Post election blues in five minutes

8th May 


Butterfly in my garden this morning
Along with some of the UK population I voted yesterday.  I had to.  How could I grumble over the next five years if I didn't make my voice heard.  In so many places women still do not have this right and I couldn't let it sit there not being used.  And what role model would I be to the next generation if I didn't vote?  But do you know what, I'm feeling blue today and had no intention of blogging.  I awoke to this blue feeling and I am struggling to shift it.

Taking my coffee outside into the garden, it's cold here at the moment and I was shivering, I spotted my first butterfly of the season.  I felt excited and hurried indoors for my camera not expecting said butterfly to still be in situ but it was worth a try.  And by golly, it was still there.  This little butterfly began to shift my blues very slowly away and it made me think.  Everywhere around us, no matter how we are feeling, there is beauty and good around us, but sometimes we have to be woken up and even shaken out of our blues, not always an easy feat.  Googling a few moments ago, I discovered that this was probably an orange tipped butterfly, look carefully and you can just see the orange.


Allium just coming out and butterfly


Notice the tiny little bit of orange...
Think it means it is an orange tip butterfly

So what else has happened to me this week...

My daughter had her leavers dress up day and prom, where on earth have those years flown?  I so remember being that age and thinking I was so very grown up, looking at my daughter, I realise I wasn't at all grown up but it is a rite of passage and she must also feel the same.  She and two friends decided to be the 3 blind mice from the movie Shrek and a third friend was Shrek himself. 


Such a fun day for them


The weekend saw us empting or should I say part empting as we will have to complete it all tomorrow, the workshop and shed at the bottom of the garden.  I have had a mad idea for some time now to change the bottom of the garden around.  Very time consuming and it will create huge upheaval and I must confess to beginning to wonder if I have not made a huge mistake in beginning the little, ha, really BIG project.  Time will tell.  I have already completely shoved and stuffed the car full and taken 4 dump runs and 2 charity runs.  Why on earth do we have so much 'stuff'?

Just some of the items that were brought out.

One of my oldest and dearest friends came home for a few weeks, she has been living in Australia for the last eight years with no intention of moving back here at all, they are settled and as her husband said, they are living the millionaires life there that they couldn't afford to here.  So we seldom see each other.  But it is true isn't it, that no matter how infrequent the times together, true friendship picks off where it left off.  I miss her already. 


We cannot underestimate the value of friendship



...and what would my week be without some form of craft?  I have joined in with a wonderful and relatively short craft along, called a sock along... am loving making these socks, for more details about how to join in, it's not too late and is perfect for beginners, see here
 
 
Knitting up sock two, both aiming to be ready to
start the heel on Sunday



Joining in unexpectedly this week with my five things that have cheered me up one way or another this week with Amy Pop over and see what others are blogging about too, you never know you may find a new favourite blogging site.


♥  Here's to a less blue weekend  ♥

40 comments:

  1. I am glad you decided to post, I'm feeling pretty fed up today as well so your lovely photo of the butterfly and your daughters dress up day made me smile. Yes why indeed do we have so much stuff. I have a whole attic of it to be cleared. Oh and lovely sock :)

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    1. Glad to make you smile Chickpea. Hope your knee is better to.

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  2. Wonderful photo of the butterfly! (I often try to take photos of them, but they are just too fast for me.) Look at all those fascinating details!
    The colours of the yarn you are using for the socks are wonderful. :)
    Here's to a colourful and sunny weekend! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Sara. For some reason the butterfly just stayed still how lucky was I.

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  3. hope you have a better weekend. I also felt rather blue this morning.

    Lovely butterfly photos :)

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    1. I think a lot is people felt blue this morning Evelyn.

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  4. Sorry that you are feeling blue, I hope the blues have passed by now! The flowers and butterfly are gorgeous and yes, I think an orange tip too, they are notoriously hard to photograph from what I understand, so very well done on that!!! Thank you so much as always for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend. xx

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  5. Lovely little butterfly. I've been blue because of blah weather but make myself find lovely things to think and gaze upon. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. It's a good thing to do to pull is out of the blues Tammy

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  6. The butterfly photos are fantastic, so great you could get such a good close up. Hope the girls had a good party. The sock project sounds good. Maybe I will try it, I have never knitted socks. Enjoy your weekend clear out.

