The story of A Daffodil; a Poem; Happy un-Birthday Wishes; and a Handmade Card . . .

Back in January of this year, we had a smattering of snow here where I live in the South of England.  Now snow in January isn’t anything unusual – for we are in the winter months and winter can bring forth all sorts of weather – snow being one of them.

But what made the snow stand out for me was that I had one lone little Daffodil blooming in my garden.

It came to my notice in December last year. It grew taller and taller, over Christmas and into the New Year.  All alone, it stood up against winter rains, winter colds, winter winds and … even the cold smattering of snow could not rob this darling little thing which seemed to take on a personality by the time the snow came.  I’d began to actually talk to it, telling it that it was too soon for it to be poking its head out of its warm little bed.  I begged it not to unwrap its beautiful petals just yet, for it was far too cold. And then, determined to do its own thing, it unfurled and bloomed.   I talked to it daily, telling it how beautiful it was and how thankful I was for it to be there to greet me each day.  Even through the smattering of January snow it continued to be determined to stay with me.

Then the really bad winds came.  Those winds blew and blew, and the little brave daffodil fought on.  The wind was relentless and blew stronger and stronger – seemingly determined to take out the proud daffodil like some vile hit man who’d been hired to put an end to the joy of the Daffodil.  And it did.

The strong, violent wind blew the Daffodil over, and in doing so, broke the stem.  I felt dreadfully sad and had a moment of truly disliking winter winds with a passion.

It was during January that I shared the little Daffodil with a fellow blogger who I love to pieces.  Rabbit, of RabbitPatchDiary.com.  Rabbit posted a blog post on the 14th of January 2018, called  ‘To Love the Winter, Too’ – which was a total joy to read.  I commented on the post and within that comment I told her about the little Daffodil in my garden, saying:-

. . .  “. . .  it’s still Winter here in the United Kingdom, and yet …. there is a daffodil blooming in my front garden.  It grew and grew over Christmas, and a couple of days ago it burst into a great big smile.

I’ve explained gently to it that it’s a little early, and that the Sun hasn’t yet warmed up enough to shine the heat upon it and make it feel the rays of wonderment that I know it would normally enjoy. I just hope that it understood and is willing to hang around a little, until the sun does come out with some beautiful sun rays, just for this happy little daffodil.” . . . 

And this ↑ comment inspired Rabbit to compose the most beautiful poem which she blogged about, titling the post  ‘The Brave Little Daffodil’.  When I read the poem it made me choke back tears – for I knew that the Brave Little Daffodil in the poem was in fact my very own little Daffodil.

In a comment I told Rabbit that I would post a photograph of my Daffodil on my blog.  I’d taken a photograph of the Daffodil on the 16th of January and although the surroundings of the beautiful flower were dreary, dull, wet, and not terribly inspiring,  the appearance of the Daffodil was enough to bring joy to my heart.   I tried to make a post with the photo, but for some reason I just couldn’t make the words of my post show the wonderful feelings that this spark of wonderment had given me.  I failed totally.  So put it to one side, telling myself that perhaps I should just email the photo to Rabbit.

However, I now know why I wasn’t inspired to make that blog post at the time…  for something was happening which I needed to wait for.  Time had to pass in order for a whole triangle of love and inspiration to come into force,  and now it has.

A little while ago I realised that I’d missed a much-loved bloggers Birthday.  The blogger: Beverly of  ‘MoreInkPlease.com’ (aka LateBloomingDesigns), and hadn’t made her or sent her a card to celebrate her Birthday.  So I did what any decent friend would do …  I made her a Happy Unbirthday Card and posted it to her.  Late for her Birthday, but on time for her Un-Birthday!

Happy UnBirthday Card for Beverly 1

But what I didn’t know what that Beverly (of More Ink Please) was working on her own creation(s) which had been inspired by the Daffodil and the incredible poem which Rabbit (of Rabbit Patch Diaries) had written.

Beverly received her UnBirthday Card, and then confided in me that she was making something for me and a ‘something’ for someone else, so to expect something through the post soon.  (My excitement at this news is something I won’t share as I get so stupidly excited about Happy Mail that you’d think I was a child on Christmas Eve).

