Monday, 23 March 2009

Weekend Whimsy - Chapter 3



It was a good weekend for us Roses, hope it was the same for you. Life's a funny old thing, minutes after writing a cheery post on Friday, a friend told me some sad news - tragic news that shocked us all to the core. News that had nothing to do with our family directly and yet in a way had affected us all so deeply that we all felt the need to be together all weekend long. There is no greater wake up call than a reminder of the fragility of life ... we needed a weekend to savour, to reflect and most importantly to share.



So on Saturday morning we headed up to the Downs with our friends, our oldest friends, had a wonderful walk, picnicked in the grass, held our heads up to the sun, laughed, chatted, looked around at our families and realised just how lucky we all were.



We needed to be away from town, from the noise and bustle. We needed to just be. To be together.



We spent the evening at our friends' home.



Watched the sun setting over the sea and came home late in the evening whilst the pier was still partying.



Have you read/seen "The Darling Buds of May?" To coin a phrase from Pa Larkin the weekend was "perfick". Come to think of it on Sunday, Mother's Day, I felt rather like Pa Larkin with all the amount of food I consumed! Mr Roses did a great impersonation of Ma Larkin cooking all day, breakfast in bed (heart shaped soldiers), the girls made me cupcakes for tea and Ma, sorry Mr Roses, whipped up the best Sunday night supper ever. Thank you!

This weekend I remembered something that blogging had long ago taught me, to enjoy the moment, to find beauty in the most unexpected places and to cherish my family..

33 comments:

Garden Girl said...

sending you lots of love xx

Jemm said...

You are so right. Beautiful pictures too.

Josie said...

a lovely post, great pictures...
Josie x

WendyGK said...

A beautiful reminder. Thanks.

Tracy said...

Perfick post, Kim! I just love "The Darling Buds of May"--thrilled to the books and TV series...Your photos are magical...Happy Days ((HUGS))

Sew Recycled said...

Too true me dear! Glad you had a lovely weekend in the end.
Emx

P.S
A little boy spotted a beautiful girl on the steps this morning on way to school!!!!!!! Set his heart all a flutter!

driftwood said...

a lovely reminder xxxx

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful pictures Mrs. Roses! Big, big hugs to you...

Devon Dumpling said...

I am sorry to hear that you have received some sad news x

I love The Darling Buds Of May; both the books and the TV series and thoroughly enjoy re-reading or re-watching time and time again x

Julie said...

lovely post. It is so important to stop and savour the moment isn't it. Lovely pictures. Hope you are all doing OK.

Elizabethd said...

a very poignant post, full of thoughtful emotion.

periwinkle said...

heart shaped soldiers aaahhhh, lovely pics
lisa x

April said...

hope everything is OK, thinking of you

April xx

The Whispering Poppies said...

What a lovely and heartfelt post, Kim!

Lisa said...

A lovely post and I couldn't agree with the last papragraph more.
Lisa

sue15cat said...

It sounds like a wonderful weekend. It's so important to cherish our families and make time for them and the beautiful, simple things in life. We can get so carried away with the unimportant and mundane can't we?

Take care
Sue xx

cocoa and blankets said...

I couldnt agree more..carpe diem....I am so sorry about your sad news...love and prayers to you and yours...big hugs H

dottycookie said...

Very lovely words and pictures. Hope you're all fine.

Sal said...

Hi Kim...a lovely post... again.
We adored 'Buds of May' and could watch it over and over.
Hope you are ok xxx

OhSoVintage said...

Glad you had such a lovely Mother's Day being treated and indulged all day. You sound a very close and united family.
Ruth x

Cowboys and Custard said...

It is times like these that everything comes in to focus..
The importance of being with the ones you love and savouring the moments as they pass..There is nothing finer nor more precious than family and friends..

DX

Cherry Menlove said...

Gosh, yes, life does that sometimes. I had a similar time at the start of Feb this year, when life just forced me to stop and 'see' everything. I hope a day in the open air was as good for you and the family as it looked.

Cherry x

Primrose Corner said...

Beautiful. I sometimes think that tragic news does that - it creates the need to hold onto your loved ones tightly... to feel secure and safe with them. Take care.

the pig lady said...

What a beautiful post, I'm so sorry for your sad news, but so thankful for the gentle nudge your writing a photos have given. Thank you and I hope you have a lovely week, Debs x

Pipany said...

Sorry to hear you ahd such awful news. Completely share your sentiments about home and family though. I feel like Ma Larkin most of the time with our huge family! x

MelMel said...

Lovely to read you making the most of family time....your right ppl are so important....not things...just time together....I'm sorry that your friends have such sad news...xxx

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

I do love that first picture with the daffodils! The Darling Buds of May..I haven't seen that since it was fiest released on TV I did so enjoy it.
Isabelle x

Rowan said...

I'm sorry that you have had sad news, you are right though to enjoy and appreciate the lovely things of life while you can - none of know what is waiting around the corner. I'm glad you had such a lovely Mother's Day - I loved The Darling Buds of May - have all of it on video.

lou said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely words that are so true!
Sorry for your sad news, it does make you think though.
Love Lou xxx

Vintage Amethyst said...

A lovely post. I do love The Darling Buds of May, it is just wonderful.
Sorry to hear you had some sad news.
love
Alison
x

louise said...

Yes it takes bad news to put life into perspective. We all have to face difficulties along the way, but mostly life is good. I can see you had a lovely Mother's Day and ramble up on the Downs. The Darling Buds of May was a wonderful series. x

Country Bliss said...

Lovely post, beautiful pictures.
Thankyou so much for my lovely parcel of goodies it arrived yesterday, I've just done a post about it.
Yvonne x

meggie said...

Beautiful post, as always!! Hugs KimXX