Friday, 30 January 2009


A Birthday and BUSY, BUSY and shhh… a sneak peek
Oh the heat is on, mid to high 40's (100'sF) all week.

My poor garden is suffering, my sweet roses are burning to a crisp!!
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Love this photo of my entry table.
I really love the look of the candle wax.

Love looking at the Pierre de Ronsard Rose as I hang out my washing.

The Iceberg Roses did look so pretty.

Today my baby turns 26.
Hey where did all those years go???
It just seemed like yesterday that he was born.
Here is the Birthday Boy Michael with his girlfriend Chantelle and new puppy Mack.

Just a little sneak peek at Amy’s wedding dress - not a very clear shot.
She looked so pretty when she tried this one on, certainly brought tears to my eyes.

Wedding preparations are in full swing.
Today I am working on the wedding invitations. Unfortunately the airconditioner does not cool down the study so I will just have a fan going. Today it will be 43C (109.5F).
Tomorrow in the morning I am off shoe shopping with the bride and her bridesmaids. The late afternoon will see Max and I at Amy and Ryan’s to help work out the lighting. I think we are having lighting coming from the roof onto the garden, swags of fairy/bud lights around the deck, some sort of lighting on the dam, uplights on some trees and who knows what else.

Wedding Dress – done
Veil – done
Bridesmaid dresses – done
Hairdresser booked
Makeup booked
Celebrant booked
Photographer booked
Caterer booked
Cake booked
Marquee, tables, tablecloths, chairs, lighting, red runner – booked
Drinks staff booked

Invitations working on
Men’s suits
Jewellery & rings
Onsite toilets
Cool room
Bride and bridesmaids shoes


Lori said...

oh my is hot there...i don't know how you can tolerate it...i would be miserable...your roses are just goreous!!!
Happy Birthday to your baby:)

Susan @ Blackberry Creek said...

The pink roses are so beautiful, Alison. Pink roses are one of my favorite flowers. Wish I were a better gardener.

Anonymous said...

I am planning a wedding too! Keep sharing the beauty, please :).

Ugh that heat!!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Weddings sure do take a lot of organizing but you seem to have got a lot done in a short time.

Way too hot in Melbourne at present. I weep when I look at my fried garden. The only plants thriving seem to be my roses.
Try and stay cool Alison,

Unknown said...

Happy birthday to your baby!

Vicki said...

WOW the dress looks amazing.. I found your blog on hume cotages! your roses are amazing I just planted a few any tips on helping them look gerat?
Vic xx

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Stunning roses & I LOVE the look of candles dripping wax, too!

Oh, a much fun to plan!! Make LOTS of pictures.

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Anonymous said...

Hi Alison,
Your roses are just stunning. I detest hanging out the washing but could be encouraged to enjoy it if I had those lovelies to look at.
The wedding looks like it is comming along nicely, how exciting!!!!
Sarah xxx

Pearl Maple said...

Congrats on all the exciting events that are happening at your place.

That sure is some hum dinger of a heat wave. Hope you and the roses get a cool break soon.

Sugar Bear said...

Oh to have the heat here! The roses are just beautiful.

Tara said...

Looks like your plans are going well...and I saw the heat during the australian open..snow, gray here in New York all week, I may be a little jealous!

Ally Jay said...

Wow I am so gald it's not that hot here. You have been very busy though in spite of the heat.

Lori said...

BET YOU MIGHT LIKE A DOSE OF OUR 10DEGRE WEATHER A BIT HUH?? Wedding plans!!!! How exciting!! Stay cool and I'll stay warm, love ya,Lori

SweetAnnee said...

Oh my goodness,, your roses are looking DIVINE
I just adore a lovely scent filled rose.

and the dress looks awesome!!

Your plans are coming along quite

I'm so cold here..but the heat sounds TOO much
for me...

OmG , we always want something else..

fondly, Deena

Deb said...

Hi Alison
Your roses are amazing! Happy Birthday to your son. What an exciting time at your house :-)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Your roses are so beautiful! I hope it cools down some for you.

