This time of year

I am not the worlds best photographer that's for sure but even I can spot that there is something rather special about roses. Not only do they remind me of a rather special blogger friend, but they fill the whole area at the front of our home with a heady fragrance at this time of year. It's almost overwhelming and is just so so lovely.

I know nothing about flowers. I know they are beautiful though. And I know that looking at them reminds me of important things. Pausing to appreciate the delicacy of a flower petal ... watching as the days pass ... seeing the inexorable transformation from almost bare twigs, to leaved plant through buds all the way through to full blooms. How amazing nature is. Truly it is just breathtaking.

Take a look at these beauties ...

My mothers health has taken a turn for the worse. She goes back into hospital on Thursday for tests on a mass that showed up on her scan last week. A few months ago she started feeling increasingly unwell but this last month or so the affects have started to become all too obvious ... very marked weight loss, low energy, loss of interest in things, lack of appetite, general listlessness, more than usual confusion etc etc. Hence tests and more tests. Mum tells me that she believes the cancer has spread into her liver (the area in which the mass has appeared). She may be right but we shall wait and see.

Some days it is particularly important that we take time to pause ... to look in wonder at the beauty all around us in the world.


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your mother Jos. It's been a difficult week here too with my mother. It doesn't matter how old they are, they're still our mothers.

    The roses are lovely. They look like the kind that smell wonderful.

  2. I'm so, so sorry to hear about your Mom. The flowers are just magically gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them. I'll be praying for your Mother. xo

  3. So difficult, yes? These losses come on slowly and, like a rose, our parents also bloom and eventually lose their petals. ((Hugs)) to you Citrus. I'm so sorry.

    I think all manner of flowers are miraculous...even weed flowers. God done good with the flowers, not so good with the bugs...(in my humble opinion)


  4. I echo what Wine and Words said. So sorry to hear about your mum.
    The roses are stunning.
    Sending hugs and lots of love your way and to your mum too.

  5. sending you every wish and every bit of love possible, jos. i too am sorry to hear about your Mother. i hope the news is hopeful.

    your roses are spectacular. you have opened along with them. since i'm your trail mate, i know this is true :^)

    fingers crossed.


  6. Dear Jos,
    It's been far too long since we *talked*...but here I am.... I think your Rose Photos are gorgeous..the White and Crimson ones really draw me in.... I can almost smell their fragrance....

    I am saying prayers your Mum is WRONG...and that the news you all receive is positive. Please keep us all posted.

    Sending you love and strength,


    ♥ Robin ♥