Poppy magic

June 9, 2014

The delight at finding something new in a place you know well is a great surprise. Even better if another unexpected sight takes your breath away just moments later.

Thousands of poppies, in perfectly formed rows basking in the sunshine under a bright blue sky. A real feast for the eyeballs.

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Visitors at RHS Wisley exchanged smiles and spoke quietly whilst capturing what lay before them. The sense of calm no doubt instigated by these poignant blooms so widely recognised as the symbol of peace and remembrance.

Walking a little further meant you could sit in-between the rows of poppies. Just sit and stare at the hairy buds, the fragile petals and the intricate detail just calling to be photographed.

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I’ve not seen poppies en masse since POD was born, just a handful every now again by the side of the road. Somehow seeing so many in one place brought back memories of that day.

POD arrived on Christmas Day 2010. She took so long to arrive the shortlist of suitable names was long forgotten. Strangely when the midwife asked “what do you want to call her?” we both said Poppy at the same time. So Poppy she became.

Seems a coincidence that in the week I see a carpet of poppies, POD starts learning how to spell. Hearing her say “P-P-P is for Poppy” is the most wonderful thing.

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 Linking up with #MagicMoments at The Oliver’s Madhouse, this week hosted by Verily Victoria Vocalises

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  • Notmyyearoff June 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Ahhh that’s really lovely and so in sync too 🙂 when the nurse asked us what we were going to call Z we both just “ummmm” ‘d so he became “infant” for a few days. That poppy field is gorgeous!

  • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault June 10, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Definitely a well timed post with all the celebrations taking place for the 70rth anniversary of the D-Day Landings. We have guests (well friends now) who often stay in the gite and their daughter is Poppy. So is our dog and it does lead to some confusion when we call Poppy!!

  • Mammasaurus June 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Just WOW!

  • Katie June 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Whoa. That is beautiful. Where is this?

  • Cheryl June 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    A beautiful sight! Remember as a child feeling so disappointed that I couldn’t pick them and bring them home. Made them feel magical. With about a 1000 seeds per seed head and up to 50 heads per plant, its no wonder a field can be filled. Absolutely gorgeous photos.

  • Honest Mum June 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    What an arresting sight, truly captivating, love your eye!

  • Mummy to boyz June 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I’m jealous I would love to stumble across this field. Stunning pictures as always!

  • Globalmouse June 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I love poppies so much – where is this?! It looks amazing.

  • Kate Thompson June 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Poppy is a beautiful name. We had a field of Poppies every year where I grew up. I miss seeing them.

  • Jen aka The Mad House June 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    There is something so poignant about poppies especially at this time of the year with D Day

  • WallyMummy June 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    So lovely x I find it really stirring looking out over poppy fields xx

  • Louisa June 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    My best friends daughter is a Poppy, it’s such a beautiful name. Wonderful photos, as ever x

  • Zena's Suitcase June 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    What lovely pictures and story, it’s amazing when they hit these big milestones isn’t it!

  • natalie June 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    What a lovely post, I adore poppies and your photos are amazing. I really enjoyed reading this thank you. x

  • older mum in a muddle June 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Simply gorgeous. What a sight! X

  • Jane @ northernmum June 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    SO beautiful! and what a fab story of Poppys name x

  • Angela Spicer June 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    That’s lovely. 7yo isn’t called by her chosen name as when she was born, myself and Hubby just looked at her, then at each other. I said the name and he said yes. So different and wasn’t even a contender. I don’t know where the thought cam from but it was just right.

  • YouBabyMeMummy June 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Stunning pictures and what a lovely story. x

  • Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D) June 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    What colourful and beautiful photos.

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) June 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Wonderful, photos and words. Love it xx

  • lisa prince June 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    gorgeous pics, its such a beautfil flower x

  • wendy June 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Beautiful post and gorgeous pictures

  • Kara June 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    They really are the most beautiful flowers arent they!

  • Liska @NewMumOnline June 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    That certainly indeed is a magic moment. I love it when they grasp their letters and numbers too. It is like a world has opened up to them. Very exciting.

    The photos of the poppies are simply amazing. Food for the eyes.

    Liska xx

  • Michelle June 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I would love to be able to walk through a poppy field – they are such pretty flowers. We drove up to Northampton a few years ago and there were thousands of them scattered on the sides of the motorway! x

  • Fritha Strickland June 12, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    so beautiful! I don’t think I’ve been in a poppy field since I was a child! x

  • Shell Louise June 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Wow they’re gorgeous. I’m enjoying the poppies in this new garden. I’ve been surprised with orange ones, yellow ones, red ones and even cream ones 🙂

  • Vaichin @Rambling Through Parenthood June 13, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Stunning photos as usual 🙂 And what a lovely story to go with the images. No wonder poppies are so special to you x

  • Bex Smith June 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Poppies are just so beautiful and you have captured them so well 🙂 Lovely.

  • Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours June 16, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Love love love these photo’s and they too have special meaning for me too as I have a little girl with the same name 🙂 x

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