Later this week, together with a few singing friends, I will be exercising my vocal cords to this amazing song, The Rose. We have been entered as a choir for a Trinity music exam and will be singing our hearts out in the parish church.
I'm excited and terrified at the same time!! For the last fifteen years it has always been my children taking music exams with me supporting and encouraging them. Now I will get a taste of what I put them through!! So I would love you to wish me well or say a prayer for me on Thursday morning. You might even sing along too.
Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.
It's the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It's the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It's the one who won't be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin'
That never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun's love
In the spring becomes the rose.
I tried my hand at Freecycle yesterday, when an alert came through for a box of unwanted china. After an exchange of emails and a brief visit to a very charming lady, I came home with lots of pale pink vintage china, absolutely free!
I already had some oddments of old pink and white china with roses which came from a table-top sale last year.
and a cake stand I bought recently from a car boot for two pounds. The white lace table mat was an accidental find from eBay (I thought it was going to be the size of a dinner plate!!)
I'll be needing somewhere to store my precious finds, so have posted a request on Freecycle. I wonder if my luck will hold up?
A warm welcome to the readers who visited my blog during the past last week. I do hope you enjoyed my photos from the Festival of Quilts and that you may be inspired by the beautiful work. If you are in the UK next year during August you may wish to visit the show. You can find all the details here.
During the week I had another day out as the weather was good, and the sun was almost shining! Just an hour's drive away towards the Surrey Hills, we found this hidden gem run by the National Trust. A stunning Edwardian country house with acres of formal gardens and more acres still of country estate.
Although we are coming to the end of our English summer there were still plenty of blooms in the borders and the kitchen garden was bursting with produce for the table. My own garden has been a disappointment this year because of the heavy rainfull and lack of sun so I have great admiration for the gardeners at Polesden who have created this year's harvest.
My camera has been busy again! Here is another little slideshow for you. Just double click the photo for a larger image or if you want to view at your own pace.
Amongst the photos you may have noticed a single bloom - a beautiful pink/dark pink two colour rose. A rose from the 12th century named after Henry II's mistress, Rosamundi. The same one I use for my avatar. So I just had to include it!