Although the title of my blog could be a applied to me with my medical history and another three hospital appointments to attend this month, I’m actually talking about a plant – a cyclamen, to be precise. I may well have mentioned this particular cyclamen on my blog previously. It was bought as a ‘get well’ gift for my daughter Sophie, following her jaw surgery when she was eighteen, by her then-boyfriend’s parents. I’m not actively trying to kill it, you understand, but it has been at death’s door more times than I can remember. It has survived three house moves, summers in our blazing hot south-facing conservatory and most recently, being virtually buried in building dust. Every time I say, ‘I think it’s really had it this time’, I water it with an extra dollop of Richard Jackson’s Flower Power and the next thing I know, tiny green leaves start to unfurl. You have to give credit where it’s due – that little plant is a survivor!
It’s not in flower yet, but my Christmas cactus is. Why does it always flower so early? All the beautiful pink flowers (which almost match the kitchen splashback) will be gone by Christmas. Maybe it likes to be the star of the show before I purchase the annual poinsettia in early December.
I’m sure most of you know that the birthstones for December are either Tanzanite or Turquoise, but do you know that the November birthstone is Topaz, and that it comes in a host of colours that are not only the most well-known hues of blue? Pure topaz is colourless and transparent, but it is usually tinted with impurities, causing colour. Years ago the most usual shade of topaz was golden and it was referred to as Imperial Topaz. It was then discovered that certain shades of ‘rough’ material could be irradiated and heat treated to produce the array of blues we have become so familiar with.
There are three main groupings, although shades vary within them. The palest shades are ‘sky’ blue, the mid tones are ‘swiss’ blue and the richest, deepest tones are ‘London’ blue – said to be most reminiscent of the London sky, although that is certainly not true this Autumn. We have a stunning London blue halo style ring, set in white gold, with a 12mm x 10mm central stone, framed with white zircons. It is a little pricey at £347, but absolutely beautiful.
If you’re looking for something more affordable, there is a five stone ring set in rhodium-plated silver, which is only £25.
Topaz is filled with positive energy and is said to symbolize love and affection and also to bestow strength and intelligence. Blue Topaz is also the state gemstone of Texas.
While we’re on the subject of November jewellery, have you seen the Diamonique Design of the Month, the reindeer earrings? They are sooooooo cute and affordable too.
Having whet your appetite last week, I’m sorry to say I still can’t share my exciting news… you have been making me laugh with your guesses though! No, Sophie isn’t engaged, or pregnant. And no, we haven’t set a date for the wedding yet, although I think it’s back on, as Chris has forgiven me for buying striped wallpaper for our wonky Victorian walls! He’s finished hanging it now and even he agrees it was worth it!
I have had an idea for a wedding date though. My late dad was born in 1920 which flips to 2019 AND his birthday was on the 19th too. So, the wedding will be in 2019 and probably on what would have been my parent’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary in August – I’ll keep you posted.
Be safe if you’re having fireworks in your back garden this weekend and remember to keep your pets in.