Friday, September 28, 2012

one fine day

When I was 16 I traveled to Canada for a Rotary exchange program and lived with four families over the course of a year.  During one of our many get-togethers with fellow exchange students from all over the world - we often performed at conferences and venues for our groups of sponsors.

During a weekend in Revelstoke, British Colombia we learned a song titled 'One Fine Day'.  I cannot find the lyrics anywhere online to write them, but can remember a few lines in my head.  The song written by Mary Donnelly many years ago - quite a folkish nice song.

It makes me think of Jill today.  An innocent lady I did not know; her family grieving.  One fine day, I pray there will be no evil.  I know that day is coming.  But while we wait - all we can do it pray for those who are broken.  We can only shine the light of goodness.

"One fine day, all men will live as brothers.  One fine day, we will find a better way; and peace it will dwell in our land.... and we'll stand together one fine day.."  (that is all I can remember).  I find myself singing this today.  Sad and grieving.  Not just for Jill, but for the sadness of people I know personally who are broken.  For those that cause harm to fellow man, for those who think it is right to hold power over fellow man, I grieve.

Love Rach xx

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

garden journal

Join in with Garden Journal time, sharing what you are up to in your garden....
It might be what you are planting in the garden...
... pet antics...
.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...
... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!

Link in... share the joy xx


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Rach xx


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It's birthday week here.... hence very late posting for me... I will be in touch with details of our yard... and changing the name of the link in so people don't feel obliged to link in just on a Tuesday.  The link tool is open for a whole week and now called ''Garden Journal".  Easy peasy.

Love Rach xx

Thursday, September 20, 2012

a mag and two stockists

I am trying to sustain the little stall at The Vintage Shed in a slightly different way.  Since we moved to the hills about 18 months ago - the lack of garage sales (possibly due to steep driveways) has hindered my treasure hunting.  I am onto a few different ways now of collecting - and it is very exciting!

Headed for the Squiggly stall tomorrow are four gorgeous Sebel 'stak-a-bye' children's chairs.  They are so cute!  A bit of soapy water and they came up a treat!  Smaller treasures from off-shore too - my first dabble in this kind of thrifting - these would look gorgeous on display for a quirky twist!



Milly cat supervising my wash job I think!


We were also given an opportunity to feature in a wonderful artisian publication for The Dandenong Ranges - The Hillscene magazine!


This cover artwork is just amazing!


Night night... off to bed for an early start for the mad dash tomorrow to finish birthday preparations and deliver stock for our new stockists!

and



mwah xx night night

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

tuesday garden journal


Join in on Tuesday Garden Journal time, sharing what you are up to in your garden....
It might be what you are planting in the garden...
... pet antics...
.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...
... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!

Link in... share the joy xx


Pop this button in your sidebar - I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Rach xx


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It's been a wonderful week in our household, but not much in the way of gardening except for buying some plants and collecting moss for terrariums.

So I thought I'd show you a snap of our moss by the creek.... it is oh so pretty and I feel eternally blessed for this patch bestowed upon our family.


Garden to do list for this week is:

1. Pull out as much of the big flower bed as I can.
2. Attempt to make our garden not look like a battle zone for the upcoming birthday parties.
3. Look into getting a rooster.
4. Pot some colourful flowers for the decking for the parties.

Love Rach xxx

Loving that the word is getting out slowly about the blog - and the garden journal.  We had some many visitors after a mention on Rhonda's blog.... thanks Rhonda! xx

Saturday, September 15, 2012

THIEF

Dear Thief

Yesterday I discovered you'd visited my little stall at The Vintage Shed in Tyabb.  I am not sure if you follow my blog - maybe you do.  Just wanted to say you made my gut drop when I discovered you so strategically stole four miniatures out of four different terrariums, leaving only half of the story inside each of them.  Did you think I'd not notice?

Just to give you a little dash of how I'm feeling - I can't describe it as eloquently as Tamara did.  So have a read here you dishonest blip blip blip.  Just replace Tamara's item with two little toadstools, the fly a kite girl and a duck... but the rest is all about you thief.

Sincerely,
Rach

Thursday, September 13, 2012

thrift finds


My collection of Fowlers jars has been overflowing - and in preparation for some upcoming festivities... I had a go at making my own lanterns.  I'm very happy with how they turned out.  I especially love the map one.


Yesterday I met one of my besties for a coffee in a close by town, I tend to head down there once a fortnight and do my regular run around.  The thrifting was exceptional yesterday... here are some of my finds.

These nursery sets are 1940's Johnson Australia - just divine.  I have five bowls I have kept for our daily use - but the double ups are headed for The Vintage Shed.


Loving Pyrex... the coffee pot and lemon decanter.... little milk bottles from a cute shop and the rolling pin - I didn't get a good pic, but you can just see the yellow handles.


I love this dinnerset, not enough to keep it... it is a vintage Ridgeway Ironstone... and my new spinning wheel care of a lovely friend... that is staying put... for one day when I start spinning!


And you can just see that vintage fabric too - very pretty - not sure if I will sew myself a dress or blouse with it from this book.

I'm off to collect the children from school - it's a dancing and cricket night.  I'm already feeling like hopping into bed... no rest for the busy!  Have you been busy lately?  What have you been doing?

