…when the thermometer climbs above 30.

The cats have already hi-jacked  helped me out with Jane’s “flowers in the house.” And I had a coffee break and looked at some of the other floral delights on her blog. Well, I felt  a bit deflated, didn’t  I? So I admit I stole  borrowed Deb’s clever idea and snipped some sprigs of rosemary. But what to put with them? Hmm…something I have never tried before so have no idea how long before the Cape Primrose drops its petals, but here it is, with some white Penstemon.

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And one of the ginger-y  Tapeinochilos which hangs over the pathway was snapped so I trimmed it back and added a stem of shell ginger (that’s a current menace at the back gate as it’s crawling with green ants-ouch!)

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A very paltry contribution, Jane, but things are grim just now. Also, I’m cutting back a lot so that the tree chaps can get in to remove the trees.

And yesterday, I had a little surprise in my mail box – another book in the BookArtObject exchange. I think this completes my group swaps, but, to be honest, we’ve been going for so long on this round I’m really not sure! But here’s a peek …

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And that’s all for now, folks.* I still have some palm trash to drag away from the back pergola and I think making pastry before my hands get bloody and grubby is a good idea, don’t you!



*was it Bugs Bunny who said that?


  1. The little flower arrangements are lovely; all the visual space filled. The violets are perfect. I would have left off at the white flowers in an orangeina bottle.


  2. Good Morning, or what evertime of day it is for you. I couldn’t get on line yesterday so this is a huge treat for me today.

    I think everyone of your arrangements are just lovely and penstomen should be a longish lasting cut flower, at least it is here.

    It knocks my socks off to see various kinds of ginger used so casually. They are special ordered flowers for us, used when we need to do a tropical arrangement. Funny to think of them growing in a back yard.

    Desperate? No. Delightful? Yes.

    xo J


    • Sorry it took so long to reply, Jane…that shell ginger(and some of the heliconias) are a positive menace in small gardens (ask me how I know!)and a trial to the Weed Police when they get into native forests. Personally, I think there are worse weeds, but they are a bit of a worry!


    • Yes, I suppose some people consider my current location in that light.But it’s all relative, isn’t it? I positively drool over autumnal leaves, snowdrops, willow catkins, lilac, irises…we do the best with what we have. 🙂


  3. I ought to try making a book, I really don’t know why I haven’t before… yes, you have inspired me… I will finally write the book of Ancient Vermilion proverbs. It needs doing.


  4. Hello Dinah–It’s hard to imagine high temperatures like yours from my little place on the planet! Thanks for stopping by to visit my fallish post. I have been enjoying peeking into the Art Object blog now and again to see what you talented ladies are up to…so fun! I plan to have a lot more book making projects in my near future, starting with a collaborative project with the group of women who came to the map/journal workshop here in early October. I’m sure I’ll be looking to you all for inspiration!


    • Ooh, the collaborative book sounds good. You all made some pretty classy maps at that workshop!
      And I think Master Quinn is very fortunate that he has such a talented family.I can’t imagine a childhood without the tools for creative play.(Of course, the best tool is imagination!)


  5. Now I know I commented here but on my iPad which often tells me it has posted but just doesn’t! Cursed thing. No idea now what I said but I imagine it was something envious about your Tapeinochilos!


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