Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Rose by any other name...

Today is 25th January - and it's Burns Night in Bonnie Scotland. There'll be some scotch whisky and haggis consumed by Scots all over the world tonight!
Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard - probably most famous for writing 'Auld Lang Syne' - also wrote the lovely poem below, which - being so close to St Valentine's Day - I took as my inspiration for today's earrings. 
O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair thou art, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.
Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.
And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel , a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!
What's my connection to Scotland, you may ask. Well, not much I thought. But when I was small in the 1950's, my forename was pretty unheard of and I spent lots of time spelling it out for folk. Still do. I asked my mum why she couldn't give me an ordinary name and she told me she read it in a novel and believed it was Scottish in origin. A little trip to Google found I had not only my own tartan, but a Clan Lindsay with it's own motto ' Endure Fort' - Suffer Bravely. I don't know about that....sounds a bit too Mel Gibson for me. That's the bit of 'Braveheart' where I always switch over.

Anyway, I digress. Back to the earrings. I had a little chat with Joanne Louvaine Bell aka Twinkiedinky and asked her to make me pair of her 'Pennythoughts' resin charms with the text of the poem. I think these are a brilliant idea - as well as her stock quotations, if you ask nicely you can commission just what you want to say to someone for that special gift. So here they are. 

The lovely black lampwork roses are from Cecilia Lawrence Midgetgembeads, and come in many colours (most of which I've had at some time!)
Love isn't all plain sailing, is it?  The left is dark and thorny, occasionally drawing metaphorical blood. The right is soft and leafy - those are the sweetly melodious times. 

Will you be celebrating Burns Night? And have you ever checked for the origin of your name - maybe you have a tartan too!

See you in two weeks!


  1. Pretty sure there ain't a Lockwood tartan! Liking the little touch of asymmetry!

    1. Lucky me, eh? Makes up for the fake kilts I had to wear in the 50's....

  2. If I had some haggis I would certainly have it today. My grandfather was born in Scotland and I was lucky enough to visit there for a few days. Just beautiful!

    1. It's a beautiful country Kathy. I've never been up to the highlands yet - on my bucket list x

  3. Scotland is on my list of countries I would like to visit. Thanks for your post Lindsay. Love the earrings, especially the poem on it and the asymmetry.

  4. Thanks Janine! Must call here if you get over. x

  5. Oh, I love Bobby Burns! And your earrings perfectly capture the smooth and the thorny aspects of love. Wonderful! xoxo

  6. lindsay, you are so awesome! :) what a great post; it's beautifully written and thoughtful. i, too, love the bit of asymmetry you added. great description as well. one of the things i am so grateful for is the shops!!! you are sharing with us. I do very little browsing these days. i'm thrilled when i come across something new to me that grabs my attention. or even something i've long heard of but never graced. so i will have good fun checking them out. love the black roses. great earrings, my dear. :)

  7. Glad you liked it Norbel. I'm the same - not much time to browse like I used to so I'm always happy when someone shares a lovely resource. After all, that's what we are about, isn't it?