Monday, August 25, 2008

Spending Time in Boxes

Isn't it nice to have one of those weekends when nothing is planned and you just let it unfold and take it as it comes? Sometimes I think that we are making our lives far too busy and tend to miss these sorts of times. It seems so very easy to clutter lives without even trying and to nurture a feeling of, "I MUST be doing something." I often feel that too many things are planned for children and then their lives are totally consumed by it. We have tried so very hard not to clutter our lives too much. Kids need to be able to spend time playing, lying on blanket under a tree, sitting staring into space....they need alone time. They need to be able to spend time in a box if they want to for no good reason at all other than it's fun. Sam did just that for a couple of hours this weekend. Oh he wasn't just completely idle in the box. He was hand fed cereal, consumed a small bottle of milk and had a much needed sing-a long to his favourite requests that his very patient mother played on the computer.

The hole in the box that I had to feed him through was not this big- I WISH! It was about the size of a letter box slot! This was just before he had exploded out of the box like the incredible hulk!
The best thing about this box as far as I was concerned is that it had an iron love seat in it. On dusk about a week ago, I opened the back door only to find a sheepish looking John with a very large box. He was about to hide it when I caught him in the act. What a nice surprise!

Now I have something else to play with in the garden.
I've always wanted a loveseat.
I have decided to have a "love"theme in this area of the garden and I found this wonderful idea on another blog....if only I could remember where I was at the time. They had painted a terracotta pot with chalkboard paint and written the name of the plant on it. I have used mine to write a verse from Shakespeare's' "Romeo and Juliet",

Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!

For I ne're saw true beauty till this night.

A happy week to everyone, Angela.


  1. Hi Angela....the set looks adorable in your beautiful garden....have always loved the photos of your lovely home....great idea with the plant pot...might have to give it a go one of these days....

  2. Oh so beautiful Angela - I must admit I saw those beautiful love seats too and was smitten!! and much cheaper than the ones at another store !! What a creative girl you are - I love the pot painted with blackboard paint! Isn't wonderful to have Spring just around the corner.

  3. Dear Angela!
    You are so right - as usual! We tend to spend to much time doing SOMETHING and far to little time doing NOTHING. And it`s when you are doing nothing that so much something comes to you because your mind is open for it.

    I love your new little box inhabitant....anjd I love your loveseat. So beautiful. And the lovetheme for your garden? well Angela, what can I say - you are amazing!

    Have a lovely week!

    Lots of love to you my friend

    PS I love your new header btw.

    And your last post was a treat to read. Wish my road had so many happy neighbours in it....

  4. Angela what a perfect weekend you had.
    Wow how lucky are you to have that gorgeous love seat.
    Have a great week

  5. such a beautiful love seat for your beautiful garden.
    your flowers are just breathtaking,angela.

    I really am enjoying looking at them.

  6. Love the rusty look of the love seat, perfect for the garden. The pot looks so smart with your handwriting on it, love the idea!

  7. And forgot to mention, the Fleurs de lis on the love seat too, love those!

  8. Just found your blog, it's beautiful.
    Your charms looks so cute, do you sell them?

  9. I absolutely love the pot what a great idea! and your garden is gorgeous.Chris