Safe and Sound

Last week I had to nip to the bank after work to deposit a business cheque. A simple task but I could never have envisaged my ten minute journey.

Standing in the middle of a grass roundabout was a colleague/friend on her mobile. As my mind absorbed that it was actually her, I took in the surroundings. There was her car 20160125_221934.jpgsquashed up beside an enormous white lorry! Her car had mounted the roundabout slightly and it was close to the entrance of a motorway.

I drove on to a car park. Stopped and looked through my contacts to ring her. Unable to locate it, I thought to myself I can’t just ignore her. I drove back, parked up behind the vehicles and all the debris and flicked my hazard lights on. Grabbed my florescent jacket and checked my colleague/friend was ok. No physical injuries but very shaken, I just gave her a huge hug and held her for a few moments.

Although she had things under control I supported her through her call to the breakdown company and asked if she had anyone coming to help. Her dad was on his way… I dialled the police again though stopped the call as I heard them on their way. We needed help because the traffic was building up as rush hour was approaching fast.

I checked on the lorry driver who was ok and a witness came forward. Her father arrived shortly followed by the police. It was time for my departure.

Today she came back to work and presented me with these flowers and a card. It wasn’t needed though I love flowers and they’ve brightened up the corner of my kitchen. Would you stop at the scene of an accident? Put your own safety first but sometimes a hug is all that is required to help a person through a situation.



There is something about a Hyacinth that I just love. It could simply be their burst of colour or the sweet smells that’s released especially during the dullest months of the year. It also reminds me of the days as a young adult where I worked at a horticulture nursery and planted hundreds of these bulbs and packed moss around them. It was a Christmas frenzy but gloves had to be worn by all as they irritated the skin.

Legend has it that a young Greek boy named Hyakinthos was being taught how to throw a discus. He had two Greek God admirers Apollo (the sun God) and Zephyr (God of the west wind). Zephyr got jealous of Apollo teaching Hyakinthos and blew the discus back towards Hyakinthos in a rage. It killed him. A flower subsequently grew from Hyakinthos’s blood and Apollo named it Hyacinth.

The plant (I believe) is supposed to represent sport or play in the horticulture world.

However, these hyacinths reside in my kitchen giving it a burst of fragrance and bright colour. Over the course of a couple of days the bulbs burst into full flower really quickly!


With a final display of…