Friday was a joyous and sorrowful day. Both emotions were personified with Processions.
I so enjoyed watching the Royal Wedding. The pageantry, the mix of centuries of tradition with a modern, personal stamp. The joy and hope and love that are part of any beginning - any marriage - royal or not. The Procession of Carriages and Military Bands and of "Common People" moving down the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
Later in the day I watched a Procession of another sort. The funeral cortege of Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen. 450 vehicles - Police - Sheriff - Firemen - National Guard - from the state of Oregon, SW Washington, and Idaho were in the Procession to honor the first Eugene police officer killed since 1934. A very moving, stirring, and sorrowful event.
When I lived in Ireland I was next door to a neighborhood church. Often I would notice a wedding in the morning, followed by a funeral the same afternoon. Life is like that - giving and taking away.
I'm enjoying stitching "Sampler Bunny" - I expect to have it finished before the weekend is over.
Outside our patch of Shooting Stars - Dodecatheon alpinum - grows apace. They are located in a very damp, deep-shade location. I hope to have pictures of the flowers shortly.
My large group of 16 California Quail have split up into couples and smaller units. I now see no more than 6-8 together at any one time.
And I'm not seeing the deer all that often, though they did manage to walk up on the back patio and heartily chomp on a new fuchsia - "Double Otto" that I bought a few days ago.
The weather - finally - is supposed to be wonderful this weekend. I need to get out and take a census of my plants - what has survived - what needs to be replaced. May is a great month for local plant sales and nursery tours - I must get organized!