Cor-blimey - my posts are becoming rarer than some species on the red list.
The good news is that as the virtual world stands still in the real world things are a happenin. For years I've wanted a birdbath but never found the one I wanted until recently when I passed William on Heritage Square in Cape Town and saw her!
Ironically William has been there for years and it's just round the corner from where I work, and I've always loved his angels but she is something special - and now she's in my garden casting her serene gaze over all. My haven feels a little richer for her. Happy Monday.
Jesse's postcards being rolled out - I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on mine.
One of my favourite creative bloggers Jesse is doing a postcard swap and I've joined in the frenzy. Since then I've been racking my brain for a suitably brilliant idea - Everything Jesse does looks beautiful (no pressure ofcourse).
Inspired by the posts before & after shot I've taken the liberty of cutting & pasting the shine shine fabric on their beautiful shot for inspiration - being better at photoshop than at upholstering. (I sincerely hope I've not caused offense)
Every morning I sit on my deck and soak up my garden. Saterday was no different, except that it was a perfect sunny winters morning and I had nowhere to go, so I did a bit of stocktaking.
Whilst my lettuces are going to seed and the chives are floppy The coriander is making a last stand but the English Basil is past it's best My Thyme and Origanum are maintaining nicely, the rocket is still rocketing, and my little tomatoes are growing up a storm.
The bulbs I planted are pushing through, My Butterfly bushes are slowly saying good buy but the Ribbon bush is coming out in full swing and next to my lovely constant lavender it makes for a beautiful sight.
The fynbos beds are a mixed success I'm losing my King Protea (again) But the red Leukadendums are blazing away. and the Confetti bushes are looking lush and green I can't wait for the show
The Restios are bouncing back after a radical trim (a little misunderstanding) The White wild dagga is about to burst at a heady 5 feet The Rosemary bushes are filling the nasty gaps quite nicely and I'm waiting for the Agapanthus too join the blue party The Perennial Basil is making up for it's English cousin and my little Bay tree is now taller than me.
The Pelargoniums need cutting back whilst the daisies need to be replaced with new cuttings All the Sweetpeas have come up and last but not least the grass is finally actually looking like a lawn and is actually greener on my side!
My dog is doing his morning rounds and my cats are curled up in the sunny spots.
All is as is should beand not a bad mornings work if you ask me.
My dear friend and colleague Henriette from tjou-tjou crochets for the love of it. Here in Cape Town winter has set in and she duly rose to the occasion with this little set. It really suits her colouring too. Have a warm long weekend.
I have always been very taken with the idea of heirloom seed - something that is as nature intended. Something that carries within it part of our human history. I came across this post on Design Sponge that got me excited all over again. I would love to buy my seeds like this, wouldn't you?
And I find it irressistable - just look at that wicked colour!
Leucadendron Saglignon (Red Devil)
One of the survivors who made it through the last year of neglect is blazing with delicious colour at the moment. It's autumn in the Cape and the fynbos is looking good! This has to be my favourite time plantwise. The drab browns of a south easter summer are replaced by rich, dusty, green greys and silvers with blazing bits of colour inbetween. Yum.
As I've said before - this year I'm stopping to smell the roses (although in my case it's the plants that made it through last year - the roses didn't ). It's been school holidays and I've been frantically busy trying to fix everything I didn't last year, but I pulled myself up short just as I felt that drowning emotion and spent some time just to enjoy...
magical cookies made by my beautiful daughter (all by herself)...
a family walk on grandad's beach at Yzerfontein...
beautiful small pieces of blue...
some of my new babies - sweetpeas and coriander...
and last but not least the replacement for my roses - if you can't beat them join them is my motto. Although if I'm entirely honest I haven't completely given up on the roses, but I need to find the perfect spot and in my garden that's the hard part.
After last year, any reputation I had as a gardener lies in ruins - literary and I have the deathlist to prove it. This year I'm turning over a new leaf so to speak, and I've been hard at work trying transforming my little garden graveyard. So... To all the plants I've loved before....(sung too Julio Eglesias) I'm going to replace you all if it kills me.
This is what I mean by pics that look more like overprints than anything else. Trying for the best pics at the Indaba meant I avoided using my flash because it just kills mood. Instead I went for longer exposures. I came, I tried to have a steady hand - I shook instead. Too much coffee ya think?
I apologise for any visual inconvenience and emotional distress caused and will try and address my shaky,shaky.
I met so many people at the Design Indaba, which only added to my enjoyment of the conference. Nice people, interesting and good people. People I haven't seen for years. I bumped into Kat - one of my favourite bloggers and Tracy from the Threadcount Collective amongst many others.
An impromto pic taken (of all places) - in the pub during a break between speakers.
I also shared a coffee break (yes in the pub) with Alexander Hart and Corinne from Spread the love, and like with all of us, there's a story behind their hearts. One lovely bit of detail is that the 'wings' are made from offcuts given by Ebony & Ivory Ribbons - makers of the most mouth wateringly beautiful ribbon you have ever.
The only one of my pics from the Ebony & Ivory stand that doesn't look like an overprint.