Golden Celebration

Like Faux Fuchsia, I've not really felt the urge to blog much this past month or so, and fear I have lost my blogging Mojo. Inadvertently we seem to be in psychic synch.

 Lady of Shalott

I have spent the week decluttering like a woman possessed. I'm pretty sure there is more to go, but I've sold outgrown baby equipment and furniture, I've decluttered the kids toys and books and taken loads of old linen/ outgrown clothes/ unused gifts dating back to our Engagement (so they would be 15 years old and never used) to the local Charity store.

Farewell orange silk dress ruined by a well known Adelaide Dry Cleaning chain. 


I've spent a lot of time photographing my roses. If you're so inclined to follow me on Instagram (anadelaidevilla) I will happily bore the pants off you with all my rose photo close ups.

Adelaide d'Orleans climbing rose, an Old World rose. It's not a repeat flower sadly.

Sharifa Asma bushes, Adelaide d'Orleans and Flag Irises, seaside daisy in the foreground.

Sharifa Asma, a David Austin rose. Smells divine.

I've spent a lot of time bemoaning the varmint that roam the AV garden. We don't get bush turkeys in South Australia (thank God - those things are horrendous looking), but we do have possums as large as dogs (so many possums - I'm about to evict one from our roof. So far I'm shopping around for quotes but it will cost $600!! Highway robbery!!), and marauding flocks of parrots.

Rainbow Lorikeets. Arch Enemy of Roses

All this time of year all around our neighbourhood you see little Rainbow Lorikeet heads popping out of tree hollows. I can hear the parents instructing their babies on where to find the juiciest rose buds in the neighbourhood. Apparently that's in our garden. Once they've finished eating that, they dig up all my babies tears in the side garden looking for grubs. Here is the sad result of their feasting - my Golden Celebration which was half nibbled on each of the buds. They're almost all opening out lopsided.

sad



Last week was weirdly cold and chilly. Here is the Zebra Pegasus I have in the blue colour way, and which I've been wearing non stop due to its versatility. The original photo I put of it on Instagram sparked a stampede (it launched into Melbourne first in the world it seems) after I suggested/bullied my Hermes loving blog friends into buying it too. Bloggers Faux Fuchsia, Hobart Housewife, Coulda Shoulda Woulda and blog commenter Pamela have all bought it too in different colour ways. Hermes deity Mai Tai herself owns it as well, but I can't claim to have influenced her at all. I think.


I've baked bread, as I usually do on weekends because I'm too lazy to go to the shops to buy fresh. I've also made a batch of chicken sandwiches (above) that I'm going to take to afternoon tea at my Aunt C's today. 


Don't be put off by the 1 Kilogram Kalamata Olives label on this jar. It's full of a double batch of homemade Lemon Curd. Delicious. And so good for you with all that Vitamin C in it.


After Faux Fuchsia recommended Burial Rites by Hannah Kent so highly, I read it. Loved it. Very stark, and such a harsh life in Iceland back then. I've also struck gold while browsing the Dillon's Bookstore bargain table - I bought "Longbourne" for $7.99 - the story of Pride and Prejudice told from the servant's perspective (fun read with so much detail of how hard life was then below stairs. You will thank God for having a washing machine), "Mad Women" for $9.99 which was written by an Ad woman who worked in New York during the 60's (and was a working mother because she wanted to be, so was quite groundbreaking back then), "The Towering World of Jimmy Choo" for $6.99 which is about how the Jimmy Choo brand was built - more a business book about luxury good retailing and branding and quite interesting, and "Provence, 1970" for $7.99 which I'm part way through, about the few months that Julia Child, MFK Fisher, James Beard and their partners spent in Provence together - they were the most influential foodies in the USA at the time and were reinventing food after the advent of the convenience food and prepackaged meal bonanza of the 1950's.

Pamela, Faux Fuchsia and Me tripping the light fantastic in Melbourne this time last year**


Now, in good news, I've finally found my new handbag! You may recall this post in which I bemoaned the ugly ranges of hand bags that were currently out and about. Well, I was idly flicking through Instagram when I spied this - the Genius That Is Karl has combined two iconic Chanel items into one. Behold the Chanel Jacket- Handbag.

via Porter Magazine's Instagram


via CouldaShouldaWoulda's Pinterest

But after falling in love with the jacket- bag, I saw this Chanel tassel Cushion influenced handbag and am now torn. Thoughts?


via CouldaShouldaWoulda's Instagram 

And if you're looking for a giant padlock necklace and some ripped melon coloured leggings with matching cropped roll neck top this season, then Chanel also has you covered.