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    1. Teresa you really should join in. It's so much fun.

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  7. What a good idea to go as Three Blind Mice - very effective disguises! Thanks for your comment on my blog :-)

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  8. Gorgeous photos of the butterfly. Yes, I can see a little bit of orange on the wing tips. Just beautiful. Your knitting is looking good. I love the colour of the yarn you're using.
    Have a lovely weekend! X

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  9. Snap! Feeling blue too - unbelievable really!

    Your butterfly picture is stunning, I have never heard of one of those before, just showed himself and he was amazed too. I love your daughter's leaving outfit, my daughter left last year and they were all characters from Alice in Wonderland, they all made such an effort. Good luck with the garden and so true about friends.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

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    1. They have such fun on leaving day don't they Linda. Apparsny they are quite common these butterflies but I've not seen one before!!

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  10. What a beautiful butterfly and well done on getting such a beautiful photo, I have to clear out my shed and my attic you are right why do we keep so much stuff! but it does give me great satisfaction to get rid of it too. Great socks your are so much further on that mine and I have holes in my fingers from the needles ouch! have a great weekend. :) xx

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    1. Thanks Linda. It is a good feeling clearing out but why do I leave it so long between clear outs I always ask myself!

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  11. I felt pretty upset last year when our Governor, who I think is a total crook won the election, it made me sooooo mad. But life does move on and I am glad you posted and got a few things out of your system. TIme does fly.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. This makes me feel better. Thank you Meredith. Hugs back x

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  12. Hope you're feeling better!! It just seems something is always there when we need it most..Love the butterfly..he was ready for his close up..cool photos..xoxo susie

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    1. I agree Susie. Things usually pop up to help us along.

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  13. I'm glad I'm not the only one who found the election to be a bit of an anti-climax after all the hype and expectation. I love the tiny butterfly - he's so well-camouflaged! Looking forward to seeing how you change your garden around. Judy.

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    1. Judith, I'm looking forward to it too. It's been in my mind for a couple of years but now we've started I'm really nervous about it. Hope we get it 'right'

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  14. Lovely butterfly!
    Good luck with the shed :o)
    Great socks! I'm impressed

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    1. Val, we may need more than luck but thank you muchly.

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  15. Beautiful flowers. On Friday, I cheered myself up with coffee and epic acts of cake!

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    1. Epic acts of cake. What a classic sentence that is. I'm going to steal that in future. Just love it. Hope it did do the trick. What cake?

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  16. Hope your blues turn into blue skies soon; love those photos! they cheered me right up. WE had a good result here in the provincial election, but I fear for the federal one . . .

    Maybe this will cheer you up: I made your Mocha Roulade (sort of) for dessert for tonight's Mother's Day dinner. Just my Mum and me, but that was fine. She liked it very much. But, not unexpectedly for me, I did stray from the original plan (it wasn't my fault, honest!). I won't say more now, 'cause I need to stay motivated to post on my own blog soon. I'll let you know when the post is up.
    Your sock-along is SO, SO tempting! I found two skeins of sock wool just recently, but at the moment have forgotten exactly where, as we are not even half unpacked yet. But I'll keep the Sock-along in mind. I've made socks before,, but there's always something new to learn.
    Love you flowers!! Have to go for now. I'm going to tell you what I keep telling myself: Be grateful and choose joy! Those two can help a lot, but I often forget to implement them. Have a great day, Selma. ~ Linne

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    1. Linne so glad to hear from you. Glad you made the mocha roulade and not at all surprised you strayed from the original. I like your adaptations. Yes. Do. The sockalong. Once you find the wool. I am really enjoying it. Will email you soon too. Please let me know when the blog post is up. I will choose joy x

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  17. I am glad you voted. It's one of the few ways anyone can have their voice heard in all of this political mumbo-jumbo!

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  18. Living in the US it feels as if our politicians are picked and paraded around for us rather than we the people selecting who will run. I am so fed up I have quit voting. I came to the conclusion that I can make a bigger change in my own community than I do through voting, especially on national elections.

    Love the butterfly, I've never seen one like that.

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    1. I think you are right that we can make much more if a difference locally than voting generally but I can't bring myself not to vote despite the fact I don't think any if them have the right answers or capability.

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  19. I hope you are feeling brighter now. Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x

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