Saturday, 6 November 2010

Lilac Racing By And a Vintage Tea Party

Back in the time of violets & magnolias everything seemed to move at a gracious pace & arrive whispering gently of the promise of spring, however, the unfolding eventuality of the season has not been quite so sedate, after all. I fully intended to post of lilac & wisteria as they both simultaneously responded to their appointed queue in predestined loveliness ...mmm I'm not sure I remembered that it was also a season of chaos. Hot & cold, windy & wet & ...dry AND then, quite suddenly, we are zooming towards Christmas & the end of the year & all that arrives with it. In truth, I find that I have significantly mixed feelings about the whole deal. December isn't actually Jesus' birthday, I can't much be doing with Father Christmas although St Nic seemed like a good stick. We simply do not have ANY snow or mistletoe at this end of the world, hence steamed Christmas pud is really quite ludicrous and, well, family tensions & expectations (in general) year after year have rather taken the edge off things. Yes, there are still some bits I like.
What is happening, in just a few weeks though, that's lovely is.. a tea party. My darling & I will have been married for 30 years on the 6th December. We have been talking a lot lately, as we always do, & reflecting on just how wonderful it is to have this time in life together..God willing, the chance to grow old together lovingly. We really wish that we could invite you all & that you could come to our tea party in the garden, sadly, most of you live way too far away. Here is the invitation anyway:
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When looking for tea party images I found this via weheartit...what fun!! the flag says "Jugs of tea"!! : O
and isn't this so sweet
but it'll probably be more a touch of this
quite handy that in my fossicking at St Matthew's spring fair this morning I found this little set
Perfect for one of the little people that will be coming along.
One such little person, namely Kaitaiki, joined me in the garden today & together we did a bit of topiary trimming & the like. I found this hairy lonicera for Kai to have a go with
...he promptly announced, "Is this the ugly one today"?! And with all of his four year old commonsense suggested that I might like to leave the cleaning
up process until after
 we'd finished trimming!

I've had other friends in the garden this week too.
The blackbirds, thrushes & sparrows
all love the apples & pears  that I've been putting
 out for them each day. 
I just wish that they'd leave my mulch alone & stop turfing out my plants.
I am amazed & delighted that amidst the everyday ordinariness & bric-a-brac of the op shop that there are still such gems like this sunlight soap apron to be found. $1.50 at the Restore shop. I love the 1000 pd reward for anyone who could prove that the soap had been adulterated in any way!
Even Made in England.

The lilac & wisteria really were just beautiful. Finally just finishing now. This one was found round at Kaitiaki's house.
Here they all are intermingled.
and of course the Lilac Fairy
& peeping over the pearl handles
I was soo delighted with this vintage fabric that came in the form of 3 curtains that I bought through Trade me recently. The sellers were locals but lived a bit out of town, so very kindly arranged for me to be able to pick up my purchase via their daughter who had just started work at a drive through cafe interestingly named (by the two male owners) The Horny Goat..quite an adventure : ) 
I've not ever seen this particular fabric before but the grandmother had owned it for well over 50 years & it certainly has that vintage Sanderson feel to it.
Isn't this the sweetest spring picture that I came across in one of my old Victoria magazines the other day
 Then I found this recipe for sundried tomato, red pepper & pastrami wraps. With a few adjustments I thought that they might be rather delicious for a  tea party..what do you think? Sliced quite thinly maybe?

Fly well. Fly free this week my lovelies & remember to take time for you : )



  1. Catherine your posts are so inspiring. I write a post as quickly as I can and it shows. You write one and its full of joy and inspiration. Hope your celebration with your hubby goes well on the day - what fun! I will be running a stall at The Makers Market at the Hawkes Bay Opera House.

  2. Hello I am your 39th follower - I just stumbled across your blog and found a fellow Christian with some lovely stories to tell and a love of cats - nice to meet you! Bettyx

  3. Hi Catherine, wishing you both a wonderful celebration on the 6th. A tea party sounds wonderful, wish I could pop over too. Beautiful fabric. We have a beautiful purple lilac tree too, and also 2 white ones, they are very old. Hope you enjoy your week, Tamara x

  4. Hi Catherine, thanks for popping over and testing out my linky, much appreciated. Nope, don't mind that your lovely fabric is midst post :)I will do another linky on Friday if you are interested, Tamara x

  5. Great invitation. So I wish: wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji trzydziestej rocznicy! ;)

  6. Ania you are so sweet : ) Dzięki bardzo za dobre myśli i przyjaźni

  7. I so adore your invitation...may your Tea Party be truly delightful...I look forward to being able to celebrate 30 years with my love - its 2 years next week so we are on our way!!! Thankyou for your delightful posts they always lift my spirits & make my day, TK xx

  8. Congratulations! It will be a lovely ocaision.
    Best love, jacqui

  9. Oh dear, I just spotted a glaring spelling mistake in my comment. A typo I do assure you. Like finger nails down a blackboard!


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