Tag: 2020-gems-01

Our Last Walk

Our Last Walk

I sit alone on the garden bench, our bench, where you once sat. The rain has eased and the air is fresh and clean. Our tree is bare; leaves that once danced in the sun lie crumpled at my feet and carpet the path we once walked. Autumnal colours of orange, yellow, red and gold […]

A Blur of Pink

A Blur of Pink

High, low, overhead, underfoot, filling every crevice, climbing every wall – camellias! Claire had stumbled upon an overgrown garden, a pink and red paradise. She gasped in amazement, enraptured with the staggering bounty of blooms. In the distance she could hear Lady Margaret’s garden party, but those sounds were quickly receding. A much nearer voice […]

A New Bloom

A New Bloom

I look at the flowers on my bedside table, listening to the soft voice of the woman by my side. Elegant, pink blush camellias – one of my favourites. I can feel their velvety petals on my fingertips just looking at them. I’d always thought they were special – blooming in winter, a breath of […]

A Fairy Tale of Flowers

A Fairy Tale of Flowers

Once there was an unhappy King. His kingdom was peaceful and prosperous, he had everything a man could want, yet nothing brought him joy. Nothing made him smile. He was world-weary and empty. A great black cloud hovered over his castle. Then one day he had an unexpected visitor – the Lady Mirabelle. “I brought […]

Deep Shadows

Deep Shadows

“Laura?” I called out, half in hope, half in terror, peering into the deep shadows just beyond the garden. Nothing. Trembling a little, I turned back to the task at hand, cutting three perfect camellia blooms for the table. Amalie was coming to tea. A branch snapped, just at the edge of the darkness. “Laura?” […]

Winter Queens Awakened

Winter Queens Awakened

The Palace sat peacefully under its fresh white blanket; the early sun creeping up from the horizon, sending dazzling shimmers soaring from every surface as it met with the snow. There was nothing the Queen loved more than frosty morning walks whilst the world still slumbered, presenting her a rare breath of solitude before life […]

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