I grew these everlasting flowers (sometimes called 'straw flowers') but the wind snapped the plant in half so I've brought them inside to admire. I found some orange ones of these growing wild and have been trying to grow them ever since. I love their papery layers, and the way they almost look like someone made them for a school project. A friend of mine is living in Perth and I saw a photo of her surrounded by a field of everlasting flowers, it was very beautiful.
I also found some half-embroidered linen and sewed it up into some simple little pouches. I feel like I should probably finish off the embroideries but it would take so long and I'd never do them justice. By making something from the pieces, it's like the work is captured for its next life.
I've been thinking about life cycles a lot this week as there has been a death in Tom's extended family, so it's a very sad time for everyone and the kids and I have been writing lists of the good things we did together with J. I remember him a few Christmases ago, standing barefoot in the sea with his trousers rolled up, squinting in the sun. It's funny how these memories come back to us long after the time they took place.