Today, I am steeping one of my favourite teas – Kyoto Cherry Rose scented with natural cherry and rose flavours. It is pale yellow in colour with a heavenly aroma and sweet taste.
Would you like a cuppa in my prized vintage China pattern? “Apple Blossom” is a stunning profusion of pink-petaled apple trees. I LOVE this pattern! I found it when I wasn’t looking at a roadside antiques barn while vacationing on Prince Edward Island a few summers ago! It was such a thrilling and unexpected find. Isn’t that always the way! I think I must have danced right out the door with my newspaper-wrapped bundles of joy! I hope one day to stumble across a matching teapot to complete the set. I will just have to keep on treasure hunting…
I LOVE this pattern’s history in that it was insightfully commissioned in the early 1960’s by the Chair of Nova Scotia’s Apple Blossom Festival, then in just its second year. This enduring pattern is an artist’s rendition of springtime in Annapolis Valley when the apple blossoms are exploding all over the countryside. All these years later, the festival remains a much-loved annual tradition there.
I LOVE, too, pink-flowering trees! But you probably could have guessed that already? Each spring, I make a special pilgrimage to a particular street in the heart of our city that is lined with gracious century-old homes on handsome, mature lots. One home on the street stands out from the rest. Along its perimeter marches a legion of stately Japanese Cherry trees. Their entangled branches, thickly laden with exquisite fluffy pink blooms, reach way out over the hefty black fence that rings the property, and bend down to the street like low-hanging frothy clouds of cotton candy! Delicious, pure pink abundance! My feet and heart always dance together at the sight. It makes my day every time!
Wherever these frothy pink specimens grow in abundance, there is an intense ‘Bloom Watch’ and visitors queue by the hundreds to see the magic of the cherry trees unfurl in a fleeting spectacular show of renewal. Their pink vapour of nature’s perfection fill the landscapes with intense beauty, wonderment and emotion.
To the Japanese, the fallen petals of the cherry blossom symbolize a soldier who has died in battle long before his time. But Spring blooms also represent strength, rebirth and hope for the future…
Audrey Hepburn said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow!” She was so right about that. To plant pink trees is to beautify our communities and to help grow a future without breast cancer…I believe! The seeds of Pink Days In Bloom’s “The Pink Tree Project” in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region are just beginning to be sowed…
Those of you who have been following my blog for some time already may know that I am a breast cancer “Thriver” and that when I was on medical leave a few years ago recovering from treatments, I decided to combine my love of gardening with the overwhelming need to do something, anything, to help fight this disease in some way…
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A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water. – Ancient Chinese proverb
Hope yours is a blue-sky kind of day…
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“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Thank you for dropping by. I hope you can spare a little time to come for a walk in the park with me. It is a bright and invigorating day and so I am bringing my camera along to capture some of the winter beauty…
“After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.” ~George Macauley Trevelyan
Our small city of St. John’s, Newfoundland of about 100,000 people is touted to be the oldest city in North America (I’m not sure how factual the claim because I once visited St. Augustine, Florida and I believe this, too, is their claim). I do know that St. John’s is steeped in history with a colourful culture and a warm, fun-loving people. Here’s an introduction to some of the flavour of our city:
Bowring Park is a well-loved destination here and is synonymous with the beloved literary figure Peter Pan! Are you curious to know more while we walk? It’s a bit of a story…
The Bowring family has had a long history with Newfoundland since the early 1800’s when first Benjamin Bowring came from England with his family to set up shop as a watchmaker and jeweller. His wife later set up a small dry goods shop which evolved into a general department store. Five generations of the Bowring family would branch out, very successfully, and build a global empire of trade and shipping including oil tankers, cargo fleets, passenger liners as well as a coastal mail service. In 1911, to commemorate their 100 years of successful business in Newfoundland, the Bowring family dedicated 50 acres of parkland to the City; today Bowring Park encompasses over 200 acres.
Two world wars wiped out much of the Bowring fleet. Following the Second World War, the main business of the company in Newfoundland became retailing. For many years, the company operated its famous department store on Water Street in St. John’s (I remember it well – my husband and I still have many of the Christmas ornaments we bought there when we were first married). The stylish downtown store was later expanded into a chain of “little shops”. These were the basis for the nation-wide chain of 50 plus beautiful Bowring stores that exist today. Interestingly, the company logo “Terra Nova” was a Bowring ship that was chartered by the British Navy for Admiral Scott’s famous journey to the Antarctic in 1911, although the stores are no longer connected with the Bowring family. The chain is currently celebrating 200 years of business in Newfoundland and Bowring remains one my favourite places to shop.
