Rose Tea Cottage

Where tea is served at half past four

If flowers grow in Heaven
Lord please pick a bunch for me
Place them in my Mum’s arms
And tell her they're from me
Tell her I love her and miss her
And when she turns to smile
Place a kiss upon her cheek
And hold her for awhile
Because remembering her is easy
I do it every day
But there's an ache within my heart
Because I am missing her today

Today, the 20th of April is a bittersweet day for me.
It is my mum's birthday, it's also the day she went to heaven.

Mum I miss you terribly and wish you were here.
I love you mum, always have and always will.


Jolie Rosie said...

Precious Duchess I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom 14 years ago and the pain is a fresh as the night she passed on. Stay strong, take care of your father and just know we are all here for you. May she rest in peace.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

My dear Duchess,
I am so sorry for your loss. It is a beautiful tribute to your mother you have posted! My Mum is still here but my Daddy's been gone a while now and I still miss him too! May God bring you comfort right now. Sending you a big hug.


Beth said...

How poignant. I am so sorry for your loss, dear Duchess.

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Oh,my dear Angel,Duchess...

I feel you heart and missing you mom is terrible,I can understand you totally,my dearest friend!

You mom was also an Angel,as you are,my all flowers from the world being wirh her and all birds singing her beautiful songs...

My Love and very blessed hugs,


Kelly said...

Oh Duchess I'm so sorry. Sending you and your family all my love and prayers.

K xxxx

Brenda Leyland said...

What a precious posting in honour of your Mom. My dad is there (in heaven) too.... I sometimes ask Jesus to say hi to him for me.

This is how I see it.... those who have gone on to heaven before us are no longer in our past -- they are there in our future, waiting for us to join them.

Wishing you hugs on this day!
Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life

Lisa said...

Oh my! How sad you must be. My father died when I was nine. I do think of him on his birthday. But as it has been 30+ years it is not as bad as it used to be. I do think I will have a bad time with my mom when she goes. I will be thinking of you. ♥
Your blog is just so beautiful! I also want to thank you for your sweet thoughts about my Casey. I am very blessed to have such friends!
Hugs, Lisa

Hetty Summers said...

Duchess, looking down your mum must be very proud of you. Such an emotional post, it brought tears to my eyes. I will pray for you and your family today.

Hetty xoxo

Princess Laura Lis said...

Oh my dear Duchess, what a lovely post for your mother. I'm sorry for your loss. I lost my mother and my father 3 years ago. I'm sure your mum is reading this post from heaven and she is smiling and thinking " I have the most wonderful daughter in the world".
A big big hug!

Katy Noelle said...

Oh, Duchess, have you changed the photgraphs in your side bars around a bit or am I just seeing them freshly? It's just shockingly beautiful all over again. Tea, china, cakes and yummies, flowers and pretty colors! Happy, happy things!

My mother's birthday is tomorrow, also. (It's still the 19th here.) I'm sorry for your hurt! Wishing you comfort and peaceful memories today.

With love and thoughts for you,

Katy xo

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Dear Duchess, I can only imagine how wonderful you Mom was, considering how kind, considerate and gracious you are.
I am sorry for the loss of your Mom. Mom's do leave that empty spot in our hearts when they are gone. I saw that in my mom when her mom died, and I know I I'll feel the same when my mom is no longer here.
Beautiful tribute,

A 2 Z said...

Dear Duchess,

I'm sure your mom knows how much you miss her! I'm convinced that she hears all your prayers and good thoughts. She is very content because she lives in one of the most beautiful homes: your heart!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oooh, my thoughts are with you Duchess... there is no one else like our mamas... my mama is in Heaven too... left us much too young... I will believe your mum and my mama are chatting happily together right now... love to you... Julie Marie

Heather Jensen said...

Such a sweet post. I am so sorry for the loss of your mum. My mom is going to have a biopsy on her brain next Tuesday. She has been having strokes and I can't imagine my life without her.

Deanna said...

Dearest Duchess,
May the Good Lord comfort you today.

I am very sorry for the loss of your Mom. So very, very sorry.

d from HomeHaven

Debbie said...

Oh Duchess you brought tears to my eyes....big hug for you. You are so sweet to have stopped over to wish me well and birthday wishes too. Your Mum is watching you today and sending you butterfly kisses......I will tell my Mom you had good wishes to her...

The Tablescaper said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. My Dad is gone a little over a year. He was in bad shape when he passed, so the memories got pushed into the back. but now they're seeping through.

Thank goodness for memories.

- The Tablescaper

Rose said...

