Monday, November 29, 2010

Busy Times!

My Winchester Cathedrals

 Harvest has started (slowly), the roses are out.............deadheading required, Christmas Trading is in full swing with new stock arriving all the time, I have been helping with the Choreography for my son's first school production on this Thursday night and I have just had my first stall at the Maitland Art and Craft Fair.

Life is busy but it is amazing what you can get done when you are so busy!

Really looking forward to the show on Thursday night.

Special thanks to lovely Bec from Life In the Country Lane for helping me move my stall out of the weather Sat. lovely to catch up in the flesh!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Oh Fiddlesticks!

Don't you just love a talented friend.............

  I am so excited to introduce to you Fiddlesticks Design by my gorgeous friend Sarah Hollams. 

This lovely lady is a local girl, mother to 3 beautiful boys, a dedicated farmers wife and one of the most talented decorators I know! (You should see her house!)

She was so shy when she first showed me her designs.
As soon as I saw them I just had to have them in my shop

I absolutely love Sarah's style and they compliment my wares so well.

For more take a look in my store!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In My Garden Today

Winchester Cathedral

English Box & Icebergs

My garden is no 'Fawley' but now in its fourth year it is finally starting to take shape!

I had a lovely stroll around the garden in the beautiful weather this afternoon and took these snaps to share.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fabulous Fawley

Ruth & the Girls

The Veggie Garden!

The Parking Space!

The most beautiful tennis court ever.

The topiary garden- not as good as Simon Griffith's photo!

Ruth & the Girls behind the Pierres full of buds!

I was very honoured indeed to be able to take my YP Garden Girls to see the magical garden of Fawley,an Adelaide Hills property belonging to dear family friends Ruth and Mal Hemmerling. 

Now I have been there many a time over the years but even I still get excited every time we head on up the plane tree lined driveway!

I had explained to the girls that it was a rare treat but there is no real way to even describe this property's true beauty.

You may have seen it pop up in the Real Estate section of SA Life, in last months Country Style Magazine or in the newly released book Rural Australian Gardens by Myles Baldwin and in my previous post.

On entering in to the French Provincial style kitchen via the gorgeous mudroom we all looked at each other and said "lets go in together and buy it............can we please?"

Ruth had made us a beautiful cake, coffee and we sat down to chat about gardens and where we were from and at with our gardens. Mal pulled out the album of before photos when Falwey was merely a house on a hill surrounded by paddocks.

Then the stroll around the garden escorted by Ruth. With the girls gushing and 'asking what plant is this?' It was truly evident that Ruth is a real gardener with a huge amount of knowledge and experience.

I didn't want to leave (never do) but we headed off to the Woodside Providore for a gourmet lunch and a bottle of Adelaide Hills Sav Blanc to cap off a perfect day out!
I purchased my copy of Rural Australian Gardens from Matilda Bookshop (the most quaint and inviting store) at Stirling, the last copy in the store and I was not disappointed.

Thanks Ruth & Mal for sharing and inspiring us.
The photos say the rest!