"What are you doing on Saturday Mum?"
"Ummm, nothing I think, why?"
"I am taking you to the cat rescue place to get you a kitten"
"But, but, but....."
So Saturday rolled up and we set off with the three girls in the back, then aged 3, 5 & 8. Poor Miss 8 squeezed in between two car seats in the back, and the cat cage in amongst all the feet.
The cat rescue place was about 45 minutes away, and really well set up. There must have been at least 30 kittens there, black, white, brindled, every mix of every colour.
Having had a dozen or so thrust at me in quick succession, I really didn't have much choice. A teeny little grey & white kitty decided she was snuggling up to me and not letting go - she had made her decision.....
And so we piled into the car for the return journey. The conversation was almost entirely made up of what to name the new kitty. Lots of names were bandied around, and everyone had their own opinion. I think from memory I wanted to call her Rosie. Almost home, and a tiny voice piped up from the back seat "Tibouchina", and again a minute or so later. Miss 3 was actually pointing out the lovely purple trees which were blooming in profusion on the side of the road.
My daughter and I looked at each other and sang out "Tibby", in unison, and that is what Tibby has been ever since.
And now you know how this story fits with the post heading. Had you wondering didn't I?
March in and around where I am, is the month of luxurious splashes of wonderful purple - ranging from trees, through shrubs down to ground covers. These are Tibouchinas, and you can read a bit about them here if you are interested. If you Google, you will find loads of wonderful images.
This is across the road from my house. It was a pathetic straggly thing last year, and my neighbour had given it a serious hair cut. Just look at it now. Absolutely splendid.
And this one is down our street a couple of houses. Mine is tiny. It has been in for a few years, but had a huge set back a year or so ago in the dry weather and almost died. There are almost no flowers on it. Hence the photos of the neighbours shrubs. I also have a ground cover which is out at the moment, which is flowering nicely.
So, Til next time.....Keep on stitching