About the only thing I haven't managed to do Faux Fuchsia wise this week is to wear sequins.

Keep it together.


**joking - not us - photo via Eviwild's Instagram of people I don't personally know in Paris

55 comments:

  1. WOW...snap.....my garden is full of Sharifa Asma roses (my fave) and I am reading Longbourn bought from Dillons on Norwood Pde !!

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    1. too funny - love browsing those bargain tables, have picked up some gems on there over the years. Enjoy the roses!

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  2. I Love every single thing about this post except the filthy possums and the birds that ate that rose!

    Your garden looks so good.

    Declutter hard xxx

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    1. I am finding the possum situation Emotionally Challenging. He is quite noisy and spends a lot of time scratching himself, which makes me worry about fleas.

      Tight photo angles are a bloggers best friend!

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    2. Your roses are gorgeous! Our Golden Celebration is in full bud but not out yet. So far only the climbers. Sorry to hear about the possums and the birds! We don't seem to have possums here but our son's roof in Sydney is the possum trampoline. They jump about on it all night, sometimes making weird screeching noises. They also eat all our DIL's tomatoes and strawberries.
      Your new books look good! Agree about Burial Rights. It haunts you for nights after finishing. Have just bought yet another biography of Coco.
      Which brings me to Karl. Those handbags are so you! Not!!! Love Chanel, but Karl's having a bit of a lend of us I think. The padlocks on chains - he seems to be asking for fashion victims with some of these recent offerings. Getting very eccentric. Thank goodness for Hermes.
      Those chicken sandwiches are making me feel hungry!
      Days are passing v quickly! So looking forward to seeing your garden for real! But still panicking about what to wear. Pammie xx

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    3. The possums can be so noisy at night running across the roof. If there's one animal that has adapted well to urban life it is the possum…
      I've done a lot of reading in the past month - it's been nice! Probably the advantage of school holidays and no school pick up and drop off which is such a time suck.
      I'm starting to think that Karl is showing early signs of dementia. He may have fooled us by looking youthful, but really he is getting quite advanced in years…
      Am hopeful you will all not find my garden disappointing in real life!!

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    4. Absolutely not! I'm sure we'll love it. Even in winter it will be beautiful because of the brilliant architecture of the garden itself!
      That's interesting about Karl. Maybe you're right. I saw those padlocks on chains around the necks of the store dummies in Chanel windows in the Westfield Centre, Sydney about a week ago. They looked heavy and totally weird, hideous really. Hate the idea of padlocks. Can't imagine anyone wearing them in real life. In Paris they're trying to get them off the bridges and now Karl wants to put them onto women!
      Saw "Advanced Style" today. Loved it. Those amazing women were all doing their own thing individually and alone but once they'd been identified by Ari Seth Cohen and appeared on his blog they seem to have become friends and even have fans. So wonderful that at their ages (one was over 100) they can still get such fun out of life through their personal style. Loved their sense of humour about their ages too. One said she doesn't buy green bananas any more. Another gave her age as between 50 and death. They were a real delight. It's all about making the most of what we have, every day.
      Good luck with possum-napping. Be sure to take them miles away from your home before you release - have heard they can find their way back! Dreaders if you'd paid out $600 to get rid of them. Pammie

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    5. No! It's illegal to release them too far from home. They are territorial and die if they leave their area apparently, and they're a protected species (no idea why as they are thriving in urban areas). No one will take them far away.. the trick is to block up all the holes they're entering your roof in. And do a possum box in the trees nearby. Advanced Style sounds fab! If I ever get to the movies this year, I'll try to catch it!

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  3. Keep it together Heidi in the sequins department! I don't want you to ever knowingly under cater in sequins.
    I give your post a solid 4 stars! You typed your socks off.
    Man . . . . you had me going with that pic of the chaneloooos. I really thought that was you 3. HEHE.
    Ohhh birdies destroying your garden. That is shame. My daughter has an eagle eye and loves birds and I thought I needed more bird attracting plants. . . umm no. Sorry birds. Because I aspire to have a similar garden to yours one day. You couldn't bore me with the rose pics!! Keep going!

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    1. I fear I am under sequinned in life, so this is my challenge. I thought that photo was pretty funny too!! No, no special designer bags in my life at present!
      Agree with you about the birds - would love to attract them on one hand, but the mess they make destroying the garden is a bit of a downside.
      More rose pictures to come, buds everywhere, and I'm about to see some Pierre de Ronsards and Claire Austin's this week I think!!

