Grannie's Gifts

Taken from the last day I spent with my Grannie, April 2014. I love her mischievous smile, the one she would use when she cupped my face in her hands and say "oh hello my little lamb!"

Taken from the last day I spent with my Grannie, April 2014. I love her mischievous smile, the one she would use when she cupped my face in her hands and say "oh hello my little lamb!"

I lost my beloved Grannie last week. Due to personal circumstances, I am unable to fly back to the UK to make it to the funeral tomorrow, which of course breaks my heart. My Grandparents loved my sisters and me in a way that is difficult to put into words that do their love justice. So, I share in image, from the archives, some of the ways my Grannie glowed, the plants she tended, the land she loved. As my dear family gathers around her tomorrow, I will sing my songs over the water and send all of my love. 

 

All our sweet summer days 
Tasting fresh berries from the paddock
Hazy purple mornings in lavender
Yellow afternoons in the apple orchard concocting secrets
Blue days by the river, enclosed in wooded womb 

Spring would kindly ask that we play in the meadowbarn
Setting up shop
Pansy Pies, Mud Meringue, Daffodil Delight
Pay with pebbles and taste the air of our imagination
Gentle spirits wander down the path to dinner
As evening alights the haven of our belonging

Our secret garden
And at the helm
The Guardians
Grand Parents
Tending the earth as they did our small hearts
Giving us the gift
                  Of heaven on earth                    

Grannie's Poppies, Meadowbarn garden

Grannie's Poppies, Meadowbarn garden

The Meadowbarn Garden

The Meadowbarn Garden

Grannie at Newby Hall in Yorkshire

Grannie at Newby Hall in Yorkshire

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These sheep stand next to Grandpa's resting place, now where Grannie will rest also, overlooking Meadowbarn, Bridge Banks, and the glorious Yorkshire countryside.

These sheep stand next to Grandpa's resting place, now where Grannie will rest also, overlooking Meadowbarn, Bridge Banks, and the glorious Yorkshire countryside.