After a weekend of good intentions resulting in disaster and a relationship that may never be repaired, nothing could provide a faster pick-me-up than a gift-to-self. In this instance, a stripey soft cotton T-shirt and a fresh bunch of Peonies, which only come into season for an eight-week period, so it pays to indulge while you can.
You can buy them at the florist for $6 a stem, but I quite like purchasing them in a bunch while they’re still in tight round buds, and watching them bloom into their fully-fledged, bulbous form.
I was down in Christchurch a couple of weekends ago and spotted a van selling them for $5 per bunch. What a bargain! Yet I didn’t have time to stop…
They’re not heavily scented and great if you have allergies. I love them, not because they’re the bloom-of-the-moment, but as a flower that features heavily in traditional Chinese paintings.
It’s funny how some things just resonate with you. These just take my breath away, and I can’t say that for all flowers.
The T-shirt is from Australian label, Ryder. It’s made from a soft, thick cotton and has 3/4 length sleeves, so it’ll see me through colder Wellington days, which seem to account for a large part of the year. But if the weather we had today is anything to go by—18-19 degrees with no wind, and felt more like it was in the mid-twenties with the sun beating down—this T-shirt may not even see the light of day for a wee while yet.
Not that I’ll complain.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt from my weekend: when the dust settles, things will never be the same again…