Friday, 8 April 2011

Flowers and a blog award

 Good morning Friday - how I welcome you!

Today, I'm sharing some flowers from my part of the world. I am only just getting over the fact that flowers in Brisbane are expensive...incredibly expensive.

A few years ago back in cold North Yorkshire, I would think nothing of picking up a pretty bunch of flowers during my grocery trip to the market or the supermarket. The colourful blooms would brighten up our house most weeks.

Until quite recently, flowers have been a special occasion treat here. Then two things happened- one, we discovered a local farmers market and two, we realised that we were allowed to pick flowers from our own garden!!

I would follow the transformation of the garden and watch these beautiful sub tropical flowers grow, bloom and wither - why did I not think of enjoying them indoors...

So during the last few months I have had an impressive arrangement in a tall glass vase that greets me in my living room. It's a constant reminder of my location - these kinds of flowers are so different.

I am no gardener and just about manage to keep on top of our small herb and salad patch so I'm going to put myself out there are say I think these are Heliconias? (Maybe my next Christmas present should be a flowers book)

I am going to dedicate my flowers today to anyone reading who is living away from their home country. I hope you can appreciate and enjoy the differences in your new place.

Just following on from this I also want to pass something on to someone who is living away from her home country...

A week or so ago I was given a blog award....a 'liebster award' is an award for new blogs that someone out there thinks should be shared. It was passed on to me by Linda who writes Flowers on my table. Linda lives in Ireland and is a florist and a decorative artist and through her gorgeous blog we have discovered that we once lived in the same small town - now that's proof how small this world really is. Anyway, Linda asked me to pass on the 'liebster award' to other blogs that I read that I think should be shared.

I would like to pass it on to a talented writer who pens I love books...and other thought on life. Sian lives in Spain with her family and is a teacher (I would love to be in her class). She writes about the Spanish way of life, the books that she loves to read and about the loves and challenges of parenting.

So go and say hi to Linda and Sian, and with a quick link you'll find yourself in Ireland and Spain - enjoy!

 Happy weekend,

10 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Congrats on your award, sweet Beth - so well deserved. And thanks for the intro to Sian - I'm now following her! J x

  2. Nice flowers Beth and yes they are heliconias. Congrats also on your award. ;-)

  3. They are heliconias yes!! In Darwin these are available every weekend in abundance and very cheap. I love that they have such longevity, and what a striking arrangement.
    Congratulations on your lovely award, and isn't it amazing how small the world really is with blogging?! It's incredible! x

  4. xxx cannot express how touched I am and looking forward to increased readership on the blog. Currently working on a 'pitch' for a series of articles for a weekend newspaper or magazine and my ideas for a book (or two) are starting to become more concrete, so you've given me a real boost! Many many kisses. Sian

  5. I love the flowers, reminds me so much of Brisbane.
    You've now inspired me to go and pick some of the crazy flowers in our garden - though I am not sure how long magnolia's will last :)
    I'm also following Sian, thanks for the link, and congratulations on your award too!

  6. congrats on the award! love the helliconias - i think that's what they are..
    cheryl x

  7. Im Irish born, married to a Welsh man, living in Australia and with a daughter named Sian. I love flowers too and when I lived in England I often used to bring a £5 bunch of flowers home from Tesco.

    The first time I tried to buy a bunch of flowers for a friend here in Australia I was charged $30 and nearly died! I love your tropical flowers and the fact that they came from your garden. Bonus!

    I'm looking forward to reading the two blogs you recommended here. Have a lovely weekend!

  8. I don't know what those flowers are called either, but they are gorgeous! Congrats on the award!

  9. Congratulations! You deserve the award! Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

  10. Hi Beth, thankyou so much for linking to my blog. I look forward to checking out your friend in Spain. The Heliconia are wonderful, so exotic. You must be able to grow virtually anything in your garden.Have a lovely week, love Linda x