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
January 31, 2006
the not so ugly duckling
January 28, 2006
However - I can get quite annoyed sometimes - at different things and you better watch out. I am like a fisherman's wife !!!! thankfully this only happens at full moon or there abouts. There is a full moon every week, isn't there? and sometimes I can be quite intolerant and impatient. Gee, even when ms*sophie was a little girl, she thought my favourite flower was 'impatiens'....... I get cross and stamp my feet lots, truly I do. But mostly what you read here is truly me - ms*robyn
January 27, 2006
all ashore ! !
we sailed from Sydney to Melbourne then onto Burnie in Tasmania. Had a great time in Burnie - what a friendly little town that was. Then we sailed across to Milford Sound in New Zealand. That has to be one of THE most stunning areas in the world. Our ship sailed around the sound for an hour or so then we set sail up the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. A gorgeous gorgeous place. Ports we called into included
Dundedin - a gorgeous town similar they say to Edinburgh although alot smaller, gorgeous homes & gardens.
Christchurch - lovely place & we went to some terrific markets.
Picton - probably one of my favourite ports of call and we went to a farm where we saw sheepdogs in action. The farmer had actually broken his leg a few weeks before and was in a wheelchair. He controlled the dog with a small whistle, that's all and the dog obeyed each blast, knowing just what to do.
Napier - a wonderful art-deco sea-side town * I bought some great pottery & in the afternoon we did a tour of wineries.
Then onto Tauranga where we took a tour to Rotorua - this is where the hot springs & guysers are. Amazing place. We also saw a Maori performance - they are gorgeous people.
One thing I did love was a shop I found in New Zealand called Trade Aid. They sell lots of gorgeous things from developing countries. These are all manufactured with out child labour. Fair trade coffee and cocoa are two of the things I bought as well as a gorgeous rug and a set of salad servers.
Oh, I know I saw lots more but it is so hard to put it into words ...so this little post plus the pictures will give you an idea of my holiday.
January 26, 2006
My grandpa always said - don't discuss politics or religion with friends and I try to adhere to that advice most times but I am a royalist & I won't apologzie for that - many don't agree with me but each to their own. That is what makes our country such a wonderful place to live - we can all have our own opinions and mostly it is accepted without too much arguing. So to all my Australian friends - have a wonderful holiday today and wave our flag with pride.
January 25, 2006
little ship of horrors
and here I have you all thinking that life on board is simply wonderful. Now don't get me wrong, it is. EXCEPT for sea-sickness, which struck me as soon as we sailed out of Sydney Heads. Sitting being served dinner on that first night, trying to be very elegant and worldly, I went green and started feeling very odd and clammy. So I raced to my stateroom ( oh they don't call them cabins on this ship!) and grabbed the ginger travel tablets and downed them with a glass of water - waited an hour or two and still felt absolutely dreadful. So Joe went and got some sea-sickness pills from the main desk. Which promptly put me to sleep. They did help but unfortunately I had to take them for the first two days, so I spent most of my time sleeping or in a dazed and confused kind of state. But I wasn't the only one who felt like this - walking on deck the next day, I saw many green people asleep on the deck chairs. Poor things. It is such an awful feeling, let me tell you.
January 24, 2006
in the garden
I haven't been in the vegetable garden since I returned home, too scared actually. After my son said that the snails had been rampant while I was away, I was just too down hearted to even venture near it until this morning. It wasn't as bad as I had expected. Oh, yes the snails had feasted on my bean plants, leaving only sticks where I had left lush bonaparte bean plants & they had a little nibble of nearly every zucchini. But my pumpkin is flourishing & my potatoes are nearly ready to dig up. AND I have lots & lots of tomatoes. So I pulled the beans, zucchinis & the capsicum which didn't do alot this year, tied the tomatoes up and generally gave the whole vegie garden a tidy up. Then (and I have no idea what possessed me) I decided to move my compost heap from one corner to another. 'Joe' I said 'would you mind just giving me hand for a min?' explaining to him what I wanted to do - move some tin and hammer in the star pickets 'it won't take long' I said. hmmm - wrong. but then I realized that to move the compost bin I would also have to move the wire leaf bin that I have for my autumn leaves and while we were at it, we may as well move the spring mattress base that I use to grow my climbing beans on. Two hours later it was done & all I had to do was put the leaves back into my leaf compost bin and fix the carpet that I have on my paths(I use this to keep weeds down) . It is looking quite wonderful, all ready for autumn planting. but just one thing - what is it with the growth spurt that happens in a garden while the owner is away on holidays? Not just weeds, but trees & plants as well. Do the plants sit there waiting til you drive out the gate & yell 'she's gone* quick! drink down this organic growth fertilizer, we feel growth spurt coming on' - is that what happens? I can just see it ! !
