Friday, 6 March 2015

Five On Friday

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 My post today is all about Daffodils!

I love daffodils, they are in fact one of my favourite things about springtime.  The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about daffodils is of course the famous poem by William Wordsworth
I wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: -
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company!
I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

Then of course there are crafted daffodils!

Some that I have been making for my wreath - pretty much finished, but not yet ready to show to you all yet!

I have also been crafting daffodils for work.  These will be for the children's trail around the house.  Basically there is always one of something hidden in each room for children to look out for.  In April there will be an abundance of daffodils - a sort of mini flower festival for daffodils - and these will be for the children to look out for!  They are actually my first ever - unpaid! - commission so I was quite pleased with them!

Then there have been daffodils for my spring garland - because you know I need a garland at all times!  Again, not quite ready to share, but on the way!

The third - although really the first! - best thing about daffodils is of course seeing them blooming outside.  This is the first one that has started to flower in our garden, I am very excited about it.  The others will be a while in coming yet, but it was good to see this little fellow making an appearance.

Fourth on the list of daffodil greatness is real live daffodils bought in bunches cheaply from the supermarket to fill a vase.  They last for just over a week - these are 7 days old now - and for the money are such great value.  I love them and buy bunches and bunches every year!  A bit of a daffodil addict!!

Finally I have this little bunch of artificial daffodils.  Not very cheery in some ways, or at all realistic, but you know what, I like them.  They make me smile and remind me of real daffodils.  Even if I cannot always have the real thing, indoors or out, I can have these and I am glad for that!

So there we have a round up daffodilness - yes, I did just make up that word!!!  That isn't to say that there are not other beautiful flowers - I leave you today with another sneaky peak of the crocuses which are coming even further out into flower - are they not a glorious sight!

Be prepared, because there are more daffodil pictures to come I am sure - in the crafting way if nothing else! - but it seemed like a good time to start to celebrate the daffodil in all of its wonderful glory, brightness and wonderful colour.

I hope that your heart will fill with pleasure at the sight of daffodils when they bloom in your part of the world!  In the meantime though, have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

March gladness after February madness

It seems that February and I do not get on!  I have no idea why this should be.  I have been thinking about it a lot and cannot come up with any good reasons that mean February and I are not friends.  I like all of the other months, even January which is not a good month for many people.  February though... it seems that February and I are not to be friends.

I only realised this because I seemed to be having a rather difficult month and looked back at last year on my blog and saw that February 2014 didn't seem to go well for me either.  This is the first time that I have been able to do that.  Not being a journal keeper there has never been anything concrete to look back to before.  Having a blog allows me to review the past though and I see that my thoughts about February are confirmed.

So what has been going on?  Nothing has happened this February that was fundamentally different to what I did last February.  In fact, in some ways there was a lot less stress going on.  It must just be that February and I are not meant to be in love with each other.

Nothing ever seemed to settle in February.  I was always running behind, could never get organised, let alone ahead of myself and chaos seemed to reign.  Blogging went awry and colds were also much in evidence - again and again!

My hope is that March will be better.  So far - a whole three days have passed! - it has been so so.  Hearing about the unexpected death of a colleague on Monday night was not a highlight and I am not looking forward to going back to work today to face that.  Yesterday was a good day though and I will share about that in the next few days - we went out, so I have things to show and share!

After a long hiatus from Pinterest - you can find me here - I have been updating my boards and profile and pinning some things which is a cheery thing to do and has certainly kept me occupied.  I forgot how much time you can waste spend on Pinterest!!

The crocuses that I planted last year are doing well and I noticed they had all started to burst forth, so I moved them round by the front door and took some pictures of them.  They make such a lovely cheery sight when you arrive at the house and I do like that!  Hubby planted some polyanthus in the pot that stands by the door all year round and they are looking lovely as well.

The sun is out and there is blue sky this morning, so I hope that will bring a good day too.

Although I have been so behind I have managed some crafting, and will share the results of that with you on Friday in this weeks Five On Friday post.  This is a little sneaky preview though!

The new way of doing Five On Friday has been going really well too, so that is another good thing from February - I really should like this month more!!  Thank you all so much for joining in and making it a success.

Now, if only I can get my self into gear, get my self up to date and start making some lists then perhaps March will be a better month....

Next year I must make jolly plans for February to keep me occupied and see if I can't fall in love with February as well as the other 11 months!


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Help Them Home

Last week I shared the stories of two people in my life who we are supporting.  You can read that post here.  As you will know if you have read the stories already, or if you have an older person in your life who has had hospital treatment or suffered illness you will know yourself how much help and support is needed to get older people home.

I was asked by the Royal Voluntary Service to help promote their research supporting their "Let's End Going Home Alone" campaign.  The study looks into the hospital discharges of older people from the perspective of nurses.

Dud you know that 40% of patients over the age of 75 are actually well enough to be discharged from hospital yet delays continue to increase.

You can find out more information in this report from the BBC.

The main cause for the delays is lack of sufficient social care for older people.  It is important for everyone that individuals get home and get back to their normal lives.  This allows them to recover in the right way and also allows hospital services to be used for people who need to be in hospital.

Many of us have older people in our lives and it can be upsetting to think of them not receiving the care they need.  The Royal Voluntary Service has a solution.  The "Home From Hospital" service involves volunteers providing practical help to those needing that extra bit of support.

Some of the things that help can be provided for are getting them home safely after a stay in hospital, putting the heating on so they come home to a warm and welcoming house, making sure there is a supply of basic food in their home - things like bread and milk.  Checking in on them regularly and supporting them for the first six weeks while they get back on their feet.  Also providing a lift to medical appointments.

These are exactly the sorts of things that the man that I wrote about last week needed help with and that the lady continues to need help with.

Let's end going home alone
There is a lot of information about the campaign, what you can do and how you can get involved on the Royal Voluntary Service website here.

You can also help to spread the word about the report via Twitter using the #HelpThemHome and following @RoyalVolService

But what you can really do, on a basic and grass roots level is to look out for those older people in your family, your neighbours, friends and in your community.  Make sure that they get the help that they need.  Offer a lift, collect a pint of milk for them when you go shopping, check that they really do have the heating on.  Give them one of your old crocheted blankets to snuggle under!

Please spread the word.  Help to make sure that our older people are not stuck in hospital for any longer than they have to be.  I can tell you that they do so much better at home, in their own homes, than they ever do in hospital.  Once the treatment is over, they need to be home.

Also, remember to support the people giving the support.  They get worn out too!


Disclosure.  I was asked to spread this important message to you.  I have not received any compensation for this in any way.  I am telling you about it because it is personal to me and I think that it is important.