…a strange emotion at the best of times. Poets have anguished over its difficulties, artists have struggled to capture it, most of us spend a lifetime tangled up in its complexities. Yet sometimes, a simple object can bring a love back from time and space and – for a moment – give us that love again.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, a small Welsh girl wandered into Woolworths and spent her sixpence on her first ever garden spade. It was the start of a lifetime’s love of gardening. Nearly eighty years later, the spade was finally put aside for the last time, its battered face worn away by more than half.
Seeing this pretty stoneware jug this morning reminded me instantly of that gardener and of the dahlias that bloomed across the autumns of my growing up.
The jug was made by Doris & Co, www.dorisandco.co.uk creator of stoneware to be loved and passed on. The spade, as you can see, is still here as well.