daily parcels * tied up in string *
daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life
- Name: Miss Robyn
- Location: Culburra Beach , NSW, Australia
I live in Australia, my ancestry is in Cornwall. a Celt. a hedgewitch of sorts. I am an Earth Healer. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. A gypsy. An eccentric. a mystic. I am a searcher, a seeker, a pilgrim on Earth. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. I love to dream, to walk and to wonder
August 31, 2005
God bless ~
Patra has posted a lovely tribute to all those affected by hurricane Katrina ~ I would like to join her ~ sending my prayers, good thoughts & best wishes to all
August 30, 2005
no junk mail * no hawkers & no canvassers
Yes, I woke this morning with an inbox full of anonymous postings... so unfortunately I am going to have to revert to no anonymous postings, which means anyone who posts will have to register with blogger - you don't have to have a blog, just have to register...quite easy. Sorry if this is a pain for any of you but sadly lots of people obviously have nothing better to do than sit at their computer all day, sending out spam...who reads it anyway? It is like junk mail filling your letter box - mine goes directly in the recycling bin...
August 29, 2005
my vintage garden ~ August 29
housekeeping ~ August 29
I also gave our front verandah a good tidy up... the day was glorious and I really can feel spring stirring in my soul.
and to top a wonderful day off - I went for a long walk this afternoon - delightful! Dads & sons out riding pushbikes, elderly people pottering in their garden - all of them smiling as I walked past... I love living here.
I have caught the knitting bug ~ I haven't knitted in ages but browsing lots of blogs, I noticed so many are knitting socks. There are stripey ones, ribbed ones and sweet dainty ones. It sounds like fun and I guess going into summer isn't the right time to be starting but at least I have a good start for next winter! AND all the wool will be on sale now, being end of winter. I may even bore you all with my progress !
August 28, 2005
vintage gardening & other stuff ~ August 28
post card swap
August 27, 2005
life & vintage remedies ~ August 27
ahh well ~ I knew it had to come. We are all sick with coughs and colds. After weeks of sitting in Dr's waiting rooms & hospitals it isn't surprising that we caught something. I really hate when I am sitting waiting to see my Dr and there are other people coughing and sneezing without using a handkerchief or tissue. Sharing their germs to the rest of us ~ I would rather they wouldn't
Had a little search for a natural cough mix and found this:
HONEY IS A DEFINITE HEALER & THYME HAS ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES
1 cup honey
1/2 cup fresh thyme or 1/4 cup dried thyme
In a small saucepan, combine the honey and thyme. heat gently over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, being sure not to let the honey boil or scorch. Remove from heat and allow the honey to cool. Strain out the herbs, then bottle the mix in a lovely old bottle & put a gorgeous label on it. To relieve colds, coughs, and sore throats, take 1 teaspoon of this thyme-infused honey three times a day. You could also add a teaspoon of it to a cup of regular hot tea and sip slowly.
vicks vapour rub on the chest, a warm singlet, scarf round my neck ~ sitting in front of the fire ~ I will be doing that sometime today !!!
August 26, 2005
vintage bookshelves and a treasure found
I trotted of up the stairs to the cooking section ~ you see, I was on the hunt for some vintage housekeeping books.....but they are few and far between let me tell you. Either they have all worn out with use or maybe they are the trend in real life just like in cyber world ? who knows.
Plenty of books on wine, microwave cookery (yick) or chinese cookery from the 70's! oh yes and lots of books on cooking for the freezer..which I am not into either....so I browsed and browsed, each minute feeling more like I was wasting my time. Found a book for ms*louisa's bridal shower...vintage of course but shhhh, she reads this. So I wandered downstairs to the poetry section..thinking to myself oh come on..surely there is something to treat myself with. I found a nice book called 'Particular Delights - cooking for the senses' by Nathalie Hambro... and that looked about it for the day...I went to walk out and something stopped me...hmm maybe a silly frivolous love story is what I need..so I started looking in the fiction section - you know, the ones with Fabio all over the front..and there among all those books, just peeking out, was a copy of 'GIFT FROM THE SEA' by Anne Morrow Lindbergh - from 1955... so I picked it off the shelf and walked up to the counter to pay. $2, can you believe it? It is just a gorgeous copy, a true vintage treasure....
and as I was walking out, I spotted 'The Diary of Anne Frank' in the window for $6.... I have been promising myself to read this again..... hated it in high school but now in my 'more mature' years.... I hope to be able to grasp and enjoy her story. I then went and bought myself a fresh date scone to have for my lunch ~ wicked I was.....very happy with my puttering day in the old bookshop.
special times ~ Christmas
so all that said - this Christmas is going to be simple - Christmas to me isn't about gifts - oh sure, we give gifts but the most important part of Christmas for me - is spending time with loved ones, sharing a meal and making memories for our grandchildren.... that and of course attending the midnight mass.
