That would be back in 2009, and I first started blogging, I met two extraordinary women. This was before the days of the book and the foraging, the too busy wedding schedule, the trip to Africa to build beehives, and the many magazine articles. (theirs not mine)
The first, one, Marie, I read mention of in the the NYT's. She was commenting on her favorite garden in New York, which turned out to be a little wildflower patch growing out of the sidewalk and bursting with sunflowers.
I put her blog title into the computer and walked right into a dream. 66squarefeet of terrace offered more than flowers, it boasted evocative writing, sensual foods, a love story, berries, herbs, tomatoes, a productive fig tree and a cat.
Indeed it was Eden.
And we wallowed in it.
The other was Miss Pickering, a properly eccentric British flower designer whose way with witty words certainly equals her skill with flowers, and window display. Her familiar was the The Hound. His elegance enchanted us, the stories of his mishaps which often had Miss Pickering running thru the village of Stamford in too high heels and tears brought us to tears of laughter.
Surely Renee Zellweger would have played her, at least before the plastic surgery.
These two were not just my inspiration, they became my friends.
And when the dark days came for me, after GG left, they were there heart and soul, and almost in person.
And now the dark days have come for each of them. They have both lost their remarkable pets in the same month.
Marie posted about it on her blog, Miss Pickering posted a picture on IG.
We bloggers have text one another, cried at work, in my case and felt our hearts split open with grief for them.
They have both lost their beautiful boys.
Life seems very unfair right now.
Especially with the winter solstice coming near.
Short of lightening a candle and beaming love their way I can do nothing to ease their pain.
But I can share this with all of you and lessen my own sense of helplessness.
Maybe you can beam a little love their way too?
RIP Estrobo and The Hound.