Normally butterflies is more beautiful on the other side of the wings. But this one is it on the outside.
They have just showed a series of programs that is called ”Who do You think You are?”. It´s all about genealogy. Famous people gets a chanse to know where their familys comes from. Now they are showing the Brittish original. Today it´s the famous writer/ aktor Stephen Fry.
Both me and my oldest brother have been wondering if we should do the same with our family. It´s quite easy to go far back in history here in Sweden. The churches has hold records of us since they came to this country. But it will take a lot of time and we are both rather lazy. Some I already know. I don´t know who my fathers father was, no one does. My fathers mother refused to say who he was. But all my grandparents came from the county Blekinge in sothern Sweden. A part of our country that once belonged to Denmark.
Geranium pyrenaicum. If You have sandy soil like I does, never put this in Your garden! It spreads enormously. Nowdays my neighbours have it and it has started to spread in to the forest too. Beautiful but devilish.
I also know that, on my mothers side, that my grandmothers grandmother came from abroad. No one really wants to say anything about her. Some say that she was hungarian, some that she and her family came from India and that my grandmothers grandfather brought her and her family with him home when he was a sailor. My grandmother on the other hand said something completely different.
I loved my grandmother more than anything and I never heard her tell a lie in all the time when I grew up. One day she told us that her grandmother indeed came from abroad, but she was neither hungarian or indian. She was in fact a gypsie (or Roma as we should say now). I can´t for my life belive that this was something my grandmother just said. Even today many people look down on gypsies and only twenty years ago it was even worse. I think that it´s great that I possibly is a sixteenth part gypsie :-) So I usually talks alot about it with relatives that wouldn´t be especially happy about it :-)
Stylophorum diphyllum (Celandine poppy). maybe You that live in north eastern US have this in Your neighbourhood? I have it in my garden :-)
Looking on old pictures of my grandmother and her siblings, as young, I would say that she was right. But still today we don´t even know my grandmothers grandmothers name. So I think that when summer and vacation comes I´ll have to start looking back in history. There are pages on the internet that helps a lot and one can ofcourse get help from an organization that does this. But until knowing for sure this partly danish/gypsie sweed says by and have a great day now!