Sunday, 23 September 2012

So Happy Together...

Spring flowers are always soo pretty aren't they!
I found this sparkly little cruet set at the "Dog Shop" this week (well "People for Pets" is a little bit of a mouthful) I really like the idea of putting lots of small flowers in a cluster of little vases, that way you don't have to strip your garden to create floral joy & I think it might be a very sweet tea party concept too. 
 With things warming up just a little & a wee bit more sunshine we managed a small, late afternoon picnic in one of our favourite Hawke's Bay spots...our A& P Showgrounds.
 We thought we'd make sure that our picnic stuff actually works.
Seems that it does.
Our lemon & ginger tea was delicious.
 The wisteria, almost there..

 You really can't go far in Hawke's Bay without being pretty close to an orchard.
Our David is working just over here in this apple orchard..presently pruning & loving it.
Certainly a unique fountain..
 and so much wild life! There were several herons that kept flying from tree top to tree top.
I didn't know that they make a kind of honking noise as they land...much like geese.
 It got chilly pretty quickly as the sun was going down.
Luckily we have a few spare picnic rugs.
We can hear helicopters & windmills working in the night through these early weeks of spring, as the temperature drops overnight & the fragile setting fruit are threatened by frost.
 I love Jessie Wilcox Smith's darling illustrations.
Isn't this little girl so sweet.
 Jasmine smells so wonderful.
Did you suck the honey from the ends of the flowers as a child?
 This morning we returned to our picnic spot, only it was now over run with people!
The first day of the Farmer's Market being back outside.
It's so much better out in the open air surrounded by such lovely
 & interesting trees.
 Yesterday we went to a school gala just down the road & I found the two little folding stools & the dear little old school chair for $1 each.
Fortunately I had a helper to help me carry stuff!
The the other floral folding chair & table are recent finds too.
Perfect for picnics of course!
 I have been making a tea cosy to match the Old English Rose tea set...what do you think?
 The sun is very shiney on the fabric but I found the Sanderson bag at the gala too.
This sweet little blue flower is a perennial & it is called omphalodes. 
It comes in sky blue & pale blue & is quite like a forget-me-not.
Of course if you really got the hang of crochet you could always make yourself an outfit.
Especially if you had some time to spare.
I rather like this Christmas wreath.
If you click on the picture you'll find out some more about it.
 I thought that you might like something to make you smile.
Steve is an incredibly talented & passionate musician with a very grand sense of humour.
Hope you enjoy this video...Kaitiaki did & he is 6.
Have a lovely week dear friends.



  1. Loved the weekend post. Such a lovely place for a picnic. And I really, really like the video at the end. I've found something new. Thank you for letting me know about these guys.


  2. Beautiful Catherine!
    I must add the HB A&P Show to my bucket list - it must be 50+ years since I went!!! But I thought it was in October - is that the Blossom Festival???? Tell me I'm losing my marbles and I won't be surprised!

    LOVE your tea cosy - you are such an accomplished little homemaker - Rob must be very proud.

    Wishing you a happy fun week
    love and hugs

  3. A beautiful post Catherine - Love your little cluster of flowers. You have a faraway look on your face while you are picnicing - what are you dreaming of?? :-) Your picnic set up looks amazing - well done. Gosh your little folding stools & table was a real bargain !! And as for your tea cosy - how gorgeous is that !!! I very much enjoyed the video clip - he is amazing & talented, Love to your dear friend, hugs, Julie Xox

  4. Hi GK! Your photos all have a picnic tone to them! I like your pink picnic clothes!
    We have a new pink baby in our family! Elizabeth is beautiful!
    Have a happy week, sweet friend!
    Did you see that the Willows boys arrived in Oz?

  5. A beautiful magical post,Loved the photograph of the 'Secret garden'
    How lovely is that tea cosy too...
    have aa happy week, won,t you!
    love Maria x


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