Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Time for some more UK destination shopping!
I so love clocks of all descriptions but I especially love the naievity of these clocks and the fact that each one is individual in reflecting the character and creativity of it's maker. Beautiful don't you agree?
Saturday, July 5, 2008
This week was my Patchwork Day. Let me tell you the story.
Seven years ago The Koonunga Schoolhouse Quilters began in the Barossa region of Koonunga Hill - at that time, my home. Our first meeting was in the original Koonunga Schoolhouse from the 1920's -a whitwashed oregon pine traditional schoolhouse, still on our property. The membership was quite informal - a vague interest in patchwork and basic sewing ability. We decided to spend a full day together each month, meeting at each other's homes in turn throughout the year. Each meeting we would work on the quilt being made by the host quilter. ...
Seven years on ...we are still meeting every month. We laugh, cry, eat, drink, share and oh yes of course, we do sew quilts. Together we share the lives of our families, recipes, our gardens, our homes, our troubles and joys. We have all learnt amazing things about quilting and enjoy the reward of having beautiful quilts to keep or to give to others, that have been made with love by friends. We have become a family.
Most of the members of our group live in the country - not too far away. These pictures are from my drive last week on my way to the Barossa for one such meeting.
So for my darling, L in the UK summer, my treasure, E in the Wild West and my little poppet, G in ACT - here are some familiar sights. And for any other readers venturing on to my "Coming Home Collection" - enjoy!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Now I ask you, what house is not improved by the stylish addition of a suitably enormous conservatory?
Here below lies an enticing collection from the wonderful Tanglewood Conservatories in th US.
All pictures courtesy of http://www.tanglewoodconservatories.com/
Interested in the history of conservatories? Just want a fabulous coffee table book - for the conservaoty coffee table of course...then see if you can find this absolutley stunning book with over 700 vintage plans, structural details and images by Georg Kohlmaier & Barna von Sartory.
Before I close - some more modern day conservatories from across the Atlantic ......this time built by the talented Bishop & Company:
All pictures courtesy http://www.gardenrooms.com/
The scene above is one during summer....but actually it is at it's most beautiful in winter, which it is now. I'm heading down there right now for a coffee and a stroll...for no reason at all!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Hello my treasures.
Here is a little Friday treat for you if you promise that you will not spend all day drooling over it. Here are just three of my long list of favourites. Have a wonderful day and save some for looking at over the weekend as I don't promise to post anymore for a few days!
Here is the website : http://www.beachstudios.co.uk/
Now this has to be the most heavenly place on terra firma- Bellagio on Lake Como, Northern Italy.
We stayed at La Limonera - the Lemon Tree - a beautifully restored home now divided into lovely apartments with an ancient walled garden and gates leading out onto a cobbled stoned street only a few minutes from the Lake's edge. At the front gate is your very own 'alimentari generali' - grocer ie - for those essentials of life; olivi, formagio, provolone et panini!
For your next booking follow this link! James Bond may be staying there too.......http://www.residencelalimonera.com/rooms.htm