Monday, November 23, 2015

Late Spring Sunshine.

We had some lovely weather last week and l spent some time working in the garden so you might notice the cypress topiaries outside the dining room have been trimmed up. When they were first planted (and small) l used a pair of scissors to keep them in shape, but as they grew bigger it started taking forever...not to mention the blisters, so l bought a hedge trimmer which is way quicker and a lot less painful:-))
The old timber fence is usually covered in ivy and the lion heads gaze regally out from it's lush greenery.....but not this year. l asked hubby if he could poison the weeds along the fence as it's hard to mow right up close....however l think he got a bit carried away......geez....ONE JOB!!....just as well that old ivy's's starting to shoot again.

I picked some Pierre de Ronsard roses from the of my favourite roses.

You might remember me saying a couple of posts ago that Mum was back in chemotherapy....anyway she's  had two cycles and then scans before her last oncology appointment....sadly her tumours are no longer responding to the chemo.....her oncologist has another option however she is refusing further treatment and l guess we need to respect that, even if it means her future with us is now limited.....for the moment she remains independent.... and is positive and accepting of the way things are, she really is an amazing woman....  
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comments....l hope you're enjoying yourself whatever you're up too:-)
Til next time,

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Few Pics To Share.

The Robinia tree in our backyard has flowers very similar to wisteria but are pink instead of mauve.
They also smell amazing.....l brought some inside and plonked them on the underside of the crates in the sideboard and took a few pics to share with you.

Bits from a necklace l'm (slowly) making.
l had a go at macramé which l haven't done since l was at school... many, (ok MANY) moons ago....l used tulle cut into strips which was tricksier than you'd think to use. Anyway it turned out ok l guess, the vintage decorations improved the overall look of it l think. 
 Not too much writing today but hope you enjoy the post just the same:-) Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Til next time.



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Happy Weekend.

A couple of Saturday's ago l was heading out to the Mill to stock up my stall, it was late in the morning and l was in no hurry, just cruising along in my truck listening to my awesome (crap... says son and hubby) music, when l saw some balloons and a garage sale sign. Well what's the harm in stopping thinks me..... might as well have a peek....and can you believe what l found.......after YEARS of searching.... a pair of Florentine tables. The third one's missing.... but to even find two...Happy day my friends:-) Paid the princely sum of $25.00 for both...What good are they says hubby when they came home, but he was the first one to use one, to eat his fish and chips off in front of the telly, haha....


As you can see they're well shabby....but in the words of KC and the sunshine's.... that's the way a huh a huh....l like it... a huh a huh:-)
 Also found at the market was this 1930's satin boudoir bedspread, a bit of Hollywood style glam, already gone to be really IS so tough getting rid of all the pretties l find....but it's also good knowing someone else will get to enjoy them as well.

l've been digging out all those tapestries I've had stashed away for years and am turning them into cushions....customers seem to like them and it's great to see them re-invented.

l've also been out to my Sister's place......she has oodles of lilac bushes so she loaded me up with blooms on my way out and cut some shabby roses to go with them...... Well that warranted a wee photo shoot didn't it:-)

Did you notice the pink rooster and hen there on the right...... made from strands of plastic woven together, don't know why l love such kitschy stuff....but l was powerless to resist haha!!!

Just wanted to say thanks too for your lovely comments, l loved that you say it's ok to just post pretty pictures without writing too much.....and also for encouraging Mum through her chemotherapy. l passed on the messages to her and she was astounded (and pleased) that people so far away care what happens to her and says thanks so much, any way it must have helped because her pain is much less and she's feeling more positive about the future.

Have an awesome weekend whatever you're up to,

Til next time,


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

It's The Simple Things.

The new Romantic Country magazine arrived in the letter (bill) box today.....since it's my favourite magazine ever and with only four copies a year, it's a bit of a big deal when it get's here. l made a cup of green tea (yep, that's right ladies- livin' on the edge:-) and sat in the papasan in the garden room where the light's better (easier on the old lady eyes :-)and had a squiz mightn't sound like much, but all those pages of pretty made me core happy:-)
A few days ago Mum celebrated her 77th birthday, she asked that we not make too much hooha (which we're inclined to do) so we all  just went out for afternoon tea, (which was delish by the way:-)....She's been hugely brave in choosing to go back into chemotherapy and this week despite having to sit in hospital for the best part of three days she's holding up really well, so hopefully we'll be celebrating a few more Birthday's yet:-)

l know l'm late getting this post up..... the photos were taken about 2 weeks ago so l should have posted sooner, and l would have.....but it's such a struggle for me to figure out what to write about...and l don't want to just post pictures since to me a blog should have a bit of a story, (otherwise we'd just use pinterest or instagram) but blog stories don't just pop into my head....Geez if ONLY!!

On the other hand......having a chance to fluff  and create some pretty pics is pure bliss and for the most part comes together without too much effort or forethought. All l really need to find is an inspiration piece or idea.... so often flowers work, though for these pics it was the vintage floral pillowcases that sparked the process.




This is a photo of Mum and me on her Birthday a few days ago. 

Anyway it's so lovely of you to stop by my blog, thank you....have a lovely rest of your week.

Til next time,


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sunshine, Flowers and Dress Rack.

So recently l've been thinking about all the connecting we do, and that's because the other day l got to cuddle a teeny baby, hug and talk with a friend who's almost 90, chatted on the phone to my daughter in another state, visited mum and made phone calls for her. Sent texts to a couple of friends and relo's, commented on a few blogs, read and sent some emails, and had my son over for a meal.....and l mean we're ALL doing this kind of stuff EVERY day.... it's amazing really, and l was thinking with all this interacting going on.... its a great opportunity to spread the positive vibes, and in my case re-think the grumping about things (like the crappy weather:-).....Any way here's my input for the day.....l hope these pics brighten and lighten up your day:-)

l found a proper vintage dress rack at the opshop..... l'm guessing 50's. They were selling quite a few of them and replacing them with new steel ones....this one is wooden and has copper castors so it can be moved around easily.....and l DO like to be moving things around:-)

Some of my old frocks....just hangin' round:-)

Blossoms from the neighbours trees that spill over into our garden. 
Love the cover on this book from around 1920.
Thanks so much for stopping by and l hope you all have some relaxing down time over the weekend.
Til next time.