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  4. My blogging joie de vivre has gone AWOL also.
    I have been admiring the roses in our 'hood. Our garden looks good at the moment, thanks to my fella's handiwork and my enthusiastic pruning a few weeks ago.
    Luff all the roses about.
    No filthy varmints destroying our garden.
    So how do we get our bloggy mojo back?

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    1. Maybe it's a spring thing? Hope you get your blog mojo back too.
      You're so lucky not to have a Possum Plague at your place. They keep me awake at night stomping all over the roof… the downside of living in areas with a lot of trees.

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  5. You channel well! A cheesecake snd I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

    Love your different roses, David Austin should set you up as a ambassador down there. So why is getting rid of a possum as much as a buying a farm of possums?

    It's mercury retrograde with eclipses so explains everyone's lack of mojo. Slowly but surely and don't get any funny ideas!!

    Loving the scarf although haven't worn it but this collection is do good plus they do zebra Pegasus in cashmere silk shawl so I now blame you for my shopping quandary!!!! X

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    1. Forgot the Cheescake!! Oops. David Austin himself has said when he's been to Adelaide that he can't believe the size the roses grow here. Apparently they're about double the size they grow to in England.
      I don't know why the possum thing is so many $$ But I suspect the possum removal expert will arrive driving a new BMW or something.
      You need to wear the scarf!! A cashmere one would be divine - it's such a good print. Actually, so many good designs this year it's hard to stop at one.

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  6. Love those roses - I love a close up flower shot.

    I used to lose the blogging mojo a lot and then gave up when Life got in the way. Please don't - I really look forward to your posts.

    I envy your declutter. We have had our school fete which has been a huge amount of time. Over today (and marvellous..) I long to throw some stuff out !

    Keep the rose pics coming.
    x

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    1. Well, prepare yourself emotionally Ann, because there'll be a lot more close up rose shots in the blog for the next month or so!!
      I wish you still blogged, I really enjoyed it!
      School fetes are very time consuming. You must feel enormously relieved it's over for another year! I've definitely been on a roll with the decluttering. I feel like I do this a lot actually, but I guess that's the thing with having children - they're always outgrowing things!

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  7. Those flowers are so gorgeous.. :)

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    1. They are - it's the best time of year!

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  8. You had me at "marauding parrots."

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    1. Ha! Would gladly send them your way fred!

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  9. Luff this post and so funny too. Thanks for spotting those ripped melon leggings for me I was just thinking I could use a pair. These possum creatures sound very scary, and $600 for a removal, do they bite or something?
    Good job on the de-cluttering, it's such satisfying work isn't it. Please keep blogging about your garden I find it very interesting and cheering as we go into winter here.xo

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    1. I think the leggings would work back nicely with some Brora cashmere Dani… could be an interesting look!
      Possums do bite when cornered, mostly they are harmless outside, but if you ever get one inside they can be quite scary when they panic and try to escape. I'm not sure why it's so expensive though!! Am trying to think of a DIY method and spending the money on shoes instead.
      Hope the move is going well, and there'll definitely be a lot more rose pictures in the next month!

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  10. Sorry Heidi but dont like either bag, but love the flowers pics with the kodak blue sky, the first one reminds me of the opening of the David Lynch film "Blue Velvet"

    Are those purple lilies by the wall? forgot what they're called but they bring back long lost memories, we used to have white ones. No parrots around here just dive bombing magpies, one chased my cat into the kitchen awhile ago v. funny.

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    1. What!!! You don't like either of those bags?? I'm Shocked! Well, I guess I'll have to save that $10,000 I'd put aside for the cushion tassel one instead. I'm sure Mr AV will thank you smr!
      The purple are the flag irises. There's a few white ones in there too. The magpies are not great at this time of year - saw one diving on a cyclist the other day.

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    2. OK,OK wasn't quite sure , (for some reason didnt read the bit about ugly bags) though should have known you were joking..irises that's them..dont know where I got lilies.

      Dont leave that lemon curd near me Id steal it in a minute

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    3. I'd be happy if you did! I'm worried I'll end up eating it all, and I'm fairly sure I'd see where that 1 KG of lemon curd would go to fairly quickly...

