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Saturday, 13 August 2016

English Rose

I seem to have gone a bit flowery lately, not sure what's got into me but, don't worry, there will be some more cute characters here soon!

When dad retired from work he had spent over 42 years with his employer, Notcutts Garden Centres (founded in 1897 and now the UK's largest family owned garden centre business).  Dad worked out on the plant fields, driving his tractor, lifting roses, cutting hedges, all the heavy stuff.  Before that he did a spell with the landscaping team, and before that on the HGVs until migraines meant he couldn't do that any more.

The boss of the firm, Charles Notcutt, later Sir Charles Notcutt, was a fabulous man.  In the days when there was just the Woodbridge centre, and latterly when they started to expand, he knew just about everyone by name who worked for him.  He certainly knew my dad very well.  Sadly, Sir Charles died this year.

This week mum and dad were invited to a Celebrating the Life Of garden party at the home of Sir Charles and Lady Notcutt, along with several of the "old" employees who were there, back in the day. They had a lovely time, catching up with old pals, and Lady Gill had done them proud with her generous hospitality.

Anyhoo, mum asked me to make her a "nice" thank you card.  I'm not sure what other sort she thought I would make!  And this fitted really well with a rather large package of happy mail that arrived this week.

Notcutts won many gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show for their roses so ........

I've used my new English Rose stamp set from Clearly Besotted
Inks for the roses are Altenew
and I used Memento inks for the leaves
Crealies stitched rectangle die for the image plate
I inked a scrap of card with the midtone rose colour and cut the MFT Thanks word die
and a piece of grass green Papermania for the matting layer

Heading off to the Oldies to deliver to mum.  Hope she likes it!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Christine L said...

A beautiful card Squirrel.... not just n'nice'! I'm sure that the recipient will have appreciated the card and sentiment! That's how employers used to be....... not the way they are now unfortunately!

Christine x

Sarah said...

What a lovely post Squirrel and a perfect thank you card by the sound of it xx

crafthappyann said...

lovely and beautifully appropriate card with lots of lovely memories for you parents.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Hee hee, a NICE card indeed and perfect for someone who used to work with roses. Very special.

Annette said...

A very 'nice' card hun! It's beautiful and perfect as a thank you card for a garden lover. xx

Kat W said...

'Nice' does not do this card justice...it's BEAUTIFUL :-)
Big hugs, Kat xx

Daffodil Cards said...

What a lovely story and a VERY beautiful Thank You card, which I'm sure will be gladly received.

Had a looky at All the cards I have missed, while being away, sorry can't comment on each one, but you know I absolutely LOVE your work

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