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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Making her smile

Tidying the garden in warm, dappled sunlight ...
Repainting her shed ...
Mending and replacing,
broken and wind strewn fencing ...
Little man quietly occupied,
with tiny rubber bands,
making bracelets and charms ...
the latest craze!
Little man surprising his great aunt with pretty flowers ...
Packing a picnic
and heading for the hills ...
Leafing through 'Persiana',
her new favourite cookbook.
and then settling down with a novel ...
... whilst the boys play.
She couldn't join in as she has torn her calf muscle ...
and it hurts ... a lot!


And for Father's Day,
a very clever card from Mr VJ's little 3 year old grandson ... 
Good job he likes chocolate!




29 comments:

Maria said...

Ooh sorry you are an injured Mama..
LOVE your little retreat...( is this for when the footies on !!)WISH I had one too ! hehe...Wishing you lots of days like this to just be...I am losing myself on IG these days..Are you on this i wonder Mrs ??
Hugs Maria x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

A torn calf muscle? OUCH! Well then, a good novel is in order and watching the boys play is a good balm for the soul. What a lovely post, and me too...I am painting, cleaning, enjoying the wind whisp through the white curtains in my covered patio while I read novel after novel. BLISS!

KC'sCourt! said...

That card is great. Hope your leg feels better soon.
Julie xxxxxxxx

Biba said...

Oh my goodness, the card, pure brilliance!

the woolly dog said...

That card is absolutely fantastic, what a clever idea! Sorry to hear about your calf, I can imagine it hurts like hell as when I was about 14 I tore ligaments in my ankle (a smaller problem than yours) but oh did it hurt for ages, and I'm sorry to say that that old wives tale about things like that giving you twinges years later when the weather changes is true for me. Hope you make a speedy recovery. x

rusty duck said...

Brilliant card and I love those terracotta pots!
Get those feet back up..

Deborah Darling said...

What a lovely life you lead , apart from the torn calf muscle. I did that once, by slipping whilst coming down a steep hill and its really uncomfortable :( I do hope you heal very quickly, take care and make sure you get spoilt rotten !! xxxx

Stephanie Gaunt said...

I just love that sweetie-bar card! What a great idea.

Greenorchid said...


Loving your shed! Hope that calf mends super fast. Cx

Anne said...

How amazing is that chocaholic card? My son would love that. he is the only person I know who could polish off a 1 kg bar at one sitting!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Love your shed and pots! Lovely pictures, and such a neat and creative card!! So fun! :) Hope you have a wonderful day! xo Holly

Down by the sea said...

So sorry to hear about your injury I hope you aren't in too much pain. I am so impressed with the fantastic card and lovely bunch of flowers. Sarah x

Sharon said...

I love the shed it looks beautiful. My kids love making those bracelets they are the latest craze.
What a creative card, and plenty of lollies to eat lol.
Hope your ankle recovers quickly x

Vix said...

That Persiana cookbook looks right up my street! What a delectable looking picnic and I'm so in love with your shed! x

Vix said...

PS Heal soon! x

Vix said...

PS Heal soon! x

Kizzy Von Doll said...

Ouch, heal soon, sounds painful. Love the card made, that is so sweet. My daughters love these bracelets too :) Hope you have a great day doll xx

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that your leg is better soon! I love the fathers day card, how fantastic is that!! You have a great collection of terracotta pots as well! xx

Rosemary said...

Hope your injury is soon on the mend Marina - someone has been inspired and very thoughtful in the making of the Father's Day card - I bet Papa was delighted.

gillyflower said...

Looks like you've been a busy bee in the garden, the shed looks great and I like all those terracotta pots! Sorry to hear you're suffering, sounds very painful, and a good reason to sit and read a lovely new cookbook - hope it gets better quickly.
Brilliant Father's Day card!
Gill xx

Madelief said...

Looks like you had a good time! Hope your leg will be better soon!

Happy evening!

Madelief x

Shrimpton and Perfect said...

Those bright bracelets remind of the Scooby doo bracelets and key rings we made as children in the 60s/70s, does anyone else remember them? Hope your leg heals quickly.

Jean x

Shrimpton and Perfect said...

Those bright bracelets remind me of the Scooby doo bracelets and key rings we made as children in the 60s/70s, does anyone else remember them? Hope your leg heals quickly.
Jean x

Barbara Fisher said...

Brilliant card! Get well soon, I loved your post, but then I always do. xx

Barbara Fisher said...

Hello Marina, I left a comment a while ago but didn’t stay long enough to check it posted – if it didn’t I’m sorry! The ‘phone rang, and I dashed off to deal with something else…
I loved this post, as I always do. Barbara

In My Wild Eden said...

What a beautiful day. Sorry about the torn muscle- ouch! Loved seeing the wonderfully creative card.

Willow said...

I hope the calf muscle mend well ~ ouch.
Love the little shed and little mans bracelets !!
Oh my does the candy wrappers in the Fathers day card bring back SWEET memories of when I was a young girl in the U.K. I would die for some of those English sweets again ~ they are far superior to the ones here in the U.S. !

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Love your shed revamp! Wish I could join you at the fairs but sadly I'm too far away! :) x

The Custards said...

What a super creative idea!
I can see how this can be applied to a wide range of events
Best wishes
Jenny