Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Flowers and a pastel from circa 1980-81 by my husband


Good morning Friends,

Here are some blooms taken yesterday.


















I found this in an artist’s pad of paper yesterday as I was going through some things. I can remember posing for this many moons ago, I was in my early thirties at the time.


Every day I miss my dear husband,

every day I feel his love and see his love

evidenced in so many ways here

in our little haven.


Every day God is my strength.

Every day is new.

May I graciously grow older

trusting in God

who works all things out.



Jane said...

What a wonderful pastel. How lovely you are, Rainey! I'm enjoying your flowers. It's snowing here today!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful pastel. I didn't realize both you and Mark were artists.

Lovely blooms. What kind of flowers are those blue ones with the bee?

Sunray Gardens said...

Lovely blooms. The drawing is lovely.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for sharing all those beautiful flowers. It is another chilly day here and these flowers helped to brighten my day.The picture done by your husband is beautiful and a priceless treasure.

Nancy J said...

Beautiful, and what a legacy your darllng Mark left for you to find many months later.Pastel, and stunning flowers.your close-up photos are perfect, each one. Greetings from Jean

lemonverbenalady said...

You are a very lucky lady, FL. Beautiful flowers and a beautiful pastel. Just like finding my great aunt's work. You need to see and treasure it every day! Sending warmer breezes from the north! xo LVL and The Herbal Husband

E. Charlotte said...

I love how many flowers you have blooming! We have daffodils and crocuses so far, but not too much else!

Becky said...

Gorgeous flowers and a hidden gift from your hubby just waiting for you to find again.

Tara Dillard said...

A lovely honoring of your husband.

Love never dies. And, indeed, grows.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Rebecca said...

You WILL frame that portrait, won't you?

The flowers? I haven't words to express my appreciation for your skills - photographically & agriculturally!

And the caravan. Be still my heart! THIS time I see a FACE on its end. Do YOU see it?

Leslie said...

The pastel is lovely. What a treasure you've rediscovered.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

I always enjoy the visual delight of your flowers so much Lorraine - the pastel is exquisite, I had no idea your DH was an artist as well.
Perhaps there is more to come across as you go through things?
Much love across the oceans

Susan said...

Hi Lorraine, Love the pastel of you. Your garden looks like it's full of blooms. I especially like the blue and yellow blooms. Your orchids are gorgeous! Have a good weekend and I hope you get some rain.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Lorraine, Love the drawing your hubby did... Awesome! What a talented man he was.

Love seeing your Fl flowers... We are finally getting some spring here --so I'll show some of ours on Monday.

Gayle said...

How wonderful that you happened upon the drawing. Beautiful memories. Your little corner of the world sure has become an inviting paradise.

flowerlady said...

What a talented couple,the pastel and photographs are both beautiful.That bee in the one photo didn't look like it could get much more pollen on his legs.Hope you find many more gems and memories.

The Heart's Hunger said...

wow what a lovely drawing! so wonderful, and real!
Your faith is remarkable as you miss your husband. I can imagine how days may seem harder than others. Bless you dear, a dear daughter of Heavenly Father.

LOVE the FLOWERS!!!! I noticed several that are in my flowerbeds too!!!! So gald that we have plenty of flowers that can withstand the Florida heat!!! ... and what crazy weather it's been, sadly it's tricked some of my flowers blooming, like my camellia flowers this year:(

God bless:)

It's Just Dottie said...

May God bless you today in a very special way.
Hugs Dottie

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

The sketch is
Your last words
are mine also.
Your flowers
are beautiful...

Andrea said...

This very well suits for the GBBD meme. I know i love that Clerodendrum ugandense, i wonder why i haven't planted it yet, this shot reminds me again to look for it. I love that long shot of your cottage built for you by your husband, and we have followed the developments in there in so many posts. I feel like i've lived there too. haha, and yes that profile painting is so lovely. Take care Lorraine.

gld said...

That should be framed and hung in your cottage. It is just beautiful.

The flowers are lovely as always.

June said...

Hello sweet Lorraine,
I love the beautiful pastel that your husband did of you. What a precious thing to come across. I really hope you display it. It is too beautiful to put away.
Your garden flower photos are just gorgeous! You have such an amazing talent with the camera!!! AND growing beautiful flowers.
sending hugs...


The portrait is beautiful. You're such a beautiful woman, Lorraine. I bet Mark told you that all the time, didn't he?

Your flowers are stunning. I love them all. I can just see you strolling the garden, sniffing and snipping and remembering. May God surround you with his love today and every day.

Skeeter said...

What a beautiful pastel... You have so much going on in your gardens right now. Isnt Spring just wonderful with low humidity and the birds chirping in the air. I think Gods way of cleansing us...

You now have something else to add to your garden!!! Get over to "In the Garden" as you are a winner!!!!

Jeri Landers said...

The pastel is really lovely! He was such a talented and creative man, as evidenced by the caravan and all the garden bits and pieces he built for you.

Marti said...

Gorgeous flowers! I love the first one, and the little bee on the others. He's watching you.