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full throttle........

Life. Is. Crazy. Spring time here is pretty much all about the gardens. Mostly the veggie garden.

In the past 2 weeks I've started a dedicated cut flower garden (10m x 1.5m), done a stack of work in the veggie garden (middle pic, it's huge), completed first section of potager (3/4 the way there in pic 3 - this first section of the new garden is about 7metres by 4 metres - there will be another 3 or 4 stages until it is done - not all this year, though!). The potager will have branch structures which I am going to love making. Like my pants? I dress up for gardening :)


Picked up my new bee hive! So excited!



Lots of planting and seed raising going on in order to be ready for the mass production in Summer/Autumn. Couldn't do it without my trusty garden helpers - Ollie, in particular (black cat on left) loves it! Belly just wants to roll in the sawdust on the paths.The garden visitor (King Parrot) on the right followed me around this morning until I gave him some seed (after I locked the cats in the house), then sat outside in the feeder for over an hour. He just wanted to have his picture taken, I think, pretty boy that he is.

I also managed to finish up (finally) the 2014 Pattern Folio - I've been stalling on the cover and checking that all the links work. It's now ready to go in December! Here's the cover:


The 2014 Pattern Folio includes patterns posted on the blog this year along with the ones included in the 2013 version..........I was surprised what a busy year I'd had once I put it all together.

The Folio will go out early December to blog email subscribers - if you'd like to receive a copy, you'll need to have a confirmed subscription to the blog by 1st December (this is a 2 part process - sign up is on the right, underneath my photo). I will not be sending it out retrospectively as I did last year - it is just too much work, so please, if you want it.......make sure your subscription is confirmed.

I did squeeze in one quick drawing today........my first ever 3.5 inch square for the Square One FB group - greylead shading........aaargh.....I'm clumsy and all that greylead......so messy and hard to control - I'm definitely a marker girl :) haha.


My attempt at punzel drawn in reverse (bottom to top), so that I could get the overlapping swirly tips.

So, the crazy busy times are going to be rolling on - if you don't hear from me for a while (the long term weather prediction is fantastic) I'll be gardening, or on the porch reading (or sleeping), playing with my bees, milking the cow...........or just basking in the wonderful late Spring-ness that is happening here:)

I am so excited for next year, though, and have a stack of ideas and patterns drafted out ready to go! Can't wait to show them all to you :)

Have a great weekend! (4 day weekend for us as Tuesday is Melbourne Cup Day).

hx

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  1. Thank you so much Helen for your generosity with your patterns. I know I subscribe already, but I had to make sure! Your gardens look amazing, and you look so happy. Have a great weekend yourself :)

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    1. Hi Elizabeth :) Thank you! I do love being outside in the gardens on a beautiful day.....when it's cold/wet....not so much :)

      If you're getting emails from the blog when I post, you're subscribed :) hx

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  2. So jealous! We live on a 400 square metre block with not a lot of backyard....one day *dreaming*. Love your plans and excitement :) love your cute little bees, beautiful wildlife and furry 'helpers'. love also that you have another pattern portfolio coming out....are you going to have the old version tied up with the new version? Have all your beautiful ebooks and cannot wait for the next one. BTW, have you heard of Ben Kwok's facebook group called Ornation Creation? It is specific for those into zentangle.....Not sure if it is your thing or not. Take care Helen. Keep up the great work x

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    1. Hi Tracy. Thank you! We do love it - we've been here almost 12 years and have been making some big plans that we're starting to get moving on. Very exciting :)

      The new pattern folio is a whole new book with the patterns from 2013 Pattern Folio and the ones that I've posted to the blog in 2014 - similar format with a few tweaks :)

      I have heard of Ben Kwok's FB group - he does such beautiful work! Thanks hx

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  3. Cant's wait to see Helen ~ thank you so much for your generosity, I have learned so much from you! You are terrific!

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  4. Thank you! Your work is gorgeous!

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  5. Congratulations for your beautiful farm and all the work you manage to do. I can't imagine how you do it. Thank you for your generous gift, I love your style and your patterns and often turn to your blog for inspiration or just a smile at seeing all the beauty here. I too live on quite a bit of land but not a farm, I have quite enough to do with just growing a few vegetables (well a lot of tomatoes and chilli peppers and a few other greens) and taking care of my 3 little hens.
    I wish you as great a spring as we are having a superb autumn.
    Love from France

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    1. Hi Nat, Thank you! It is beautiful to have a bit of land around, whether it is farm or forest. We are lucky to have a bit of both - we have around 20 acres of native bush on our property which is filled with native wildlife which we love. I am just about ready to plant my first tomatoes which I hope will be giving me fruit by the end of the year. France in Autumn, I bet it is spectacular! hx

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  6. Cannot imagine how you fit everything in! You are an inspiration! Your photos are wonderful - I am so happy you have found joy and creativity in your life - artistic and day-to-day.
    So looking forward to your new book - even if I can't come close to reproducing what you show us, just looking is a wonder!
    Jakki

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  7. A hello from Chicago-land, Illinois. I love the internet that connects us across the globe, to lives and interests that we would never otherwise encounter. Thank you for the window into a bit of your world,
    Blessings, Kathryn

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  8. Can't wait for the Pattern Folio! Love your work!! Thanks for the pictures...especially love the beautiful bird.

