We might be right out of pumpkins about now, here in New Zealand,
but we're certainly marvelously blessed with so many beautiful fragrant spring flowers.
I don't personally know anyone who celebrates Thanksgiving, it's just not something that we've adopted in our culture, but I am awfully glad to have learnt about it & the gratitude of the season from my lovely American friends.
Flowers are so exuberant, so extravagant, so intoxicating...just because.
their beauty is so fragile & so fleeting,
as with life,
we can chose to gather them anyway
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
Some books would be like having compost in your pocket or a desert.
I have been doing quite well selling things on Trade me in the past few months & I have found these prepaid bags extremely useful for getting things to their destination safely (especially fabric-like things). I am, however, having a bit of trouble storing them neatly.
Well I was, until standing in a queue last week, I had a sudden grand bright idea!
A use for this clever vintage hanger.
Re-filling the museli tin again the other morning I was reminded of this useful slice. So I measured out more of the same ingredients into a large bowl & made some flapjacks.
It's kept those other two going all week.
You can find it here if it's useful to you.
Open, generous hearts are such a joy to all those around them.
Two such hearts, are my dearest John & Sue.
I am, quite simply, just their "garden fairy".
We have a wonderful hospice here in Hastings & most peculiarly, we don't publicly fund our hospices (why ever not??!!) so they are reliant for their running costs on the philanthropy & generosity of the community as a whole.
The Hospice Holly trail is run every two years & offers people the opportunity to visit a large number of beautiful Hawke's Bay homes & gardens; there are nine homes, a retreat, a chapel & a unique lunch venue and fete, with a Christmas theme & lots of flowers, in this event coming up at the end of the week!
"We'" have all been working hard to bring this particular home & garden together.
Now, nobody else will get to see this..I bet!
The last "trail" raised over $185,000..isn't that wonderful!
Back in my garden, Abraham Darby has emerged.
On Saturday at a very humble St Matthew's Church Fair Rob found this lovely cosy granny rug & I found the two gold brocade bedspreads. They've washed up nicely & I'll probably sell them on in time.
I bought these curtains ages ago in Palmerston North & I have been able to get a pair of pants & shorts out of the material. It's that lovely heavish satin cotton that wears & wears. I might wear these forever.
These two so adorable...that's what our friendship feels like to me.
via Pinterest Betsy Clark picture
I have been rummaging around looking for wooden cotton reels.
Isn't this such a darling idea. You can find my Christmas Loveliness board on Pinterest here.
Have a lovely week.