Elegant Rose

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Second Hand Rose....

"Sultry, steaming, sweltering, July...
Slow down.
Or stop.
It's time to shed ambition and expectation,
along with clothing and calendars....
A shady nook, a cold beer, a cool breeze.
Time out for good behaviour.
Summer is not so much a season, but a melody"!
~ Taken from,' Simple Abundance'.
My Bible...

~ Hello lovely blog world..
I must confess I am happy all is well and we are all still here, alive and kicking!
Being a 'worry pant's that I am I did wonder if we would all be lost for a short while, with the loss of blog reader.
 So I thought the best thing to do was lay low!
But alas all seems tickety boo!
July .
It's lovely to welcome July, but a little concerning just how fast this year is going...
Pretty roses from my little garden forecourt...
~ the smell as sweet as they look!

~ We had a jolly nice trip through to 'Brum', this weekend...
A grand day watching the athletics!
You may have seen them too....
Deans race was a toughie and my heart was in my hand for most of it, I must confess!
( I felt a whole lot better  after the whole thing was over )
We also had some nice time together...
and a good catch up!
( kiss the birdie then!)
'The Arco lounge', restaurant on High street, Harbourne!
a great place to eat and chat....
LOVE the vintage pictures here...


And we also helped Dean move home, once again...
I swear my boy has my Mums gypsy blood in him..
My Mum used to feel the distant breeze in the air and declare the time was right for us to move on..
"It time for us to have a change", she used to say...
~ We were always excited!

( I know I have shown this vintage photograph before, but I just love this happy shot)
I think it so sweet that my brother , John- Paul is holding my hand!
This home was one of Mum's longer stays!
I know she was free as a bird here!
And I wonder why I love the movie' Chocolat'.
Vianne Rocher , ( Julliet Binocche 's)  wonderful, character is the best way to describe my Mum...
"so wild and free"...
Always on the move!
A horse and trap may have been more appropriate for us in them 'good all days'....

~ This week is a bit more laid back for me, so I am delving into the pages of another,' Sarah Addison - Allen, 'novel.
I love the way she writes and I find my self dreaming off into another time and another place..
I am a dreamer, I know.

A little like Trinny!
Sweet kittie dreams....
(I have just decided to day in my next life I am coming back as a kittie)
I really am!
~ I am thinking that catching butterflies and snoozing all day sounds like such fun!
( For Willie)

~ I will close for now...
~ all the pretty 'bits and bobs'  in this postie are brought home and re-loved from Bumble Bee.....
Please pop in and say hello on our new blog!
Or simply belonged to my Mum or Grandma..
( apart from sweet Trinny of course)
Second hand Rose, that's me!
But I kinda like this...
Thanks as always for listening to my witherings!
~ Take time to dream lovely friends, I am ever so glad we are all safe and sound.
Hugs Maria x


  1. Hi Maria,
    It seems we are all here. I am back again.
    What a lovely post.
    Pleased you saw Dean. Great photo of your mum and you children.
    What a life a kitty has.. I think you chose well. Just catching butterflies and relaxing on the sofa or the midday sun.
    Happy days Maria..
    xxxx val

  2. Hello Maria.. val again.
    I see that you are not getting my updates on your sidebar..
    I will be sorting bloglovin out..but not yet.. all this worry has been too much.
    just pleased to be blogging again.

  3. My Minnie is in a similar position next to me! I love that film too, must be watched whilst eating delicious hand made chocolates! :) x

  4. I love that picture of you all too, Maria!

    Jacob is soon to be on the move again, there must be something in the air at the moment. Nice for you to ave a catch up with Dean xx

    Glad we're all still 'safely gathered in' , so to speak!

    Must get together soon after all our children's shenanigans are over and we have time to ourselves

    Love Claire xxx

  5. People have often asked me, if l'd fancy
    coming back as a cat....! I always say no!
    Knowing my luck, l'd be taken straight to
    the vet...For 'YOU' know what.....!!! :).
    As one lady cat said to another lady cat...
    "Have'nt seen old Tom, since his operation"!

    Horse and cart...Oh! Mio Nonno had a Carrettino
    Sicilano...It was a beauty, as they all are....
    Works of art...I think there are some on u-tube!
    Well worth a look...Last time l saw him, alive,
    was when he was 96. And, still riding round on a donkey.
    He died at the very young age of 106. ME! I'm gonna
    stick around for my telegram from King William...! HeHe!

    I did get a bit confused at the beginning Maria.....
    Thought it was the start of a D.H. Lawrence novel....! :>).
    HeHe! What fun....What fun....Bless little Trinny...Wonder
    what she's dreaming about....Taking a little 'paws' for thought.

    At the weekend...I was reading through some of my college A-Level
    books...Laugh...Laugh...! :)
    In one of my psychology books was written.....AND...I must say,
    it's not true, but this 'saying' 'quotation' was always referred
    as me...Not True...Not True....HeHe!
    "I'm not a control freak, l just happen to be a highly driven,
    focused, motivated, extraordinary and inspiring leader, and, yes
    you may take time out to listen to my advice, and, no, you may not
    do things your way..." (Brilliant...Love it....For some reason). :).

