First Flowers

July was for me

a bit of a challenge,

so glad that it has come 

to an end but not without

Mother Nature wreaking

havoc on our small island.

Last week saw the strongest

winds and heavy rains ,followed

on with snow falls in many parts.

A new month has now started,

bringing calmer weather

and the joy of the first camellias

in my garden. 

This bush was given to me by

my late mother , so its flowering

holds special meaning.

I am determined to go

with the flow , much

like my scarf as the wind 

catches it and takes it

on its own way.

Our lives take us

on many different journeys,

sometimes you just have to

let it happen.

I am so glad I

have a garden to 

enjoy each new flower,

as they make their presence

felt in the bare bones of 

a winter landscape.

The vibrant colour of this

scarf  , worn over a black

background, echoes against the

stark beauty of a

magnolia tree in its 

winter glory.

I have also chosen

to add stacks of

bangles in different colours.

The taupe and black

of this little hat blend 

in well with the elements.

I found this little hat

earlier in the year at a

small local store and fell for

its style and finishing touches.

Taking the time

to enjoy the beauty

all around us is

the greatest gift.

Linking the flowers to Sacramento at Share-in-Style.



  1. Tiina L
    August 4, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    I think I have told you thid before, but I just love your winter. It looks so much like… I don't know, spring, summer, but cooler and more pleasant. I am basing this so-not-objective observation on the lovely flowers in your photos. When there is so much green around, I call it summer, whatever the temperature…

    • Jill James
      August 5, 2014 / 6:35 am

      I know we are lucky to have fairly mild winters, so the garden continues to flower in many guises year round.Hopefully you will have milder weather soon, I know how you and the heat are not the best of friends.

  2. Jan Graham-McMillen
    August 4, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    Oh, Bloom in Winter! Excellent. Such great photos in your quiet garden! Lovely scarf and hat … even more beautiful you. Thank you for the bright photos of your neat self!Sorry I'm so slow, but I'll get around to it all eventually!

    • Jill James
      August 5, 2014 / 6:41 am

      Jan, never worry about being slow , I appreciate you taking time out from your busy time.My garden is a source of great pleasure to me , never perfect but I dont mind that.Hope things are calming down for you.

  3. Natalia Lialina
    August 4, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    I find your style really unique, and I enjoy it a lot! I also really appreciate your attitude – you speak very wisely and so peacefully. I love the bright scarf with all the wild colors against the black outfit. Your accessories are always eye catching, like these colorful bangles. Camelia blooms in January where I live – mid-winter to early Spring. I love it too!I just wanted to tell you that I went through your blog yesterday. I haven't read everything, but I looked at all the photos. You are tremendously creative with shapes and colors, and have a great eye for beauty around you. I wonder what is your background, how did you develop your sense of beauty and style? Is it in the family, is it your education and career, or simply your passion? Maybe you could write about it more some day – I would really appreciate that, as I am sure a lot of your readers and friends would too. 🙂

    • Jill James
      August 5, 2014 / 6:59 am

      Thank you Natalia for your so kind comments. I feel so lucky to live in beautiful , natural surroundings and wanted to share a glimpse of our state on my blog. So glad you enjoyed the scarf, I love its bright colours against my way too often blacks.

  4. Retroline Carolin
    August 5, 2014 / 4:42 am

    Nice scarf – I love the roses :-)LG Carolin

    • Jill James
      August 5, 2014 / 6:59 am

      Thank you for your kind comments, Carolin

  5. MIS PAPELICOS Sacramento
    August 5, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    I am so glad to know that the weather is sweet to you.You look wonderfulllllllllllllllllllThank you sooooooooooooooo much for joining and sharing your style with us.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

    • Jill James
      August 6, 2014 / 9:32 am

      You are so kind Sacramento, always enjoy your global share-in-style

  6. Tamera Beardsley
    August 6, 2014 / 12:56 am

    Beautiful images and wise life sentiments my dear! I send you loving hugs!xoxoTamera

    • Jill James
      August 6, 2014 / 9:33 am

      Thank you, sweet Tamera.

  7. Jacqueline Stewart
    August 6, 2014 / 6:10 am

    What a lovely scarf, and the poem is great. 🙂

    • Jill James
      August 6, 2014 / 9:34 am

      A pleasure to meet you Jacqueline, thank you for your kind comments.

  8. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    August 7, 2014 / 3:08 am

    SO glad you left your url on my blog post comment! You have a beautiful smile, and your scarf is gorgeous, especially against the black and taupe! I hope the weather improves and your garden is fabulous ;-)

    • Jill James
      August 10, 2014 / 9:49 am

      Thank you Alicia for you kind comments. Late winter weather always unpredictable , spring not so far away.

  9. dan
    August 7, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    You are a sensitive person Jill, and your posts always show it…The beautiful scarf, with all its colours is perfect on your dark outfit…a garden full of new flowers brings a lot of joy!

  10. Jill James
    August 10, 2014 / 9:51 am

    Sweet Dan, your visits always touch me with your kind, insightful comments.

  11. Elsie Davies
    August 10, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    Lovely post Jill. The scarf is fabulous and I like the way you write your posts. They have that poetic flow about them!!! xo

    • Jill James
      August 11, 2014 / 4:33 am

      Thank you Elsie, some colour for me for a change.

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