The lavender in our garden has been especially beautiful this year....
I seem to be constantly battling with the local bee community to pick bunches for friends and arrangements for home.
Everyone knows how much I love fresh flowers in my home so these past few weeks have been a real treat for me.
I delivered a bunch to a friend who was delighted but instead of putting them in a vase like I expected she put them on the window sill to dry out explaining that her hubby, once the lavender was dried would put them into sugar to flavour it...hmmmm...got me thinking what to do with all this lavender...
Here are a few FABULOUS FINDS indeed...
Fancy some lavender bath salts in your next hot bath, or perhaps a scented candle to enjoy whilst you bite into a delicious shortbread cookie (lavender flavoured of course) or enjoy a favourite drink with a lavender ice cube....????
Some ideas perhaps for the wedding I am helping a friend plan....yummo lavender ice cream would be a treat...and I love these soaps, what a pretty hostess gift they would make...ahh so many choices where does one get started, looks like I am off to battle the local bee community again!
This time last week we were celebrating the end of Lilly's school...hard to believe that 'our baby' has graduated from high school.
It was a busy few days with graduating assemblies, a beautiful church service followed by Year 12 Presentation evening (where Lilly sang the most beautiful song with her close friend...not a dry eye in the house)...
The next morning I mad a mad dash to the Sydney Flower Market (my happy place) to get lots of beautiful spring blooms...time to get ready for the Year 12 Cocktail Evening that I had spent a few months planning with a lovely group of mums! We wanted the opportunity to celebrate the 'end of an era' with our daughters, make them feel a little special and also thank the teachers for all their hard work and dedication. We transformed a 'space' in the school with flowers, candles and balloons...time to celebrate the CLASS OF 2016!
We booked a photographer who captured so many wonderful memories for the girls, here are a few of my favourites...
Now, study beckons but before long all Lilly's hard work will have paid off, her HSC exams will be over and a new chapter will have begun.
CONGRATULATIONS to the CLASS OF 2016...the world awaits!
Our recent holiday was mostly a relaxing one...time spent to 'recharge the batteries' BUT we did manage a half day of adventure and tick something off our bucket list thanks to Eco Khao Lak Adventures...an elephant safari!
Our adventure began after being collected from the hotel lobby, we drove a short distance with a small group of people (8 in total Eco Khao Lak pride themselves on small groups) ad met our elephant for the morning and of course their "Mahout" (elephant trainer), Our Mahout was only 13 years old but had of course mastered the art of the selfie...he managed to get lots of great photos of us with my camera (I needed both hands to hold on LOL).
First stop was the river where we helped scrub our elephant clean - such an unreal experience...then a short ride and we met up in the elephant camp where we rode our elephant through the jungle and on to the nearby beach returning to camp for morning tea.
It really was an amazing experience to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures...these guys are well cared for it was comforting to know there are now strict guidelines in Thailand for the care and protection of these elephants. We LOVED every minute of our elephant adventure!
Hubby and I are recently back from a winter escape to beautiful Khao Lak, just north of Phuket in Thailand...we booked months ago on a whim. It was a 'luxury escape' deal we saw advertised and was inclusive of breakfast, massages, dinners, afternoon teas, cocktail parties plus more - almost too good to be true!
We were certainly not disappointed and would definitely recommend this resort and style of package. The weather was mostly kind to us despite the act that it is "rainy season". John swam laps every morning in the beautiful swimming pool and after a long and leisurely breakfast we relaxed, read, walked along the beautiful beach and relaxed a little more....we thoroughly enjoyed the massages that our 'package' included...the hardest decision every day was where to eat dinner and we were certainly spoilt for choice!
Some amazing Thai food of course and lots of fresh salads, seafood and bbq's were on the menu. Looking forward to 'recreating' a few of the dishes we made at our 'cooking lesson' too!
Our beach walks were plenty...a great way to start the day after the breakfast buffet!
Never tire of the beautiful flora that the tropics produce, the heliconia's and palms remind me of our time in Cairns and always seem to scream "summer holiday"...
Will be back in a few days to share another part of our Khao Lak adventure.....our elephant safari....a magical day spent with magical creatures....until then thanks for stopping by xox