My flower place

My flower place 28/4

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You’ve got to love Melbourne weather. Monday was so mild that l went for my walk in a t-shirt and shorts. yesterday l was walking around in my coat, beenie and gloves!

I normally go for my walk early morning, but, on Monday l went later, after lunch, and went down a few new streets. That’s where l found this beauty, a bird of paradise flower. Having tan bark around it really makes the colours stand out.

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Aren’t these pretty. I think they’re called Correa. They have a gorgeous tube shape.

Now these, these l will definitely try and grow myself.

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I’ve seen them in white, but, this orange is so vibrant and this is the colour l want. I have been told what they are but can’t think of the name at the moment. Come Spring l’m definitely getting some seeds. I think they are divine flowers and one of my favourites.

The cold weather arrived on Tuesday and with it frequent heavy showers. I love how the water reflects the trees.20170425_081712

and l even found one with a palm tree in it; you know how l love palm trees.

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On a sad note, the dead tree has finally collapsed. Although it was dead, it still looked dramatic, but, now it’s finally gone.

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So that’s my week. How’s your week been?

 

 

Soaps & Suds

Foot soak

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I volunteer each week at an op shop and by the time my shift has ended l have aching feet. Depending on how busy we are l can be on my feet non stop.

When l get home l love to soak my feet. I love spa treatments but can rarely afford spa treatments, so, l make my own.  This home made foot soak is the goods. I sit and let all the aches and pains melt away. Of course, if l have a gin & tonic in my hand l relax even more, but, that’s just me. You don’t need alcohol to enjoy this.

No fancy equipment needed,

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This old green tub is all l use. It’s so relaxing. So why not try it yourself. All you need is:

2 cups of Epsom Salts

1/2 cup Citric Acid

1/2 Bicarb of Soda

Lavender Oil

Mix together and put into a container. Once it has been sitting for a while it will harden.

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This is what it will look like, but, don’t worry, just break a piece off and add it to hot water. I put lavender in because it is relaxing aroma; just a word of caution. If using lavender, or any other oil, add it gradually. I actually use an eye dropper and disperse the drops around the bowl. If you pour the oil in it will clump together straight away and you want it loose enough to put into your container.

So that’s it. I don’t have to remind you that the water shouldn’t be so hot that it burns you, but, it does need to be hot otherwise you will be sitting in cold water very quickly.

Something else about this soak. It will form suds when you first fill the tub, but, by the time you put your feet in they will be gone. You don’t need them; what’s important is what’s in the water.  Did you know that’s the case for most things. Chemicals are added to things to make those suds.  The citric acid forms suds, but, l only put in 1/2 cup because l think that’s all it needs. This is an all natural, chemical free soak.

I make this as gifts for people, barter with it and use it myself.  It’s a lovely thing to do for yourself and doesn’t take much work at all.

Quotes on Monday

Quotes on Monday

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Maja Angelou

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What a great quote and what a great way to look at life. I may struggle with some of these principles at times, but, l’m thriving thanks to simple living.

Happy Monday.

My flower place

My flower place

Not much to show you this week. I had to go away for a few days midweek so there hasn’t been much time to do anything other than catch up on all the uni work that’s due.

One thing l have been noticing are mushrooms.

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They’re springing up everywhere down the back where the chickens are. I’m no expert when it comes to mushrooms so l just let them be. The chickens aren’t eating them either. Maybe some of you may know what they are.

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What this does tell me is that the soil is good. The chickens have done a great job fertilising the soil and l am slowly moving all my veggie pots down there. I originally set up my vegetable garden, which l grow in pots, closer to the house, but, the weather has changed and that area is now too hot. Everything gets burnt and dies so l’m moving everything ready for spring this year.

I did manage to get out for a walk yesterday and after a few tough days it was so good to see this magnificent sunrise.

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Seeing this beauty in nature calms my soul. I don’t see the local Mcdonalds when l look at this; l just see the magnificent sky behind it.

Hope you all enjoyed your week.

Recipes

Broccoli Bites

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Being a vegetarian means l love vegetables. In fact, l love most vegetarian food; including tofu and pulses and many, many vegetables.

Having said that there are a few that l’m not keen on and one that l never want to eat again. Any guesses for that one; yes it’s brussel sprouts and l hope l never have to eat another one of those.

Broccoli is one that l’m not a great fan of but, have found a great tasty way to eat it. Cheesy broccoli bites are the answer for me. They’re easy to make and very, very tasty.

I normally have them for lunch so aim to make 6 or 7. The recipe l use is:

Steam your broccoli florets and then chop into bite size pieces.

Onion and garlic, as much as you like.

1 egg

Grated cheese, again, as much or as little as you like.

Breadcrumbs, l just break up a slice of fresh bread for these.

Sweet paprika.

Combine and roll into balls. Roast in 180 degree oven for 20 minutes, turning them after 10 minutes.

