Monday, August 5, 2013

A Cousin's Embrace

A cousin from Canada came and went,
leaving behind new memories 
of a few days well spent.

Stories, exclusive to us,
revived from the murk of shade
were retold and relived -
and protected from fade.

Waking to the silence of stillness,
after days of boisterous cheer,
her absence was a void in my heart,
and loud in my ear.

Getting on with domestics,
proved a distraction ideal,

to preoccupy my mind
and help an aching heart heal.

Until we meet again, her sweet gift, 
brought to colour my space,
brightens my mood
like a pink rainbow embrace.

Thanks for visiting!

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  1. Beautiful pictures! Beautiful & cozy home! And so true, that cousins are a special & unique relationship! The stories & memories are exclusive & that is what makes them precious. Thank you for sharing this post. I loved it! I am visiting from Inspire Me Mondays :)

  2. I have many cousins, but one is more like a Sister to me and I love it when we can get together to remember special times and to make new ones. Love your beautiful pictures.

  3. Poppy, as always your pictures are beautiful. I wish I were closer to my cousins. There is no excuse we all live in the same region.I guess life happens and everyone is busy raising kids and working. We do see each other at family reunions and of course holidays. I need to make it a point to visit more often.. Thanks for the reminder of the importance of family. sometimes we need a kick in the butt..LOL

  4. Your pictures are inspiring... and I'm glad you had a good visit with your cousin.

  5. I just love how you caught the sunlight in these beautiful photos! The lacy pattern of light on the plate? Beautiful! As for the hutch, I've been rather fond of that for awhile now. (If it were winter, I'd be asking if you'd to join in with my Sunlit Sunday meme.)


    1. Oops. I meant to add "care" after "you'd". I guess the sun got in my eyes. :)

  6. Beautiful photos!! I hope it is not you, with a aching heart.
    Glad you had a nice visit with your cousin!!
    xo Kris

  7. A beautiful post and pictures detailing your time spent with your cousin. Sometimes a cousin, sometimes a sister, or just a friend it is wonderful how we can go right back to being little girls again; right back to childhood. Not much else compares.

    Your kitchen is adorable. I completely enjoyed your post.

  8. What a lovely post. I'm so glad you had a nice visit. I don't really know my cousins at all and I wish I could have had the opportunity.

  9. Cousins are so special - each visit is a visit to a sun-lit past, to a time when we were all legs and energy and dreams. Your photos are so full of light and colour - gorgeous accompaniments.

  10. Good Afternoon Poppy, I know it is difficult when you live far away from your family. It is wonderful when they visit, but so sad when they leave. My daughters do not live closeby they live in different countries and the excitement when we get together is wonderful, but so sad when we have to part.
    The joy of your cousin visiting will still be with you, but give yourself a little time and the rhythm of your own life will soon return.
    Best Wishes to you,

  11. I'm so happy you had a wonderful time with your cousin - I'll bet she really misses you too! Your orchid is just lovely!

  12. What a great time you had. I love your orchids, such a nice color.

  13. How very lovely. You had a wonderful visit obviously.... But I know the feeling of missing family when they leave (or more likely these days, when we do). We love to travel but it is hard not to be with family too.

    Your pictures beautifully illustrate your poem. Thank you.

  14. Oh Poppy, how fun to spend time with your cousin and remember good times. I have a special cousin also and I can hardly wait to go visit her in Virginia. Your photos are stunning.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh, what a blessing to have your cousin there with you!
    I bet it does seen quiet and lonely now that's she's gone.
    But you have wonderful memories until next time.

  16. My dear Poppy,

    Your thoughtful cousin brought a flower to give to a flower. What an exquisite bouquet of gossamer petals and a warm-hearted, beautiful lady who is my true friend.
    Good, loving family are a rarity in this world. I'm very glad you had her visiting you.


  17. Hi Poppy, what beautiful pictures. It was nice that you got to spend time with your cousin. I hope you have a great week.
    Jullie from

  18. Memories were made of your time together and such spectacular images. I just love you use of red in your home
    Helen xx

  19. Lovely poetry, Poppy! Perfectly portrayed the emotions you're feeling and shows me even more of your talent. Your cousin must be very special to you and I hope that the talks you had together will mean more and more to you as you wait until the next time you meet.

    Your photographs display another side of your amazing house, the one you enjoy when the shadows appear instead of the bright Mediterranean light, making everything look a bit mysterious and poignant.

  20. So sweet Poppy, your photos always grab my eye!

  21. So glad you enjoyed a visit with your beloved cousin. Your photographs are beautiful.

  22. Beautiful post and such creative photos ~ lovely time ~ thanks ~ Happy Week to you ~ xxooo

  23. I love your gorgeous photos and your poems! What a fun blog!


  24. Beautiful poem and photos this week. You always bring a smile to our faces.

    So glad you shared this with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT.

    Sharon and Denise ♥
    Fashion | Food | Beauty | Antiques | DIY | and much more

  25. Poppy,
    Thank you for sharing on Tuesday Trivia.
    Your pictures are beautiful and your words bring it all home. It's what family is all about. Sharing memories and making new ones and holding them in your heart.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  26. Thanks for sharing this lovely post, tugs at my heartstrings such beautiful pictures and Prose!

  27. Glad you had such a nice visit with your cousin…you've got some new happy memories to treasure now. And about that orchid? WOW! Love the pictures of your home.

  28. Beautiful pictures and the orchid is just exquisite. Love your hutch and home :)

  29. Hello Poppy, you beautifully put to words the love and sentiment of a close relationship - so delighted you had this time together - to make more memories and to recall those that are precious to you. Beautiful post,
    I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  30. My cousin and I are a month apart in age and have been close all our lives, such a special relationship! Gorgeous orchid and your pictures are amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  31. This is such a sweet post - I am so far from my extended family - I can appreciate how special this visit was! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  32. Oh, I know that feeling... I live far from all my family and when I get a visit from someone, it rips my heart in two to say goodbye... Thanks for sharing your sweet and sentimental post on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!


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