http://mairangibayvillage.co.nz/community/farmers-market/ What may you ask, do you do with a tile or two? Well put a candle on top so it doesn’t drip onto a nice table cloth or put a nice glass of wine on it (or a nice cup of tea by your bedside). or put your straighteners on it or make a cute wall hanging How about an inspirational quote to keep you motivated? or just on the table looking pretty under the olive bowl or chutney or salad. (They are decorative so they can’t take really hot stuff.) Sorry this tile is already sold today but I have a wee few like it. I also have this slightly rude motivational tile which I won’t be able to put out on market day…but if you want one let me know. [caption id="attachment_1046" align="alignnone" width="315"] This one is a bit off centre so I think I will keep it .[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1049" align="alignnone" width="300"] I was a bit worried about copyright but i figure f they are on the net or dead or the Dalai Lama, I’m okay. Any advice?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1050" align="alignnone" width="240"] Do you think Roald Dahl will come chasing me for royalties?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1051" align="alignnone" width="224"] Surely Hemingway wouldn’t care?[/caption] And hot off the press today are my “business” cards. Bit of a laugh as I think I have spent about 900 dollars so far and made about 130 but nothing beats an afternoon of cutting out with a friend. Priceless. My big aim is to get some money towards a hire a car to get back from our holiday in Christchurch at Christmas. Dear friends have said we can use their house and car while we are there and we are repaying the hospitality when they come to us in January for a wedding. Reciprocity, lovely. So far we have just the one way ticket. It’s all good though, it sure beats the grind of work. I am so happy to be at home. Don’t let the Christmas spirit get into your wallet. 🙂 FG ]]>
The one downside was the amount of rubbish including a bike in the stream. We wandered in the old cemetery and I love to look at the lovely old fashioned names that are now back in vogue. It also makes me grateful when I see so many died either in a war or at a young age. Some of my favourites are Clara, Herbert, Harriet and Florence. Not quite so keen on Bertha, Phyllis and Gertrude… The NZ Christmas tree is starting to flower and a friend’s yoghurt best by date was December 25! We are hosting Christmas lunch at home for around a dozen friends and family and then flying to Christchurch on Christmas night to watch the cricket that starts on boxing day. However, as I am now on a much-reduced income i have made a list for the nieces and friends to help me. Rather than buy crackers I thought I could dig out some crepe paper and we can make them on the day and have asked Sam to find a few good jokes so i can put them on the table. As it is brunch I think we will go for lots of light salads and salmon although it looks as though Bruce is insisting on a turkey. I am experimenting with place names and maybe will have a go at this fruit tree. I will get my tree out this year. Last year I was in France! Hard to believe it was so long ago. Although I may not be able to resist making these Christmas mince pie Bombe Alaska. It is super easy; buy the pies, put a scoop of plain ice cream on top and slather with meringue mix and pop in the oven for a few minutes. Yum! I was really lucky to discover a wee poetry group starting up and we met for coffee last week. I am hosting the first formal meeting next week so I’ll let you know if it inspires me to get on and write. I have been busy with getting my ten dish cloths done, I have one more to go. I am also working on Christmas tiles and may pluck up courage and go to a market on the weekend and try to at least recoup some costs. I am making some more romantic tiles to go with my Scandinavian ones. Have a great day. FG]]>
Firstly I put the garlic, onions, thyme and bay leaves in the slow cooker.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1008" align="alignnone" width="225"] Then I braise the poor old Peter rabbit and add him to the pot. I reduce the wine and add more thyme and seasoning and put the lid on ready for slowing cooking on high for four hours.[/caption] However I have my pescatorian son and my vegetarian friend Sabina, coming for dinner and I don’t think they will be too keen on even smelling Peter, let alone eating him. So I have some fresh tuna, an orange and asparagus salad and an Indian chick pea salad to prepare and I might do my mint potato salad as well. I really like this book for different kinds of salads. I also need to ring the post office as sadly, my knitted mittens for my arthritic friend have not made it to their destination. Really disappointing. Yoga, knitting, rugby and walking planned for the weekend. Hope yours is a good one. FG ]]>
Made a brunch as I didn’t eat before yoga using up the last of the broad beans. Knitted by 4th of 10 dish cloths for an Christmas order while catching up on a few Escape to the Country episodes. Pulled out the broad beans to ready the garden for another round of vegetables. Made an orange, cranberry fennel salad. So easy! Chop fennel bulb finely, chop up orange, add a handful of dried cranberries and toss in oil and red vinegar. Done the dark wash and brought in the sheets. Time 2:30 🙂 List for the rest of the day: change bedding Vege shopping tiling journal Continue with sorting filing cabinet. I find filing cabinets a bit hopeless or is it me? Stuff gets filed in there and then stays there for the next ten years without ever being sorted. Therefore. I am tossing stuff out like VISA bills from 2007. I am also feeling a bit nostalgic as Sam’s reports are all there. It is so funny to read a report from when he was 7 that emphasises Sam’s fascination with environmental issues and there he is a conservationist/ecologist. I had to renew my library books today which means I have only read one of them but I have been away and also had visitors. I am feeling a bit nervous about dipping into savings as there won’t be any contract work until next year and i am totally averse to really looking hard…but I am so happy! hope you are too. FG]]>
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