that happy feeling


because the plants are in!


and oh, just a thousand other reasons too …  :)



there is never a tidy home and garden at once here at the pale blue door; my kitchen is a national disgrace so I’ll go fix that now!


wishing you a happy November weekend

much love from Barbara x



crab apple, gardenia and star jasmine



mandevilla aloha white (to hide the water tank)




somehow I’ve reached formerly unknown levels of tiredness this year!



this weekend am so completely tired and a bit sick I can only succumb


because it’s turned windy and cold here this feels like the right thing to do …





from the web, plants, pillows and a loft bed :)


blue striped pillows with green plants

cosy loft bed


much love from Barbara x





I like


*     the very first red roses of spring


*     all white dogs then, now and forever


*     a book launch where the author brings her Westie along


*     that the tearooms’ wallpaper hasn’t changed since way back ….


*     dear friends to be happy with


*     mosaic tiled floors – oh my stars


*     the Uniqlo staff’s grace under pressure (and the clothes are so nice/moderately-priced)


*     my favorite humans to be busy, happy and well (as much as possible in this world we are in)





from Inside Out magazine


Block Arcade Saturday morning

Block Arcade Saturday










thank goodness it’s the weekend is all I can say :)


love from Barbara  x


three thoughts


1.          walking to work through a pathway of trees puts everything into perspective


2.          you can wash your Converse sneakers (cold wash, front loader) and they will come out perfectly every time! learned this when I worked in a kids’ shoe shop :)


3.         if you think of the best person you ever, ever met and the way they live and breathe in this world, you will feel so happy, I promise … oh, and put on your favorite jumper too :)


happy weekend and much love from Barbara  x



walking to work Tuesday morning ...







shelter …



from bread and olives

from bread and olives


white bedroom with bookshelves

source: britta nickel


from Toast

from Toast



when something bad happens at work

no matter that my colleagues have given so much support
and been beyond amazing …

no matter that ninety-nine point nine percent of the time my job is exactly where I want to be, nine-to-five, week days


somehow I am shocked


but I do know all will be well …

Barbara x

girls weekend away


I’m so lucky to have escaped to the country this weekend with six lovely girlfriends …

sewing, eating, sleeping, a good recipe for shoulder of lamb (magic ingredient star anise) and having wonderful conversations I’ll be thinking about all week


hope you had a happy weekend too

much love from Barbara  x












ps the beautiful postage stamp quilt is by the super-talented Judith

garden daze

this weekend I’ve been in the garden with pots old and new

advice is to create “a nest” with pots all the same colour … so we’ll see what happens :)


at last I’ve re-potted the adored cumquat tree – my younger son Chris gave it to me when he was 17 years old, that’s a long time ago!


I feel a bit dazed and messy and there’s potting mix everywhere never mind.

the sun is out, have been chatting to my neighbour over the fence – her garden is cool, green and beautiful – I’m inspired!


much love from Barbara x











ten good things

white room with flowers from Britta

from the blog of Britta Nickel


this post inspired by Annie’s post here :)


a sunny weekend

when your children reverse the roles and gently give you brilliant life advice

white paint on a wooden floor

playing with heart and soul even when all seems lost:  Adam, Josh, Buddy …

sorting fabric (or books) by colour

catching up with a friend from my very first job in a windy city; Megan, hi :)

being brave enough to go into Zara!

reading your sweet comments

embracing my work uniform (almost) but reserving the right to sometimes wear red shoes

planting foxgloves and hollyhocks and rushing out to check they’re ok


may your life be filled with good things too …

much love from Barbara x


ps  see more of Britta’s extraordinary collection of photos here

remember to breathe


best thing anyone said to me all week …  :)









happy weekend, dear readers

love from Barbara x

garden of my dreams

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asbestos 020

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I love that it’s still light now when I get home from work

perfect weather this weekend in Melbourne …

eight roses planted, oops completely miscalculated, maybe seven eleven more will be needed?!

I hope these will form a hedge just inside the yet-to-be-built picket fence



take care

much love from Barbara x