Goodbye January

Monday, 31 January 2011

I had a bit of a splurge this morning.
  I am told some husbands buy their wives flowers every week. C can't understand why anyone would spend money on something that sits in a jug for a few days and then dies. The only time he buys me flowers is when I've just had a baby. That's three bunches then, last one nearly eleven years ago. I buy my own. I don't care about them dying, they give me such joy.


The sun was shining this morning, perfect photography conditions. 







As well as flowers I bought this little box planted with bulbs which will cheer up a corner of my kitchen.


I bought some food too. Among other less colourful things I bagged a bargain bag of small peppers -all red and orange, no nasty green ones :o)


I'm always glad when January is over, especially this January dominated as it was by my burnt foot.
February is still Winter, but Winter with the scent of Spring. For us, February is a month of celebrations which fortuitously fall once a week  keeping our spirits up until March arrives.


47 comments:

  1. Hi Sue,
    Yay i`m the first to comment! What gorgeous photos.If you have time sometime could you post or email me the recipe for that fruit cake you made. I went into the library to see if they had the River Cottage Everyday Recipe book, but no luck.
    Love Carole from Rossendale xxxxxxx

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  2. I buy my own flowers too! Sometimes I get a bargain, Saturday I bought a bunch which was £3 reduced to 99p because of the 'sell by date' and they last just as long as if I pay full price!
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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  3. Our men are the same, I've had four bunches :) He shows his love in lots of other ways, but I buy my own flowers as well. They are so worth the few dollars for a bunch to put such a smile on my face for days.

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  4. Maybe most of us have to buy our own flowers, we just think everyone else gets them bought. Love the piccies.

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  5. I'm on your side when it comes to buying one'sown flowers, they give such joy and colour in the gloomy grey. Andy, will buy flowers for me now and again when he sees a cheap or reduced bunch! Loving your macro-lens happiness xox

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  6. I bought myself some flowers this morning too You photos are beautiful and I do love those tiny smelly narcissi.

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  7. Such beautiful colours and captured in a way that makes me want to have a great big *sigh* - I did by the way.

    I buy my own other wise I would have to wait a very long time - not even babies produced a bouquet from my dearest hubby!

    Nina xxx

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  8. Loving the new style macro pics. Very colourful! I also love it when there are no green peppers in the bag. I think they should be made obsolete, I don't know any recipes where they are a must!

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  9. Wonderful photos and colors as always!

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  10. Eye poppingly beautiful colours Sue. I have just spent the last 2 hours in a grey walled colour void waiting room at ballet school waiting on my daughters so that was just what I needed to brighten the evening. :o)

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  11. Lovely photographs Sue ~ I especially like the ones with the flowers in the very colourful and stripey jugs and the one with the bulbs in the little wooden box too :O)x

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  12. Gorgeous color! To make your tulips stand and not droop, I read that you can prick the stem right under the flower. Also, I can stretch fresh flowers for weeks sometime if I keep trimming the stem and get fresh water every couple of days. Enjoy them--they are beautiful. Hope your foot is better--forgot about that...

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  13. Thanks for the gorgeous burst of colour.

    I know Feb is still winter but you definately get some days when you can feel spring coming through. Even tonight here was great - almost light till 5pm - another 2 weeks and it will definately be light then :)

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  14. Well, I've just treated myself to some tulips and daffodils and I was going to post a photo of them, but yours have put mine to shame! In fairness, I had to make do with the kitchen light as it was dark when I got home from work, and some of them haven't even opened properly yet, so I'm hoping that all of a sudden they'll burst into colour and look as cheerful as yours!

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  15. I don't like green peppers either!

    I love your colourful jugs of flowers, especially the multicoloured vertically striped one - just perfect for the flowers you've used. I must confess to not bothering with displaying flowers inside much, apart from daffodils from the garden - I'm looking forward to when they're in bloom...

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  16. I find that buying flowers for yourself means that you get the ones you like best. Not dodgy coloured ones. Or carnations. Happy February. ax

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  17. Anonymous8:05 pm GMT

    Your camera is showing its worth already! Those are really beautiful pictures - the colours are leaping off the screen. Absolutely beautiful flowers. I too try not to get the green peppers - I usually replace them with red or yellow and rarely use the green. I love them raw as well as cooked; crunchy and sweet. Anything that means we are nearer to spring should be celebrated, so roll on February. No one is buying me flowers either. A tip that I picked up from a blog last year for keeping tulip stems straight - put a couple of two pence pieces in the vase. Don't know why (probably the minerals) but it did work.
    Siobhan

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  18. Beautiful photos! Love getting flowers, but mostly I also have to buy them myself :-) It's amazing what a bunch of tulips can do!

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  19. I rarely buy flowers, but at this time of year they're a much needed boost. I particularly love yellow and purple flowers together.

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  20. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I think perhaps all men think flowers are frivolous and pointless and all women love, love, love them.

