A blue day

July 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

This Sunday we went to Westward orchards for some blueberry picking and to listen to the bluegrass jam that happens on the barn porch every Sunday through summer. Maisie took the direct route to picking!



The jam was a lot of fun to listen to, and Maisie enjoyed getting her face licked by a friendly dog. So all in all a good day! It inspired me to practice some fiddle tunes for this weekends festival. I’m not sure how much our new neighbors are appreciating this!! We also ate the last of this round of vegetables from the garden. Bad planning means there’s going to be a gap now until the next set is ready, except for tomatoes! Hopefully i’ll work it out a bit better next year. There’s lots of cosmos and zinnia though, and a couple of bells of Ireland stems are coming up at last!




July 21, 2013 § 7 Comments

This weekend I did the flowers for a small wedding. It was so hot at the end of the week that I was stressing about keeping the flowers alive, so I commandeered the kitchen fridge, expelling everything except milk and blueberries. I turned into a complete fridge dictator, guarding the fridge, and demanding that it be shut immediately if anyone dared to try to squeeze something else in…. Whoops!! But it worked, the flowers made it. Now I just have to be nice to people again!

Here’s the brides bouquet:


Being in a country quite far from home, with a good airport (read fairly cheap flights to Ireland and England), and pretty nice weather, we get lots of visitors. Currently it’s my sister and brother-in-law, who happens to be my husbands oldest friend (it does feel a bit incestuous)! We haven’t lived in the same country for nearly 10 years, so its been great spend so much time with them and to have a long visit. BUT, I can be extremely antisocial sometimes, and while they all went out last night I stayed in with the baby, so I was quite excited to find myself on my own for the first time in about 10 days after she went to sleep! I celebrated by playing with the leftover flowers from the wedding, drinking a couple of cold beers and listening to some Audie Blaylock and Redline. It was pretty great. I’m joining up to Jane’s flowers in the house again, with the leftovers sitting on my porch! Looking forward to seeing what everyone’s up to!


Boxes, mops, cats and flowers… a busy week!

July 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last week was a crazy week of moving house. In the middle of the mess I had the chance to take a break and make a bouquet for a 20th wedding anniversary. It was fun to catch my breath and enjoy being in the new house. When I delivered the arrangement I got to meet two beautiful siamese cats and discuss some wedding flowers. One of the cats (Sophie I think) even sat on my knee….it made my day! It was a bit of a rush getting the flowers, but for this arrangement I used some roses, cala lilies, freesia, local zinnias, snapdragons and of course some greens I found down by the river mixed in with the the ‘official’ greens.


In among all the moving I completely ignored my garden for a few days in the heat, and it paid me back…. some of the pea vines were completely scorched, and a ground hog (I think) has been having a good munch on the broccolli plants. Im so annoyed with myself!! But on the other hand, the rest is still growing great on its own, and we’ve been eating carrots, peas, lots of lettuce, squash and zuccinni, and I found my first sweet pea flower blooming! In other news, I am an Auntie again!

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