Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Colours of a Summer Christmas


 a HUGE vintage picnic basket,lined with gingham and all the elastic compartments for plates and cutlery cost $2 at the local charity shop













a sweet little vintage glass pin dish 50c




one way to break a drought is to put up outside Christmas lights up....it's sure to rain

















We put 2 trees up...an artificial one in the front sitting room window and a fresh pine in the family room













dusk




lush veg garden...tomatoes are huge



fruit ripening in the orchard...plums,nectarines,pears









early summer roses
















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Friday, December 5, 2014

Number Three





Some great of charity shop finds this week

I always feel guilty when I buy another piece of vintage luggage.  As well as suitcases and trunks I love  leather monogrammed briefcases (and I got a frown of disapproval on buying this one) and this is my 3rd one for my collection. I now have 3 hatboxes, 4 suitcases, 2 trunks, 2 beauty cases







Anyway... Sascha loves my luggage





 4 books for $5
The top one has an Art Nouveau cover, the second has an Art Deco cover. The 2 large blue volumes were a surprise when I opened them. They are bound St Nicholas magazines,an 1800's illustrated children's magazine from the US . They are gorgeous and I wish I had bought the other two.



 I love the advertisement insert





The illustrations  are beautiful



  50c linen cloth

The first week of summer in my garden


first gardenia unfurling


gorgeous fragrance of star jasmine


a stray peacock decided it wanted to live with my girls


free ranging








hot days



waiting for a new lot of summer roses to flower




starting to decorate for Christmas








the first year we can put  up a Christmas  tree without Sascha running up the trunk




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Knick of Time
French Country Cottage
Ivy and Elephants
Shabby Art Boutique
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Country Farm Home
My Romantic Home
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Rose Vignettes
Rooted in Thyme
The Charmed Home
Elizabeth & Co
Finding Fabulous
A Revisionary Life
Thoughts from Alice
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Denise inVA




Friday, November 28, 2014

Gates and Baubles


A great find  for the garden....an ancient  cast iron farm gate and old post to attach it to
We had to beat a few people to the shop to buy it !








A vintage mid century Wembley Ware pudding bowl


I found a big bag of old Christmas balls for 50c  and picked out the vintage  glass ones, still with their original wires, and chucked the modern plastic









My favourite find for 10c...a large sea shell  for my collection ...it's so pretty



In the garden this week

We had a nasty storm...so I rushed out and picked 3 vases of the last spring roses and it will be a few weeks now until  summer roses  with a few odd roses popping up








Morning after the storm



Vegetable garden




the  lawns have been fed with a high nitrogen feed

















Linking up with 

The Dedicated House
Knick of Time
French Country Cottage
Ivy and Elephants
Shabby Art Boutique
Chic on a Shoestring
Country Farm Home
My Romantic Home
Sir thrift-a-lot
Rose Vignettes
Rooted in Thyme
The Charmed Home
Elizabeth & Co
Finding Fabulous
A Revisionary Life
Thoughts from Alice
Woman in Real Life
Denise inVA