Sorry to hear Duchess. Sending a parcel of hugs your way.


sjmcdowell said...


I was so touched when I read the tribute for your Mom. I am very lucky to have my Mom with me, she turned 90 in Feb. I am her only child and we have been through so much together, I take care of her now. I know I will miss her terribly someday as you do yours.
Sending you a warm hug dear lady.

May God Bless and comfort you.

Poppies and Sunshine said...

My prayers go out to you. I am sorry for your loss. Many blessings to you.

Dragonfly said...

What a beautiful post. Thinking of you today my friend.
Cuddles from Patsy too!

Ingrid DeVilliers said...

Dear Duchess
If I lived close by you I would have given you a beautiful pink rose today! We miss our loved ones whom have passed on to heaven but have the comfort in knowing that we will see them one day.....


maría cecilia said...

Dear God, please do as Duchess requests, and give her mother a big bunch of my garden´s flowers too.
Maria Cecilia

Maria said...

Oh ♥ I am with you in this.
I also miss my mother very dearly...
It's been almost 32 yrs.

Your mother's birthday ~
a special birthday into two worlds ~ Earthly and Heavenly ...

She must have been a treasure to have a beautiful soul such as you ♥
Blessings ~ Maria

Uzbe Girl said...

Duchess me sad for yor loss me mamma 89 me sad for you no w

Francy said...

I'm so sorry for you loss, dear Duchess. This is beautiful post for your mom.

Angie's Recipes said...

My dear Duchess, I am really really sorry to hear this...:-(((
She will be always in your heart.
I hope you can sleep better tonight.


Melly said...

Hi Duchess, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with me, I appreciate it so much especially when your heart is aching for your Mother. You have posted such a beautiful poem for her that I'm sure would bless her indeed.
May you feel the arms of Jesus holding you during this time.

PS your blog is so beautiful and inspiring.

Ines said...

My wonderful, lovely Duchess! To read this, makes me feel, holding you! It´s a wonderful post- so full of love- like you are...
Your mum is always around you- and loves you- and I am sure- in heaven are a lots of wonderful flowers, to make her feel lucky and thinking always of you! Maybe you know the song: "Remember the time" from Michael Jackson... it´s my husbands and my song, when we met first... we have this written in our wedding rings... cause the time to remember is valuable.
Hear this song today and remember the wonderful moments you had with your mum! I love this song :

Hug you and thinking of you, my lovely friend!


Jenny said...

So sorry for your loss. Lotsa hugs to you. So hard when we loose our loved ones.

Tapestry of Life said...

Duchess so sorry for your loss. It's not easy and I know. I lost both my parents at young age. You make your mother proud for being so kind and loving. I will ask my church ladies to pray for you and your family.


Kissed by an Angel said...

Dear Duchess, I am sorry for your loss. Today would have been my dear Mum's birthday too, so this is a perfect post.
Blessings for a peaceful day.

Miss Baptista said...

Be grateful you had such a wonderful lady as your mum.
The other best mum of the world is mine.
When it's mothersday ( 15 August)
I'm gonna copy your text, make some adjustments, and write it on a beautiful card. It will bring tears in her eyes.
Thanks for sharing these lovely words with us.

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Lovely Duchess,
all of my love and thoughts are with you. I am so moved, your mum is surely so proud and loves you so much.Your words are so deep.
A big big hug from Italy.Francesca

Rosemary and Pink said...

How sad sweet Duchess this must be a very difficult day for you. I bet your mom is looking down on you and your beautiful blog and proudly says to my mom "that's my daughter." I am here for you Duchess.


Collarinos de mamá said...

Dear Duchess,
I so sorry for your lost.
I´m sure your mum is very proud of having a daughter like you.
Sending you a big, big hug.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Such a beautiful post, darling Duchess. Happy happy memories this day and a little tear every now and then.
We will be together too this day as it's the day my father in law went to heaven, 26 years ago.
20 april a special day to cherish for ever.
Sending many hugs your way!

ilovemyhouse said...

Such beautiful words for your mother.Thanks for sharing such an intimate thought.xx

Isobel said...

Hi dear Duchess!!
I know these days very well. I am sending lots of love and hugs your way today.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Happy Birthday to your mother daaaaahling, I'm sure she's up there smiling at you right now.
*kisses* HH

Michela said...

Duchess, thank you for being always so sincere with us, sharing your happy days and the sad ones. Sending you my biggest hugs! xxx

Inspiration in Italy said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry, I cannot imagine the pain. This is such a sweet tribute to her, and your beautiful mother has such a wonderful, caring, and elegant daughter in you. These flowers are just beautiful too.


cilla said...

