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Baby Echium, Threads and Happiness

We spent the morning putting the world to rights with lovely friends who brought us some baby plants, Echium, which grow to 8 or 9ft and attract bees by the dozens. The plants themselves seem to emanate a buzzing which sounds quite unreal. They will not flower for two years but we will nurture them with love until they do!

Baby Echium plants

Baby Echium plants

2   I’ve done a bit more embroidery this afternoon and just love my new collection of threads.

Embroidery threads

Embroidery threads

3   And in these days in the aftermath of our General Election when some of us are still feeling bereft, a little advice that I am trying to live by.

Create all the happiness you can

Create all the happiness you can

Thanks to Jeremy Bentham (15 February 17486 June 1832), a British gentleman, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer.  What he actually said was  :-

Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, — will invite you –  to add something to the pleasure of others, — or to diminish something of their pains. And for every grain of enjoyment you sow in the bosom of another, you shall find a harvest in your own bosom, — while every sorrow which you pluck out from the thoughts and feelings of a fellow creature shall be replaced by beautiful flowers of peace and joy in the sanctuary of your soul.
Advice to a young girl, June 22, 1830

and I love it in its entirety.

 

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