Thursday, 30 April 2015

Ode to a daffodil

A lot of daffodils have featured on my blog over the two months.  A lot!  There were crocheted daffodils, daffodils in the garden, daffodils in the house, garlands of daffodils, daffodil poems and daffodils that I crocheted for work.

Quite a lot of daffodilling you will agree I am sure.  Yes, I did just make up the word daffodilling!  It is a fantastic word isn't it!!

So, as it is the last day of April and realistically the last day this year when I can, in all good conscience, mention daffodils again, I thought that it was only fitting to end the month on the subject of daffodils!

Todays offering is a little different though.  You might remember that I was commissioned to make fifteen crocheted daffodils for Basildon Park.  The reason that I was asked to crochet daffodils was for the Daffodil Festival that was held over Easter.  We try and always have a "childrens trail" of some kind, which is essentially an object or picture in each room for children to look out for.  The crocheted daffodils were the trail for the Daffodil Festival and they were all over the house - the daffodils that is.  And visitors.  And children!

There were of course beautiful arrangements of real daffodils on display, beautifully displayed by our wonderful florist and house steward, and his flower team.  I hope that as we move from April to May you will enjoy one last look at some daffodils!



We have a sign - at child height - so that they children know what they are looking out for in the house.


The crocheted daffodils were easy to find in some rooms, and harder in others.




The daffodil in the picture above was leaning against a mirror, which is why I also appear in the background of the picture!




We even had daffodils in the fireplaces!!


The arrangements of real daffodils were of course the real reason that visitors came, not to see my crochet!



This is the staircase hall which was all set up for a wonderful spring picnic, doesn't it look inviting.





Everywhere you look - daffodils!!!





There were even daffodils in the bathrooms!  The ones above in Lady Iliffe's Bathroom, and the ones below in the guest bathroom.  Yes, they are standing in the toilet and yes, Lady Iliffe really did have those wicker chair things over each toilet in the house!  Sorry to say the T word twice in one post!


Although we have come to the end of daffodil season that doesn't mean the end of flowers.  There are lots of other things blooming and I have a blossomy post planned for tomorrow as well.  It seems that this week has turned into horticulture week on my blog with all of these planty posts doesn't it!  Must be the time of year.  I can't think why....

Update - 30/4/2015 - When I wrote this post yesterday I had no idea that a devastating fire had broken out at another National Trust property called Clandon Park.  You can read more about it here.  I do not have any information about the fire other than what I have read online and seen on the news, but it appears that the house has been devastated by the fire, no one was injured in the fire which is a blessing.  As this post is about a National Trust property it seemed only right to mention it.  My thoughts go to all at Clandon Park.

Amy

p.s. Just a reminder in case you didn't know, I work as a volunteer at Basildon Park, but am not sponsored by them in any way to write about the house or anything else National Trust related.  I just get to enjoy working there!

56 comments:

  1. I understand it's a beautiful flower. When I was a child each year I went to a doffodils festival in the east of France. You can find pics of it if you make a research on google with "fête des jonquilles à gérardmer 2015". It's impressive what they're able to make with those flowers ! Have a lovely day !

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  2. What beautiful floral arrangements! X

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  3. What a great festival of daffodils, Amy. They are one of my favourite flowers, and the arrangements look wonderful in the House. The crotchet daffs for the children are a charming idea, and add to the fun.
    PS I wish I had wicker chair thingys to place over the toilets, elegant indeed, Lady I. xx

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  4. Such a lovely display. I feel so sorry for the NT volunteers like yourself that work at Clandon Park as the beautiful house and contents have been devastated by a fire yesterday. It must be such a shock. I was only there 11 days ago and put it on my blog. So sad.

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  5. It does all look very cheerful and uplifting xx

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  6. Beautiful. Daffodils put brightness and cheerfulness into Spring. P x

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  7. Lovely! I bet you felt honoured to have been asked to crochet the "find-the-daffodil daffodils"! :oD

    I read about Clandon Park this morning and immediately thought of you! Let's hope they can rescue lots of the treasures from inside.

