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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

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

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October 04, 2005

housekeeping ~ October 4

I have a spare room
- it was ms*louisa's til she moved into her own little home over a year ago. Now it is spare - supposedly a sitting room
* nice and quiet for a gal to sit and read or just ponder
* however as spare rooms seem to do it has become a dumping ground for all. As well as a place where my ironing board stands ready ( what for I don't know!) and in the last few weeks it has become my collage room where I work on the collages for the swap. And however neat and tidy I try to be, it just doesn't quite look tidy....magazines, bits n pieces and half finished blogs all over the floor.
spring clean is yelling at me !! so that is what I am doing today - giving the sitting room a thorough spring clean (forget calling it a spare, 'cause that just encourages it to be untidy - don't you think?) - I am pulling all the furniture out from the wall and vacuuming the skirting boards, then I will wash them down with a mixture of hot water, lavender oil, a teeny drop of pure soap detergent & a drop or two of linseed oil * push the furniture back where it is going to go * vacuum rest of carpets * vacuum curtains & then wash the windows inside and out. Take my big bunch of flowers out side and give them a shake, pick up the ones that fall off and put it all back together( this bunch is the one and only fake bunch I have). open cupboard doors and shreek ~check that all dvd's are in their right covers. vacuum books on the bookshelf * dust shelves and other furniture & wipe over with lavender furniture polish.
That's it for the year. I only spring clean once a year - and I find that by doing my regular cleaning each week, that is all I need to do. Excepting of course for ms*sophies room that always looks like it needs spring cleaning !
After that - I can stand back & admire what I have achieved * light a tea light or two and close the french doors......and promise myself that in future I will always tidy up as I go!


Blogger Amy said...

I've been doing lots of spring cleaning too, the house feels lighter and brighter because of it.

7:50 am  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Gosh Ms Robyn, how we differ in our methods of housework! Today being one of my 'off work' days, I happily sat in a sunny spot and stitched, until about 5 pm when I heard a weather forecast for rain. I do three loads of washing for one of my home care clients every Monday, hanging it all out on her clothes line. On Wednesdays, I take it off the line and put everything away. As she only lives a few streets away from me, if it looks like rain on Tuesday or early Wednesday, I dive around to her home and take everything off the line, ready to fold and put away the next day. SSSHH - we carers are not supposed to do extras like this, but it is far more convenient for both of us when I do it! So today I took off in my car, calling out to Ken on the way "I'm going to get P's washing off the line", to which I heard him mutter "what about doing OUR housework for a change". Oh dear...well I don't blame him. I hadn't vaccumed or washed floors for a few weeks. So as soon as I got home, I flew around like a whirlwind and did the whole lot. Now I am totally exhausted!!!

11:15 pm  

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