Thursday, January 26, 2017

Five Beautiful Things



The world seems so full of divisiveness and disrespect these days. I've decided to stop reading a lot of news and focus on the beautiful things in my week. 

Number 1: This lovely pair of mallard ducks on Rithet's Bog last Sunday. How calm they are. How unworried. How elegant.



Number 2: A female mallard flashing her blue under feathers as she grooms herself. Is this flirtatious behaviour? Do the male mallards find themselves attracted to these hidden feathers just as human males were once tantalized by the glimpse of a shapely ankle?



Number 3: A small collection of spoons. Each one tells a story. The one on the left is a baby spoon given to my husband by his paternal grandparents long ago. The shiny gold rose-topped spoon was part of my grandmother's collection. And so it goes. I like handling pieces of history in my home. 



Number 4: The kindness of fellow bloggers is beautiful. When I showed you the pile of squares I'd cut to begin my Granny Square quilt, blogger Barbara, from Cornwall, sent me a packet of fabrics from her collection. They will be perfect in my quilt, and I'll think of her often, and tell people, "That piece came from England." Thank you, Barbara.



Number 5: One small patch of snowdrops hides in a corner in my garden. After work today, I ventured out to see if they were blooming. And they were! Tight buds yet, but with a little more time they will open their delicate drooping bells.

What's been beautiful in your week? 

Linking to Five on Friday, hosted by Amy of Love Made My Home. 

35 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

This post means a lot to me as I can relate. No ducks or geese in my immediate future nor do I make quilts, but you inspire me. I have no idea why I have news alerts on my phone. Maybe I'm trying for something to stop the insanity.

I did bake today, though!! :)

Jane x

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Love the snowdrops....so much has happened that is making me crazy and its the political stuff in the USA.

Mascha said...

So many beautiful things around us! Thanks for this post.
I've looking for snowdrops yesterday, but I could not find one...
Have a nice weekend

Coastal Ripples said...

I so agree, it's important to look for the beautiful. News watching has diminished here too. We have had day after day of glorious sunsets just recently. Your snowdrops are wonderful. I never seem to be able to grow them. Have a lovely weekend. B x

Crimson Kettle said...

How wonderful to see the snowdrops again!

The History Anorak said...

I LOVE your spoons!I always enjoy looking at them in antique shops - but I have so much 'stuff' in my life already that I don't collect them. I love seeing other people's though.

Elizabethd said...

My snowdrops are giving me such pleasure as they nod their little white heads in the wind.

Happy@Home said...

Intentionally seeking beauty is a good plan, especially in times like these. So enjoyed your beautiful finds. How thoughtful of your blogging friend to send the fabric for your quilt. The snowdrops are a most welcome sight. I was recently pleased to see several of my camellias filled with buds and a few blooms.

Vee said...

I'm grinning to think of titillating feathers. Ha! My very favorite thing on your list? The snowdrops!

Sharon Koole said...

Lovely photos! I've been trying not to read too much news - very depressing - and like you focus on the beauty in life, especially in winter when I'm feeling down. Thanks for your beautiful post!

Happy Five on Friday!

Marigold Jam said...

I love this post and the idea of looking for 5 beautiful things is balm to the soul. I noticed my snowdrops have tiny tight buds of white just showing which speaks of Hope to me and there are daffodils along the roadsides here too. There is so much going on in the world about which we can do nothing that it is easy to be downhearted but this little post and lovely pics has made me realise that we must and can do only what we can and leave the rest to a Higher Power and have faith that all will be well.

collettakay said...

Thank you for focusing on the beauty of the world :) Love the fabric!

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AnnieOBTextiles said...

Beautiful pictures and I agree it is important to focus on beautiful things that give us pleasure at the moment.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

A lovely serene and peaceful post to wake up to...
we need to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us in times of turmoil.
Enjoy your weekend!

ellen b said...

Five beautiful things for sure. Love those fabrics and The Snowdrops!

NanaDiana said...

What a fun, positive post! I, too, am tired of all the political hoopla and want to get back to a quieter blogging/facebook life. Hope you have a great weekend! xo Diana

Studio Maywyn said...

Beautiful photos
I didn't now the female mallard has blue feathers.
There were bits of ice that was pretty this week, and prettier when it melted. :)

Amy at love made my home said...

The post I just read before this one was all about beautiful things too! What a lovely coincidence to read two such posts one after the other. You have shared some beautiful things, your spoons are very pretty, I love that your friend sent you some fabrics, and of course snowdrops are always a wonder aren't they! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Such lovelies you have for us today. Each photo is a favourite... love the female mallard's blue feathers, such pretty fabrics from Barbara, and snowdrops already, how hopeful.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend...
Brenda
xox

Ida said...

What a wonderful post. I too tire of all the dissent and negativity out there in the news these days. - Goodness and Beauty still exist and you've found some wonderful things to share. The old spoons are super cool. How sweet of Barbara to send you the quilt scraps, love those pretty ducks & the snowdrops.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Thank you for sharing the beauty in this sometimes very unbeautiful world. The mallards are so pretty with their colorful flashes and your spoon collection is wonderful. How very sweet of Barbara to send you such a charming collection of fabric. I love the snowdrops - I really need to plant some of these. I hope your weekend is full of sweet things. xx K

Daniela said...

Oh, I so love your collection of spoon, I'm truly in love with them, given I am passionate with everything talking about the past !

With utmost gratitude
I'm wishing you the best of weekends,
sending hugs and love to you, sweet friend

XO Daniela

Latane Barton said...

What a wonderful, sweet and peaceful post, Lorrie. I, too, am so tired of people acting like idiots and making our wonderful world all ugly. So, it was nice to see your post this morning.

Patsy in Nixa, MO said...

I'm with you. Beauty rules!

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

I love your beautiful photos of the mallards. What a sweet gift you received from Barbara, I am interested in seeing the completed project. Enjoy your weekend, Kelly.

Mac n' Janet said...

The little spoons are wonderful and I love that each has a story to tell. And to receive an unexpected present is always a thrill.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

LOVE the image of the snowdrops!! And, of course I'm partial to anything 'birds'!!! Beautiful duck images.

Anneliese said...

Snowdrops!!

Mrs Tiggywinkle said...

These are indeed five beautiful things, Lorrie. It's so easy to be caught up in the business of everyday life and overlook the beauty in the ordinary. Thank you for making me pause and consider. x

Tomoko said...

Happy New Year,Lorrie,
How sweet to see your five beautiful things. Yes,the birds are are so lovely.They brave the cold water and enjoy the stillness. Your spoons are wonderful. They are special treasures for your family. Your snowdrops make me smile.
I am a late visitor always. Sorry I am not fast in English. However, I still enjoy leaning the second language " English" at a private class with my friend. Have a wonderful new week!

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely post and great photo's
I especially like the snowdrops

All the best Jan

Margie said...

Blogging friends are the best!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Looking forward to seeing your lovely quilt come together. How special to have pieces from Barbara.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

You captured two beautiful pictures of the ducks, and I wondered at your question as well {smiles}. The spoons do speak of important parts of your history, a lovely picture too. And the snowdrops, how wonderful to find them blooming! A nice surprise to find :)

Bee Lady said...

The mallards are beautiful. I don't know about their behavior. I have some historic pieces in my home too and I've started making some notes about them. So the next person will know they have meaning and are not something I picked up at a sale. Nice of Barbara to send you some material! Something beautiful in my week...I bought some beautiful flowers on the manager special at Kroger for only 3.99! Huge bouquet!

Cindy