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  11. I’m curious, if that had been you three and you had all inadvertently dressed very similar, would you have felt compelled to change? I once went to work to find that my sister who worked at the same place , just one desk apart, was dressed identically. It was quite funny. Hopping over to see the roses now. I have just a couple in flower but lots of full buds. Windrush is loaded and Graham Austin is in flower. Do you have Tamora? Small peachy rose with the most heady perfume of all. Smells a bit like sarsaparilla. Hope that mojo returns, Tonkath x

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  12. Oh the Pierres are on the cusp! Tonkath

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    1. Pierre's are my favourite!! They were my bridesmaids wedding bouquets.
      There's no chance FF, Pamela and I would dress the same - we all dress quite differently from one another. But I was at a wedding once and had the same exact dress on as another guest. That wasn't great, but we did look quite different (in a way) as she was a different height and shape to me, and we'd accessorised differently. Still…. Too funny about your sister and you!
      Don't have Tamora, sounds beautiful - I don't actually have a huge amount of roses really… well, not compared to many in Adelaide!

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  13. So enjoyed your post, I also follow Faux Fushia blog even though I have never written to her and enjoy both or your takes on life.

    I am also enjoying all the roses on IG- fortunately in Melb, possums keep away from my roses, must be better specimens elsewhere, which I am very happy about. I do have them living in our oak tree at the back of the house and they do make a lot of mess. Can never leave my washing out over night!!!!!

    My roses up at the farm are a good 2-3 weeks behind Melb. Most of them I planted over 25years ago. Thought I was smart and wrote all the names down in a garden journal. Trouble is I cant find the journal and cant remember most of the roses names!!! So it will have to be by colour only till i find my journal.

    I am also in love with your Hermes scarf and can see my name on one in blue too for my birthday. Thank you for your blog, always look forward to your posts and those of Faux Fushia too. Enjoy your week Marilyn xx

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    1. They do make a mess, I'm pretty sure their urine kills off plants too - I had a hellebore die for no reason very suddenly and it looked like a possum had wee'd on it. Very sad!
      That's nice you get a staggered rose season Marilyn - I bet you get jug fulls! Very funny about the journal. I have one of my DA's about to open out and have a total mental blank as to what it's called. Must get out my garden journal to jog my memory.
      Hope you get your scarf for your birthday - it really is my favourite one. Have a lovely week too!

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  14. Your garden's looking wonderful. My roses have just started coming out now...the only reason why I like summer; roses, agapanthus and wonderful summer fruits. Can't stand the heat!
    Love your blog.
    Linda C.

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    1. Agree with you on the heat - the late Jan-March period is my least favourite in Adelaide due to the heat. It's going to get to 35 this week, which is so hot for October!! Think my roses will all wilt quite badly, but do enjoy the fruit and flowers as you say. Have a great week Linda!

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  15. Fabulous post Heidi - love your rose photos and looking forward to lots more. Chicken sandwiches look yummy, as does that jar of lemon curd. I too have the Longbourn and Jimmy Choo books from the Dillon's sale table - snap!! $600 to remove a possum does seem very steep - perhaps I am in the wrong business! We used to get possums here ... but don't seem to have too many these days luckily. Thank you for your last post on mixing old and new - an excellent read. Have a great week - keep cool. Jo xx P.S. May I ask what size your Hermes scarf is?

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    1. Hi Jo - can't believe how warm it is! Am fearful that my roses will peak too early. I'm going to investigate hiring a possum trap from the council. Apparently much cheaper, but will involve me crawling around in the roof. But I can't stomach the thought of $600 on catching the little bugger!
      So funny re the books. The scarf's a 90cm. I don't think the Zebra Pegasus has come out in a 70cm this season, although Naomi further up in the comments mentioned it's in the shawl as well (but I have definitely not got the budget to buy one of them!!).

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  16. Your roses are superb Heidi! Must say I did a double take with the matching outfits in Melbourne :)

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    1. The only true giveaway with that photo was the colour of the "Faux Fuchsia" woman's jacket. Don't think you'd ever see FF in a brown bomber jacket somehow….

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    2. never in a million years, altho I do own the bag in REAL LIFE

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  17. Beautiful roses and I love the colourway of your zebra Pegasus. $600 seems incredibly steep: I hope you find a cheaper alternative. Hilarious bag options - Karl must be having a laugh. The sandwiches look delicious too xxx

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    1. I'm starting to think that Karl is actually going senile… he is 84 after all!! But I suspect whatever he produces is labelled "visionary" despite its dubious design credentials!