I do make one allowance however - and that is I start soaking my fruit for the fruitcakes in September.
my vintage garden ~ August 26
I looked for grandma's garden and found my
spring is such a wonderful time of year and although we still have a few days to go til the 'official' start to spring ~ my garden has decided it's time!! This is a view of the side path down to the front yard... the path is small pebbles edged with common bricks. I call this my scented walk ~ as I have planted roses, luculia, daphne & gardenia...the perfume most times is delightful. Also planted are an avenue of flowering plums, camellias and edging is mini agapanthus, japanese windflower & hellebores.
I garden with my grandma in mind......bringing childhood memories into my own garden.
August 25, 2005
ms*louisa's wedding ~ August 25
we need some help * ms*louisa and her betrothed - Garth are now in the process of choosing bible verses for the wedding ceremony....this is the one that I like - 1 Corinthians 13.1-13 but I am sure there are others that some one may know of....they are having the wedding booklets designed at the moment. They need to find some lovely verses as well.
the value of friendship
To Dear Frank from Bernice
with every good wish for everything that is nice
well, my dear Nan's birthday was May 25 - making this a little extra special
I have felt this blessing of being able to respond to new friendships very
strongly lately, for I have lost many old and valued connections during this
trying spring. I thank God far more earnestly for such blessings than for my
daily bread, for friendship is the bread of the heart
my vintage home ~ August 25
August 24, 2005
home - safe & sound
big thankyou to you all for the well wishes & emails...makes a girl feel much cared for. My operation went well and I am doing as told - rest...
my sweet Joe, bought me a gorgeous bunch of cream carnations and mexican orange blossom....and a huge bag of chocolates and I have been having lovely rose petal baths and wearing my much loved flannelette jammies... just sitting around all day today, doing nothing except watching TV... a wonderful show all about the world's rich - Onassis, The Gettys, Doris Duke & Barbara Hutton... they all had so much money but led very sad and lonely lives......
tonight after tea, I am watching the movie *The Notebook* ....
August 22, 2005
ms*robyn is ....
What Classic Movie Are You?
August 21, 2005
the armchair traveller
we have many tourist attractions and each day during the week, lots of tourist buses travel up to see the famous *3 Sisters* landmark in Katoomba...although it is quite nearby, I have never walked over to them as I am very afraid of heights. The winter time is very popular with city dwellers who come up here to experience a real winter, staying in the many guest house and bed & breakfasts which the area is famous for.
The town where I live is not big and all we have is a little corner store and a post office. Our train station usually wins the garden competition for the 'best railway garden'.
We are also famous for the *Woodford Academy*
built in 1833 and being the oldest building in the Blue Mountains. Originally built as an inn for passing travellers and is now owned by the national trust. Just recently, I joined the *friends of the Woodford Academy* and will now be able to serve afternoon tea in the tea rooms or give guided tours of the buildings. The history in this gorgeous old place is amazing. I love it!!!
so that is my little tour for today of the area in which I live
leaving you with this picture which is taken from my front verandah.... a view I look at every day... just gorgeous...
August 20, 2005
post cards from the vintage edge...
a bouquet to you
thankyou to you all for all the wonderful well wishes, prayers and good thoughts. A big bouquet to each of you
an update on how things are..
a few of you have asked how everything is going....
Joe had a metal plate inserted over the break and will be in plaster for at least 6 weeks then months of physiotherapy. he (and I) are just so lucky that he is alive....he is not making a good patient though.
Sophie arrived home from her skiing trip in a bandage and her hand is quite bruised. Xrays showed no break though if it isnt better by next week, I guess I will take her to our own GP to get it looked at.
then there is me...... I have a breast lump that has to be removed on Tuesday. Biopsies show not cancer but my specialist wants it removed to make sure as this is the type that can progress to malignancy. Of course due to my *cancer head* (there is a post somewhere about that).... I am stressing ......que sera sera
ms*louisa's wedding ~ August 20
the kitchen tea is planned for September 3rd & the invitations were sent a week ago.
