It is almost always sunny on my birthday.

I am now at the lake, counting my blessings.


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39 responses to “A BRIGHT PINK WINTER LILY

  1. Happy Birthday! That is the perk of being a winter baby. 🙂

  2. Julie Zam

    Happy Birthday, dear Neil! Thank you for your delicious posts and essays! Love reading about all the fun that you have! Xoxo

  3. Filomena

    Happy Birthday…have a beautiful day!

  4. matty1649

    Happy Birthday Neil Have a wonderful day X

    • Thanks very much Matty-san.
      How are things?

      • matty1649

        Hi Neil
        Thanks for asking. My routine hasn’t really changed much. I avoid crowded places and wear a mask. We now have to go back to wearing a mask in shops etc, but I never stopped doing that.
        i live alone and have some mobility problems. My daughter and grandaughters live nearby and they do a lot for me. I’m also in the vulnerable age group with some health problems e.g. asthma etc.
        I’ve had both jabs and the booster. I lost 2 very dear friends to covid. It’s all very depressing isn’t it
        Enough of me moaning on.
        I welcomed a new baby Greatgrandson to our family just over a week ago.Happy news.
        In the words of Winston Churchill I’ll just KBO

      • Hi Marty

        This all sounds incredibly taxing and I am truly sorry to hear that you have lost people dear to you in this very difficult time.

        Glad also that there are positives and that you maintain your optimism – and that you are not alone.

        Any scented solace during the darker hours ?

      • Plus congratulations on the baby grandson – I would love at least a niece or a nephew but it seems rather unlikely that that will ever hapoen

      • matty1649

        I’ve now got 8 Great Grandchildren. 5 girls and 3 boys. Ages ranging from 20 down to the new baby.

  5. Happy Birthday Neil – fragrant blessing to you!

  6. Hilly

    Happy Birthday Neil. Hope the rest of your day is fabulous x

  7. I hope you are having a wonderful Birthday and I wish you many more happy and healthy years ahead!

  8. Happy birthday! Enjoy the sun and lake!

  9. Tora

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Neil!!! Have a wonderful time!

  10. Hanamini

    Happy Birthday and thank you for all the entertainment, thought provocation, and perfume and other inspiration!

  11. Happy Birthday!
    “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher.
    That gorgeous pink lily is called a Belladonna flower in my native California, it is a member of the amaryllis family. They grow wild along the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.

  12. Bob in Chicago

    It looks like lycoris squamigera, the resurrection lily, native to Japan. ? Bless you, and happy birthday!

    • My lord is it really called the resurrection lily ?

      That feels very right x

      • “Lycoris squamigera, the resurrection lily or surprise lily, is a plant in the amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. It is also sometimes referred to as “naked ladies” (a name used for several other plants). It is believed to have originated in Japan or China. It is now cultivated as an ornamental in many places, and naturalized in Korea.”
        – from the mystical oracle of Wikipedia
        The one I was talking about (but probably not your lily)-
        “Amaryllis belladonna, the Jersey lily, belladonna-lily, madonna lily, naked-lady-lily, or March lily, is a plant species native to Cape Province in South Africa but widely cultivated as an ornamental. It is reportedly naturalized in many places: Corsica, Portugal, the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, the Scilly Isles of Great Britain, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ascension Island, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Chile, California, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Juan Fernández Islands.”
        – another prophecy of Wikipedia

  13. AmyD

    Thank you for your wonderful writing this year, such a respite and always a joy to read. Happy birthday!

  14. Robin

    Please excuse my belated Happy Birthday, darling N. Thank you for all the beautiful hours spent, transported by your knowledge, wit and humanness, in the company of your incomparable prose.

  15. I am so thrilled it was such a sparkling sunny day for you. Nothing but the best of weather for the Narcissus himself.

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