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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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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 4 days ago 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
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