Friday, January 23, 2015

Washing and Digging






I love this pair of salad servers from a charity shop






I am starting to launder and press my collection of antique white linens ,which hasn't been done for a while.It's a bit overwhelming and a big job as I have mountains of them (sheets,pillowcases,tablecloths,tray clothes, baby clothes, doilies),but summer is the best time and gives me a chance to enjoy them again











the  32 km  narrow winding road to our town has taken a week to reopen  after the fires and it is devastating to drive down it. This pic was published by the paper during the Tour Down Under Race and the only colour is the riders...everything is ashes...I cried the first sight of it



In the garden this week (our own oasis)

It is incredible how green everything is after running the sprinkles for 24 hours during the fires












we harvested all our potatoes and  baby carrots and the tomato are fabulous this year










relaxing in the vegetable garden !











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Friday, January 16, 2015

A New Week



How nice to get a couple of parcels in the
post this week, just what I needed to cheer myself up!



I got another antique book for my slowly growing collection...1711 and it had a bonus french religious medal on it!










30 art deco christmas cards in their envelopes from 1930. I'm going to make a garland of them for next Christmas









A couple of finds in country shops...a sweet pink and gilt book for 20c...just right to use for putting vases on



 antique shoe stretchers from Fortnum and Mason




I could take dozens of pics of the  bushfire devastation as we drove around...completely surrounding the town is black and the main road to the city is still blocked....but I don't want to,I just want to shut it out .. so just pics from my back porch. The green forest beyond is burnt

before and after

The first thing I did after coming home from evacuating is pick a bowl of roses from my garden which could have been lost to us





 the garden and lawn are very green as we left sprinklers and hoses running everywhere when we evacuated







naughty girls in the vegetable garden




stepping out





 in the orchard






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Friday, January 9, 2015

thank you

Thank you to all my blog friends from  everywhere who left comments on my last post before we had to evacuate...it was very much appreciated by us
Usually I answer individually but I'm a bit tired 



This is the road in to my town after we fled and taken by one of the volunteer firefighters ...900 from 3 states fighting an area the size of outer Paris
We left facing no home to come home to and I'm feeling blessed we were spared and traumatized still  at leaving my house and girls, with the clothes on our backs and Sascha in a cat cage. I am desperately sad for all the people who  were less lucky.


All pics from our back porch

 Friday Afternoon
 
 Friday night


 Saturday morning




Water bombing



Sunday...how the house on the hill survived I don't know


All around the town is black ...and it came up to the back door of the hospital


our heroes


Home safe again

Saturday, January 3, 2015

First Find of the Year

I found the sweetest little aqua vintage typewriter in perfect condition ....she was very cheap







She is going to sit on top of my library card catalogue cupboard ( it has a bottle of wine in each draw)



I found this little navigation protractors  , before Christmas , in  a charity shop





In the garden this week


picking roses before the big heatwave



The girls sitting in the cool soil under the Golden Elm tree (temp is about 110)


apples,plums,nectarines and pears almost ripe

pumpkins and tomatoes











I am trying to stay calm as I finish this blog Saturday morning as the neighbouring towns around us are surrounded by bushfires. These pictures were taken from my back door yesterday afternoon and if the wind comes our way today the town have to leave our homes.
Here's hoping







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