The wedding invitations were sent out on Thursday..... the day is getting closer...
ms*louisa had her makeup rehearsal today and looks absolutely gorgeous........ I am going to be a blubbering mess on the day!!!
she was a real handful as a teen but I am so happy to say - that we are best friends now
But what is bothering me today is how on earth we cope with childrens mess..... I am not talking about the toys but the teenage mess. I have 3 kiddies... my son is 30 now and when he was a teenager he use to drive me near insane with his bedroom hygiene. I like to change the sheets * vaccum & dust the bedrooms once a week..his would take me a whole day...boys stuff - half finished models...dirty socks shoved under the bed and the ultimate was when I found a half rotten apple in his drawer ( the joke with that is that he was saving it for when the end of the world happenend).....so he is married now and his wife has inherited that problem. Then came ms*louisa who wasn't much better as a teenager - messy room but girls stuff just doesnt seem to have the *perfume* that boys stuff does..but the many hair things, girlie magazines, CD's and clean clothes tossed on the floor because they didn't 'go'.... she has moved into her own place and is now like her mother - ME!!!! and then there is my baby ms*sophie - just turned sweet 16... her room is done weekly - I enjoy getting it looking just so..nice and clean, fresh sheets and all clothes folded and put away. Well, that only lasts a day ! and then there is the obligatory clean clothes on the floor, dirty clothes tossed into the wash bin except they missed, books & CDs all over, school work in piles , hair stuff, girlie mags * oh the list goes on and on. What do I do?
I can either clean it each week and say nothing..... or leave it & let it go until she says she has hayfever to which I can reply 'well no wonder, with all that dust'.... I was advised once by an older friend...... just close the door and ignore it......sometimes I can but most times I can't
August 19, 2005
my vintage garden
Daffodil Day ~ 2005
don't forget to buy your daffodils today to support the cancer council ! a bunch in a gorgeous vintage pressed glass vase or an old teapot ~ simple pleasure !!!
words to ponder
how boring our world would be without a touch of whimsy.
Although form must follow function when it comes to building nests, little
flights of fancy are essential to the soul. Make room for imagination and
for small pleasures created simply to delight
taken from *country living* April 2000
August 18, 2005
'after all * tomorrow is another day'
in those most famous words of ms*scarlett
I am off to bed after a truly dreadful day. after all the dramas of the bike accident, we received word today that ms*sophie had fallen while skiing and had severe tissue damage to her wrist * no breaks * thank Heaven. Her wrist is now strapped and she is taking pain meds * she will be home tomorrow. I just laughed hysterically when I heard like a woman demented.....they must have thought I was nuts
the oh dear start to my day
so like I said......a walk around the garden, did wonders.... I feel a little better
daily grind of housekeeping
so I dont feel like I am jumping on the trendy bandwagon.... so what is it about housework that makes alot of us want to tell the world about our daily housekeeping routines or lack of them? ?
For me, I think that finally, what I have always been doing has at last become recognised as important....wow ! other people are actually doing the same thing I do * they love their home & family like I do and others want to share it with me.
*ms*amy @ only the berries has her say on how she feels about the daily grind that she faces and believe me * I can totally relate * however as I have said before I need routine... I cannot function without it. please take time to read her blogging ...what she says is so funny and I can see myself in her situation most days.....
I don't enjoy housework like I enjoy eating chocolate or how I enjoy my garden.... I enjoy it for what it gives me - the satisfaction of seeing my hard work finished and looking great. Then sitting back and enjoying it.
August 17, 2005
for the AUDREY HEPBURN girls
You are Lauren Bacall. You started off as very shy
but with a little help, your roots come out.
You're an honest person and your values,
beliefs and convictions are very clear. You
love a good time, and you want security at
heart but you're ready for anything that comes
your way. You may also have an air of grace
about you, and more beauty than you'll ever
realize. But others will see it.
