WINTER IN THE GARDEN

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Don't worry! This hasn't suddenly become a gardening blog, I just wanted to share this amazing oasis with you. While winter in Auckland hasn't been as bitter as I suspected it might, it is still a relief to escape the chilly air and rain. And this is the perfect place to do just that. Consisting of two glasshouses—one temperate and one tropical—a fountained courtyard  and a quarried fernery, the Wintergardens are a world away from the concrete and chaos of city life. I found the tropical garden especially tranquil... and warm! So warm, compared to the cold air outside, that I had to wait for my camera to 'acclimatise' before I could take any photos! The Wintergardens have definitely made my list of favourite places in Auckland and I will certainly be visiting again.

P.S. Who else thinks purple and green were made for each other?

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PATTERN PLAY - TROPICAL

Hello 2015! Hello blogland! And hello little blog, I've missed spending time with you! Picturette was a bit neglected last year, mainly due to finishing university and other projects. In an effort to rectify that I have decided to start a new weekly project. If you have been following Picturette for a while you might recall my weekly illustration posts from a couple of years back. They really helped my creativity and meant I was posting regularly. So my new blogging challenge is going to be about pattern! I am going to post a pattern a week and as we are already 3 weeks into the year, I will be playing catch-up for the next few days. So here it is, my first pattern play!
Pattern Play - by Mahani Del Borrello for Picturette