Dog wood in a top hat vase.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Psalm 90 : 17 ( This is the last verse of some poetry that makes one slowly shrink with shame for our sins, then number our days and rejoice in His mercy . )
A 1920’s top hat vase with…
…dogwood poking out the sun’s rays
This way…
…that way.
Whichever way!
Aren’t these stems of dogwood shining red in yesterday’s winter sun.
All on Vyne’s Estate.

These gardens are looked after by volunteers . We saw groups of retired people working together to keep this place orderly, making sure plants occupied the appropriate places for the season.
An immaculate presentation.

A labour of love
a love for labour.

Now some thoughts about a hat!

A crown is merely a hat that let’s the rain in.

Fredrick the Great 1712 -1786 ( He was the last Hohenzollern King in Prussia declaring himself King of Prussia after annexing Royal Prussia from the Polish – Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1772 )

How a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about.


The personality of the wearer and the hat makes the hat.

Both quotes are by Philip Treacy 1967 An Irish haute couture milliner/hat designer. Vogue described him as
perhaps the greatest living milliner ‘.

And all your future lies beneath your hat.

John Oldham 1653 – 1683 ( He was an English satirical poet, a good friend of John Dryden. John Oldham died of smallpox aged only 30.) Here is an example of one of his poems:
'But who would be to the vile drudgery bound
Where there so small encouragement is found?
Where you for recompense for all your pains,
Shall hardly reach a common fiddler's gains?
For when you have toiled and laboured all you can,
To dung and cultuvate the brain,
A Dancing-Master shall be better paid,
Tho' he instructs the Heals and you the Head.'

John Oldham

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.

Henry David Thoreau ( 1817 – 1862 American naturalist, essayist, poet and philosopher.)

A hat, work , poem. I hope time is being good to you!

Sandy 🙂

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