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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi, it's another beautiful (soon to be too warm, grrrr) Autumn morning. The rural seasonal outlook is for warmer temps than normal throughout April but the good news is we are expected to get more rainfall than normal, starting next week, oh I HOPE SO!! Yesterday pm John dropped me... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yay it's April which is one of my favourite months of the year. I think it's partly because it's autumn and also because it's my birthday month. The word ''April'' has a lovely sound to it in my book! Yesterday I managed to do some more weeding in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Tuesday and I just realised I didn't post yesterday. I shot out straight away to go next door to do an hour's gardening at 7.40am and the day just raced away from me after that! Not helped by a couple of bird dilemmas, thanks Monty! He killed and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a lovely cloudy early Sunday afternoon. This morning was a bit cloudy but when the sun was out it was HOT HOT HOT.. ugh ugh ugh!!!! I was trying to work in the kitchen garden but I just couldn't bear it! Add to that I'm feeling slightly worse... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, giggle, yes I've been dusting and vacuuming the living room/dining area because we have friends coming for dinner tonight. I have to say I've decided it's worth leaving the dusting for a few weeks because when you do it BOY do you notice the difference! Major giggle.. that's my... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, yes, gasp.. I'm cooking not gardening! We are having friends here for dinner tomorrow night and I am doing a simple ''tuscan'' fish casserole... ermmm in inverted commas because it's a recipe from my head! I've just made tomato passata which is the most divinely simple recipe that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a lovely! cloudy Thursday morning. There is the slight threat of rain in the air and oh I hope it comes! I've just been planting a few things in the now open area of the woodland garden and I'm hoping to get a few more things in this... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yikes yes this is a late post! I spent a lovely day with a friend, giving her gardening advice and then we went and had a delicious lunch and checked out a couple of lovely shops. I was away from 11.15am until around 4pm!! Crikey - so lovely and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Tuesday and the day seems to be flying by! I went next door to do an hour's gardening from 8.45am, then I had my breakfast and spent some of the morning weeding in the main perennial garden. I also had a lovely phone conversation with a dear friend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Morning on a lovely coolish, cloudy Monday morning! Yesterday rain was forecast in the afternoon so we made the most of the morning. I carried on spreading cow manure and sawdust (well mixed and aged from next door's farm) around the woodland garden while John cleared out the gutters on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a beautiful Saturday morning. I've just been out planting a few things in the part of the woodland garden I've been working on. Squeee I had a revelation too - I have had quite a few oriental poppies waiting to be planted for over a year now and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, yikes it's 1.20pm and I have to get myself outside pronto. I was out all morning getting our vegies and also going to Jellicoe (where I used to work on Tuesday mornings) to check out their new fabric store. Oh my goodness.... ummmmm....errrrrr.... wow! Beautiful fabrics and trims... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Morning on this truly beautiful Autumnal morning.. Oh my goodness, it was only 10.2 degrees C at 8am and the air is fresh and clear for the first time in what seems like months! I just love it so much - I feel TOTALLY alive this morning. I love that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, oooh I made some progress on that bit of the woodland garden yesterday - not a lot but I got some Geranium phaeum clumps dug up and replanted them in the totara garden, plus I split one up and planted it next door. I have lots more to do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's early on Tuesday afternoon and this morning I've been digging up some old Geranium phaeum seedling clumps and splitting them up. This is the beginning of the revamp of the front of my woodland garden. It needs loads more colour in it. G. phaeum (very dark maroon) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Morning on a rather lovely Monday morning... there is a bit of cloud around but it is still fairly warm. Scattered rain is predicted from late morning..ermmmm that's about now, and no sign of it - too much blue sky! I'm feeling horribly demotivated today which is awful because I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and welcome to Sauna Central... crikey! This morning we put the cover over the tunnel house frame early just in case the breeze came up. We had breakfast and since then John's been working on nailing the cover down to the base on the outside (by this time the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's a cloudy Saturday morning but oh boy it was a bit of a warm night - I didn't sleep very well darn it. The sun is fighting to get through and it will win very soon I fear! Here is a photo of our work in progress: John... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, I have a really busy day today so this will only be a short post. I mentioned about the two branches coming down off the acacia tree at the back of the woodland garden the other day and John spent some time on Tuesday pm cutting the branches into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on this gorgeous Thursday afternoon! I've been busy all morning getting colour labels printed, hand-writing labels for my plants (good grief my printing is awful!!) and putting the plants on trays. I need to laminate the colour labels next! It's a STUNNING autumn day today - not a cloud... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on this gorgeous early autumn morning. It's getting warm now, oh bother it, but it was lovely and cool early this morning - I put long trousers on for the first time in ages. I'm now back in my shorts though! The tunnel house parts arrived FINALLY at about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there again.. I say again because I wrote a newsy post and then this darned typepad system lost it AGAIN! Long story short, big debacle re our tunnel house delivery yesterday.. seems part of it is damaged. After numerous phone calls and not being phoned back, spoke to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's early Monday afternoon and I'm finally making time to do this post! This morning I've been on the phone a bit trying to find out what's happened to part of our tunnel house that was shipped from Invercargill on Wednesday afternoon. I should have been delivered on Friday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
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... not much rain really! Hi well we woke yesterday to stormy weather - a very blustery NW wind and some horizontal rain. I went to get our vegetables at the farm shop at about 9.30am and while I was there the rain really started to set in. Yay I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, here is a link to the article that was written about me and my art. It went into the Admire Magazine which is a monthly supplement that comes out with our local newspaper. Just click on the page and it will become bigger so you can read it easily.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Art for Heart's Sake