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Tuesday 13 November 2018

(Not) In A Vase On Monday ~ A High Five

Well it's Tuesday to be precise but my plans to join in the celebrations of the fifth anniversary of the unique meme that is 'In A Vase on Monday' were thwarted. Not wanting to miss out on this auspicious occasion I'm posting a little late.

Our hostess Cathy's challenge to think outside the box and not use a vase as such this week was a challenge - much head scratching later I looked to the left when I was sitting at the computer one evening. Eureka! One of the items sitting on the bookshelf is an old wooden pencil box. The contents were removed, some green tissue paper provided a lining and it was good to go. It was a bit of a squash though for everything to fit inside so I have laid everything with more space to spare as you can see in the photo below.

      Inside my not in a vase are :
  • A 2018 vintage conker picked up from the lane that leads up from our house to the main road. There are a couple of chestnut trees in the vicinity.
  • Sycamore keys - oh they look so innocent but are a bane come spring when they seem to germinate anywhere and everywhere.
  • An empty garden snail shell which will probably be deployed sooner or later as a cane topper.
  • Some lunaria annua or honesty seedcases - emptied of their seeds. A sizeable stem remains in readiness for the festive season and seeds have been saved for future sowing.
  • French bean seeds from a crop at the allotment.
  • A stem of bleached grass and some seashells from a vase on Monday put together back in July 2015 when we were on holiday by the sea. The vase or yoghurt glass in this case also reside near the pencil case. Apart from the odd emptying and cleaning of the glass the contents look almost as fresh as they did back then.
  • My little ornamental snail previously my mother's which has appeared before in a Monday vase.
  •  A stem of calendula 'Pink Surprise' - which although most pretty seems most inappropriately named in that I fail to detect any trace of pink on the petals. Maybe wrongly suppled seed?
  •  A few berries from malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel'. The tree is still clinging on to the majority of the berries but a few are now hitting the decks.
  • Finally a lapis lazuli gemstone which is a stone of friendship. I have become interested in gemstones since coming across them through Cathy who has featured some beautiful stones as props accompanying her vases over the years. I now have a small collection of them. To me 'In A Vase On Monday' encapsulates the very spirit of friendship.  A big thanks and a high five to to you Cathy 'At Rambling In The Garden'not only for your friendship but also for all the pleasure and knowledge gained through pouring over both your vases and other blogger's vases over the last five years.


  1. Oh what a lovely collection of bits and bobs, Anna (no conkers in 2018 for me yet, and I do like to have one in my pocket...)and such a novel place to put them - with such an artistic result! Who would have guessed how at home they would like?! I am thrilled with the thought that has gone into these 'not' vases that everyone has come up with and touched by your statement 'that 'In A Vase On Monday' encapsulates the very spirit of friendship'... I work hard at facilitating the meme because I know how much it means to a lot of people, how much it has touched their lives and how this spirit of friendship runs through all the posts and comments. Thanks Anna for YOUR friendship and all your support too

  2. Very original - it looks like a number one.

  3. What a pretty presentation of this sweet collection of items. A wonderful way to celebrate five years of IAVOM!

  4. this is a lovely collection and such good memories - and very inventive. You're quite right about what this meme means to people :-) friendship :-)
    I used five fuchsia in bottles for mine and also talked about how important IAVOM is to me. love bec xx

  5. I smiled when you used a these old pencil boxes...and your little collection of items.


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