Shirley Lowes, President Blackhawk Bloomers
“Let us be Grateful to
People who make us HAPPY;
They are the Charming Gardeners who
Make our Souls Blossom.”
In this Valentine’s month, I thought I would tell you a little about me – your Bloomer’s President this year – and why I LOVE Bloomers and volunteered to be your President.
When my husband, Simon and I moved to Blackhawk three years ago, we looked for a home that would be mostly garden and give us room to plant a much dreamed of small vineyard (60 Cabernet vines). We had tried wine vines in Mill Valley, 28 years ago, but the deer and birds got them and then we left for 26 years of living overseas. Upon return, Bloomers was there to welcome me with lovely ladies who enjoyed gardening, nature and making new friends. Diana and Larry Israel were Rirst to inspire us with their huge vineyard here! Then we met Eileen Rice and her hubby, Lindsay, at the movies! Blossomiong out – Sharon Jones and Lee and Cindy Inloes and Brad play bocce with us, Tracey Lauer and I walk our dogs – we have our 4th Golden Retriever, Bromo, with us now here in Blackhawk. – just to mention a few Bloomer friendships.
I have lived in six countries, three continents and have moved home more than 25 times in my 65 years. Every home had a garden or we created one. My marrying my English guy – who loves gardening as much as me – was a major factor! However, my wonderful Dad (who sadly passed this past Sept at age 92 with no illnesses – I am sure it was his love of trees, plants, nature and the outdoors) started my love of gardening as he was a tree surgeon and landscaper and his company still survives thanks to my youngest brother. I have three brothers and a sister and a super mom, 88, who lives and still golfs in Naples, Fl and who taught me to love entertaining and sharing good times with family and friends. Again, Bloomers and all the fabulous programs Rills the “upbringing” bill!
Shirley and Simon Lowes
I was born in Chicago, but grew up in a suburb called Flossmoor that was surrounded by golf courses – hence my love of golf – and lots of trees for my Dad and us all to climb and trim. I attended the U of Missouri- Columbia and majored in journalism and went to work at the KC Star – Hemingway’s paper. It was in Kansas City that I met Simon on his way from DC back to SF with Chevron through a friend who offered to watch his Golden Retriever while he made the move. I ended up with both Simon and our Rirst golden, Maggie Mae. I continued my career in Journalism and Public Relations with my own companies in SF and Singapore, worked for the Voice of America in the Ivory Coast, Africa and also as an account Ex for a large NY Rirm.
Our three Children were born in three different states and lived with us overseas in the Ivory Coast and Nigeria, Africa, England, Singapore and Indonesia. Our eldest daughter, Aubrie, is married and lives near Kew Garden in England with our two grandchildren – Sacha, 5, and Lauren, 18 mos, and works for Aimia. Our son, Christopher, 28, works for Standard Chartered bank, and has moved from Shanghai to London to Myanmar where he currently resides. Our youngest daughter, Ashley, 23, lives in D.C. and works for Edelman PR.
As many of you know, we moved back from overseas after my husband was seriously injured in a terrorist bombing in the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta in 2009. Simon continues to suffer from his injuries, but we feel blessed in so many ways and are grateful, as Proust believed, for those who make us happy and nurture and help us enjoy life everyday.
Bloomers is part of that happiness for me.