Which vintage movie star are you most like?(For girls)
thoughts on living
last night we went to some friends home for dinner * all very nice * delicious food * great fun.. however he has just retired at age 53 and they are now facing their future into their older years...so they have started up what they call their portfolio and are busy buying properties for investments... I am not business minded at all but they kept urging me to keep an eye on dear Joe's plan for our twilight years..honestly I am not interested... I trust him that way... I guess I am a simple soul as I told them that all I wanted when I get older and Joe retires is to be looked after * a lovely comfy home, home made bread on the table, lavender plants growing, a small garden, some chickens & hand knitted cardis... sitting on verandah with my soul mate.. rocking with a crochet blanket on my knee and visited from time to time by family and friends...I told them of an old german man who walks past my gate daily and stops for a chat.. he was a builder, has retired and said the other day.. as long as I can walk and have my fresh bread, I am happy. I want to be like that
they thought I was absolute nuts. Am I ????
the rest of the morning will be spent re-arranging and cleaning my lounge room in readiness for my new lounge ..then I am lighting a fire, taking a nap and reading some of *romancing the ordinary*
August 16, 2005
like grandma use to make ~ lunch box treats
taken from *like grandma use to make* on April 16 2005
this is an absolute all time favourite for my family and is very easy to make ... anytime you need a quick slice this is the one !
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup coconut
1 tblsp. cocoa
185g (6oz) butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup icing sugar
2 tblsp. cocoa
30g (1oz) butter
1 1/2 tblsp. hot water
method ~ sift dry ingredients into bowl, add melted butter and vanilla. mix well. press over base of greased slice tin ( 28cm X 18cm ~ 11" X 7") bake in moderate oven 20 mins. cool in tin ice with chocolate icing and cut into squares when icing has set
chocolate icing ~ sift icing sugar and cocoa into a small bowl. add melted butter and water. mix well until the icing is smooth and glossy
sharing my vintage home
August 15, 2005
ms*kali @ enjoying the journey ~ had a trip to the seaside and found some great shells that she made a mobile with.
Which reminded me of some wonderful ideas to use those mementoes from sea side holidays. We had a cute little seaside holiday home, which we sold a few months ago and every time we went to stay, I would go for a walk to the 'shell graveyard' and bring back a lovely assortment of shells.
*put them in gorgeous old pressed glass bowls and place a tea light on the top ... *make a shell wreath to hang at the front door *a shell string that I have now hanging in the arbor *fill lovely old jars with them & sit them around your home..maybe a label to remind where they came from *another great idea that I saw in one of my many magazines ~ *find an old string bag, fill it with shells and hang from an old fence post in the garden ~ a touch of whimsy.
In my dining room, I have an old plastic colander full of my shells.. I will post some pictures later this week... I love to share my ideas..... we all get inspiration from each other....
I wash my sheets in a 'green' detergent with a scoop of powdered borax * lavender oil in the rinse water and hang in the fresh air and sunshine to dry! I buy a wonderful water soluble lavender water from the supermarket * a few drops is plenty
I love to slip into bed on Monday nights... those lovely fresh, crisp & clean sheets.
Even during winter, I like to leave our french doors in our bedroom, open during the day * just to let the fresh air blow through * fresh air is always good! Fresh flowers on Mondays are a must in the bedroom * just a few picked from the garden.... and later in the afternoon I light a small tea light * either lavender or rose, turn on my Jesus lamp and it's ready for our night of pleasant dreams
off to the snow !
my girl ~ ms*sophie has just left for a trip to the snowy mountains with her school. They call it a leadership camp ~ where they participate in skiing, rock climbing & other challenges for year 11 & 12. First stop Canberra then the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme and onto Cooma. They will be skiing at * Thredbo and Smiggins Holes. She will be away for 5 days
August 14, 2005
brown*paper*parcels ~ memories are made of this
I remember when I was a little girl about 6 or so and my mum took me to the local school fete. I won two prizes on hoopla ~ one was a brooch with small violets and the other ~ just a saucer..no cup. I was absolutely thrilled ! It was so dainty, with tiny little flowers and gold rim. I felt so lucky to own such a treasure and even back then I remember feeling those heart pulls to times past. I went to put it in my bag and it missed the opening and fell to the floor. I was devastated, here it was just smashed into pieces. I sat and cried and cried with the pieces in my hands. I have a passion for old chipped saucers now ~ am I mad ? no just sentimental
*sit your favourite bottle of lavender hand wash on a pretty floral saucer *hang 3 on a wall ~ vertically *have stacks of saucers just sitting around your home ~looking pretty *burn tea lights on pretty saucers *use unmatched cups and saucers for your pampering tray
through the blogging glass
this looks like fun! a vintage swap ~ join in but make sure you read the *rules* first !!
August 13, 2005
being grateful ~ August 13
vintage gardening ~ August 13
at my back gate there is a garden with a climbing rose on a trellis * I am planning on replanting that whole garden, leaving the rose of course but adding lots of feverfew * hollyhocks * rose campion and some other lovely perennials. * then from the back gate - I have a winding brick path to the back door...you walk through the arbor that dear Joe built me for an anniversary * along the path on one side, I have a rose garden with about 6 roses * all old-fashioned of course ! * and a mandarin tree planted ~ I want to plant society garlic all around my this garden and some *pinks* along the edge of my gardenia garden, which is right near the back step . After the windy weather of this week, I have lots of mulching to do as well.
