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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

ms*robyn's vintage style Christmas

ok, I know I said that I AM NOT even thinking about Christmas but I have to admit that it is time to start soaking the fruit for the Christmas cake.

* 400g sultanas * 300g currants * 150g chopped dates * 150g chopped glace apricots * 150g chopped glace cherries * 100g chopped prunes * 150g chopped dried apples
* 100g slivered almonds

in a large bowl
* pour 1/2 cup brandy over fruit
and give a good stir
* cover and leave for a week or two
stirring each day.

for my tradition
I usually get each member of my family
to stir the fruit
and say a little blessing as they stir

the only other thing that I will do before December 1st
is taken from
*getting my present box ready*


Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Yum ! I love Christmas fruitcake,my Nana made the best,brings back happy memories!

P.S. I didn't receive an email about the swap,but then my email can be kinda screwy!

9:14 am  
Blogger Me said...

I'm making mine sometime in the next 2 weeks.. mum and dad get in on Thursday, and she is all psyched up to bake fruit cake, mince pies, and other goodies with me... wants to make Christmas preparations easier on "her little girl". Funny to be called a little girl still, when I'm already mid 40 something.. but it's nice too!


9:34 am  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Hey Robyn,
Just checked in my bulk folder,and lo and behold there was your email. Thanks a bunch!!

9:51 am  
Blogger Kali said...

ooohhhh ~ yum yum! Pretty please, could you please share this recipe? I would love to start making my own family Christmas Cake as a tradition, now that we live far from family ~ and this sounds lovely. :)

6:28 pm  
Blogger BrocanteHome said...

Thank you for the link Robyn: I can't stop peering into my present box, it smells so utterly delicious...

3:29 am  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Yes it is about time I set to with my Christmas Cake too. I try a different recipe every year (well, I do have a LOT of recipe books!), and most of them turn out very nice indeed. Ken and I both love fruitcake, so we munch our way through my cake from 1st December onwards, offering a SMALL piece to any visitors during the Silly Season, IF they are lucky! Seriously, I do share it with our friends, but I think Ken and I eat the lion's share!

10:43 pm  
Blogger Jules said...

Oh my god i just got the chills i linked to you looking up vintage christmas.I read your other blog and it gave me goosebumps i live in Springwood and this year i made a kindred spirit best friend named Daisy in the UK we email constantly about everything and one of our things ifm you read my blog is to do Anne shirley quotes.I cant believe the co incidences of this world.My heart goes out to you as well for my best friend in Australia died this past february from cancer and the ache is in me still.Sorry but i was amazed and had to tell you and i adore your blogs by the way,i just live for words and you have the gift
best wishes

4:24 pm  

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