Sunday, 26 September 2010

The Waltz of the Flowers

has been cancelled...they all blew away!!
It all began with such promise when our wonderful
 old plum tree flowered a few weeks ago
 and as we peered through the portal of winter we caught a
 tantalizing glimpse of spring beyond...a hint of beauty & 
warmth soon to come
but we might have known then when faced with
 the splendour of such power-filled skies
even with blossom in the distance at the end of 
the silvered stream

and rainbows around every corner
the spring equinox winds were still yet to come
and come they did!
One morning when it was blowing a gale and raining,
about last Wednesday,
and it all looked so dismal & bleak out the window

 Charlie ( who actually belongs to Margaret next door)
sauntered in & told me "Mum's not home & it's
 soo chilly outside I'm just going to hop up here 
& have a little bit of a sleep"

It was at this point that I figured it was
 going to be an inside day so maybe I should
gather my oranges & grapefruit &
lemons & the very stylely old enamel
mincer that I found at Connections not so
 long ago & give them a mince up for
a bit of marmalade...
 inspired by Matt's marvelous post
here on our Angel in the Kitchen blog
mmm so what to do with all the wrinkly old left over grapefruit?
instead of water I added more juice
& in the morning the mixture had gone all wonderfully thick & yummy
I did add a couple of cups of water when I cooked it & it has made the most delicious brew

In my lovely vintage cake tin is a very simple apple
 cinnamon cake pop in here  for the recipe if you like.
I am delighted with my old castor that I found at 
"White Traders" quite recently. 
I have filled it with sweet, fragrant, organic cinnamon
and just here is the cleverest quickest way to clean
silverware that you can imagine.
Today I resorted to painting flowers..actually it was just a 
wee job that needed doing. This lovely shabby chic screen
 is so pretty in the Parlour but all it's roses have
 faded to, well, nothing really
so I found a little
& my box of paints
 revitalized the
 floral display
 Much better!
At last, this evening it is still..almost feels weird.
These wee chaps have stuck their heads up in glee.
There is something so endearing about their little faces 
don't you think?
"Hearts ease" what a sweet name
 also known as "Johnny-jump-ups"
"Kiss me behind the garden gate" or even 
"Kiss me quick"!
This one looks almost like a butterfly.

Hearts ease are not just pretty little faces.
They can be eaten too..sprinkled through salads,
used to decorate cakes, popped in to ice blocks
 or even used for medicinal purposes.
An infusion of the plant was once said to mend
a broken heart.
They contain rutin that helps to prevent bruising
..much like arnica & are especially useful
for skin complaints. They also contain violanthin..don't 
know what it does, but what a wonderful word! 
There is even a song & a dance inspired by this
delightful wee treasure I figured you may not be enchanted
 by the song as it has a certain Morris Dance aura but I did
 find this sweet little piano piece also entitled Hearts ease. 
Sometimes music can be most annoying on a blog
 so if by chance my music ever bothers you
just click the pause button on the ipod at the top of the
page or else, the quick way.. simply turn
 down your sound ;  )   

Isn't this primrose so lovely.. very antiquey I just adore it!

So nice to know that you've been by. 
I do so appreciate your lovely comments...thank you!!!!
Have a wonderful week..see you soon



  1. Once again a fabulous and interesting blog!

  2. What an absolutely lovely post, I really enjoyed it. The poetry and photos, the blue enamel mincer and the oh so lovely tempting marmalade and cake!

  3. I feel ashamed of my slothfulness in view of all your endeavours - you have been very busy had creative and I enjoyed reading about it all.

  4. Hello Catherine....!

    I hope you've been well Lovey while I've been away galivanting with the cockroaches in Texas....hahahahaha....!!

    Oh don't you just LOATHE it when the weather turns to poo....ESPECIALLY in Spring when everyone is PINING for the warmer weather....!! At least had the PERFECT excuse to stay inside to make some YUMMY looking (& tasting I BET) marmalade....I wonder if you're allowed to send Marmalade through the post....hmmmmmm....I wonder....** wink **

    I'll make some enquiries....hahahahaha....!!

    In the mean time, stay warm & DRY....!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah :o)

  5. I love your music and your marmalade, and your garden, and your borrowed cat, and your parlour and, and , and!
    Love Jacqui


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