Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunshine, after so much Rain.

The flowers have blossomed, in spite of so much rain. Tulips,Bearded Iris, Dutch Iris, Cherry Blossom, and Gladiolus Nanus,. and more.

The are……….    !!!!!!!!     …….. Photos Galore!!!!Tulip #3Tulip #2Tulip #1Tulip #9Tulip #8Tulip #6 and pink bluebells

Tulip #8Tulip #4

Tulip #9

One side of the driveway, deeper pink and upright,  the paler blossoms below are on the other side, and are so beautiful and droop their branches so delicately.

Cherry Blossom 2017 #1Cherry Blossom 2017 #2Cherry Blossom 2017 #3Cherry Blossom 2017 #4Bearded Iris #1

Dutch Iris 2017

Violets, lupins, tulips and Dutch Iris.

Ixia and Gladiolus Nanus are two of my favourites, right after

the Tulips.

.Ixia, 2017Pink Ixia, my favourite

The Gladiolus Nanus were lost somewhere last year, this year in a tub, and saved. They are graceful and delicate.

Gladiolus Nanus 2017

Hugh and I continue to heal, he is a long way ahead of me, but we are  both so thankful for all the help we are receiving. The firewood is slowly getting cut and split, many thanks to friends.

I am so thankful for a safer place to live, wonderful friends, calmer weather, and my blog friends closer here in NZ  and far away. Amidst all the tragedy, hurricanes, snow storms, shootings, and the ongoing famine and war, we all must try to find beauty and peace, in the blue skies, the green grass, the flowers, and trees, whatever season we live in.    Autumn colours in the North, spring flowers down south.

The quilting machine is still languishing in the garage, our Fix-it  man ( aka super-duper sewing machine mechanic) is still in Tasmania after a new grandchild arrived. It will get attended too in time, meanwhile I have a Christmas block QAL, and Yvonne’s transparency quilt ,  (fabrics chosen, starting in some days to come ) to enjoy.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“A Rainbow

     is a promise of sunshine after rain,

        of calm after storms,

             of joy after sadness,

                 of peace after pain,

                     of love after loss.”

 

Greetings from Jean.

30 comments:

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

You mention rain....We've had a bit over 6" this week and a couple weeks ago we had 7". Before that it was way too dry and now it's disrupting harvest. At least it isn't snow or a hurricane!

Our world is getting crazier than ever and nature has been on a rampage. Makes me glad to live in what some would consider the back of beyond, away from crowds and hurricanes. Sure we get blizzards, but the snow melts and we get tornadoes, but they are very localized and while the damage can be heartbreaking it doesn't cover nearly the area that the hurricanes do.

Sorry your sewing machine is out of commission. I haven't been sewing much either. Not because of a broken machine, but because I've been working on photo books for the kids for Christmas. I should have started on that project on Dec. 26th last year!!

Susan Heather said...

Wonderful colours - Spring is a lovely season. All the best for the continued improvement of both of you.

Leeanne said...

I'm sure the colour bursting into your garden will be 'just what the doctor ordered'...........take care xx

Julie Fukuda said...

The promise of spring ... a colorful burst of blooms. How pretty. Glad to hear you both are getting better ... one step at a time.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, your flowers and blooming trees are all looking beautiful. I am so happy you and Hugh are recovering and healing. Enjoy the sunshine. I wish we could all live in a peaceful safe place. I love the quote! Take care! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week!

The Furry Gnome said...

It still seems so strange to see the reversal of seasons when I open your blog! Our flowers are dying down and just about over, but your spring blooms are looking great. You must feel good knowing spring is here. Finding peace in this crazy world is indeed a challenge. Like you in New Zealand, we're so glad we live in Canada.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

So glad you and your husband are recovering, sometimes it just takes a while with those kinds of injuries. I am also thankful for living in a rural area that is mostly safe, lovely seasons and good friends in blogland as well as real life. Your flowers are beautiful. Take care and heal soon!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I am glad you and Hugh continue to heal. Love to you both!

