lunes, 24 de agosto de 2020

Peter and Peace´s garden


 Dear Readers,

A few months ago, back in January, I gave you a tour of Peter and Peace´s cottage

At that time of the year, their  back garden looked rather bare, unwelcoming and banked with snow and leaves so I thought it was no worth taking any pictures of it.

However, in early spring colourful flowers bloomed and the lawn started to look lush and green again.

It´s summer now ,and even though Peter and Peace spend most of the time at the beach, they don´t neglect their garden and take their time to keep it in good shape.

Every morning, Peace waters the plants to make them grow happy and healthy.She also talks to them as she believes that talking to plants and being nice to them can help them grow faster.

"Good morning my dears, it´s time to  have a shower!"

Peter is particularly fond of a very unusual plant in Sylvania. Believe it or not it´s a carnivorous plant!

It was tiny when he planted in the garden but look how tall it is now!

Peace, who was never very keen on growing this kind of plants , doesn´t water it as often as the rest , just in case it keeps growing and gets too hungry! 

"Peter, don´t get that close! Mind your ears! You never know ...!

Peter says there´s nothing to worry about his plant. He must be right. Truth be told, it seems to be a bugs- friendly plant. Peter and Peace have never seen it catching any of its visitors and they look quite happy to sit on its leaves . It might not be so carnivorous after all.

Even though Peace loves colourful flowers , cacti are also some of her favourite plants ,that´s why she is delighted with  the design of her new garden table. 

The bright orange chairs are also new and so is the big pink cushion. 

It´s nice to lay down on the  fluffy grass and have something soft to rest your head on.


One of the things Peace likes about having a garden is that she can do her morning yoga routine outdoors.It´s lovely to breathe  clean and pure air!


Sometimes, not very often, though, Peter has accepted Peace´s suggestion of trying partner yoga. However, it didn´t work as well as she expected. The rumbling in Peter´s stomach made it hard for her to concentrate on her breathing.

"My goodness, Peter! There´s a lion in your stomach!"


Peace says the ideal time for yoga is early in the morning on an empty stomach  but Peter doesn´t agree at all. He much prefers having a good breakfast first. 
When the weather is nice,having breakfast outdoors is one of the little pleasures in life  that Peter and Peace enjoy.

"There´s nothing like a good breakfast in the comfort  of our garden"



As well as lovely flowers,  a dodgy looking plant and  some greenery, there is also a vegetable patch in Peter and Peace´s garden! In early spring, they got their hands in the dirt and planted a few seeds. Just carrots and tomatoes to start with. A few  months later, their first crop is ready to be harvested!


"Tomato soup and carrot cake for dinner today! Yummy!"


Look how proud they look of their first little harvest!

Not bad for a couple of first time planters. Don´t you think so?


Pleased with the result, they are considering enlarging their vegetable garden and growing more variety of veggies. A great way to save a few sylvas and trips to the farmers´ market.

Good idea guys! I think you have a green thumb! Go for it!


As they had planned,with their first little harvest they cooked  a tasty tomato soup and baked a delicious carrot cake. It was so nice that even the butterflies wanted to taste it!


"Peace, the butterfly landed on your head now. It seems to like your flower!"

"You  also have one resting on top of your ear, Peter!"


They had such a good laugh with the  butterflies fluttering about them!


They also got a bit romantic talking about how both of them had butterflies in the stomach the first time their eyes met.

"I knew straight away you were the one, Peace"
"I felt exactly the same about you" 



I let them alone for a while but shortly after, they asked me if I could take a picture of them sitting on the lawn. They wanted to send it to their good friends Apple and Juice from Purrchester.

Hi, Apple!
Hi, Juice!
Summer greetings from our garden !

They were in a great mood but that feeling didn´t last long, at least for Peter.

When they went back to the table, they couldn´t believe their eyes!

"You greedy plant!  How you dare! Don´t eat the last piece of our cake!" Peter stood up on a chair and yelled it at the top of his lungs.



Peace found the whole scene so funny that she couldn´t help but giggling, not in front of Peter of course! He was mad at his favourite plant´s behaviour and she didn´t want to make things worse laughing in front  of him.

However, Peace was relieved to know the plant wasn´t as carnivorous as it looked. 


