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June xxx

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Simple Things

When a Malaysian visitor first arrived in England she was struck by the beauty of the flowers growing on the banks as she approached a large town during a long train journey.
Coming from a country where flowers wilted all too soon, she thought she had never seen anything so fresh and beautiful.
The flowers she admired were in fact dandelions and daisies and she was horrified to learn we think of them as weeds!

It reminds me of Rudyard Kipling who wrote 'Give us delight in simple things'.
While Maria in 'The Sound of Music' sang some of her favourite things......

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens.
Brown paper packages tied up with strings,
These are a few of my favourite things.....

And to add one more quotation to this list the prayer of George Herbert....

Thou who hast given  so much to me, give one thing more..
A grateful heart.

One of my favourite things at the moment is the gorgeous pure white orchid on my kitchen windowsill.
My Granddaughter gave it me for my birthday and every day I look at the many, many blooms and think of how much I have to be thankful for.

I risked the dark, heavy clouds looming and went to Chapel this morning on my scooter. I took my Family Heritage book with me to show my  friend Mary. I couldn't believe the interest it aroused. We chatted afterwards with coffee and choccy biscuits as it was passed around the room.
I am so glad I made it and hope it will be handed down through the family.


Bill C. said...

I've always thought dandelions and daisies were beautiful, too. Of course, orchids are the ultimate flowers. Their perfume can be unbelievably beautiful.

Anonymous said...

When we really LOOK at weeds, we realize that they are beautiful. And so many of our flowers came from those same weeds! My garden is full of daisies! They are happy.
I loved your post today and am glad you were able to get to Chapel with your family heritage book. Who wouldn't be happy to see what it contains? As a genealogy buff, who's ancestors came from Cornwall/Somerset/Dorset ~ I would be the first person to read your family history.
Hugs to you my friend,