you there, riitta

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    1. Thank you for the info about 'Flower Wednesday'. I'll take a look and I wish you all the best with hosting what will be a popular link-up.

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  17. What a wonderful moth you had, I'm glad you enjoyed your birthday. The edible garden photos are amazing. I would love to visit in the future...I think I could get some wonderful ideas for my bee plot.

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    1. It was a good month Tanya. The Edible Wood garden was very interesting. It'll look even better when it's more mature. There was structure on the edges with angelica and artichokes and herbs such as lavender would attract the bees.

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  18. Lovely images of your visit to York. The garden of edible flowers looks amazing.
    Lovely gifts and cake on your Birthday.
    Sadly the slugs have been busy nibbling my few Lilly of the Valley plants.
    Have a wonderful June :)

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    1. Thank you Prunella. I hope you have a good June whatever you're doing.

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  19. What a lovely post. May has been a marvelous month for you! I too am a huge fan of lily of the valley, glad you brought yours in away from the pesky munchers.Interesting pics of York, I really must visit one day. You have some lovely birthday gifts there, how nice that your DIL knows you so well. Good to hear the blog meeting went well, that really is a lovely porcelain angel. Good luck with the recall, I hope all goes well for you.xxx

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    1. Your visit is much appreciated Dina. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  20. What a lovely month of May you had. you are right it doesn't matter if rain stops play, love the smell of lily of the valley, I've been picking fresh ones from the garden every few days, just lovely x

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    1. How lovely that you have enough to pick! I'm being rather precious about my few plants at the moment.

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  21. A belated Happy Birthday to you Linda, another May baby!
    I would love to see such an edible plant garden. It looks to be full of ideas, and I smiled to see the Oregon Grape as it appears in many island gardens. The lily of the valley - one of my favourites.

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    1. Thank you Pondside. Mr. P. and I had such a good time exchanging information about plants with Marilyn and her husband. The Oregon Grape was quite a talking point. I'm glad we spotted it in the Museum Gardens. It was a beautiful big specimen.

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