Friday, September 2, 2011

Thank - you stranger ~ plus a few of the goodies from the week

Today I wanted to say thank -you to the person that lives in this house. I don't know this person and no doubt never will but they have given me pleasure for years as I zip past their house, nowadays most commonly on my way to Carindale Shopping Centre, but in the past to Little Athletics and cricket practice. Can you see why...look closely ?
 Every day they arrange hibiscus flowers from their garden under the letterbox, a simple but loving display I always think. It has become habit for me to look for them as I drive past. It is a simple post war house and I would think from the garden and so on the owner would perhaps be an older person.
 It occurred to me today that perhaps one day they may no longer be there for me to gain pleasure from. I know I will have to drive a different way when this happens as it will be sad. But today I wanted to just say thank -you stranger, I love seeing your flowers they always make me feel happy.
 I thought I would also just throw in a few pictures of some of the things we have purchased this week and have made their way over to the WAC. Firstly this mid century camphor blanket box.

 Large White Horse Whisky Advertising horses. These came from a hotel and are about 35 cm high.
 Huge novelty beer stein, to give an idea of how large you can see the smaller ones to the right on top of the files.
Mid century sideboard. We also got other furniture which I will show you soon.

I liked the shape of this stool, and you know how I like stools....
We got this lovely kitchen dresser on Wednesday and it was cleaned and sold by Thursday, before I even had a chance to show you, but I liked it so much I thought I would show you all anyway.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.


  1. Oh please tell me that one day you'll stop and leave a note in the letterbox telling the person how much pleasure their flowers have given you over the years - what a lovely gift of serendipity.

    xx Felicity

  2. No. Sorry. You have to go and knock on the door of that house now, and tell them, in person.

    You will make their day (unless of course they're a serial killer, and then you'll probably still make their day).

    This person may be really sad, and you'll pick them up by saying 'hello'. It's not like you're shy!!

    Just being bossy ... better send me the address in case they are an S.K.

  3. What a lovely tale Katherine. It's always the little things. Perhaps they are flower offerings to the gods? Beautiful ritual whatever it is.
    I can see why the kitchen dresser went so quickly. Have a great weekend! x

  4. A lovely story, but I agree with Carmel, you need yo knock on the door or a least drop a note in the letter box. I'd love to know why they do it :)

  5. I agree, put a note in the letterbox at the very least!

  6. What a lovely post. @Carmel - BBBAHAHAHAHAHA! You make me giggle :)
    I would definitely put a note in their letterbox. They might even spruce it up more! :)

  7. Life is so short, what the flowers do for you, a note may do the same for the person who lives there. Please leave a note.

  8. What a great post Katherine, thanks for sharing it :) And thanks too for asking after me. I'm still alive and kicking, unlike my camera, which is partly why my blog is in a severe drought at the moment. My hubby has gone to Sweden for a work related trip so I'm hoping there's a new camera in it for me but not holding my breath haha. I'd love to hitch a ride up to the antique centre with Sandy again one day, maybe we will finally meet!!haha

  9. Sometimes it's the simple pleasures isn't it? What a lovely thing for the owner of that house to do. Michelle

  10. I also drive the same street twice a week to work and always look to see if there are some bright flowers at that house. It is a lovely gift to all of us as we go about our day. If you go early enough you will see the lovely older man in his full gardening kit tending the hibiscus bushes. Linda

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