After nearly 25 years of married bliss we like to do things a bit differently from time to time. This year for Valentine's Day I received flowers of a different variety. The sort that you see in a Charity Shop window when they have just closed for the night. The sort that has you dreaming into the night of what wonders you may discover the following morning.
Although there were many to choose from I chose 3 small pots of flowers, 2 for a gift and 1 for me. But I was puzzled by something. What makes a pot of china flowers instantly cool or uncool? Old lady or eclectic, flea market style (Yeah, I know I sound old saying 'cool' that but I'm struggling to think of any other words at the moment!) As I examined each one there was something about each piece that made me instantly put it down disappointed. What could that be you may wonder as they all look wonderful from here? Well, I realised it's all about the little china container the flowers are in. Most of the above were in something odd like.. a donkey and cart (what?); a wheelbarrow (can sort of see that one but still don't really like); an old boot (why? There were quite a few of those in different colours); troughs (the pink one,bottom right in the photo. I can't work out why they have left a gap in the middle of each rose. I've been thinking I might be able to put a small picture in and use it that way so I may go back and have another look. Maybe.)
So, what were my small tokens of love for Valentine's Day.
A black pot of flowers (am loving the black as it goes so well with the black fire surround); and 3 flower brooches, one being an embroidered one which I don't find very often. Delicious Valentine's gifts that I chose and we bought together. No expensive roses or chocolates for me, thank goodness as they probably wouldn't last the week - but china and embroidered flowers..well, they will last a lifetime.