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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Kitchen Flowers

Emma Bridgewater tea mug.
Inspiration for some yellow tulips in a vase.

 This is the time of year, more so than any other, when I really crave the colour and life provided by some flowers in the kitchen.
I trotted over to Sweet Violets yesterday morning to pick up some yellow tulips for the countertop and these primula for the windowsills in the kitchen.  Primula are in the shops at the perfect time, clearly I'm not the only one who's looking to brighten things up the end of January.
I always like to see the girls who run the flower shop, they're a lovely bunch.  Sara was helping me with my bouquets and so I was able to get an update on her chickens, yes she has chickens and they're quite the characters too!  The last time I was in she was taking them back and forth to the veterinarian in a laundry basket due to illness, now they are happily healthy and she told me she's getting better at giving them care when they're sick all by herself.

When I returned home I was thinking about those chickens as I walked Scout around the neighbourhood in the sunshine.  Then, what did I come across but a magnificent, bright green wooden chicken coop with all the bells and whistles, parked right in the garden at our neighbour The Chef's house!

Looks like we'll be getting some new neighbours, I wonder when the chickens will actually arrive?  I'll attempt a photo of the coop at least on a day when the sun makes a return appearance.

What have you got planned for this last Saturday in January?  We're going to stock up on groceries and champagne, I'm hosting a birthday dinner tonight for someone special, details tomorrow!
Have a really wonderful day today, I hope it's colourful,
xoxDani

12 comments:

  1. Backyard chicken coops are quite the thing around these parts! (Eugene, Oregon). At one point, I considered getting some chickens too, but I have two critters to take care of already (white Maine Coon brother cats). What has happened in the recent year though, in a part of our town where there are LOTS of chicken coops, is that there has been an explosion in the rat population, much to the consternation of the residents and politicians alike. Apparently part of the problem is also due to the way some people run a compost pile. I consider myself lucky that this sort of thing isn't going on in our neighborhood (YET). UGH! Hopefully they can make some changes and get this problem under control.

    Love the flowers, Dani. This time of year it's so nice to have some color!

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    1. Vava, oh gross RATS! Very few things give me the willies more. I guess the rats get access to the chicken feed? And I guess coops and composts go hand-in-hand? Blech. If I see any the pest control guys will be on my speed dial!
      Your cats sound like the characters!! xx

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  2. I'm so excited about the chickens! They must have a guest spot on your blog. Flowers are so needed at this time of year. xx

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    1. Jen me too, especially if I can see them every day but not have to look after them ;)
      You're right we need more animal guests on the blog! Flowers just now: 100% needed. xx

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  4. I'm so glad to see these regular posts. The yellow tulips will brighten these winter days. I am terrible at keeping plants alive, but my new love is Trader Joe's $10 orchids. They usually last six to eight weeks, so I pick one up each time I go to the store and rotate them through the house.

    Off to the office today, because it's my busy season, but I have a date with a GF after work to watch "Paris Can Wait." Have a good weekend, everyone!

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    1. Oh Hex I hope you liked that movie! I really liked it, it was a pleasant surprise. I am also completely terrible at keeping plants alive, I hope I can get a month out of these primula. $10 orchids is a great deal! How beautiful to keep them rotated throughout your house.
      Thank you Hex xx

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  5. So, fresh eggs!!

    Have a wonderful dinner party Dani. We had a lovely 'double date' with friends in town yesterday evening, the rest of the weekend will be quiet - hubby is still studying.

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    1. Tricia your hubs is very committed to learning French! Is he aiming for fluency? Good for him, it's not easy. That sounds like a nice evening with your friends! Yes I'm sure The Chef will be looking for fresh eggs, I can't wait to see the vegetables he plants in the vegetable garden he has had dug up too. xx

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  6. I do love a yellow bloom, and you have Tulips, and Primulas! Yay, so pretty in the home. It is bright here, very hot, but alas not so much colour as the flowers cannot cope. But if it is greenery you want, we have a surplus. Chickens are always cute and fun, good to photograph. Happy Sunday Dani.

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    1. Patricia yellow flowers are my favourite at this time of year! I wish I was there in the heat to tell the truth, the end of January is when the cold becomes a marathon to get through! Thank you Patricia xx

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  7. I've purchased primulas too...ours are on the front porch as a welcome greeting to those who pop by for a visit....I adore flowers and fancy the parrot tulips...you remind me that I must get some from the flower shop when we return from the cottage!

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