Sunday, September 23, 2012

Into every life some rain must fall....

and I have had a large stormy shower in mine.  The last couple of weeks have held unexpected health news.  I have been diagnosed with cancer so the past days have been a whirl of tests, scans and appointments.  Every single person I have had contact with has been lovely...

My family is amazing and without them I wouldn't feel so strong and able to fight and stand up to this situation I find myself in.
Friends have been wonderful, everyday the mailman delivers little envelopes and parcels  of love.

these little pottery shells came all the way from Great Barrier Island from a friend of my daughter.
they are exquisite ....

Life goes on and it is such an exciting time of year.

 one little chicken hatched from our eggs in the incubator....he is like me..doesn't like having his photo taken.. He is very cute.

The donkeys have been getting frisky.

we have lambs and daffodils in the paddocks,

Spring has sprung at our place!!!

 Every year when the primroses flower in my garden I like to get out the two little pieces of chintz ware that I have...they are adorned with primroses...and I love to pick garden primroses and have them in the house where I can see them, this spring they are in the kitchen.

I am not sure if I will be posting every week for a while, but I will still be popping in to check out all my fav blogs and blog friends in  lovely blog land.

"But there is something about time
The sun rises and sets.
The stars swing slowly across the sky and fade.
Clouds fill with rain and snow,
empty themselves 
and fill again.
The moon is born and dies, and is reborn.
Around millions of clocks swing hour hands,
Around goes the continual circle
of the notes of the scale.
Around goes the circle of night and day
the circle of weeks forever revolving,
and of months and years." 

( Author unknown to me)

Have a happy week ...whatever season you are enjoying.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

lots to be grateful for...

Every week there are things we can be grateful for.....this week for me...

the all encompassing love and support of husband and girls

the love of family

the care and kindness  of friends

blossom on trees

cowslips flowering

and a sea of blue matchheads appearing

daffodils and expectant mums in the paddock...

first lambs

finishing the  cushion for my friends birthday..

getting the big quilt top sewn together and off to the quilter

and finding the handtowels  I had misplaced that were done to match the knitted bathmat (Aug 1st post)

grateful that today I can get some painting done

the garden table (may 26 post)

a little bookcase

and the mirror I got in Dunedin

and in the porch this week

"Magic exists.
Who can doubt it, when there are
rainbows and wildflowers,
the music of the wind and the silence
of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic.
It is such a simple and such an extraordinary
part of the lives we live."

(Nora Roberts)



Saturday, September 1, 2012

Good bye August...Hello Spring

The last days of August swept quickly by in sun and warmth....

1 September is officially the first day of spring and it certainly felt like it.  Here  in the deep south we have had beautiful weather ...although not our usual much cooler temperatures's felt more like early summer!!

The little lawn daisies (Bellis Perennis) have been tricked into thinking it's early summer.  The old saying "if you can cover seven daisies with your foot summer has come" were true it would be summer now ..they are pretty aren't they.

Last week I was asked to do a display at Herb Society on companion plants, it was so interesting doing some reading up on the subject, unfortunately it is still pretty early to have many herbs above ground and flowering.   Some of my favourite flowers are Foxgloves  two of the books I looked up mentioned them as good companions for Apple trees. Foxgloves planted beneath apple trees reduces disease in the trees and apples from the trees will also keep longer...and look so pretty too I think!
Foxgloves in a vase will help give other flowers in the vase longer life as cut can also steep the leaves , flowers and stems in boiling water and when it has cooled add the liquid to flower vases to extend the vase life of your bouquets.  

I had to cheat a wee bit....planted a foxglove plant in a pot and popped in some silk flowers!!!

Marigolds the good old fashioned common Calendula which some people regard as a weed and I have trouble growing!!!  these have always been a favourite companion plant, however I wasn't aware that the roots give off a substance which drives away eel-worm, making them good to plant near potatoes, tomatoes and roses!   ....and the French Marigolds will kill couch grass or twitch when planted in areas of it!!!
I like to use the flowers of Calendula Officinalis to make make ointment, it has wonderful healing properties.  It is very good for badly cracked hands too.

They are a lovely clear orange aren't they!  The ointment is a lovely golden colour when you make it.

2 little herbal tussie mussies all good companion plants, mint, sage, parsley, garlic chives, lavender, rosemary, honeywart, and pansies.

As I left to go to town for the meeting at 6.30 it was just getting dark,  there was a beautiful moon ....

The night will never stay,
The night will still go by,
Though with a million stars
You pin it to the sky;
Though you bind it with the blowing wind
And buckle it with the moon,
The night will slip away
Like sorrow or a tune.

(by E Farjeon)

On the crafting front it is yet more finishing off of abandoned projects!  this week I have been working on a childs jersey that I had started and not gotten very far on  (quite a while ago), the wool is pretty and the pattern simple, so not sure why this was cast aside in favour of something else!!!  I made a little hat last night with the left over wool.
Have been sewing them up this afternoon so they will be finished and put away at the end of today....definitely..for sure!!

Have also been working on the bee cushion which needs to be completed this week and have done a little more on the patchwork quilt.

In the garden there has been some weeding, part of a small pathway of flat rocks started, but have run out of rocks so will have to gather some more from the 'flat rock' beach. There are lots of little violets sweetening the air, primroses and matchheads, crocus and daffodils.  My pots on the verandah have been a bit slow at coming into flower but they are looking bright and chirpy now!

mmmmm.....those hyacinths smell divine!

Flowers inside in the porch this week,

   Have a happy week !!