Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Valiant Vulcan.

 For no reason at all, here are some lovely high end, no rubbish things. Like Hydrangeas. Luff them Sick.
But not as much as bromeliads. Especially ones struck from a cutting.
 Baked Cheescake.
 Sufficient Cushions.
 My sister's avocado, mango and macadamia nut salad. It tastes just as summer should.
 Shrubs that survive drought, gale force winds, hail, varmints and other old testament conditions
 The sand crab soufflé in the lobster bisque at Montrachet.
 The colour orange
 The Zebra Pegasus scarf. It's attractiveness knows no limitations 
 Orchids in Bloom.
 Pink furniture.
 Succulents. Such good stalwarts and garden survivors.
 Sequins. They ask for so little and give so much.
 Blue and white plates.
 A resort holiday
 Geraniums. You can't kill them with a blow torch and they'll bloom when nothing else will.
 Paintings that look like my zebra pegasus scarf.
 scented geranium leaves.
 leopard print
 An overdone coalface tree. This was mine last year:
 Pattern Clash.
 Iceberg Roses. Hooray for floribundas.
 bulbs that you forgot about and then suddenly bloomed.
 the scent of fresh basil
Bromeliads. They divide the masses but what else survives hardcore shade and drought?
 In the community service part of the blog Asos has 20% off everything with the code CYBER.
And in other news, this little kid graduated from kindy last night. It was so sweet- they all wore mortar board hats and gowns! So proud, so thankful, so grateful, so lucky.
He told me that he wanted what sounded like a Valiant Vulcan or a Valium Vulcan for Christmas.
I know. 
I was confused too.
Further research revealed that what he wants is the Millennium Falcon space ship from Star Wars. 
Happy Thanksgiving to my beautiful American friend C and to my American readers. I've loved reading your blogs about Thanksgiving food and decor prep, especially Stephen Andrews- so funny and entertaining.
In Solidarity, I am roasting a turkey and actioning other Thanksgiving style accoutrements and I've baked a pie.
May the Force Be With You All. 
Where ever You Are.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I planted lots of little mad hatter (cuphea) plants at the start of the year and they're finally joining up to become a teeny tiny hedge arrangement. Goody. 
In sad news though, the world has gone stark raving mad in the last few weeks. The television news has become virtually unwatchable. 
So this post is going to be heavy on the garden and bright colours.

 Hello Elina. I luff how black spot doesn't seem to attack you.
Succulents divide the masses but I remain a Devoted Fan.
Went to the Happiness Place Christmas shopping night which was a lot of fun. That's my gorgeous childhood neighbour from 1978 L on the right in the caftan! She found me again through this blog!
Luff me some leopard print sequins. So cheering and such a great neutral.
Whipped up a cocktail hat. Worked a treat with that YSL clutch from about 2007.
Said Yes to Missoni. With Lurex.
And can I just say how thrilled I was when these gorgeous day lilies from Grandma's garden bloomed? After I transplanted them I thought they'd died.
They are the best colour. And they'll always remind me of her.
You can't really tell but that cushion is covered in sequins. So pretty.
whipped up some béchamel.
And this lovely book arrived! So inspiring. Carolyn creates Perfection.
 My baby water lilies are finally growing! Happy Times.
Can anyone tell me the pattern on these euro sized pillows?
Started planning your Christmas table? Seems sensible to get organised.
Meanwhile, the last few weeks have been frantic what with work being super busy, illness, prep looming and all that entails and general non specific end of year rush stuff. This year has gone too fast.
So, stay disciplined and calm. Garden hard. Make your bed. Iron everything that is wrinkled. Post those christmas cards. And paint those nails.
That is all.

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