I love this time of year in the nurseries...all the new seedlings in readiness for spring ... I need to get the garden right up to scratch for ms*louisa's wedding... she will probably have some photos taken in my garden before she leaves for the church..so I want lots of pretties...
August 12, 2005
housekeeping ~ August 12
my vintage bookshelf
When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but
REALLY loves you, then you become Real.
August 11, 2005
in the mail box ~ August 11
housekeeping ~ August 11
August 10, 2005
winter ~ August 10
August 09, 2005
August 08, 2005
Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans
remember the bath, home-made pizza and movie that I had planned for Sunday night? well - that didn't happen. Instead, I spent the night in emergency dept. of our local hospital. My dear sweet husband, had a motor bike accident and his wrist is broken. He has to have a pin put in sometime this week and has a plaster on which will be part of our life for at least 8 weeks. Worse thing is that it is his right hand and he is a builder.... so now we have to work out who is going to do his work for him. He also has a gash on his shin that they couldn't stitch as it has a huge chunk out of it. He is so lucky that he is alive as it was a head on with a car ( he was in the right) and his guardian angels were definately watching over him yesterday
I grew up around the speedway- seeing many accidents resulting in either death or severe disablities and I was not in favour of my dear buying a bike. Needless to say, after this ...he is selling the bike.
brown*paper*parcels ~ childhood dreams
when I was a little girl, I loved to cook ~ oh not ordinary cooking - NO! I would whip up the most amazing mud pies for my dollies. I would set up an afternoon tea and serve the most amazingly decorated mud pies..decorated with lovely flowers from my dad's garden.......time went on and I became a mum and loved to cook for my first born ~ yummy things like broccoli and spinach ~ just what every little two year old loves to eat.
I love to have a huge pot of my nan's beef and barley soup simmering on my stove during winter and I love to cook real rolled oats for breakfast
Nothing gives me more pleasure than cooking up a storm and inviting family and friends over for lunch or dinner ~ I put my Edith Piaf music on and sing away in french ( have no idea what I am singing ) and whip up a storm............ YES I did want to be a chef
August 07, 2005
vintage gardening ~ August 7th
I also spent about an hour in my vegie garden, generally tidying up..in readiness for spring vegie planting.
I finished about 3pm and am just thinking about having a lovely bath with my rose petal bath salts.....then home made pizza for dinner and a movie!
Alice and her mad hatters tea party
We decorated the table with confetti, which ended up all through my house. Now I understand why it is forbidden at most churches and public places. However, it is all vacuumed up now, I think. I have posted a few pics today, with a few more to come later on.
August 06, 2005
childhood is a journey not a race
Today* my youngest is having a birthday party. She turns 16 next Tuesday and she is a gorgeous girl. So she wanted to have a birthday party today with her friends. When she was 6, we held an *Alice in Wonderland ~ tea party* for her and she wanted to repeat it 10 years later....she has done alot of organizing.... for the tea party, she has everyone wearing either a hat or coming dressed as a character out of the book. She, of course is Alice. We have lots of different flavoured teas...lots of yummy cakes & biscuits (cookies) * sandwiches and some small quiche.
They are playing flamingo croquet * and will the watch the original Disney Alice cartoon.
I admire these young people who are quite happy to celebrate in this way...... some aren't coming as its not cool. How sad * which made me remember the title of my post ~ CHILDHOOD IS A JOURNEY, NOT A RACE
August 05, 2005
brown*paper*parcels ~ vintage love stories
the wedding quilt ~ be quick
blogging business ~ August 5
through the blogging glass
another wonderful blog I found *somehow* ..maybe some of you have seen it as it seems we are all linked somehow along the blogging line ~ like minded ? maybe !
this one has lots of wonderful muffin recipes ~ praise her in the gates
sharing my vintage home
remember these ? I know alot of people collect them but this one is so special as the beads around the edge were from the one my paternal grandma *florence emily* used every day. I had my first mother in law crochet the middle for me about 28 years ago ( the dear has died and gone to heaven - God bless her) and she crocheted the beads into the edging for me. I remember as a child, sitting at the little pine table in my grandma's house and playing with the beads around hers. They are glass and not one is perfect
August 04, 2005
through the blogging glass
sometimes I just can't help myself ! peeking at other peoples favourite blogs ~ sometimes I am pleasantly surprised ~ take for instance this gorgeous blog windows to our world that I found via Alice ~ the pictures are just as I imagined that Heidi would have seen when she lived with the Alm uncle in Switzerland
living ~ August 4
off to my patchwork group today ! A lovely trip to Blackheath. I finished putting the border on *the wedding quilt* so I will work on that. Wish I could share the pictures but ms*louisa sometimes drops in here and she hasn't seen the quilt ~ it is gorgeous though and maybe I will eventually work out a way to share.
