This is my first post for Macro Monday, and I really don’t know why I haven’t joined in with this one before, since I love to take macro pictures!Â Anyway.Â This is not the best macro photo I’ve taken, not by a long way, but it’s very dear to me.
This is Beautiful James.Â It’s a unique rose in the true sense of the word, because there is only one bush in the whole word.Â And it is mine.
James was our very first dog, and he really was a beautiful soul.Â He’d been abused and neglected before he landed in Wood Green Animal Shelter at Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire, but his faith in the human race never wavered and he was one of the most eager-to-please greyhounds I’ve ever met.Â I only had to make him understand what I wanted from him and he’d do it if he possibly could.Â He had a huge vocabulary of words, gestures and commands and he never once, in his entire life with us, so much as grumbled at a person, no matter how old or how young, or what they were doing.Â He endured some very unpleasant medical procedures without a murmur – he was so compliant and gentle that our vet called him ‘Gentleman Jim’.
James was 100% small dog safe and he was afraid of cats, and yet he was a fierceÂ hunter of rabbits.Â And however far he ran from me on his spontaneous hunting trips he would always, always come back to the exact spot he left me.
So when he died at the venerable old age of thirteen and aÂ half, I needed to find something beautiful as a memorial and I chose to have a rose bush named for him – a completely new variety, which would be his alone.
It is beautiful, don’t you think?Â Just like James.