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  8. Gorgeous daffodil arrangements and I love your little crocheted ones. I bet the trail was a hit with the little people. It helps the parents as well, as the children are happy to walk around the house - otherwise I find, not so much! I particularly like the spring picnic and the dining table, gorgeous. Such a shame about the fire, they are always so devastating. CJ xx

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  9. You have been a busy gal! The crocheted daffodils are very sweet. All the flower arrangements are lovely! Too bad about the fire...xo Karen

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  10. That's lovely Amy, I'm sure the kids had huge fun looking for your fluffy daffodils. Yes it was awful to hear about the fire at Clandon Park, after visiting Chirk Castle at the weekend I can appreciate the hard work & dedication it takes to keep these property's in order. It must be devastating for all concerned x

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  11. Lovely daffodils, both the real ones and the crochet ones. I do love that picnic setup in the staircase hall, I could be very tempted to sit down there for a bite to eat. It's terrible news about the fire, I hope that they've managed to recover some of the treasured belongings from inside but I suppose we've got to be thankful that no one was injured, or worse.

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  12. I can never have too many daffs! So pretty, and with the promise of the rest of spring and summer to come. Yes, terrible about Clandon Park. Jen

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  13. What a feast for my eyes. As I've loved flower arranging since I was a small child, I can never get enough. Both the real daffs and your crocheted ones are enchanting. It must be lovely volunteering at a National Trust property, but I couldn't imagine how awful to find that the place had been ravaged by fire. Hope they were able to save "something" Thanks for the post and take care.

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  14. Daffodils are my favourite flower and I've loved seeing them on your blog over the last two months. Your daffodil trail sounds like good fun for everyone. So sad to here of the fire.

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  15. It was lovely that you crocheted all of those daffodils for Basildon Park - I bet the children loved discovering them.
    I had no idea about Clandon Park and have just looked on the internet. It very sadly appears to have been a major fire with flames coming out of the roof - what a disaster for the NT and those who love our British buildings.

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  16. Devastating news about the fire. Your crocheted dafs are so sweet. I enjoyed your photos so very much. Have a great day.

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  17. Love me some daffodil overload and such a good idea to have the crocheted versions for the little visitors to look out for. Awful news about the blaze at Clandon Park.

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  18. Beautiful daffodil arrangements and your crocheted ones were definitely a wonderful thing for the children to look for! Yes, we are nearly in May... I hope I can soon start posting some daffodil photos. :)
    Really sad news about Clandon Park.

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  19. what beautiful displays. I can't believe it's the end of April already, this year is flying past!

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  20. Love the daffodils and could not believe it this morning when I saw the news on line about the Grade 1 listed NT house, the video of the fire was awful. I hear they are trying to remove and salvage what they can, so very sad. x

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  21. Wonderful photos, I am Daff lover, my garden in Tydd had many hundreds of them in many varieties. I used to buy them by the sackful, they are very cheap in Lincs. My favourites are the scented ones, Cheerfulness are divine.

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  22. It all looks very beautiful...
    Amanda xx

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  23. The floral displays are really so pretty!
    Our daffodils have just begun to bloom.
    Jane x

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  24. When I was little, my mother's kitchen was all daffadoils!
    Thank you for bringing back some very happy memories. : )

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  25. Oh my - that is terrible news about that fire at Clandon Park.. such a waste, so many historical things lost for the future...

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  26. Alwsys think is really fun can work in Basildom Park!
    And all daddofils look beautiful!
    Love your crochet ones!
    xo

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  27. gorgeous flowers that are just about every where you turn. I have a love for daffodils even though yellow isn't my favorite color for flowers (purple and blues).

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  28. How lovely, Amy I love the flower displays and your crochet daffodils too. How wonderful to have them as part of the trail. We still have daffodils left in the garden but I guess next month we will be 'bluebelling'. It was sad to read about the fire at Clandon Park - I hope some of the treasures can be saved and thank goodness no one was hurt:)

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  29. Amy, love the daffodils, the real ones and the crocheted ones as well. The yellow color is so Springy!

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  30. Beautiful pictures and what fun for the kids.

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  31. All the daffodilage (I made THAT word up! Ha ha ha!) at the house is SO cheerful!
    I'm so sorry to hear about the NT property that was devastated by fire. SAD.

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  32. The daffodil arrangements are amazing.