/my sweet duchess this post brings soo many tears to my eyes,im so sorry for the loss of your mom ,i lost my papa in november 2004 on his 59th birthday, my birthday is nov 24th and my papa's the hurts so much to lose my papa on my 21 birthday, when im feeling sad i look to the heavens and smile knowing my papa is with me ,alway know your mom is with you always ,and im here anytime you need a friend,i love you my sweet friend stop by soon.sending gentle hugs Cilla

Cornflake said...

Oh sweetheart, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.

I imagine your Mum is looking down on you from heaven drinking English breakfast tea and thinking 'what a wonderful daughter I have' :-)

My thoughts and prayers x

Angela Burman said...

Such a beautiful dedication to your mother Duchess. I understand how you feel, I lost my mum too.

She is probably smiling down at you now and feeling very proud of you.

Thank you for your lovely words about my work once again.

Love and hugs xx

Emma said...

To The Duchess
with love
Em xxx
P.s and sending a hug..x

Bluebell said...

Hello Duchess, sorry you are feeling sad.
Take Care
Love Jillxx

Dustjacket Attic said...

Hello darling, I do wish I could share a cup of tea and a chat with you. You know my thoughts are with you.

biggest hugs,
love DJ

Sandi said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother Duchess. My mom is still in my life and I can't imagine it without here.
What a beatiful poem that you shared!
Thoughts and prayers with you today.

Muneeba said...

I've gotten all teary-eyed ... that was a beautiful dedication, Duchess. I ache for your loss .. may your mom be at peace.

Susan said...

Dear Duchess,
I know the ache you feel. My Dad died 6 months ago today. I dreamed of him last night. May you find comfort in your happy memories and peace that your Mom is in heaven where flowers never fade!
Blessings to you, sweet Duchess.

Linda Higgins said...

Never Never Never goes away, the miss or the longing to hear their sweet voice. That is a beautiful poem Duchess. I hope my mother and father are too busy to even think about what is going on here! I do hope that you have a wonderful day though holding on to your memories, place a cup of tea for her when you sit down for tea today and just sit and talk to her as if she were there with you. I promise it will be a sweet visit.....hugs my friend....

Deborah said...

Beautiful tribute. Sending you a big motherly hug. And a parade with a unicorn, tubas, baby bunnies, and rainbows. **blows kisses** Deb

Atelier de Charo said...

This is beautiful post. She always will be in your heart.


Mayflower said...

Dear duchess, I am sorry for your loss. There are tears in my eyes when I read the poem, I know unfortunatley what it is to miss some-onespecial so much and
especially in these days. I've lost my daughter almost 15 years ago.
My thoughts are with you and I wish you strength and also many good memories today.
Warmly greeting, Mea

karen said...

Oh Duchess, I am so sorry. Keep thinking of all the precious and happy moments that you shared together. What a beautiful tribute to her.((((hugs))))xxxxxxxxxx

Marilyn said...

A lovely tribute to your Mum. Our mother's are always in our hearts.

Bumpkin Bears said...

I have just found your Blog and I feel your pain so much. I too lost my Mum a few years ago and I know how much it aches. Sending you the biggest of hugs. I've got a Friends for Tea Giveaway going on at my Blog which may brighten a moment for you. Hugs, Catherine x

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Dearest Duchess - A lovely, tearful post in tribute of this day in honor of your beloved mother.

YOU are loved xxx

That laughing eye, whose sunny beam
My memory would not cherish less; -
And oh, that smile! whose joyous gleam
Nor mortal language can express.

Adieu, but let me cherish, still,
The hope with which I cannot part.
Contempt may wound, and coldness chill,
But still it lingers in my heart.

And who can tell but Heaven, at last,
May answer all my thousand prayers,
And bid the future pay the past
With joy for anguish, smiles for tears?

(Anne Bronte - snipit from the poem Farewell)

Rizzi said...


Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Duchess,
What a sweet post about your dearly departed Mom! Lovely pictures as well. That was such a sweet poem too. Hope you are doing okay, so sorry for your loss.
May the Lord be especially near to your heart today Hon!
Blessings, Nellie

Rose Farnsworth Davis said...

Lovely, personal post, Duchess. I'll carry this sentiment with me today, and think of you and your Mum with every flower I see.

Have a beautiful day today!

Handmade in Gibraltar said...

I am so moved by your lovely post toady Duchess, it's never the right time to say goodbye is it ? I am keeping you in my prayers.
Love Louise xx

Jeanne said...

