A very simple vase consisting of the last Prince Edward of York sweet pea, still flowering outside in December!
Some of you may remember my mother’s name was Mary and this lovely little vase was given to me by my wonderful sister.
It somehow felt appropriate to bring it out today – not just because my little sweet pea would be lost in anything else, but also because mum’s surviving sibling, Joan, died a week ago today, marking the end, for me, of my parents’ generation.
Joan was a sparky, intelligent woman who graduated from Cambridge in one of the very earliest cohorts. But she wore her intelligence very lightly, never using it to belittle or ‘outdo’ people and (unlike mum and me!) she was very calm, never showing a temper.
So, this one’s for Joan, a remarkable woman, for 91 years.