Nosegays: Flower of the Day, Feb 5, 2017

These lovely little nosegays were gracing the commode in a new little restaurant across the street opened by three young people.  The food is gourmet, the trip up the creaky wooden stairs a bit perilous and my friend complained that the red wine had been refrigerated, but these little potty posies in toilet paper vases were so charming that they were the photo I had to take.


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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

10 thoughts on “Nosegays: Flower of the Day, Feb 5, 2017

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    Nose gays were originally created to mask the smell of rotting bodies during the Black Death in the 1400s. “Ring around the rosy, pockets full of posy, ashes, ashes, all fall down.” Plague time! But now, it’s just a curious fact.


      1. Marilyn Armstrong

        The way the original “buba” looks that means you’re going to die. It (apparently) starts as a red “lump” surrounded by a red ring. Ring around the rosy. The put ashes on your door when you had the plague so everyone would know to stay away. Not that it did much good. That first wave of plague killed off entire provinces. It emptied towns and villages. Completely. The forests took over the fields. In some parts of England and Denmark, depopulation reached 100%. Quite the century. Everyone who reads history finds that catastrophic 14th century fascinating. it was the century when whatever could go wrong, went wrong. I often wonder if this isn’t our own 14th century.

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      2. lifelessons Post author

        The ashes also referred to the burning of the bodies of victims..And we think we have it bad now. The world has always been on the edge of catastrophe in one way or another.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      It was believed during plague times that the plague might be carried through the air, so in addition to stemming the stench, nosegays were carried to help protect one from the plague. Not a very “gay” origin.

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