Thursday, 20 December 2012

Hello there.

Hello there.

It’s the 20th of December. It would appear I haven’t blogged a single time since April. Shameful, utterly shameful. I used to enjoy this little place. I would relish the time of the day when I would check out inspiring blogs out there and get lost in their amusing, entertaining and beautiful posts. Only something happened.

I can’t quite put my finger on it. Ah yes, life got in the way. Now, where did we hear that before? Basically, I travelled, and Boyfriend came back from Australia, and work got a little more hectic, and I went on another holiday, and work got even more hectic. I ended up having lots of different interviews and finding a new job. Still living in the same wonderful little house, but Boyfriend was upgraded (or rather upgraded himself) to Fiancé.

So here I am, a few months down the line, and not so much to show for it. Well apart from new business cards and a pretty ring, of course. Sadly, not a lot of crafting has happened around these parts. Living in a house is a lot of work, there’s always something to clean, and there’s always something to tidy up in the garden. Work is also keeping me a lot more busy these days. Crazy deadlines mean I have been working a lot harder and longer hours. To give you an example, I started at 7.15am on Wednesday and didn’t really stop until 11pm. That doesn’t leave any time to blogland. No writing and no reading.

So here I am, making a little comeback a few days before Christmas. Not the wisest move perhaps but I have felt that amongst all the mayhem, one needs a little escapism. And this is it for me. I definitely won’t be going back to my daily posting, I simply haven’t got the time. But a weekly post sounds appealing, something to summarise what I have been up to in the previous seven days or so. I just miss writing, I miss crafting and I miss photography. It is clear all were intimately linked to this blog and I want it all back.

See you next time.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Easy lunch

After posting about my lovely leftovers the other night (and rest assured, foie gras and 2002 Bordeaux wine are not usual fare in my house!), I made myself a lovely little lunch at the weekend. I've been terribly busy lately, getting ready for Mr PF imminent arrival, and haven't spent much time in the kitchen.

And sometimes, all you need are good basic ingredients:

Dark rye loaf from the best bakery in town, and other ingredients courtesy of Waitrose. One ingredient is missing though, a chunk of garlic. Fairly important too, as it was scraped against the toasted bread to give it some flavour. You just can't beat that.

So there, here's to good simple food. Have a nice start of week everyone!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

When leftovers...

Are better than proper meals...

Mr PF, you were deeply missed xx

Monday, 16 April 2012

Back home in bloom

I'm back home after nearly 3 weeks down in sunny Western Autralia. That's why things have been so silent over here. I had an amazing time, it's such a fantastic country, but I'll save telling you about it for some other time. I'm still readjusting to UK life on my own. I had to leave Mr PF behind, but at least it won't be long until he's home again.

It's been so nice coming back to this country with the sun shining and all the trees in bloom. The temperatures aren't quite up to scratch, especially compared to Perth standards which I very easily got used to! But nonetheless, it's a beautiful place to live, and I'm enjoying every second of it.

I couldn't help but try to bring a few little outdoor blooms indoors, and it cheers me up no end to see all this colour. I haven't had a chance to catch up with anybody's blogs yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll get a feast of spring beauty.

Ladies, I'm back :-)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Changes to my routine

And I love it.

I wouldn't consider myself an architecture geek but this beauty makes my jaw drop.

Those lines, that light. You don't need a degree in art to appreciate this beauty.

I don't think I say this enough, but it ain't that bad commuting into a city like London. The reward you get is sometimes where you least expect it. Kings Cross, you'll always have a special place in my heart.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

If only I had a voice like that...

It started with a Nutella pancake.

It got even better than that afterwards.

Florence, I you.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Beeswax candles

I love candles. But the idea of burning something in my home which might be full of nasty chemicals is less and less appealing. So I've recently turned to beeswax candles. The homemade type.

Homemade because these were made by yours truly! To be completely honest, if you've done this yourself, you'll know that a three year old could do this too, but this doesn't stop me from feeling very pleased with myself!

So apart from feeling rather smug for succesfully rolling a sheet of beeswax, I must say these really are delightful. Their natural fragrance is really lovely and their colour pleasingly natural. I can't decide which ones I like best, the plain ones, or those with a frilly side.

I am now on the lookout for a good online supplier of beeswax sheets, because I've exhausted the supplies given out in my little kit. Any suggestions welcome!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Food let down

This doesn’t happen often. I see a recipe and think it looks appealing. The list of ingredients is sound, this should turn out ok, right?

Oh dear. Far from it. How can this be? I was so looking forward to this Sunday morning. Worse thing is, I had to finish some off yesterday and let me tell you, there could never be enough apricot jam to drown out the taste of those mean little pancakes (photo below isn't greatly appealing I know, crab apple jelly isn't photogenic out of the jar it seems). They looked so good, so promising. Unfortunately, the taste was rather odd, and more like an omelette than a pancake. Not my favourite. Although possibly due to the fact that I didn't actually blend the mixture, I just mixed it around with a spoon...

Saturday’s breakfast on the other hand was a lot better. Can’t go wrong with a plain wholemeal bagel and scrambled eggs. Clearly, I must stick to basics rather than try and be extravagant.

You live and learn don't you.

Monday, 5 March 2012

A little organisational crafting

I went a little mad recently labelling things and getting stuff or-ga-ni-sed. Ensued the use of the cutest little pins and some coloured card to match the decor in the room. Nothing too full on, just little splashes of colour which lift the mood immensily you know?

Greens and blues came out and I love them. I actually enjoy getting magazines and other bits of paper out of those folders now. The blue ones are yet to be labelled, waiting for me to make up my mind as to whether I'll move things around first.

And I should point out, for the benefit of Mr PF on the other side of the planet, that all this crafting was done to the following tunes...

And me singing to the top of my voice. Of course.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Cold sunshine

We had a beautiful day yesterday, with an amazingly clear and blue sky and a surprisingly warm sun. I missed sunrise, but I made the most of the daylight and went around the garden taking photos of nature at its best.

From dazzling tree silhouettes to snowdrops, via crocuses galore, I wanted to gobble up all this beauty and lock it away inside my heart. Instead, I snapped away with my camera and went back inside for a toasted muffin. Hey, what can you do.