29 Nov 2013

Gratitude.


  
First all, I hope that those of you who dedicate this time of the year to Thanksgiving have had a good few days.  It's something we could all emulate as being thankful for our daily blessings is a positive thing. Therefore, I'm thinking of everyone around the world that I've had the opportunity to meet through blogging and I'm thankful for all of you.
The flower arrangement above was one of several made by a lady who comes to demonstrate floral art to the members of one of my friendship groups, usually at this time of the year.  We have lunch together, enjoy the demonstration and raise money for the event which goes to a local good cause; this year it's the City Children's Hospital.





As well as these beautiful arrangements in different styles and for different occasions, we were shown how to make a simple Advent wreath for the home using the four candles (for each Sunday of Advent), greenery from the garden and a few pine cones.
Today I shall be making my own Advent wreath in readiness for the first lighting of a candle on Sunday.

I hope you have a very peaceful weekend wherever you are and whatever you're doing.
(Our grandson no. 3 is over in America for a few days during Thanksgiving as a belated 18th birthday treat so we shall be thinking about him also).


  

26 comments:

  1. Well I am thankful to have found you and your lovely blog Linda. It is lovely getting to know you through this medium. The flower arrangements are beautiful, I wish that I was better with flowers - I'm kind of a stick them in a vase girl! I will look forward to seeing your advent wreath. I'm settting up candles, but not on a wreath! Hope that you have a great weekend. Happy thanksgiving and happy advent. xx

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  2. It is a good time of year to reflect upon all the good things in our lives and be thankful for those. I love the advent wreaths and look forward to seeing yours. Have a happy and peaceful weekend:)

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    1. Thank you, Rosie. I bought some new candles to put in my base and will find some greenery from the garden. It's very cold here so not a day to linger long outside.

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  3. these are all really beautiful, i love that basket of yellow roses... just gorgeous...

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    1. I know you love yellow flowers so not surprised you love that one! We gave it to a lady who's not well and couldn't be with us that day.

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  4. j'aime bien les couronnes faites avec des pommes de pins
    mais les fleurs , je les préfére plus naturelles
    je suis un peu en dehors des blogs , je suis un peu fatiguée et malade
    à bientôt
    tendresse
    edith (iris)

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well, Iris. I hope you have the opportunity to rest this weekend.

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  5. That sounds like a really fun thing to do. I feel a bit like Amy, could do better at flower arranging!

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    1. I always find it interesting to see how a member of a flower guild arranges flowers and greenery for formal displays and get some ideas at the same time for my homely flower arrangements.

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  6. I am grateful for your friendship too dear Linda!
    Floral art sounds like a lovely group.
    An Advent wreath has been on my mind too, so I need to put words into action this weekend.
    I love the greenery used in the one in your image.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Shane

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    1. Thank you, Shane. Have a lovely weekend. Perhaps you'll show us your Advent wreath when you've made it?

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  7. So many lovely things, Linda! And I am thankful and happy I can call you my friend :)

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  8. What beautiful flower arrangement, and for a good cause too, wonderful. Yes, it is such a gift to find lovely friends via blogs, I'm so glad I got to meet you ....xxxx

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    1. Thank you for dropping by. I appreciate your blog friendship. You also inspire me with your lifestyle and I especially enjoy hearing about your gardening and your voluntary work at the animal sanctuary. Have a very good weekend, Dina.

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  9. Beautiful, Linda.. You gave money for a worthy cause and had fun and learned something all at the same time… PERFECT…. Hope your grandson has a good visit to our country. What is he doing? New Year's at Times Square?????

    Love the flower arrangements --and love your header.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. It was indeed an enjoyable lunch and afternoon, Betsy.
      Our grandson is in New York combining the Thanksgiving events with some sight-seeing and probably shopping. We've heard he's arrived and I'm sure we'll hear all about his birthday treat when he gets back!

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  10. Exciting for your grandson, wishing him a wonderful time over here. These arrangements are lovely and for such a worthy cause. I also think your header is splendid. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment :)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. We always enjoy the flower arranging demonstration by a member of a flower guild and learn something new each time.

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  11. Dear Linda - beautiful flowers and lovely sentiments.
    I hope you show the Advent wreath that you will be making.
    I am sure that your grandson has had a wonderful time in the USA - a memorable trip for an 18 year old, and you must be looking forward to learning how he had got on.

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    1. I will show the Advent wreath which I've made this year exactly like the one the lady from the flower guild demonstrated. Thank you for your kind comments and your blog friendship, Rosemary.

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  12. Thanksgiving is an amazing time of year in the United States, regardless of what our holiday stands for I'm thankful for you and your blog and I'm blessed to have met you.
    Tammy xx

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  13. Linda, this is such a beautiful post! Your photos are so gorgeous and uplifting.

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  14. Flower arranging is one of those things I'd love to learn how to do. What fun to be able to learn a little bit about how to do it while doing good!

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  15. Love seeing your advent arrangement and flowers.
    I kind of missed the advent candles this year, as
    for some reason our church didn't have them last
    Sunday. Now I am wondering why, but we don't have
    much ritual in a Quaker church.

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