Sunday, December 18, 2022


A lovely, almost Christmas, welcome to all you, lovely lovelies It's not long now till Christmas Day comes aknocking softly on your front door, and mine. Though truth be told Christmas arrived at our place just a wee bit early. So, so much has happened in this last little while. Christmas came early to me. The best present anyone could gift me. Just two weeks ago I was able to enjoy time away with my two girls. A little holiday in Melbourne.

The last time I chatted here, I was meeting my youngest daughter in Melbourne all set for a fabulous time together. Well, after disembarking from the plane 'like a bat out of hell' hurrying to meet my youngest daughter, lo and behold my daughter, who lives in San Francisco, was waiting for me, too. She had just disembarked from a fourteen hour flight ready to meet her dear ol' mum. Of course I lost 'it', rather reminiscent of those airport scenes from the movie Love Actually. It seems, my Pete and my girls had been plotting and manoeuvring behind the scenes to cause this momentous event to happen. As for me, completely and utterly unaware of what they were up to. So, so glad they did, though.

We three girls shopped till we dropped. I hardly bought anything for me. This was a time when a mother spoils her girls. I mean, shopping where we three are in the same country at the same time is very rare. =) We 'high tea-ed' partaking in delectable, baked confections, sipping champagne and drinking cups of tea. Such a celebratory occasion♡

We three girls went to the Monet and Friends immersive exhibition. And, may I say, it was beyond amazing! I felt I was part of an epic adventure into the exhilarating world of the Impressionist artists. It was a revolutionary experience where old and new culture, and art collide. It seamlessly blended traditional art with modern technology. I felt submerged in an exhilarating symphony of light, colour and sound as animated masterpieces of Monet, Renoir, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Morisot, Caillebotte, Cassatt, Sisley, Guillaumin, Seurat, Signac, Cross; rippled across the floor and up the vertiginous walls of 3,000 square-metres of gallery space. Why, I felt as if I was part of the art myself. I felt as if I was one of Renoir's pretty ladies in the midst of his charming scenes, or standing on Monet's bridge arched over his pond of water lilies. But then, I equally felt like one of Toulese-Lautrec's dancing girls kicking up my heels in a lively can can dance in Moulin Rouge. A multi-sensory experience invigorating all my senses as I was transported back in time to this artistic period; all while the vivacious sounds of Debussy and Tchaikovsky music floated across the room. It was truly the most sublime of experiences. I will never forget it

Then we saw Hamilton! Another fabulous experience. I have been to quite a few musical theatre productions but nothing quite like Hamilton. Lin Manuel Miranda's fast-paced, high-energy show tells the story of US founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the Caribbean who became George Washington's right hand man during the American Revolutionary War, as well as the first US secretary of the treasury. Have you seen it?? I loved every minute of it! Each and every actor was brilliant...and all their voices....the music....just wow!! A story and production, for our times.

Just this week, my Pete had knee replacement surgery but is home now, and slowly recovering. So, he will be out of action for a little while. Nursemaid, chief cook, gardener......that will be me. Not that I mind, of course. A very quiet couple of months in this little place; me thinks.

The garden♡ The beginning of summer has been a wee bit cool down here, but the garden is beginning to get into a summery groove. As are the weeds. With Pete out of action for a while it will be my task to try and curtail those pesky, weedy interlopers! I just may well need a knee replacement after all the weeding! The roses, poppies, nigellas, sweet peas, snap dragons are in flower; and the dahlias, gladdies and the hydrangeas are just beginning to get into the groove. A sense of excitement is mounting as each little hydrangea flower begins to  form then morphing into their glorious hues.

When I last chatted here, I was enjoying a little embroidery on a bodice of a dress. Well, I finished the embroidery but alas haven't quite finished sewing the dress. Who knows when this will be done. There is only the neckline and cuffs to be done....perhaps this week.....but then, perhaps not. =)

Next Sunday it will be Christmas Day. Can you believe it??!! I cannot. A little decorating has been achieved here and believe it or not all the presents are wrapped. A first for me with a week to go before the joyous day begins, but I knew if I didn't tick the Christmas decorating on the list before Pete's surgery I knew it would never have got done.

