Thursday, February 14, 2013

Good Scot's Thinking


Most of the American clan had passport problems.  You don't need them in the US.  But they asked if they could supply the centre  pieces at the reception - " and then Pat can take them home with her."

They fell in with the general scheme of things but thoughtfully stipulated there  must be some heather.  Can you see it, peeping out?
MTL loved yellow - even had yellow tooth brushes before the electric ones.
"Daffodils," queried Trish the florist?
"NO!  He's Scottish - not Welsh."
MTL's American great nephew -  a young doctor, represented the American branch and was a very
welcome guest.  He last visited ten years ago with his Grandfather, MTL's older brother, and took back for him a much worn scarf, a cap and a lock of hair.
All the rest of the family flowers stayed with MTL.  I asked the FD If I could have the cards on the flowers afterwards.  He misunderstood and eventually arrived with all the flowers.  We agreed that they should go to a local care home- and I kept the cards.  We had some touches of blue in the other arrangements - for Oxford and Scotland.
The ones I have are still beautiful.  I have taken the small sprays of heather out and put them by my bed-side photo.
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20 comments:

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Such lovely flowers, Pat...So thoughtful of everyone to think of the 'yellow' and the Heather...
Sending more hugs your way, my dear...(((((((HUGS))))))), and lots of love, too!

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day. I can't decide if that's appropriate or not. I'll probably regret it after I hit "Publish" but rest assured my heart is in the right place.

kenju said...

Very nice, Pat, and I agree with Naomi about the heather. Hugs from here too.

Pat said...

Naomi: he was a bit colour blind so yellow was easier for him. Trish the florist wasgreat -having to deal with transatlantic calls etc.

UB: I'm embracing V.Day. Why wouldn't I? Thank you:)

Judy: Must tell you - my grand-daughter - a Gaytor - accompanied a friend last week to suss out a Uni in N. Carolina. Unfortunately I hit the wrong button and lost the photos of a cathedral and the name of the place. It wasn't Raleigh.

rosneath said...

those are beautiful and what wonderful connections everyone made with the flowers ....

you are very brave

belleek

John Greenwood said...

A lovely tribute!

Marjolein said...

Those flowers are lovely.

angryparsnip said...

How lovely that everyone knew to add the yellow and the heather.
Your family and friends are so wonderful.

We all send hugs from Tucson.
cheers, parsnip

Vagabonde said...

We have been on trips and I was behind reading blogs, again. I just came to check yours and went back to read all the posts and all the comments I missed. I am so sad and admire your strength. I think all Naomi’s comments have been so thoughtful and express better than I could say all the feelings your blogging friends have for you. The flowers are lovely and it was so nice to have your family around you like this. I’m sending you all my love and many hugs.

Pat said...

Rosneath, John and Marjolein -thank you:)

Parsnip: none of us wanted tolet MTL down and everybody rose to the occasion.

Vagabonde: thank you dear friend. I am very grateful to my family and my blogging family.

Nea said...

Beautiful flowers. Heather by the bed made me think of the lavender bag I keep by mine, it's supposed to be good for sleep. Then I had to check if heather had healing properties too:

"Heather ... with healing properties similar to the essential Lavender, and can be used both internally and externally.
Eases insect bites
Treats kidney and bladder stones, sore throats, gout, catarrh and coughs.
Antiseptic
Astringent
Calming"

All our heather is under a few feet of snow at present, but in the summer when it appears again I'll treat it with a lot more respect!

<3
Xxx

LL Cool Joe said...

I've been thinking of you today, it must have been a very hard day for you. Beautiful flowers.

savannah said...

lovely flowers, dear friend! sending you love and good vibes from all of us on the plantation! xoxoxoxox

lom said...

Sending you love at this time Pat, you have all your wonderful memories together to look back on. MTL will never be far away, I believe our loved ones watch over us.

Pat said...

Nea: my BIL collects heather from all around the world. He couldn't understand why we had eschewed Yorkshire and Scotland to settle here - until he saw the heather on Exmoor.
Remembering Shakespeare I asked for some rosemary with my flowers.
'there's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember...'
Hamlet IV, 5.
Heather is also for good luck.

Joey: it was OK. I remembered all the ones we had had and brought out an earlier card. The sun came out - and also today - which lifts the spirits. That and the animated bird song.

Savannah: thank you to you all.xoxox

LOM: yes I beieve that too - and it helps me watch my P's and Q's:)

Macy said...

I still have dried flowers from W's funeral. Not many. But I'm fond of them.
x

Pat said...

Macy: like a touchstone - all helpful. All the things I used to try to persuade him to get rid of and I don't want to lose anything now.

Gadjo Dilo said...

That's a very fine arrangement of flowers. Good idea with the heather. But it's good that they didn't ask for thistles too :-)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Yellow's the colour of sunshine. I'm sending you warm hugs.



Pat said...

GG: he did love the sunshine and had his favourite spot in the garden.