Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Here it is another 'hump' day, the middle of yet another week. This morning we went out to do one thing and then came back in when we were finished. It felt good to get back inside.

Yesterday morning DH wanted to start pressure cleaning/washing sidewalks and patios so that's what we did. What a job that always is and what a difference when we are done. You really don't realize just how dirty concrete gets. We still have a little more to do, maybe tomorrow morning, we took a break from that project today.

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This first three pictures are of some of what we did.
We now have an albino frog,
it won't take long before he starts collecting a patina.
It's nice to see the color of the pavers again.

I just can't get over these benches on the front patio, they glow.
They are old and gorgeous all cleaned up.

Here we are on the east side of our cottage. The patio and sidewalk which were once gray now have color. We are going to be pressure cleaning our cottage too, so that we can caulk seams and then paint it again.

Penelope is in the next two pictures.
I just love her creamy, coloring,
with a hint of caramel.

Below are two sachets I made, just waiting to be filled with French lavender flowers, which I'm expecting in the mail by the end of the week. Then I'll stitch them up and plan to put them in my little Etsy shop. I love the scent of lavender, it is very soothing.

The embroidery behind the two sachets is another piece I'm working on.

May you all have a peaceful day tomorrow.


Go to a garden
And just stand in it.
Breathe in the air, the fragrances,
the light, the temperature,
the music of the different plants,
insects, birds, worms,
caterpillars, grasshoppers, and butterflies.
Inhale the prana (cosmic energy) of all the abundantly
growing things.
Recharge your inner batteries.
This is the joy of natural meditation."
Lama Surya Das, "Awakening to the Sacred," 1999

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Antique ART Garden said...

you both were very busy today ! Looks great...again, you know you are one of my very favorite bloggers. take care, Gina

Ami said...

You did good job! I love the nice and clean look after a pressure cleaning. Love the sachets, and the lavender is my favorite too! The fragrance is just so nice and soothing.

Debbie's Garden said...

the sachets are beautiful. Talk about getting some work done!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Power washing... Last time I did that, I hurt my back... But you are right, results are always amazing! Everything looks good in your pictures. The benches are great. Tell me if you decide to sell them. I'll carry them to the west on my own back!
Your saches are oh so lovely!

gld said...

How fresh everything looks!

I thought I had a Penelope, now I see yours, I am not so sure.

Have a great day.

NanaK said...

Pressure washing is a BIG job, but it does produce beautiful results. Love the clean look in your garden. Penelope is gorgeous.

NellJean said...

Always delightful to have a peek into your garden. The front patio looks great.

I am a fan of patina, but cleaned walkways always look better.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh, everything looks so pretty. At least it is wet work for a hot day. LOL!
Your garden looks so wonderful. You have so many plants sticking in everywhere.
Your sachets are just so pretty. You do beautiful embroidery work.

Kit said...

Doesn't it feel good to get everything all clean and shiny? Looks great and your sachet bags are lovely! I have two new lavender plants to put in this year. Have a great day! Kit

Kudzu said...

the sachets are so pretty. i've been trying to clean the humid messy work. we've never finished it, maybe this time!

Anonymous said...

Power washing and all its assorted splashing sounds like a great job when the weather is hot. Nice results too.

Gayle said...

Your hard work paid off....the concrete looks absolutely new again! Be sure to take the weekend off! :)

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Love it all and really appreciate your embroidery.

How do I get on your birthday list?

Everything looks so sparkling clean now.

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Kimberly said...

Men always want to pressure least my husband does. I roll my eyes each time but really appreciate the results. Your efforts have paid off..everything looks clean and bright. Question...I think I spotted a Vanda in your patio garden. Is it planted in the ground? Actually, I didn't enlarge the photo so I'm going back to check it out again. I'm somewhat new to orchids and have a fresh little baby vanda on my patio now. Hmmmm....!

Kimberly said...

I went back for a closer look at the vanda, but I'm still not sure. It appears that it's planted in the ground. Do tell!
Your needle work is beautiful. This is one area I'm not exceptionally skilled in, even though my mother has tried to teach me. Perhaps I'm not patient enough. I do enjoy knitting and crocheting, however. Your home must be beautiful and peaceful with your work!

FlowerLady said...

Thank you all for your kind comments on my embroidery. I really enjoy doing it.

We went out and finished the pressure cleaning Thursday morning.

Gina ~ It really is amazing how clean everything looks. Thanks.

Ami ~ Lavender is such a nice scent. I wish I could grow it here, but haven't found one that loves our heat and humidity.

Debbie ~ Thanks.

Tatyana ~ Those cement benches are so dang heavy. We're getting too old to be lugging that stuff around.

Glenda ~ You probably have Penelope. Mine just looked different that day. She's a creamy white with some peach usually.

Nana ~ Penelope is one of my favorite roses.

Nell ~ I'm a fan of patina too, so some things got left unpressure cleaned. :-)

HHG ~ Working in the shade was better than in the sun. What gets to me is the noise of the engine. I have to wear heavy duty ear covers to keep most of the noise out.

Kit ~ You are fortunate to be able to grow lavender. It does not like our heat and humidity.

Cherry ~ Yes it is hot humid messy work. We've not done it in a few years, and are glad it's over for now.

Grace ~ It is nice having the job done.

Gayle ~ Listen to you, take the weekend off. You are such a hard worker every day. You inspire me with all that you do up there in Alaska.

Sharon ~ Thank you.

Kimberly ~ The vanda isn't in the ground, basically just sitting there. This orchid is so easy it's ridiculous. The roots are aerial. I just break a piece off the plant from the top below some roots and put it somewhere else.

Thanks again everyone for stopping by, for taking the time out of your busy lives to read and leave a comment. They are much appreciated.


L. D. Burgus said...

Your handiwork is such a great gift. You make such nice designs on the material and it is done well. I like your patio areas and your frog.

Vetsy said...

Hello FlowerLady, Thank you for stopping by my post.

I like the Music you chose for your blog, It is mellow and unobtrusive, Good choice..

I like the benches, Albino frog, and lovely cream rose.

The Sachets are very pretty, I bet they are going to smell wonderful once you are finished with them how wonderful to have a craft to indulge in.. Good luck with them in your Esty shop.. One can't go wrong with scented sachets..ahhh"

~ Vetsy