Tuesday, January 29, 2013

childhood memories

A few weeks ago I came across a quote..that I can't find now..that went something like this  "The memories of childhood never leave us" , and that's so true, they shape us into the adults we grow into and with us we carry lots of precious memories.

A family friend sent me a photo that makes me smile everytime I look at it..I think it epitomises that whole feeling of childhood happiness.

Our mothers met in the maternity hospital having me and her son, and then they went on to have 2 other babies at about the same time so we had  lots of fun times together as families.
left to right, my friend, my sister the little boy the same age as her, my baby brother and his wee friend and last on the right me!

We had had a wonderful day...we were camping in Central Otago where there were big poplar trees from which floating down were large balls of fluff..seeds I suppose, we had so much fun with it...just simple stuff !

My friend on the left had a collection of hard back Famous Five books ...of which i have to admit being slightly envious...all those beautiful dust covers..I had the paper back editions...a few years ago some Enid Blyton famous Five books came up for sale and now I have some "hard backs too"!!

 ...and yes a few more Enid books as well...

these books transported me to wonderful places and together we had such exciting adventures!!

another favourite was Pip  it was such an informative fun way to learn about nature ...

Another of my very favourite books....read and reread and still read it sometimes ...

I still feel that same thrill that Mary had of green shoots appearing in the spring and just the wonderful magic of green things growing...

beautifully illustrated .

The Little House on the Prairie series has to be up there amongst the favourites  too...the simple but hard lives they led, but how happy they were with very little.

my very tatty much loved teddy on the left carries lots of secrets...my husbands teddy is in much better condition!!!

I have always loved gardens, flowers and old things with a history...I remember saving my pocket money up while at High School to buy some Iron bed heads ..which we still have.
  As a very small girl I loved to go to
 the local church fair and  while my sister and brother raced off to the lolly stall I headed straight to the white elephant table!
I was probably about 6 when I  bought this little plaster statue-I think it was about sixpence ....it took so long to carry it home and it seemed very heavy....

..the next year I was a lot more organised and took my cane dolls pram with me...and came home with this..


a little cottage cheese dish with just a small chip off the chimney!!!!

In my grandparents shed in the rubbish I found these lovely old leather books...they were horrified that I wanted them..and here they still are living with me....

As a teenager living on our farm
I found some violets and primroses growing wild where an old house must have been once,  so dug a few up to take home to the house...I still have primroses violets growing from those original little plants here...but whilst poking around dug up this gorgeous blue and white platter...also a green and white doulton ashette, both in perfect condition ...I think the blue and white platter may have started me on my blue and white china obsession....it was so exciting....


 More recent memorabilia, little pink shoes that both my girls wore...and hopefully oneday their little girls might skip about in them too...

" I cherish my childhood loves- the memory of that warm little nest where my affections were fledged."    (George Eliot)   

"If you carrry your childhood with you, you never become older."

(A Sutzkever)

None of my posts would be complete without some flower pics, and here is a lovely Hydrangea flower, the only one my new plant had ...but isn't it delicious!

..the Green Goddess is flowering down by the pond and just asked to be picked ...

 It was a lovely week, my darling friend from Auckland came to stay for a couple of nights...and we went on one our of fav drives for fish and chips for tea ..at Bluff...then on to Omaui where the moon was just making an appearance..perfect!

"The rustling of a wild bird's wings,
A star, a flower, a gush of rain,
The sight of sad or joyous things,
With voiceless eloquence they come,
Bright phantoms of my childhoods home."

Rosa v Jeffrey

and with those beautiful words, I wish you a happy week.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

..in the vege garden

...it's all happening....

broad beans, beetroot, carrots...

silverbeet, spinach...

sweetcorn hopefully going to flower and produce sweet, succulent  corn cobs...

"To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch the renewal of life - this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do."
(Charles D. Warner) 

"When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.
If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant!"

(author unknown)

 The man of the house has been very busy in his patch....we are eating lots of lovely fresh produce.  The tunnelhouse is producing cucumbers, tomatoes, mesculin salad mix and some lemons.  

the nasturtiums at the back door are flowering...

the ageratum is putting on a pretty blue display.

There has not been a lot of crafting going on this week - had chemo number 9 and was a bit unwell afterwards...however only 3 more treatments of that left to go...then radiotherapy and surgery...we are getting there...

I did finish the sneaky critters x-stitch, and knitted up this much too pretty to use dishcloth, the pattern is from a lovely blog. Homespun Living.

Also made up a batch of Peppermint Cleaner, this smells so good! it's incredibly simple and cheap to make and eliminates a lot of undesirable chemicals that are often in commercial cleaning products.  The recipe is from Wendyll Nissen . The Green Goddess blog.  This lovely lady sells her products and includes the recipes on the labels...I have reused the jar.

I always feel better after I have 'made' something !  it's that need to create!

"In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers,
and the dreams are as beautiful."

(Abram Urban)

Have a happy week.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

flowers and felting

We had a sunny weekend so the garden apprentice (lovely husband) and I did some box hedge trimming...it has tidied up the garden a lot.

Martin Frobisher has been putting on a lovely and perfumed show further down the garden.

but it wasn't all hard work ....there was time to sit on the verandah..and admire the cool mug given to me by a lovely friend....the mug says it all!

..time to do a bit of stitching...

...time to admire pretty dragonfly bell...

...time to pick some little bunches of flowers to brighten up the house...

 Over the holidays when oldest daughter was home we did some needle felting on blankets.  Mine is floral hers is flowers and toadstools...very cute...she finished hers I still have a wee bit left to do.


I stitched some of my crocheted flowers on as well ....

and this wee card from a friend is so pretty, on the back a great quote.

We had the  loveliest news  last weekend - our eldest daughter got engaged to her lovely partner!!

 Have a happy week..


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Piano Flat

The weather has been so lovely and as we had the girls home it was great to get out on some day trips, one was to Piano Flat, an hour and a half from home and in the 30 years we have lived here a place we have never visited.  It turned out to be so beautiful!!

a beautiful river...

very tranquil...just the odd wee leaf wending it's way downstream.

Beech Forest down to the water's edge with lichen dripping from the branches...

...magical light shining through the trees...

...pretty wildflowers...


native Rata in flower

 very christmassy for our southern hemisphere festive season.

...and not a piano to be seen!!  will have to look into the story behind the name.

This is definitely a place to be revisited....maybe even take the caravan too...