We have communal gardens here at our flats and one resident, in particular, does a huge amount of work to keep our gardens looking bright and beautiful.
Brian is an unsung hero. He selflessly gives of his time to help other residents with their own garden areas and always offers help to those in need.
His bright and colourful countenance is reflected in the wonderful blooms on show here. It’s no wonder we’re always winning Woking In Bloom!
Brian and his wife, Carole, are a true example of “the good neighbour”. I have huge respect for them and I’m so glad to live alongside such lovely people who have really inspired a sense of community here.
Brian is pictured here on Greenoak’s website (residential involvement section) with the Woking in Bloom trophy 🙂
It was my goddaughter, Rosie’s, eighth birthday last week and today I joined her mum, Nikki, to pick her and her brother, James, up from school for a big present exchange!
All three of us girls have our birthdays within a month of one another so we often share presents on the same day, with James taking charge of handing out the gifts.
This year I discovered a young artist called Laura Mathews on Facebook and was very taken with her work. Amongst other animals, she makes some beautiful articulated horses and unicorns.
She was already selling some horse broaches so I sent her a message to see if she could possibly make a unicorn broach for Rosie. She did 🙂 and today Rosie opened her gift with great delight!
It’s a wonderful feeling giving loved ones unique gifts. For me, I also like to inspire a love of the arts amongst the children in my life.
So if any of you need inspiration for gifts I would highly recommend supporting local artists! Buying or creating an original piece of art will always remain a special token between you and your loved one.
Although I can share my favourite photo from today, and later publish an album of my visit on Facebook, I can not possibly convey the magic of the light playing through the trees, the heady scents of magnolia and hyacinth, the complete peace encompassed by the birdsong and the flitting shadows of butterflies.
I saw a number of butterflies today including this lovely female Brimstone, lots of Commas, Large Whites and a Orange Tip. Signs of a very healthy garden 🙂