Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sitting under my tree, a perfect place to be

I had my first day off from the shop this week on Monday, with nobody at home, just me and I had so many things to catch up with.

But, I was really, really tired.

I thought at first that I should just sleep, then I knew that if I did, I might not wake up then nothing would be done, you know, now that I am a full time working woman (again) in my new shop I have to be very organised and I'm just not a very organised person.

One thing that I have been watching & thinking to myself for weeks was that our lawn was growing out of control, it had turned into a jungle, but then, I actually looked down into our back garden whilst hanging out my third load of washing and I really liked what I saw, a little blessing in disguise, my back garden looked more like a country field and it was to be a perfect little location to set up my table setting for one of my favourite past times, "Tablescape Thursdays" at Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch in the U.S.A.

and I know it's Tuesday night, not Thursday,
but if I don't do this post now I won't get a chance to do it while I'm running the shop.

The apple tree had been in blossom for a few weeks and I knew I only had a couple of days left before it was all gone. My wall of Clematis (below) is in full bloom right now and looking fabulous, my May bush is completely covered in white flowers and my Lilac tree was overflowing with buds and I haven't been at home to enjoy it. So, I spent an hour sitting under my tree with my camera, a few props and my flowers........
and it was a very nice place to be!!

It was very peaceful and serene and it was just what I needed.
Flowers, birds and a glass of lemon water, from my own lemon tree of course!
More blessings...

Today, I had two very special things happen, one of my gorgeous old girlfriends from school, Christine and her sister Francene drove down from Sydney to visit me and my new shop and I haven't seen them for over thirty years.
Then, whilst they were in the shop the beautiful Buddhist monks from the Sunnataram Forest Monastery in Bundanoon dropped in to visit me as well and they blessed my shop with their wonderful chanting for nearly a half an hour.

It was incredible to watch and listen to
Thank you Phra Mana

Thank you to every beautiful and special person that have been sending me such lovely and caring comments over the last month. I know, I have been hopeless in writing back to everyone, but I really hope you all know that I treasure each and every message that I get.
As I mentioned above,
I'm really not an organised person at all and I don't think I will ever change. (however, I'm trying!!)
Happy "Tablescape Thursday" everyone and thank you for dropping by my shop and my blog this week.
xxxxxxx Coty


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  1. Two things I most love in your post today Coty:
    1. You are disorganised - it is such a relief to me when someone else admits to that, and yet still manages to get so much done!
    2. You have monks coming to bless you and your shop - how cool is that?! there are days when I could definitely do with a quick buddhist blessing!
    Have a great week

  2. Hi Coty,

    I had the strongest feeling when I woke this morning. I thought "I have to check in on Coty!" And look what I found upon arrival -- such beauty! I realize how busy you've been with the shop, so I didn't dare hope I'd find one of your unique and very special tablescape posts. What a delightful surprise!

    I knew you and I were kindred spirits. I'm not a very organized person either ... at all!

    Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.


  3. Its lovely having you back in blogland with your simply beautiful pics which always delight me. I do hope you get more rest because its not good for your health to be so exhausted as I know personally the toll a shop can take on you.Best wishes, Fiona

  4. Coty,
    I'm so pleased that you finally had a day off and to be home alone, well, that's just the best sometimes. Oh my, I have never seen a wall of clematis as beautiful as yours. Are the bees buzzing around the blossoms yet?
    I had a day to myself today and it was so nice to be quiet in the house, in the garden, and in my mind.
    I'm sending you best wishes & good kharma even though it sound like you stocked up on plenty of that this week.
    Remember to keep calm & carry on, especially when your admirers would like to call your style their own!
    xo Lisa

  5. Such a beautiful setting for so many beautiful thoughts and pictures. Good for you to take some time to rejuvenate the soul. Gorgeous as usual.

  6. Aren't we all a little disorganized as we try to do too much? I like blogging because I can show only the organized part of my life, hide the dirty dishes, put things on the floor so they don't show in pictures, pull things out of the way, etc. etc. etc. I also don't have to show my failures in cooking, or I can if I want and laugh at them too.

    I have to say that I thought the out of control lawn made a much more beautiful photo. It was gorgeous with the grass so high. Thanks, you transported me.

  7. What a stunning garden you have Coty. I had to laugh that the negative of not mowing the lawn turned out to be such a lovely positive. What a beautiful way to spend the afternoon:).

  8. Always the best style in blogiesphere. Love the way you play your treasures & of course, your weather downunder plays it cool.

    Happy TS.

    Greetings from Stockholm...

  9. Your table under the grassy meadow is like a dream. And the clematis...swoon!

  10. Stunning photos and I love the garden. I think we can be alittle disorganized sometimes. Your blog is lovely. I am your newest follower. Stop by and say hello.

  11. Your landscape is a dream and your tablescape is amazing. I am always awestruck at the beauty of your posts. You are a real artist and your posts are so fabulous! I can't believe you are disorganized - you have such great attention to detail!

  12. What a nice treat to pop in from the USA where it's all autumn and see your beautiful spring surroundings! Very beautiful!

  13. It was so lovely to meet you yesterday, and i love your blog, very, very inspiring. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Bee x

  14. Coty...
    You are such a talented lady and I always enjoy visiting and seeing your beautiful photography. What a lovely garden you have and to admire it in it's unmanicured state is a blessing, Enjoy, take your time, all will get done in due time!


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