Baby Echium, Threads and Happiness

16 May

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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8 responses to “Baby Echium, Threads and Happiness

  1. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    May 17, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    the colored threads are what caught my eye…love new things …and colorful things…I always loved it when I got a new box of crayons…happiest moments…

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 18, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Me too! I loved the range of colours in the tin and always kept them in the right rainbow order! 🙂

  2. dedy oktavianus pardede

    May 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    yup, happy is state of mind…..

  3. valeriedavies

    May 17, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Love echium, and love the whole quote…

  4. Minuscule Moments

    May 16, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Love the quote, very true. A garden without bees is no garden.

  5. Grannymar

    May 16, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    The bees need all the help they can get at the moment!

  6. heatherdawnfineart

    May 16, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    How sweet, your little Echium plants look adorable, it sounds like they are going to bring you lots of joy, have fun nurturing them. Love the colors of your embroidery thread…and yes the “Action for Happiness” is truly a goal to attain…for all of us. 🙂

  7. M E Cheshier

    May 16, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I never heard of the plant. I will definitely do some research! Anything to save our bees! Thanks 🙂


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