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Feel Good Friday


Hi everyone, how are you folks doing?

It’s August already and we’ve come to the end of another busy week, and looking forward to the weekend or even holidays for some of us. The UK heatwave is forecast to return again following a short respite this week.

Recently I planted some sunflower seeds and two of them have really taken off and are now about 8 feet tall! They were given to me to plant by our vet in honour of our beloved little Shetland sheepdog who died in January. I’ve created a little memorial garden in his favourite spot and planted a beautiful white rose named in his honour. The rose has bloomed beautifully and is now guarded each side by the two magnificent sunflowers. One came into bloom a few days ago and the other is about to. Did you know that in Greek they are called Helianthus and that they are heliotropic, meaning that they turn and follow the sun during the day? Just looking at sunflowers makes us all smile don’t they, that’s why they are known as ‘Happy Flowers’? Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity, (which is possibly why our vet gave them to us to remember our little chap). Like the sun, they have ‘the ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy—attributes which mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light.’ (proflowers.com/blog/history...)

Maybe plant or buy some sunflowers to have in your garden or home to raise your spirits and put a smile on yours or a loved ones face.

Do share with us how you are doing, what you’ve been up to, and if there’s anything we can do to support you as you care for your loved ones. Don’t forget to take some time out to care for yourself too.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

MAS Nurse

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Happy Friday MAS_Nurse,

That's a lovely picture of a sunflower in all its glory and a touching story about your seeds growing into a memorial for a much loved and missed pet. What a super idea!

I've got to confess to a love/hate relationship with sunflowers. At the height of their blooming they are wonderful, cheerful things, full of hope and promise.

But they always used to scare me somehow when I used to travel through France and see fields of them being grown as crops that were near ready for harvesting.

They faced uniformly and sadly in one direction with drooping heads and drying and decaying leaves and somehow seemed a sinister metaphor for what is going to befall us all eventually. However, sunflowers do have a very useful purpose and their seeds make a profitable and widely useful oil. I suppose humans are a bit different. We give of our best whilst we are very much alive.

I think I'd sum up this week as frustrating. A few family and health issues that will eventually be resolved but are taking their time.

I shall try to remember your sunflowers in full bloom, pushing upwards with determination and cheerfulness, and try to emulate that mood!


Love the sound of the beautiful sunflowers MAS_Nurse. They do bring a smile don’t they. We’re going to a bbq tomorrow so I may take some along.

Had a nice week as seen the grandchildren a lot. Pete still in pain with his back but we’re getting there.

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Xxxxx

Sunflowers are the original win /win/win flower.First they look lovely, then they are good for the bees and when the seeds are set they feed the birds as well as us.I know what Callenders gal means about the ones in France I have a photo of them looking drepressed in the field next to place our daughter got maried. Try thinking of them as a symbol that even when everything is looking like the end of the world the best is yet to come. Especially if you are watching hungry birds eating them in the cold of winter

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