Sunday, 13 September 2015

Oranges in Springtime ..... And a little Marmalade

I finally picked the oranges!  What a harvest it was.

Beautiful sweet, juicy oranges.  Right at my back door.

I doubled the recipe which called for 1kg of oranges.  Hmmm, that took care of three of these large beauties!

The need for four cups of orange juice took care of a lot as well.

Sixteen beautiful bottles of orange marmalade.

I also boiled some of the oranges and pureed them ready for the freezer for future use to make Orange and Almond Cakes.  Five of them!  

What a wonderful morning of finally enjoying my little home.  I just love to create and I think that making jam can safely come into the category of creating. 

To grow produce and use it is a most satisfying feeling.  I just love it.

Not only to be able to use my own produce in my own home, but to be able to share it with family and friends is truly something that I enjoy.

This part of my life is certainly nothing new to me.  I have lived my whole life watching the women of my family make and bake not only for our immediate family but to share with the community in which we live.  Whether it was our immediate family, our neighbours or our extended community in which we lived.

I feel truly blessed to have been part of this wonderful experience of learning from my Mother and my Grandmothers. The gift of giving of ourselves however large or small the gift, whether it is a physical gift or just a thought, to be able to be a blessing to others is truly something wonderful we can share.

I will hopefully continue to share myself with others through my creating. 

With Spring finally here comes the promise of a new crop of beautiful oranges.

My garden smells delightful!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A New Corner ...

My new little kitchen is coming together. Nana "Eleanor" gave me her beautiful canisters so long ago. A part of her life transferred to mine. They sit so beautifully in my kitchen.

A reminder everyday of my heritage and also of the beautiful woman she was. Strong and capable.  I loved her dearly and miss her every day.

The Polk a dot jug set also a very special gift from my parents. They were an engagement gift from mums grandad more than fifty years ago now. I love them. 

The little herb planter was part of my new kitchen and today I finally picked up some little pots of herbs to fill it with.

So much fun bringing  my home to life.  

Monday, 27 July 2015

A Corner of my Home

Just to share with you tonight a little corner of my home.

A collection of my favourite things. The Box Brownie was my Dad's first camera. Very much treasured by me.  

My collection of glass cloches is also very treasured. The glass fishing floats from a favourite shop in Tasmania. 

A calming view from my couch.  My cosy little cottage. Filłed with love and friendship. My heart is full.  

I am so thankful.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Another New Beginning

With life being quite challenging this year, through choices of my own doing, I have made another step in my new life.

I found the most perfect cottage. Lorea House.  She is around 100 years old and inner city where I live. Beautiful high ceilings with pressed metal.  Fully renovated complete with a lovely kitchen and a claw foot bath to soak in. My furniture sits perfectly within her walls. 

I have mostly unpacked. Some cupboards still on order but when they arrive I will get more organised.  

I have made a start on the garden. I don't have a total vision yet but I've got a beautiful little yard to work with. There are also some beautiful old roses. I can't wait to discover what treasures that are still to be found. 

Complete with a mantle I am thrilled with my beautiful little cottage.

Here's to many happy days with beautiful people who fill my life with happiness and love. 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

New Year New Beginnings

We only live once and I have chosen that I will be living my life beautifully.

Here's to new beginnings. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas 2014

It's here.  Christmas 2014. Goodness I really don't know how.  Exhausted as usual.  

So finally a little bit of Christmas arrived in my home. Better late than never.

Wishing everyone a lovely day. Happy Christmas.  

Wednesday, 17 December 2014


Just spent a lovely week in Tasmania with my beautiful girl.  This week was our special celebration for finishing school.

We did a wonderful day trip to Bruny Island and sampled some beautiful food the island has to offer. The Day Tour group we used was great with a really good guide, Tim, who provided us with a lovely day out.

We enjoyed a really lovely day driving up through the middle of Tasmania and down along the east coast. So nice to wander in towns without any time constraints. Beautiful little antique shops and lots of bits and pieces to see, ducks to feed and coffee to drink.  

The boats on the harbour are just beautiful. There were two different cruise ships in during our time there as well.  Fish and chips by the sea. Lovely. 

A day at the Salamanca Markets was most enjoyable. We also found a really lovely farmers market as well. Truly delightful. 

The historic buildings and bridges in Tasmania are just wonderful. I love wandering the streets just looking at the buildings. We stayed in a delightful cottage built in 1890. A lovely little kitchen and lounge, a claw foot bath and a steep staircase to the delightful bedrooms in the attic. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Hobart are just beautiful. Filled with beautiful plants. I particularly enjoyed the roses and the beautiful border plantings. The vegetable patch was gorgeous. 

I think one of the loveliest places we visited though was Providore in Hobart. What an amazing store concept. Beautiful coffee, food and gifts all in an amazing setting.  

Absolutely love Tasmania and hope to visit again soon.