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antrim, antrim, Ireland
Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Monday, 18 April 2011

An attitude of grattitude!

Clematis Montana in bud
I apologise to all you lovely people who left comments on my last post and didnt get a reply. I have been in hospital for 8 days. I had been having severe stomach and back pain on and off since December and it was getting worse, I thought it was a stomach ulcer but turns out I have gallstones and an infected gallbladder. I need to have a little operation to remove it in 6-8 weeks time. In the meantime I am home hurray! I have never really been in hospital before apart from giving birth and although I am grateful for the care I received I am so so happy to be home. I was desperate to see how the garden was coming along, I longed for the comfort of my own bed and to hold my loved ones close, to be able to prepare and cook my own food again and eat the freshest of fruit and vegetables. Just to be in my own home with all my lovely things around me was pure bliss. Of course I was dying to get back to blogging, to see how all my blogging friends were getting on. All these things that I perhaps took for granted I see in a new way and will be eternally grateful for them. Wishing you all a happy, healthy week, love Linda x
The crabapple in blossom

Apple Blossom

Angelique Tulips

My favourite.....Peony, I counted 3, possibly 4 buds!

Some eye candy for inside, some lovely flowers from my caring friend.
A little gem fromtumblr.


  1. Oh welcome back home.. I know that feeling of euphoria after a stay in hospital, to get back to your bed, your things around you, your family.
    Good luck with the operation,but for now, just enjoy the arrival of spring, and blossom, and home.

  2. Oh Linda you poor thing!
    So glad you know what it is, and what will be done - that is often the worst thing, not knowing.
    And you are obviously so pleased to be home!
    Your garden is soon going to be a mass of colourful blooms with all that clematis and peonys to come.
    the crab apple blossom is beautiful!
    Hope you are not in too much pain - it will be dealt with and you'll be back to normal, and as you have found, there is a new gratitude and contenment with you lot once you've been through soomething like that ( I know from experience:( )
    Wise words are timeless and true
    Take care Linda, enjoy being at home with your loved ones and enjoy your garden with a lighter heart!
    Gill xx

  3. Sorry that you've had a bit of a rough time Linda, it must have been worrying. Unpleasant incidents like that do make you stop and appreciate what you've got don't they?
    Take care of yourself.

  4. How awful! It must be such a relief to be home again.

    I had an odd feeling you weren't well which is why I popped in to say hello.

    And I am so glad it's not more serious - although mind you it's unpleasant enough!

    Your clematis is lovely - it's such a pretty plant - we have a few of them too, dotted about the garden.

  5. So sorry to hear that you have been in so much pain Linda, but glad that they have found out what it is so that you can be made better again! I was in hospital a couple of times last year, so I really can relate to how happy you feel to be out and back in your own home again! Don't forget to let us know when you have a date for going back in for the op and we will all pray for you. Take care x

  6. Welcome home and I hope you are not too under the weather....there is nothing worse than feeling poorly and not knowing the cause...now you just have to get well xxx
    Sending you lots of hugs and get well wavesxxx
    Lynn xxxx

  7. Linda, you poor thing. So glad you know what it is and that something is going to be done.

    Take care of yourself and enjoy your garden as it really springs into life. Sending positive thoughts across the Irish Sea.


  8. I am so sorry to hear you have been suffering with gallstones. I gather it is a very straight forward op these days so hopefully in no time you will be feeling much better. Until the op keep fats out of your diet as much as you can!

  9. Love love that quote. Welcome home! You poor thing; good luck with your operation. I am glad for you they found the problem - what a relief.

    Your garden looks beautiful. I love Spring (sigh). XOL

  10. Linda,
    I am sorry to hear you are not well. I was pleased to see you stop in for a visit!

    It is so nice to finally get out into the garden...your flowers are way ahead of mine.

    I send prayers and energy your way, as you prepare for your surgery. I'll be popping in to see how you are doing.

  11. Linda, I have been out of the country and did not know you had been sick. I am so sorry and hope you are back to normal very soon. Your garden is lovely.

    Have a blessed Easter Sunday today. I will be remembering you. I am glad you are my new friend.


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