Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Autumn Jewels

Autumn has so far been a rather sparkling affair with gorgeous jewels dotted about in the garden.
The beauty of flowers is especially poignant at this time of year when every day could be the last day on which they can display their rich glittering colours of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, amethysts, gold, silver, diamonds, pearls and jade.
Here a colander full of precious jade with the taste of nectar from the grape arbour. I've been munching grapes from early August up till now.
And it's not only the flowers that are clad in such rich tones, my hedge has been magically turned into a sumptuous gobelin of deep copper, burnished gold strewn with emeralds. If you'd like a hedge like this next autumn, and who in his/her right mind wouldn't, plant Fagus sylvatica aka beech.
Of course you can also bedeck your home with these sparkling jewels for your utter and thorough enjoyment. Christmas is still quite a few weeks off, so do yourself a big favour and invest in some jewels for the home, you won't regret it as their return is quite high.
Autumn has been so very mild this year so that I am even now able to decorate my house with glowing jewels from the Bliss garden. It's late November and I still manage to pick many a lovely bunch to gladden my heart.
Even if you have no flowers left to pick, you could decorate to your heart's content and with a carefree heart and hand scatter precious jewels in the kitchen. Immerse yourself in the richness that is Autumn.
But at Bliss the most highly prized jewel of all is Kadootje, a sumptuous affair clad in decadent sable, rich taupe, burnished gold and clotted cream set to purrrrrrrrrrfect music.
Not forgetting those huge sparkling emerald mirrors of her soul.
Today it is exactly 4 years ago that I found this precious jewel in my garden. I caught her red pawed eating the bread crumbs I had put out for the birds. She was so very hungry, you see, something that she is never now although she tries to persuade me often that she is.

For those of you who have inadvertently missed my post about how Kadootje came into in my life, read the full story here A note to the wise: keep a hanky/tissue at the ready.
This precious girl came into my life on my birthday so I christened her Kadootje which means small present in Dutch. And although she was just a small bundle of fur of about 4 months old, she is the biggest and bestest birthday present ever.
And I hope that my own Morse coded precious princes will enrich my life for years to come with that immensely valuable present that is Kadootje.

copyright 2009 Y.E.W. Heuzen


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Happy Birthday. It is wonderful to have such a sweet little present to remind you of your day.

guild-rez said...

Another year is a happy gift,
So cut your cake, and say,
"Instead of counting birthdays,
I count blessings every day!"
Have a wonderful day!!
Love the pictures of Kadootje.

James A-S said...

"Sumptuous Gobelin"...nice phrase

GardenJoy4Me said...

Happy Birthday Yolanda !
The most beautiful bouquet of flowers I had ever been given in my life, was by my Dutch neighbor the first year we lived in the Netherlands .. I will never forget that : )
You have such beautiful jewels in your life .. from flowers to furry little souls that give you such love and happiness : )
I wish the best for them and yourself on your special day : )
It has been a very mild and long Autumn in so many places .. here is hoping for a mild winter for us all too ?
P.S. There is nothing more soul touching than when a cat adopts "us" : )

Sorcerer said...

Happy birthday Yolanda

hey nice pics..loved the 9th one in the row

Anonymous said...

A very big hug for you and a special ear scratch and belly rub for dear Kadootje on your respective celebratory events dear YE! You and the whole bliss team are precious jewels. :-)

Anonymous said...

All of them, absolute gems! :) Enjoy your special day.

Mary Delle said...

Lovely post!! Your precious Kadootje is a darling. Happy Birthday.

Glo said...

What a brilliant gold encrusted gem of a post ~ Happy Birthday, Yolanda, to you and your precious treasure, Kadootje.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Yolanda, Happy belated birthday. And Kadootje is so sweet--I love her paw pads. Fiona also has pink and brown pads! :)

Green thumb said...

Happy belated Birthday! your jewels are wonderful, and the best thing is that they are encased in a rich treasure house of memories.
Enjoy the gifts of life and thanks for teaching us on how to appreciate them.

Anonymous said...

Happy (belated) birthday, I hope that you had a lovely day! Flighty xx

Kiki said...

Beautiful photos! So lovely! And wow..I love your are so lucky..what a beauty!! I enjoyed your post!

Matron said...

Your comment about the Morse code cats got me thinking.. do you think someone could breed a race of secret agent cats with special dots and dashes to pass coded messages?

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Happy belated Birthday! You garden has outdone itself this year, and beautiful weather, gorgeous flowers and fresh fruit is a great birthday present. You and Kadootje are lucky to have found each other, and I wish you both good health & happiness.

em said...

YE, happy birthday! wow, it looks even warmer there than here! what lovely blooms. kadootje looks like a lovely young girl kitty.

Kerri said...

Kadootje is a jewel of a present indeed! She's such a little beauty. Wishing you both many more years of affectionate companionship.
Our autumn has been beautifully mild too, after a very chilly beginning. We've had a touch of winter these past few days though. However, the sun is shining brightly again today, and even with the very chilly temps it's pretty outside.
Cosmos are such a cheery flower. Lucky you to still have blooms.
We have much to be thankful for, don't we?

pet supplies said...

Awesome blog and enjoyed the photos of the cute pets... !

A wildlife gardener said...

Beautiful Kadootje, happy birthday to her...:)

Many and varied are the blooms continuing to flower in your garden, Yolanda :)

Gail said...

I hope it's not too late to wish you the very best birthday! ...and to say hello to the beautiful Kadootje. I'm going to have to read her story...gail

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

You know, I just realized that our Lily looks VERY much like your Kadootje! Lily was a surprise, too. :-)

So envious of your grapes! I hope to have more next year - enough to actually eat!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

And now I just realized it was your birthday! I'm so slow sometimes. Happy Birthday! I hope your day was nothing short of wonderful! *hugs*

*Ulrike* said...

I just discovered your blog and I know I'm too late for your birthday, but I hope you had a wonderful day! Your kitty is so precious!!! Your blog has such wonderful pictures, I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at them. It is fun to see what other gardeners do across the world, and what problems they have with their "dirt". I have heavy clay here too in the south, sigh, constantly working on it.
Well, I hope you have a wonderful day!

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nancy john said...

Autumn Jewels is really cool and beautiful.