I've had a lot on my plate this month. As in the peas have been falling off the side and the chicken drumsticks keep getting eaten by the mashed potato. However, as of 4 hours ago all I have remaining on my plate (Johnson brothers in Blue Cloud of course) are a chewy roasted turnip and a couple of soggy Brussels sprouts after which all I've got to do is lick the gravy off of my fingers. And then......... the month is over. And then.......... we go on holiday!!!!!
It will be 5 nights in a VERY basic cabin (which we shall call 'a modest little lodging' as it sounds more gratifying) at Mt Compass.
I am silly amounts of excited about it.
My plans are: Sleep.
Go for long walks.
Maybe do a portrait of a Native American man that I've had on my mind.
Read then Sleep.
Hopefully find a nice country market or some op shops.
Have a croissant for breakfast as I've been craving one for about 3 months now. Time to get that one off my mind I think.
And of course take lots of lovely photos to share with you.
In the meantime...
It occurred to me that I've never posted photos of my favorite gathering of prettiness that I possess.
My Kitchen cupboard containing my collection of Johnson Brothers (and Johnson Brothersesque) lovliness.
I realize now that this is because we have very little natural light in the kitchen dining area and my silly camera seems to have caught my aversion to dark places and refuses to give me nice pictures unless his subjects are being drowned in light.
So I had to use the flash. Yuck.
Never mind... I had to share this time because recently Zen got a haul of new stuff from an Auction which has resulted in me- a) having to sell some other stuff to justify keeping the new stuff and
b) having to colour co-ordinate my shelves coz I've go SO MUCH now!
This Green Cloud Jug was the beginning of my obsession.
It was love at first sight and I bought it at a garage sale for $10.
Funnily enough its still my favorite :)
The pink tea cups in this photo came as a set of 17!
Now 16 :-/
I really should be selling at least half but I keep envisioning a high tea one afternoon with all my lovely lady friends pottering about holding matching pink tea-cups!
So they will stay. For now.
I love this dainty lid!
Last week I made chestnut biscuits which were yummy but not really recipe sharing worthy.
They made a nice photo with my Soy latte though!
Also sourced at Auction is this awesome set of shop scales.
It weighs about 30kg. I was afraid poor Zennan was going to snap in half backwards when he was hoisting it on top of our meat safe!
Our Garden is currently.... well.... it contains sour-sobs and not a lot else .
We do have a few spatterings of Jonquils though.
I love this little milk bottle. It says "No Deposit No Return" on one side and "Half Pint" on the other.
It looks best when filled with poppies.
First Lilly of the season! Last winter our 2 pots of Lilly's completely overtook our front porch and we had to clear our way to the door with a machete. I hope we have to do the same again this year.
Next post will be a yummy Choc-nut biscuit recipe :)
This month has been overwhelmingly hectic but there's always time to appreciate little things.
I have been particularly enamored with our cat Hamlet lately.
I think it is because in the winter time he piles on the pounds and grows a lovely winter coat that makes him oh so cuddly. He is also more affectionate in the colder months and basically stalks us for cuddles.
Like me he compulsively hunts sunshiney spots.
Unlike me, he gets to curl up in said sunshiney spots for hours at a time.
Sometimes I think we work simply so that we can provide a warm home and expensive daybeds just for Hamlet. This leads to me resenting him from time to time but I quickly get over it because he is so undeniably lovely.
My fave peice of jewelery these days is a knife pendant from Emgee which I have been matching up with a little bit of bling and this beautiful Marquisette leaf brooch.
Very pretty thinks me.
I haven't had any time for my art this month but hopefully I should soon be able to finish a charcoal I have started. It will be in the same mother and child theme as this one
I also have started a Venetian Streetscape painting which is crying out to be finished.
My friend let me use his photo from a recent Europe trip
Should be nice I hope.
There has also been time for cake :)
This is Chestnut and honey cake but came out a little dry so will have to tweak the recipe I think but it wasn't bad for an experiment
and finally some prettiness from on top of my wardrobe
With my original due date being the 3rd, and then having it changed to the 10th, well I feel like I'm well overdue, although it's not the 10th yet. From what I hear, this is how just about every pregnant woman feels at the end.... the end... the beginning of a whole new adventure! When will my little man arrive???
My sister made me lovely BLUE for a BOY cupcakes with cute animals on them for one of my baby showers (lucky me had 2 thrown!) I'm loving anything blue for a boy!
got to love the accuracy of the womb...a version of pin the "tail"(baby) on the "donkey"(pregnant bel)
Wish I had more lovely photos of us together... Next time we are together I'll have a little son!
With a much more visually pleasing model than the usual one ;-)
My lovely hubby bought me this dress years ago and I adore it but it has always been too small for me. I would have to wear it with the top buttons undone and a singlet underneath and never felt comfortable.
So off to Etsy it goes. If I do happen to sell it though the money will go straight to buying myself some vintage loveliness that does fit!
It doesn't get more 80's cool than this! So much fun!
I love the cut of this dress. Again its a little too small for me, otherwise it'd be stayin!