Saturday, 19 December 2015

Advent 19 - A Hyacinth

This hyacinth in a pot was bought at a late Autumn sale at the Methodist chapel for 50p. I re-potted it and added some moss and it's been included in the box of gifts for Col's Dad.

Years ago I always bought some hyacinths and did the planting/wrapping/keeping in the dark thing before bringing them in for Christmas. Then one year they all got eaten by mice or something and I've not bothered since. It was only after I had biked home again after buying 1 hyacinth that I thought ......why on earth didn't I get one or two for us

We went to a funeral yesterday. Col's uncle, who was almost 80, had been ill for a while after a stroke and then the dreaded dementia crept in too. It was a sad time but at the same time a lovely funeral (if that doesn't sound too weird). Col's Aunt and Uncle had been baptised into the church family of Wetherden Baptist church in the mid 1990's and by a very strange co-incidence that isn't really a coincidence, Wetherden Baptist church is where I went to Sunday School and Youth groups ( F.O.Y. or Fellowship of Youth) all through the 1960's between the ages of 7 and 15. It was a proper funeral where the people who spoke really knew Col's Uncle, and the chapel was packed out with people who had known him at various times in his life. Unlike some funerals where there are hymns but no one is used to singing, yesterday there were so many chapel people there that the hymns sounded wonderful. Col caught up with his cousins who are all much younger than him and their families. I caught up with people who I knew from Chapel all those years ago and reminisced with the youth leader back then about the time we got stuck in the snow after going to a bible quiz at Hadleigh chapel.
 My Mum and Step-Dad are buried there too so I popped a tiny Christmas tree on Mum's grave while we were there. We saw other members of Col's family who we won't see until after Christmas so that was nice too. It was lovely to see they have a new young pastor, in his 30s with a young family, quite a rare thing.

I'm looking forward to the Strictly final tonight, but I've no idea who will win.

Many thanks for comments yesterday. I sometimes think I mustn't keep mentioning all Col's nasty health things, that wasn't what this blog was supposed to be about, but it's difficult not to when it seems to be taking up so much time. Someone said they liked my blog as it was like chatting over the garden fence which I liked the sound of so I'll just keep chatting about what's happening and apologise if it's a bit tedious.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

15 comments:

  1. Funerals can be fun afterwards as every one catches up with each other, I love it when we sit and remember things or find out new things. We are a family in blog land, so keep chatting even if you feel hubbys illness is taking over, we like to keep up and offer help where we can.

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  2. Totally agree with the above. I love the daily chat over the garden fence.

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  3. I love hyacinths to look at but I can't abide the smell which gives me a headache. So I just have to admire pictures of them on peoples blogs.
    I agree with your reader who says that your blog is like chatting to someone over the fence and that is why I like it too........it's real life. Besides which I sometimes think it helps in difficult situations to have an outlet where you can get it all down in words and offload some of the burden.....even just a little bit.

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  4. My nans funeral was like that. Her passing was expected and she'd lived a very long and full life. Her funeral was a celebration of her life rather than a commiseration of her death, and I think she'd rather of liked that.
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  5. My sympathies on the loss of your husband's uncle, but I'm glad you and your husband got to meet family and friends at the funeral. I

    I, too, enjoy reading your blog, as it is - exactly like catching up with a neighbor over the garden fence. I think it is only natural you'd talk about your husband's health issues as they loom large in your life, right now. My blog, too, is changing as I deal with my recent health issues, as going for treatments and coping with side effects are taking up more and more of my time.

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  6. I'm glad the funeral was a good one - I often say the same about funerals I go to and never know if it sounds odd!!
    I think nowadays most families only end up getting together for funerals - peoples lives are too busy to keep in touch!!

    I love all the people at Wetherden Baptist Church as that is where I also went for Sunday School and F.O.Y!!
    I love going back for the village fete as the Baptist Church run the cake stall and all their cakes are amazing plus I get to see all my old Sunday School teachers who must now be in their 80's.

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    1. We had a good chat with John Bean who took us about everywhere in his old car in the 60's. You may know Cols cousins Paula and Nicola, So many names from the past - the Rushbrooks, Steeds and Hawes

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  7. Hi Sue, No matter what happens you can't avoid all the ups and downs in life. How lovely Col's uncle had so many people to care and remember him. So many people don't. I'm really glad the day went well for you and your family. Jane xx

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  8. I have been a reader and follower for a while and love your blog. I think that I have said before that I am from the UK and now live in California. So it is all very interesting to me to keep up with what is going on in my old country and to follow your family. I also have a blog so I hope that someday other people will enjoy reading mine from sunny California.

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    2. You can see my blog by clicking on my name.

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    3. Hello, lovely to have you visit, it looks sunny and warm where you are. I never knew tumbleweed was so BIG!

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  9. I am sure your Hyacinths will be much appreciated. Charlies had a pot of 3 hyacinths priced up at £3.99 - I don't think they sold many as they were all flowered and going over yesterday. They had a smaller pot of 3 for £1.99 so I got one to make my kitchen smell wonderful. As for B&Q prices for stuff (we had to get a new lamp shade recently) - they are ridiculously over-priced. It does annoy me when shops are so greedy.

    Sorry to hear about Col's uncle, but it sounds like he had a good send off, and a good wake afterwards too.

    Nearly a million viewings is pretty good going!

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  10. I love hyacinths they're beautiful colours and smell. Like you I buy things for other only wishing weeks or days later that I'd bought it for me!

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  11. Sad about the funeral, I always think is it very sad especially this time of year.......
    I always give hyacinths as presents
    Julie xxxxx

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