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Every Day Is Different: Day 3

Chrysanthemum Explosion

Every Day Is Different: Day 3

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I thought you’d all like these wonderfully different chrysanthemums to mark the third day of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. Purple is the themed colour for IBD awareness and I’m having fun with my purple blooms. These ones always make me think of a big, colourful firework exploding! I really enjoy the way those petals start drooping as the flower starts to die back. Such interesting shapes 🙂

Every Day Is Different

Today I had a chat with a friend in Vienna who also has IBD. Messenger is a great way to keep in touch! Dani and I met over fifteen years ago. We were representing our country’s IBD Charities at European conferences for young adults with the disease. I helped organise one of these meetings here in London in 2000 and attended others in Amsterdam and Stockholm. They were all fun, informative and rewarding meetings. I’d never been to Sweden before and absolutely loved Stockholm itself!

My ears are improving with the antibiotics now and I have been less fatigued and more productive. Today was a good day 🙂 I’m hoping my energy levels will stay raised for the next few busy days! I may have to take naps between events but I am absolutely determined to have fun and get some new photography done too.

 

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Another Virtual Birthday Bouquet

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Another Virtual Birthday Bouquet

Today’s Birthday Bouquet is for my lovely parents. Yes, that’s right, BOTH of them! Yesterday’s flowers were for my gorgeous sister. My family certainly know how to make my life interesting 😉 As a child growing up I actually thought that it was normal for mummies and daddies to have the same birthday. I can’t remember exactly when that bubble broke. Possibly around the time my sister, Helen, and I caught my Dad out pretending to be Father Christmas by tripping him up, or when my Mum had to explain to Helen that the mosquitoes she was talking to weren’t fairies! Many happy returns to three members of my wonderfully, wacky family 🙂

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Crazy Chrysanths

Crazy Chrysanths

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

There are several unexpected things about today’s post!

Firstly, it was an unexpected outing to RHS Wisley Gardens today as the Chrysanthemum exhibition will be closing tomorrow, a week earlier than had been expected. This was because the flowers had all bloomed early!

Secondly, I think the beauty and variety of these flowers may be a little unexpected to some of my followers.

Thirdly, I was treated to an unexpected exhibition of artwork by Keika Hasegawa. The images are all from wood-cut prints in the book One Hundred Chrysanthemums published by the artist in 1891.