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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

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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.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

October 05, 2005


cleaning the hearth for the summer months - unfortunately I don't have a hearth but I do have a slow combustion fire. When I spring clean, I give the fire a really good clean - I pull out the ash box and empty it into my compost bin * then I scrape as much ash & cinders as I can into the tray and empty it again. Then I vacuum it out and scrub the glass door with hot water, pure soap, white vinegar and a drop or two of lavender oil - using a non scratch scourer. once that is all done, I wash the tiles around it and then I set the fire * using pine cones and sticks and on top of that I put a bunch of fresh lavender * for sweetness during the summer. the lavender will dry over the next few months and when it is time to light it, the lavender will give off the most gorgeous scent. During summer, I also collect my kindling and at my door, I have a huge basket where I store it in readiness for winter. I find in doing that, I don't have to scrounge around for kindling to light the fire.


Blogger Amy said...

mmm I just love the smell of lavender, I'm going to tell my hubby all about this idea for our fireplace.

4:25 pm  
Blogger VintagePretty said...

The house we rented before we bought this place, had a huge inglenook fireplace, and we were surrounded by woodland, so in the winter we used to go out and get logs from fallen trees it was quite beautiful. Great for roasting chestnuts ;-)

5:40 pm  
Blogger dolly said...

oooh yes! what a divine idea, I have bundles of it everywhere I will put it on the fire!


7:32 pm  
Blogger suburbansider said...

When we lived in the Blue Mountains we had a wood oven - it was the best thing ever. Liam and I loved going out each day and bringing in more wood to burn. It heated the whole house! I miss having it!

12:39 am  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

That sounds wonderful Robyn! I love the smell of lavender,just so clean and fresh,great for headache relief too!!

12:48 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

Now I have an ideal for my fire which I will be using alot this fall and winter. thanks

1:21 am  

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