Thursday, 30 July 2015

sticks & stones + stalks & stems

We're so lucky here in Brisbane…. winter is just a slight chill in the air, tempered by the 'toasty' warmth of the sun.

It's the time of year when those winter white orchids bloom beautifully.
I knew my local florists, James and Phil....nestled in a quaint timber cottage down by the river....would stock them.

Their 'blossom abode'  ( is filled with fragrance, colour, texture and cosiness.....branch adornments et al dangle from the ceiling, shelves are packed with aromatic potions and treats, and exotic and native blooms are piled high in one corner.  I love the place!
I watch as much care is taken to position the smooth, delicate winter whites into textured, concrete vessels.....and then, over on a hidden shelf, apple-green lacy leaves, dangling on fine black stalks, take my fancy. 
She's a little maidenhair fern....and we place her ever so carefully into a perfectly shaped natural bark cup!
James conjuring up his magical blossom creations.
Phil about to 'vessel up' those winter white beauties.
So next time you're down by the jetty.....go in for a floral dose of gorgeousness.....massively beautiful sticks, stones + perfumed stalks and stems!
Back at home....nestled in their textured vessels, these beauties are on an orbital path….searching for their own 'toasty' spot of winter sun.  Position, position, position….James and Phil remind me.
Sticks & stones....and stalks & stems....I'm mad about them!


stalks & stems.....oxford street....bulimba....botanical perfection!
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Friday, 24 July 2015

At Last!

At last we're in!!

There was a lot of this….squeezing big through small….around corners....up stairwells….up and over balconies….and then the inevitable "it won't fit so it has to go!"  And believe me, lots went.

And now 'the light and lightness'.
Cold misty light streaming  into windows up high….borrowed tropical light from the neighbour's garden enhances our view….and a lightness of possessions….yes, I'm liking this new chapter.
Xiu Xiu loves his new abode too…..and has already taken his place in the sun.
Such a spoilt little chap….but how can I deny him?

Off to Melbourne soon….looking forward to that.

A special date to see Warwick Freeman's new jewellery exhibition at Gallery Funaki…..the "David Bowie is" exhibition is also showing….and a few of Catherine the Great's trinkets, "Masterpieces from the Hermitage" are on show at the National Gallery of Victoria.  I reckon I won't see a 'lightness of possessions' in that exhibition!



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