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Alison, it was Todd's 26th birthday a few weeks ago, just think this time 21 odd years ago they were starting school together!
Wasn't it ever hot! I took a photo of our melted candles to put on my blog too.
Amy is going to look gorgeous! She's a lucky girl to have such a wonderful Mum said...

Your roses still look very pretty. I do love that drippy candle wax! You are busy, how exciting, looks like you are very organised as well! I think it is going to rain here today, I hope so, my poor roses needs it! Rachaelxo

Jeanne said...

HOT??? You need to come over to the U.S. - particularly here in Illinois. We are freezing cold here! The glimpse of the wedding dress looks beautiful. Brings back sweet memories of planning my daughter's wedding last fall. Have fun!

Danielle said...

Hi Alison
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I think we are now getting your 40 degree weather up here this week...supposed to get to 43-44 by the weekend! I have been looking for a climbing rose and yours looks just lovely so will keep my eye out for that variety.

Birds of a Feather said...

wish you could share a bit of that hot with us to melt away all this treacherous ice!

so lovely to see those beautiful roses, so beautiful!

best wishes with all your planning too, fun stuff!

xo heidi

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh, my baby girl just got married in September and it was such a wonderful time! I made the invitations with a lot of help from my summer assistants (my kids). If you are interested, here's a post about how we did it

our shabby cottage said...

Gee Alison, you are one busy lady! The roses are beautiful - mine look a bit sad after the heat we have had.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Alison, Your iceberg roses are gorgeous.
Happy Birthday to your son. Looks like you really have most done for the wedding. What a fun time.
Sure is hot there. Send some up here. LOL!!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Tutti Chic said...

alison~your roses are to-die-for gorgeous & your baby so handsome! sounds like you accomplished a lot on your to-do list~must be so much fun planning a wedding! :) chris

Unknown said...

I have been thinking of you with all this heat and the fires....I hope they are not near you. Sounds like the wedding is full steam ahead, and gorgeous!
Keep cool, I hope this heatwave breaks soon, Ive had enough to last 10 summers!

shabby*vintage*dreams said...

wow babes you certainly have been busy!! and in this terrible heat!! being in melb also I can certainly say I know how ya feel!!! And being Pregnant doesnt help either!!
The wedding dress looks devine, very vintage styled cannot wait to see the Gorgeous bride in it!!
I bet the invitations are lovely with your personally touch I know they will be!!
Love the picture of your hall table the roses look stunning!!
Take care
mandii(yep new blog)

The Pink Poodle said...

hi alison...the garden looks beautiful..i know you said they have suffered in the heat..but i hope they come back before the wedding (in april?).

The wedding dress looks gorgeous..BOY i forgot how much one has to organise for a wedding..seeing as mine was some 23years ago..

anyway..try and keep cool (43 degrees on saturday again)..

xx andrea

Anonymous said...

109!!!! Oh. my. GOSH!!! I can't even imagine that! I thought it got hot here!!!
Your roses are stunning!!!


Susan Tuttle said...

happy birthday to your baby!

hope temps are cooling a bit for you.

Thanks so much for your kind words and support regarding my son -- they mean a lot!


bluemuf said...

Alison, wow it's hot where you live. Try to keep cool the best you can, Love your roses


Back Through Time said...

wow that is HOT! Wish I could see you some cool breezes.
The roses are beautiful!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Your roses are so beautiful!
and Amy's dress is breathtaking.:)
xo Lidy

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

Thinking of you! The news for Victoria was not good this weekend. Hope you and your family are OK and your lovely home escaped the fires. ~ Karen

CatieAn said...

oh how I remember all those lists of 'to do's' and happily 'dones'.
The dress peek looks beautiful. With all four kids married I know the excitement you feel and all that lies ahead.
No matter how old your kids are when they are married and how much you love your new in law there are mother's tears!!

Happy Birthday to your baby and congratualtions mother of the bride