“They are not long, the days of wine and roses. Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for a while, then closes, within a dream.” Ernest Dowson
And what a dream it was. Three months earlier, the infamous Melanie of Cecilia Fox and I imagined a day of foraging, food and flowers to make the most of the fleeting spring season of the hundreds of old fashioned, rare and heritage roses out in my (then) rather wild and overgrown rose paddock. I (er…and Al) would tame these beauties, and provide a delicious flower inspired meal, and Mel would lead a band of passionate flower lovers through the paddocks and gardens, foraging for roses, and seeds, and flowers and branches of fruit and vegetables gone spectacularly to seed before conducting a masterclass in creating wild and beautiful floral arrangements.
The week before the event was lashed with wind and rain that each day seemed more violent and unrelenting, and furrowed brows and the merits of Plan B (um…we didn’t have one) were the order of the day. But to our deepest joy, the Saturday in question dawned clear and bright and warm and it suddenly seemed that the dream was meant to be. Within a few hours guests from Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne were arriving, and a lovelier and more talented bunch you could not hope to meet. The day unfolded more beautifully than we could ever have hoped, due in no small part to the creative energy, good humour and enthusiasm of these marvellous ‘flower girls’ (as Martha dubbed them) and by the end of the day the house was filled, and I mean filled (yes, even the bath), with arrangements and posies of astonishing beauty.
A dream indeed.
Lindsey Myra and Sarah Wood came along to photograph the event, and to be honest, we are still sifting through and organising their amazing photos as there are just so many to choose from. All those who attended have been sent Lindsey’s beautiful ‘portraits’ of their work, and we may try and feature some of them in future weeks – I think you’d love them. More photos will appear on the Dumbo Feather website in coming weeks as well as on Mel’s blog and here, so stay tuned. But in the meantime, a taste of the day below. I also want to say a big thank you on both Melanie’s behalf and mine to Pip Compton for her beautiful design work for the event, and to Al, who saw the beauty in the rose paddock dream and somehow made it happen.
We must do it again next year.
More photos from the day over Henry Hudson.