Crab Apples, Translucence and Generosity 

21 Nov

There is a pretty cluster of little apples on our Malus Evereste this year.The Agapanthus leaves are rotting down and have become golden and translucent.At choir tonight lots of people had brought soft toys, colouring books, felt pens and crayons for ‘Bags of Love’, a local charity collecting for children in war torn Syria. 

Below is the information we were given. Isn’t this a beautifully simple and lovely thing to do for these children.


The hospitals in Syria in the aftermath of an airstrike are chaotic and incredibly busy. Due to the lack of staff, when children are brought in, there is no provision for a quiet space and rarely anyone with the time to comfort them.

The doctors have asked that we launch an appeal to fill bags with things that will keep the children distracted and maybe offer them some comfort. We are ordering 1000 white drawstring/duffle bags printed with the Bags of Love logo and we need donations to help us fill them.

Ideally we would like each bag to have:

 1. A cuddly toy, no bigger than 10″ – doesn’t have to be new as long as it is clean and undamaged

2. A pack of felt tips or pencil crayons (with a sharpener) and a pad

 3. An outdoor toy such as a tennis ball, skipping rope, yoyo etc

 4. A packet of sweets- HALAL suitable – please make sure they have no gelatine in them.

 5. A picture drawn by the child that has filled it, a note telling those children that we care, we think of them and we are reaching out to them ❤️ (this is really important as we can buy other bits but not this!)

 Anything else that you think would bring a bit of joy feel free to add in.”



Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Beauty, charity, community, garden


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6 responses to “Crab Apples, Translucence and Generosity 

  1. arlene

    November 22, 2016 at 12:48 am

    What a lovely thing to do. You would be helping a lot of them.

  2. Kim ridgeon

    November 21, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    As the extreme right begin to take control in the political world such focus on the simplicity of beauty in the eyes of one person shared to us all is to be cherished. If this small political point causes offence please delete.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 21, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      No offence taken, I can assure you. To be a beacon of light in a frightening world is good for me as well as for those who tell me they appreciate my posts too. W H Auden’s poem ‘1st September 1939’ ends with these words:

      “Defenseless under the night
      Our world in stupor lies;
      Yet, dotted everywhere,
      Ironic points of light
      Flash out wherever the Just
      Exchange their messages:
      May I, composed like them
      Of Eros and of dust,
      Beleaguered by the same
      Negation and despair,
      Show an affirming flame.”
      We must keep the ‘affirming flame’ burning. Thank you very much for your comment.

  3. GodGirl

    November 21, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    How wonderful – what a great idea.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 21, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      I agree. I’m hoping to spread the word with my post. Perhaps someone else will join in too.🙂


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