True to her word, a couple of weeks or so later, I received a package from Beverly, and upon opening it I found this incredible handmade card  . . .

Daffodil Card made by Beverly MoreInkPlease.com

. . . and was instantly touched deeply by the hard work which had gone into making those incredible Daffodils on the front of the card.

Cards are always beautiful things to receive, but a handmade card means the world to me.  Gifts are lovely – but for someone to ‘donate’ their time to you by making something for you is absolutely priceless to me, and because I feel like this I was instantly choked with emotion and gratitude that Beverly should go to SO much trouble.  But then …. I opened the card …. out popped a letter which Beverly had hand written to me, and … inside the card itself …  was the original poem which Rabbit had written in honour of my Winter Daffodil.

In the letter, Beverly confided that she’d made two of these cards, similar to each other but not the exact same, and that she’d sent the twin card to ….  Rabbit [of RabbitPatchDiary.com] – the writer of the poem!

This combination of two incredibly beautiful hearts joined together in one place and inspired by one lone little daffodil made the tears spill over my lashes and onto my cheeks.

As usual Mr. Cobs laughed at me and my tender heart and handed me the box of tissues.  I could barely speak to tell him why I was crying, I was so moved.

Let me share the poem which Rabbit wrote about my daffodil, with you :-

Very far away from me,

across the wild and open sea,

A brave little daffodil blooms,- I know,

because a fairy told me so.

He asked the rose to come along-

and the coral bells to sing their song-

But only the brave little daffodil.

had the courage and the will.

And so one cold and dreary day,

when springtime seemed so far away,

The fairy spied his gift of gold-

blooming, in the world so cold-

and so she did , what we all should-

she shared, when she found something good.

written by Rabbit of Rabbitpatchdiaries.com

. . .  and that was the poem that Beverly had collected up from Rabbits blog post, printed out and fixed into the inside of the amazing card which Bev had made for me.

The Brave Little Daffodil Poem by Rabbit

Finally I now I know why I hadn’t been able to post the photograph of the little Winter January Daffodil when I originally took the photograph back on the 16th of January this year.  ‘Time’ was waiting for the right moment for that Daffodil to bring about somethings which would require the Daffodil to be shared, so that it’s full and complete story could be told as ‘one’ and everything arrive together in one place.  Right here.  Right now.

So here, for the first time, is that one, lone little Daffodil, on a dreary Winter January day, stood all by itself in wet chipped bark and with little colour from anything else (except some small, evergreen conifer trees) to keep her company.

Daffodil taken 16 January 2018

‘Time’ made it so that I couldn’t find the correct words in order to share the Daffodil back in January.  And now, now that the sides of this wonderful triangle which was being made have come together, the time is right and I can share it.

Daffodil 16th Jan 2018

I’m so sorry Rabbit that you’ve had these weeks of waiting for a photo to appear.  I knew that it would happen, I just didn’t know when, or how, or why it was being made so difficult.  But now I do.  ‘Time’ was making me wait for everything to come together.  And, finally, now it has. 

Thank you all for coming and letting me share these wonderful people with you.  I’m so blessed to have them in my life.  If you haven’t met Rabbit or Beverly before … have a little look around their blogs.  You might just fall in love with them too!

Hoping your Thursday is behaving itself for you, and that your day goes smoothly, gently and uncomplicated as can be.  May joy be the undercurrent and contentment be the result.

Much love to you ~

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47 thoughts on “The story of A Daffodil; a Poem; Happy un-Birthday Wishes; and a Handmade Card . . .

  1. Magnificent. Both your words and Rabbits, truly should be a short story ❤ I found comfort in there somehow. When I look at the photo of the daffodil, I see not only her, but little babies starting to come around her, so really she was not along, only telling her children not to be in a hurry, and that you have to remain underground for another wee bit.
    "Standing not alone in her golden glory, but for the world to behold, her many children yet to unfold."
    Magnificent. Thank you Cobs for sharing that beautiful story and what an amazing card!!! That was truly lovely that she did that for you, there is a true friend right there. ❤

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    • Hello Sue (having to try really hard with the new shortened version! lol – I think that inside my head you will forever be Soozy).
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Sue.

