Thursday, 12 August 2010

The Best Laid Plans...

I had this post all planned out for yesterday and then for some reason Blogger wouldn't upload my pics. Anyone else have the same problem?

Three different subjects in today's post as I haven't posted for a while. The first is for White Wednesday (yes, yes, I know it's Thursday - see above excuse) over at Kathleen's Faded Charm.

I am proud to announce that after five or six years and a season later than expected, my magnolia has finally flowered:

Just the one flower and I think the rain has battered it a little, but it's here and I'm not complaining. There's also one more bud about to burst open. Let's hope it's a sign of things to come next year.

Secondly, I'm contributing two pics for Barb's (Bella Vista) 'Show Us Your Roosters' party.

This chap was found in a charity shop. His head is on a long spring and I had to supply new legs using chopsticks...

The next guy was bought in a restaurant. The owners were selling them for charity and they're made from recycled plastic bags:

I think he looks a bit suspicious, but I assure you he's been well treated.

And finally, going way back to last year and my very first post ever:

Pal Eddie has returned and my walk-in wardrobe is being created as I type. Here's a pic from the first day's work:

OK, so we're not talking a Sarah Jessica Parker-sized wardrobe here, but it's going to be fun and will release some wardrobe space in our bedroom (M can have some clothes space now, bless).

More photos as the work progresses.

Have a happy week.

Andi xx


  1. hiya- like all good things, your delayed post worth the wait!
    I haven't had probs uploading, but I had a phase of not being able to get out of Preview mode.

    The wardrobes look like they're going to be fab- more shoes more shoes!

    Am going over to look at your links now

  2. Yes he does look suspicious dosen't he LOL

  3. I love the recycled rooster, I do believe that is a look of 'wisdom'.

  4. That magnolia brings back memories and scents. Thanks for a nice post; enjoyable reading and looking!

  5. Oh, I love magnolias...after living in the deep south off and on during my life I really took them for many of them everywhere.

    The roosters are cute and yes that one does look a bit suspicious. :0)

    It's always nice to create more storage!! Even a little bit is a good thing.

    I'm visiting for White Wednesday...even though a bit late! ♥

    Happy Day,
    Stephanie ♥

  6. How sweet is that magnolia! Lucky, patient dear you are! I know what a joy it can be to finally see a bloom. Lovely. Thanks for the visit. Blessings.

  7. Your WIW is going to be great! Love the plastic rooster - great fun.

  8. That magnolia was surely worth waiting for...beautiful! XO

  9. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on History and Women. It allowed me to discover your lovely blog. Your photos and posts are delightful and I'm now a definite follower. It's a joy to be here.

  10. Hi Andi,
    Your magnolia will be covered soon with those beautiful blooms!
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog and I am happy to have been a source of inspiration for a gazabo in your garden. I look forward to the pics and I am sure you will enjoy it.
    Take care,

  11. love the roosters....and good luck with your construction.

  12. Another fan of the binbag rooster here! Wow! he looks such fun! :O))))))

  13. Gorgeous magnolia flowers - worth the wait:-)

  14. Ha your recycled rooster looks cautious :)The magnolia looks lovely! My Mom had a coffee bean plant for 8 years and said that it finally made some beans this year. Could be our freaky hot weather helped it along.


  15. The magnolia was definetly worth waiting for I'm sure the roosters have enjoyed looking at the flowers!

  16. Hi Andi

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment about my dresser :)

    I used Crown ivory cream (one of my fave colours ever!). I think you're meant to use eggshell paint but I just used emulsion as I don't mind if it gets a bit worn over time and I like how matte it is :)

    How's the walk in wardrobe coming along? Mel xxx


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