What’s going on in my garden this week?

There is so much growing, all really under my nose until I grab the camera to detail the goings-on.passionfruit flower2-Lilibet StanleyThe passionfruit flower is beautiful and weird all at the same time.

passionfruit flower-Lilibet StanleyI love the shapes of the the stamens and the juxtaposition of the yellow pollen with the beautiful royal purple. It is a shame that the  flowers are only out for a day before they have gone again!

passionfruit flower1-Lilibet StanleyThe pattern that the lines of the petals make is exquisite.

pumpkin flower-Lilibet StanleyThe pumpkins are also flowering in their radiant yellow glory.

banana-Lilibet StanleyThe new banana trees are growing. It will be great to try the different varieties that we have, if we manage to get any fruit off them. There is a long way to go yet!

banana tree-Lilibet StanleyI really need to do some weeding!

corn-Lilibet StanleyThe sweetcorn that is in the veggie box is getting there, now that will be delicious when we can have home-grown sweetcorn.

Salvia-Lilibet StanleyThe Salvia that I planted last September is looking very cottage-like and true to a cottage garden we are mixing the flowers in with the produce. Apparently my hubby said, it was the best place to plant the bananas right in with my flowers.

geraniums-Lilibet StanleyThe geraniums that my neighbour gave me a few months ago are looking very pretty and genteel.

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rose-Lilibet StanleyJust when I thought all my Jane McGrath roses had gone, more bloom-thank goodness, they are so pretty!

rose1-Lilibet StanleyThe Jane McGrath rose is such a hardy little plant, I get such great delight from her blooms.

Until next time.




A lovely reason to party!

The sun was shining, the bunting was out flapping in the gentle breeze, Saurday afternoon was a perfect time to celebrate a friend’s forthcoming first born child.

bunting-Lilibet StanleyI love any excuse to put up my colourful, handmade bunting!

flowers-Lilibet StanleyEveryone helped make it a very special occasion. The sweet perfume of the Rosemary was beautiful!

table-Lilibet StanleyI really enjoyed having a good reason to go-to-town on the nice-cities and prettifying!!

cupcakes-Lilibet StanleyDo you like my bunting being used as decorations for my homemade cupcakes I made earlier in the week?

cakestand-Lilibet StanleyThere was so much food, I didn’t have to do much cooking in the evening!

sandwiches-Lilibet StanleyBeautiful, delicate afternoon tea sandwiches. If only we had the time to dine like this every day!!!

teacups-Lilibet StanleyTo me, there is nothing better than a cup of Twinings afternoon tea blend served in a lovely cup and saucer.

scones-Lilibet StanleyScones aswell topped with jam and cream! I love the colours of aqua, candy pink, cream and red together.

fruit kebabs-Lilibet StanleyThe fruit skewers looked very mouth-watering!!

prizes-Lilibet StanleyThe games were fun, trying to guess the size of the Mummy’s tummy with a piece of string. I’m sorry for my guess, I was way out!! However lovely prizes for the winner.

present-Lilibet StanleyPlenty of presents for the forthcoming little one! Hmm, there is something that tells me that it’s going to be a boy!! There were plenty of presents for the Mummy as well as the Baby…

daddy present-Lilibet Stanleythe Daddy didn’t miss out either!!! I really hope Mummy has a well-earned rest in the weeks approaching the birth.

Saturday was a fun day and a beautiful reason to get together with people that I haven’t seen in quiet a few years.

Until next time.






After all the rain!

I thought  I would update you on what is happening in the garden. We have some banana trees growing in the garden now. They seem to be recovering after all the rain we had last week.

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passionfruit-Lilibet StanleyThe passionfruit flowers are starting to bud!

passionfruit1-Lilibet StanleyLet’s hope we manage to keep the possums away from the Passionfruit this year! I love the Passionfruit flower in all its stages.

rose-Lilibet Stanley My Jane McGrath rose is looking beautiful as always!

Salvias2-Lilibet Stanley The lovely white Salvia that a friend gave me has bloomed over summer. It was a spindly little cutting when it arrived on my doorstep but now it is dominating my little flower patch.

Salvias3-Lilibet Stanley Salvias-Lilibet StanleyThe fuschia pink Salvia that I planted in September after my trip to the Garden Centre has thrived with all the rain. There is quite a bit to do in the garden, dead-heading and pulling out the weeds, a never-ending job. I love all the colour that my little patch provides me and my family. I’m looking forward to the fruits of mainly my hubby’s labour when the bananas and passionfruit are ready!

Until next time.



