Saturday, 3 October 2015

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them

I don't mind weeds, in my garden or with people, it's all about not being judgmental at the end of the day don't you think.

Do you see a weed, or do you see a beautiful bright yellow flower?


So how has your week been?  Fun? Interesting? Same same?

Thursday was a colourful day, layers of lovely orange and reds with basic black.  The weather was glorious again!!  A day of taking off the top layer and putting it back on again if you know what I mean.

Maybelle follows me around when it is egg gathering time, she is the one that lays her eggs in the garden for me to find.

Yay for awesome weather!!

That evening I went to the opening of and Exhibition at The Garden Arts Gallery as Dawn was one of the Exhibitors and her good friend Jo was the other feature artist.  The spares girlfriends mum came and picked me up and off we went to the Gallery.  The girls had worked hard and a nice sized crowd of people turned up for opening night.  It was lovely and you may not believe this, but I forgot to take photos!!  It was a really pleasant evening.

Jo's is a talented painter but her paintings are well out of my budget, so I bought three of her cards that I can frame instead.  If you want to check out her work then look her up.

Friday I felt hints of Orange was required, so hints of Orange it was.  

I went to pick  up a Yellow Lavender plant from my plant lady and she gave me the lovely bright Petunia for free.  I buy loads of plants from her so that was rather nice.  The tunic I found at Habitat while out and about.

I went to Ngaruawahia (pronounced, Na-roo-a-woh-he-a) to pick up these two green swans for my sister.  The lady was out so I had to put the money through the mail slot in her door.  She had the most cutest house with the loveliest garden, hence the sneaky photo.  Check out her box hedging.

I had a look in a couple of charity shops but found nothing so stopped off at a church in the main road because of this.

Apart from Mary having a sweet little place to hang out the flowering tree was stunning.  Messy but stunning.  I think it was a Rhododendron.

On my way home I got side tracked by horses grazing in a paddock.  I was supposed to be heading out to see Sue W but time got the better of me.  I think horses are so graceful.

There was this little old wobbly shed 
with grass growing on it's roof. 

I fell in love with the little horse, who wouldn't.  Pretty cute.

I finally got home late afternoon.

I made myself a cafe style lunch.

I have so many things flowering in the garden at the moment and it makes me so happy.  My garden really is my happy place.

These guys love the garden too.

This morning TOF and I went out for a while and ended up in town to have coffee at a friend of TOFs coffee shop.  While we were waiting for our drinks I had a wander across the road to a new ANZAC memorial in our main street.

This dude came up to me and asked to have his photo taken with me, just before he asked if I had any money.  Makes me wonder what his life has been like and what has lead him to where he is now.  I had no cash and he was polite, but we watched him stop everyone walking along the street.

TOF and I sat outside and had CAKE with our drinks.  He had the one on the left, Lemon cake with a berry topping and I had Carrot cake with a caramel sauce and yogurt.  Needless to say, they were divine and I don't think I will be needing any lunch.

I planted the Yellow Lavender in a pot and planted some other things out in the garden when we got home.  Think the rest of the day is looking pretty cruisey.

Things to make you think:

***Have a lovely weekend***


Poppy Q said...

Sue - love your outfits, you bright flower.

Never seen yellow lavender before.

I just love your friend Jo Gallaghers painting. I saw her work at the art show this year. I loved stitchbird and was very tempted to buy it, but it was above my art budget. Her work is wonderful , and I love the spirited birds.

We had some sunshine here today too - nice to sit outside and suck it up.

Julie and Poppy Q

Beth Waltz said...

Are you absolutely certain you want to change your cut and color? This 'do highlights your eyes so well!

Thanks for sharing your POV with us, Sue. This post has it all, from weeds whose beauty is visible when seen nose to nose, to a panhandler with Maori (?) tats whose story is probably as much a mystery to him as it is to us. I especially appreciated the contrast between the creaky grass-roofed shed and the tidiest of homes with a box-edged garden!

Melanie said...

Now I feel warm - not from a hot flash either. Heh. Lovely post. I always wondered how poor weeds became so reviled. Their flowers are as pretty as other flowers. If they were on social media, you can bet they'd get more respect. I've also always had a fondness for ramshackle buildings.
Your friends are clearly very talented and I'm glad they had a good turnout for their opening.
And great outfits - especially with dingle-ball trim. Haha! Clearly spring suits you.

Nancy J said...

Love those purple blooms, and guess what? I am looking after a friend's mail for a few days, and down their drive they have PINK bluebells!!! Your purple bell shaped flower? almost furry? what is that one? and lovely outfits too. Spring is here, one tree is cut, family arrived Friday night, they helped, and I was only on muffin and coffee duty.

Sandra said...

Love your garden Sue, I have looked and looked in the manawatu for white or yellow lavender with no luck. Will just admire yours

Angels have Red Hair said...

I didn't even know you could get yellow lavender … you learn something new every day :0)

Goody said...

Dandelions are the best sort of weed-they give you salads and wine. Around here people batter and deep fry the flower heads as a starter, but I haven't personally tried it.

Our local police and politicians have been really sticking it to the homeless of late, which seems so unbearably cruel. By the time someone is homeless they don't need a police record for vagrancy, or to be run out of the public library for loitering. The mentality where they think kicking someone that's down is somehow helpful seems to be the prevailing one these days. I just do not understand it. You're a good person, Sue. Treating someone decently regardless of their situation ought to come naturally to people, but sadly, it doesn't.

freckleface said...

I would so hate to have to live on the streets and ask people for money or food. I hope somebody was able to help him out. I can tell your garden is your happy place, it really is so beautiful. Mind you everywhere you take us to looks gorgeous. Your blog sure is a good advert for NZ. Love that first outfit with the on again off again cardi. Yellow lavender? Well, well... Xxx