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Bonus Pinks

I couldn’t finish this month’s colour challenge without one of my favourite April flower – the tulip.

This is a late flowering tulip called ‘Greenland‘ – an orchid rose-pink with green stripes.

(Coincidentally, this month is ending with a pink super moon which occurred on the one night that we had cloud cover! I did see it floating in and out of the clouds looking nice and big and not in the least bit pink! Apparently named after a native herb known as creeping phlox is coming into its pink bloom. (Native American))

This is the last week for the colour pink so get yours in before Sunday.

Monday Washing

Andrew of ‘Have Bag, Will Travel’ is running a weekly challenge all about photographs of washing lines. I knew I had a couple of rather lovely washing lines, but a look through my archives resulted in a few more. This week we are back in Venice, Italy. I like how the darks and lights are hung up separately, but why would you hang a t-shirt in the middle like that? Surely you end up with peg marks? And one slip and the laundry hits the water!

I think this one will appeal to Andrew’s idiosyncrasies.

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To find out more about this year’s photo challenge here on Travel Words, please read this post.

This month we will be looking for Pink. A delicate colour that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.

Or sometimes a bright, in your face, neon pink.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Bougainvillea (Lisbon)
Where have you seen pink?

Flashback Friday #17

Back in 2015 I posted this blog about our Patron Saint of England. It seemed appropriate to revisit the post today.

Happy St George’s Day

“Saint George is the patron saint of England. He’s popularly identified with England and English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry – but actually he wasn’t English at all.

One that got away…

Why is it that we don’t celebrate our patron saint’s day in the same way as the Irish? Why aren’t we in the streets dressed in red and white, wearing a rose and waving the St George Cross? Oh, I forget, we reserve that for the football World Cup. And we all know how successful that is.

george crossPerhaps it is time we had a new saint for England, after all this chap came from Cappadocia, now Turkey, and has no direct connection with England. Very little, if anything, is known about the real Saint George and he obviously hasn’t caught the imagination of the English. George’s reputation grew with the returning crusaders. A miracle appearance, when it was claimed that he appeared to lead crusaders into battle, is recorded in stone over the south door of a church at Fordington in Dorset. This still exists and is the earliest known church in England to be dedicated to Saint George.

April 23 was named as Saint George’s day in 1222 replacing St Edmund who gave his name to the Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds. Perhaps it is time to reinstate him?

What are your thoughts? Do you celebrate St George’s Day? Should it be a national holiday? Should we have a new patron saint of England? If so who would you choose?”

This post is a contribution to Fandango’s Flashback Friday. Have you got a post you wrote in the past on this particular day? The world might be glad to see it – either for the first time – or again if they’re long-time loyal readers.

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A bonus Suffolk Pink

In true Suffolk countryside you will find Wyken Hall Gardens and Vineyard, home to Kenneth and Carla Carlisle. The 400 year old Suffolk barn houses the Leaping Hare country store, which sells some very beautiful wares along with their award winning wine, a café  and the Leaping Hare Vineyard restaurant.

The house itself has a copper red lime wash which is what ‘Suffolk Pink’ was in Elizabethan times. The southern veranda has five lovely blue rocking chairs brought over from Mississippi and is shaded by columns of Spartan apples, espaliered high so they do not block the view from the house.

Can you find any pink buildings?