Anything that promotes relationships in your neighborhood has to be a good thing. With the added bonus of having your own fresh grown fruit and vegetables, how appealing is the opportunity to be part of a community garden.
I’m lucky enough to have my own little plot of land where I can grow my own veggies. Which I do with varying degrees of success. We’ve had about a fifty-fifty turnout of edible harvest this year. The slaters / snails / scorching summer sun and my limited gardening skills have attributed to the less than brilliant yield. It is quite lovely when you do have a potter around the garden beds and find enough produce to make a meal.
My brother lives in an apartment on the second floor, so there’s not much scope for him to have a vegetable garden. Just around the corner from his apartment there is a café (called 9 seeds) that has generously donated the unused land they have at the back for the community garden. Anyone in the neighbourhood can join, they all pay a small membership fee and share in the work to keep it growing.
I went and helped him water the plots on his rostered watering day and it was so nice. You can’t help but smile when you see home grown food!
This is a quote from one of my favorite childhood movies – The Secret Garden. The idea of an undiscovered space, a hidden sanctuary, was very appealing to me and my young wandering imagination. On more than one occasion it lead me to sneakily check the insides of closets in other people’s houses. I did it half expecting to discover a secret passage to a snow filled wonderland in the back.
This is my second design with my new Silhouette Cameo. I’m working on my next one and will show you as soon as it’s done, though it make be a few weeks away at this rate…
So here it is, ironic post number two, how I keep my house organised.
We seem to have a disproportionate number of gadgets per person in this household. There are lots of little things that always need charging which means lots of cables that need storing and then untangling every time they get used. My biggest problem is finding the right damn cable, I spend half an hour searching when I need to charge my camera battery just to take one photo.
Organising tip #2 is… the cutlery drawer turned gadget/storage charge dock.
You need to find a drawer that’s near a power point and clear it out. Using strong double sided tape stick a powerboard into the back of the drawer (I had to cut a hole in the back of the cupboard to plug in the powerboard). Plug in all your chargers.
Now you have a spot that holds all your chargers and gadgets. I have my ipod/phone/camera battery always in there. Even my Hubby was impressed, though he doesn’t like to admit it, I did something useful for the house, not just prettied it up.
Sorry for the ordinary pictures, taking a beautiful photograph of the inside of a drawer is a bit beyond me, but hopefully you get the idea.
I’m so very excited about my Christmas present this year. My hubby went away for six weeks to America and it was miserable without him, but to get me through I did a lot of online shopping and had him bring me home a suitcase full of things! Mostly presents for the kids, but for me this awesome new machine called a Silhouette Cameo. It’s similar to a printer in that it plugs into
your computer, but it doesn’t print, it cuts. I have always loved paper art and admired the talents and immeasurable patience of those that create these designs by hand. I don’t posses that kind of patience or skill with a scalpel, so this is my fabulous solution.
I have had a little play with it and I am so happy with my first project. I created the design in Adobe Illustrator and cut it from a piece of white card. I love it! I know what I’ll be spending all my spare waking hours doing… sketching new ideas to make with my Cameo.
If you have ever visited Fremantle chances are you’ve been to Cicerello’s for fish & chips. Locals tend to have an aversion for the touristy precincts in their own towns, but down by the waterfront on a sunny day it can be really pretty. I went yesterday with a couple of my favorite ladies and between us we had five rambunctious young boys.
In the fish & chip shop they have a row of huge aquariums and the boys loved peering into the tanks and checking out all the sea-life. I’ve only ever been in the afternoon to have a bite there, but being mid-morning it was feeding time for the fish, it was brilliant! The lady who’s job is to look after the fish is super friendly and she let the kids hold a starfish each. Watching the frenzy of fish feeding was so exciting for the boys, my little man saw a fishy carcass laying in the bottom and quipped ‘look mummy that fish is tired, he’s sleeping.’ It made me pause and realise how small and innocent they are at this age, and how easily entertained they can be.