Sunday, 5 October 2008

A roller coaster week.........

My week did not start well.....losing Polly has left a gap.......I miss her snoring through my favourite TV programmes.........I miss her walking across the lawn with an apple in her mouth to enjoy in the comfort of her bed........I miss her soft face looking up at me when she was unsure of something.......I could go on. I know I have often told you the story of Gramps and the owl.....Monday night when I went to bed I could hear the owl calling, I found it very comforting.....perhaps Polly is with Gramps, I don't know.......but I like to think so...............
Nella misses her companion.........she looks a little lost at the moment.........she whimpers during the day, something she has never done.........it will pass I know......

We had a frost Friday night.........not enough to damage blooms.....just enough to look pretty............
And some good news.........I received a letter yesterday........I am going to receive an award from the Kent Wildlife Trust for wildlife gardening...........I don't know if I have bronze silver or gold.........I will find out on the 21st October when the presentation takes place............I am also getting 25 native trees in November because I entered the project......I have signed a contract to say I will never fell them without the authorities permission........I shall plant them along the boundary of the copse......can you imagine how this will add to the garden and how it will help the wildlife............
Life is indeed a journey.....full of ups and downs......Polly will always be in my heart.........I am heading towards 60 and there is still so much I have to do here..........I am determined to put into place all the things that I am passionate about..............from lifes experiences we learn, we grow.........I look forward to the years ahead................
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.............



28 comments:

Beth said...

I enjoy your blog very much and don't think that I've ever commented to let you know. Your last paragraph today inspired me to let you know that I share "trying to achieve all the things that are important to me". Congratulations on the trees and I look forward to seeing what they add to your wildlife habitat.

Cheryl said...

Thank you beth.....it is nice to know there is someone out there with the same thoughts......

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hi Cheryl, In this picture Nella looks as sad as you sound. I do hope you both are feeling better soon. I am sure Polly is in a wonderful place. I bet she still looks over the garden with you. She is probably happy that the blanket of frost she no longer has to deal with. The frost is beautiful.

Congratulations on winning an award for helping wildlife. I can't wait to see the trees planted. When will they give them to you?

I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend. Try not to be too sad.

Cheryl said...

Thanks Lisa......I should get the trees sometime in November....so a winter project ahead......I am looking forward to it....

Baker Watson said...

Congratulations on the Award. I'm sure you must be very proud. And I'm sure you are looking forward to getting those 25 native trees and planning where to plant each one in your sanctuary.

Baker

Cheryl said...

Thank you Baker I am pleased.....it will enable me to meet like minded people and perhaps take pathways that I had not expected.....

Mark said...

Hi Cheryl,
Looks like you have been quite a time of it as of late,Good luck with the wildlife trust, sounds quite interesting,just had one of the people from our Wildlife trust down at the green space, so they can do an article in the next magazine.
How is Mr P and his scoooter...has he come home yet?

Cheers Mark

ladyandthetramp said...

So pleased for you winning your award that is so richly deserved - if there was a category for inspiring other people, you'd win it hands down! Many congratulations!
lots of love
Lady and the Tramp

marmee said...

cheryl you have definately had your ups and downs this week.
nella does look quite sad without her buddy and i am sure you are feeling her absence as well. this will be an adjustment period for sure.
very happy about your reward for wildlife gardening. congrats! this project will be something to look forward too. can't wait to see the results of your new trees in november. hope you have some help!

NCmountainwoman said...

CONGRATULATIONS on the award!

You are an inspiration to all of us who are whining about little inconveniences. Thanks for giving us renewed perspective on what is important.

beckie said...

Cheryl, life is very much like a roller coaster with ups and downs coming so fast you have little time to celebrate or mourn. I don't know if that is good or bad. Nella does look forlorn and I am sure feels your pain as well. Dogs are so sensitive to their humans needs. I hope the two of you can find comfort with each other.

I am so happy about the award from Kent Wildlife! It seems like it was a long wait to hear. Which ever you receive will be well deserved. And I know you will enjoy those trees for years to come. Take care dear friend.

Mary said...

Cheryl, the photo of little Nella is heartbreaking but she'll be OK. And you will, too! Polly doesn't want you to grieve for too long...

And Congratulations on your honor. I'm so happy for you! Please let us know about your award.

Thanks for the reminder to continue to put effort in trying to achieve everything important to me. It's never too early or too late to start.

Mary

Wendy said...

Congratulations!!! I knew you would win that award. I'd been waiting to hear some news. I remember you posting earlier in the summer about that award. Good for you - you deserve it.

I do hope Polly is with Gramps. I think the owl was sending you a message to that effect.

Is your birthday coming up? Mine is soon. And I feel the same way. There is still so much to do and contribute!

Rose said...

Congratulations, Cheryl, on the award! I'd almost forgotten about this contest with everything else going on. They certainly picked the perfect person to give these trees to: I know you will see that they are given every chance to grow and thrive.

Poor Nella--dogs seem to know when a companion is gone; she is mourning in her own way. The two of you can help each other get through this.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Cheryl,

Congratulations on your award. Please keep us posted on which one you receive and tell us all about the presentation. Well done! Very exciting about the 25 trees, also. You will be very busy planting those. What a wonderful addition to your garden.

Poor Nella does look lonely. You will have to give her extra hugs for a while. Our pets are such an integral part of our families and our lives.You are so right--Polly will always be in your heart. Part of who you are, is because she was in your life, and you will always take that with you.

Cindy said...

I am so sorry about your loss of Polly. It is very hard to lose a devoted companion. I'm certain she is exactly where you hope she is, and that she's still picking up apples to bring to her bed there. Give Nella a big hug and know that it is from me.

Hugs,
Cindy

Mimi said...

I am so excited for you. To get any award for your efforts is fantastic. Poor Nella looks so forlorn. *hugs nella* Floyd sends doggy kisses too...

Cheryl said...

Thanks Mark it has been busy......glad you are getting some well deserved media coverage....

Mr P is back but keeps disappearing!!!!!

Cheryl said...

Thanks Marmee.....I shall plant the trees myself, they are bare root so it is quite easy.....I have already started preparing the area involved......

Cheryl said...

Thanks Beckie.....I am so pleased to receive the trees....it is such a wonderful gift.....can't wait to collect them in November and get this project underway....

How are you???

Cheryl said...

Hi Mary....you are so right it is never to late..........I have waited a long time to do the things I am doind now........I just hope and pray that I am able to do it for a long time to come......

Cheryl said...

Tks Wendy.....you are so right there is still much to do....that is what life is about, getting the things done that are important to us and enjoying the journey......

Cheryl said...

Thank you Rose.....the trees will get the best possible chance here....I am preparing the space, and have been working in the garden today....lots of digging going on....I am enjoying it......

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Congratulations! WOW! The Kent Wildlife Trust's award is an honor. You not only have restored habitat but you also have created a lovely garden for people to rejoice and rejuvenate in. Your legacy will grow and be cared for, Poppy will see to it!
Your frost is lovely. It was just enough to quiet the buzz of the bees. It is a poignant time of year. The passing of Polly and the bees reminds me to celebrate the day...as is...right this mimute.
Thank you for including us in the news of the award and the passing of Polly.
Sweet pats and extra hugs to darling Nella.
These passings are important for the grandchildren too. They see how you love and how you grieve. Your garden is the ribbon that ties all of your lives together. Maybe they will be part of the tree planting...maybe they will share an apple and a song and a hug.
Namaste,
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Yours words move me Sherry....I have just read them to Mr.P......he was moved also....

Thank you my friend.....

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
You are welcome dear friend.
Love and light,
Sherry

LadyLuz said...

Sherry has said it all, so eloquently, Cheryl.

Am so happy for you as well as sad about Polly, who had a good life with your family.

Thanks once again for your inspiring, beautiful blog.

Dawny P said...

HI Cheryl. I am so completely and utterly thrilled for you re your award, I truly am. Well done - I can think of nobody more deserving. I LOVE all your pics especially the photos of Poppi and hope you are enjoying your new camera.

Oh poor Nella - that's a sort of 'lump in the throat' pic cos you can almost feel her pain. I hope she is ok cos she must be missing her old pal, as must you xxx When my old Persian died, his pal, who was actually his cousin but they had been together since they were born, missed him so much and used to go and sit and stare at the spot where he was buried. It just about broke my heart cos you cannot explain to them. But you're right - it will pass. Oh bless xxxxx

I hope you are well and happy xxxxx