Monday, March 27, 2017

A CHANGE OF PACE

Instead of my usual recipe post today, I thought I would share a few knickknacks that I display on bookshelves in our family room.



The figurine is new.  It celebrates Gregg's recent birthday.  I put it next to his favorite picture when our son was young enough to be carried on his daddy's shoulders.  That picture, a long ago birthday gift, was part of a frame with a poem that reads,

"Thanks Dad
For always being there to care,
And always trying to be fair.
For taking time to understand 
And being quick to lend a hand.
For every piece of great advice,
And every quiet sacrifice.
For being strong and gentle too,
And all the loving things you do.
Most of all for being you.
Thanks Dad!"


The bulldog bobby is a birthday gift to me given by our son several years ago now.  I occasionally will collect a police-themed figurine, if I see one that speaks to me in the right way, and our son has given me really lovely ones.  They are a reminder of his English grandad, my dad, who was a 30 year career policeman, a strong but gentle soul whose police days were over the pond.

These two photos are of something I treated myself to when I went out for a rare shopping trip the other day.  With Easter around the corner I thought it would be nice to have him come home with me.  I liked this bunny dish a lot, it spoke to me, especially when I saw the rest of him.  The photos behind him on the left is our son on a trip out west years ago, the photo of the baby on the right is my dad, and a few family photos in the middle that are a bit more obscured.


I may put Easter candies in there, or flowers.  Not sure yet.  



I have had the sheep and friends for a while too.  It's a little difficult to see but along with the goose on its back, there is also a crow on its head.  

It has been a lovely weekend with friends staying overnight. Another birthday to celebrate and also a birthday of another little sweety to remember who is very much in our hearts.  Much laughter, a movie to watch but never put on because we were chatting non stop and we didn't go upstairs until 1.00 a.m.  This week will be a quieter week.



38 comments:

  1. Hello, love the cute figurines and the photos. The first photo is wonderful. Glad you had a great visit and weekend with your friends. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. The same to you Eileen and thank you so much for your sweet comments

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  2. Hello Denise ... sorry I haven't commented for a while.
    Family life has sort of taken over and there have been various errands etc I have needed to do ... alas I haven't been able to get around to all my lovely blogging friends as much as I'd like to, so I hope you understand.

    I think I've missed birthday celebrations, gourmet chef evenings and probably a lot more.

    I enjoyed today's post and will come back again as soon as time allows.

    Take care

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hello Jan, absolutely no need to apologize. I have often had to leave comments for a while and we have all been in those shoes. I appreciate you popping in whenever you have the time, because I well know that things going on in our lives have to be taken care of first. All the best to you also. Denise :)

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  3. Hi Denise, Love the photo and Gregg's birthday figurine, the words are wonderful, I must try and find some for grandchildren. The Easter bunny dish is great and the sheep is a cracker. Sounds as if you had a good weekend. Have a good and restful week. John

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    1. Thank you John and I'm sure you could find something for your grandchildren. You have a good and restful week also, and all the best, Denise :)

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  4. Hi Denise, the figurine of dad and son are precious, and so fitting to display next to your son's picture.
    Your Easter dish is gorgeous, I had an idea that cheeky little rabbit was standing inside the bowl :)
    I'm a sheep collector also, I think it must be the English in us ....lol
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely post.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Hi Jo, thank you. I thought he looked like a cheeky little rabbit, probably why I bought him :) Yes, we English love our sheep don't we? Hugs, Denise

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  5. How wonderful these treasures are!! And of course my favorite is the first one, the picture and matching little figurine. The love behind them just shines through. The dish is adorable, and could still be used almost any time of the year! Either flowers or candy would look wonderful in it. I love the sheep, crow, and goose!! Where did you find it?

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments Ginny. The sheep, crow and the goose was found at a Hallmark shop several years ago.

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  6. Cute little items...

    A lovely weekend, all round...

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    1. Thank you LC and A Very Happy Birthday to you again.

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  7. What a wonderful collection. Love and whimsy on display.

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    1. It is one of mine but now have to say the father and little boy is too.

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  9. Denise, I absolutely love your treasures! Thank you so much for sharing, and each one is heartwarming in its own way. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda and you are so very welcome.

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  10. I enjoyed seeing your treasures...

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  11. I love the little bunny in the dish! That is just too cute! I love my little treasures, love to have them around me! These are adorable treasures!

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  12. a very SWEET write up my friend!
    loved the all lovely show pieces specially the first one is so Precious!!!

    loved this beautiful poem from frame ,true voice of little adorable heart.
    quiet sacrifices are the loving duties of loving parents .
    you can put candies and flowers both occasionally as it is so cute

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    1. Thank you Baili. Happy you enjoyed this post.

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  13. How wonderful that your Dad was a policeman. I enjoyed seeing all your special treasures.

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    1. Hi Mildred, I am very proud of my dad. He was a wonderful father and well respected and liked in our community. Happy you enjoyed my treasures.

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  14. How lovely to see your treasured pieces Denise. What a beautiful poem for Thanks Dad.
    Your bunny dish is gorgeous, inside and out... it will be perfect for Easter. It's beautiful all the memories our treasures spark and thanks for sharing yours. Your family and friends time sounds wonderful. Cheers now and all the best - next time :D)

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    1. Hi Sue, thank you and I totally agree, all my little treasures have great sentimental value. Cheers and all the best to you too.

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    1. Thank you Francisco, and a hug and a good week to you also.

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  16. Oh I adore that bulldog bobby. Stamping foot.... I WANT one!

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    1. You made me smile Valerie, thank you.

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  17. love the bulldog bobby and the back view of the bunny is so sweet. nice treat for yourself. my favorite piece is the daddy with son. beautiful

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  18. that dad and son photo is precious. photos are my favorite.
    I think chocolates would be perfect, but flowers would be pretty. :)
    so glad you enjoyed a visit with friends.
    enjoy your day,
    Marie

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    1. Thank you Marie, and enjoy your day also.

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