Daffidols and Jonquils

And , behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Revelations 22: 12 (These are all Jesus’s words.)
At the foot of the apple tree the daffodils bloom.
Each morning some have fallen from the wind or a visiting cat.
So here they are from yesterday with a tortured willow twig.
The vase which has West German printed underneath got a chip as it slipped from my hands but it is still a fine vase.
Here in the garden wind tousled the
jonquils grow.
Five jonquils in a bottle .
A bottle I was thrilled to find.

While looking at bygone things in charity shops and bric-a-brac stores in Ross on Wye I saw the name Malvern Mineral Water on a mud filled bottle. This brand was first bottled by Schweppes in 1850 and it was offered for sale at the Great Exhibition of 1851. A royal warrant was granted to it by Princess Mary Adelaide in 1895 and by King George V in 1911. Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II took this water with them when they travelled.

Coca-cola were the owners until November 2010 but now it is owned by a family and sold on a much smaller scale under the name of Holywell Malvern Spring Water.

Here are some facts about the water:

It is water that comes from hard granite rock hills, the Malvern Hills that mark the border between Hertfordshire and Worcestershire. Fissures in the rock retain rain water, which slowly permeates through, escaping at the springs.

The natural untreated water is generally devoid of all minerals, bacteria, and suspended matter, almost like distilled water. There has been a problem though as during 2006 the rock that filters the water dried out allowing water from heavy storms to flow through it too quickly for the natural filtering process to take place…the labels on the bottles at that time had to be changed from The Original English Mineral Water to The Original English Water

The springs release an average of about 60 litres a minute. The flow depends on rainfall and can vary from 36 to 350 litres a minute.

A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.

Lucy Larcom 1824- 1893 American teacher, poet and author.

Water is always working , reorganising the land .

Tim Palmer Research Professor in Climate Physics at the University of Oxford. His most recent book is The Primacy of Doubt.

It has been wonderfully sunny and here are the tulips from yesterday.

They have grown by opening and now on a chair.

I hope your day is good.

Sandy 🙂

10 thoughts on “Daffidols and Jonquils

  1. I do love the yellow chair that has been crowned with that vase with stunning tulips! What a lovely spring picture Sandy🌷 Daffodils and Jonquils. I never knew there was a difference. Learning new things every day🤗 Thank you for sharing your knowledge


  2. That tortured willow twig really adds something! You are so good at creating these beautiful arrangements and your paintings are both simply delightful! What are planning to do with all these great works?


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