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Monday, April 2, 2012

"Life is great when a surprise parcel comes from Bobbie Lynn."


Happy Monday to you. Hope its a good one for you.

Early on last week I was estastic to receive a surprise parcel in the post from Bobbie Lynn. I was over the moon to receive one of Bobbie Lynn's Brown Paper Gift Bag's.

Bobbie Lynn had decorated paper bags and posted about them on her blog not long ago. I made the comment I would never look at a paper bag the same way again. Look at how beautiful it is. Plus it was full of embroidery threads. I also received one of Bobbie Lynn's cards which she makes. She made it so I can re-use it later on. How clever is that. Two packets of iron on transfers were included as well. Thank you so much Bobbie Lynn. I truly appreciate this little packet of love. Please visit Bobbie Lynn's blog to see her wonderful card making and garden plus you will meet Opie.

Late last week Ian and I planned to go to the Kalamunda Markets on Saturday. I had a moment of clarity when I was spreading the Vegemite on my toast on Saturday morning. The markets are held on the first Saturday of the month not the last Saturday of the month!!!! We still went to Kalamunda and had a look around and had lunch at our favourite cafe. We then went to a open garden in Helena Valley. This  garden was part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme.

The one acre garden was so full of plants. Lots of nooks and cranny's. Children would have so much fun playing hide and seek in this garden.

The owners did all the work themselves. Lots of ponds which were different sizes.

Paths lead you into different parts of the yard. You never knew what you would see around the corner. Ian and I managed to loose each other at one time. I was sitting and waiting for him while he was looking at the garden around the other side.

The garden had lots of trees and most of the plants were quite tough.

This was the view from the front of the verandah. We both loved this view.

This bed was on the front verandah.  The perfect spot to sleep on a hot night. The owner of the property built the house himself.  Lots of re-cycled doors and windows were used in the home. The lady of the house does leadlighting and her artwork was in abundance. The verandah's were full of old objects which was interesting. Thanks Ian for the lovely day.

Sunday was a busy day as well. The annual "Flying Fifty "was on in town over the weekend. So on Sunday we went and watched the old cars some from the 1920's racing around the town. I am not normally a car racing type of person but for a few hours once a year I am. If they were those modern fuel guzzlers you wouldn't get me near them.

So not a stitch was stitched on the weekend. I guess the good thing about this is that there was no un-picking.

Happy Monday.
Bev C


CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

You are right the best mail are surprise packages. Yours is lovely and it was very thoughtful. I absolutely LOVED visiting the gardens with you. Truly beautiful. Hugs Judy

Simone de Klerk said...

Great surprise for you!And what a great park. How romantic, to have the bed outside for the hot nights! This must really have been a home for you, with so much recycling!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

A great weekend Bev...especially if you didn't have to unpick which is what I did...I made a journal cover and can't get it right!

Fiona said...

Lovely post Bev, so nice to see that garden and what a lovely 'outside' bed! Fun packets in the post...

retdairyqueen said...

You were very lucky to receive such a beutiful gift from Bobbilynn I love what she does with paper

Margaret said...

The Australian Open Gardens scheme is a wonderful way to get around and see what others can achieve usually on big blocks. Your venture looked very leafy and cool.

Pauline said...

I'd love to spend time in that garden, Bev. Getting lost would be a pleasure.

Michelle said...

Beautiful photos Bev, sounds like you had a nice relaxing weekend even if there was no sewing involved.

Bobbie Lynn said...

What a beautiful place to visit. Happy to hear that you and Ian had a wonderful weekend.
Have a beautiful day Bev and I am happy you liked your package.

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful post Bev i so enjoyed the garden tour,and how amazing is that bag and card.xx

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Oh, you got embroidery transfers!!! Lovely! The park looks beautiful!

melanie said...

What a lovely surprise package, so full of goodies :)
I love the garden,the bed on the verandah is perfect :)
I hope your having a lovely day :) x

Sally said...

Geez - that is a lovely brown paper package!!! Delightful.
Ooo... kalamunda markets - its been ages since I've been. So there on this Saturday then? Maybe I should take the kids.