Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hawke's Bay Design Market

Just to remind all you lucky Hawke's Bay dwellers that there is a great craft market being held tomorrow at Ormlie Lodge in Taradale. It is called the Hawke's Bay Design Market and runs from 10-3 on Sunday 29th. Ormlie Lodge is at 17 Omarunui Road, next to the Napier golf club.
I will be running a Sweet Mary stall inside - come and say hello.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Lavender Harvest

Oh heck! I wrote this blog a few hours ago, came back to look for comments ( there wern't any!!!) to find I had uploaded two photos of the same scene. I tried to delete the spare photo and deleted the whole post!
So,I will try to remember what I wrote:
For the last couple of weeks I have known that my lavender plants needed harvesting of their beautiful purple tipped fronds. I threw these fifteen plants into plastic buckets when we moved house last year at short notice.
They have been in these buckets ever since and despite this I get a pretty decent amount off them on a regular basis over the warmer months.

This is my haul from two thirds of the bucketed lavender. I will dry it in bunches to sell on my Sweet Mary stall next year. I may even get the rest of it cut tomorrow. It is a time consuming task but one I do enjoy. You can sort of drift off, listening to the radio and smelling the sweet smelling lavender.
I buy in the lavender rubbings that are used in some of my Sweet Mary products as I cannot realistically grow and harvest enough for my needs. It is spray free and comes from a boutique farm in the Wairarapa.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Assisi Garden

This Saturday I will be running a Sweet Mary stall at the Assisi Garden Summer Fair in the Wairarapa. Along with my normal lines I will be selling Christmas decos and gifts.
Click here for details.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Christmas Love & Home

The other evening, while cooking dinner, I looked up to see a most beautiful scene unfolding itself outside. Above the vegie boxs and the old tyres planted with tomatoes the sky was not only pretty shades of blue and pink but it kept changing so fast that by the time I had rushed to get my camera the best bits had been and gone. I still had to blog about it and just let you know what a beautiful part of the world I live in. My husband, Mr Picture This says the Hawke's Bay sky is the best.

Christmas is less than 7 weeks away and I love every moment of it. So, I started with a wee bit of festive shopping last week. A gentle build up to the great day. We are having some family to visit this Christmas so it will be extra special.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Haumoana Market Day

Thankyou to all the lovely people who stopped by my stall at Haumoana Market Day to chat and shop. I nearly sold out on a few items so will be busy between now and the next fair at Assisi Gardens near Masterton.
At the end of the day, with tired feet waiting to escape from shoes, the journey down the driveway to our home is always uplifting. Birds and rabbits scatter and we are always careful not to run anything over.