August 03, 2005
brown*paper*parcels ~ memories are made of this
I just can't get by with out my mum ~ I have been using this deodorant since.... EVER ! When I first used it, it came as a cream deodorant, in a lovely white jar with a pink and white lid *roll ons and sprays hadn't been invented then*. Of course my mum hoarded one of these in an old suitcase just because that is what you do! I have it in my bathroom ~ just because it's pink and vintage !
and I really can't get by with out my mum
words to ponder
sprout up along the path we've mapped out
then we can quit on the spot and progress no further.
Or we can build a new path and follow it in whatever directions our imagination takes us.
For those who dream, the choice is simple
taken from *Country Living* September 2001
August 02, 2005
ms*louisa's wedding ~ August 2
over the weekend ms*louisa and her betrothed *garth* came over and we chatted about wedding music ~ what music to have when walking into the reception * when they cut the cake * throwing the garter & for the bridal 'waltz' ( more like shuffle)
here is a list of songs that they have chosen to be played at various times during the reception:
Amazing - Alex Lloyd
She - Charles Aznovour
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Dream a Little Dream of Me - Mama's and Papa's
Make Someone Happy - Jimmy Durante
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Dreams - The Cranberries
Only You - The Platters
Woman - John Lennon
Everlasting Love - ?
she is walking down the aisle to *pachabels canon*
early morning business
I have quite a few that I regularly visit and later today , I think I will add them to my sidebar here....it is nice to introduce them to my visitors
am I the only one who gets *tickled pink* when some one takes the time to comment? *thanks*
also ~ I have added a flikr link to my pictures ~ take a peek when you have time..and I will be updating them often...
daily life ~ Aug 2
Hopefully, after that I will go for a nice long walk and then a little gardening in the afternoon ~ just a lazy day
August 01, 2005
memories are made of this ~ August 1
oh, I know it's not Sunday but I just couldn't wait til next week ! enjoy !
brown*paper*parcels ~ memories are made of this
when I was a teenager, Dolly (the magazine) was first published. There was an article on 'grandmas beauty tips'. Of course being the vintage girl that I was/am I grabbed it ..and tried a couple.
The first was to use an egg in your hair to make it shine . I whipped the egg up, washed my hair and massaged the egg mix through. However I mustn't have rinsed it out properly and all that day, I could smell rotten egg !!
another one was to use a blackened match for mascara. Oh this is great I thought.... so I lit a match blew it out ( we dont want to set our lashes on fire now, do we? ) and put it to my eyelashes.. of course it was still hot and my eyelashes sizzled... not a good sight . how funny though !!!!
housekeeping ~ Aug 1
I am washing, washing, washing today ! amazing how much washing this household has.
I wash my tea towels every Monday. I have a bucket in my pantry and put used tea towels in it during the week & on Sunday night, I soak them in borax & hot water, ready to wash first thing Monday morning. I wash them in warm water, detergent and another scoop of borax..rinsed in vinegar and lavender water.
I have just finished hanging them on the line and noticed that I have quite a few stains on many of them...which got me thinking about the humble teatowel.
Only yesterday I said to ms*louisa that I would love to throw all my tea towels out and buy 18 brand new ones, all matching. And I was going to....but the practical, frugal side of me, just can't do it. Oh, I know it is nice to have brand new, pretty things, to spoil myself silly. But after being used once in this household, they inevitably will end up with the assorted stains ~ where some one spilled a cup of tea..and we grab a tea towel to mop it up. Gravy marks from grandsons' *master Jack* hand after he has eaten grandma's roast lamb.....red wine from a night spent with good friends, laughing and of course spilling the wine when we have to express ourselves with waving hands & the various stains from using them as pot holders * as I am sure every one does * So, I think I will stay with my mismatched collection of stained tea towels........ very clean but life worn.