Central Plateau, North Island

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

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Just The Two Of Us

peonies 28th Nov 2011Look at these stunning Paeonies. They arrived, with Kaz and Ralph,  ordered from a grower in the Dunedin area. Collected on Tuesday, flown with them to Wellington on Wednesday, and to us on Thursday . There are still some in the large vase, they have lasted for  12 days , and as they opened the colour deepened.  Beautiful blooms with a faint perfume.

peonies fully open  30thNov 2011

This week Hugh and I will be down there for a few days R & R, and hope the time away will soothe our souls, bodies and minds.  Maybe I will get to bring some of those stunning flowers home with us.
I am hoping  the weather will be fine for lots of photos of the far south, as well as  Cromwell, Alexandra, and Arrowtown.  We last  visited there in 1986, so I am sure the changes will be huge. We have a wonderful gem (J.G.) who will be "House sitting" while we  are away.

Quotation of the day,  from  John Ruskin
“ There is material enough in a single flower 
 for the ornament of a score of cathedrals”

Cheers from Jean


The Herbalist's Cottage said...

They are beautiful!

Enjoy your trip - lots of photo opportunities I am sure!

Love Leanne

Tanya said...

The flowers are beautiful. How are you and your husband doing and coping. I hope you do get some rest and time to just enjoy memories of your mother in law.

Nancy J said...

Thanks Leanne and Tanya, I hope to bring some more paeonies home next week.The time away should be good for both of us, some rest, some photography, I do hope for a wind-less day tomorrow!!.Wellington Airport is so well known for windy take-offs and landings.Cheers from Jean.