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Herb Garden, Chimneys and Book No 5

It’s my Mum’s birthday today and, of course, she has been in my mind especially today. I was thinking about what I had learned from her – about gardening, cooking, being forgiving, being kind and above all, finding the good in everyone and the beauty in everything. Mum always had a herb garden close to the kitchen as we do too.

Mum also collected old chimneys to plant up and I have inherited them. You can see just a few in the next photo.

Some of Mum’s chimneys, this front one with Heliotrope still in flower on 5th November and planted every year to remember Mum

Mum’s father was Welsh, she was half Welsh and I am one quarter Welsh. My book today is Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. When I was very young we used to listen to this fabulous confection of words and magical imagination on two vinyl records and I heard it often.  Later I was bought the tapes and later still, I chose to teach it as part of the GCSE English literature course. I know it almost by heart.

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas on vinyl

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas on cassette tapes

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

 

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Treen, Cistus and Unknown Flower

1   I’m still putting things back into the nearly renovated dining room and ‘discovered’ our treen all over again. This little round box, about 4″ diameter and 2″ tall, is a lovely example.

Treen box

Treen box

 

The two sections can be unscrewed, and there are three pieces inside.

Opened up

Opened up

When assembled, these make two beautiful candlesticks, about 3 1/4″ tall,  and a snuffer. We’ve never used them and I don’t think my Mum and Dad did either but we’ve had them as long as I can remember.

Candlesticks and snuffer

Candlesticks and snuffer

2   The White Cistus is covered in flowers that look like poached eggs and the bees are loving them. The whole bush appears to be buzzing.

Bee on White Cistus

Bee on White Cistus

3   This delightful mauve flower has seeded itself in my herb garden and serendipitously, its flowers co-ordinate with the Thyme, the Sage and the Chive flowers. The flowers appear from a furry little bud which uncurls to form several flower stems with lots of little flowers on each. Can anyone tell me what it is, please?

Unidentified flower, self seeded

Unidentified flower, self seeded

P.S.    A neat little thing I noticed as I posted – this is my 651st post and today my 651st follower joined me in my quest for the beautiful things in our lives.

 

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