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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi honeys, well yes it's raining again. Last night's weather forecast said fine with sun, ermmmm what's wrong with this picture??!! I know we can't do anything about the weather so I'll just grin and bear it. The area in front of our verandah is a QUAGMIRE..... we had been... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, well what a rest of week I had last week. We spent Sunday celebrating the life of one of our friends and neighbours. He died after a tragic accident in the USA and his celebration was just so lovely but extremely emotionally draining. Don was such a special man... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Swoon.... Thud!! https://www.georgeandedi.com/product/wrapping-paper/# Oh my goodness isn't this the most GLORIOUS wrappng paper you've EVER seen??!!!! I could just look at it for hours. I discovered this botanical image when we went to Mapua Country Store yesterday and then continued down to Mapua wharf to have a cup of coffee.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, on a rather lovely Monday morning. We had some rain yesterday morning so everything is feeling very fresh which is so nice! There are a few clouds around but the sun is shining too. Rather weirdly the temperatures are forecast to be very warm this week - eeeeeeeek it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, well I've been busy potting up perennials this week. I've had a bit of an unsettled time because of a friend and nearby neighbour of ours dying after a nasty fall that severed his spinal chord leaving him a quadraplegic while he was on holiday in the USA.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, oh wow I've broken my own record.. 7 days without posting! Of course it might come as a relief not to have to read my daily doings, giggle! Last week was odd.. there is no other way to describe it. Everything in my world was just slightly off kilter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, well I've had a busy few days. I spent most of Saturday in the kitchen garden, planting more vegetables and revamping the covers on some others. Here's a pic: Yesterday morning we went to the Motueka Sunday market (about 20mins drive from here) and I bought the most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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...but I haven't taken a photo of it yet! I had an epiphany the other day and realised just what I needed to do to my latest painting to make it complete! I was stunned when I'd done it and I'm completely in love with the finished piece now. Okay... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, well the rest of last week passed in a flash it seems. A lot of New Zealand was struck by a fairly vicious winter storm but not us (oh bother it!). All we got was a cold wind on Thursday, not even a skerrick of rain fell. Other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yes I truly am feeling VERY weather-irked! Nelson/Tasman District pulls people to live here because of the beautiful weather.. unfortunately I love nothing more than dramatic winter weather and changeable weather so the climate here irks me at times! This is one of those times because most of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. The last couple of days have been wintry in the morning with grey skies and cool temps but the afternoons have been beautiful while the sun's out. Today John lit his second bonfire this winter and boy it went up with a whoosh! The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, yet again this week is speeding by! I've been busy pricking out seedlings and dividing and potting up some hardy geraniums for my nursery stocks! I've finally managed to have large enough stock plants of some special ones so I can divide them! Very exciting. The weather has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, well what a weekend we had weather-wise. It started raining on Friday night and apart from a few non-rainy patches it rained most of the weekend - 128mm (just over 5 inches) worth here! Needless to say our ground is BOGGY and I won't be able to do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a cloudy and chilly winter's Thursday morning! We didn't have a frost this morning because there was too much cloud cover so the temp bottomed at 7 degrees C! On Tuesday afternoon I played hookie from potting up, digging over the old strawberry patch again to get out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a very proud Tuesday morning here in New Zealand. As you will most likely know by now Team New Zealand have won the America's Cup and I'm so excited for them. I have very strong memories of our win in 1995 because Dad went in to surgery to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a very proud Tuesday morning here in New Zealand. As you will most likely know by now Team New Zealand have won the America's Cup and I'm so excited for them. I have very strong memories of our win in 1995 because Dad went in to surgery to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
...the rest of the week go???? I apologise sincerely for my silence.. it just WENT! I've been busy potting up perennials to increase my nursery stocks for Spring, also ordering new business cards and return address labels which I received on Thursday and they're GORGEOUS! I delivered plants to Mapua... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Tuesday afternoon and I've just finished a lovely 20 minute skype session with Mum. We skype every week which is just wonderful. They wheel her down from the hospital wing of the resthome in her lazyboy chair so we can skype! I love seeing her gorgeous smile and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Saturday afternoon and a major battle is on! I've let buttercup become tall and absolutely rampant through my perennial garden! EEeeeek what was I thinking! I've been looking at it for a few weeks and today I've taken the major plunge to get it all out - well... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a beautifully frosty Thursday morning. This is the first morning we've had crunch white grass and a frozen hose up by the house! I adore frosty weather but I have to say I don't cope too well with cold toes! I've got my merino and possum socks on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's Tuesday morning and a lovely cold snap is set to hit later today, not bringing much rain but strong SW winds. The overnight temp for tomorrow night is predicted to be -1 degree C, Oooooooh! big frost! On Saturday night I cooked a divinely scrumptious meal with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, on a totally gorgeous frosty Sunday morning. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the birds are singing their lungs out. The nectar feeders are copiously feeding on the sugar water I put out and the sparrows, greenfinches and the occasional chaffinch are loving the sunflower seeds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, well as you can tell I've been really busy as usual! It's been a bit of a mad week what with one thing and another but I feel as though I'm accomplishing something which is great. I've drafted my tax return, pricked out seedlings, sowed seed, worked on my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, just to let you know the content of this blog has now moved onto my new website: https://www.heirloomplantnursery.co.nz/ My website has a shopping cart and includes my plants, art, gift tags, other creations, links to my radio show and garden writing. There is also a section for garden advice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Perennial Plant Nursery
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Hi, it's Sunday afternoon and we are about to have a delicious spinach and mozzarella pizza for lunch. I can't claim to have made it but it is by far the most beautiful supermarket-bought pizza ever with a thin crust! It isn't stodgy and it is PACKED with spinach! Firstly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake