Friday, January 25, 2013

Miller Time Friday - A Little Whiskey and some Flowers

Despite my seemingly tough-as-nails exterior (that was a joke - just want to make sure you all know that was a joke - look up softy in the dictionary and you will see me, wearing some god-awful outfit!) I am drawn to ANYTHING floral. 

My ultimate fantasy trip?  An all-expense-paid trip to the Chelsea Flower Show!


The description of one of the gardens at last year's show:

The M&G Garden designed by Andy SturgeonInspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, the ‘New English’ design celebrates traditional craftsmanship, the beauty of natural materials and country garden planting. The focal point is the ‘energy wave’ sculpture, made from copper rings, weaving through the garden.

Doesn't that sound divine?  This year's show runs from May 15 to May 21 and alas, i will not get to visit it, I fear. 

But when I do get to go, you will find me tripping through gardens such as the one below



And perhaps keeping my eye out for HER...



Fortunately for me, until my dream trip or until I can get out into my own garden, spring fashion always gives me plenty of florals to ooh and ahh over:

How about the Liberty toothpick jean in Emma and Georgina floral from J Crew?  While i have not seen this pattern in real life, it looks very pretty online.


Liberty toothpick jean in Emma and Georgina floral


Or a sweet shoe to wear with your jeans or summer capris?  Then the Collection Cece Liberty floral ballet flats could be for you.

Collection Cece Liberty floral ballet flats


Anthropologie can always be counted on for a lovely floral or two, and if tiny flowers are not your thing and you will have a lovely tan this summer, this little Heian Shift  might work for you:


Heian Sheath


Maybe you would like a simple black pump with a wee flower at the end, like this one from Talbots, The Brina?

Brina Flower Patent Leather Square-Toe Pump


Now, if money was no object, I would add the following item to my Spring wardrobe:

Oscar de la Renta Embroidered silk-organza dress

The Oscar de la Renta Embroidered silk-organza dress.  For approximately $6500, this could be yours.  It would be perfect for all of the Canada Day Garden Parties I get invited to each July 1st.

Why all the flowers today?  Well, with the windchill this morning, it is -35!  One needs a diversion!

However, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge this most holy of days for Scots around the world:

Robbie Burns Day!



Dani, tonight's Miller Time will toast Mr. Burns and all our scottish ancestors (and current Scottish friends!) with some good whiskey.  I'll bring the following bottle from my liquor shelf, which has been waiting for an opportune time to be drunk!  I am assuming Tabs will bring Haggis...


The Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood Bottle

I thought I would end with my favourite Robbie Burns poem, which I have not read for awhile, but which is a good reminder for me and is certainly reminiscent of the themes we have been discussing in this little corner of the world this week:

Here's a bottle and an honest friend

Here's, a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be of care, man.

Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man:
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not ay when sought, man.
Ah Robbie Burns, you are so right!

Happy Friday!  Stay safe and warm out there! xoxo



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  1. BURNING MAN/ BLOOMING LOVELY Since flowers are the theme WMM, I'll go with:
    "The snowdrop and the primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o' the morn."
    Bringing a clootie dumpling to Miller Time as only Scottish thing I know how to make besides bannock, and I am sure there will be plenty of drink.
    Oh and I <3 that photos of EIIR!

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    1. Only officially -9 here, but with windchill feels like half yours. Contemplating Ugg mittens over JC.

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    2. Well I am dreaming of those primroses and violets! Yes, isn't the QUeen lovely in that picture? That's cause she was at the Chelsea Flower Show! Imagine what I would like like there!

      Stay warm - my wind chimes are blowing to the beat the band!

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  2. I've always wanted to go to the Chelsea flower show too. Wouldn't it be fun!
    Robbie Burns day, well commence the drinking!
    Those floral flats remind me of shoes I had as a teenager. There was a whole craze for florals including the printed jeans, do you remember?

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    1. Funny you should say that - I had a pair of esprit cotton flats in 1986 that I bought at Woodward's in Nanaimo BC when we were living out near there! I loved those shoes and wore them to death. The 80s are definitely back!

      I would like to stay right on site at the flower show, sleeping under one of those gazebos and just wandering...When we went to Monet's garden, I was in heaven, but all the people! And we arrived very early (because well, I am one of those people who arrive very early everywhere!) so I cannot imagine what it is like in the afternoon! It was one of the best days of my life! DId not disappoint!

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  3. I am dying to go to the Chelsea Flower show - that might be my birthday treat this year, it's so soothing to watch on TV.

    I'll bring haggis ( love the stuff) but I cannot choke down even a sip of whisky!

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    1. They show it on TV? As in they tour you around! Oh Lord! Maybe this may be one of our meeting spots? Holy Toledo - I would be so happy there!

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    2. WMM, in interim I will remember to send you BBC World online video snippet links - in my calendar.

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    3. I will be in glory! Have you ever seen DVD of Gardens of the World hosted by Audrey Hepburn? I own the set, and between Audrey's soothing voice and the gardens I am in heaven!

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    4. No, must go look. When he was younger and working with LSO, DH did a set of recordings of readings with AH and the orchestra. He recalls her as being very frail, elegant, humble. Of all the cool gigs he's been to before we met (Queen Live, the royal toilet seat) that's the only one I don't forgive him. To him, just another busy day at Barbican Centre, to me that would have been a lifetime memory.

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    5. Oh, and Anthony Hopkins on stage. But that was v. early in hubs touring theatre career, Sir was still struggling with alcohol and demons. Therefore, he has different "messy, stay out of line of fire" memories there.

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    6. Oh - imagine working with Audrey. sigh...

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  4. It's started snowing at last and...the heating has broken again...aargh!

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    1. Rats Tabs, wish we could send handy DHs round for you - have to be better than your rather useless repairmen.

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    2. Okay - have booked Barry's flight...

      That is so frustrating! We would be in big trouble if we lost our heat today it is so cold!

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    3. GF - we must have written our posts at the same time. Maybe M will go with Barry!

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    4. M would be happy to jet with B, do the left-hand drive and would tag on flying visit to his fam. 48-hrs is about his max with two beloved exceptions.

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    5. Too funny! Family is like that, isn;t it..

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  5. One of these years I'll make the CFS; maybe there is a DVD of it to watch? All the seed and flower catalogs are here so studying these and dreaming will have to do. Dahlias seem especially attractive today-- all the colors! It's warmed up to 4F at dawn today and the sad thing is I actually noticed it felt warmer outside.

    Mr Lane spent a year in Edinburgh studying ( philosophy) and so we will have a bit of scotch for M Burns tonight.

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    1. Lane - that is EXACTLY what I am going to do today - order some seed catalogues! Which ones do you recommend?

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    2. Lane, WMM, you can order the annual show DVDs directly from the RHS as well as via Amazon I think. They are not expensive - maybe $15 - you just need to make sure you purchase correct format to watch over here. I forgot, my Dad used to give them to his sister for Christmas.

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  7. I would love to see the flower show,i have never been to one.
    It reminds me of the liberty envelope clutch in tresco floral that i preordered.
    Have you seen that?

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  8. The gardens are amazing, how delightful to look at them during these cold winter days. The flowered jeans on the other hand... Yikes!

    Cheers to Robbie Burns, I'll have scotch tonight.

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    1. xoxo - i had flowered jeans in 1972! wouldn't try them now! But on some cute young thing!

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  9. I remember my first favorite pair of jeans. I was in elementary school, 1970-something. They were faded denim with flowers printed on them and flared of course. I thought I was the coolest when I wore them. I'm surprised how many floral prints are appealing to me so far this season as I wear mostly solids.
    Tonight is a girl's night for me. Some shopping, wine and dinner with one of my best friends. It has been quite some time since we had a night out without men and kids, so we are going to savor the time. I'll toast with my Merlot! Here's to you WMM!

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    1. Have fun Julie! My jeans were flared too! Gotta love that merlot!!!

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  10. I haven't worn floral pants since I was 8 or 9. I adore flowers, but on plant stems, not my short, stubby stems.
    Never been to a flower show either. Wow, my life appears to be in a shambles, horticulturally speaking.

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    1. I have never been to a flower show either! Don't you think London is where we should start??

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  11. As an aside, do you have a follow by email button I'm missing?
    I always get to your posts late or miss them. Blogger does have a gadget for it.
    It's really the best way to follow favourite blogs. For me anyway.

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    1. Your subscribe on the bottom right is for comment threads on a post, not email of new posts. This technical stuff is making me whoosey.

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    2. Thanks! i will look into that right away! I am even less technically savvy than you say you are!

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    3. I think i got it! Let me know if it doesn't work!

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    4. Genius. You got it. Thanks. Now when you check your feedburner for subscriptions, you'll find legions of other followers :-))

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    5. Oh gosh! You know I have been doing this for 7 months and just assumed that about 61 people come by now and then. There you go.. you can tell I was in it for the stats! :-) Thanks so much, because I do like to make it more convenient for folks!

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  12. If florals are the spring trend I cannot wait! Loved the preview of J. Crew's spring collection. I saw the Liberty print Toothpick jeans in person and they are really cute. I can't wear them (Toothpicks and I do not get along) but they will be great on others.

    I will give you only a mock toast tonight for Miller Time, my throat is very sore and I am sick. What a way to start the weekend, but I have a nice fire and it is finally snowing so i am happy (sorry! I know you've probably had enough of snow).

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    1. I hope you feel better soon Cate! I had the same thing several weeks ago and it was miserable. Try to get plenty of rest. Oh, and enjoy your fire and the snow...that sounds like a delightful combination, even when you aren't feeling well.

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    2. Oh too bad, Cate! SO many people around here are ill! Take good care of yourself!

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  13. Hi WMM! Such pretty flowers in your post today! I have never been to an actual flower show, but did visit Cypress Gardens several times during my childhood and youth. It is now the home of Legoland Florida (which we took the boys to visit last January), but thankfully they have preserved the Cypress trees and a lot of the greenery and flowers.

    I hope you are staying warm! I will bring my latest favorite homeade soup tonight - White Bean Chicken soup, and I'll toss in some cornbread muffins to go with it. :)

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    1. HMMMM cornbread muffins! I didn't realize that Cypress Gardens became legoland! I think we are all going to have to meet in London!

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  14. Cold here too. Frozen windshield after work. Thank goodness for de-icer spray or I would still be scraping. All those florals look so inviting. I love looking at the new things for spring but hate that It will be months before it is warm enough to wear. May have to check out the offerings at Anthro. That dress is gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Shopping Celle - glad to hear you got de-iced! that is such a miserable activity! I love visiting Anthro when I am near one, but always have trouble making a decision as there is so much to look at!

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  15. Not a flower person, in real life or on clothes ;-). I would never spend money to go to a flower show (now I think it can't compete with Chelsea but Macy's has a flower show as well. Maybe you can check the dates and see if it's on when you are here in NYC).
    I saw the toothpicks in person are the are very pretty but it boogles my mind that they didn't make a girls version, I would have bought those for my daughter (on sale)! Two years ago Boden made a similar print in girls denim and it was sooo pretty. Maybe they will come out in the next rollout.

    Never heard of Robbie Burns!

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