Thursday, 24 April 2014

Friday Favourites….
Hi Vintage Lovers,
For Friday Favourites this week I have an old treasured family recipe to share with you in honour of Anzac Day.

For my gorgeous readers that do not live in Australia or New Zealand, ANZAC day stands for Australia & New Zealand Army Corps. This day remembers those that have served in wars.

Anzac Biscuit Recipe
125 grams of butter
1 tablespoon  of golden syrup (more if you want the bickies softer)
1 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
3 tablespoons of boiling water
1 cup of rolled oats

1 cup of coconut
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of sugar
Preheat oven to 150C. Melt the butter and syrup together. Combine the boiling water and bi-carb then add it to the butter and syrup. Combine the dry ingredients, then add the melted mix. Mix to a moist but firm consistency. Roll into balls, then place on a baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden on top.
Mel xx


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Renovating the Renovators Blog...
Hi Vintage Lovers,
I am just popping in to let you know that I am making some changes on my blog, so it may look a little strange for the next week or two. Please, just bear with me.

As you all probably know, I am not a very tech savvy person (UNDERSTATEMENT), so I have wasted a lot of time trying to sort it out all ready and probably will again in the next few weeks.

 But to my biggest (and certainly most surprising) announcement: despite all my procrastinating I have finally joined Facebook! I know, I can't believe it either! I have added a button next to my 'Pinterest Portal'  which (if all goes to plan) should take you to my Facebook page!

I never thought I would say these five words, but:

Thanks for your ongoing patience with my lack of Tech skills (again UNDERSTATEMENT) and hopefully these new additions will be to the benefit of all of us!
Mel xx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Friday Favourites
Happy Easter, Friends.

We are planning a relaxing Easter long weekend.
Some house and garden jobs are on the agenda and on Sunday we are heading down to Mum and Dad's for a family get-together.

So, for Friday Favourites this week.....
some adorable Easter pictures for you to enjoy....

How cute is this fluff ball !?!?

Gorgeous vintage Easter-egg moulds....would love these in my collection.

What a great idea for planting bulbs!

How gorgeous!

Beautiful porcelain, vintage eggs...

These remind me of decorating hard boiled eggs as a child.

Rolling cute !

Where will you be for Easter ???
Waiting for the bunny,
At Church,
Or catching up with Family and Friends.
 What ever you are doing.....
Have a Fabulous and Safe Easter Weekend, Everyone.
Don't overdose on tooooo much chocolate !!!
Mel xx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Great Garden Bones...
Hi Vintage Lovers,
We have started creating  some 'garden bones' for our old lady over last weekend.
Something I have been planning for a while and have been very eager to start.
It certainly will not be a short process, I will be busy for a while.

Yes, I know it sounds hilarious, but very important in gardening terms.

You need to develop strong garden bones when creating new gardens. Which basically means the main structure of the garden. Creating an outlining foundation with paths and gates, or structures and trees, for the rest of the garden to develop around.

So, first off we planted Pittosporum Tenuifolium Screenmaster along the length of the shed so eventually it will form a hedge and hide the ugly modern structure. I am planning every month from now on until spring, to buy hedging plants to create a border of hedges around the edge of the garden to start with.

Next we erected two of my old garden gates. I have had these gates for a while now. One was a Mother's Day present and the other a birthday present a few years back. I couldn't part with them when we sold our old place so they came with us.

As you can see we have erected one in front of the store house and one at the back between the shed and the store house.

We need to re-do the path paving at some stage but the gates look fantastic, like they were meant to be there all along.

The latch is made from old horseshoes and an old piece of chain.

We are really happy with the start of our old lady's "garden bones'.

We just need the hedging plants to grow now.
Grow, Grow and Grow.
They are very quick growing plants so it shouldn't take too long.

Mel xx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

 Friday Favourites

Happy Friday Friends.

It has been a very hectic few weeks here, and I am so glad it is the end of the week and school holidays start today.  
I am looking forward to taking it a little easier over the next few weeks. Maybe even a few extra lie-in's, although that may not happen with kids that are normally up at the crack of dawn, even when it is school holidays. 
We are planning to erect two of my old garden gates this weekend and to start planting some hedges around the outskirts of the garden.

It has been raining here for the past few days, decent soaking rain, which has been so wonderful, and I can finally start planting. 
Rather Happy !!!
 I'll post about the gates and plants early next week for you all to see. J

So, for Friday Favourites this week.....
some wrought iron beauties for you to enjoy....

 Fantastic old farm gates........I adore these.

 Beautiful old iron work

Love the gates in the middle of the flower garden

Entrance to a secret garden ??

Rusted to perfection


I am crazy about this beautiful old post and gate

I love the hedges that lead up to this sweet cottage.
Isn't it gorgeous ??

You will find me in the garden this weekend getting my hands dirty... and loving it.

Mel xx