The Loyal Sunflower

The Loyal Sunflower

Hi there

Thanks for popping in. Long day, up to HOCHANDA after our SHAC-Shack, for an important meeting. Then back again. So grateful that Dave drove me up there. Good man. 9 hour round trip. That’ll do! It’s the furthest we’ve been since the pandemic kicked in in March. No stopping for fuel, no stopping for a pee break or a coffee or a snack – NADA. There and back.

How things have changed. To be honest, I was actually a little anxious venturing out beyond the castle walls, but it was great to see everybody at Hochanda – even if we couldn’t hug and kiss! We’re in this together, people to people, business to business, and we have to look out for each other if we are going to weather this storm. Sometimes a face to face meeting is the only way.

The sunflowers which Jilly gave us at the weekend were smiling at us when we got home. Absolutely glorious. Beautiful, bold and bright. I’d moved them out of the notorious porch (or should I say Porsche) and into the cool kitchen, because said porch gets really REALLY hot in the afternoons..

Check these beauties out!

Sunflowers. Did you know they symbolize LOYALTY? I looked it up! Sunflowers are also seen as symbols of GOOD LUCK, and are associated with TRUTH, LOYALTY, and HONESTY. If you plant them around your home and garden, they will bring GOOD FORTUNE your way. That’s sorted then! Sunflowers seeds on the shopping list!!

But why does the Sunflower symbolize LOYALTY ? Because day after day, it follows the sun with its gaze, from east to west. I like that notion.

And on that good and interesting note, I shall love you and leave you until tomorrow.

Love always

Barb xxx

21 thoughts on “The Loyal Sunflower

  1. I love sunflowers; they make me smile and now I know what they mean, I love them even more. I really value loyalty.
    I have just come upstairs and the bedroom is 29 degrees and that is with fan on full belt for half an hour. I can see another sleepless night ahead. If I can function, I shall see you in the shack at 10. Hope you sleep well. Hugs. Annette X

  2. What beautiful flowers – very uplifting.
    Even with air con 9 hours in a car in this heat fills me with horror!!!!!! We don’t go far these days.
    Enjoy the rest of the evening.
    Stay safe 🍒🍒🍒

  3. Glad you both got home safely. Sounds like a bit of a tough day. Beautiful red sky tonight. Sleep well. See you in the morning. Hxx

  4. Hi Barb,
    It sounds as though you’ve had a tiring day, glad you’re at home safe and sound. Sunflowers are my cousins favourite flowers – she had them for her wedding bouquet. A friend of mine loves them and she has a wall in her house dedicated to sunflower pictures , framed cards etc. I made her a canvas last Christmas using a sunflower stencil which is on that wall – I was really touched that she thought it was good enough to join her other items. They are such happy flowers although I have to say that one year in the Dordogne we got fed up of seeing them growing in every field! Take care, love and hugs Alison xxx

  5. I’m glad you didn’t stop. Not worth the risk. Some people stay in when sick, others not. No way to know who has been anywhere before you. Dave must be feeling better to manage all the driving, so that is good news too. Hope you have sorted out remote demos for the foreseeable future, not least for climate change. I like them better but can see that really small firms can’t do it.

    Sunflowers are beautiful but not their earwigs.

  6. Glad you had a safe journey, we used to go to France in our motor home and you could see field upon field of sunflowers they are amazing plants. Take care xxx

  7. 9 hours wow. Glad you got home safely. I had a lazy day after my Dr appt. as I’ve had a worrying weekend. I sat and shaded then I had a sleep. You have to catch up when you can. Can’t wait to be all together again in the Shac Shack. I too was given sun flowers at the weekend and so glad I know what they represent now. Sleep well everyone xx

  8. Glad to hear you didn’t go on your own, was thinking about you this afternoon and wondering how you wee getting on ! Walked passed local allotments the other day and it looked as if they’d had a sunflower growing competition – loads of them ! They looked lovely. We’ve only just come in from garden, it’s such a lovely evening. X

  9. We have sunflowers all over the village. In the first week of lockdown as many families as possible were given seeds to grow. Now they are in many front gardens, all sorts of sizes, some really tall and some short, single flower heads and multiples. It’s just lovely! So cheerful! X

  10. Hi Barb, oh lovely Dave, cannot imagine that amount of driving in the heat yesterday. Love the sunflowers and thank you for that info. I have just made a note to go look in our seed pack to see if we have sunflower seed. Take care and stay safe everyone. Bx

  11. We have a huge field of sunflowers in our village In Cornwall which is now in full bloom. It is an incredible sight and has been open this weekend to raise money for charity before it is cut next month to make sunflower oil. 🌻🌻🌻

  12. I love sunflowers. So bright and happy.
    Amy had sunflowers as her wedding flowers last year and I painted hundreds onto candles as the favours. The things we do eh!
    They also remind me of my Grandad. He grew sunflowers and let them seed so he could give them to his birds he kept in a huge walk-in aviary. The cockatiels loved them as did the finches.
    Happy days, happy memories.
    Glad you got home safe and sound from your trip to Hochanda. Long drive but beats staying over somewhere.
    Love and hugs xxx

  13. Glad to hear that you, and Dave, got to Peterborough and back safely, that’s a heck of a journey in one day.
    Looking forward to seeing everyone in the SHAC-Shack at 10 🙂

  14. Not keen on sunflowers but I do love blue bells a beautiful flower it’s meaning is humility. Something I’m sure we all need to practice at some point. I know I do.

  15. I am so pleased that you got home safely Barbara. That was a long way to go. I do love sunflowers. I have managed to grow some mini ones in the garden. The best bit is that they reflower. Take care we still have a long way to go. Hugs xxx

  16. What a trek – bravo Dave for doing the driving! We’ve got our first guests in the house since February and it’s really strange and causing us some anxiety. Peculiar wearing a mask in your own house too! I hope the meeting went well for you. My sunflowers didn’t grow sadly, but yours look just glorious. Enjoy x

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