Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hello everyone! Such a long time since we've had a chat!
I have been spending an awful lot of time at my little desk making charms in readiness for the shop opening which is now just around the corner. Only a couple of weeks!
It's funny though, the more charms I make , the more I want to make. It is such an enjoyable thing to do. Just as I'm finishing one group of charms I'm already thinking of what ideas that I can come up with for the next.
I haven't been just working though. I have been enjoying the garden immensely. After all it is Spring (all be it the last month). I am so pleased with the garden this year as I managed to get more flowers to grow. Such an arduous task when there hasn't been much rain. I think we have had 90mm in the last 6 months!!! Horrifying! I must have carted thousands of watering can loads of water over these past 6 months to get the flowers to grow and survive.
It is a labour of love. Just to see foxgloves, cornflowers, poppies and hollyhocks flowering is so worth it.
I have also strategically positioned a couple of bird baths where I can see them from my rocking chair when I'm sitting on the verandah. It has been such a joy to see the large variety and number of birds that frequent them. As the surrounding bush gets extremely dry I'm afraid my meagre little birdbaths are the main water supply for many birds. Even the shy emerald doves have paid me a visit. It is so nice to know that I am helping the wild birds through this dry time.
A happy week to everyone.


  1. Hello,

    It is the beginning of winter here, and the photographs of your flowers have brightened my Saturday morning! :) I agree - it is worth all the work to have such beautiful flowers to enjoy.

    I hope you have a wonderful day!


  2. Your garden is beautiful! I was so inspired. It looks just like how I would like mine to look....which probably will be in ten years time. I wish! But your lovely pictures set me off dreaming...and soon it`s time for the seed/plant catalouges....and before we now it it`s spring here too. But first there is Christmas....a lovely time too.

    Best of luck with the Shop!

    Take care my dear friend

  3. Angela with the shop opening so close you and Cathy must be getting so excited and nervous at the same time.
    Your garden is looking fabulous so many pretty flowers - so difficult in these times with so little water

  4. Oh Angela - your photos are exquisite - beautiful hollyhocks! And the foxgloves. My daughter admires your photos very much and wonders what sort of camera you have? Hope you're enjoying this lovely drizzly Monday :) Blessings! from Barb

  5. Dear Angela,
    What a delight to hear from you. I know how very busy you must be and especially since the garden is flourishing. Your beautiful blooms are amazing. The pictures that you take just take my breath away. I take for granted sometimes my irrigation that I have to keep my garden green. And to hear that you are having to haul water makes me wish I could share with you somehow.
    Good luck on the shop opening.

  6. Oh, How wonderful to see your beautiful flowers! Especially now that my garden is all tucked in for winter under a banket of leaves and compost.
    I certainly hope you get some needed rain soon. I know how hard it can be to keep the flowers blooming during a dry spell.

    Your charms are so sweet. Congratulations on the new shop!
    Kimberly :-)

  7. Am getting so excited for you and sweet Cathy!! I know it will be such a lovely, darling place to shop, and you will be an instant hit. Best wishes to you. ps. your garden looks stunning.
    xoxo Lidy

  8. Lovely to see your flowers and garden photos at this wintery time of year in the USA. I hope you get the rain your garden needs.
    God Bless!
    in SouthEast USA

  9. Happy New Year to you....the shop looks divine....hope I get an invite to the girlie nights....and as per usual your garden really is beautiful...well done for keeping it together during such hard and busy times....hope to be keeping up with things a little more now...just got back on line tho am working and still trying to settle in and do the unpacking...will keep in touch a litle more tho...all the best Mandi