      Yes, there are other shoots that you can see. Bluebells, and Daffodiles, There were some Primulas in flower, and even a poppy pushing it’s head up towards the sky … but I think those last two were out of shot in the photos. Everything seemed to be in a hurry to get on with growing quickly.

      The Quote:
      “Standing not alone in her golden glory, but for the world to behold, her many children yet to unfold.”
      I haven’t met that lovely quote before Sue …. where does it come from?

      I agree… the card which Beverly made was magnificent, and the poem Rabbit wrote likewise.

      Isn’t it amazing how one little daffodil inspired us all in different ways.

      If ever you feel ‘you can’t’ – remind yourself of how one little daffodil, in the midst of winter, brought forth such beauty, such incredible ‘team work’, and brought 3 blogging friends together in love and friendship.
      Perfect.

      Thanks for coming Sue.
      Sending you lots of love ~ Cobs. xxx

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  2. Ah Cobs, what a lovely post. The card and poem are just lovely and so perfectly sum up your little brave daffodil. How bizarre though that this daffodil chose winter to bloom . Just like you were waiting to post about it for it all to come together maybe this daffodil was put here just especially for you to find so you could find joy and beauty in it. Hope that makes sense (I have a child chattering, mostly to herself, in my ear and I can’t quite think straight!)

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    • Ahhh the wonders of Motherhood with a young child I remember it like it were yesterday.

      The best part of my girls growing to the age where they were both at school, was my first visit to the loo, alone. Unaccompanied. Ohhh it was like being given a huge gift. And now .. I have Little Cobs and he wants to come into the bathroom and sulks because I get in there while he’s distracted, and lock the door. [sigh]
      His latest trick is to lie on the floor outside the loo door, and look under the door,shouting … “I can see your feet Grammy!”. Why are little ones so ‘involved’ with their family with regards to the toilet??? LOL 😀

      The daffodil, the poem and the card … it was almost like three elements which needed to all join in order to become the whole story. A triangle. Can’t explain it properly. It was more of a feeling – and it’s so hard to describe the feelings.

      Aw, thanks for your lovely comment, Hannah. I’m thrilled that you got that special feeling about the daffodil.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs xxx

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  3. Oh Cob…This is just the sweetest expression I can think of. Thank you for being so special to a lot of us blog blubberers (is that a word…maybe not but you get the idea.)I was just so impressed with Rabbits poem I had to jump into the land of dafs. Love you both.

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    • Hello beautiful Beverly.
      Aw, I’m so glad that you came today and saw that I’d posted this. I hope I’ve captured your amazing card in the way you would like. It’s an incredible work of heart and I love it so much. I have it stood on my coffee table here, and I cannot count how many times I sit gazing at it, smiling.

      Rabbits poem blew me away. She’s SO talented, and I didn’t know she wrote poetry, so it was a real heart stopper when I read it on her blog.

      I’m beside myself with joy at how everything just came together in the way it did. Like a little miracle. A true God given blessing.

      Thank you my dear friend for the amazing card. I shall love it and treasure it forever.
      Sending squidges and love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  5. Oh what a wonderful post! I loved this – love the cards and the thought and love that went into them. I cried when I thought the snow had nipped my crocuses…but they are bravely showing again! Our daffodils are late so I doubly enjoyed seeing all the ones featured in your lovely writing.

    Special ladies, each and every one of you – lots of love to you 😺💕xxx

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    • Hello Samantha, aww I’m just thrilled to bits to see you here, and so happy that you enjoyed this post.

      The card that Beverly made, and the Poem that Rabbit penned… ohhh they are so incredible, and your right, the love that went into them is almost tangible.

      How brilliant to hear that your crocuses are alive and well after all the snow and winds and freezing temperatures that they’ve been through. What wonderful little gems crocuses are. They always say ‘Easter’ to me.

      Thank you so much for coming Sam, and for the wonderful comment.
      Sending you much love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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    • [nodding enthusiastically] … Isn’t it just, Anne!
      It was meant to be exactly how it happened. The perfect triangle with each of us reaching out to each other, with love.