And so,  another year will soon be drawing to a close. Thank you, for visiting my little place throughout this year. There is such love and kindness which swirls around in blogland. So many lovely lovelies, who each week visit Kathy's place, encouraging one another; delighting in the hand stitching each lady is working on. Thank you for the gift of your visits, patiently reading my stuff and nonsense, for taking the time to gaze upon much too many happy snaps; and for blessing me with your sweet comments each time. You truly make my heart sing! May your Christmas be decorated with love and joy as you celebrate with your family and friends.  There are some of you, I know, who will find Christmas difficult for your own unique reasons. Sometimes Christmas is well.....just darn hard. To you I am sending an armful of hugs wrapped up in much love Here at my little place Christmas will be a quiet one, but I am peaceful; joyful with the gift of having spent  time with my two girls and delighting in them. Truly the best gift a mother could ever have I am deeply thankful; filled with gratitude Wishing each one of you a wonderful Christmas♡ May there be moments where you ponder the Christmas story and the beauty therein♡ I know there will be many moments this week, where I will gaze upon our tree bedecked in all its wonderful wonderment and think upon the Christmas story, when Jesus was born that first Christmas morning long, long ago; and the love and grace that is woven throughout the story. So very thankful for the depths of God's love for amazing! I am reminded yet again, that Jesus is the reason why I celebrate Christmas♡

Until next year.............

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Of Springtime And Walks in a Garden♡

Hello lovely lovelies♡ A lovely Sunday afternoon welcome to you♡ Bright and happy sunshine beaming upon me, and all is lovely. Just sitting here in the fernery content with my little world. With cup of tea in hand and all the flower pots smiling upon me, I am thankful for all those plentiful joys which spill over from my proverbial teacup. I am a bit tired though, as yesterday found My Pete, my beautiful friend, Trish, and I wandering through open gardens which participated in the annual "Longford Blooms"♡

All day meandering through gardens where Lady Spring has pulled out all the stops, was delightful; enchanting♡ Wandering along flower-lined paths, drinking in the glorious colours, textures and intoxicating scents of the flowers, was bliss. I wandered around as if in a most beautiful dream. Gardens flourishing with rose after rose, lupins, poppies, sweet peas, clematis, granny bonnets, honeysuckles, lavender, foxgloves, granny bonnets, peonies, love-in-the-mist; and so many more happy flowers♡ All dancing together in a happy troupe, in a most glorious show. Swathe after swathe of roses hugging arbors. Trails of  climbing roses welcoming those who enter front doors of sweet, century old cottages; kissing all on the cheek as they step over the threshold. Pretty lace-lined windows peeking out, hidden behind exquisite gardens. Oh, the sweet little cottages with the homely, little still my beating heart♡ There was even a dovecote complete with plump, white doves whose cooing songs delighted all who cared to listen♡ Oh, and then there were the trees. Glorious, ancient, verdant trees with long, gnarly limbs reaching high into the sky♡ A splendid day overflowing with a potpourri of gorgeousness thrilling all the senses♡

Of course, some lovely roses came home with me to live in our rose garden. =) Forget Me Not, Mary Rose, Cabelle, Wollerton Old Hall, Crown Princess; all sprinkling sweet scents everywhere♡

I have enjoyed a little embroidery this lovely Sunday. Deciding to fashion another garment, I am embroidering the bodice of another dress, or will it be a blouse....I haven't quite made up my mind?? I am using the same Style Arc pattern as the dresses I have fashioned of late, but this time I thought I might embroider flowers on the bodice. Just simple flowers; nothing complicated.....lazy daisy stitch, back stitch, french knots, long stitch........whatever other simple stitches come to mind. I will sketch each flower and leaf as I go along. You know me........nothing planned. =) I purchased a pretty floral fabric for the sleeves and skirt, and a gingham for the bodice. I have no idea as to how the embroidered bodice will look but I must say I am enjoying playing with my muddly mess of embroidered threads once again.

So, I will sit here in the fernery for a little while longer, embroider a few more flowers and think upon the joys and beauty which embrace me; for there are many♡ But first I must sketch some flowers onto the gingham to stitch. =) This evening, I might embroider a few stitches and join the other band of lovely hand stitchers, over at Kathy's place. I will be absent for a couple of weeks (yet again) next week, I will be enjoying a little time away with my daughter. A mother and daughter little fun♡ Hoping you enjoy a lovely Sunday and may this week smile upon you, blessing you with sprinkles of beauty and joy♡

Until the next time...........