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  18. The previous owners of my place have put an electric wire along the fence boundary. Perhaps that's something worth considering once you've managed to evict the roof-dwelling possums to prevent re-entry? I'm not sure if it is effective! Love the roses, shall stalk your IG. My roses are blooming and I don't have a clue which ones are which, I shall just enjoy the beauty. Cheers, A.

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    1. I did look into the electric wire option. There's something I've seen with a sensor in it… might do that for the future Vegie garden. I will cry if they eat all of that too! The roses have given me such pleasure - and the beauty of planting them yourself is that you then know exactly what you've got (as long as you've written it down!)

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  19. Heidi,
    You and Pammie appear to be Chanel-ing FF in those flats. Isn't a Z-Peg reunion just round the corner? That looks to be a Lady of Shalott dress that got ruined. Not liking that bag especially at that price.

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    1. That's not us GSL! But it did look like it could be us, so I thought it would be funny to post!! The Z-Peg National Symposium was over the past weekend. It was a big weekend and you'll be pleased to hear that we wore ours at the same time in different ways in an ode to MaiTai.
      Aren't those bags hideous!!

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  20. Dear Heidi,
    Garden looks fab. Got all wistful seeing the irises and believe it or not the seaside daises. Never really got into gardening here in the subtopics and so pine for my gorgeous garden I had once. Jolly possums. Many a night when Mr B was on call Id here them hissing and clumping around on the roof and scare the daylights out of me.
    Your chicken sandwiches look delsih. Back in the day at the kindy cocktail party or Melbourne Cup it was always a bit of competition who made best and what was the secret ingredient to take it to the next level (Mine was cream and believe it or not chicken stock powder well it was the 90's).
    Bags would be hilarious if I wasn't for the fact that somebody or more likely 100's will buy the dream.
    Kate Bx

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    1. The possum we had living in our bedroom chimney when we first moved in scared the life out of me. He made his presence known on a night when Mr AV was away, and sounded as if he was actually in the room - I was terrified!! His removal was a happy day for me!
      Chicken sandwiches are always competitive - Mr AV's mum has a version she makes that was prescribed in exact detail by the school Mr AV went to so that there was uniform chicken sandwiches at functions. To this day she does not deviate!
      The fact that someone is buying those bags and the padlock necklace just says something is wrong with the world!

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  21. I've been working at UTS (University of Technology Sydney) for a couple of days, Im determined to find the new Gehry building and report back to you Heidi

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    1. Looking forward to hearing what it's like smr - I remember when they announced it was going to be built, seems like ages ago now and I haven't seen or heard about it since!

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  22. Hahaha! Love your handbag choices: so chic, so classic and so visionary ;-)

    I'm struggling to find time to blog and read and work and parent and organise and support and exercise and breathe. I need a doppelganger.
    Love your roses and Hermes scarf. Also loved 'Burial Rites'.

    PS. I've been buying party clothes so your theory about renovations and impractical clothes seems to spot on!

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    1. Oh yes - so visionary! Suspect we are only a few years away from seeing currently 84 year old Karl in a nursing home.
      Hope the reno started to get moving for you, and finding it very funny that you and Dani are buying party clothes - I literally have not felt the urge this year! But then ago I have about 10 years worth to get through….

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  23. fabulous! Can't believe how in sync you are with FF! All your budding flowers, jealous. Wish this drought would end so I can stick in more fleurs and wake the garden up a bit. We can only water a bit twice a week and soon it will go down from that and soon we'll have to start catching our shower water.
    Maybe I should action one of those linking C bags, esp as the old husband has a surname that starts with C. I always though I would have some topiary in our last initials but actually probably easier to get the bag don't you thin? Everyone says they go with everything.
    Must get Burial Rites

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    1. The drought we had in Oz for 8 years was terrible - hope yours breaks soon.
      I would go with the bag over the topiary. Topiary can be tricky especially if you want a C!
      I def recommend Burial Rites, it was a good book, although I have to say I've had a good run on them all.

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  24. Our David Austin, Golden Bunnies were mere twigs weeks ago and are now bursting with blooms, the perfect combination of sun and rain. I'm loving your garden updates. It appears many bloggers are feeling as you are, I hope a rest is all that's needed as I love your beautiful blog and insights into so many things. Glad I found you all those months/years ago via Faux Fuchsia

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    1. Hi Nanette, thank you for your lovely comment - I think we had the perfect conditions as well. Lots of rain over Winter that suddenly stops and then the heat… although unfortunately we had 37C temps that then meant they all literally exploded at the same time and now nothing! Oh well, waiting in anticipation for the second flush now! Hope you're enjoying your garden

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