#Mother’s Day

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My #haiku today is dedicated to my mother in law and all mother’s on Mothering Sunday this weekend.

Mother’s Day 

For always sharing…

Your gift of love and caring 

My day to say thanks

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Tell me about the power of #flowers…

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It’s the run up to probably the biggest day for flower seller’s during the year. 

It’s Mother’s Day and dozens of flowers are starting to take centre stage in ads everywhere.  

I worked in a florists some time ago and remember the bustling atmosphere of customers and bunches of fresh smelling flowers leaving the shop on Mother’s Day.

But beyond all the commercialism,

What is it about flowers that makes them so captivating?

Flowers are there for us at key moments in our life; from the birth of a new baby, a first date, a bridal bouquet, birthdays, a wedding anniversary and perhaps most important of all a funeral tribute.

They help us express our feelings and emotions for that occasion in a way that words cannot.

Choosing particular flowers that represent special ‘flower meanings’

can reinforce this. 

Did you know choosing a bunch of daffodils for Mother’s Day is said to bring good fortune to the recipient. As daffodils are a symbol of new beginnings they are also a popular choice as an Easter gift. 

Roses are very popular for bouquets, they have different meanings depending on their colour.  

Red roses are often given at Valentine’s Day and represent romance and love. 

White roses symbolise purity and harmony. They are popular flowers for wedding bouquets or a new home. 

My favourite flowers are sunflowers, they are symbolic of joy and happiness.  Their yellow colour and name ‘sun’ instantly transport you to hot summer days.

If you’re still not sure what flowers to give someone as a gift. I think sunflowers are the perfect flower to give to brighten someone’s day.🌼

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It’s #International Women’s Day today… this year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge  #IWD2021

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I’m focusing on Florence Nightingale who was an inspiring woman from history, despite illness and injury, who lived an exceptional life. She revolutionised nursing practices and helped to make great changes in the care of patients. Florence challenged the status quo of the time…

Florence was born on May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy, after which she was named. She was the youngest of two children.

Florence was born into a wealthy family and was expected to get married and have children. Florence rebelled against this stereotype. She had always helped to care for sick people and started working as a nurse.

Florence was sent to nurse injured soldiers during the Crimean War. She proved to be a very dedicated nurse; visiting the injured every evening on a regular basis which started the phrase ‘the Lady with the Lamp’.

Because of her influence in nursing practices unsanitary areas were improved which increased the survival rate of patients.

Florence wrote about her nursing techniques from experience, which formed the basics for standards in nursing care adopted for the profession.

During 1860 St Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale School for Nursing was opened.

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Florence and fibromyalgia

Florence suffered from an invisible illness after she returned from nursing solders in the Crimea War.

Her symptoms are reminiscent of fibromyalgia; which was not a recognised condition at the time. Florence spent prolonged periods in bed, due to her illness. This was probably triggered by excessive stress carrying out her duties nursing in terrible conditions.

In recent years soldiers from the Gulf  War have gone on to develop fibromyalgia after they returned from war. The unbearable stress they were exposed to at that time triggering fibromyalgia.

Florence died on August 13, 1910; she received the Order of Merit in 1907 for her contribution to modern nursing practices. Florence was an amazing woman who cared for others and put others health before her own.

Florence was quoted as saying

There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain”

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