      Thank you so much for coming Anne, and for your lovely comment. Bless you.
      love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  6. I love this post 😍 And the brave little Daffodil, and your love for it that got it through most of the horrid winter conditions.
    The tributes to this lovely little thing are incredible. It’s heartwarming how inspiring the little bloom was to three wonderful ladies 💕

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    • Hello Kristabella. 😀
      Ohh I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed reading this post, about the Brave Little Daffodil.
      You’re right – the tributes to it are truly incredible and I am so humbled at the amount of love that is poured into the poem and the card.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. The words you wrote are just beautiful. Thank you.
      Sending squidges, from me in my corner to you in yours ~ Cobs. xxx

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  7. What a wonderfully touching beautiful story and a equally beautiful and touching poem and card made by equally lovely people. So impressive and sweet and filled with love. Your photos of the daffodil are sweet. I am positive your daffodil knew it was loved for the time it was there. It was meant to be. You my sweet blogging friend have a big heart. I love this story. Thank you so much for sharing this story and making all our hearts burst!!! =) ❤ ❤ ❤ xoxoxoxo my friend =) ❤

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    • Hello fabulous Tam 😀
      Thank you so much, my lovely blogging friend, for your beautiful comment.

      The whole thing – from the appearance of the Daffodil, to the poem, then the card … is like an on-going wonderment to me. A little miracle of a Daffodil in winter brought forth so much love between three friends, who have never met and probably never will (at least, not in this life), and yet, here we are not only sharing love between us, but opening a window for it to spread and infect others with love, too.

      Thank you beautiful Tam for coming, and for your comment. Bless you.
      Sending you much love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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    • Hello Ali. Great to ‘meet’ you! 🙂
      I’m so happy that you enjoyed the story of The Little Daffodil.
      Great things happened, and are still happening, from the miracle of a Little Daffodil blossoming in the middle of Winter.

      I love what happened because of it, and I love what is happening now. The Little Daffodil is spreading it’s joy and love out onto the internet, and out into the World.

      From small things, mighty things may grow.

      Thank you so much for coming, and for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment.
      Have a blessed day, Ali. ~ Cobs. ❤ x

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  8. What a lovely story…and poem….and cards! Such a beautiful post cobs 😍 There’s always a reason for delays…and tell Mr.C I’m way softer than you so he can send you to me if you run out of tissues xxx have a lovely weekend my dear cobs xx

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    • Hello lovely Anna. 🙂
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post Anna. The story of how this tiny miracle of a lone little daffodil blossoming in the middle of winter has not only been shared and loved between three friends, but is now being shared with other friends, and they, in turn are sharing it via Facebook, with others.

      I love that the daffodil served more than just a purpose to give me joy, but is now giving that joy to others, spreading the love out into the world. It kind of gives proof (if proof were needed) that there is no small miracle.

      Wouldn’t it be incredible to ‘infect’ the world with the same love that this Daffodil began in me, then was shared between two friends, and then shared between 3!
      I think that that’s an infection that we’d all enjoy. 😉
      Have a blessed rest of your day, Anna. ~ Cobs. xx ❤

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    • Hello Daisies, lovely to see you.
      The Little Daffodil, I know now, had more than just a purpose of giving me a smile and making my heart glow.

      Love shared between us three friends -Rabbit, Beverly and myself, is now being shared with the world. Being shared with other people and giving them joy and love too.
      What a wonderful way to ‘infect’ the world with love.

      From small things, great things grow,
      and the greatest of those things surely has to be love.

      Sending much love to you Daisies (Brigid), ❤ ~ Cobs. xxx

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  9. Surprises all around, Cobs! I saw Beverly’s card (hers, not yours) on the site (hers, not yours) and thought it was very impressive. Then, I saw your card (yours, not hers) and thought an un-birthday card was a fabulous idea. This series of posts has been like an unravelling mystery and a crossover of blogs, and I do love crossovers! I shall have to check out the third party involved now… Rabbit!