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  33. How awesome.i love daffodils..
    I was pretending it was your home..hehe
    Woolie Hugs

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  34. I think you are a bit daffy about daffs!! Lovely photos and I love your crocheted daffodils. What a great idea for all the childrenwho are visiting. The flower arrangements are beautiful!

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  35. The daffodils still haven't bloomed here yet, so you can still waffle on about daffodils all you like! I love all the gorgeous arrangements through the house ... how nice to have cheery flowers blooming up where normally the sun don't shine ;) I think it's great that you volunteered your crochet skills to add to the fun throughout the house. I'm sure the kids enjoyed the little hunt on their tours. Very sad news about Clandon Park. I watched the videos and I'll be amazed if they can salvage anything after that massive blaze. Too sad for everyone with a connection to the house.
    Wendy

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  36. The daffodil displays are beautiful. What a stunning property. It must be a pleasure to work there. X

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  37. Love these photos Amy!! I always loved daffs - but I think you've got me loving them even more!! I can't wait until someday I can crochet flowers!! Love how you made them and what a clever idea to have a daffodil hunt for the kiddos.

    And that picnic all set up - LOVE - I want to sit right there and sip iced tea and munch chicken salad. ;)
    xoxo

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  38. Wonderful photos Amy, the daffodils are stunning and so beautiful. I especially like the daffodils
    over the "T" seats, and the staircase hall.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  39. What a great way to keep the little kiddies entertained on the walks. I saw the devastation at Clandon Park on the news. It looks as though only the walls are the survivors. It's so sad. xx

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  40. My girls love playing that game at NT properties, in fact that is how they remember each one. What a fabulous idea. Jo x

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  41. i want to go to that picnic ... what fun & a real treat. i love the daffodils ... that is such fun! ( :

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  42. What a wonderful event at that beautiful place! I love daffodils so much and your crocheted ones really added to the fun. Sorry to hear of the burned mansion, what a loss! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  43. Amy what a fantastic place with amazing and gorgeous daffodil displays and of course your 'fluffy' ones are so sweet for the children to find!

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  44. The daffodils are long gone here, perhaps I should look for some later varieties. Dreadful to see the damage caused by the Clandon fire.

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  45. What a fun way to show off the daffodils! The arrangements are pretty and I'm glad you got to share your crochet talents too!

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  46. The daffs and forsythia look so pretty together.

    So sorry to read about the Clandon fire. Looks like it was a bad one. So sad for the loss of all those antiques and art work.

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  47. I will never forget visiting Basildon Park many years ago when my children were very young and Lady Iliffe was entertaining fellow church goers to an aperitif (or two) in the Octagon room, much to the consternation of the house steward as it was after two o'clock and visitors were arriving. Apparently this was not an unusual event and Lady Iliffe was charm personified to the bemused visitors making a special point of saying hello to us all. Clandon Park is a just a few miles down the road from me. I cannot believe how the fire rampaged through the building. It is very sad.

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  48. That dinig room and it's tablescape... Amy! Wow! Do you not want to move in, hide in the dark corners and just live at Basildon?? Or is that just me? Hazel x

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  49. Amy, I hope you see this little note in your comments.

    I HAD all the meme link, including yours on my sidebar with the buttons provided by the meme owners...
    But, to appease you, after about two hours working on the html/blogger coding...I just now added them ALL as a footer iin EACH blog post I create [since I only do one or two a week since my heart attack]...they're all linked properly. I hope that is better.

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    1. I have replied on your blog after my original comment. I really did not mean to cause you additional work, I simply missed the link. Thank you so much for joining in Five On Friday. xx

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  50. I love the scent of daffodils! And that picnic area is so cool.
    Amalia
    xo

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  51. What a lovely idea for a festival and the displays look beautiful. How exciting to have your own daffodils used for the hunt! I saw the report about the fire at Clandon - such a shame and I hope they managed to salvage as much as possible. x

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  52. I've always been a fan of the yellow daffodil and William Wordsworth's poem.

    Such a shame about the fire at Clandon - do hope they manage to salvage as much as possible.

    Have a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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  53. How terrible that a fire has destroyed so much at Clandon!

    I look forward to seeing more of your flower photos.

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  54. What a pretty daffodil filled post. I'd really love to have a picnic there!

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  55. What a wonderful festival and such a clever little game for the children to play along with as they are walking through the home:)

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