Marsh Marigolds growing at the edge of our wildlife pond.
I just wanted to say a few words in thanks for all the kind comments you folk have left. You have no idea how comforting it is to know that people are thinking of you, even though we have never met and are so far apart - oceans between us in some cases. I have kept very busy today as I find that is a coping mechanism that works for me. I have managed not to cry so far, though I nearly cracked earlier, imagining Hun-Bun running towards me across the paddock, as she was wont to do.
It is our son's 19th birthday today, and we gave him a sword. Well, you do, don't you? ! Just goes to show we are a bit oddball, but we knew he loved the replica sword I gave my husband for Christmas one year and this one just happened to turn up in need of a little tlc at the local car boot sale. It is sunk into a big chunk of yew, which OH smoothed and oiled, so that all the beautiful grain shows up.
And yes, that is the Morning Room, with a CARPET LAID!!! I have waited about 12 years for the room to be sorted and this carpet laid (we bought the roll - it is Wilton - at auction all those years ago. Perhaps we wouldn't chose this pattern nowadays, but it was what was on offer at the time and we liked it then. It makes the room look even more enormous that the 16 feet or so square it is . . .