Inger said...

You are so right, when things get bad, I go outside and walk and feel the peace of nature. Your flower display is gorgeous. What happened with Racahel's gift? I know you have been sick so I haven't asked before. I'm so glad that you and HUgh are both feeling better and I hope you will continue to get well. I've been away from blogging for a while, but will try to do better now.

Carol Mattingly said...

Oh I love these flowers. It's inspired me today as we have a rainy Sunday going on. Hope you both are back at it full force soon. Carol

Kate said...

Thank you for the flower pictures. They are certainly a day brightener.

Jenny said...

Such lovely flowers Jean, to gladden the senses and the heart.
Recovery can be very slow, just take one day at a time, and continue doing what you love. Hope you both get fully better soon.

Jim said...

.....and some Forget-Me-Nots. these spread/volunteer all over our garden.
What beautiful blossoms everywhere, Jean!! This new season will surely along with the healing. And of course keeping that positive attitude of yours.....the best medicine.

Jenn Jilks said...

This is such a hopeful post. While we move into winter, you're moving into summer!
I'm so glad you are doing your best to hold your own.
You are wonderful people to have wonderful friends! xx

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What gorgeous blooms you have! Happy spring to you and Hugh.

So glad to read you are both healing. Don't do too much and keep enjoying your many blessings.

Thank you dear Jean for your encouraging comments, for your love and support through the years.

Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

Tish Stemple said...

Jean, I always enjoy the pictures you share with us of the beautiful flowers. It's a great reminder to me, that as my part of the world, starts to darken a bit earlier and change to the beautiful colors of fall, preparing for our time of sleep, things are waking up and blooming to life somewhere else. Glad to hear that you and Hugh are still both heading down the road to healing!

Barb said...

What amazing photos....just fabulous and yes...you are in a safe place....wish I could have visited New Zealand when we were in Samoa but never got to...enjoy your beauty.

Out To Pasture said...

Glad to hear that you and Hugh are well on the mend! Thank you for sharing your lovely Spring blooms. No doubt you are also enjoying sweet Spring bird songs and finer weather.

Our photos said...

Wow, the colors ! Wonderful ! Sadly Autumn overhere........

Lorna McMahon said...

Thanks so much for sharing all those beautiful spring flowers with us! Here we are heading into fall. Glad to hear your husband is doing well and healing quickly. Praying for your speedy recovery as well!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful flowers and photographs, I love how you captured pictures of the flowers with the water drops on them

Janet said...

Your flowers are so beautiful! We had our first snowfall last night. It is beautiful too, but in a less colourful way. :)

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Jean, you have the most graceful driveway and now adorned with blossoming trees=how lovely. And I echo your words..trying to stay calm and enjoy the peacefulness of my world turning toward autumn. Continued happy healing!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

How lovely is your colorful and peaceful haven! Hope you and your husband completely heal and feel much better with every day!

Paige said...

Oh, Jean, your flowers are so beautiful! We will not have any color like that for good long while. And I do hope your healing can catch up to Hugh's soon!

Sharon - IN said...

What a beautiful Spring you are having! I love Spring flowers. Stay calm and let the healing continue!

Sharon - IN said...

What a lovely Spring you are enjoying! We are experiencing Autumn temperatures here for a few days, it has been unusually warm, so cooler weather is welcome.

Allie-oops Designs said...

The world will always be crazy - but you do well to find the beauty, hon. I love seeing all your gorgeous flowers. Our fall colors are not as bright this year, too warm and dry for too long, but we're enjoying what we have. Praying for you and Hugh!

Fundy Blue said...

Your spring flowers are glorious, Jean! I'm happy to hear that you and Hugh are continuing to make progress and that you are getting lots of help! I'm glad that you live in an oasis of peace and beauty. Sending you and Hugh hugs and love!

A Joyful Chaos said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Blessings~