the importance of being a Mum, a Dad, and a friend, love and happiness ...
The sun is pouring through the window and it's March 4th, the date my Mum and Dad got married, back in 1961.
How time flies. Today they would have been celebrating 49 years of marriage. That's if they hadn't got divorced, and Mum hadn't left us for which I hope is a place where the sun shines bright.
When a marriage breaks down it ends, when someone dies, time somewhat heals, but grief and sorrow can show no sign of an end.
One mustn't rely on support, but it is gratefully accepted when it's received.
That's were blog friends come in.
Look at that cute bunny above!
Lisa from Periwinkle recently lost a very close friend.
She came up with the brilliant idea of making cute egg-cup cosy bunnies, with the consent of the pattern owner, with all proceeds going to his charity fund.
Aah look! After e-mailing Lisa with a special request for one with yellow stripes, she made a custom, custard cosy especially for me!
This bunny is sitting next to two items of my 'modern' yellow Cornishware. Ones which I cherish, ones which Mum gave to me after visits to what once was, the factory shop at Church Gresley in Derbyshire.
If you have yet to discover Lisa's skill with knitting needles take a look on her blog, or better still take a look in her shop on Etsy.
To have this bunny in my home makes me very happy!
As, I am sure regular and long-term readers of my blog know, my Mum died, on a sunny day very much like today, of secondary Breast cancer.
She was happy when in remission, but became very depressed and dispondent when she lost the use of her dominant arm, when cancer cruelly spread to her bones. Never being one for giving up, she gave up.
The subject of cancer is one very close to my heart.
That's where blog friends come in.
Back in October, a good blog friend of mine over at Life in Red Shoes, who leaves 'witty' comments over on my garden blog, was holding a Pink giveaway to highlight the fact it was Breast Cancer Awareness month.
She asked for comments from those touched by breast cancer. After reading her very emotional and touching account of losing a best friend, I left a comment. This is the link if you would like to read it, but do have a handful of tissues at the ready.
Look, yours truly only went and won!
Not only did I receive the giveway of a set of emaculately hand-made dishclothes and a set of potholders (another cleverclogs knitter), enclosed was a lovely card, and little bags of seeds collected from flowers from her garden, for my garden.
Love is a difficult word to define.
The word love, of which I confess to using in blog world in a rather indiscriminate manner, can mean many things.
This is the card I sent J as his Valentine. Now, I love him to bits!
I thought you might think it sweet, and as a gesture of blog friendship, and love in a different shape and form, I send it to you.
We haven't kept every card we've sent each other over the years (too much stuff lying around the place does my head in), and what is a lovely cuddly bear, who is is happily surrounded in pink love hearts, will inevitably end up head first in the blue bin!
But not blog friendships, I do hope!