Saturday, 9 October 2010

Apple Blossom Time

It's apple blossom time..& peach & pear & nectarine & apricot but they don't sound quite the same somehow do they!
 I have loved Cicely Mary Barkers flower fairies for as long as I can adorable, all of them..
and look, so true to life. I popped in to an orchard while we were out walking to take a picture of these beauties while they were still perfect..Rob waited on the road side twiddling his thumbs.  He said he didn't mind : )
This lovely little song comes from a book called "The little pink book" how perfect!
You might have to make up a little tune for yourself.

The Song of the Apple Blossom Fairies

Up in the tree we see you, blossom-babies,
All pink and white;
We think there must be fairies to protect you,
From frost and blight,
Until, some windy day, in drifts of petals,
You take your flight. 

You'll fly away! But if we wait with patience,
Someday we'll find
Here, in your place, full-grown and ripe, the apples
You left behind- 
A goodly gift indeed from blossom-babies,
To human-kind!

Today I drove home from work the long way so that I could take a photo of this extraordinary sight
that I spotted recently..the apple & the blossom babies : )
and look at these dear wee poppets..I feel as if I came upon them mid-recital.
This month has been a very pink month in New Zealand with all kinds of fundraisers & breast cancer awareness campaigns. I thought that this ploy was soo clever... certainly got my attention!

 A dear friend of mine is having a fun & pretty opening of her cottage home stay in November & I have been invited to take along a few lovelies to sell. Inspired by lovely creations at The Pink Poodle I have been having fun dying some doilies to make bunting.
There is an appallingly small & expensive selection of dye available these days at Spotlight & my pink was fairly "out there" so I added a pot of tea & that seemed to help mellow the effect.

pretty in pink on the line
well ok, startlingly pink then!

I continued using my solution for days!! Including colouring paper really well...just dip, swish, then dry on something that doesn't matter.
Mind you the end result is a little more subtle and quite pretty.
What do you think?
This week has been really hard for some reason, maybe the stuff I wrote about in Sharing Hope Gratefully, who knows? Anyway.. I saw that St Lukes op shop was still open on my way home on Friday afternoon so I thought I'd pop in & I was just thinking that it would be really nice to find a summer dress again one day..."where have all the dresses gone?...far, far away!" (Australia I suspect).. when, what should I see but, a pretty summer dress & on the $2 rack...thank you!

In the middle of all this, I thought I had better use some of the fruit from my freezer before suddenly it was summer again. These omega plums & blackcurrants & some "in season" tamarillos were just divine cooked together & so yummy with organic Greek yoghurt from the Farmers Market. No, probably not a good morning for a white blouse!
I am really enjoying this vibrant combination of pansies, apple mint & a vivid orange calendula planted in my courtyard in an old metal babies bath or "Katies flower bath" as Kaitiaki calls it.
Best to get in & use my chard before it goes to seed..I love the colour of these stems..everything is beginning to bolt with the warmth...natural urge, I guess : )
I picked up this little jug & saucer at a market last weekend ($3)..perfect for spring roses.
Found the green teapot too & was going to replace the ugly bright yellow one that some one took off with from the "shop" recently (goodluck to them it was soo vile) but I rather like it's very vintage greenness so perhaps I wont put it out..I might be sad to lose it. 
I was fascinated by these huge clover flowers I found on an unmowan verge along the way. They look quite amazing in front of this old 1930's calendar picture on the mantel piece.
my very first "sweetheart" rose of the spring..just soo perfect
I love how some of the best things in a garden happen by their own design..this old rose has decided to take a ramble through the flowering smothering, just as polite as you like & look at the two of them..

a symphony of pink truly glorious is

Hope you've had a good week.


  1. I love your doily bunting Catherine and bold pink is good, very good. You have posted lots of lovely photos, a real feast for the eyes. Thank you for sharing.
    Anne xx

  2. Gorgeous dress, so lovely and summery. A wonderful post full of pretty eye candy to delight. Roll on spring for you and Autumn for us!

  3. Lovely, lovely pink Catherine. I've been reading your last posting too about sharing hope gratefully. Does make one wonder if it's more than just serendipity that connects all the kindred spirits in cyberspace. Each has a story of transformation from orange to pink in some way or other. You tell it in a way so compelling that it makes us stop and think. In the nicest possible way. I really enjoy the way that what you write makes me think and re-consider the connections. Thank you. Love Jacqui

  4. your post was super delightfully peachy :) i love this time of the year seeing all the buds & blossoms heralding the spring season. Your found treasures are delightful and i LOVE your pink doily bunting..PERFECT! :)x

  5. Beautiful post, I love all of those pictures, your doily bunting is gorgeous!

  6. also love the music on your blog, actually!

  7. A blog of utter gorgeousness. I think your son gets his talent for writing from his mum!


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