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When Old Is New Again

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

If your wardrobe is anything like mine it is easy to lose something – it gets pushed to the back where it doesn’t rub shoulders with the favourites and can easily be forgotten.

And then one day you reach for that particular hanger and are met with a pleasant surprise. Like this rhododendron dress from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

I created it in October 2012 using flowers from a friend’s garden after a fun day of rhubarb plants, tea cake and gin & tonics.

In Rhubarb & Rhododendrons – inspired by that day – you can see another style rhododendron dress which became part of my Spring Gala card collection.

Today we are getting together to bottle apples from my garden. I’ll resist serving cake as we are joining another friend later for dinner but a gin & tonic might be a nice reward when all the apples are peeled and done.

And I think this dress I’ve unearthed from the back of the wardrobe might just be my new favourite!

Rhubarb & Rhododendrons

Yesterday daylight saving began which seems to put everyone in a good mood. The weather was perfect for afternoon tea in my friend Amanda’s garden and she had baked a delicious cake with gin and lemon syrup for the occasion.

With that extra daylight in the late afternoon we felt inspired to tackle dividing the rhubarb. Last summer from a recipe in Skye Gyngell’s book “A year in my kitchen” I made some rhubarb ice cream, the recipe’s photo shows a lovely delicate pink vanilla bean speckled ice cream, mine turned out a vivid pink but the flavour was amazing.

A gin & tonic followed to toast the coming summer and then I left Amanda to finish the task, but not before requesting a spray of her beautiful rhododendron blooms for my garden fairy’s wardrobe.

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