The colours of autumn are the russet reds, maroons, oranges and ochres. But in the Rose Garden it is the pops of pink that are standing out.
They look striking against a background of warm brown.
We just went to the see the film of Bohemian Rhapsody. Three generations of our family were entranced by Freddie Mercury. We downloaded Queen songs for the journey home, and then watched the actual Live Aid footage at home.
We were all in awe of this man’s energy and creative talent. And his bravery to just be him.
At the time of Live Aid it was acceptable to be homophobic. It is hard not to read Freddie Mercury’s strutting around on stage as an open challenge to this.
In the last twenty years, things have changed. There is still a way to go, but I would feel supported if I challenged subtle homophobia in a social situation. It used to be that everyone laughed along at the same old jokes.
This post is dedicated to the game-changers. The ones who dare to be different.
Please admire the striking pink anthers. I love the complexity of Fuchsias.
These Erodium manescavii received a frosty reception, but they did it anyway. They look sad now, but they will recover their pride.
Penstemon ‘Raven’ are deepest magenta, with an ultraviolet sheen. They are outrageous. They make themselves vulnerable by being visible, but they refuse to go away.
These roses are biding their time, but they will find sunshine and warmth when they open out.
Some just go ahead, unafraid to let their madness shine through. They are high on life and they don’t hesitate. Like someone else I know.
Were you moved by Bohemian Rhapsody? Who are the Pioneers you most admire?
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