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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi, it's Thursday and I'm about to head out to my studio to continue working on my gift tags. I'm making good headway and am halfway through. I am aiming to get the gift tags and a few tea light holders in the mail by Wednesday next week. Pant, pant,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, oh yum - I made quince jelly yesterday morning and it is SO beautiful. I love the colour of it and it tastes gorgeous. We love eating it with grilled lamb, or cold roast meats, ham and of course on toast or on scones (if I ever made them)... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi and take a look at this!! This is the largest of the dead acacia branches that John cut down yesterday. This branch was dicey because it was facing towards the big white blossomed cherry tree at the back of my woodland garden which meant the cherry tree would stop... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi there, it's Easter Monday and it's a BEAUTIFUL sunny day here today. We had very strange weather yesterday, with a period of rain, then sun, then showers coming back the other way! We lit the fire late morning because it was pretty chilly and again had to turn it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi and Happy Easter!! It's 10.30am on Easter Sunday here and I'm just back from my walk. The sun was out this morning which was lovely but now it's raining again. It's the Mapua Easter Fair (6 minutes drive from here) which is a big yearly fund-raising event so the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, yes it's my birthday today and oops this is late again! I didn't have time to post this morning because after a beautiful cooked breakfast and a glass of champagne, our chimney sweep turned up and we had to go out to friends' for morning tea. From there... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's been a very productive Good Friday here. I wanted to post this morning but Typepad had a problem and oh boy I got withdrawal symptoms - I really did!! I'm so used to typing my posts regularly it just feels ''wrong'' when I can't do it! As... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on this cloudy, spitty Thursday morning. Heavy rain and strong winds are predicted here today but so far neither are happening. All of this damp weather is causing major rat problems under Benjamin Bunny's wooden ''house''. He has a box with a lid that opens up - the box... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi and squeeeeeeee some of my perennials are now at Bay Landscapes as of yesterday afternoon!! Here is a photo of the stand John built (isn't it just perfect and haven't I got a clever hubby!!) with my plants displayed on it. Leslie (pictured here) is just so lovely and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and giggle on this drizzly Tuesday morning. At least it IS drizzling.. yesterday was an irksome day weatherwise, it was just cloudy and dull which I always find a bit depressing - it could at least have produced raindrops! I got into my nursery yesterday morning and sorted out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on this murky Monday morning. We have high cloud and we had a tiny bit of rain last evening. Heavy rain is predicted for today and tomorrow but it's not raining yet! This may sound strange but we really haven't had enough rain yet - only about 55mm which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a cloudy Sunday morning (well it's almost lunchtime!!). We had a lovely rest of day yesterday and got quite a lot accomplished (well John did). Our friends came round in the morning and did 2 hours of weeding for me which was just so lovely of them. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Saturday and the sun is shining which is lovely. I had to laugh this morning - we looked at the long range (10 day) weather forecast and it's either showers or several days of rain. It's the first time there hasn't been a ''sun'' in evidence on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi and it's very much a squeeeee day here for me. It's been raining again and I honestly am SO happy! Yes it makes for getting wet when we are outside doing animal tasks but everything is looking green again. Parts of our lawn that were completely brown now have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on this lovely post-rain Thursday morning. Oh my, it's so lovely outside even if it is a little too humid still. The temperatures are meant to drop next week so we may be lighting the fire even though the chimney hasn't been swept (due to be done on 22... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on this magnificently cloudy with steady light rain falling, morning!! My happy place!! I went out to the kitchen garden after struggling to get my socks, a plastic bag (my gumboots leak) and gumboots on - pant, pant.. and was so happy to see almost 25mm of rain in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, firstly, SQQQQQQQQQQUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, it's raining, not that much, but it's RAINING!! Oh my goodness.... the best part is watching the birds enjoying every second of it. There are birds EVERYWHERE in the garden this morning - just lovely! I'm not sure if I shared my journal page spread of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on this fine Monday morning. I have to tell you yesterday was and today (so far) is weirdly warm.. not good English I know, but that's the only way to describe it. I walked out into the paddock to see the chooks about 9.30am and I was hot! This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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...Monty has to brace himself to stay on! I took this on John's iPad one day last week when I was having a short rest on the bed. It's the first time in ages Monty has been on my lap during the day and it was so funny watching him... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and oh squuueeeeee I'm excited on this cloudy Saturday morning (soon to be sunny AGAIN, sigh). Last night before I went to bed I suddenly decided to see if I could kneel down and get back up again (with something to lean on). I had a gut feeling I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yay and yippeee.. I managed to do five minutes on the exercycle yesterday afternoon and I'm hoping it's all upwards slowly but surely from here. I have to say my leg is rather stiff this morning! I'm aiming to be able to get onto the exercycle without a box... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and phew, yesterday was a fairly busy day. I spent the morning watering, taking greens to the chooks and bunny, more watering and more watering! In the afternoon we went out to the mega hardware store where John got some oil based natural stain for our house, I got... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on another lovely cloudy autumn morning. The weather has been really predictable for about the past week.. cloudy mornings and evenings with the sun coming out sometime late morning or in the afternoon. It's lovely to have some cloud but oh boy the ground is becoming more dry by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
Literally!!! Ugh!!! It was the middle of the night (and no it wasn't stormy, giggle) when I was woken by a very loud noise. It had to be loud because I wear earplugs every night (anti-snoring devices) and this noise woke me up even through them. I sat up in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi on a beautiful Autumn morning AGAIN, giggle. No rain in sight but the light is just beautiful, as is the feeling of freshness in the air. Yesterday pm we went to the opening of this very special park that has been a long time in the ''opening''. A friend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Art for Heart's Sake