On another dismal-drizzle-dank day Jackie, despite feeling rather unwell, insisted on driving me to Ferndene Farm Shop for some salad items and a few other provisions.
Perhaps in search of sunnier times, this afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/03/03/a-knights-tale-109-ferry-across-the-solent/
I was about to scan four more illustrations to Bleak House by Charles Dickens, but am now keeping them over until tomorrow, because I have just received
a very touching e-mailed photograph from Lavinia Ross of Salmon Brook Farms.
She and her husband, Rick, planted a Western Incense Cedar in memory of my son Michael upon his death in February 2019. When my mother died last October Lavinia encircled this tree with daffodil bulbs dedicated to Michael’s grandmother and to his own mother who had died in September 1965.
They are experiencing similar weather to us in Oregon, so, perhaps appropriately, the daffodils have bowed their heads.
This evening we dined on more of Jackie’s chicken and vegetable stewp with fresh crusty bread, and neither of us imbibed.
What a lovely tribute <3
Indeed. Thank you very much, Donna
Thank you, Donna. It is a gift of life. ❤️
This is so wonderful, Derrick, Lavinia is a lovely soul. ??❤️
Thank you for those kind word, John. ❤️
So true, John. Thank you very much
Thank you for being a friend, Derrick. You, Jackie and your family mean a great deal to me.
That is lovely, Lavinia. Thank you so much X
This is precious beyond words.
Thank you, Anne.
It is. Thanks very much, Anne
I well understand the emotion that the tree and flowers bring for you Derrick. Lavinia planted a sequoia in honor of my Michael. ??
Thank you, GP. It was the least I could do.
You are the only one who makes the effort though! Thank you!!
Yes, GP. Naturally I thought of you and your son. Thanks very much
What a thoughtful and loving gift from Lavinia!
Thank you, Liz.
You’re welcome, Lavinia.
Indeed. Thanks very much, Liz
You’re welcome, Derrick.
What a lovely tribute. I do hope Jackie is feeling much better today.
Thank you, Sylvia. I do hope Jackie is feeling better today.
Thanks very much, Sylvia. Jackie has a few more days to get through
Lavinia has other memorial gardens for pets, friends, and family. She is a very good and decent person., a very thoughtful woman. The one in the photo will continue to honor for years beyond our time those for whom it was planted.
Thank you for the kind words, Doug. The living memorials will indeed outlive us.
Indeed, Doug. Thank you very much
I got shiver reading about the daffodils. How sweet is that? Beautiful post Derrick.
Thank you, Riverside Peace. Derrick wrote a beautiful memorial post.
Thank you very much, Lavinia
He did but I always like his posts. 🙂
Thanks very much, Chrissy
Lavinia is a special soul. It is so touching to see these memorials which will survive for many years after all of us. Never forgotten.
Thank you, Gwendoline.
Quite so, Gwen. Thank you very much
What a lovely, touching tribute, and how thoughtful of Lavinia to send you an update via photo.
I hope Jackie is feeling better soon.
Thank you, Merril.
It is, indeed, Merril. Jackie will take a day or two. Thanks very much
As other commenters have said, that is a delightful tribute.
Thank you, Tootlepedal. Derrick wrote a beautiful tribute. A tree farmer friend gave us the tree to plant.
Thank you, too, Lavinia
Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal
This is such a touching tribute to lives lost and hearts broken. Thank you for sharing the photos.
Thank you Alys.
Much appreciated, Alys. It is indeed
What a touching, living remembrance!
Thank you, Rosaliene.
It really is, Rosaliene. Thank you very much
Lavinia has such a good heart. Love her! Thanks for sharing, Derrick. I hope Jackie starts to feel better.
Thank you, Jill. I do hope Jackie is feeling better.
It will take a few more days yet for Jackie to be well, but thank you, Lavinia
Thanks a lot, Jill. She is so thoughtfully generous. Jackie will be a day or two yet.
A beautiful memorial that will grow even more lovely with time.
Thank you, JoAnna.
Indeed, JoAnna. A special gift. Thanks very much
Lavinia is such a special lady and her memorial to Michael, his mother and grandmother is beautiful.
Thank you, Clare. You also have a tree here for your favorite Aunt and Uncle who passed away some years back. It is one of the coastal sequoias.
Thank you so much, Lavinia <3
Indeed, Clare. Thanks very much
That is a beautiful tribute.
Thank you, bereavedandbeingasingleparent.
It is. Thanks very much, Gary
Such a lovely memorial!
Thank you, Becky.
You are so welcome, Lavinia. Take care!
It is. Thanks very much, Becky
Beautiful and moving. So very kind of Lavinia.
Thank you, Cindy.
Indeed. Thank you very much, Cindy
Beautiful image and symbolism.
Thank you, lifelessons.
Indeed. Thank you very much, Judy
That’s beautiful and very touching. A Western Cedar should grow to be a very big tree.
So I understand, Nicki. Thank you very much
Thank you, Nicki. This cedar should grow quite tall, and is extremely fire and drought resistant.
Hi Derrick, what a lovely gesture to plant the tree and daffodils in memory of special people. Thanks for sharing this picture.
Much appreciated, Robbie
Thank you, Robbie.
That’s a lovely memorial to Michael. Stay dry, Derrick, and “Get Well Soon” to Jackie.
Thanks very much, John
Thank you, John.
Oh, how beautiful! What a wonderful memorial and very kind gesture.
Quite so, Sue. Thank you very much
Thank you, Sue.
That is a touching tribute. Daffodils bowing their heads is an acknowledgment from Nature.
Thank you so much, Uma
Thank you, Uma.
The cedar tree and daffodils are a beautiful tribute! So sorry for you loss. Hopefully the sun will shine tomorrow!
Thank you, rothpoetry. We are getting a little sun here this afternoon.
You are very welcome!
What a lovely and touching tribute, Derrick.
Thank you, Eugenia. Derrick wrote a wonderful tribute to go with the photo.
What a lovely and tender gesture.
Thank you, MeRaw.
Thanks very much, Melanie
Hope Jackie feels better soon.
Thank you very much, Mrs W
Gorgeous living memorial. Lavinia is very special.
Thank you for your kind words, Pat.
Your trees to Michael and GP’s son are a very generous gesture.
Your trees to Michael and GP’s son are a very generous gesture.
Very appropriate to bow their heads as they honor thee memory of those very special people. What a lovely tribute!
Thank you, Jan.
Thank you very much, Jan
So thoughtful of Lavinia. A beautiful tribute. Very sorry about your son.
Thank you, Lakshmi.
Thank you very much, Lakshmi
A touching tribute from Lavinia.
Indeed. Thanks very much, Helen
Thank you, Helen.
A beautiful tribute.
Thank you, Itching for Hitching
This is a beautiful place to come to remember them
Thank you very much, Candy
Thank you, Candy. Making a beautiful place to remember them by is what I strove for with this planting.
And you achieved it, Lavinia
Thank you, Derrick.
Dearest Lavinia you succeeded ?
Thank you, Candy.
Thank you very much, Crystal. Really good blogging friends