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A touch of green. Some inspiration for you

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“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” Victor Hugo, Les Misérables * I’m not ordinarily a fan of embroidery as art on the walls, but I’d make an exception for these little vegetable bouquets *…

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What’s going on?

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In breaking news, I made homemade bread AND homemade butter. Colour me smug! This is a kind of “taking stock” post, inspired by Pip from Meet Me at Mikes. The idea is to stop, or at least slow down, and put some thought into what has been taking up your time and dwelling in your…

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Rituals: the first cup of tea

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What do your mornings look like, first thing? Mine start before the sun. I tip-toe into the children’s room and turn on the AC to take the chill out of the air before they wake up, then I walk downstairs and, before anything else happens, I fill the kettle and flip it on. All those little…

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Pistachios and eggs

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Recently I purchased a time machine. It was humble to look at: a recipe book, printed in 1893, called Cakes and Confections à la mode by Mrs de Salis. You know how scent and taste can transport you to a moment in your past? Take you right back to that first bite, and to everything that happened around it? This book…

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The first of June

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Last night I had a dream that it snowed in Melbourne. I was awake before the rest of my family and I looked out into the still-dark garden and saw whorling white. Raced upstairs, and woke everyone up. We played in the blanketed garden in our dressing-gowns until we were all wet and frozen, and then came inside…

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All in good time

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Pulling out towering, still-flowering cosmos, taller than my head. Shaking the soil from the roots. Lopping dead flowers and seed-heads from a hundred different plants, tossing them into the garden bed to nestle and rest and seed to grow again another season. Cutting away the dead and decomposing once-green things that had suffocated beneath the…

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Sickle moon

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It was a sickle moon last night. Did you see it? Wavering and watery, paper thin, I stopped to greet it on my way back across the road, with a $12 bottle of rosé in my hand. “Good night moon,” I said (good night stars, good night air*). That was a little bit embarrassing because…

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Morning thoughts

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“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said. ~ A.A. Milne Made…

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“And autumn garner”

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“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.” ~ Robert Browning Keeping within yesterday’s botanical mail art theme, here are some links “of beauty and utility” that you might enjoy: * Decorating with houseplants – Taipei style * Lovely fern-pressed…

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Dusk & stuff

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As I write this the dusk is settling over Melbourne on what was an absolutely glorious summer’s day. We have just returned from a lazy stroll out for family dinner, and then home to put two very tired kids into bed, wiping chocolate ice cream from their faces and hands (and necks and elbows) and…

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Things learned and loved on Tuesday

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  Learned: I couldn’t save the world but I could make someone’s world better Loved: Oona Ristola photography Learned: a recipe for fig, ricotta and honey toast. Yum! Loved: green and growing homes Learned: why our children need to read Loved: knitted comfort food Learned: three surprising decorating tips Loved: this book-themed hotel Learned: how…

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Morning at mine: pictures + proverbs

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Lessons learned lately: The first cup of tea of the morning is the best cup of tea of the year One mango can make a whole house smell like Christmas Sugar is harder to give up than Facebook Clean house makes happy heart Spring starts when the flowers bloom Two children napping at the same…

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