Tuesday, April 18, 2017
My Mother in law came to Easter dinner with an absolutely breathtaking bouquet of freshly cut Iris's from her garden. She has always grown the prettiest flowers! I've recently been enjoying photographing fresh flowers with some of my transferware and I've been a little in love with the color combination of teal, lavender and blue lately.
I couldn't resist taking some photos of a few of the Iris' together with these antique Royal Doulton plates which had just arrived.
The name of the pattern on the plates is Arundel and they over well over 100 years old, dating from 1890-1902.
(photo via Arundel Castle)
The pattern is named after Arundel Castle, where there are about more than 10 outstanding gardens which have been open to visitors since 1854.
(photo via Arundel Castle)
Iris, Most Beautiful Flower
Symbol of life, love and light'
Found by the brook, and the meadow,
Or lofty, on arable height.
You come in such glorious colours,
In hues, the rainbow surpass;
The chart of colour portrays you,
In petal, or veins, of your class.
You bloom with the first in Winter,
With the last, in the Fall, you still show;
You steal the full beauty of Springtime,
With your fragrance and shar colour glow.
An artist's desire of full worth;
So Iris, we love you and crown you,
Most beautiful flower on earth!
Edith Buckner Edwards, 1961
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I am sharing more than just a pretty table this Easter. I'm sharing a poem my Mother wrote in 1977. It is called, " God's Love Gives Endurance" and I think it's sentiment speaks much about the love God has for each of us. I hope you enjoy it!
GOD'S LOVE GIVES ENDURANCE
©Marilyn Stubbs Robinson 1977
Unto each life torrential rains will fall
Rolling their grief-ladened clouds all about;
But, for each storm is a protecting wall
Of powerful strength in God's love enroute,
For there from His mighty throne upon high
Comes with them a majesty all God's own
Of grace and comfort for those who are nigh
The precious caring that His love has known.
In mercy He keeps each dark cloud of gloom
Unto His compassion which then is cast
Before each one who by faith will assume
Forbearance whenever His help is asked.
Life's storms seem foreboding without God's love,
Very close to the heart and near at hand;
But, they who trusting in Him from above
Find endurance thought they not understand.
God promises to each of them who belong
Unto Himself through righteous belief,
That within each black cloud there is a song
Of merciful love and peaceful relief.
So; whenever you see the dark, storming days
Meeting you there at your front door,
Remember God's love has infinite ways,
Each broken heart with faith, to restore.
I wish you all a blessed day, and a Happy Easter.