Thursday, 23 April 2015
My Favourite Things: Bluebells
From time to time, I thought I'd share with you a few of the things that I really love, and that always make me feel happy no matter what else is going on in my life. The things that keep me centred and remind me not only of who I am, but that, when all's said and done, life's a wonderful thing!
I'm starting on a seasonal note here with one of my favourite things in the whole world: bluebells. I just adore them, and the fact that they're only around for such a brief amount of time just makes them even more precious. People often make the assumption that my favourite colour is pink (to be fair, I can see why!) but in actual fact, it's violet blue. More specifically, the colour of wild bluebells.
Even though it's still only April, a mini wilderness of them has already cropped up in my back garden. I love being able to see them every day, but nothing quite matches up to the display you get in a bluebell wood, such as the one at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire. Usually, we take a trip over there each year to see them, but what with one thing and another I haven't managed to make it for the last couple of years.
The thing about bluebells is that you have to enjoy them in the moment; they kind of bring you right into the present. You can't really pick them, because they begin to lose their colour and vibrancy from the moment you do. So you have to enjoy them outside to see them in all their glory. What's more, their precise shade of deep blue-purple, somewhat famously, can't be properly captured on film. It never looks quite the same as it does with your own eyes.
In a way, not the most practical choice for a favourite flower! But you love what you love, and I love them too much to care that I see so little of them.
Somewhat coincidentally (honestly, I didn't theme this!) I've got a wild bluebell diffuser that I'm planning to review later in the week, so watch this space! Also, just to warn you I may go a bit mad over violet makeup looks too...
What are your favourite flowers?