Friday, 12 March 2010

The synchronicity of creative living.............

aka "Isn't that strange!" or "I was just thinking about that........" lol

Yesterday morning, when out and about in the garden, two things grabbed my attention on the way back to the house from feeding the beasties up the top. The first was roses. I told a while back about the roses I'd bought, the old fashioned ones which arrived in November; I got ill, and only managed to get them heeled in for the time being. I have since got one of them planted out in its permanent position; the others, I saw yesterday are starting to form leaf buds, so I started thinking of the best places to put them. My musings continued while I emptied the water butt from the washing machine; daydreams of a rose clad cottage, and some twining around the studio/cabin; beds full of them - plenty for the bees, for cutting, for making into rosewater and pot pourri, for rose petal jam and wines......... The result was a resolve to do some more research and find beautiful ones I really want to grow.


The next thing to catch my eye was a bowl full of razor clam shells, left on the alpine sink by the back door; I've been at a loss as to what to do with them - just leave them on the sink? Put them in a path? Turn into shell for the chickens? Too beautiful not to do something with..........


Later that day the post arrived; a friend from the forum sent me over a French Maison et Jardin (House and Garden) magazine - with a huge feature on roses in it. I have now earmarked several to try and get hold of, especially the lovely one on the front cover, with wavy edged petals, in a delicate shell pink/apricot colour.
My friend arrived too, for a cup of tea (well, more like five! lol) and showed me her latest find in the charity shop - a lovely candle box featuring a little working of Somerset patchwork. I found my sample if this upstairs at the weekend and left it out to do a How To on the forum, on this lovely method of patchwork.
Later that evening, I got the new April issue of Country Living magazine; lots of infor in there about handmade bread (very topical, here and lots of other places); and, lo and behold, in a lovely article about a gorgeous plant nursery up on MUll, the perfect idea for the razor clam shells - use them as plant labels.

As I said - isn't that strange? :) Or not................

6 comments:

thesnailgarden said...

I love your idea of using the shells as plant labels, best wishes Pj x

Mrs M said...

When I visit a beach I cannot resist picking up shells, a throwback to childhood I suppose. I have a bag of razor clam shells which have been hanging around waiting to be used, but for what? Love the idea of using them for plant labels. The first are being written this morning as I sow some more peas and tomato seeds.

MrsL said...

There you go MrsM - synchronicity in action lol

MrsL

xx

Karen Lizzie said...

Razor shells are just what I need for my plant labels, thank you.

Talking of sychronicity, something similar happened to me on the baking front. I had noticed via the web the latest trendy bakery item is macaron (the fancy French item, not the English macaroon). I had just emailed my friend who bakes for parties etc so she could keep ahead of the game. Then I spoke to my mum on the phone who had just received a box of macaron as a present. In the next couple of days my mum then read two different magazine articles about macaron, which she would no doubt have been phoning me to tell me about had the circle not run the other direction first!

oddny said...

What a good idea! We pushed ours into some patio pots and they successfully deterred the grey squirrels for a little while, but I prefer the idea of plant labels x

Jacqui said...

I loved that article and it is such a wonderful idea for plant labels. Also I had finally started working my way through Andrew Whitley's book when the Cl arrived with it's bread feature. xx