Muddy Parks and Secret Gardens
Good day to you fine people!
Eurgh, I’ve just come in from the rain – I do so detest trailing my paws through those puddles. Most undignified. The other canines in the park were, as usual, loving it. A great labrador bounded past me, grinning into the wet wind, beads of dirty water streaming from his fur. I shudder to think of how long it will take to restore his gleaming coat. What’s more, as I carefully picked my way along the path between clumps of mud, a spaniel lacking self-control dived over me and straight into the river! Astonishing. Do these pooches actually enjoy the post-walk shampoo ordeal?
Hurrying back into the shop, my spirits were somewhat lifted. One of the wooden tables was covered in the most exquisite floral gifts – Hadiah Boxes, I believe the term to be. Sarah’s signature black-and-white boxes, adorned with her botanical fine line drawings, were bursting with fresh flower heads. Each box sported its own mood, petals and colours complimenting one another. I lost a couple of minutes to mesmerisation, imagining the recipient of these delightful presents taking hold of the ribbon and lifting the lid to reveal a mini secret garden.
Given the prematurely autumnal feel to the current weather, I felt particularly drawn to the Hadiah Boxes with tea lights nestled between the petals. Flowers glowing in candle light would be a sight to warm through even the most underwhelming of summer days.
If you know someone who deserves a charming little treat, see the full collection here. Point to note, though – if you’re buying for a dog, go for food.
As appreciative as I am of these boxes of natural beauty, I must admit I would have preferred discovering a table piled with biscuits following my exposure to the elements…
Ciao for now,