Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Most of the time l don't talk much about the serious things of life here, my blog's a bit of a sanctuary  (as l like it to be for YOU too)....you know, an escape from all that hard stuff l'm trying hard to ignore:-) but the last month or so has been a bit of a BIG deal so l'm hoping you won't might me sharing some of the story with you.
Two weeks ago today my (hugely brave) Mum underwent brain surgery. Most of that first week was spent in Melbourne with my sister, brother and si-law as we tag teamed our way to the hospital each day while she recovered. Those of you who pop in regularly might remember my Mum has been living with cancer for a number of years now... Anyway four days post surgery she was back home, living independently as she's always done and doing fantastically well, we're TRYING to help wherever we can but she's pretty feisty and won't let us do much:-)....Anyway MUM...here's to you....YOU'RE AMAZING!!
If you'd like to read a little more about her, click Here and Here.


My inspirational 76 year old Mum in hospital on admission day. Still going strong 6 years after  diagnosis -(stage 4 pancreatic cancer).

The light shades are a pair of sleeves cut from a child's dress. The shelf is simply a plank of wood l placed over the top of the plant stand.  The tulle covers the gap between the two and adds a bit of pretty whimsy. A vintage millinery flower and horseshoe holds the bunched tulle together.

A couple of roughly painted roses on canvas fill in part of the bare wall. Oval Florentine frame and vintage millinery flower for decoration.
Was so rapt to find these Florentine trinket boxes at the opshop.

Desperate for a few photo's to add since l've only been able to take a couple since we came home.
 l found these on file...... This is from Spring last year.

 Summers' flowers from my garden


You might think a cancer diagnosis in the family is an absolute disaster and at first it WAS such a frightening and confronting thing to face, but cancer is also a teacher and there are many lessons we can learn from it. Mum says it's been a blessing in so many ways....in that we really APPRECIATE our time together, we've gone places together, said things that needed to be said and laughed like mad things (yeah we've cried too).... It's truly a lesson in how to pull together as a family and has taught each one of us about living, (dying) and loving. Through it all Mum has faced every challenge with such positivity and acceptance....she rarely stresses about her situation... as she says " l'm leaving it all in God's hands". 
Wishing you all a beautiful and happy rest of your week my friends.


  1. Gosh, I have just looked at the two blog posts about you mum's amazing home. What creative star she is. I do hope she is recovering well and her creativity continues to flourish for many more years to come. M x

  2. What an incredible woman that you can call mom!

  3. Awww, bless your sweet mama! She sounds like a very strong woman and wow, she looks amazing! It definitely seems like she's passed down her love of beautiful things to you:)

  4. You're Mom is amazing! She looks so happy and healthy. One would never know. I can't believe she got to recover at home. That's so great. It's always better to be home. She sounds like she's got the strength of a hundred men. Take good care of each other.
    big hugs♥,

  5. Your mother is an incredible lady. I(we) have a similar situation in our family. Our son-in-law, whom we all dearly love, was stricken with Stage IV kidney cancer and has been bravely fighting it for 4-1/2 years. I do not know how he does it. He has had a major portion of a lung removed and a baseball sized tumor from the back of his brain. He's like a son to me and I sit with him weekdays while my daughter tries to continue working. The small time that I am able to have with my own blog and visiting the beautiful blogs of people like you provide much needed down time and relaxation for me. I pray your mom will continue to thrive!