Sage Advice

I love sage – especially when my sister makes crunchy burnt sage butter to coat her delicious pasta meals… YUM! Not only am I lucky enough to already have a number of established, albeit scrawny, sage bushes in the garden… but recently our garden was visited by two sages…. my lovely uncle Lumbs!

My uncles are amazing men…. some call one a wizard… and if the definition of a wizard is a wise man… a man who has a special presence and commands a certain energy… then yep, he’s a wizard! Both of these men have made impressive and distinguished careers in horticulture of some form… they know and love their plants. Fortunately for me they are both experts in cool climate gardens and of this area in particular. So… I followed them around the garden as they wafted about from tree to tree, Latin titles rolling from their tongues as they touched limbs, stroked foliage… as if greeting old friends. My pencil scribbling everything down in my notebook… I hope I can understand it’s scrawl at a later date… there was much magic being wielded that weekend.





Our back and side gardens dance with Forget-me-nots.   I just love filling our house with flowers from our very own garden… and from season to season, week to week we have a feast of options. One morning in spring Josh (3 at the time) raced in to tell me that the MOST amazing thing had happened.. the camellias in the vase on the verhandah had turned into cherry blossoms… it was MAGIC!!!! (hmmm… as much as I wanted to support the wonder of magic, I did explain that mummy does change the flowers every so often! So cute!).


These blossoms are too beautiful not to share. I can’t believe how lucky we are to have such an established garden with such things of amazing beauty all around us! Each time I’ve lamented that one lot of blossoms or type of flower have had their little fling…. then another explodes in seemingly greater glory. I can’t imagine ever growing weary of watching the passing of seasons here… true magic.

45 Minute Strawberry Patch Blitz!

A few months ago I picked up the kids from childcare at 4:30…. by 5:30 we had a beautiful strawberry patch made predominantly by the boys! Amazing what you can do in such a short amount of time…. and what will hopefully provide for us over a long period of time!!strawb-patch-2strawb-patch-3strawb-patch-4strawb-patch-5stawb-patch-6straw-patch-7stawb-patch-7strawb-patch-8strawb-patch-8-2strawb-patch-9strawb-patch-10strawb-patch-11

Reclaiming / Recycling Furniture

About 3 and a half years ago I rescued this desk…. a tired old teachers desk, heavily french polished, badly watermarked and covered in deep scratches. After a scrub with methylated spirits and steel wool it was back to it’s original beauty… and a light sand and lime-wash had it glowing! It’s been my treasured desk ever since.

My craft table / desk / sewing table.

Softly lime washed – gives a beautiful milky effect to the timber.


This desk rescued me back.   It showed me the error of my new furniture buying ways. Why buy new when I can buy something MUCH cheaper, that has far more character, is not costing the earth in manufacturing something new, is giving new life to something that might otherwise end up in landfill, AND is not only fun to do, but means my home can be filled with things that I’ve created…. which feels REALLY good.

I’ve since taken a hand-me-down pine set of draws that I had tired of… and with a quick lick of paint and a light distress… I’m back in love with.



Mirror. Painted light grey (Albatross white), distressed and then rubbed back in with white paint to give milky effect.

Likewise an old (and slightly cracked but totally useable) mirror that was pine and again a little tired… now something of beauty again.


The list goes on… Josh’s bed, a $45 Vinnies find that was in need of a good paint but little else.

josh's bed

After two years of being loved by Josh, it has a few battle wounds!

And in varying states of rescue are two new additions…. a gorgeous set of drawers (top section is separate, an old teak filing cabinet I found locally) that I use to house all my craft bits and pieces – purchased at the local tip shop for $30.

craft cupboard

Drawers still in need of some handles, and top section yet to be mounted to the wall, but nicely patched by my clever husband!

This stand was also found at the tip shop for $15 …. it needs a little more TLC… a missing leg, a cracked leg and a split top… but all able to be fixed… and I think looks absolutely gorgeous, and fits perfectly with our not so perfect house. Just like the table there are a few cracks and bits missing… beautiful.

tip table

Yet to be given a new foot and glued together in a few crucial places… but amazing what a good clean will do and what you can find at the tip!!!


The kids craft table is another $15 tip find. Apart from a clean, I haven’t touched it… what’s the point when a 4 and 2 year old attack it each day?!