May You Always Feel Loved – A Poem By Sandra Sturtz Hauss

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I came across this beautiful poem today. It touched me and I thought it would quite possibly touch others too. I share it here, for all of us …



May you find serenity and tranquility
in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known
and the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength to walk through life
facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those
whose love and understanding will always be there,
even when you feel most alone.

May a kind word,
a reassuring touch,
and a warm smile
be yours every day of your life,
and may you give these gifts
as well as receive them.

May the teachings of those you admire
become part of you,
so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched
and who have touched yours
are always a part of you,
even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.
It is the content of the encounter
that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters,
but instead place immeasurable value
on the goodness in your heart.
Find time in each day to see beauty and love
in the world around you.

Realize that what you feel you lack in one regard
you may be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present
may become one of your strengths in the future.
May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.
Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength
to determine your own worth by yourself,
and not be dependent
on another’s judgment of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.


By Sandra Sturtz Hauss © 1987

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The rose pictured is “A Shropshire Lad”, by David Austin Roses. It grows against the wall, near to where I work on my computer and has the most wonderful blooms, with a fresh and fruity scent. Its foliage is gorgeously dark and healthy, starting off almost burgundy and maturing into a deep, dark glossy green. It is a picture of health and hopefulness, both as it comes into leaf and when it is in full growth in Summer.

 Holly x

Elegantly Fading Tulips


No matter their colour, a simple bunch of tulips is always welcome, with their quiet freshness and stunning simplicity.

A vase full of tulips never fails to delight, even as they quietly fade …

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Quite unlike many other flowers, over time tulips fade with elegance, beauty and grace, such as these lovely red ones above, whose blooms matured with ever increasing richness as they lasted on and on. Next time, I shall remove the leaves sooner, to preserve the purity of the flowers’ show!

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I was given this gorgeous bunch of pure white tulips above recently. Every day it brought me new, delighted pleasure. When the leaves had finished their green sharing, the flowers wanted to hold on to the stage … until they too began to fade … with sheer and singular beauty.

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I watched each day, as the pretty petals began to crinkle and gently recede, and the blooms became as delicate-looking as the purest snowy feathers, as silky as gossamer down, so elegant, so fine.

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When the petals gently began to drop, like the loveliest snowflakes on they shone, revealing all that existed inside the precious blooms …

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And when they came to the end of their exquisite blooming time, I snipped each faded tulip into my compost bucket, as their job was not yet done. In my heart I felt awe and gratitude and ‘thanked’ the tulips silently, for bringing so much grace and elegance into each moment …

Tulips … so special, from their exquisite freshness to their demure, divine decline.

Holly x

Women’s History Month 2015

To all those Women courageous enough to stand alone, who maintain their own excellent and loving standards, who hold their heads up high, are brave enough to be truly real, and who make a positive difference to all of our lives … Happy month of recognition. This bloom is for you.

Holly x

For Women of courage, brave enough to stand alone, in order to make a difference.

For Women of courage, brave enough to stand alone, in order to make a significant difference.

“Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.” – Wikipedia’s_History_Month

A Rose without a Name

As I sorted through some photographs of my organic country garden today, I was spellbound by the pictures of flowers and greenery, looking forward to the Summer time, when all will be in bloom once more.

Amongst my photographs of a July past, I came across this picture of a beautiful rose, which was growing amongst a tangle of overgrown shrubbery and white rambling roses, in our present garden when we arrived here. It is a really lovely rose, with arching stems and fresh green foliage, the most gorgeous double flowers and an enchanting fragrance. I have no idea what this rose is called, but hope to discover its name one day.

While I watch and wait for the warmer months, it is wonderful to be able to look at such images … and know that soon the roses will be in bloom once more. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, who are just coming out of the long, cold, dark months of Winter dreariness, Summer cannot come too soon.

Much loveliness awaits!

Holly x

A beautiful rose without a name.

A beautiful rose without a name.

When we can see the beauty in a flower

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This small piece was first ‘published’ via The White Space at on 25 January 2015.  I copy it here, for anyone who needs to be reminded of beauty, or to receive a hug of understanding in their moment of difficulty.

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When we can see the beauty in a flower, it says more about us than it does about the flower.

When we perceive beauty, we ‘see’ the very thing that is in each of us, and it is available to each of us, because it emanates from deep within. Go there, if you need to find beauty, solace, peace, love… Go deep within, to where your essence is, and that is where you will find Life … the life that is within us all, and in every natural thing on this earth. That essence, that life, can never be destroyed. As long as there is a universe, there will be life. Look at the flowers, look at the stars, look into the eyes of a child, look into the eyes of a true friend, look at the waves, look at the wind blowing the grass sideways … all that is life, the very life that fills every cell of your Being. It is where hope dwells, it is where we draw our energy from, it is all around us, and we are all one with it… we only have to become aware, to know this. It always is. You are, and I am. We are all one.



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Beauty, elegance and life in a pure white tulip.




Holly x