Trip to the Farmer’s Market


Yesterday I went for a trip to my local Farmers’ Market (www.thegapfarmers.com.au) . It’s full of colour and community spirit! My Ideas Man met up with a friend and so I was left to mooch around to my heart’s content, chatting with the stallholders and snapping away with the camera.

roses1-Lilibet Stanley All the proceeds from this flower stand was going to the local schools.

roses2-Lilibet Stanley There were beautiful roses in creams, yellows, oranges and pinks!

tomatoes-Lilibet Stanley This medley of tomatoes looked very enticing!

danish-Lilibet Stanley I bought some jam donuts and an apricot danish from an Italian baker and they were absolutely, mouth-wateringly delicious!

mango-Lilibet Stanley I came home laden with mangoes, strawberries and capsicums.

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necklace2-Lilibet StanleyA local designer, Denise O’Callaghan from Glass Rainbows (www.madeit.com.au/glassrainbows) had a stall with her colourful necklaces that she makes out of polymer clay.

necklace3-Lilibet Stanley Fun, bright colours!!

necklace5-Lilibet Stanley I love this lime green and cerise pink necklace at $25!

alexander.kay2-Lilibet Stanley The concrete stripey vessels at Alexander Kay look great, they have often caught my eye!

alexander.kay-Lilibet StanleyCheck her out on Instagram at alexander.kay.

It’s great to be able to support local business and local farmers to get great, fresh produce. Looking forward to the next market on the 8th March.

Until next time.




Escaping the heat-Part two

The children were up bright and early with the birds on the first morning raring to go! Mount Kiangarow was our first stop of the day.

Mount Kiangarow sign -Lilibet Stanley

Mount Kiangarow is the highest peak in the Bunya Mountains National Park. It has amazing grass trees. Last time we were here there were lots of Silvereye birds – a little olive-green bird which were having a marvellous time eating all the seeds.

Grass trees at Mount Kiangarow -Lilibet Stanley

The texture of the bark is scrumptious!

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Especially when lichen is growing on it as well!

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The pattern that the bark makes is like lots of little lozenge shapes so its pattern with texture on top!

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The different greens of The Bunya Mountains National Park against the brilliant blue sky was stunning!

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Down below on the plain, the colours are much more subtle with the drier greens and yellows and bits of red soil showing through. Even though we were mostly covered by the shade of the trees, it was coming up hot. We pressed on to Bottle Tree Bluff.

Bottle Tree Bluff sign -Lilibet Stanley

Walking along hearing the tweeting of the birds and the giggles of children is music to my ears. The Little Adventurers were discovering various seeds and feathers along the way. They learn so much from just experiencing nature!

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Each lookout is spectacular and Bottle Tree Bluff didn’t disappoint!

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We came across a lot of Prickly Pear which is not native to Australia but the reddy, orange flowers are beautiful against the blue sky!

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Along the side of the track, there was a Goanna. We thought it was best to let the Goanna move off to where it wanted to go, however, it had other plans!! Why go in the bush when you can walk down the track?? So we waited some time until it finally decided to go under the shade.

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We were all delighted to reach the Cherry Plain Lookout, we were parched and exhausted so off we went to replenish our food and drink stocks back at the tent!!

Until next time.










Walk back from school!

On my walk back from school, I am fortunate to go past some lovely Gum trees with sumptious tree bark.  I love tree bark for it has beautiful texture and colours.

paper bark3-Lilibet Stanley

I think the texture of bark has always amazed me since I was a teenager and I started looking at the world around me in a new way! I would wonder  how can I use it as inspiration in my textile work! I would start trying to come up with ways of replicating it with paper, wax and fabric.

paper bark-Lilibet Stanley

They are just so textural!! My high school textiles teacher’s enthusiasm for texture has given me a life long love!

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I see new ideas every time I walk past this series of trees!

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I’m not sure what the name of this tree is but the colour of these berries and seedpods are divine especially against the greens of the trees and the brilliant blue sky!

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This beautiful Magnolia flower has just started to bloom near by, it is so stylish and classic!

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When I got home, I collected the eggs from our chickens and sat down to have a lovely cup of tea and to think about all the work I need to get on with today.

Until next time.



Summer feels like it’s on the way!

The weather is really starting to feel more like summer than spring. The heat has really hit me this week!

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The jacarandas are starting to lose some of their bloom but I thought I would get a few more photos of their decadent colour before any storms decide to hit and send their beauty cascading to the purple carpet beneath!

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I really can’t get enough of the purple blooms, they make me smile everytime I see them!

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It’s such a lovely time to visit Brisbane.

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This week, I have been doing some dead heading of my geraniums.

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Once I had a whole posy worth in my hand, I noticed the delicate, subtle, lovely colours- beige, pinky beige and berry tones.

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The Lilipilly trees in my back garden are starting to flower. The tiny little flowers remind me of fireworks bursting into the sky.

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The Pelegoniums in my terracotta pot are starting to put on a show of colour! The garden is constantly changing even though in my mind, I feel it stays the same.

Until next time!

Lilibet x