Tuesday, 18 July 2017

MEXICAN FLEABANE ..... and my MEXICAN wedding dress circa 1976 !!! ..........



Mexican Fleabane ..... Erigeron Karvinskianus !!!!


Such a good little plant ..... doesn't seem to mind where you put it ..... sun or shade it seems to thrive which is great in our North facing garden !!!



I stuck this left over bit in the wall this year .....



We have some steps like this SO, I'm going to plant some in our steps today and hope they will start to look like the above !!!

All of this talk about Mexican Fleabane reminded me about my wedding dress. We got married in 1976 ..... that hot, hot, dry Summer ..... I was working in Mount Street in Mayfair, London at the time .....


In Lower Sloane Street was a shop called Mexicana { I couldn't find a photograph of the shop anywhere on the Internet } It was run by Alfredo Bouret who had previously worked as a fashion illustrator for Coco Chanel, Dior, Pierre Balmain, Valentino and Balenciaga. His inspiration was Mexican fashion and culture. NOW ..... before I show you my wedding dress just remember it was 41 years ago so don't laugh !!!!! .........


TA DAH !!!!

I bought it with my own money ..... I think it cost about £90 which was a fair bit in 1976..... I just looked it up ..... it would be £700 now ..... that's not that expensive is it, considering the average that someone spends on a wedding dress is £1,000.

What on earth would Donald Trump think of me ?!!!!





UPDATE for Cro !!! 











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images 1, 2, 3 & 6: via me, image 4: via flickr, image 5: via margot and hesse

Jackie

Saturday, 15 July 2017

DISTRESSED but not FORSAKEN ..........


We're tarting up the bathroom at the moment .....



We have at last found some lovely plumbers to do all of those jobs that need doing ..... new radiator, new taps. floor needs sorting and it all needs painting !!! We have had the above over mantle for years but I thought it needed updating so, along with the rest of the distressed look in our house .....


..... I have given it the ' Jackie ' treatment ..... Farrow and Ball Pavillion Grey and a touch of sandpaper !!!

Mr. Home's birthday today so family get together ..... I'm cooking !!!


XXXX






images via me


Jackie

Friday, 30 June 2017

ARTIST'S MUSE ..........




Vilhelm Hammershoi { 1864 - 1916 } was a Danish painter known for his poetic and subdued portraits and interiors. 



I really like his work .....




Hammershoi's wife features in many of his interiors, often depicted from behind ..........






..... I think that I would have been quite good as his muse !!!



XXXX




imagrs 1 & 2: via guzelonlu, image 3: via elperiodico, image 4: via socks studio, image 5: via poulweb, image 6: via pinterest, collage: via me

Jackie

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

CUT and DRIED ..........





On the mantlepiece are the first sweet peas cut from the garden ... there were only three but I'm hoping for more in the coming weeks ...



At the other end of the fireplace are some dried hydrangeas from last year ... they need replacing so I am waiting for the hydrangeas to flower !!

Just thought I'd show you !!

XXXX




All images via Me

Jackie

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

TAKE the TIME to SMELL the ROSES ..........



At the risk of boring you with more photographs of flowers in our garden, I'm going to bore you with more flowers in our garden !!!


We have just put this rose in ... it's called Mortimer Sackler...  graceful with a lovely Old Rose fragrance with hints of fruit.


Penny Lane rose ... large, fragrant, honey-champagne blooms , scrambling over our arch, inter-twined with Viticella Alba clematis.



St. Swithun rose ... Very large, many petalled, saucer-like flowers of pure soft pink ... strong, pure myrrh fragrance ...


Blush Noisette rose ... pretty clusters of small lilac pink flowers with a rich, clove scent ...


... and, do you remember the little plugs of gypsophila ' Gypsy Deep Rose, that got battered by the wind and rain ? Well, here it is now ...




It's going to be a scorcher today ... 33 C ... that's 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit ... time to strip off I think !!!
Don't forget the suncream.






XXXX





image 1: via pinterest, images 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: via me, image 9: via this is glamorous

Jackie

Monday, 12 June 2017

AFTER the RAIN ..... and a senior moment !!! ..........




This is our Kiftsgate rose scrambling through a tree ... the high winds and rain that we had the other day blew down a bough .....


SO .....


I put them in a jug .....


 Aren't they pretty ? .... and the fragrance is amazing.


Do you know what else I did ? After a little look around the garden, I noticed the greenfly were attacking the roses so, I thought that I would attack them back with the bug spray { over the years, I've tried Fairy liquid but it never works for me } I gave them all a light spray but instead of using the bug spray I had used weed killer !!! 


D'OH !!!!!!!!!






images 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5; via me, image 6: via google

Jackie

Sunday, 4 June 2017

SUMMERTIME ..... and the living is easy .....


A somewhat flippant post title after the atrocities of last night in London but please know that I am thinking of all those involved. When I worked in London, the IRA bombed the restaurant underneath my workplace and the restaurant opposite and there were many other places targeted. 
Our thoughts must be with the victims and their loved ones.



Blue skies and sunshine ..... here are a few flowers that are out in our garden .....


David Austin Blush Noisette ..... has the most delicious clove fragrance ..... good repeat flowering.


Rambling rose ' Kiftsgate ' ..... rambling through a tree ..... should be in full bloom in a week ..... strong, sweet, musky fragrance .....


David Austin ' Desdemona ' ..... strong, musky fragrance .....



Geranium ' Dreamland ' .....


Clematis ' Fukozono ' .....


Iris .... don't know it's name !! It's in our pond. We have a pond which is under the trees ..... not the best place for a pond as, after the 20 odd years that it's been there, it is now filled up with leaves ..... more leaves than water !!! But, there are zillions of newts,  frogs and dragonflies and other wild life  ..... I have re-named it a bog garden !!!





All photographs taken by me !!


Jackie