Thursday 22 April 2010

Thank You

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 . . .


  1. This sword is very handsome and a great find for you to give your son. We have a sword in our family that my grandfather used in his magician show, so it is quite old. I think it is a cavalry sword. Say, the one in your photo couldn't be King Arthur's sword, could it?

  2. Jennie, I'm so sorry to hear of Honey passing. You really should have a cry though, it's good for you and helps. xo
    The sword is very handsome indeed! Happy birthday to your boy! Gosh they're all growing up on us aren't they?

  3. I love the sword and the the chunk of yew that it is in! What a wonderful idea! My sons would love it too. I love the morning bright and cheerful. For just a minute, I thought of the movie Rebecca (remember by Daphne Du Maurier?) the movie they light the fire in the morning room! I love the old classic movies.

    I think I got my cry out the day I had to dig the grave for my little Biscuit who died. Just go ahead and have a good cry. It's better now but I get sad when I walk down into the meadow by her little grave. Each day/week will get easier.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Thanks my friends. SH - my eyes well up at the thought of you having to bury your beloved Biscuit - a heavy emotional responsibility. It's only called the Morning Room because that was what it was called in the house details when we bought the house. Sounds very grand, but it IS a grand room. I love Daphne du Maurier's novels (esp. Frenchman's Creek) and read all the biographies about her I can find.

    Sandy - I'm not very good at crying - I try and hold it in, which isn't very good for you is it? I cope by working flat out and keeping my mind and body busy . . .

    Terra - looks like King Arthur's doesn't it?! How lovely to have your grandfather's magician's sword still in the family. A friend, just starting on family history, has gone through her dad's papers and found a whole "scrapbook" of clippings relating to her g.g.? grandfather who was a Naval Captain, and it tells of his exploits and all the ships he was on. Oh how I WISH I could find something like that relating to my family. Best I can manage excitement-wise are two g.g. grandfathers at Trafalgar, one on the Victory. Oh, and one of their grandsons on HMS Terrible at the Boxer Rebellions.

    We thought the sword had D''s name on it (!!). I am gently urging him towards re-enactments, but there is NOTHING for him West of Hampshire in England, a couple of hundred miles away and at the moment he thinks re-enacting is a bit naff . . . Think he would actually enjoy it, with the fighting bits! Just need to find a Viking group, as that's his main interest.

  5. What a magnificent birthday present! Happy Birthday wishes to D, who I still think of as a little boy when I first met you. All our children were at home then and the Woody pony was a foal, so it must be nearly ten years ago.

    I have been thinking of you and the dear little Honey cat. She will be keeping Snowy company.xx