Good afternoon dear friends & readers
When I stand on my cottage deck & look up the length of my section I can see the spot where the fat fluffies grave is.
It always bothered me somewhat, that it was just a patch of lawn with the stones on it made for me by my dear friend Carolyn
It always felt that someone in our lives of such significance should have a more memorable resting spot
I had tossed around the idea for awhile now to make a small garden around the area
When we first moved here a lady from further on out my road would sometimes come & gather fruit off our trees.
It appears the previous owners used to let her & I was more than happy for her to continue as fruit was one of the few things she could digest with no problems
We developed a kind of disjointed friendship over the years but often she would call in just to see the fat fluffy
|So what do ya reckon Mum ???|
Over the years I knew not to get offended when she plainly told me "No, I dont want to talk with you today, I have just come for a pat with Nero" - more often as not... this suited me to a tee
|I am hiding today & I am NOT receiving visitors thanks !!!!!!|
...though I am not sure the fat fluffy was always receptive to her attention!
So I came home recently to find a most beautiful handmade card & a granny smith apple tree left on my doorstep ... she had written the words "never will I pass your gate again & not think of him..."
It seemed like the perfect time to mark his resting spot
I couldn't think what flowers to plant until, in the middle of the night it dawned on me - of course, forgetmenots & catmint - yes, he had a fascination with cats, bordering on obsession
And as he loved to chase the grannysmith apples (he thought they were balls), the tree was just perfect :-)
|Not great photos unfortunately but I am hoping when the catmint & white shasta daisies bloom it will be lovely|
It has been 6 months now since he passed away. I still miss him like it was just yesterday.
These have been busy November days & many late nights - some spent on the floor making up batches of potpourri
There were 2 orders for Hettie Hen Doorstops that were flying out to Australia . . . the customer didnt want me to weight them as she was already very overweight in her luggage . . .
|I usually weight them with a broken brick so these two felt like a feather with nothing in them|
Back on the floor again, this time making christmas stockings for the Cottage
These two little sampler needlecases (A Country Friends design) finally got completed & are stock for the Cottage
I managed to fling together a small christmas mantlepiece late last week before a busload arrived . . . the month had kind of slipped away on me as I usually have a christmas display done well before now . . .
Not really the grand vision that I had back in February for my display this year . . . but gosh, where did the in-between months go to ???!!!
Sometimes when you rush through your days like a half crazed person (as I do) you dont get to see & appreciate the beauty & the growth in the garden ... I took my camera for a little stroll yesterday to try to capture some of it & share with you . . .
The roses are just coming into full bloom now - mine are a little later this year
The lavender path leading to the pond has a gentle haze of mauve as the lavenders come into flower
The water lillies are looking beautiful on the pond right now ...
|And some of my water iris's are flowering also|
"surely you must have a gardener?" a customer asked me last week
"yes" I replied "there are 3 gardeners here... me, myself, I..."
It is a pretty time in this part of the globe although things have taken a hammering from the strong winds we are experiencing lately
Thanks so very much to you all for popping by :-)
I am off to "park up" with a cuppa & unpick a dollies dress
Wishing you all a great rest of the week :-)