Archive for November 2012

Tussie Mussie

November 15th, 2012 — 11:21pm

Once a month, on market day, flowers and herbs are picked from a nearby nonprofit farm garden to make tussie mussies. Some are bright, and some are made with native plants. The combinations are all different depending on the ladies’ mood. Last weekend, I was lucky to find the prettiest bunch on the way out. The moment was made even sweeter when, a few minutes later, we noticed a truck selling big boxes of cherries that we also couldn’t resist.


This month's bunch.

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Token of trust

November 11th, 2012 — 11:12am

There is a grocer where I do almost all of our shopping near my house. The other day, when I was at the till, I realized that my shopping cost a little bit more than what I had in my purse. The shop girl said, “You can pay the rest next time”. There are some shops that occasionally treat customers with a little something extra, but I had never came across a shop that would also keep your payment until the next time, like some people did in the old days. I was a little embarrassed, but also rather happy to think that there was trust between the shop and me. Of course I went back next day to pay the rest immediately.


Little misses talking serious in front of a bakery.

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A rose garden picnic

November 7th, 2012 — 8:53pm

Last weekend the weather was so fine that Chris and I visited a rose garden. I felt sad when we saw a family outside the garden, having a dream like picnic under a big tree with baskets full of food and drink, but having our small sandwiches surrounded by the roses in bloom wasn’t bad after all. We weren’t the only ones having a good spring time there. There were also bees buzzing, birds chirping, and even some house flies relaxing on velvety pale pink rose petals, which made me smile.


After lots of looking (and sniffing), we realized that the rose garden was part of a mansion’s grounds so we decided to explore the other bits. At a quiet pond, I noticed some little ripples on the water surface. They appeared different to those created by a duck family, so I looked closer. Under the water, I found a beautiful world of tiny fish that I spent quite a while observing. The most excited thing was seeing Fairy Wrens. I used to dream of finding a blue bird since reading the story book ‘Blue Bird’ when I was little. I couldn’t believe how bright blue the birds were when Chris pointed them out to me. I’m hoping this is the closure of my blue bird quest.


It was also the first time I've worn a straw hat this spring.

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