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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Roses through time

The old green house stood overlooking the bay. It was small by modern standards but adequate for the time. The family survived on the hard work of both parents, the fisher/farmer father and the mother, who was involved in every part of life in rural Newfoundland, besides doing everything at home.


Outside the front door, which was rarely used, on either side of the steps, rose bushes grew untended over the years. Who had time for cosmetic gardening when there were fish to catch and process, animals to tend and vegetables to grow besides raising three children? The roses flourished on their own.


These were the flowers of my youth, buds like lipstick, rose-pink petals with yellow centers, scent in the air especially after the rain, petals covering the ground when blooms were spent. 


Recently, another green house, on another island, took me back in time.  At the beach house, the owners had planted rose bushes around the house.





Those bushes, a hub of activity for the insect population, were a source of fond memories of my grandparents’ home in Motion Bay, in the province of my birth.


On Prince Edward Island, the roses are visited by bees and other insects as they bloom untended around the house which faces the Northumberland Strait.





White roses are here too, just as pretty and inviting to the six legged creatures and enjoyable to the humans as the rose-pink ones. 





From the hot tub on the screened-in deck, I can hear the buzz and smell the rose scent as my grandchildren and I relax in the hot water. 


Every now and then, the past and the present merge as life comes full circle.






25 comments:

Rhodesia said...

When my husband first went to Mafikeng, his office was in a small house called Rose Cottage it was delightful. Sadly afterwards he was moved to an office block :-(( Happy weekend Diane

DJan said...

What a lovely post, Marie. I could feel both the past and the present coming together to make me smile and delight in your artistry. Thank you! :-)

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Love the beautiful home! The roses are beautiful. Lovely post and memories. Great photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend!

Linda said...

Sweet insight to the past and lovely glimpse of the present.

bill burke said...

You bring the past and weave it with the present. A nicely written post, Marie. Enjoy the weekend.

photowannabe said...

So beautifully written and such gorgeous flowers and scenery.
I sure would love to visit there someday.

William Kendall said...

They are beautiful!

Elephant's Child said...

What a truly delightful way to come full circle. thank you.
And, in my eyes, a rose HAS to be scented.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Lovely roses and wonderful memories.

Andrea said...

Glad you had such a nice vacation! The photos of the rose are so beautiful..they look so fresh. Freshness is one advantage to not having such a hot climate. Your dog is so funny...having so much fun! Andrea

Barbara said...

The smell of Roses is precious. I have to buy rose essential oil to give me that little lift. How lucky to have them right in the yard ready to pick, pluck and smell.

Joanne Noragon said...

What a lovely picture, past and present blended.

Catarina said...

Lovely way to remember the past.
:)

Debbie said...

this is the beach house that you vacationed in??? not the house you grew up in!!

a lovely post and a beautiful home. i love this type of rose! and how sweet is that bee curled up in the rose!!!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Great Rugosa roses. They are so tough they can withstand extreme weather and still bloom and shed their fragrance on our world.

Rose said...

That is such a beautiful pink rose...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I can see why you chose to vacation there Marie, such sweet memories this lovely green house and perfumed roses evoked for you 🌹

natalia20041989 said...

The house is beautiful ☺

Ernie said...

Beautiful description! That photo is wonderful. Reminds me of the beauty at Butchart gardens in Victoria. Have you been there?

Mage said...

That cottage would be perfect for us. :)

baili said...

beautiful memories dear Marie :)

this green house is absorbing ,my very favorite color for house

like your winters our summers are harsh and planting roses here is tough ,if they grow they are not healthy enough until winters come

back in my native village i used to plant so many roses because weather was friendly and sowing roses was as easy as if you put the stem in ground even carelessly it will grow and flowers were in rows in our front yard
ah i wish i would have camera then to capture and keep as memories

Stewart M said...

That is a nice looking house - connections to the past are important I think - they keep us grounded.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Anvilcloud said...

What a nice then and now post.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I love that house! It's so pretty.

Angela said...

Beautiful! Roses are lovely to have around the house. Lovely to help the bees. Sweet memories Marie!