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Friday, August 16, 2013

A scarf, spring seeds and stuff

The days at our place have been sunny, warm and full  of activity.

I hope winter makes at least one more appearance.  My generous friend Jodie sent me this lovely scarf and it would be nice to wear it before the cold days completely disappear. Jodie won the hand knitted garment category at her local show with this masterpiece which makes me appreciate it even more.



These four Johnson cups and saucers were brand new and still in their box waiting for me recently at the op-shop.  I can’t decide whether to use them for tea drinking or for making little succulent collections. 


Have you seen Vantastic written by the clever and creative Kate Ulman?  I love old caravans so I knew I would love this book the minute Kate starting telling us about it on her blog.  Even if you are not into caravans within these colourful pages are plenty of practical holiday tips, craft activities, recipes, ideas for family life and of course beautiful photos.  I know you will love it! 


Free form sourdough pear pancakes cooked on the open fire. 


Spring seeds sown carefully into little pots.  There is so much hope and anticipation within these little trays.


Fresh vegetables from the garden.


Rocket and kale seed collected from the vegetable garden.


Ever since hosting Flour and Fire Day day my passion for baking bread has been reignited, not that it had ever really gone away.  There are some amazing bread videos out there but this video is particularly beautiful.  Bread baking friends, this is for you. 

What is happening at your place?

Are you op-shopping, reading, knitting or baking?

Wishing you a happy weekend x

36 comments :

  1. Love those cups and saucers - my mum had exactly that set. I have the dinner plates to match.

    That is a lovely scarf needing to be worn.

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    1. Do you still use the plates Maria? Thanks for calling in!

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  2. Gorgeous post as always Jane!!! I'm so thrilled that you love your scarf and can't wait for you to be able to wear it for the first time... :) :)

    The tea cups are gorgeous and little succulents in them look divine...

    I too have been potting up seeds for my Spring/Summer garden with great excitement for a productive coming season... :)

    I love saving seeds from my most favourite plants from the season too!!

    Thanks for another ever inspiring post Jane, I can't wait to venture out into my garden today, thanks to you, even if it is only just to sit for a while to think...

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  3. Your gifted scarf is amazing. The colour reminds me of the red soil that features in some of your stunning photos.
    I'm looking forward to getting vegie seedlings planted here, though with a rather heavy frost this morning I may have to put it off a little longer still.
    x

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    1. Thanks Zara, the weather cannot quite decide if it is warm or cold here at the moment...very confusing for both vegetables and humans!

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  4. Hi Jane! That video was perfect...absolutely brilliant. I actually got goose bumps watching it (oh, that music!). So much goes into artisan bread baking and this was such a lovely illustration from start to finish. Thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Emilie, the video is beautiful isn't it? The magic of bread!

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  5. HI Jane inspirational as always.... i smell spring in the air( my freesias are about to burst!) but do hope you get to wear that scarf .... EWE BEAUTY

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    1. Thanks Trish, your freesias will be beautiful xx

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  6. Hello Jane, what a beautiful scarf you have been given. I do hope the winter returns for you to wear it! Kate's book Vantastic looks fantastic & I think I am definitely going to have to treat myself. Your green & white VW is just like the one we traveled Europe, US & Aus in, in the '70's, only ours was burnt orange! Much like your scarf now I come to think of it :) Great post, thank you.

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    1. I bet your burnt orange VW was special Jane, what a treasure! Thank you for your generous comments as always.

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  7. Your life is looking lovely at the moment...and those cups/sauces would go so well as succulent pots - what a great idea!

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  8. i agree with you about wanting more winter days..i find it so much easier to get gardening jobs done in the cooler weather..in fact i've done a few hours today and even though it's quite cool because there's a strong wind about i ended up working in a singlet..and your scarf needs to enjoy the cooler weather too..love the cups, book, pancakes, vegetables and seed saving and the video..especially the bit at the end..x

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    1. Thanks Jane...I am so pleased you enjoyed the bread video too, I knew you would. Happy gardening! x

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  9. Too gorgeous Jane.
    Adore your photo shoot.
    I feel a bit bad that it's missing one.
    Let me know if you need it back at some stage.
    I love it but I would totally undertsand.
    Happy, happy weekend. xxx

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    1. Not at all Kate...the little red van was especially for you! x

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  10. I'm hoping that summer will last a bit longer here but then it's probably already warmer with you. I've just finished knitting a jumper and have put it away hoping that I don't have to wear it for ages.
    Love the bread video.

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    1. Thanks Anne! It is about 19 degrees C here during the day. Just pleasant really!

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  11. What a beautiful scarf! I remember admiring that on Pinterest or FB. It wasn't that long ago that people my age were buying Johnson dinner sets with that wonderful mustard colour... I had something not dissimilar. Love the video too... thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photographs.

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    1. Thanks Lizzy. I think Johnson stuff is becoming quite 'trendy' and collectable all over again. Have a great weekend x

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  12. I love the cups holding the succulents Jane. I hope you get to wear the scarf this winter! xx

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    1. Thanks Kate, who knows what this weather will do?!

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  13. Fabulous post, Jane! The video is great! And do you cups match Jane @ Tea with Hazel's opshop finds? I wish we had kale, but we do have oodles of rainbow chard, so I can't complain! :)

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    1. Thanks Celia, yes I think Jane has similair bits and pieces to this!

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  14. Another inspiring post Jane, well done. Those pancakes are making me hungry!
    Spring is in the air!
    TT

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  15. Another lovely post Jane and what a wonderful gift your award winning scarf is. The video is moving and not dissimilar to the love that goes into your sourdough :) Your little seed pots look like the promise of another wonderful season in the garden too. Enjoy your week and thankyou for sharing

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    1. Thanks Paula, I am so excited that you are having some success with your sourdough :)

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  16. Jane, loved that video link...loved it to bits. Actually makes me feel a bit proud to a part of the whole sourdough "club".
    Hope you have a great week lovely lady. xx

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    1. Thank you Brydie. The sourdough club is lovely, positive little place to be isn't it? x

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  17. I love the cups and saucers with the succulents Jane. I baked my first loaf of bread yesterday which I've just blogged about. It was Irish Soda Bread. It's so satisfying baking your own bread I made another loaf today and gave it to my parents. What a talented friend you have knitting that beautiful scarf (lovely colour). At the moment we're doing lots of repairs on our home and I'm trying to squeeze in some reading and baking. Hope you have a lovely week.

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    1. Thanks Catherine, your bread looked great! If only there was more time for reading and baking x

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  18. Recently found your blog, quite inspirational. It's nice to see what goes on the other side of the world. :D And, I would use those cups for tea drinking. :)

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    1. Thanks Adriana, lovey to meet you. I have washed the cups today and put them in the cupboard for future tea drinking!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane