Tuesday, August 30, 2011

For the Love of White


I invested in these white lilies 10 days ago and have been waiting for them to bloom ever since.  I have struck up quite a relationship with the manager of flowers at the local Harris Farm.  When she notices me approach, she always points me in the direction of the freshest flowers with a smile.


I arranged these lilies with a shell rope in the bottom of the vase.  Not only do they look pretty, but they assist in holding the blooms in place.


So after a Tuesday tidy up, I took a few extra shots of my kitchen/ living room.   The open plan thingy works perfectly for us.  The Beach House Brats are at the stage of wanting to be with Mr Beach House and I all the time, so with this set up, I can be happily fooffing in the kitchen, whilst they are sitting at the bench doing homework or eating a snack or just telling me about their day.


Those bar stools were picked up as a temporary measure two years ago, from the school fete bric a brac stall. They are still with us and I think they are a keeper.  I love their vintage coastal feel.  I'm still yet to recover the cushions, but what with said eating of snacks, I think I'll leave it a little longer.  With Spring the school fete approaches again.  Ours is being run like a country show this year and I must say I am looking forward to it.
I am entering the cake baking competition and no doubt if I have any success, you will hear all about it.


And this is the view from my kitchen window, where I shall be partaking in said baking of cakes.  I do most of my best work looking at this view.  On a clear day I can see to Manly.  The best bit is when an ocean liner goes by....it just inspires me to keep gathering those pennies for our next travel adventure, which as you know, is one of my constant goals.
Oh and I haven't seen a whale breaching yet, but I am here often enough, so it's only a matter of time.

Have a great week people.
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30 comments :

  1. What a view! I love the seashells in the vase. Beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful view!!! I love using shells in vases...and rocks...and coffee beans, tiny pinecones, or split peas (with silks).
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  3. What a fantastic view you have from your kitchen window! No wonder you bake such beautiful cakes. I am sure you will win something at the school fete. Have a great week Carolyn. Leahx

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  4. Your lilies are perfect and love the shell idea and what a perfect view, good luck with the baking Carolyn :) x

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  5. Hi Carolyn! I love the lillies! I used to buy those every weekend when we lived in San Diego. Loved waiting for them to bloom. :) Your place looks gorgeous. :)

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  6. The room is gorgeous and the flowers are beautiful. Such a great idea to use the shells. I would never get anything done with that view. Stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  7. You have a beautiful home and that view is heavenly!! I would be very inspired by it as well. Good luck in the baking!!!!
    xoxo

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  8. your view is fantastic! it looks like a vacation spot to me! Good luck with your cake! Oh, and I bet those lilies smell fantastic!

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  9. I love white too....maybe you will enjoy this post,
    http://sweetwaterstyle.blogspot.com/2011/06/all-things-white-and-beautiful.html
    Am now following you!

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  10. such a relaxing setting... i love white flowers, i am going to plant an all white garden at the sea in front of my house, i will pretend its wav froth :)

    wonderful cooking view, breaching whales... be still my heart!

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  11. Great idea. Functional and pretty.

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  12. Great idea with the shells at the bottom of the vase! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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  13. Gorgeous. Don't you just love small business owners like that!?

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  14. Lovely post; the lillies with shells in vase is beautiful.

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  15. So clean and crisp! I love your bar stools. What a comfy looking room... great job :)

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  16. That view would inspire me!
    xo Cathy

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  17. Love these photos, especially the first one!

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  19. I'm fixated on the bar stools. I love the bar stools.

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  20. I love your kitchen view amazing!! You're so lucky

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  21. That's a great idea to hold the flowers in place! I have lots of sea shells that I could use.

    Love to paint sea shells and lilies (especially the star gazer!).

    You certainly have a fabulous view!!

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  22. Wow I love the view. Good luck on the cake and keep us posted.

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  23. What a terrific view! The easshells in combination with the lilies are so pretty!

    I would be delighted if you would link up to Potpourri Friday! Without a doubt, your participation will help make the party better!

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  24. Gorgeous flowers and even more gorgeous view!! Best of luck on the cake baking and thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  25. a great view from your kitchen! we can see a small bit of sea from here, i also like when tankers pass on the horizon. white lillies are one of my favourite flowers, they look great in that kind of vase!
    x

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  26. I'm stopping back by to say Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you will link up again next week! I'll be looking forward to seeing you!

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  27. Your arrangement looks great! Very pretty. I love all white flowers! I am linking from 2805.

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  28. Aren't fresh flowers worth the investment?!? Yours look fabulous! Thanks so much for linking them up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  29. Oh Carolyn! I love your view! That would inspire me. Gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining HSH!
    Sherry

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  30. Oh what a view...I would happily give you my January cruise for your view.... I can only hope and dream to live by the sea. Love the flowers amoungst the sea shells....
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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