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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi, oh boy am I glad it's Sunday because it means yesterday is now behind us!! What an evening we had. As I mentioned we had a near-miss fire - I can't believe I turned the wrong element on.. crikey! Here are a few more details. I put on an... Continue reading
Posted 34 minutes ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, a super quick post because dinner is almost ready.. we had a fright tonight.. our smoke alarm didn't work when I was busy helping John sort out clothes and unbeknownst to me I'd turned on the wrong element resulting in a very acrid smoke producing handle of a... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a rather chilly Friday evening.. brrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Since I've been doing ballet I've lost a few kilos and I can tell you I am noticing it now that the weather is getting colder. I love this weather but oh boy I need some REALLY warm layers! I only have... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's lunchtime on Thursday and I've been struggling to find my motivation all morning! It all started when I woke up and heard fairly heavy rain on the roof.. what????!!!! I love it but I had it in my mind that I would garden at my neighbour's for an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Wednesday pm I've been squelching around the property after rain off and on since yesterday late pm. I have just finished pricking out some broccoli seedlings. My seedlings' growth is slowing down now as we head into winter so not everything is ready to be pricked out... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, I have a REALLY busy day today so I thought I'd share some photos of the ''white ghosts'' in my kitchen garden. Yes, you guessed it, it's my Pukeko-protected vegetables! This morning I am rushing out the door to go to a 2.5 hour screen printing class. One of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
.... take a moment to soak up the pure joy that is our property. Needless to say I ADORE where we live even though the weather could be more exciting!! A day doesn't go by when I don't almost literally pinch myself because we have a 3 acre (or thereabouts)... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, oooh my hot pot was absolutely scrumptious last night. The lamb was 'melt in the mouth' and the vegetables tasted divine! Needless to say we ate the lot! Tonight we're having roast chicken, roast potatoes, roast pumpkin, peas and home-made gravy. Yummo! As you can tell when the colder... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Saturday evening and I have a Philippa-style ''Lancashire Hotpot'' in the oven as we speak. It's been slow cooking since about 2pm and looks amazing! There is nothing like a slow cooked meal to make you feel warm and homely especially after a day of fairly hard... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Friday pm and I'm about to go out to the farmshed to sow some seeds and do some potting up. I think I'll pot up some gorgeous Viola odorata (true violet) so it will be ready to sell when it's in flower in early Spring. I don't... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, I'm giggling here because I can't believe I missed yesterday especially considering I was in my studio for most of it working on gift tags! I had TV programmes going on my laptop while I was working (most unlike me) so didn't give a thought to much else. Bad... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Tuesday morning and I'm about to enjoy my cup of tea.. Must go and pour it! I'm back and my tea is much-needed. Yesterday the day just seemed to go! It was a lovely morning so I did some washing and various other tasks before launching myself... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's a beautiful late Autumn day today, blue sky, sunshine and the teensiest breeze. I've been in the flower garden this morning cutting back hellebore (winter rose) foliage ready for their gorgeous flower stems to emerge from the ground. I try to wait until I can see the new... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, oh boy what a day it's been. All of the eucalyptus trees on the north side of our property are now down.. eeeeek the last two went with HUGE groans as Bevan pushed them over with his digger. I did not enjoy that sound.. like the trees were groaning... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Friday early pm and I've just had lunch after getting home from my Friday adult ballet class. It was wonderful as usual. Our day started with a bit of a flap because my dear friend's husband phoned to say he was coming this morning with his digger... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there and crikey I seem to be having a lot of ''too'' busy days lately. This morning I went to Bay Landscapes and sorted out my plants, adding new ones, tidying up older ones and bringing some home to biff out. In 30 minutes or so I'm heading into... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's rather late on Wednesday and I've had a really busy day. The weather has been slightly murky with tiny raindrops here and there.. come on please, just rain!!!! I logged on to Facebook at around 5.30pm or so to see a post from my niece that she... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, oh boy where has this day gone? West I would say!! It is 6.30pm and I'm just about to shut my laptop down for the evening. It's been another very busy but productive day. This morning I did some washing which made me laugh in the end because it... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's Monday afternoon and this morning I wrote a column for the local Grey Power (anyone over 50) society's local newsletter. This pm I've done the first draft of my regular gardening column for Mud Cakes and Roses. The deadline for Grey Power is tomorrow and MC&R is... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, oh my goodness what a beautiful day it's been here today. We started with a very heavy dew on the ground and blue sky and sunshine. The day ended with the ''coolth'' as I like to call it coming down around 4pm (i.e. chill of the day) still with... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, I hope you're having a wonderful start to your weekend, no matter where you are in the world. It's early afternoon here and so far my day has been a bit odd. It started with realising I hadn't done something I needed to before I went to bed the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Friday evening and I'm about to go inside and start getting dinner. This morning I did all my normal animal tasks and then headed off to ballet class. It was wonderful to be back with a whole new term of 10 weeks ahead of us. After ballet we... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi lovelies, just a quick post tonight as I didn't get home from ballet class until 6pm and then I had to rush to get rabbit greens in the semi-darkness. My dinner is almost ready and I suddenly realised I hadn't posted. I've had a good day today - it... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on another!! fine Autumn afternoon. I've been labeling plants this morning and just as I was about to take 2 big trays of plants in the wheelbarrow to the farm shed the blasted wheelbarrow fell over! Yes you guessed it, plants got totally upended much to my distress. I... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
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... SQUEEEEEEE just so so lovely today! Julia (a fellow student at our adult class and a complete honey and fabulous!! teacher) has been doing different barre work with us over the past few weeks. Each exercise tends to finish with a major balancing act which can be a big... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake