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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

November 28, 2005

my vintage bookshelf @ Christmas time

I have a few favourites that I like to read at this time of year * first starting off with
*Christmas at Longtime* by Hesba Brinsmead
I discovered the Longtime series about 21 years ago when someone lent me a copy of *Longtime Passing* funnily enough this author grew up in the same area that I did. There are three books in the Longtime series and they are all about her life in the area.
Christmas at Longtime tells of traditions at Christmas time in the hot australian bush. Food they ate, presents they gave and traditions that were held dear .
"It is about a Christmas long ago, a Christmas of heat and light, flowers and long dusks, a family reunited, a picnic dinner on a patched white damask cloth, under trees dressed in summer green. It is about a simpler time, before the war to end wars, in a vanished corner of Australia and about a father who gives his youngest child a gift she will never forget"

All written in a way that really makes you feel like you have experienced the whole thing with her - if you can get a copy, I can thoroughly recommend it * I am fairly sure it is out of print now *


Blogger Amy said...

ahh sounds like a book truly to get you into the spirit of Christmas.

10:55 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

The book sounded so delightful that I went on a search and found it! You can order it at http://www.garrisonhousebooks.com/ and its only $15.00 thanks!

12:27 pm  
Blogger Kali said...

I definitely will be on the lookout!

3:07 pm  
Blogger my vintage days said...

Sounds lovely. I do love to read.

11:17 pm  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Sounds like a good read...I love to read Little Women every Christmas,as well as The Christmas Box.

5:42 am  
Blogger Me said...

Sounds really interesting... Christmas in Australia must be so different from what I've always known.. just because of the weather differences, if nothing else! :o)

And umm... I've tagged you!

7:30 am  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

Oh that sounds so good! Isn't reading a treasure chest of blessings!

7:45 am  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Today being the first of December is when I start putting a few decorations around the house - not many, as there are no kids, and we don't get a lot of visitors, so I just put a wreath on the front door and a Christmas stocking in one of the front windows. Last year Ken erected some fairy lights around the front verandah and they have never been taken down, so all he has to do is hook them up to electricity again and we will be sparkling on all fours - lol! And today, I unwrapped my Cake and cut four pieces. One each for me and two friends who visited today, and one for you, Ms Robyn! I found a lovely tin to post it in along with a couple of little surprises, so it will be in the mail tomorrow (Friday). Enjoy!

9:14 pm  

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