Weekly Photo Challenge – Home

I’ve been thinking about ‘home’ a lot recently. I’ve mentioned before that we are in the process of selling my mother’s home as she now needs 24 hour nursing care. It isn’t easy, but it is fair to say that it isn’t a sad time in as much as Mum is happy, content, safe and  extremely well looked after. The house that we are selling is not the ‘family’ home, but it is the last house that was shared by Mum and my late Father. It was their home for a number of years, a happy place, and full of memories for all the family, both old and young.

Dad loved his garden. It was somewhere he could spend time away from the stress and cares of his work and he devoted time to his designs as well as the planting. This week’s photo challenge reminded me of this, and I have decided to choose a picture of one of his favourite flowers as a symbol. Our family home in Woking, Surrey, had many of these plants, and spring was a profusion of colour as they flowered in succession.

blog 1Although small, the garden of their last home has two well established specimens of these plants that we are leaving for the new occupants. In fact, our own garden has one that blooms satisfyingly in Spring. It’s a Camellia, and although grown for it’s family association rather than anything else, the symbolism associated with the flower seems particularly relevant to our circumstances at the moment.

‘The symmetrical beauty and long-lasting quality of the flower have long been appreciated by young lovers as the token for expressing devotion to each other. In the eyes of the Chinese, the petals reflect the spirit of a lady, and the holder of the petals (the calyx) represents the young man entrusted by the lady as her protector.

The calyx of the camellia falls with the petals when the flower has finished blooming. This is unlike most other flowers, where the calyx seems to hang around the tree even after the petals have dropped. This phenomena symbolizes an everlasting union between lovers. In many parts of China, the camellia is considered as the flower for young sons and daughters.’ I’ve taken this quote from here.

Don’t forget to check out the Daily Post for details of this particular challenge, and also to find a long list of other entries, and there are some shown below, too.

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26 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Home

  1. Beautiful picture, and good to see that your Mum is happy about it! These changes can oftentimes be very difficult. I didn’t have to deal with that, and for that I’m thankful. My brother lives in our family home now. I’ve been thinking about it lately … how weird it actually would feel if somebody else lived there.

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  2. Leaving a family home can be very stressful, however, I am glad your mom is happy, safe and content and well cared for.
    I love the Camellia . I had one for a long time, however, somehow it became diseased and I had to have it taken out.
    This is a loving tribute to your family. I felt sad reading it but I know that sometimes one has to give things up to move forward.
    Very well written.

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