Wednesday Vignette – a wonderful surprise! :)

My father called me on Monday morning. “I have some news”, he said. Oh no, I thought, expecting the worst – “What? Are they good news?”I asked, holding my breath.  After all, he is 82 – an age where inevitable life events have been known to happen. “G and I got married”, he said, as casually as if he had commented on a good cup of coffee. This totally random and unexpected statement made my day. The sheer surprise of it made me giggle –  what wonderful news indeed!!! I had a big grin on my face for the rest of the day. In no way was this a hasty decision on their part – they have been lovers and life partners for 33 years.

I wanted some details… Where? When? Who was there? – that kind of thing… They had decided to keep it a secret from all family members and all but the closest of friends, and had taken off to an undisclosed location. The only people present where two select sets of friends. One couple are dear friends they first met in Madeira – their favorite travel destination,  a trip which has been repeated many times over. The other couple were friends and fellow beekeepers. It all sounded perfect! “I guess we’re even now, then”, I said. They weren’t invited to our wedding either – nobody was. With most of his family in the Philippines, and most of mine in Sweden, my best beloved and I decided to play it easy, and eloped. Dad laughed.

This has made me smile since then, so I want to dedicate this post to them, and to many more years of happiness together. I love that they just decided it was time, and went ahead and did it. Simple, uncomplicated, and an intimate expression of love and friendship – what can be more inspiring than that?  Just wonderful – I couldn’t be happier for them!  So, what to post for this vignette? Besides wine, Madeira makes me think of fabulous plants, and beekeepers makes me think of…. uh… bees. Both are an instrumental part of their lives. So, for now – until I think about something more fitting to celebrate the occasion – here are a few photos of some of the happy couple’s favorite things. Live long and prosper! 🙂

Bee exploring Agapanthus

Bee exploring an Agapanthus.

Bee on Eremurus, from earlier this year.

Bee on Eremurus, from earlier this year.

Bumble bees in a Cardoon

Bumble bees in a Cardoon flower.

Bumble bee in an Isoplexis blossom.

Bumble bee in an Isoplexis blossom.

Bee on a Perovskia.

Bee on a Perovskia.


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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35 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a wonderful surprise! :)

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    What a lovely news Anna!

  2. mattb325 says:

    What wonderful news, congratulations to the happy couple!

  3. thequeenofseaford says:

    Wonderful! Congrats to the happy couple.

  4. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful 🙂 Just the kind of news the world needs….lovers loving one another….and BEES! Congratulations to them!

  5. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Very uplifting post. Thanks! (and now I miss my cardoon again…)

    • annamadeit says:

      Glad you liked it. Full disclosure – only one of the photos is new (the one with the Isoplexis). I didn’t have time to take better ones, so the others are repeats. My Cardoon perished in the winter of 2013. I miss it too…

  6. Alison says:

    Congrats to your dad and his beloved. Great shots of bees, thanks for sharing them. I especially like the bee butts in the cardoon flower. Also, many blogging meme hosts post the night before, but please don’t feel pressured that you have to do that. I like to schedule mine to post automatically at 4 in the morning, but I don’t mind if you haven’t posted yet.

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – I was amazed at what an earlybird you are! Knowing what you just told me, I will definitely start posting earlier. It would make life easier for me too. I wish I could have gotten more photos of the bumbles in the Cardoon flower – it reminded me of a Roman orgy. They were practically rolling around in there – drunk with nectar! 🙂

  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    How cool is that? Thirty-three years is a good amount of time to consider marriage! I wish them all the happiness in the world. What fun shots of bees, a perfect way to celebrate the newlyweds.
    My vignette is here:

  8. Jenni says:

    Happy Happy news! Congrats to your entire family! I think your pictures of cheerful, busy bees are perfect and fitting considering your Dad’s a bee keeper (how cool is that??). Love is precious.
    Here’s my Wednesday vignette

  9. rindymae says:

    I loved this story. So sweet. Congratulations to them.
    Side note, is your husband Filipino? What part of the Philippines does his family live in?

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Mindy! Half of them in the Manila area, and the other side in IloIlo. Would love to visit, but still have never been. Hopefully one day… 🙂

  10. Kris P says:

    I love the bee pics (especially the one with the bee’s rear hanging out of the Isoplexis bloom) and your wonderful family news. My husband and I got married on the fly after 10 years together without telling family or friends either and I’ve never regretted it. Celebrating after-the-fact works just fine and is a lot less stressful.

    I’m afraid I couldn’t find any inspiring vignettes in my garden or elsewhere this week so I don’t have a post to contribute this week.

    • annamadeit says:

      How funny – we eloped after 10 years together too! Our parents threw us a great party afterwards. No worries about the lack of vignette – I just love hearing from you! 🙂

  11. hb says:

    Hopefully they’re not rushing into it. 😉

    Joy and congratulations to them!

  12. Congratulations to you and the newlyweds! Your announcement reminds me of the BBC show ‘Last Tango in Halifax’, which Judy and I are watching right now. Great bee pictures, also! And here is my contribution to the meme for this week:

  13. My hubby and I have been together for 33 years too. It’s a long time and yet it feels like yesterday. Congrats to you, your father and his partner. (I do like the idea of a book about pink flowers. Thank you for the encouragement.)

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Grace! You’ll be happy to know that I’ve been working on my pink this summer. I have two pink planters (one light, one dark) in my garden right now. Still not completely, sizzlingly happy with them (waiting for one to fill out a little, and one to get new blooms) but both are well on their way to my heart. 🙂

  14. bergstromskan says:

    Thank you Anna for expressing the joy so well. Still smiling

  15. FlowerAlley says:

    So Sweet. I love good news!

  16. rickii says:

    This post is a fantastic wedding present…almost as good as your embracing of their act and sharing of their happiness. Of course I would expect no less from you, dear Anna.
    Here’s my belated vignette…and a whole lot more:

  17. Very nice post. I got married 2 yrs ago to a partner of 40 yrs; We felt we need a little more protection when in hospital, dr’s office, etc.
    The bee photos are great. This is my kind of garden photography!

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