just an old-fashioned girl

Hello and welcome. I'm glad you dropped by. If you´re looking for something a little nostalgic of bygone eras with a timeless elegance and a little modern twist – in other words, something slightly “retro” – then you should feel right at home here in my shabby chic room. Month by month, there will always be something new to see so I hope you´ll enjoy your stay and come back again soon.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Feast For Everyone.

As some of you know already, I´ve been laid up for the past few weeks after I put my back out and I find it hard to sit at the computer for any length of time. It looks as if a stay in the orthopaedic clinic is on the cards for the new year. In the meantime I´ve been trying to keep my spirits up which isn´t always easy when the sky is leaden and my beloved garden is slumbering under several feet of snow and summer seems so far away. It´s then that I´m glad that I kept a record of how it looked when everything was blooming under a bluer sky.

Last spring Diane sent me a packet of sunflower seeds little knowing how much pleasure they would eventually give, not only to me, but also to some of the creatures which visit my garden. Most of the sunflowers “only” reached a height of about 6 feet but the ones I sowed in the fertile soil of my vegetable garden grew to an enormous height and seemed intent on proving that everything from Texas is bigger than elsewhere. Here´s a photo I took of them towering above my garden shed.
And this is a page I made using the Nature Notes freebie QP to remember them by on a dismal dreary day when winter seems unending. 
Journalling: “Sunflowers are a feast for everyone. In summer I feast my eyes on them while the bees and hover flies feast on their nectar. In autumn the sight of the birds feasting on their seeds gladdens my heart and makes me less sad to think that summer is over.”

The photo of the finch was a lucky shot taken through the screen on my kitchen window which is why it´s not as clear as it might be.

If you´d like to have the freebie QP, you´ll find it here.

Thanks again, Lajuana, for helping to make the blog look festive with A Christmas Carol...and if I´m not around for a while, I´m sure you´ll understand why.


  1. I'm so sorry your back is still giving you fits. I hope Dora is being helpful by fetching your tea and biscuits. :o) Your QP is beautiful especially since Nature Notes is one of my all time favorites. Hope you're feeling better soon!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear you are having problems with your back... it's not fun when you are in pain. I'm thinking about you, and hoping you get some relief. Your sunflowers were beautiful! I never had any luck growing them.

  3. Helen, I hope some holiday cheer is making its way to you over the back problems and winter garden (maybe in a cup of something?). So sorry about the back and especially sympathetic as I started with some issues last year. The sunflowers looked simply wonderful! So nice that you've shared their glory and I too think Nature Notes is so fine.