"Don´t bother, Peter! Just leave it alone! You won´t get the cake back!"


"Don´t  you worry, next time, we´ll bake one for us and another one for your plant. It has a sweet tooth , for sure!  

This time the two of them bursted out laughing.


That´s all for today. Hope you have enjoyed spending some time with Peter and Peace in their garden. 



I don´t have a garden and I wish I did .I live in a block of flats so there´s no chance for proper gardening. At least I have a balcony where I can have potted flowers and plants . I love gardens so hopefully I will have my own at some stage. My children will love it too!  Meanwhile, I´m happy with setting up gardens for my sylvanians to enjoy spending time outdoors.

To be honest with you, I never thought of making a garden for  Peter and Peace  until my good friend  Berna ,who has an amazing village " Alcalá de Sylvanian", sent me a wonderful package that included among other things, the greenery , climbing plants and the flowers that you have seen in these pictures. She also sent me the  chairs, the cushion and the lovely cacti coaster that I turned into a table adding  a bottle-top.

Peter , Peace and I are very grateful! Berna,thank you for being so kind and generous and for inspiring me to create this garden and write this post.
By the way, the canivourous looking plant was also in the package! LOL!


See you soon, my friends! Take care!

Hugs!



miércoles, 12 de agosto de 2020

35th Sylvanian Families Ambassador: A dream come true!

Dear Readers,

Last month of June, Sylvanian Families Spain organized a contest to celebrate the brand´s 35th anniversary in Facebook and Instagram.


It was a great honour to be chosen as one of the five winners. 

The prize involved becoming official ambassador for the brand in Spain and receiving some wonderful SF sets that I would like to show you. 



Prizes were different for each winner. Those were the sets I expected to receive but , to my surprise, there was even more! My kids and I were so excited when we opened the package!

We also got a personalized card each, written  and signed by Freya herself. My five- year-old son was really surprised that Freya was able to write and he felt proud that she knew his name!


For the contest, I posted photos from some of my old stories but I also added a couple of new ones.



This last picture is quite special to me because the Marshmallow family ,including the triplets, was a precious gift I was given by five of my first graders last year.

How kind of them and their parents! Don´t you think so?


This hobby is a source of joy in my life,not only because Sylvanians are adorable but also because they have given me the opportunity to make good friends and meet lovely people from all over the world.


Many thanks, once again to Sylvanian Families Spain for making me so happy with this amazing prize.


Thank you to all my readers for being there. Sharing this hobby with you makes it even more special to me! 

Take care!

Hugs!

viernes, 17 de julio de 2020

HAPPY SUMMER!

Dear Readers,
It´s been a while since my last post!
The reason I´ve been neglecting my Sylvanian world is because the real world had kept me extremely busy for the last few months. Working from home and schooling my three kids during lockdown has been quite demanding and stressfull.
Personally, I´ve been very overwhelmed so I didn´t have time for my sylvanian hobby.

To make matters worse my seven-year-old daughter has been  dealing with some health issues for a while and she had to be hospitalized for a week at the end of June.

Life can be downright difficult at times but we are trying to get through the tough times with a positive attitude. 
She´s at home now and she´s feeling better. We stil have a long way to go but I´m much more relaxed and happier than I´ve been for the last few weeks so I´m back to wish you a "HAPPY SUMMER"!




I thought the best way to do it was taking some pictures of my favourite couple of bunnies, Peter and Peace ,who basically live  at the beach during the summer season.

One more year, their beach bar is a popular spot to relax and enjoy a smoothie or  a cocktail at the seaside.

As you can see, they have it all set up.
This year they have a blackboard with the drink list,an umbrella and they have also bought a big beach chair that can be easily turned into a comfortable seat for their customers to relax while they enjoy a cold drink.



You have probably noticed that Peace is wearing a new bikini. What an eye-catching colour! Bright yellow, just like the sun, a warm and energetic colour perfect for the summer!I´m not a bif fan of yellow but I think it suits her.



Yellow is also the colour of her favourite cocktail.Peter has just made one for her.

"A sunshine coktail specially for you,love".
"Aww, thanks Peter! YOU are my sunshine!"




Isn´t it lovely to see they´re as much in love now as when they met two years ago?



