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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Blossom and the mountain...

With Blossom turning 20 later this month (can you believe that?) I'm more conscious than ever for the need to make special time 'just for us' before she's off into the big wide world and living a life without mum and dad.
Having her still living at home with us is precious indeed, but she will spread her wings sooner rather than later, and before we know it she'll be setting up her very own home and 'spur of the moment trips up the mountain' decided over an early morning coffee won't come so easily. So our theory is to make the most of them right now!

Yesterday she had a day off work, and I needed a break from my office and laptop, so away we went.
A relaxing 30 minute drive from home, then a winding cruise around and up the mountain till we turn right towards the Tea Rooms at Hervey's Range...


After the massive amount of rain the cyclone brought last month the pond has filled again and water lilies have sprung through in abundance...




The Tea Rooms are *old*, adding to the peaceful charm which causes us to return time and again...


We sit in the same room inside the old homestead each time we visit. Breakfast is good country fare, as are the views through the window...




 We always take writing pads, pencils, magazines, stitching, and 'stuff' to inspire us for a few hours after breakfast, but these days together are especially good for us because we usually cannot get any phone reception on the mountain so we're never interrupted or distracted...we just chat about life, God, hopes and dreams, all the while drinking coffee and pots of tea and sampling simply made sweeties...

(I discovered this pattern for a pillow for Princess Sophie while ripping pages out of old magazines)


The Caramel Cream Tart was delicious with our Earl Grey tea...


 I'd taken the Gratitude Bag with me for a photo shoot...



...but after the pictures were taken we decided to have another photo shoot with Miss Blossom as the star this time. Honestly, we laughed so hard I had trouble keeping the camera steady!




Um, audition for a horror movie, maybe???



When 2 o'clock ticked over we thought we'd best pack up and head back down the mountain to home.
Blossom's pencil gave us an idea for the rest of the day...

 
There's always a wistful sigh as we leave...


hugs



27 comments:

byhokiquilts said...

Oh Jenny what a lovely bolt hole. The water lillies look like little fairies in their best frocks dancing on the waters surface. Thanks for sharing your special moments with Blossom. xx

Christina said...

How nice you two got to spend a lovely day together to make lasting memories. The pond is so pretty.
The food looks yummy too.

miss~nance said...

What special memories you two will have when she does leave home

Hugs Gail XX

Melody said...

sounds like a perfect day and I agree, your time with Blossom is so precious - it's great to take time to enjoy it together.

Cheryll said...

Its so nice to spend quality time with our children... as they turn into adults with a life of their own so quickly.... oh where does time go...???
Lovely pic's as a reminder of your day together. :)

Susie said...

so beautiful and special. Its nice you treasure these moments (and document them)

Marian said...

It looks so beautiful there, nice to be there with your daughter, it's a special memory. Blossom looks very pretty. Thank your for the pictures, I enjoy them very much.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your special day Jenny with your very pretty Blossom, gorgeous photos, yes the years pass so quickly so its a blessing to have these times together, the tea house and trip there look lovely such a good feel place, can see why you would want to return as often as you can, sort of for a top up, refuel, and the yummy sweets would help. A great spot for your photo shoot too.
Judithann :-)

KimM said...

What a wonderful day and photo shoot ;) The Caramel Cream tart looks so yummy!!!!

Patricia said...

Thank you for sharing a wonderful day with you and your daughter! Pictures are beautiful and funny.

Patricia C

Stephanie said...

Unplugging AND daughter days are awesome.

anniebeez said...

How Lovely!! My Isabel is 15 now and my last one left at home. She is interested in a college which is 8 hours away, and I know these last 3 years are going to go SO FAST! I need to do some things like this with her too!! What a great idea-I am already thinking about the places we could go....!

anniebeez said...

P.S.~I love Blossom's little streak on pink!~Annie

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Horas preciosas... as duas vão se lembrar delas sempre e sempre.
Um abraço!
Precious hours ... the two will remember them forever and ever.
Hugs!
Egléa

StitchinByTheLake said...

What an amazing day - I must do something like that with my girls soon! blessings, marlene

celkalee said...

A lovely daughter, a lovely day what more could anyone want? This little post has given me some ideas for my weekly quilting group. A lovely nearby park and exhibit farm is in the works for us for a retreat but why wait for that? I have some calls to make. Thank you dear.

Gillie said...

Now let me think.......from whom could Miss B possibly have inherited her zany outlook? Her mum......? No, surely not..........!

What a lovely day!

Junebug613 said...

It looks like a lovely day!

la cocotte de kiev au caire said...

miss blossom seems like my young daugther
la cocotte de kiev at Cairo

Tammy said...

The water lilies look gorgeous. What a wonderful day to be able to spend with your blossom. And what gorgeous scenery and delicious looking foods... Makes me wish I was their with y'all.

eva said...

Oi, a Blosson é linda, assim como a paisagem! Curta muito sua filha, é o que de melhor se poda fazer! bjs, Eva

Createology said...

How lovely to spend the day together and simply enjoy all that enfolds. Time together is to be cherished and languished...just the way you did. Joyful Bliss...

shez said...

what a lovely fun place,filled with special memeries ,thankyou for sharing Jenny and look at that beautiful weather you have there.xx

Noela said...

Sounds like you had a great day. You are so right, they grow up so quickly you have to grab every moment that you can. Hugs......

prsd4tim2 said...

So glad you had such a fun day together. My daughter (23) and SIL were home for a week recently and it was so wonderful to just put off the dull, normal stuff and do fun things together. Blossom is a beautiful girl and I know you are so proud of her. Enjoy.

Jenny said...

I was just reading one of your old blogs and she had just turned 15 and now literally overnight she is 20. Bet that feels that way for you too. One of my sons has just turned 16 and I can still see him rolling around the house in his walker - gee time flies with kids.

quiltingtaylormade said...

What a delightful day !! And such special memories were made because you made the time to be together. Your Blossom is a lovely young woman. Thanks for sharing your day with us Jenny !! Love, Tay