Cosmos gently blowing in the breeze in early Autumn light always reminds me of being tucked up in the north of Mallorca, meandering through the market in the old square of Pollenca old town. A most delightful old town.
I would gather up fresh vegetables gently packed into a locally made basket and fill my arms with a flowing bunch of Cosmos in every shade of pink and creamy whites from the flower lady. All grown in her little yard. I would then stop and have a coffee and a slice of the the most delicious lemon tart, watching the world go by before wandering through the quaint narrow old streets to the villa we were staying at. My vegetables neatly packed away to be used for some long and delicious lunches under the almond trees in the orchard, I would then place a beautiful pottery jug bought from a local ceramicist on the dining table and fill with the frondy, dreamy Cosmos.
Hoping for a warm afternoon soon, where I can set a table for lunch outside, and cut some of my own Cosmos for the table which will be placed into a beautiful jug made by Pauline of sea drift pottery.
And, I will be hoping for some lovely dappled light to photograph...
A lot of thought going on at the moment trying to decide what to plant in this lovely old hand carved urn ... and where to place it.
I recently created a new little area for a garden seat, but this urn is most definitely trying to claim the space. Once in it’s place and planted up, with the anticipation of a beautiful oversized floral bowl next Spring to sit by and enjoy in the first of the Spring sunshine ... I will post a photograph of it flowering in its new home.
It would also make a lovely drinks chiller for a small gathering - suggested by a friend. A little heavy to carry to gatherings though ...
Our old trunk in its new setting at Kilmartin Castle. [Click on photo to connect to the castle website]
This old trunk has found a lovely new home at kilmartin castle. This trunk has been in my family for many a year. It has travelled to Africa and other continents back in the day when you travelled by liner.
I used to have the ship's menu, which is heavenly, but right at the moment I can’t lay my hands on it. Hopefully it will turn up in all the clearing out we are doing.
When thinking of a new home for this old friend, I thought of my friends Stef and Simon up at the little castle.They love things with a story too, and I have to say it looks better than it ever has in this fabulous setting.
I have used it as a coffee table and a prop for styling shoots and to fill with flowers for some floral theatre.
kilmartincastle Oh the hand painted stripes and initials had us at hello! It’s not only beautiful and with a great story but SUPER USEFUL. It’s already full of our summer clothes to make way for winter jumpers in the closet. Thanks Gill
Gill and George Stewart, artists, are Love Dove Cottage and Dove Cottage Studio respectively. Together we are Love Dove Studio. Kinda cute, huh?
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