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A medium size floret will make 1 bite so use that as a guide when deciding how many to make and l put sweet paprika in because l love sweet paprika. If you’re not such a great fan leave it out. Then sit down and enjoy.

What great recipe finds have you found?

Quotes on Monday

Quotes on Monday

No news is good news

Anon.

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It may have been King James 1 of England who first said this quote or it may have been somebody else. Whoever it was, l agree and l say that as a former news junkie.

I was a voracious reader of newspapers, magazines and always watched the daily news on television.  I was especially interested in politics; now it leaves me cold.

I made the conscious decision to switch it all off. 24 hour news cycle, on line papers, fake news – don’t look at any of it and feel so much better for it. That’s not to say that l don’t know what’s going on, l do in a vague way and that’s enough for me now. It’s surprising how many people tell me they’ve done the same thing.

Now l get busy living my life, trying to be a productive member of my local community and let all the screaming headlines go by without a second glance.

What about you?

My flower place

My flower place

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This is a weekly wrap up of what l have seen when out walking. I call it my flower place; a place where l love taking photos of flowers, trees and the sky and anything else that catches my eye.

Sunday was stormy and we had rain during the day. Just a note for new readers here. Nearly every photo l take of the sky will have telephone poles and wires in them because l live in Melbourne and am walking around suburban streets.

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A lot of the flowers have gone for the season, but, l still saw some beauties like this gorgeous orange flower.

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I liked this half of a flower.

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My first sighting of Autumn colours. Melbourne is normally a mass of these, and really looks its best, but, the weather has stayed mild and there have been very few trees changing colour.

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Just between you and me, l love, love, love palm trees and am always photography any l see.

Finally the sky this morning.

 

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There was a pinkish tinge to the clouds and the forecast is for an overcast day with some showers.

It’s Easter here; l’m not going away, but have a lot to keep me busy.  Lots of uni work to do, am doing some baking and making 2 products for my soaps and suds range. One is an old favourite and l’m trialling a new one. More on that next week.

Enjoy your weekend.

Simple living

Menu planning

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I have two supermarkets an easy 10 minute walk away from where l live, and one of them is Aldi where l do most of my shopping.

The fact that they are so close is both a blessing and a curse. I don’t have a car so it is such a blessing that l can wheel my trolley up and get what l need with no problems. I can do a small bulk buy and get it back with ease.

The curse of them being so close is, and l know this is down to willpower, that l sometimes think l don’t want to eat … and go up and get something different or a snack to eat. I’ll admit now that l have a weakness for potato chips. When l start doing this my food budget is suddenly gone and l’m spending way more than l can afford.

There’s one sure fire way for me to stick to my budget and that is to menu plan. Above is one l’m working on. I know weekly menu plans help me keep within my budget and actually make me eat a healthier diet. I plan it out for the week, buy what l need and then stay away from the supermarket until the next week.

It makes sense so why do l stop planning; lack of willpower, that’s what it is. Plan out all my meals and snacks, that’s all l have to do. I’m currently working on a block of 4 weekly plans and am determined to stick to them.

They’re easy to do yourself. Think of the type of meals you like to eat and put them into a plan. If you include your snacks as well the week will be covered and, l firmly believe this, you will save money. Supermarkets can be tempting places. Only going when you do a major shop will save money.

Do you menu plan?

 

 

Quotes on Monday

Quotes on Monday

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“What day is it?

It’s today,” squeaked Piglet

My favourite day,” said Pooh

A.A. Milne

My brother died suddenly last year. Without any warning he was gone and it shocked me to my core. Life is not the same, l’m not the same.

Leave the past where it belongs and the future is yet to happen. Enjoy each day and make the most of each day: that’s what life has shown me.

Today is my favourite day.

 

Sunrise, Walking

Walking

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Why do l walk.  Where do l start.

I’m one of those people who can’t stay home all day. At some point l have to get out and my favourite way to do that is to go for a walk. It really is the best form of exercise and costs me nothing, yet gives me so much in return.

I consider myself very lucky to have access to public transport which is just at the end of my street. I don’t have a car so this is how l get around. The beauty of walking is that l’m not restricted to where the bus goes; no, my world is made much bigger by the fact that l can then walk 20/30 minutes with ease if l need to.

When l say it costs nothing l mean it. If you have a good pair of runners you’re set. There’s no need to be dressed in all the latest gym wear, and l have to admit that l see a lot of people dressed like this. Here’s me after a walk last Saturday.

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I actually went too far and was tired. I certainly don’t look like l’m going out clubbing. Honestly, l’ve even seen some women out running with make up on. You don’t need any of it; some comfortable clothes and shoes and you’re ready to go.

And when l’m out l love to look at gardens and the clouds and the sky. I especially love looking at trees. So when l say that walking gives me so much this is what l mean.

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Beautiful sunrises. Each week l’m going to post my favourite photos of what l’ve seen that week. There’s always so much to see.

So that’s some of the reasons why l walk. It really is a simple pleasure to me.