    Lovely....So remember....
    "If you always do, what you've always done, you'll always get
    what you always got".
    (Think about it).
    Ciao...Ciao..........! ~(^.^)~

    1. A Virgo you most certainly are, dear Willie! I live with one and I can tell...Smiling as always at your kind visit! :)

  6. Maria...helloooo....I adore that picture too!
    i am looking up that book now....simple abundance sounds just like my mood today.....thank you and byee for now...Daisy x

  7. Oh Maria as soon as I read your mom saying it's time for a change I thought of Chocolat and there you are mentioning it in the next paragraph. Such a beautiful book and the wonderful river gypsy Johnny Depp in the movie. Glad your time in Brum was happy and Dean's race went well. Smelling the flowers here today and sewing the faeries while the other half does the chores. Blissful ~ Sarah x

  8. So glad that Dean's race went well. Love the family photo.

  9. Hi Maria!
    it's great that the race went well...I feel mother's excitement in the air!I'm so glad things go great,yes, it's important we are here and safe listening to your lovely music and exchanging our "small pieces of life"!
    (Oh, my God,I'm always afraid with my English!!!)
    Sending you sunny and summery thoughts..
    Love, Olympia

    1. Olympia your English is superb! Far better than mine...I always have my Olivia check my blog before I send out..I guess my hands get carried away some times before my brain is in gear! Meaning I usually make a spell error! hehe!

  10. Hello there darling friend! I really love your world here; it makes me want to visit you and chat over tea, to hear your voice, to see your world. What a SUPER SUMMER I AM HAVING, loving every song of the birds in the morning, the song of my water fountain as I can now hear it because we can finally open our French doors out onto the garden; my husband enclosed our patio to protect against the many mosquitos. Oh what bliss.

    Enjoy YOUR summer day sweet and beautiful Maria! Anita

    1. Anita I smiled with you and this beautiful comment! It is raining cats and dogs out side! but it is 'summer' in my head! Thank you for always the kindest words....

  11. Hello Maria! Yes I too worried for a moment about the blog change over but it appears that nothing much seems to have changed. I love your blog posts, your lovely descriptions and pretty things. Very cheery indeed. I think we are soul sisters as I can empathise with everything you say Maria.

    1. I always think this too, Anne with YOU! It started with your lovely post about Yanks and your great LOVE of Richard Gere....YEY!

  12. Hello Maria
    Glad you had a fab weekend with Dean..sounds like you all had a wonderful time
    I love reading about your little thoughts and dreams, it is as if we where chatting to each other...
    Your treasures are very special
    I have been picking flowers for the house too, it such a lovely time of year
    I could not understand the Google thing so I left well alone and just crossed my fingers and toes!
    keep twinkling
    Thea xx

  13. Oh I love that film too. Glad we are all still here, have to admit to not really knowing what's going on, oh well :) xx

  14. Hello Maria, very nice to meet you! You have a beautiful blog with lots of wonderful posts to look through.I heard (in the distance) about the Google reader thing and I have to admit I have ignored it and hoped for the best! So far the world has not ended..Fliss x

  15. Such a lovely post, it left me feeling very relaxed and dreamy. Best wishes, Pj x

  16. OH my Maria you brighten the world ~ you definately always brighten mine.
    I love your mannerisms and wonderful ways.
    Such a pleasure it always is to viisit here.
    Your lovely words and photos always get me feeling as happy as a lark .
    Love it here, I truly do!

  17. Hello Maria

    Oh I bet it's a struggle watching Dean run. On one hand you must just want to cheer him on and on the other you must want to watch behind your hands until it's over. You must be so proud of him. My daughter has definitely got a touch of gypsy in her but that's from me, I can't convince my OH to move. Trinny looks so comfy. I often say I would like to come back as a cat. It seems a blissful life. I have my eye on your flowery teapot, very pretty. I bet it makes a good cuppa. Hope you see the sun this week.
    Ali x

  18. Hiya Maria ... what a lovely post ..I love that photo of you 3 with your mam ...so nice! Glad Trinny is having a peaceful snooze ...my 3 are taking it in turns in "the favourite basket" ...they kind of queue up for it ! glad the sun has come out and hopefully we will enjoy a sunny weekend ... see you soon ! Gail x

  19. Hi Maria - so lovely to "meet" you, and thanks for popping over to my little blog space to say hello too. Glad you had a good time in Brum and sorry you couldn't make our bloggy tea party this time, but there will definitely be a next time, so hope you see you then :-)
    I look forward to following your adventures too,
    love Gilly xx

  20. Maria I love that photo of your family. Glad you had a nice time catching up with Dean and moving him. We were moving our daughter yesterday too. I must have a look out for the novel. There is nothing better than sitting down in a cosy chair with a good book. It looks like your chair has already been taken!
    Sarah x

  21. How lovely to have a gypsy Mum! Mine was so dark and beautiful she looked like one, but we couldn't find any in her family history.

  22. Love that family photo .... Such lovely memories for you. Just like the memories Dean will cherish, knowing that his lovely mum supported him all the way. Have a lovely sunny weekend .... M x

  23. Watching Dean race must be heart stopping and heart uplifting all at the same time. A lovely collection of bits and bobs dearie
    Have a sunny weekend
    bEst wishes

  24. Oh how wonderful that your brother is holding your hand - just that image speaks volumes about your relationship - beautiful. Hope you are a having a wonderful weekend x Jane

  25. We like listening to your 'witherings'. The roses in the photo are beautiful, are they really that lovely lilac colour or is it the light, if they are, can you remember what they are called please? x

    1. Ooh just asking my OH! He is very proud of his little garden! will get back to YOU! Mrs Woolly doggie x

  26. Such lovely pictures. I love the one of you and your family and the cat looks so comfy -Wonderful! Such a nice post.

  27. I love the photos of you and your family, and the stories of your free spirited mum.
    Glad you've been able to see your boy race. You must be very proud of him.