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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi honeys, firstly I must apologise for my lack of posts last week. We had a frantic week getting ready to go up north for one of my niece's weddings. We left on Friday morning, flew to Wellington (25 minutes) then drove for 4.5 hours to Havelock North. The wedding... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season and Happy New Year! Finally I am human again after that dang bug John and I got! As I mentioned John was able to enjoy a gorgeous Christmas dinner but I wasn't. Needless to say I made up for it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi everyone, I hope you all had the most amazing Christmas spent with family and friends. Ours was a little different - thoroughly frustrating- this year. Last Thursday John started feeling ill and it soon turned into a bout of fairly mild but still very irksome gastroenteritis. Needless to say... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, sorry it's been a few days since I've posted yet again! We had a very exciting week last week... we became grandparents to a gorgeous little girl, Hadley Pearl Foes, born in Blenheim on Tuesday 12 December (yay, first day of Christmas) 1.35pm, 7lbs.. 53cm long! Here she... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, well what an interesting week it's been. I also forgot to mention last Sunday that I had my Grade 5 ballet exam on the Saturday. I haven't had my results yet but I feel as though I did the best I possibly could. I didn't make any mistakes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Ahem, or so it feels! Oh my goodness this weather is the pits. Constant blue skies and sunshine and everything is drying out as I watch, including me! Each day the temperature has been going up one or two degrees so today we should hit 27 degrees C. The extended... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yes another week has gone by and oh my goodness, it's almost Christmas! How in the world did that happen?? I'll be putting up our Christmas tree this time next week - so exciting. I love EVERYTHING about Christmas but especially our tree! We've kept the same theme (crystal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, yes I'm still alive - just chasing my tail every day or so it seems. John has just returned from a month in the UK which does explain why my posts have been even more erratic than usual. I've been doing all of the tasks he normally does,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, yes it's been another frantic week for me, with very long days and me running around in all directions doing all sorts of things! I DID manage to get some gardening done on Wednesday when a dear friend came over to help me. Such a wonderful, gorgeous, helpful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, oh my goodness this week has been frantic what with one thing and another. I received my 55th order through my website this week which is fantastic and I'm looking at adding a ''Special Annual Flowers'' section to my website too. I've been growing double cosmos seedlings and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Art Studio
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Hi honeys, here's a photo of me at the talk the other night: Now to my gardening frustration. The only reason I am on this computer is because I'm grabbing a quick cup of tea before launching myself outside into the garden. It is a bright, sunny (soon to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
...about my passion and love for plants and gardening! Last night I gave a talk to the local Heritage Rose Society and it was so lovely. There is something about being a room with people who share a love of plants and gardening. I took some of my perennials -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, well firstly it's been a fairly frantic week. Labour weekend (this weekend) is the main gardening weekend in the New Zealand calendar - the time when everyone who has a vegetable garden leaps into it with gusto (weather permitting) to plant summer crops galore. The sales on my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi gorgeous ones, oh brother what a week and a bit I've had. I've managed to get a T7 thoracic sprain which literally stopped me in my tracks a couple of days this week. Straight to physio and it is on the mend.. slowly but surely. I don't believe in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
... more rain is predicted from tomorrow (Saturday) through to Tuesday!! Aaaaggggggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I had every intention of spending the entire weekend weeding in my perennial garden and planting some summer vegetables but alas this doesn't look likely now! I'm so peeved because when the weather clears again the garden will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi there, well what a week it was last week, followed by a wonderful weekend in New Plymouth to celebrate Mum's 90th birthday! Her birthday was all the more special because she almost died twice after her broken hip op earlier this year! She's so, so gorgeous! I'll post more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, oh boy I've done it again... I must stop apologising for not posting daily the way I used to - the truth is I don't have the time these days it seems. The time I would normally use to do a post is being taken up with website... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Here it is: I love Spring so much. There is such a feeling of new growth and hope in the air and the birds are beyond busy building nests ready for their offspring. We had a fairly good week weather-wise with less rain than we've had lately. We did get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, I just breathed a huge sigh of relief because the last couple of times I've tried to sign in over the last few days to post I haven't been able to get onto the site for some reason. Crikey and phew! Yet again my brain is like a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, well my brain is like a washing machine on permanent spin cycle at the moment. Oh wait - it must be SPRING!! I am eating, sleeping, dreaming, walking, talking, thinking seedlings permanently at the moment. Add to that my perennials for my website and you have total upheaval... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, crikey 7 days since I last posted.. I'm getting WORSE not better! I had a frantically busy rest of week last week because we were going away for the weekend to celebrate my dearest friend's 50th birthday in Wellington. It's daft but it takes as much preparation to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, we've had a few days of beautiful sunshine and blue skies. The mornings have been chilly and so has the light breeze that's come up every afternoon but at least things are starting to dry out a little! We no longer have a slushy quagmire on the lawn, just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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 Aug 18, 2017 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 Aug 14, 2017 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