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.