Friday, 2 March 2018

Allow the beauty of your soul to shine.

What a lovely sentiment.  I got it from the dearest little book I found whilst out among the op shops called 'Well-being, Creating a life of prosperity'.  What else did I find you may well ask?

The little cage I am going to put in one of my trees with the door wired back, someone may want to live there, or something may grown in it.
I couldn't leave this glorious old basket behind, or the black trim.

Vintage tin, that little book and a set of brass monkeys!!

All of this, including the wooden tray came from a trip to Morrinsville and Cambridge one afternoon.  The tray and the sifter were both $8 each and everything else I found was $3 each.

The garden is nearing the end of it's most productive time, some of the Chillis  have been artistically shaped.
Walnuts are starting to drop, and I have picked at least 3 kilos of blackberries, most have been re homes!!  Florence to the right had been secretly laying the pile of eggs and was unpleased when her stash was discovered.

As one plant finishes flowering another begins.

Follow the leader with Big at the front and Toebee at the end.

My favourite summer frock is getting closer to the end of it's life expectancy, and it will be a sad day when we have to say farewell.

I grew, picked and hung to dry all this beautiful Statice.  I think I will repeat the process next season as it is so pretty.

My lovely friend Anne painted this darling little picture and then gave it to me.

Clever pants Dawn had this selection of lovelies ready to head of to galleries so they could fine themselves a home.  

Finally a SuesDay happened and we drove to Te Awamutu to get among the op shops. Sue scored some bits and bobs.  I found nothing until we went into the Trade Aid Shop.  How I love the Trade Aid shops that have been around for so long now and never disappoint with such beautiful things for sale. The crosses are on the Wall of Whimsy now.

 So much love for this beautiful young man!

Upside down photos making Sheba look like she is laughing.
Unconditional love!!

Garden Wisdom,
my Mantra for this year.

from my little book

A generous heart,
kind speech
and a life of service
and compassion
are the things
which renew humanity.



Poppy Q said...

Your post made me smile Sue. It is sad that summer is coming to an eand, but we have been lucky this year.

Dawn does a perfect job of capturing how I feel when I have my togs on!!

Julie and Poppy Q

chris azzopardi said...

Sue you find great stuff at your op shops, so jealous, lovely pics of your gorgeous animals, still trying to pluck up the courage to start a blog, my life isn't as exciting as yours lol, hope you have a great week. Chris xoxo

Vix said...

That dress is fab, I hope you find a replacement for it soon!
How cute is that sifter? I've only ever seen them on NZ and Aussie blogs. I wonder if they existed in the UK? xxx

Polyester Princess said...

You did very well in the op-shops, Sue! My favourites are the vintage tin, the brass monkeys and the sifter. And the crosses you found on SuesDay! I'm loving your artistically shaped chilis too! Hope you find a replacement for that wonderful dress. It's always a bit sad having to let go of a favourite item of clothing. xxx

Leeanne said...

Major OPshop haul! I think you certainly qualify at looking on the bright side! The world needs more!

Bibi Maizoon said...

Such finds!
You have such brilliantly creative friends- love the paintings & the statues.
What's in the Vanilla packet & are those cookie stamps?

Kiwionholidays said...

Fab blog as usual catchup soon

cheers to all

Goody said...

Brass monkeys has such a great ring to it, like it should be code for working up your nerve or something. "Well love, I got my brass monkeys so I might as well get on with the skydiving..." etc. And they are indeed, very nice brass monkeys.

You have me paying attention to baskets when I'm out shopping as all your lovely ones have convinced me I need them too. Have a great week.

Natural Medley said...

I love your animals walking in a row!
Your chillies are hilarious.
I'm impressed with your statice stamina. They look really lovely in that basket.
Your home must be overflowing with cute finds if this is anything to go by!
Well done! And RIP favourite dress. xo Jazzy Jack

Beth Waltz said...

I've that "Kitty Crossing" sign, too! A friend gave it to me when he noticed the local barn cats had worn a path across my back yard to their buffet. All that's lacking is a gnome with a lollipop.

sallyhicks said...

Darling Toebee ... he just glows with goodness and love. We are still in hot summer down here. I hope it lasts a bit longer yet