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  9. Lakes wanderer (Steve)November 3, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Don't know how you find the time to produce such stunning work! Look forward to seeing pattern folio

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  10. So excited to have your new Folio coming out - the cover looks very inviting and I never miss an opportunity to view your work- your style is my go -to favorite of all. Thanks for sharing your gardening life as here in CA with our multi-year drought I've had to let my sweet little flower garden go for lack of water- my silly bulbs have decided to sprout and shoot up in spite of it all and I guess will try to bloom in our winter. Thanks again for all you do and share.

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    1. Thanks, Ruth :) We're very lucky in the Yarra Valley. We have hot, dry summers, but also a high rainfall. We bought the property during a fairly long drought and, once we saw that it was still green, knew we were on a winner!

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  11. a hello of the other site of the world..namely:.Belgium, I like your lovely patterns and I'm looking forwards to the pattern Folio

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  12. Hi Helen, I'm excited to read that your folio is coming out...love all of your work and so appreciated your gift last year. I tried to confirm my subscription by re-subscribing but got the message that I was already subscribed. (Confused yet? ;) ) I hope that my comment here will let you know that I'd really love to receive the 2014 Pattern Folio and to make sure my email address is on your list!
    Thanks for the peek into your part of the world. In central New York State, our weather has turned cold, tho no snow yet. Hopefully a few more moderate days to finish putting my gardens to bed for the winter..
    Thanks again for everything!

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    1. Hi Laurel,

      If you have been receiving emails when I post to my blog, your subscription is active, so don't worry at all :) I always stress that people need a confirmed subscription because, it is an automated process, and a number of people only complete half of it not realising they're not subscribed.

      I am definitely loving the warmer weather here! h

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  13. Love hearing about your gardens and look forward to your new Folio. I'm such a huge fan of your work and appreciate your sharing of your patterns. As you are doing all your Spring gardening, we here in Connecticut, while enjoying a beautiful Autumn, are preparing our gardens for Winter. It's that time of year when I watch the night time temperatures very closely, to see if my rosemary plant needs to come in for the night, since it has no tolerance for frost and/or freezing temperature. I've managed to keep this almost 2 foot shrub alive for almost five years, by bringing it indoors every winter. The aroma is awesome. My thyme and oregano plants are also in pots, so they keep the rosemary company, much to the delight of one of my kitties who loves a nip of oregano after each meal. Enjoy your Spring and look forward to your next posting.

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    1. Thank you! It's so hard for me to imagine bringing in plants for the Winter! So much extra work. Our climate is Cool Temperate - maybe a few frosts in winter, but that's it! Luckily the rosemary (thyme and oregano) all survive happily outside. Our rosemary actually flowers at the end of winter/early autumn :) h

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  14. What a beautiful garden, you have been busy, how do you find the time to do your wonderful artwork?
    Looking forward to the new Pattern Folio. GinaA

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  15. Helen, You have to learn not to be so hard on yourself!!!! I don't mind if you have a little clumsiness happening as I think it shows that you are human and to be human is to err! Love your drawings look forward to them each and every email. Thank you Julie Beard

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  16. Dear Helen
    Here i Denmark it is dark at 6:30 i the morning when i go to work, and at 4pm whem i walk my dogs it is almost dark again. In Denmark the winter i near - and it is getting colder and colder every day.
    I love to see your pictures, and allready longing for spring.

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  17. Bonjour Helen
    merci pour tant de générosité

    thank you so much for your generosity

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  18. I look so forward to your patterns (all in one place!) coming in an e-book in December! Lovely to look at all your gardening exploits, must have a before and after shot of your dedicated flower patch! Are the flowers for you and yours or are you hoping to tempt the local florist ? I wish you all the 'right' sort of weather over the summer and I LOVE that parrot!

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Thanks! The flowers are just so that I have a surplus to cut for arrangements in the house. hx

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  19. can't wait to get my hands on that pattern folio :) happy stuff!
    (and your gardening pants look much like some of the ones i have :) )

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    1. these also double as my milking pants! Versatile :) haha

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  20. Helen you've done it again. Your work in always flowing and beautiful. I can't wait till it comes out.

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  21. Glad to have you get your hands dirty, Helen. No, not with your garden, but with Square One. Thanks so much for posting. Hope we see you with us again...dirty hands and all! :)

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    1. Hi Chris, I had fun! Hopefully a bit more time next year.....this year is going so fast it's going to be Christmas before I'm ready :)

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  22. You are so inspiring. Thank you for your blog.

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  23. Thanks so much for sharing so much of your life with us!! Very interesting goings-on at your compound; bee hive; funny felines; that beautiful parrot! What a treat!! Good luck with your crops! Thanks for the tangle!! I'm a long-time follower!
    Lauri

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    1. There's always something on the go, Lauri :) No rest for the wicked around here! h

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