Duchess, thinking of you on this special day.
Such lovely words in remembrance of your Mother.
I imagine she was a very special lady indeed.
All the best

Bella said...

What a sweet, sweet post. So lovely.

Kitty M said...

Lovely Duchess what a beautiful post in rememberance of your mum, I'm sure that she has been close to you today. Big hugs Kitty xxx

Cooking with Laura said...

Duchess my heart aches for you on this very memorable and sad day. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. As everyone above mentioned, you are special to all of us and we all hurt with you and pray for you.


Paulina said...

Dear Duchess, such a sweet tribute to your mum. May you always cherish your memories of her. The Lord be with you now and forever.

Big hugs.

Pierre Le Mont said...

Chère Duchesse
Je suis sincèrement désolée de la perte que toi et ta famille avez subie, sois certaine que vous êtes tous dans mes pensées et mes priers.


Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

My goodness your Mom passed on her birthday. What a lovely tribute to her. I am sure she was a dear and kind person, just like you.
I shall keep her in my thoughts and prayers today.
Very big hugs,

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Just coming to ask you,my dearest Duchess,how are you,my sweet Friend?!-)*
And wishing you very sunny,beautiful days in the week,darling!!!

Much Love,

linda said...

Oh how touching Dear Duchess,. it was a lovely verse
How sad i know how it feels my Father died when i was 11yrs old and my Mom raised me she was the most inportant person in the wourld to me .She died in 1989 and it still feels like it just happend .well i know they are both watching over us from above and we will see them again.we both know there is nothing like a Mothers love and we share that with our childern Bless you hugs Linda

Maggi said...

I'm so sorry for your loss!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Duchess,

One of the hardest things is to lose someone we love so much.
I am so sorry, sweet friend and sending you my love and hugs and may you find comfort knowing that others are with you and care.


♥zoe♥ said...

Dear Duchess,
I am so touching and you reminds me to make a call to my mum and tell her i missing her so much. My mum and i live apart since after i got married and moved to Singapore. The angels will always there for your mom and god will never leave her alone in heaven. Lots of love to you my dear friend, i wish i could give a a big hug:)


Karen Sullivan said...

Duchess so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is not easy. You never forget the day. This is from someone who has lost both parents. My mom died two years after my husband and I got married and my father died last year, 22 years after my mom. He lived a very lonely life as I am sure you dad is so. I will pray for you and your father for all your family.

Vicki said...

Hello, dear friend,
I will be thinking about you today as you remember your sweet mother. I loved that wonderful poem you dedicated to her. I can identify with your feelings as my momma has passed on too. I look forward to seeing her again one of these days. Aren't we thankful for the happy memories we have of our sweet mothers? Have a blessed week! Vicki

BonjourRomance said...

Dear Duchess,
What a touching tribute to your Mother. The poem is so wonderful, the Lord will give her a special hug today from you. She would be so proud of her lovely daughter. You will be in my thoughts and prayers my friend. My Mom went to Heaven five years ago, and we must remember that they are safe and we will see them again soon.
Take care Duchess,

Hamptontoes said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother. I'm sorry for your loss. Hugs to you.

Stitch and Roses said...

Dear Duchessand my good friend I am so sorry for your loss. I wish there was a way for me to make you feel better. You were and still are a wonderful daughter and I lnow your mother is very proud of you. Be happy so that she can rest in peace. When you worry, your mother worries for you too. She sees and knows you are in pain and she can't be in peace. Remember her in good light and take good care of yourself.

Lady A

CIELO said...

Your sadness speaks loudly... and my heart listen... I feel your sorrow, and wish I could find the proper words to send light and comfort your soul... I pray that our Heavenly Father would do just that....



Beach Vintage said...

Oh dearest Duchess, our thoughts are with you at this time my dear. Your mum will feel the power of all of us I am sure.

Good to be a Queen said...

Sending you hugs dear duchess...

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Dutchess, What a lovely and honoring way to remember your Mother. She must have been so proud of you!
YOur love and sweet devotion to her graces every bit of this beautiful post!
I am so sorry for your great loss.
Blessings to you today,

Casa Bella said...

Oh Duchess, what a sweet, lovely post. I imagine your mother being someone as wonderful as you. I understand about missing those so dear to us who have passed on. My heart is with you. I send you lots of love.

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie said...

Hi sweetie -

So sorry for your loss! I lost my Gram earlier this year {right before Thanksgiving} & she was like a second Mom to me & I miss her dearly everyday, so I feel your pain! I'm praying for you & your family. Just remember she's at peace with God, looking down on you & watching over you! Your tribute was heart warming!

Anonymous said...

