Thursday, December 29, 2011

A great holiday read!

With bags packed, food and drink and of course the dog, a few days at the beach cottage began on boxing day.
A pact was made that no work other than household chores would take  our holiday time.
In between long walks on the beach and making coffee in our new machine, I've simply relaxed and read.
My first book is this lively tale by Susan Duncan. It's her fist novel( her other books are autobiographical) and it's a beauty!
A tale of fiction but I suspect could only be written by someone who lives in this quirky area of Pittwater. I recommend the Briny cafe to all who dream of taking on a new project.
Hope your having fun!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry christmas everyone

Merry Christmas everyone.
Christmas day for us will be a lovely family day with a meal in the garden later in the day. What are your plans?
Whatever you do, may it be with those you love and have a great day.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Rescued roses

Here is another of my rescued roses. I don't recognize this rose, do you? I'm wondering if it's a climber? Any help would be appreciated. I love it's open petals. It's such a thrill when you think it would have been dumped and now gets a chance to make garden beauty!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fabulous soap from Tanya

Thought I'd share my purchase of wonderful and beautifully packaged soaps from Tanya (Suburban Jubilee). If only you could smell them. My office smells so lush!
Tanya thankyou. These are meant to be gifts but I know il keep some. The Brown Windsor is a perfume I adore. What is it?? I've smelt this before in French soap.
I will give the soap a try and let you know how I find it, but I'm thinking this is the best idea for Christmas gifts.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rose petal vinegar

Rose petal vinegar
Here is the vinegar after a few days in rose petals.
Ready for Christmas trimming.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rose petal vinegar

Hello everyone.  Have you ever made rose petal vinegar?  My lovely friend Margaret and I have been making both Rose petal and lavender vinegar for many years.  As time goes by we seem to come up with so many uses. For dressings, cleaning, rinsing etc.  Today I have filled my bowl with petals and soaked in vinegar.  Sometimes I use exotic vinegar but today just natural white vinegar.
The vinegar will turn a beautiful blush pink.  I've just discovered my husband has thrown out my little bottle collection.  Drat!! I had saved cute cordial bottles for this purpose.
   What have you been up to, I wonder? 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Prints in Canvas

This is my contribution to our work Xmas auction for charity. Both of Venice.
Very different aspects of Venice but both beautiful.