Rach xx

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

tuesday garden journal


Join in on Tuesday Garden Journal time, sharing what you are up to in your garden....

It might be what you are planting in the garden...

... pet antics...

.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...

... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..

but it all must be in your garden!

Link in... share the joy xx


Pop this button in your sidebar - I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Rach xx


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We planted petunias and sunflowers against the house in these small beds that had been laden with gravel.  It didn't take long to remove the stones, and instantly it looks much better!


I am trying to get the compost going.  This is the first time I have real compost bins (the previous residents left them here for me).  I am not sure if I have the mix right?  I have what seems like thousands of little tiny flies inside.  I did add some extra water the other day - and it seems the amount of flies has reduced.... What am I doing wrong?


Beside the compost bins is an old nectarine.  I pruned lots of dead branches, however it has these other branches right near the base that have lovely new growth.  The bits I could not reach to prune are blossoming wildly.


Are these branches okay?  Not sure - but I don't want to remove this old tree - it could have the most amazing fruit.  Tim will tell.




What's news in your patch?

Love Rach xx

Sunday, September 9, 2012

yellow

Miss G is baking jam drops.  The boys are playing on screens (and I'm feeling guilty).  Mr DCT just left for work.  I'm pondering, contemplating and thinking about family and friends (and loving the yellow around me today - so much so that I think I shall paint my front door yellow).


I'm waiting for one of our oldest friends to visit - we were in Mum's group together when Miss G was born and her Master I.  She didn't like me back then, said I was a 'goody-two shoes' and too sweet to be her friend, we kept crossing paths - and became great friends.


It got me thinking about what people perceive of me.  Some don't care.  I find it quite interesting.  Do my beliefs make those around me judge me.  Does my quiet voice add to the puzzle.  Everyone has a story.  It is that, that I love.  Do you see what I see?  Have you felt what I've felt?  All very philosophical I know - but we all have a story.  Mine has made me who I am; quiet voice and all, believer and all.



Love Rach xx


Friday, September 7, 2012

there are spores

Remember my moss mural?  Well there are finally some spores - over a year later.  Over a year later - we have also finished the renovation and the house is sold.  What a blessing.  Mr DCT did pressure clean the front of the house.... but he forgot this little heart over the meter box.... and it has spores!



Once we moved out, the remainder of the renovation was full steam ahead.  A wonderful friend did most of the work, with Mr DCT doing what he could.  So the end result from those early days is from this to this.....



this to this...



and this...



Outside was a family effort of gardening... this overgrown...



and the mold.... well... it is no more thanks to Mr M!



I wrote about my bathroom journey here.

Within 10 days of being listed, it was sold.  It's a cute little house, a gorgeous outlook over the forest.   A couple with just one babe have bought it - and I'm glad they will enjoy it with their young family.

As for us... we survived the storms albeit the 15 or so giant gums surrounding our house.  I imagined angels holding them up - seriously..  The old house had a branch fall on the roof.

Happy Friday to you!

Love Rach xo

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday Garden Journal


Join in on Tuesday Garden Journal time, sharing what you are up to in your garden....

It might be what you are planting in the garden...

... pet antics...

.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...

... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..

but it all must be in your garden!

Link in... share the joy xx

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I am really passionate about sharing our Aussie gardens.  Whether it is nationally or internationally - my hope for this Tuesday Garden Journal is that we learn and connect from each other.  When setting up the idea of this link-up, I did begin it on a Thursday; forgetting about the wonderful Our Creative Spaces that so many join in with.  Hence the change to Tuesdays (and by the time Thursday came around - my head was muddled with what day of the week it actually was!).

So here is the beginning of Tuesdays.  Please spread the word.  I have so much to learn and share about gardening, becoming more self-sufficient and sharing the joy the outdoors brings!

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This past few days at our house has been full of planting what we can.  I don't know how long it is going to take to clear the bush from the perimeter of our house; but I figure we will plant out whatever we clear. 

                  


Miss G chose some paper daisies to plant along our front steps.  I remember my friend Mel planting them years ago - these are our first ever.

We dug up Mexican Orange Blossom seedlings that had sprouted in the old house and planted them along the driveway - it should make a nice hedge.  I really am into growing, multiplying and planting out our garden with as little cost as possible.



I planted tomatoes, pumpkin, marigolds and californian poppy's in the little cleared patch by the front path near the hopefully recovering mandarin tree.


Lupins also transplanted, they are starting to shoot new leaves!


Tomatoes with flowers... a bit of a head start I am hoping!


The photo's are taking ages to load and I just read some sad news at another blog - so will leave it there for now.

Looking forward to reading your gardening blogs... please spread the word!

Rach x


Monday, September 3, 2012

weekend pics

The market was great.  Looking forward to the next one.  The sun has been divine.  It has helped heal the heart.










 I contacted him last night and sent an email today.  Hard it was.  I told him I pray one day his life will be free from guilt and pain and will have integrity.

We enjoyed the sunshine.  We had our first afternoon tea on the deck.  I used a pretty tablecloth - it felt fun. Lemons from our tree in my water.  Sun shining.  Friends visiting.  Forgetting it was Fathers Day.








Counting my blessings for what is.  For my blessed adult life.  
For healing amidst the heart break.  For Spring.

Rach xo

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