Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Is that really his garden, I thought he lived in London?
But, I digress, so it was into our summer veg garden to pick and choose from the fresh and simply mouthwatering array that has evolved this summer. A couple of baby marrows, some tomatoes, a green pepper – the onions are finally ready, so in they go as well – and herbs to delight. Thyme, oregano and basil. We are of course making and Italian inspired dish. Looking out over the garden it is clear that Italy inspired the choice of veg this year!
Oh and not forgetting the eggs, the Bantams are laying again…
I’ll let you in on a secret, if you are out of Cannelloni tubes, make pancakes, and roll and fill them as you would the pasta tubes, works very well. Anyway, Emma has made the pancakes, I have sorted out the filling, it is to be chicken (not from the garden) with the baby marrows, and caramelized onion. Together we work on making the perfect tomato sauce, a taste of summer with the herbs. All to soon the dish is assembled, into the oven, baked until cheesy bubbling alerts us to the fact that it is ready.
What an adventure, what a meal. The only thing that we think would improve this dish would be to have a set of Le Creuset Caste Iron pots to cook in next time. So please pick us, pleased, please, please.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
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I have for the past 2.5 years followed, supported and prayed for the Mccann family after Madeleine disapeared from Praiz da Luz while the family where on holiday there. Today they asked for the help of the public, worldwide to spread this plea. They hope to touch the concience of someone who knows what happened to their daughter.
This computer generated image made available by Britain's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) shows how Madeleine McCann might look now, right, and with dark brown hair and tanned skin in case she has been living in north Africa, left. The images are taken from a one minute film by Ceop made available Tuesday Nov. 3, 2009. British police appealed today for internet users worldwide to spread the new video aimed at pricking the conscience of the key witnesses who know what happened to Madeleine McCann.
Ceop / AP Photo
Jim Gamble is head of the UK’s CEOP Centre and explains the rationale:
The person we are looking to reach is likely to be a partner, family member, friend or colleague of the person or people who were involved in Madeleine’s disappearance. It is also highly probable that they, or someone close to them, is using the internet to search for any updates that may suggest the police are getting closer to discovering the truth.
“Today we want to deliver a message to that person and we’re asking everyone who goes online to help us. We want the message to become so widespread that it becomes just one click from any Madeleine search as a constant reminder to that person that it is never too late to do the right thing – that it is never too late for that person to redeem themselves.
“So if you are a parent or carer, a student or member of the public who is a social networker, blogger or emailer, or if you run any type of online environment, big or small please look at the film today, link to it, share it with your friends and post it in the online communities you occupy. Do everything you can to spread it around the online world. We want to make it omnipresent so that the person we are trying to reach sees it and is prompted to do the right thing.”
PLEASE HELP - LETS GET THIS MESSAGE OUT TO AS MANY PEOPLE POSSIBLE
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Don't you just love to get a post office slip in the post? Well my surprise was the printed samples from my first batch of scrap pages!!!! It never stops thrilling me when something of mine gets printed. This just made my day! I've been working with Tracy from Queen Of Hearts Design.
Watch this space, weve got many more designs to come!
Our scrap papers are distributed countrywide by Paper Explosion.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Back in the days when I was a 'wet behind the ears' teen I spent many a day listening to Bread, Abba or Bananarama on my trusty old tape deck. Wham, the Police and good old Billy Joel too. Remember how one had to place the tape deck next to the radio to tape the latest hit?
Well have a look at this clever little bit of upcycling from a company called Contexture Design
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
But that is not all... the second chance for winning was to send an email to your friends, copy me and get into the draw, Wanda Coustas from Urban Sprout won that one, thanks Wanda for spreading the word.
So Elk and Wanda I'll be in touch for your details. Well done and congratulations. I hope you enjoy the stationary collection.
To those who did not win this time, I am offering you a 15% discount on any items on my Etsy shop (excluding postage) I hope you will find something there that you like, and that the opportunity to shop with a discount will help to alleviate any disapointment!!!
Please remember to convo me if you order and mention that you won a runners up discount.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
My friends will attest to the fact that I have always thought of this net presence thingy as complete geekery!
Ok so apologies to all geeks that I know, may I join the 'Geekgroup" now please? I am now on Twitter, Etsy, Facebook... (and blogger of course)
So, It's giveaway time. WIN ... 1x A5 50 page unlined jotter, 1x DL shaped 50 page unlined jotter and a set of 4 blamk cards with envelopes. All from my new Shwe Shwe inspired range of stationary.
In order to further expand this newbie geek's net presence I am proposing a giveaway. This will be a two fold operation. First opportunity is as follows, leave a comment right here and you will be in draw 1.
Opportunity 2 send an email to 5 friends, asking them to spread the word, and visit the blog, remember to CC me on combretum2 (at) gmail.com and I will enter you in draw 2. Just remember that each email needs to CC me as it goes out. I am hoping to have - say - 100 visits (and some new friends...) from this. Closing date 31 July, winner announced 3 August right here.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Ok well that was a bit of an exaggeration,
but, anyhow I collected my Shwe Shwe inspired stationary from the printer today, and I am besides myself with delight. I wrote about them earlier here. It will be listed on Etsy by this weekend, and I want to do a giveaway on my blog as well, I thought a gift pack containing cards and a jotter.
So keep in touch and enter, I assure you you wont be disappointed. Details to follow.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
When my husband travels with his work to Mozambique and Tanzania he is always instructed to bring home fabric for me. I love it... the girls, not so much - he won't bring then bags of fabric again in a hurry again, but that is another story for another time!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Have a look here, at Jezze. Her brooches made from fragments of ceramics inspired these artworks that I painted on shale fragments which came from a friends garden when they replaced their patio! Small, simple and recycled to boot!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
First up was Esti, she lives in Bilboa, draws, takes pictures and writes. Go there and be inspired. her drawings are so simple yet they speak to one so effectivly. I love the combination of collage and pen drawings, simple yet saying much.
Drawings by Heather Jones Smith
Next, Heather Smith Jones' blog is just so different from Esti's, simply a record of life, the mundane pleasures that make up all of our days, recorded.Hope you are as inspired as I was. I will over the next while add to this record of inspiration.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Each day I drive across the neighborhood to drop and collect my girls from school. There are some beautiful trees along our way. Today I stopped and photographed them. Like old dames they stand proud, dressed in finery only nature could create.
The tree in the middle of the road has bark that swirls around the truck - how did her skirt get so wind swept? Or the majestic gum around the corner, her trunk pitted and scared, but utterly beautiful. In the schoolgrounds are a row of figs. Trunks, thick, stocking'ed ankles, standing as matrons along the fence.
Monday, June 8, 2009
OK now I need to take a break or I will just nauseate everyone with corniness.
I am photographing my stationary for the catalogue... and my Etsy Shop, time consuming work. I was playing around in Adobe and managed to work out how to import multiple pages at a time which will make it much easier going. My Etsy Shop is coming along and I am so excited about getting all my goodies up and on show.
In the meantime the adored husband is in Tanzania for a week and it was strange to be seeing him off for such a short time - 2007 / 2008 he was up there for 3 months at a time! So this is good.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
A sneak preview of my kids page in my catalogue!