Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The last buds of spring

In just a few short weeks the trees in the Southern Highlands have changed from flowering blossoms to a gorgeous pale green new leaf. We have beautiful shade again in our gardens and today, well it was very hot and I spent much of the morning under a hat in the garden at my parents home. The last of the spring blossoms are on the trees for only a few more days. So I have been racing around as fast as I can to capture what I can for the year and this also marks the end of my days outside as I tend to live in the cool of the shade of a veranda or indoors as we move into the hotter months of the year.

In my parent's lovely garden is this delicious pink blossom tree above, it only

started flowering a week ago and it is one of the last blossoms

of the season so it was the perfect place to set a table and sit for a while.

So on this hot day, with the breeze blowing lots of seeds in the air from the paddock down below we sat with a chilled glass of lemon & iced water and talked and watched all the cows go by. I'm on diet at the moment so we had a few little wafer thin biscuits, I know, how boring! but with the heat all I really wanted a cold drink.

I love these little ceramic green roses, I use them as tablecloth weights as well, and they always look so pretty on the table. I bought these from Barbara's Store House in Bowral, I will take you on tour to this fantastic home wares store very soon. They have the most wonderful things and they have such a huge following, every woman who visits our town makes a trip straight to their store, you can see many a husband standing at the front doors for hours waiting for their wives to return. I bought all the little birdcages from them for the Debutante Ball and many other things.

It is such a peaceful place and there is something about cows that I love, always have and everyone that comes to visit my parents home relax instantly. Today I found the shedded skin of a brown snake just near the footpath, oh my did I jump, they are very dangerous snakes as well. You should have seen me waving my arms in the air and making lots of noise to keep them away. I do hope I never see them, I do worry especially for Mum when she is in the garden with her washing. But, we are in the country and they start to come out at this time of the year. .

The green urn with the roses and the French green toile cushions on the woven chairs were a gift to Mum a few years ago. I just love a green tablesetting in the garden.

With so many grandchildren my mother has always had a collection of little chairs, each living room through the house caters for the little ones as well. I pick them up quite often at garage sales and drop them off to Mum's house as I just don't have the room anymore in mine.

Thank you for visiting me and my blog and don't forget that it is the two Susan's parties Tablescape Thursday party at Between Naps on the Porch and Outdoors Wednesday at a Southern Day Dreamer today, I'm off to visit some of their creative friends to see what their up to this week, come along too..I'm sure there will be lots of Halloween parties to see.

Oh and I finally have a new blog button with the help from one of Susan's tablescape posts
a couple of weeks ago, it did take me a while to work it out......... thanks Susan
Happy week to all xx Coty

Styling by Coty Farquhar


  1. Dear Coty
    Such beautiful images and sadly a worrying time for you...

    How wonderful your father has had an 80 year friendship with his mother. What changes they must of seen in their lifetime.

    Take care.. xx Julie

  2. Coty, your Mum's place looks so tranquil and inviting. The table setting makes me want to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. I love the little ceramic roses, and I love the cows too! They fit just perfectly in the picture! Snakes ... scary! xx Vicki

  3. Beautiful photo' was like going on a wonderful vacation....Thank You!!

  4. Oh what a pretty post. Your pictures are beautiful.

  5. So beautiful. It is lovely for me to see flowers and sunshine this time of year. From Vermont...

  6. So beautiful! As always -- it's a lovely world through your camera.

  7. Everything is so fresh and beautiful. As we head into winter it is so refreshing to see sunshine and flowers in early bloom. I enjoyed my visit.


  8. Oh how gorgeous!
    Love the cows, too -- such a bucolic paradise of a setting.
    But brown snakes? Eeek.

  9. Hello Coty...

    Ohhh my...what a glorious day you must have had at your parent's home! The countryside is lovely and I enjoyed seeing the cows too...hehe! It is a very relaxing atmosphere...that's for sure! The flowers are simply gorgeous...and I agree that setting a table underneath their shade was beautiful!!!

    I enjoyed all of your fabulous photos, my friend!!! What a treat! Thank you so much for sharing them with us...and a bit of your beautiful day at your parent's place!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. You do indeed have such style! Love the bucolic scenes of the countryside.

  11. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  12. I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I always feel such a sense of peace when I come to your blog, and never more so than today. Your photos and your descriptions have just lulled me into such a tranquil place. It all looks and sounds so beautiful. Thank you. laurie


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