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ooh lovely, a day off ...

After a wobbly start I'm having a nice day today, just pottering and drinking cups of tea.

I've vacuumed, made a Cottage Pie, and done a shop in Asda too.

I had a few tears first thing whilst looking through a few old blog posts (as you do) and clicking on this Beatles track I posted for my Mum a month or so back.

Nobody ever says how long you are supposed to grieve do they?

I guess I'm still feeling a bit run down from not being tip top too, and now I have a sty in my eye!
Unbelievable - when will it ever end?

Anyway, do you love Mr Pickled Onion Head by Toni Raymond Pottery as much as I do (he's been having a bit of a cry too, by the looks).

I found him in a charity shop a while or so back.

At last we have a bright day!

Twas beginning to think we'd never see the back of those damn right miserable grey days we've been having.

Lovely sunbeams have been streaming through the verticals.

The sun is also shining down on this pretty and pure white polyanthus, with it's beautiful heart-shape petals.

I've had a little stroll around the garden.

Whilst out there I took a few pics, and did the obligatory cat poo inspection.

Not even my cats!

Didn't stay out there long - don't be deceived, it's freezing in that north-easterly.

More lovely shadows being cast on the kitchen table.

A bit random - but did you know you can get three light bulbs in Robert Dyas for 50p?

Since when have they been such a bargain!

Hey, this helped to wipe away the tears.

After looking in at my comments this morning, I discovered I've been awarded a Stylish Blogger Award from The Secret Life of an Unknown Housewife.

Sarah describes my blog as quirky, quaint and clever - quirky and quaint I may be, but clever?

Thank you so much for seeing me in a light I never see myself in.

You've so cheered me up!



OhSoVintage said...

I remember you posting the Beatles song, I have always really liked it (yes I am old enough to remember it when it was first released! So sorry you are feeling wobbly today and hope this sunshine and promise of Spring around the corner has brought smiles to you. Of course there will be days like that but the very cliched 'Time is a great healer' is very true. Oh of course you must be clever - anyone born on that particularly day in October must be!!!!
Ruth x
PS Thanks for your comment on Rosie's blog.

Anonymous said...

Ah .... sending you a big hug for you .... I love the Beatles "In My Life" ...

Spring hopefully is around the corner, all the daffodils, snowdrops, primroses and forsythia are telling us that it is anyway in spite of the horrid grey cold day.

I'd agree ... you are clever.
Sorry I haven't dropped by in a while.

Can't seem to post comment properly.

So I'm not anonymous ... I'm

BumbleVee said...

Sending you a big hug Louise..... it never does go away ...this missing our Mums....and feeling sort of odd or having some part of us gone missing.... because I suppose that is exactly what it is.

I still reach for the phone from time to time to call my Mum.. and then remember.... she has been gone since '98.... still wish I could talk to her about things....include her in our "happenings" .... I wish she could see my latest bears and dolls. She was our biggest cheerleader and inspiration... always so encouraging.... nobody ever does that quite so well as Mums do....... and I'm sure when we are feeling under the weather, we all wish our Mum was there ...to make us tea ... and as she did for us kids when we were poorly.... little bread and butter fingers to dip into it..... it makes me cry every time I think on how lucky we were to have her ... and how much I miss her. That will never go away. Never.

Simone said...

Oh, don't be sad Louise! Your Mum wouldn't like you to be upset now would she? The fact that the winter has dragged on for so long has probably magnified your sadness. It was bitterly cold here today but I am hopeful of the warmer and brighter days to come. There are buds on the plum and pear trees and the grass is beginning to grow. By the way, I think you're clever too and kind and thoughtful and modest!!! x

Sarah said...

What gorgeous photos, Louise.See, you are clever! I feel for you having a wobbly day - they hit you out of the blue sometimes don't they? My dad has been gone for 10 years now and sometimes just a scent, a sound can bring him right back to me and leave me puffy eyed.And that's ok.Take care. Sarah x

ahomespunyear said...

It's not surprising you feel wobbly some days...I think it's fine to give in and take time for yourself. There are little things to enjoy...you've shown us some sunshine and that's always good. Mx

Lisa said...

I bought one of those pickled onion jars for my sister at Christmas, she picked it out when we were at a jumble sale!
Congrats on your award.
Some days are much harder than others aren't they. I miss my dad each and every day, it's been 2 and a half years, I don't think a single day will go past when i don't.
Sending you a big hug.
Lisa x

LizzieJane said...

Sending big hugs your way. I don't think that we ever get over losing our mums. I think it is something that we eventually learn how to live with. It does take time though and every one is different. I now find myself remembering my mum with a few more smiles than tears and I think that she would want it this way. It did take me quite some time to get to this place though.

Angela Steyn said...

Louise, I hope that the sunshine will help heal your heart a little bit... I once wrote an article about losing my brother (he died when I was little) and I remember writing that grief is a persistent little bastard, always popping up when you least expect it. Time of course is a great healer, but I'm not sure we ever really get over the loss of a loved one (and would we ever want to?).

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and saying hello... I love finding such gorgeous people in blog land! I adore your little shop too... very sweet.

My heart goes out to you across the oceans...

Angela x
Wicker & Stitch

Cathy said...

Hello Louise
Sending you big ((((Hugs)))) from sunny Australia - where its a bit cool at the moment lol
Doing some family research at the moment so my ancestors are in my mind most of the time
Take care

flightplot said...

Lovely post and photos. Congratualtions on the well deserved blog award! Flighty xx

Life is good! said...

i think mr. pickled onionhead is a perfect crying partner. yeah for the sunshine. don't you think it heals our hearts when it shines on us? me and your beautiful white flower think so! have a lovely weekend!

PinkCat said...

Very big hugs xxx

Glo said...

Hello Louise, I am so sorry, I didn't realize you were grieving the loss of your mum. Having suffered the same grief, I can see why you are feeling so sad. Tears are just love pouring out, so very understandable. One thing that I have come to realize is that since I'm part of my mum, I often will see something she loved and share her still that way.
Your post was such a cheery one with sunshine and flowers, and Mr. Onionhead ;) that I am glad to know you are looking forward to spring like we all are! Big heartfelt hugs :)

PS Do you know what my word verification is ....mumpeeth! Someone somewhere has a good sense of humour :) I think she's smiling down on you!

carol at home said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you'll call by again sometime. I've enjoyed looking through yours and was sorry to hear of your sadness today. I think we all get days like that when we really really miss our loved ones. But wasn't it a glorious sunny day? let's hope we start getting lots more of them and that you'll soon be feeling 100% again.

carol at home said...

I've just become one of your followers.

lifeinredshoes said...

Sorry you've been down:(
I'll try and send some more sunshine to life your spirits:)
This blog you have is lovely too!