In a vase on Monday – last hurrah!


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.

Thanks Cathy.

11 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – last hurrah!

  1. Kris P

    I’m sorry for your loss, Jen. I think the last sweet pea (something we couldn’t manage this late in the year even in sunny Southern California) is a nice tribute.

  2. Cathy

    Oh, a sweet pea – I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that’s what it would be! Aunt Joan sounds as if she was an admirable woman and, as you say, the end of a generation is an especially sad occasion ps what’s this about a temper….?!

  3. Eliza Waters

    I’m sorry to read of your recent loss, Jen. It is hard when the last of our parents’ generation goes. All the questions we could have asked and can no longer, feels like a great loss.


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