Monday, June 15, 2009

Wonderful winter weekend

We have had the most fantastic wintry weather for the last few days...fog, rain and cold, cold, cold. I just LOVE IT! Probably the best thing to me about living in Canberra is having four distinct seasons every year. I So different from my childhood growing up in a sub-tropical climate where the weather was hot or hotter.

Not much happening in the way of craft this weekend though. Part of me just wants to sit inside and make like a hausfrau...but the other part of me took over and we went for a lovely chilly family walk around the lake.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Long green weekend

It's been a long weekend here in Canberra, and a green one at that. Green I hear you say???

Well firstly it has rained nearly all weekend, and the grass is sooo much greener which is just lovely. We always need the rain so badly. It sometimes puzzles me that they would put the capital of the driest continent on earth nowhere near any decent water supply - oh well I'm about 100 years too late for that debate.

It's also been green for two more reasons...on Saturday I made some lovely Kiwi fruit jam. Yes it does seem an odd choice for a spread, but I have been lusting after it some 10 years now. Actually nearly exactly 10 years ago to the day a friend and I were in the most beautiful French village staying in a huge rambling house, hosted by a lovely old French woman. For breakfast she had this fantastic assortment of home-made jams all in tiny little pots on a "lazy Susan". I particularly liked one, but as she spoke no English and I no French she couldn't tell me what fruit it was. Then she took me into her walled garden and showed me a kiwi fruit vine. I've never tasted it since, not until Saturday when I made my very own.The final green piece of the puzzle is this Amy Butler Swing Bag. Made today for a birthday gift this week. The outside fabric is Ginseng by Joel Dewberry and the inside some pretty polka dots - I'm a sucker for dots........there you have it my long green weekend.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Four drawers

I can hardly believe that I am posting about drawers (it seems a little ridiculous that y'all would be interested) - but here we are...the re-organisation of the kitchen drawers.

Sometime ago I discovered this wonderful blog and since then I have been busy TRYING to re-organise the house. I'm desperate to go to Ikea to gather some supplies so I can finish this project, but alas that won't be happening until the girl-child is a little more cooperative in the car. Back to the drawers....

There are four small drawers in our kitchen and whilst the top drawer had some semblance of organisation, the middle two were disasters! Not any more...

The top drawer contains the usual suspects, plus bag ties (god bless Ikea), tags for labelling (we use them to identify frozen meat), a screwdriver (for quick battery changes of boy-child cars) and the bread recipe for the man of the house who unlike me can't commit it to memory. I lined the front of the drawer with some left over paper from Kikki K.The second and third drawers contains the cooking utensils. The ones we use the most are in the top and others like preserving equipment, bbq tools live in the bottom one.
The last drawer holds the rolls of foil, wrap, zip bags etc. Plus some hot-plate tile thingos (Ikea again I think) and washed zip bags. Yes folks, I wash and reuse zip bags.

There you have it!


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