Sunday, December 15, 2013

Summertime in the Hills

I must admit to feeling a little flat this Christmas after losing Dad a couple of weeks ago so this year will be a little quieter in our new house
Love this little find.....very old mercury Christmas balls, marked made in Occupied Japan...and I love the patina
I found this  1960's fan in a country town shop on the colour
Lots of lights went up in the garden... thank heaven for solar battery packs

Our fruit orchard is loaded with ripening fruit and we have had to net the trees from the flocks of cockatoos
Nashi Pears
Lettuces and Beans

We were given 15 pots of pink and blue Salvias which we dotted around the garden...all free at $15 a pot !!
Outside the back door ....smelling very perfumed...the first of the Gardenias in flower
.....and a loaded down Star Jasmine
Princess Alexandria of Kent
some days have been very hot and spoiling the English roses so I pick them and let them dry naturally in a vase

From the Library this week

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  1. I remember the first Christmas after my dad passed away. Sigh.... You really have some fabulous lights and oh those flowers! I can actually smell them. Love vintage ornaments. They have that great wabi sabi appeal. But then they would since they were made in Japan.

  2. You have a great knack for finding lovely old things - love the vintage baubles! What a glorious view you have. And beautiful flowers - you make me long for next summer here and roses! Have a lovely Christmas time; sorry for your loss. X

  3. Oh, they're all so beautiful! and I love the old Christmas tree ornaments! Wish we had gardenias blooming. Maybe they're under the foot of snow. lol

  4. That fan is divine! Who knew a fan could be so pretty! Xx

  5. The first Christmas without a lost loved one is always hard, and all the more for you as it's so recent. A quiet Christmas sounds a perfect way to process your feelings.
    The blue fan and the baubles, especially the box, are gorgeous. Wishing you peace at Christmas. xxx

  6. Thank you for the beautiful photos...

  7. It's such a hard time with out your dad, it's still hard for us each year with out my lovely dad. Your garden always amazes me.

  8. We lost our dad almost four years ago and holidays aren't the same. It gets easier but never better.

    Those ornaments are stunning. I have lots of vintage bulbs but none marked Occupied Japan. What a great find!

    Happy Holidays, Meg~


  9. Meg,
    This is a lovely post. Merry Christmas,

  10. I am so sorry you lost your dad. We lost my husband's mom this summer, and I miss her cheery laugh.

    On a brighter note, I love your fan and your Christmas balls. Great colors!

    Are you in Australia? I think it is summer there, is it not? I am in Florida, and it is downright chilly. We are normally warmer right now.



    1. Hi Sheila...thank you for your kind thoughts. I live in Adelaide South Australia and oh boy is it summer !! It was 117 yesterday......! xx

  11. Beautiful photos! I hope the peace of the season helps you through this rough time of just having lost your Dad. Thanks for sharing with us at TTF! Hugs!

  12. Oh Meg, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Losing a loved one so close to the holidays is especially hard. Hugs to you.

    Your photographs are lovely and those mercury glass ornaments are stunning -- perfect colors.

    Take care and stay cool!

  13. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I remember the year after my mother passed I found an old Christmas card that she had sent out the year before. It said, " with you in spirit, love mom. So I always remember that. I can't see the loved ones who are missing but I know they are with me. May you too find comfort in that. Hugs Becky

  14. I am so,, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Losing a parent really, really sucks. I hope you can still find some joy this Chirstmas, Meg. Such a hard time to lose someone too.

    I want to steal that gorgy fan! How cute is that! Love, love, love the colour!!! And those Christmas balls!! Love! You are getting some amazing scores lately, Meg.The roses (were they Pierre de Ronsards?) look so pretty dried like that. Great thinking, 99! Also love your blue mason jar. So much to love about this post!!!! xox

  15. So sorry about your dad. Praying you have a very Merry Christmas.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  16. Sorry about your dad. It's been three Christmas's without my mom AND dad. I lost them within 6 months of each other. It's still hard.

    What a sweet find! Love, love vintage balls.

    Merry Christmas!

  17. So sorry about your dad! Your pics are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. I have no words for this great post such a awe-some panels for petrol station


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