Desert Island Discs, Jelly Babies and A Surprise

28 Mar

1   BBC Radio 4 brought more delights today. The guest on Desert Island Discs was the nurse and humanitarian, Dame Claire Bertschinger, about whom I knew very little. She was fascinating and if you can find the time, I think you would enjoy it too. Here’s the link to the programme.
Apart from hearing about her inspirational life, her choices were very touching for me. There was a verse from Hiawatha, the very verse I learned at primary school and then there was ‘The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God’ which my Dad used to recite to us having learned it at his primary school. I found it so touching because I spent the last seventeen days of my lovely Father’s life in the hospice with him and one day, though very, very ill, he said, “I wonder if I can remember this,’ and went on to recite the whole thing to his and my delight. You can listen to the poem here

Dame Claire Bertschinger BBC photo

Dame Claire Bertschinger –  BBC photo

2   Sometimes only Jelly Babies will do and the lovely Mr S went down to the corner shop to get me some.

My treat

My treat

3    When Mr S came home he found a big cardboard box on the doorstep and inside it were the most beautiful flowers, a present from our youngest daughter for Mothers’ Day, from a Cornish flower grower. I have put them into our lovely amber glass vase that was a wedding present for my Mum and Dad in 1939!

Cornish bouquet

Cornish bouquet


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9 responses to “Desert Island Discs, Jelly Babies and A Surprise

  1. maureenjenner

    March 30, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Little things are so important in our lives. They often cost very little; just a kind heart. Hope you’re feeling better.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Thank you. You are so right, kindness is so important. Have a good day – and, thank you, I am beginning to feel better. 🙂

  2. Choc Chip Uru

    March 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    You and I are the same, jelly babies are my life 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Colline

    March 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    The flowers are absolutely beautiful.

  4. valeriedavies

    March 29, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Oh sally – yes – Hiawatha, and Minnehaha… and the Green Eye … my best friend and I had the words pinned to our office wall, and would chant it at each other when we needed a little lift- ironic perhaps !!!

  5. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    March 29, 2014 at 12:42 am

    OK…Sally…I want some Jelly Babies…Remember asking me if you could send me something?…When you are up to it!…They are too cute!

  6. Hilary Bryant

    March 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Hope you will soon feel better Sally. Never knew you were another Jelly Baby fiend!


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