Monday, February 11, 2008

A Good Read...

Sorry, I seem to have dropped off the radar for quite some time now. I'm not sure why exactly other than the fact that sitting down blogging seemed to be something that I just couldn't get around to...what with the taking photos, resizing, writing, rewriting and more rewriting and then some self doubt to go with. You know what I mean. Just as soon as you post it you think, "I hope that didn't seem too silly!" I'm sure that everybody must get this from time to time. Anyway, I hope to be a regular again now I feel like I've gotten back into the swing of things.

I have been enjoying this regular rain we are getting just as much as my vegetables.
I have only done a little bit of painting for my charms and hopefully, all things going as planned, I will get stuck into charm making any day now....I'm not very good at ignoring all the other loves I have and tend to get side tracked quite easily.
Cooking is one of my favourite things to do at the moment. I think because the weather has been so beautiful and cool- barely a day has gone over 30 degrees which is really good for summer- turning the oven on at any time of day has been possible as the house doesn't get too hot (no airconditoning).
My good friend Cathy gave me this beautiful book for Christmas and I have really enjoyed reading it. Oh, and looking at all the pretty pictures. I'm afraid I cut the authors name off the bottom of the picture accidently. It is written by Bronnie Masefau and the photography is by Frank Hurrell.
Such pretty pictures to make your mouth water and to get everyone very inspired to create a warm and welcoming home.
Another lovely read has been "Rosehips and Crabapples" by Susan Irvine. This little treasure was given to me by my mother who also appreciates beautiful books of every description.
This is Susan's diary of the restoration of Forest Hall and its gardens in the Tasmanian countryside.
I am enjoying every minute of it.

A happy week to everyone, Angela.


  1. Hi Angela welcome back to Blogland.
    How great the vegie garden looks after you have had rain. We could do with some of that rain here in Victoria.
    What gorgeous books you have been given. Do you have Susan Irvines Rose Garden book. It has some beautiful photos in it.
    Have a great week.

  2. Hi Angela!
    No and No and No Way is your writing ever silly but always funny and utterly enjoyable. But I know the feeling though. I get it very often. Sometime a blogg entry can take forever to write. Especially since I`m writing in a foreign language and sometimes it`s so hard to get the exact right tone or meening in what I am writing.

    So please be very, very welcome back! I missed you!


  3. Your writing being silly? Not a chance. I've always thought you've got quite a knack for writing, you thinking your writing being silly is purely your feeling and self doubt, not the reality. I've read a book review on Susan Irvine's "Rosehips and Crabapples" in a magazine, I've wanted to go out and get it, but have forgotten about it in my busy-ness, thanks for reminding me again, I thought that was my kind of book too. I love the look of the pretty pictures in "Australian Vintage Living". Wow! I'd love to have your weather, we've had so many weeks of mid-thirties weather, that rainy day was just such a God-send as my brother-in-law visited us from overseas that particular day and I needed to cook dinner. Cooking as you know is the last thing you want to do when it's really hot. However, the rain didn't stay too long after, the day after we had a little bit, then we're back to mid-thirties again. Enjoy your cooler weather, your sunflowers look superb!

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  5. I am sooo happy to hear from you again Angela!!
    I have missed you dearly and your always beautiful posts. Thank you for dropping by and letting me know that you are back on track :))
    What a wonderful summer for you and your family, luckily not to hot for you all. I was thinking, "no Aircondition"? wow, I think I couldn`t have lived without it. But I am shure that the heat "Down Under" is a bit different to here. Here the air get so moisty, you hardly can`t breath.
    I am quite jealous of you, having this lovely garden filled with this great vegetables path, they are huge!! What do you normal make out of it? I am curious about The Australian food habits. Do you eat fish a lot? I love fish :) It is a Typical Norwegain hot meal. Salmon is my favourite :) I am soo into food myself. A bit too much maybe, haha..My dream is to attend an Italian cooking class. Love Italian food!

    And I shure love books too. Your new books looks so fresh and interesting. Beautiful choice of colours.. I recently heard about a very pretty looking cookbook. It is called : Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes.
    And another : Apples for Jam: A Colorful Cookbook.
    Both are written by Tessa Kiros. They are both on my wishlist.
    Lovely looking cookbooks Makes making food so much more fun!

    I am very interested in hearing more about your new projects, and I am shure it will be great. When you were away I have been visiting Cathy, and she told me about you making Charms together. Fun!

    Well, I will pay you a visit more often now, now I know that you will making posts more frequently. I wish you a good and "cold" week Angela, enjoy your garden and take care!
    Big hug from your friend up North :))
    Aina x

    February 12, 2008 11:12 PM

  6. Hi Angela,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such nice comments on my blog.
    I can certainly relate to falling behind on blog updates. I think its the resizing of pictures I find most tedious. If I could figure it out, there may be a setting on my camera that will take the picture in a small enough size...??

    Those books look wonderful! Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of tea and a comfy chair and you've got the makin's for a lovely afternoon!

    Look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Kimberly :)

  7. So glad to see you "back" Angela. I always enjoy your posts and your beautiful photos. I am so looking forward to your beautiful blog this year.

  8. I have been busy blogging all morning and I found your blog I always think the same thing i doubt my postings worry if they sound silly but i have never read a silly one yet,blogging is fun and a great way to escape home life!(my web-site

  9. Ji again Angela!
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment. You were SO right. Reading all my interior decorating and gardening magazines is driving me crazy. I want to redo my house and garden at once. And all I can do is eat painkillers and pile my arm up high on pillows. I am bored stiff!

    Lots of Love

  10. Hello Angela!
    Just popping by to say hello :)
    I have had a really good spring clean here today, so I am totally bone-tired, haha..yes, I have been cleaning, moving stuff around, and tidying things up. And finally I have been painting. And shure I got time to make a pillow case :) I am not longer working, so I have all my time to use for my study and making things for Aina`s Charm. I love so much what I am doing right now, and I hope that I will be finnished soon.
    I just visited Cathy and she told me that you have been visiting her. How is work going? Do you have new projects going on?

    I look forward to hear from you. And one of these days you could expect something from me :)

    Take good care!
    Hug from your blogfriend Aina

  11. Beautiful post! the pictures are gorgeous!

  12. Found your blog this morning and had the most delightful visit cruising all your creative inspiration. Australian Vintage Living is new to me and would love it if you could post a book revew.

    Am currently searching for a fun & funky little apartment in Brisbane and having high hopes of putting some of this inspiration to work soon.