After a week of birthday celebrations with friends and family it was time to stop and literally smell the roses that are in their full glory in my garden.
Roses have always been a great love of mine , both for their beauty and perfume and for the history of the heritage roses. The pale pink rose behind me is Fantin Latour, one of my all time favourites.
The Summer House at the back of the garden was built by my clever husband , John, about 15 years ago and is the perfect spot to share a glass of wine on a warm Summer evening. The climbing roses are New Dawn, Albertine and Pierre de Ronsard. I have always enjoyed gardening , I think it is in my blood, my mother was a keen gardener as is my sister. Planting a garden is like painting a picture with plants instead of paints.
The cottage , another of John’s building projects, is surrounded by a variety of roses and perennial plants. It serves as both a garden shed and John’s work shed.
This angel , near the Summer House, holds special meaning as she was given to me by a dear friend in memory of my little girl India.
Raffy joining me in the garden, he loves playing and exploring in the bushes.
There is nothing like a birthday to make you reflect on the importance of friends in your life. I had lunch with my friend Didee last Wednesday, we have been best friends since high school, well over 50 years.
Our lives have taken different paths over the years but the friendship has always remained strong.
Over the weekend we attended the MG Car Club State Concourse ( a beauty pageant for cars) , a girls lunch and Presentation Dinner. John has been a member for nearly fifty years , me only three but I have been involved since I met John in 1974. I will admit as much as I enjoy looking at the cars, it is the social side and the friendships that I enjoy.
Speaking of friendships , on Friday evening I enjoyed dinner with two ladies I had met through Instagram. Maya , at the back, was in town with her husband Alan from Perth, Western Australia and Chris , who also lives in Launceston. I had connected with Maya very soon after I started on IG and we hit it off and were thrilled to have finally met.It was a wonderful evening full of chat and laughter and we really felt as if we had known one another forever.
To view nature’s beauty only the best will do , so I chose some of my all time favourites. The vintage silk embroidered jacket is one of my special finds . I found this jacket at local vintage store, Red Fox Vintage , a couple of years ago and absolutely adore it. I know nothing of its origin and wonder of its previous history and owner. I teamed the jacket with a Sarah Paccinni dark olive green skirt , known as the wedding skirt as I wore this to my son’s wedding in 2016. The skirt also holds memories of the shop and its stylish French owner where it was purchased , sadly it is no more as the owner moved to Sydney.
With the outfit I donned one of my favourite hats . This glorious rose and feather embellished hat was a recycled purchase from Return to Splendour. My shoes are black patent wedges from Sonia Rykiel , an extravagant purchase in Sydney over 10 years ago . I have worn these every Summer since and they still look as good as new, money well spent.
Many thanks to everyone for my birthday and blog anniversary good wishes, they mean so much to me.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Mica for Weekday Link Up, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.