Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dietlind Wolf - amazing!

I have to share - I have come across this amazing person in the blog world
She is a stylist, I think. Everything that she puts on her blog is absolutely outstanding. Ceramics, food, nature photos - just wow. Go and have a look.

 I'm a bit confused about whether she makes the ceramics as well. I am sooooooo in love with the wonky plates in the first few images. Wish she lived in New Zealand. More specifically, Masterton!!! No worries with postage there, then!! Go and check her out. Rx

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fresh Homemade Bread.... Mmmmmm

I can officially report that the pizza oven is back in action for summer, and the weekend saw us dine in style with our lovely parents. Just thought I'd send through some photos to make you SALIVATE while you sit at your desks!!! Yummmmmmmmmmmmm............
 The smoke (above) is form the olive oil with the chicken, because the oven was so hot!! You only put food in to cook once all the wood is just glowing embers, that you push to the side. You guess the temperature. This was very hot!

OMG don't you just WISH you could smell this? And to eat .....?

The 'buffet' ready to consume - al fresco dining rough and ready!

Seasonal Changes

I arrived at my office this morning and was hit by this visual mass of blousey fluffy flowering going on in my garden. Didn't seem so OTT when I left it last week. A few photos later, and I was able to compare it to those I took in October, where the structure of buxus, flax etc is more obvious, along with the tulips. At the moment it is just 'happening'. The photos show the difference that happens in a month.

October - Tulips and Sparaxias

Exact same garden, 6 weeks later! Blousey and full of action!

October - bare branches and structure of Buxus and flax more obvious

November - all hell has broken loose!!! Same view from the footpath.

Heuchera 'Green Spice' and Euphorbia 'Chameleon'

Heuchera flowers

Tulips back in October, with no competition

I have to admit that my initial enjoyment of the mass flowering turns to tolerance, then relief when it is time to chop a lot of it back!! I do prefer the foliage contrast as the main feature, but how boring would that be 12 months of the year?? Tulips, lilies, sparaxias, deciduous trees - all add elements of change to keep the interest going.

Do you like foliage gardens, or masses of colour and flower? Or a bit of both, like me??

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bird Watching

Christmas fairy?

I had just finished trimming the Corokia cones - oops - a bit wonky!!

Cheeky little Tui, probably pondering his reflection in the window....

And my very favourite - the gorgeous big bumbling wood pigeons.
The garden is full of birds at the moment - especially my favourites - Tui and Wood Pigeon (Kereru)....Tui are here to drink the nectar from the flaxes along the wall of the house. The woodies - well they just come any time, and are very welcome.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mannequin Video with Sue Lund

You will have seen Sue's work feature on this blog before, one of these mannequins (Susan), and various artwork - now she is on YOUTUBE!! I think this video is gorgeous. Enjoy.......

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Presse Papiers

I have come across this fabulous online stationary shop called Presse Papiers. There so many items they stock, that I can't even begin to tell you. Needless to say - I fell instantly in love with this apple notepad, and very quickly snapped up this, and the green pear. If you are related to me by birth or marriage look away now, as you may just be getting one in your Christmas stocking...

If, like me, you live in the sticks, then online shops like this are just marvellous. I am about to 'let my fingers do the walking', and make another order, after seeing all the delights in for Christmas.

The link to the site is get ye there NOW!!!