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stylish baroque flowers in bowral, southern highlands

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, November 11, 2012

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Oh what a joy to have such a divine little shop in the Southern Highlands. Once renowned for all things stylish and smart the beautiful Highlands has had little to offer in the way of boutique shopping of late. 

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The Southern Highlands has seen the likes of Belinda Seper, Peter Chadwick, Jan Weekes and many others, open wonderfully stylish shops ... sadly, no longer. This is the sort of boutique shopping that Sydneysiders with weekenders in the Highlands, crave.

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Anyhow, back to Baroque Flowers ... it isn't all about flowers ... the shop is full of decorative items such as urns, baskets, glassware and one off antique furniture pieces that compliment the flowers .... and draw you through the door.  

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Vanessa is a very clever florist/stylist who creates not only fabulous flowers but beautiful vignettes within this tiny space.  She puts together unusual combinations of flowers and foliage, both strikingly bold and pretty, rustic and classic.  There is always a surprise element.

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french and country .... 3 more days !!!

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 25, 2012

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Hopewood Country House is open again for the Annual Stocktake Sale for French and Country and Suzie Anderson Home.  It was gorgeous to visit at the weekend and also to know that it is on for 3 more days.  So much to see and take in.  Suzie is very clever with her styling ... every room delicious to look at ... all so tempting.  There were none of the tell tale signs of a sale when I was looking.

The highlands are looking a picture ... Suzie's setting is particularly beautiful  ... it is well worth popping in for a viewing or down from Sydney for the morning ... and you won't be disappointed in the delightful morning tea being served.

Gardening Essentials

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, September 12, 2011

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With my recent flurry of activity in the garden ie weeding, watering, spraying and watching out for (on an almost hourly basis) buds on my newly planted white iceberg shrub roses, I have suffered the irritation of constantly having to return to the house, take off muddy gloves and boots for something – whether it be a tissue drink of water or to scribble something earthshatteringly important down on paper lest it be gone forever.

 

This prompted me after quite some time being irritated, to sit down and compile the definitive list of all things needed at ones fingertips for a session in the garden.  These may not be everyones essentials but they are mine!

  • gardening gloves
  • both mobile and handsfree house phone ( I am sure most people garden to escape such devices however I do run a business and yes, still feel guilty about gardening when I know I should be doing work - real work!)
  • insect repellant
  • sunscreen
  • hat
  • pen and paper – to make a note of jobs you see to be done,  purchases - fertilizer/spray/ new sprinkler/just the right plant to fill a gap
  • my trusty little blue transistor radio – especially to listen to the ABC gardening show on Saturday morning
  • sunglasses
  • tissues

I keep these in a basket in the mud room so that  I can grab it and go whenever the mood takes me.  I have also learnt to keep together in the shed my most used tools such as rake, fork, small pointy ended shovel, small digger and small clippers.

The only thing missing is the timely arrival of someone caring with a tray of tea and adora cream biscuits!!  Someone who will admire all your hard work, the fruits of your labour and listen with interest to your future grand plans.  My mother filled this slot beautifully and I miss her a lot when I am in the garden.  When home my beautiful daughter will take over this role lovingly and it is such a treat.


 

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