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  21. Hello Sue,Hope you are well
    I,along with all of your comments,totally agree
    Am loving your beautiful Flowers/Photographs,
    Normally buy them myself,(have done recently)
    HATE green peppers too!!!
    Best Wishes to you
    Sue xxx

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  22. Gorgeous photos of the flowers Sue. They are lovely and cheery to wake up to on a Tuesday morning. Thanks for sharing.
    Anne xx

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  23. Anonymous10:57 pm GMT

    I bought daffodils and tulips today. I buy flowers most weeks until there some to pick from the garden. I want to know where you got that lovely bulb box from. I want one NOW. ME

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  24. Beautiful flowers! Loving the macro photos and particularly envious of that gorgeous stripy jug (where does that come from?). I rarely get flowers from hubby but am inclined to agree with magic bean - at least if you choose your own you get what you really like!

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  25. My first husband used to buy me a bunch of flowers every weekend for the first year of our marriage, then after that, not every weekend but quite a lot. He knew I loved flowers. Even now and then for a special occasion he will pick me a little bunch out of his garden. Yes we still get along very well and his partner and I get along very well too.
    I LOVE that little box of bulbs.
    x Sandi

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  26. Dear Sue, love love love the bright flowers.. now I want some. Your photos are magnificent! My Snowdrops are coming along, photos on my blog soon. Hugs from Oregon, Teresa

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  27. Beautiful flowers red tulips, one of my absolute favourites
    Bought my first bunch this last week too...Spring is on it's way tell him..Men hey!
    Hugs x

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  28. Absolutely beautiful pictures. I love the light through the bottle next to the box of bulbs. Gorgeous

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  29. Lovely flowers. So colourful they made my heart skip when I saw them. Fabulous photos too, you're obviously getting to grips with your new camera. I'm just off to do the weekly shop; me thinks I will treat myself! xxx

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  30. Ah Sue, lovely jugs.

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  31. I buy my own flowers too! I'd be waiting a long time for Hugo to buy them, his policy is Birthdays and Valentines only. Aaaahhh, such gorgeous Spring photos, uplifting colours, truly wonderful, thank you. Love Vanessa xxx

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  32. Beautiful flowers! I'm quite lucky because Dom often buys me flowers, but only if they're reduced at the supermarket. I don't mind this though, I think it has a romance of his own. Bless him.

    I love your January collage - it's wonderfully colourful.

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  33. Hello Sue,
    Have just seen Louise's comment about your 'lovely jugs'ooohh err,that made ME titter,or is it just my naughty mind??
    Really sorry,didn't mean to lower the tone(but i'm still giggling now)!!!HaHaHa
    Best Wishes
    Sue xxx

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  34. It made me laugh too Sue. I said something about my jugs looking lovely yesterday at the dinner table much to my husband's amusement.

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  35. I'm sure I won't make many friends by admitting this, but I think I'd be unnerved by a husband who bought me flowers every week. After a while it would lose its spontaneity and delight, surely?

    We can buy our own. You obviously choose better.

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  36. I buy my own and love doing it. I know the colours that will lift me that week.
    Mr Thrifty occasionally buys me flowers and that is always a big surprise.

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  37. Oh! This inspires me... I'll have to pick up flowers today while shopping. I think Trader Joes might have tulips in. I have the opposite husband dilemma- if I set him loose at the farmers market, he'll come back with loads of flowers, and an expensive, tiny packet of goat cheese. Forty dollars later, and he won't have bought a single vegetable. Love that man.

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  38. Those flowers are beautiful.I am away to get me some.
    Your blog is a feast of colour and yummyness.

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  39. Oh my goodness - those flowers are just Spring in a Jug!
    Lovely!

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  40. What cheery flowers and I love the pitcher you put them in!! These would make me smile and think of spring for sure.

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  41. You were lucky to get flowers when you had a baby ! When I asked my husband why he did nt bring me flowers after our babies he said well, everyone else was bringing flowers. Still 44 years later he still has nt bought me flowers. Now chocolate........................thats different.

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  42. beautiful pics , i'm with you on the green pepper issue...yukk

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  43. Hi... found you via silverpebble as I am one of the splash of colour folk too. Love the tulips, and I too, buy them for myself, though I have to say one of the advantages to sending other half out to shop is that sometimes, just sometimes, he will come home with a bunch of flowers. I know some people are a bit sniffy about supermarket flowers, but they are cheap and cheerful and last much longer than the label says.
    Love your photos.

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  44. Pati from London2:00 pm GMT

    Hello Sue, what a cheerful post!! I love the pictures, my god, that camera of yours and your skills are creating great photos!! I also love the jugs, especially the blue and white one. I've been looking for a pot or jug like that for a while but haven't found anything yet...They are cornish, aren't they?
    I like the green pepper in my bag of peppers, though! It is very important for my Spanish lentil stew as the flavour it provides for this dish is not achieved with any other type of pepper. My hubby buys me flowers occasionally but rarely, really but I don't mind at all as I love to buy my own. My dad is a bit like your C, he is quite against buying them, he thinks is not a nice present for a loved one as they die quickly but my mum and i don't care and we buy them anyway.... Your post makes me dream of spring... Have a lovely day, Pati x

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  45. What lovely bright, cheerful photographs, and I love the stripey jug!

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  46. These flowers have put a big smile only face, so cheery and pretty.

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  47. Have just recently discovered your blog and am going through past months. My husband has the same thoughts on buying fresh flowere - men just don't get it. Love your photos and recipes.

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