house guests

I love having houseguests! - all the anticipation and planning and getting the room ready and meals and outings organised. Am always excited and count how many sleeps till friends or family arrive and feel so privileged to be able to have a dedicated spare room. Roll on September when Fran and our little Alex arrive from London!

A Midlands wedding

We have just spent the most wonderful weekend up in the midlands. I have always wondered why folk choose to get married in out of the way places and

now I am totally converted! Instead of a once-off event, we had time to make new friends and catch up with old ones - quality time celebrating the marriage

of not only this special couple, but also the melding of family and friends. Congratulations Stef and Jo - May you spend many happy years together.

It gave me great joy to be able to wrap our gifts in wrapping paper that I designed!

a family wedding




I can't believe that a year has passed since my youngest son, Simon, married his Catherine!

It was autumn in Jo'burg at the time and they chose to use this beautiful season as the thene for the day.

Mary (my sister), Geoff, and myself had such fun driving around with secateurs and cutting swathes of berries from the hedgerows and sweeping up bags of crunchy autumn leaves.

We had one day to turn a simple school hall into a place where we would gather and feast and dance and celebrate the union of this special couple.... and it is a credit to all the wonderful helping hands from family and friends that we managed to pull it off!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MONTH Si and Cath - your beautiful wedding day remains a time of shared joy. It is so good to see how happy you are with one another.



A Happy Place

Every time I walk down our passage to the spare room, I walk past this row of hats.

 They evoke all sorts of memories for me......the times that we have walked the Camino in Spain, springtime visits to our family in the UK with outings to beautiful parks and fairytale castles,a family gathering in Mallorca and then closer to home - walks in the Berg and long beach strolls where Geoff and I chat and walk our way through all sorts of decisions.

Good times full of happy memories.

I think we all need just such a space in our homes - something that transports us to a happy place.

Baby Shower fun!

Ladies having fun painting up squares to be sewn into a quilt.

Baby shower hosted by Caryn's mum (Sue Wilson) and sister Jenna - Held at Anthology!

Purple - The colour of the moment!

I am in love with purple at the moment!

Lovely idea!

A new way to show off those lovely little art squares that somehow never seem to get wall mounted!

Blue & White table display - Anthology

I think my recent gardening experience has impacted on our latest Blue & White table display @ Anthology (Windermere Centre). I had such fun putting this together - Pop in and enjoy!

Johannesburg Trip!

I recently spent the week up in jhb working in my children's gardens. What started out as a labour of love turned into a truly special time of re-connecting with memories of my mother and all the hours spent with her in her beautiful gardens.

It was great to play a part in reviving a fairly barren place and to work with my son in something life-giving.

I had a good moment today when I received a message from Andrew to say that he had just made a salad using greens and herbs from his garden - delicious!

The opening of: The Bottom Drawer!!

The Bottom Drawer.

Join Sue Sylvester and Marese Geach in celebrating the opening of their brand new shop in Windermere Centre called The Bottom Drawer!

The shop stocks bedroom and bathroom goodies all designed to suit your personal needs! All bed linen is produced locally as well as Sue Sylvester items are all locally made.

Come and shop till you drop at the beautiful new shop and support our locally produced market!

Love Sue and Marese