When you look at these pictures you get the feeling that Peter and Peace are on holidays rather than working.Don´t you think so?
The truth is that so far they haven´t been very busy and they had plenty of time to chill out. It´s always the same at the beginning of the summer. However,things have changed for the last few weeks. Now,the weather is very warm and most villagers from Sweet Berry Valley and from other parts of Sylvania are on holidays so the beach is an ideal destination to spend their vacations.


  
I forgot to tell you that Peace is also running her own business.She sells some of her handmade creations such as beach bags,hair accesories, pendants, necklaces, bracelets,crocheted flowers, purses,hand painted vases and some other bits and pieces.



As I told you before, the beach is getting busy and this picture proves it.



Kate Periwinke and her family are spending the day at the seaside.She intends to buy a beach bag but she is finding it hard to make up her mind between the brown and the blue one.



However,it didn´t take long for her daughter Rebecca to choose the right hair accesory to match her beach outfit.



Kate asked Peace and Rebecca for their opinion.
Both agreed that the blue bag suited her better.



"Mum, can I get this bag for myself? I´ll pay for it with my pocket money."
"It´s lovely! Of course you can!. It´s my treat!
Rebecca thought her mum was feeling particularly generous.The truth is that spending a day at the seaside always puts Kate in a very good mood.



Suzette Simpkins got a few days off work and she headed to the beach with her children.
While his son Glynn was playing with some friends in the sand,she went with her daughter Gwendolyn to have a look at Peace´s crafts.



Gwendolyn liked a colourful bracelet and Suzette a beads necklace. Peace is helping her choose one of her handmade flowers.Suzette wants it to add an accent to her favourite dress.



Penny Farthing wants to buy a little  flower shaped bag.
"Do you like it, Vespa?" She asked her brother.
"I do,but how are going to pay for it if you didn´t bring your purse with you?"
That wasn´t a problem.
Peace told her to take it with her and pay for it some other day.



Peace likes to keep her "stand" tidy.She was happy her handmade creations were selling so well.



At the beach bar, Alex Periwinkle ordered a jar of ice orange lemonade for his family.



When Kate and Rebecca finished their shopping they joined Alex, Oliver and little Henry for a cold drink.They wery all very thirsty!



Peter and Peace´s beach bar was a nice place to have a refreshing drink to cool off. Their new beach seat was big enough for a whole family to sit down and relax. Little Henry preferred to sit and play in the sand instead.






Today at lunch time Peter and Peace got a tasty surprise. Caspian Neptune brought them a paella that Narrisa cooked at the Seaside Restaurant.
"Thanks a lot! That´s so nice of you!" Peter and Peace really appreciated their friends´kind gesture and invited them for a drink after work.
"I´ll prepare a special cocktail for you and Narrisa" Peter told Caspian who accepted the invitation.



Mmm,the paella was delicious!



That very same evening, after they finished their work at the Seaside Restaurant, Narrisa,Caspian and their two daughters went to Peter and Peace´s bar which was only a few steps from their restaurant.
Narrisa was glad to take off her apron and wear her new summer dress.



"I prepared my new summer speciality for you : Cocktails in coconut shells!"
Wow,Peter! They look great! Narrisa exclaimed and after the first sip, Caspian confirmed they tasted as good as they looked.


While their parents were enjoying their drinks, Shelly and Sandy were having a look at Peace´s handmade craft items.
Shelly seemed to like the fish pendant and Peace gave it to her as a gift. 




After a busy day, one of Peter and Peace´s favourite  moments is contemplating the sunset. There´s something magic about it!





At the end of the day,they like to snuggle up and look at the stars.



"Look Peace!A shining star!"
Let´s make a wish!
Hope your dreams come true, my friends!



And after wishing upon a star, the relaxing sound of crashing waves made them fall asleep lulled by the starry sky of Sweet Berry Valley.





Hope you enjoyed spending some time at the beach with this couple of bunnies.I missed my Sylvanians and it was lovely to bring them back to life again to write this post.

Peter and Peace are waving hello to you!




Have a great summer no matter where you spend your holidays. I really hope you have time to relax, unwind and do things you enjoy even if you spend your vacations at home. I´m afraid, that´ll be my case this year.

A big hug!