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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi there, yikes I've just realised I ahven't posted yet today.. Crikey where has the time gone? We went out this morning to do a few things - it was raining - and got home around 1pm! We had lunch and then I did some potting up. Not much else... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, it's Friday and I'm about to head out the door to go and stand in the L O N G queue at the vegie farm shop. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it, but then I get VERY fresh beautiful produce and usually have good conversation while waiting... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
...4pm!!! Where on earth has today gone?????? I've been busy all day, writing and emailing off my gardening column, writing & printing packing slips & invoices, labels, making pictorial labels for my plants at Bay Landscapes, finishing 3 gift tags and, and, and. Time has just flown! Yesterday I managed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's a beautiful, if slightly chilly, Wednesday morning. I was happily gardening yesterday when it started to rain and we had showers for the rest of the afternoon. This was great in a way because I went into my studio and worked on some gift tags. I want to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on this slightly cool Spring morning. The weather is definitely very spring-like, warm and sunny one minute, cool and cloudy the next. Further down the south island they are in for a definite touch of winter again too. Yesterday I sowed more flower seeds and potted up some more... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a stunning Spring Monday morning. It's such a gorgeous day! Blue sky, sunshine, a breeze and a brief heavy shower of rain last night - what more could a gardener ask for?! I'm feeling a bit out of sorts this morning. My left leg is doing silly things... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, yikes I've had a busy morning and oh did I do a post yesterday? Crikey, I honestly can't remember because yesterday was really busy too! To get back to yesterday, I spent part of the morning in the kitchen garden getting the area for my peas ready and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, oooooh I'm so excited... I think swallows are going to nest in our farmshed again this season. I was SO disappointed last year when they came and looked at the first nest they built the year before that, saw it was broken and left again! I've been holding my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
... fingers tapping on the table! Crikey, it's meant to be raining today but so far it is warm and sunny with a bit of cloud. I can finally see cloud building up to the north thank heavens. We REALLY need a bit of rain, we haven't had any for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on a cloudy Thursday morning. I'm feeling very virtuous as I enjoy a cup of tea - I've managed to get our chook house cleaned out this morning just before drizzle is about to set in. I've been meaning to do it for a few days so decided this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on this beautiful Wednesday morning. There is change in the air weather-wise but at the moment it's sunny, with blue sky and a light breeze, yay! It was a bit chilly this morning though. I'm off to Motueka (20min drive) to do an interview for an extra article I'm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Tuesday morning and I'm just back from taking Monty to the vet AGAIN! We'd noticed he was off his food a bit on Sunday and yesterday, plus he was slightly more ''needy'' than usual again too, seeking us out. I now know why! Last night John had gone... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and yes you guessed correctly, potting up, gift tag making and weeding/composting. Hmmmm this is starting to sound like a frozen record, giggle! My nursery sign is going out today for the first time in a few months. I made the decision not to put it out over the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
...A DOMESTIC GODDESS... Oh crikey and humphhhhh I've just finished doing the vacuuming (hoovering) and I'm ratty! No matter what I always have a major argument with the vacuum cleaner, usually ending with it banging me in the shins, giggle. I admit to being a semi-domestic goddess re cooking but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Morning on a beautiful Spring Saturday morning! We are about to attack a very old Photinia ''Red Robin'' (used a lot for hedging here in NZ too). I think it's been here for around 15 or more years and I've only cut it back a bit once in the 9... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yikes it's 1.20pm and I'm way behind the eight-ball today (whatever that means, giggle). I headed out early to the vegetable farm stall and it was packed, more so than usual. The queue for the tills was L O N G!! I probably stood their for almost 20 minutes.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and I'm sure you're wondering where I've been??!! Giggle... I went to the hairdresser this morning and thankfully she managed to get ''me'' back after my hair was cut very badly by someone filling in for her while she's on maternity leave. I had two haircuts from the other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi on a stunning! Spring morning. It truly feels like Spring today.. a bit scary really - the sun is HOT! Ugh.. At the moment I am spending time in my studio in the morning and then gardening in the main perennial garden from around 2pm when it is shady.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on a beautiful Spring Tuesday morning. I've just had to take Monty to the vet and alas they are keeping him in for blood tests and urinary analysis. Oh boy I hate leaving him there! We've noticed over the past few days he has been demanding water a lot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek I am in such a whirl at the moment. It's officially the first day of Spring and I have to say it REALLY feels like it! I'm in shorts, yes eeeek again, my white legs are on show! I rushed out this morning to give my glasses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, oh we had such a lovely day yesterday. The trip to Golden Bay was magic, such beautiful countryside. I managed to get a few photos taken 1/3 of the way back up the hill on the way home and I'll post them as soon as John's uploaded them from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, giggle, no not me! We are heading over the Takaka Hill to Golden Bay today to take my art and gift tags to The Langford Store where they will be exhibited throughout the coming Spring/Summer etc season. I am so excited and delighted to be asked. I love the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, phew yesterday I really slogged it in the perennial garden. I planted a mulberry tree near my glasshouse and have perennials in this bed too. Little did I know the mulberry tree wouldn't put roots downwards but across the garden. Oh brother, what a twit (nz for silly person)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and wow I've broken my habit of not going into Nelson very often! Yesterday I took my picture in to be professionally packed and priced and this morning I had to go back in early to sign the paperwork because they agreed to a price that meant I could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yikes I took my, oops Kathryn's painting, in to be professionally packed this morning and I'm waiting for a phone call to let me know it's ready to be sent. It's really exciting and I love that my painting is going to be in someone's home, being enjoyed. On... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake