Pottering and making presents for friends on another gorgeous autumn day. The afternoon light in the garden and through the open door is amazing.
Monday, March 28, 2011
A lovely autumn day, just right to plant up a few pots of spring bulbs with "guard" satay sticks included. My cats love fresh soil to dig in so I must protect, but the sticks will also provide an extra bonus as supports when the bulbs are up and thinking about falling sideways.
An autumn lunch was also had. Bread from Entice, Gernot's morello cherry jam, walnuts and a golden queen peach. all from our excellent Farmers Market. Blue cheese is Kapiti Kikorangi, my favourite.
Friday, March 18, 2011
A friend kindly gave me her lavender clippings from a tidy up day in her garden. I was delighted with the large bag of already dry English lavender as its my preference to use this lavender in Sweet Mary products. It drys hard as opposed to the soft but 'oh so beautiful' French lavender and has the most intense fragrance. I have not yet planted lavender in my new garden and although happily using quality rubbings from here, I am very pleased to have this local lavender in my stash.
My mum is visiting for a few weeks and because of her macular degeneration finds her creative urges very curtailed. Its hard to see detail so no more fabulous paintings, sewing her own clothes or embroidery but I think the worst thing is not being able to read a book. Vision Australia have provided her with a DAISY machine so she can listen to talking books. She is listening to The Book Thief this week and I find myself hanging around to listen as well - its very addictive. While listening she has been stripping the dried lavender from the stalks and has nearly filled a the large red bowl.
I took this photo of one of the many paintings that decorate my home, all of them painted by my mother. Its of the lavender fields in Jersey and she has put my children (as toddlers) in it, harvesting lavender. It's a treasured painting, as are each and every one of them.
This week I listed a Heart cushion for sale on the NZ craft site, Felt. Click here to have a look. I can send overseas, the postage is very reasonable, just ask.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
My mum is arriving tomorrow to stay for a few weeks of R&R, so the spare room has been transformed from a dingy coloured boy's room to a peaceful retreat. Its all been done in a week with the help of my friend Bev who is a wall painter supremo, my husband who painted the old pine bed and me to do the other stuff.