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.