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Friday, April 11, 2014

Candles and welcome rain

I celebrated a birthday this week, complete with the yummiest little cake assembled by my family. 


Small, thoughtful birthday gifts are the best.  Wooden stamps, a piece of muslin cloth for cooking and a precious card designed by this talented artist


Thyme potted up in an old canister that I have had packed away for years. 


75mm of rain has fallen on our property since the end of March and suddenly both our paddocks and our outlook feels healthier and happier. 



My dependable little lime tree.  Very soon I am going to try to this Lemon Crème Bar recipe from the Lunch Lady using limes instead of lemons.



The school holidays are almost upon us.  One little Easter hat parade to contend with and we will be home for two weeks of digging in the vegetable garden, lighting our wood oven and enjoying some chocolate here and there.

Can you almost feel the school holidays?

Are you enjoying autumn?

Have a lovely weekend friends.  

34 comments :

  1. so pleased you got some good rain.........................it's good for the land and the soul....................

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  2. happy birthday jane, and what a great birthday present - the rain!
    i am also squealing with delight because i'm sure my mother has a blue and green version of your tin cannister - but i adore yours more! (if ever you tire of its cheery colour and gorgeous mid-century design, please let me know... ;-)
    we have had rain over night and more today, so it is great for us gardeners in the suburbs too. more please.
    happiest birthday wishes jane XX

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    1. Thank you e. Isn't it funny, I have some other canisters which live alongside this one but the other ones have a daisy design. I cannot even remember where they came from. Now I think they are quite lovely but I have overlooked them for years. Just goes to show that my tastes have changed over time :)

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  3. I'm so glad you've finally gotten some good rain Jane! And happy birthday :-)
    We've spent the morning putting thick beds of hay into animal sheds and locking up the poultry in prep for the cyclone :-)

    Hope you have a good day xx

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    1. I hope you haven't had too much damage from the cyclone Sarah!

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    2. Thanks Jane - we were lucky and Ita only came through as a 1 - we got a decent amount of rain without getting flooded which was really good :-)

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  4. Happy birthday Jane!
    It is going to be 35 degrees here in Perth today(!), we haven't had more than a tiny sprinkling of rain for months. I am getting desperate - and my livelihood doesn't depend on it like yours does!
    Just like e/dig above, my Mum had that canister - it's gorgeous.
    Take care x

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    1. Thanks Kylie. I cannot even remember where that canister came from, it looks like it has hardly been used. I am pleased I held onto it x

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  5. Happy birthday. The cake looks like a lot of love went into it. And enjoy the rain. We are heading into winter here in Southland NZ so rain will become a near daily event. Not to rub it in or anything. :-).

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    1. Stay warm in NZ! Thanks for calling in.

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  6. happy birthday jane!!!!
    it looks like you were very loved indeed.
    i had no idea you'd had that much rain.
    wow! your place looks so happy.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Kate, life certainly seems happier since the rain x

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  7. Happy birthday Jane! It is mine next week. The rain has been wonderful here too. We had to buy water for the first time about a week before the rain started. We now have heaps in our tank, thankfully, and a full dam. It feels good. xxoo

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    1. Thanks Julie, great to hear you have had rain too :)

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  8. happy birthday jane..and how precious is that cake your family made for you! and how wonderful for you to have had some good rain..it's raining here in melbourne too which is a relief since we've had no rain of consequence since october last year..x

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    1. Thanks Jane. That rain will be great for your garden x

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  9. I was just thinking that I wanted to make some lemon bars - they always feel Eastery to me for some reason - but only have some limes, not lemons. I thought I'd use them instead, so maybe I'll have to check out your recipe. The little wooden stamps are adorable!

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  10. Happy Birthday lovely Jane.
    All that beautiful rain is very welcomed I'm sure. x

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  11. happy birthday Jane. Some welcome rain - always a good photo. Your wooden stamps look good - expecting to see lots of stamped goodies in future posts. What a thoughtful present.
    We're just enjoying the warm spring days and watching everything spring to life. At last, it's better to be outside than inside and spend time away from the office and computer.

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    1. Thanks Anne, enjoy the spring days and sunshine!

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  12. Happy birthday lovely one… that rain is probably the best gift! Wow… and so many other lovely presents too. We are in Orange, NSW at the moment, and enjoying the autumn colours xox

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    1. Enjoy Orange Lizzy...that is somewhere I would love to visit one day x

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  13. Happy birthday lovely ... I hope you had a very special day. Love the cake too! Yum

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  14. Happy (belated) Birthday Jane. It sounds like you had a lovely one. I love the cake it is gorgeous and so special that your family spent the time making something for you. Hooray for the rain, what a relief to get a little to rejuvenate.

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  15. Jane a belated birthday song for you. Hip, hip!! Hope you've had a lovely first week of school holidays too.
    Limes, you lucky thing. My all time favourite (wished for) citrus.

    (and ps. those stamps, too cute!)

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    1. Hi Brydie, thank you. Limes are so tasty and versatile aren't they? x

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  16. Hooray for rain! Happy birthday to you! Loving the cooler autumn mornings and evenings. Windows are thrown open all night. x

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    1. Open windows at night are lovely Lucent, I agree x

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