Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Finnish friend.............

Delila lives in Finland........but wants to garden in England!
Delila and I met briefly in England last year, twice. First at the train station in Manchester, a few days later at Beatrix Potter's beautiful home Hill Top in the Lake District. Also along was delightful artist Eileen ('Milly' from Drawings From Nature) whom Delila was coming to visit. We three shared too few precious moments, but reinforced what until then had been an online friendship after finding each other via our blogs. 

Besides being a student who has just graduated from horticultural college in Finland, Delila crafts beautiful jewelry - tender pieces of nature, delicate, soft and gentle around ones neck or wrist. Colors fresh, watery as in a still, deep pond.........glittering as in late afternoon sunlight. 

Delila loves nature in all its simple woodland glory.

Delila has found a place to garden in England!  

She has been offered a trainee position at beautiful Nymans Gardens, a National Trust property in West Sussex in southeast England. This is an unpaid position but she will be provided with housing during her training period of nine months. As she will need to support herself while pursuing her dream, Delila plans to continue designing and making her lovely jewelry once she is settled in England. Meanwhile she still has a few lovely pieces for sale in her Etsy shop HERE on her blog Acorn Gatherer. I always receive abundant comments on Delila's sweet jewelry when I wear my pieces - they bring nature closer and make you smile.

Here's wishing Delila good luck and much happiness as she follows her dream and moves to England. I think Nymans Gardens are going to be more beautiful than ever with her tender loving care. 

All photos by Delila


  1. Mary,

    I am sorry I have not been in touch before, I am so sorry to hear that you are suffering with such a nasty disease. I hope that you will get relief from the symptoms with the medication. I know you are due to go travelling gain soon and understand you will be in the UK at Christmas. I hope the symptoms are under control by then.

    Take care,


  2. How lovely! I had a penpal in high school who was from Finland. I have always regretted that we didn't stay in touch. Now I don't even remember her name. Shame.

  3. Dear Mary
    I love Delila’s story!
    It's wonderful to see a young person following her dreams - I've become a follower too and look forward to hearing about her life and times at Nymans.
    Carpe Diem!!!
    Take care
    Shane ♥
    ps I've now added the boys - thank you for reminding me! x

  4. Thank yoy Mary for the most heart warming post! If i could i would give you a hug right now. You are such a precious friend.

  5. Lovely jewlery.
    Nymans sounds very familar to me don't know why, maybe because it's just a hop, skip and a jump from my school friend who lives in Hassocks, Sussex.
    Hope you are feeling better.

  6. What an interesting person! b She makes lovely jewelry. I wish her the best in her internship!

  7. How nice for your friend, Mary. I wish her well. I'm off to visit her blog and shop.......Sarah

  8. How lovely to have a dream come true and to get to garden in England. Her jewelry does just sing of nature and is quite beautiful.

  9. Great post, thanks for sharing. There's nothing more important than friendship. I've just come across this cute friendship jewelry. What do you think?


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