The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Monday, 24 August 2009


The chilly March wind buffeted the first rose on the bush. My eyes filled with tears. It would always serve as a reminder of that warm day in June, over forty years ago, when Henry and I had first planted it. We had just got back from our honeymoon. He died last November, suddenly, in his sleep – a heart attack, probably painless. Now, all I have left are the memories – and one fragile rose.
And that was my latest submission to Paragraph Planet that went online on August 18. I need to get back on track and submit some more paragraphs but I am one of those people who flit from one thing to another. One moment I am all about writing. The next I am all about re-decorating. I wonder if there are more people like me or if I have just inherited my father's worse genes. I know he is like that too.
My husband took the photo of the rose last year when we were visiting his parents in America. My father in-law has many rose bushes with flowers of many different hues, smells and shapes. The photo was taken right after it had rained and I think it is really beautiful how the rain-drops looks like little diamonds on the delicate pink rose.
I've decided to write a short post today but hopefully will be back with a longer one later on during the week ... that is, if I don't get sidetracked by something else ;)


  1. That is a wonderful paragraph, Loree! The beginning of a beautiful story...and you're not alone in getting sidetrack! I'm like that also!

  2. Sorry for the sad event...that the rose brings to mind...but I imagine the memory of it's planting is comforting to you...

    I often get sidetracked from my grandchildren...but they're worth it!

  3. Great paragraph! I get side-tracked all the time. Often I make up my mind to do one thing then and find myself doing the opposite. So, I just go with the flow.

  4. I get side tracked quite a lot sometimes. Lately, I can't seem to decide which background to use for my blog so I keep changing it. Instead of doing paperwork today I did laundry. Some other day I'll do something else instead of laundry that needs doing and so on... and on...

  5. Loree,
    I have awards for both of your blogs on my blog!

  6. What a wonderful paragraph and yes I am going to bet the kind of women who blog do flit from one thing to another. I am sometimes amazed by how many projects I have going and how I will think nothing of starting another. I have been MIA for the summer but I am trying to get back into it now that most of our redecorating is almost done.

    The Raggedy Girl

  7. Lovely post and lovely rose too. I planted one when my aunt died. It smells devine and I always remember her when I sniff it.


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