Friday, July 27, 2012

Escape to the Country - it was worth the wait!

So it has been a bit of a journey over the past year, with a lot of trips to the country for husband and I but it was worth the wait. We are finally the very proud and excited owners of our new country escape, beautiful barn and all!!!

I can only thank my very supportive and patient husband (and AURA team who have had put up with me and live the dream) for coming on this life journey with me.  Oh and thanks in advance for the huge amount of painting that he may have to do later in the year. I have been told very loudly that he doesn't like gardening!

My husbands pride and joy "the barn" every man needs a shed! Without the barn I don't think he would have let us buy it. But I have to agree it is rather gorgeous. Watch this space, I am looking forward to sharing our adventures when the work begins! Lots of painting, decorating and veggie planting ahead.....

Monday, July 23, 2012

Channeling Constance

Last weekend I was lucky enough to have a day out with Mum in the country. We set off to a fabulous flower workshop called "Channeling Constance" at Prunella, our lovely friends in Kyneton. As well as being expertly guided in our creative arranging we were given a background on Constance. 

Constance Spry is one of their ongoing inspirations, an amazing woman who started her first flower shop in 1929, back when only men arranged flowers. She caused a sensation in fashionable society with her natural flower arranging in unusual containers and objects, using not only flowers but plant materials unheard of at the time; including weeds, grasses and ornamental kale! Constance created the flowers for many a royal wedding as well as being commissioned in 1953 to set the scene with floral creations at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. 

On 3 Jan 1960, she slipped on the stairs at Winkfield Place and died an hour later. Her last words were "Someone else will have to arrange this" now thats one cool lady! 

A special mention of Mums gorgeous creation above! And mine below!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Its all about Coral!

I am very inspired by "Coral" at the moment!

Check out all of the links to these gorgeous shots here.