Replicas of Frampton’s Peter Pan statue, cast from the original mold, can be found around the world including: Liverpool’s Sefton Park, the Gardens of Egmont Palace in Brussels, Toronto’s Glenn Gould Park, Queen’s Gardens in Perth, Australia and Rutgers University’s Johnson Park in Camden, New Jersey. Frampton commented that his Bowring Park version of Peter was superior in location to his statue in London’s Kensington Gardens due to “the wholly natural surroundings and flowing river being more in keeping with the spirit of Peter and particularly animals and faeries…” If you have seen the other statues of Peter Pan, I would love for you to share them with us…
The enormous resplendent linden tree located in the park near Peter Pan fell during Hurricane Igor on September 21, 2010. It had been planted nearly a century earlier by England’s Duke of Connaught when Bowring Park was opened on July 15, 1914. Since Igor, a class of local elementary school students helped our Mayor plant a new linden tree in its place.
Russell further wrote, “Pan, the boy who never grew up, could be used as a metaphor for the people of Newfoundland. They are, in the best possible way, an innocent people. Newfoundlanders have a reputation the world over for their warmth and friendliness…” I love this!
DID YOU KNOW? Sir Edgar Frampton’s original sculpture of Peter Pan ‘magically appeared’ in London’s Kensington Gardens on May 1, 1912. The statue was erected in secret overnight at the expense of J. M. Barrie, the author and creator of Peter Pan. The next day, an advert by Barrie appeared in the British newspaper The Times: “There is a surprise in store for the children who go to Kensington Gardens to feed the ducks in the Serpentine this morning. Down by the little bay on the south-western side of the tail of the Serpentine, they will find a May-day gift by Mr J.M. Barrie, a figure of Peter Pan blowing his pipe on the stump of a tree, with fairies and mice and squirrels all around…”
Barrie chose the exact location of the statue in Kensington Gardens. It was lovingly placed there because Peter made his first appearance in literature in Barrie’s novel “The Little White Bird” which is set in Kensington Gardens. It was also in the Gardens where Barrie spent cherished time with the children who inspired his creation of Peter Pan.
The network of serene walking trails and attractive bridges feature magnificent views complete with flower beds, a rose garden, waterfalls, duck families and graceful swans. Indeed, countless children have had their picture taken by the Duck Pond feeding the ducks. Through the years, the park as become deeply rooted in the lives of those who live here.
I hope you enjoy seeing the details of the statue. A collection of faeries, mice, squirrels, rabbits, birds, frogs and salamanders climb their way up the tree trunk to Peter Pan listening to the notes of his magical flute…
DID YOU KNOW? It is recommended that you not feed bread to the ducks and birds. Bread has little nutritional value and its high salt content dehydrates the birds. It also promotes bacterial growth in the ponds and rivers. By purchasing healthy duck food, you will be doing the birds and their environment a favour. Duck food is available at various Marie’s MinMarts around the city for just $1.00 a bag; 100% of the proceeds from the feed sales is forwarded to the Bowring Park Foundation in support of the park. 🙂
DID YOU KNOW? The statue of Peter Pan is probably about 10-feet high. The widespread popular appeal of his Peter Pan statue led Frampton to produce a 18.5″ bronze reduction of the main figure expected to bring at auction £50k. Bowring Park will proudly celebrate its centennial birthday next year. Wouldn’t you love to have your very own miniature of Peter Pan to commemorate the anniversary? Hmmm….Special celebrations are being planned by the Bowring Park Foundation for the park and its patrons. We will all look forward to the party!
Bowring Park is a gift to all who visit, the crown jewel of our city. If you live near a beautiful park, I hope you will enjoy a walk there very soon. Oh, and remember to bring your camera and share the beauty…
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~Henry David Thoreau.
Wasn’t that a beautiful walk? Shall we go inside where it’s cozy? I hope you have a little more time to join me in a hot cuppa. I am using some of my prized teacups in your honour today. This stunning tea set was a ‘surprise gift’ to me by a dear friend. I’d be delighted to share that story with you on another day, if you wish…Now, how would you like your tea?