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  10. oh my-this was worth waiting for! and of course I cried-Do you know that I had the same thought about how this “bound” the three of us!!! I said this to Beverly weeks ago-We are sisters in heart, for this happens all the time to us!! God bless the daffodils! love your rabbit

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    • {nods} .. Takes my breath away, Chicken, and brings me out in goosebumps every time I think about how amazing this small thing became such a huge ‘act’ in my life. It blows my mind and makes me want to drop to my knees over and over again, in thanks.

      One Little Daffodil – and from this one lone flower came SO many blessings that I can’t believe how He worked out all the complicated ‘threads’ of in order to give each person what they needed to take from His gift.

      I love these two gals – Beverly and Rabbit –
      and am truly blessed to have been given them as friends. And you likewise.
      (yeah I know her actual name but I always think of her as ‘Rabbit’ ~ just as I always think of you as ‘Chicken’. lol)

      One daffodil . . . great love. Not just between us three, but it’s spread out and warmed the hearts of many, which I give thanks for.
      Sending hugs and love to you Chicken ~ Cobs. xxx

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  11. What a tender, loving post- an ode to a lonely, brave, warring daffodil trying hard to bring a little color into a dreary scene and inspire three great poets to join their hands together, to put a little memorial up for that “Lonely Little Daffodil”.
    Susie

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  12. Oh what a beautiful story! That daffodil brought such joy to not only you, but those around you. Mother Nature has that way of bringing out such warm caring feeling to not only the one who happens to see it first hand, but to those around you that share in your enjoyment. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing! You put a bright spot in my day! 🙂

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  13. Ah, I love daffodils so much! Your card looks so exquisite with the 3D effect. Love the poem too 🙂 One more thing…do you possess an electronic die cutting machine such as the Craftwell Cut ‘n Boss or such like? If so, what you you think of them? My poor wrist is getting tired of my pesky Cuttlebug. (I’ve read a few reviews in places such as Amazon but the opinions are very varied.) xx

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    • I have three die cutting machines – a small one called a Spellbinders Sapphire, which lives on my desk and never gets put away. I’m so glad that I bought it because it’s perfect for smaller dies, and you’d be amazed at how many dies will go through it.

      My next machine was my very first buy – a Sizzex Big Shot die cutting machine. I absolutely wouldn’t ever part company with it . . . Unless …. I bought a Sizzex Big Shot Plus – which is the larger of the Sizzex die cutting machines, (which didn’t exist when I originally bought my Big Shot).

      The Big Shot is a real workhorse and doesn’t complain about anything you ask of it. It’s well made, incredibly easy to work with and will take the tiny, thin dies, right up to the deep dish dies. EVERYTHING that comes out of the machine is perfect.

      The third machine which I have is an EBosser. This is an electric machine and although it will take larger dies and embossing folders, I can truthfully say that if I had my time over, I wouldn’t buy it.

      It can refuse to take some things – and will spit them out. However I have had a small handful of occasions where it’s take something in, got halfway and stalled. Not spit it out or done anything. Just sat there.

      If you do decide to buy one of these then I offer this advice if this happens to you. Simply turn the machine off. Wait about 30 seconds, and then turn the machine back on again. This should encourage it to spit the ‘thing’ out.

      From my experience I think that given any amount of money, but told I can only buy one machine, I would (with joy) go for a Sizzex Big Shot Plus. This machine will take all the sizes of embossing folders; Dies; and Deep Dish Dies. It knows it’s job and performs it brilliantly. Sizzex knows what it’s doing when it makes these machines.

      Electric machines don’t have (for me) a long enough guarantee for the price you’re asked to pay. They have too many things that can go wrong with them. But … having said that I’ve had very little problem apart from the spitting out and the refusing to go any further and just sitting there. (Cool head required for these machines).
      Hobbycraft currently have them at £95.00, which is a good price for such a great machine. If you sign up to their newsletter thing, you might just get a discount code to be used as a new shopper.

      And … if you can afford to … add a Spellbinders Sapphire to your list – it’s a little machine which you’ll find yourself using over and over.

      Of course, I’m just one amongst millions of crafters. Please, do read up on reviews of all the machines which you have in mind.

      I wish you very good luck with your choosing and that whatever machine you buy, you are 100% in love with it. ~ Cobs. 🙂

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