She lives on in you, the person you are, what she's taught you! Celebrate this, that it might lessen your pain enough to make it through your time of sorrow.

My dad passed away a couple years ago, two weeks after his 81 birthday. I miss him too.

ciao bella
thinking of you....

Anonymous said... past two posts...(I did some catch up) were lovely as always...

your photos are a delight to take in!

ciao bella
creative carmelina was here1!!!!!

Mimi said...

Hi Duchess,
Oh what a sad day, her birthday and the day she went to heaven, well her Memory is kept alive and well by her loving daughter and all the fond -fun memories you two created, she is smiling from heaven today.You are no doubt a most loving daughter and Mommy, so much life to give and such a sweet friend to me!!!I am learning to be grateful I have hair to comb and it will grow out and I can recolor it another time, but for mow, I will not complain about it any more!!!Thanks for the sweet kind comments about it, you are a doll.
I kiss and Kiss that child and love every ounce of her being!!!!
she is MIMI's little angel -Princess!!!!

Noche de verano said...

Dear Duchess,so sorry about your loss,your beautiful and sweet tribute has touched me...Your mum will be so proud of you as with your kind words and help you are making this world a better place to live.
May God Bless you.

sunshine said...

So sorry about your Mother. I lost my Father 13 years ago and I'm not sure what I'll do when my Mum goes....


OneCraftyFox said...

So pretty! I louvre pink.

Nishalim said...

I lost my dad 5 years ago and since then not a day goes by that I don't think of him...Lots of love and hugs from me to you Duchess...Cherish the memories you have with ur mom always...Take care luv..

Sandy McD said...

I understand your feelings completely. My mother passed away just three years ago on April 19. It was such a terrible loss, still is. Your poem touched my heart so deeply and my tears are flowing freely. All week long I've felt so blah and not at all ambitious, despite the perfect weather we've been experiencing. I think I'll cut myself a little break about not getting much housework done and go outside, maybe do a little crafting that I've been wanting to do. It's what my mom would have done with such a beautiful day. I just wish the hole in my heart didn't still feel so raw...and as hard as it is for me, I think it's harder for my two girls, ages 11 and 8, who lost their only grandmother.

jordiegirl said...

Hello Dear Duchess

Thank you so much for popping by my blog earlier for a little chat. I just had to pop by to see you after I read your comment and want to tell you that I am thinking of you at this sad time. How awful to lose your precious mother on her birthday.

The poem in your post is such a lovely tribute to your mum, I hope she receives your flowers and I'm sure she is looking down on you and knows you miss her every day but even more so on this day.

I'm sending you love and hugs from my little English home and also to your dad on what must be such a sad occasion for him too.

Much love

The Daily Connoisseur said...

I am so sorry for your loss sweet Duchess. Your beautiful pictures brighten up all of our days if it is any consolation! Thank you xo

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Sweet Duchess,
I am so very sorry. I will give my mother an extra hug from you (I don't think I told you that we had to move here to take care of her and my father.)

Please take care.
A hug for you,


Debbie said...

I am sorry you are sad. Losing your Mum must be difficult - I lost my Dad nearly two years ago, it still hurts. God bless.

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Dear Duchess, I am so sorry that your mum is not with you, but she will always be in your heart. You are so special because of all the love and kindness you give to those around you.

Jane said...

I hope you don't mind. I would like to borrow your poem and picture for my blog for my own mother. She will be gone 1 year on May 2 and of course Mothers Day is coming that month also. We were blessed to have loving mothers who cared for us.

Megan said...

I'm sorry for your lost and I know how deep the pain can run. I, too, lost my mom many years ago. What a lovely tribute. I was wondering if you wrote that poem? I was also wondering if I could use that poem for a Mother's Day post. I would certainly link back to you and give you credit. It's just perfect. And coincindentaly, April 20th is my anniversary.
Thanks Dutchess. I love your blog. It makes me happy!
You can e-mail you reply to

La Petite Gallery said...

I have my Mother's picture's everywhere, just to still see her beautiful face.


Terri said...

How precious are our memories. My Mom will celebrate her 86th birthday in just a few days and we are very blessed to still have her with us! What a beautiful tribute to your Mom and may I say.... Rose Tea Cottage just makes me smile! It is a joy to stop by !!! Thank you for sharing with us, Terri

CarmelSantos said...

Sorry for you lost. I hope things will be fine soon. These words might not relieved you from the sadness and heart pain. Just think of this, everything that exist has its on end.

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” -James Matthew Barrie

Zilma Brito said...

Que blog lindo... e delicioso!!!!!

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