Saturday, September 24, 2011

Spring and an easy dessert

In Australia we have entered into Spring, a wonderful time of the  year when nature 'springs to life'. My garden is very much a spring/summer garden with flowering plants and annuals and creeping vines which have all awoken from their winter slumber and growing rapidly with the warmer weather we're experiencing. I love it!!

We have been re-doing parts of our front garden but I'll show you that in a later post, once things start to grow a bit more.

Our lavender borders down the back have just started to come into flower and the bees are plentiful.

A few weeks back our town had a special Sunday Trading Day and launched a Gift Voucher concept for the town. To promote this day a few of us on the committee decorated the central roundabout to the main shopping district with gift boxes and a sign, drawing attention to the voucher launch. The photos below show a very thick fog which we contended with to put the displays together!

 After a simple dessert?  I made these Apricot Turnovers the other week. Just buy some puff pastry sheets and dried apricots. Stew the dried apricots in a little water first with a tablespoon of sugar and then allow to cool a little.
Lay out the sheets and cut into quarters. On one side place some of the apricots and then bring the pasty over and seal down the edges with your fingers. Brush with milk and a sprinkling of sugar on top. Bake for around 15-20 minutes in moderate over or until the pastry has browned. Then cool them on a baking rack.

And to add a touch of Pink here are some bits and pieces from around our home.

Here are some Pierre de Ronsards that were featured on a garden tour that I went on a couple of years back. Hopefully mine will look a bit more like these this year!

Blogger....Is anyone else having trouble with loading photos lately in blogger? The last few posts it has been a pain, very slow and my photos are al small image sizes. Not sure what's going on there.

I will be joining Pink Saturday, so head on over if you want to see some more 'pink' related posts.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

South Australian Country Photography

One of my sisters, Joy, loves photography. Whenever we are together or have a family gathering, Joy is always snapping away. She is good at quietly sneaking around and taking shots that you don't know about. When Joy and her husband travel, they are always stopping so Joy can capture the beauty that she sees. She has finally had some of her landscape photos produced onto museum quality canvas and is selling them. You can view and purchase them at the Madeit website.

Here are a few that are available.

Above: Moonta Bay on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia

Above: Brinkworth, near Clare in South Australia 

Above: An old trike that has seen better days!

Joy also makes her photos up into cards. You can discover more about Joy's photography and purchase her cards at her website.

 Who doesn't love a quick and easy meal? One that I've discovered lately just has 2 ingredients, pasta and prosciutto. Boil up some noodles. Cut up the prosciutto into small pieces and fry. Once both have been cooked, toss the noodles into the prosciutto. Whalla!. You can of course add extra things to it, but it's surprisingly nice on it's own.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New life to an old 70's footstool

I know many of you who love the vintage style would like this original orange footstool which I picked up at a garage sale for $2.

However, for me I felt the urge to paint and recover it so that it would fit in with my decor which is definately not orange!!

Here were my results.

 Now I can sit im our tub chairs with a cuppa and magazine in hand and put my feet up!

For some inspiration and fun I will be joining the following:

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