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Sources: Bowring Park Foundation, Newfoundland Tourism, The Telegraph, Bowring.com
These roses bloomed from a rose tree-standard in a planter on my deck last season. They are called ‘Waterfall’…
Welcome Dear Friends, Old and New!
“WHEN YOU DO nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” ~ Unknown
Pink Days is about Awareness, Hope & Support for persons with breast cancer, their families & friends; while at the same time, promoting gardening as part of healthy & beautiful living. Raising funds for breast cancer research, programs & equipment is a bonus. Pink Days is a way like no other that enables garden centres to connect with their gardening customers in creating a future without breast cancer. Pink Days is a Win-Win for everyone involved!”
The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities. ~Author Unknown
Make your optimism come true. ~Author Unknown
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way. ~Abraham Lincoln
We will either find a way or make one. ~Hannibal
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. ~Mayo Angelou
I am thrilled to tell you that Pink Days has grown this year to include five (Yes, 5!) AWESOME garden centres on the Avalon Peninsula in Summer 2012. Pat’s Plants and Gardens is excitedly looking forward to hosting its Second Annual Garden Pink Days on July 14-15. Generously joining in the cause are: Hickey’s Greenhouses, both their Dunville (June 30) and Kelligrews, Conception Bay South (July 7) locations; Shand Nurseries, Pouch Cove (July 21), and O’Neill’s Gardlenland, Spaniards Bay (July 22). And, interest is growing…
PINK BLOOMS! This year, Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador, too, has joined the cause in kindly contributing space at its Spring Landscaping and Garden Show and Symposium on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th at the Jack Byrne Arena, Torbay enabling ‘Pink Days in Bloom!’ to be promoted to the thousands of visitors to the show. Canada’s own gardening guru Mark Cullen will be their special guest!
Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more. ~A. Lou Vickery
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou
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Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.
— C. Neil Strait
Happy New Year Dear Friends,
I love you all! Thank you to each of you for being so encouraging and supportive this past year. It has been an amazing journey with you so far.
I first began blogging in 2011 as a source of ‘happy therapy’, a positive focus while on medical leave from my work recovering from treatments for breast cancer. The warm words you wrote on my blog and my heart helped me get through some dark days and lifted my spirits more than you can ever imagine.
And, I could never have imagined the amazing opportunities that came these past months from blogging! I’ll tell you a bit more about that in a later post, I promise…
First, let’s have a ‘cuppa’, shall we? And, would you also like some home baked carrot cake with snowy cream cheese frosting to go with your tea? This is a moist and delicious-tasting cake. There was a little left from “A Christmas Tea for Lucas” so I popped it in the freezer and saved it just for our visit today. It still has its wonderfully ‘fresh-from-the-oven’ goodness! Yum!
As you can see, I am still enjoying my Christmas decor. Indeed, many of my friends and neighbours, it seems, are also a little reluctant to say good-bye to that holiday feeling. I’m sure that will likely change in the next week or so. For now, the house is all cozy with the warmth that the holiday decorations provide.
Today I heard something beautiful, and I just have to relay this story to you as it made my day! TRULY!
Have you ever heard of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’?! I got the idea while watching the Oprah show one day many years ago. Hubby and I were inspired by the program’s theme and have been doing little spontaneous things like this ever since, and it always brings us so much joy…
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.— Mother Teresa
This morning, my husband and I dropped by our regular weekend haunt for breakfast. I was anxious to talk with our waitress Kim to find out the reaction of a group of four police officers (two male and two female) whom we had surprised last time we visited the cafe (the day after Boxing Day) by asking her to add the price of the police officers’ breakfasts to our own breakfast bill – but, please, not to tell the officers about their complimentary breakfasts until AFTER we had left the restaurant and they were waiting on their bills. We wanted it to be a SURPRISE to them. 🙂
When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, “Yes, this is how I ought to feel.”
— Harold Kushner
Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime! Lawrence G. Lovasik (The Hidden Power of Kindess)
Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your spending time with me. I hope that someone is kind to you today and that you are, in turn, inspired to perform a “Random Act of Kindness”…
Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds. Buddha
I found the news clip below on-line and had to add it to this post. It seems this is happening in many other places, too! Isn’t it so refreshing?!