Saturday, January 21, 2017

From Hollie, a great birthday gift.

Nearly lost him!

Would you toss this charming toy guinea pig out, without checking with the soft-hearted man who bought it at an op shop? Of course you wouldn't! Fortunately, I spotted him inside of a paper bag filled with other rejected soft toys, sitting on the back seat of my car, before he was lost back into the second hand goods cycle. You'll be happy to learn that he's back on his little-person's chair, in our living room, recovering from his near-ejection and squeaking delightedly. Like his owner.

The disappearing veranda

The garden in front of the veranda is asserting it's dominance. Soon, we'll be overwhelmed by wood vetch, elecampane and fig.

We re-strewed the path

The wet weather made the path to our door mucky, so we spread straw and herbs along its length. Now, it's lovely to walk on!

Evening, Primrose. Evening, Guv'ner.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mortar and pestle

I'm beginning to use these, initially for preparing spices for cooking. Here, I'm  grinding black pepper corns. Later, I'll put some mandrake root through it...

From the Op shop

Not a toffee apple, but a Peruvian (or Chilean, Equadorian...) child's rattle; a gourd carved with images of llama (or alpaca) and cactus. $2.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mad sheep, mad sheep! (don't look them in the eye!)

Hazel nut

The new hazels are producing plenty of nuts, thanks to the pollinators I was given; the secret of success, it seems! These are plump, fresh nuts that I'm looking forward to eating. One of them, anyway.


Monday, January 16, 2017