Monday morning and we have had rain overnight to water the garden.
Stephen has been working so hard in the garden and it is looking a treat.
I love it when he takes over the garden work and he is doing it more and more lately.
I know it is only early November but I can actually smell the Tasmanian smells of Christmas in the air.
It makes me feel so happy, such a lovely time of year and we will all be together in the house for the first time in ages. Louis has now finished his honours year at Uni and has some big decisions to make about his future so I think there will be a lot of discussions about that.
For me though there is a lot of work to do before I can fully give in to the holiday feeling.
I think every doll is special because they go off to become a part of someone's life, someone's childhood. I have happy memories of dolls and toys that shared my young life and it makes me very happy to know that the things I create here in the playroom will be part of someone else's memories.
But dolls that are going to be part of the magic of Christmas seem to have an extra special job to do and I adore being involved with that.
I will try to make sure though that I spend as much time as I can in the garden enjoying the best of this spring season before it disappears. I have a pile of books to read too and at the moment I am on a Caroline Zoob and Virginia Woolf fest.
I have enjoyed Caroline's embroidery work for many years and have loved it when I have come across her in various magazines and books and been given a glimpse of her work space.
For more than a decade Caroline and her husband lived at Monk's House, the former home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, and cared for the garden.
When I found out Caroline had written a book about the garden , Virginia Woolf's Garden, I couldn't wait to buy the book and it is beautiful to look at and to read. Her love and respect for the house and garden and for Leonard and Virginia are obvious throughout the book and have inspired me to read, really read some of Virginia's work. I have attempted To the Lighthouse a couple of times and dabbled with Virginia's diaries but this summer I am hoping to read Mrs Dalloway and go on from there