day to day life on board
all kinds of bread * plus crackers; 5 or 6 cereals to choose from plus muesli or porridge; platters of fruit; platters of cold meats and smoked salmon; eggs any style*bacon & sausage; omelletes with any filling; french toast and maple syrup; orange, cranberry, apple or pineapple juices; tea & coffee
all kinds of bread; caesar salad plus a selection of salad foods; cold meats & smoked salmon; a choice of two pasta dishes; a choice of two stir frys or a roast;choice of two soups sandwiches made to your liking; juices tea & coffee; a choice of 5 desserts plus a choice of 4 different icecreams
all kinds of bread; salads; a choice of 5 appetizers; a choice of 5 mains; a choice of two soups plus the choice of desserts as at lunch time
each day we had different choices and never was a choice repeated. And if we didn't like anything at this restaurant, we could always toddle off to the poolside burger bar, where they served pizza, burgers and tacos all day. And anytime we wanted a snack, we could take as many freshly baked cookies as we wished * peanut butter or choc chip*
when day 2 arrived, I decided that I didn't need to taste everything. I didn't want to roll down the gangplank when I got home. So I paced myself and did alot of deck walking - and as I walked the deck, I thought of those elegant days when steam ships were popular. Imagining people in their finery walking just as I was *although I was in my totally un-elegant joggers*
Each morning we would get up and go off to breakfast, when we came back our room was transformed * new towels, bathroom all nice and cleaned and our bed was made, fresh ice in the ice bucket, clean glasses and fresh fruit* our cabin steward *yudi* was our own personal genie and a gorgeous young man. He made our stay just perfect.
the cruise ship
January 23, 2006
day to day life on board
let me begin by telling you about how scrumptious the ship was.The Statendam ~ a virtual 5 star floating hotel. Chandeliers everywhere, fresh flowers wherever you turned. 5 restaurants - including an award winning a-la-carte. Pianos and a two-storey stage theatre plus a cinema that seated about 100. An art gallery and a casino. There was a library with lots of books *music-chairs where you sat in the most comfortable chair that had earphones connected to a library of music and you could create your own list to listen too while watching the sea through huge windows.*two pools plus two spa pools * a gym and a beauty salon - oh the list goes on and on.
There was a walk around deck where you could walk 4 times around and you had walked a mile - very good to do after all the scrummy food.
Our room was lovely although one thing that I didn't like was that it didn't have a window, so you never knew if it was night or day. But it was roomy and very clean. Egyptian cotton sheets and duck down pillows, a lounge to sit on and a table to have a cup of tea if you wished, plus 24hr room service that was included. A fresh bowl of fruit was delivered each day. does that sound wonderful ?? ohh there is more to come.
after a lovely sleep - housekeeping & all that jazz
thanks so much for the warm welcome home! I did have a wonderful time though and there is so much to tell. I am not sure how to go about it without having a long rambling post...so please be patient til I work out how I will do it.
I have visited many blogs since getting up and there is alot to catch up on - can't wait!
obviously we have had torrential rain here - my garden is out of control and it seems like the garden is very moist with some of my mulch being washed off the garden bed. I hope to re mulch this week so that I can trap all that moisture in the ground. Last night when I arrived home, there was a little frog sitting on my step * I got quite excited about that as frogs are on the decline here & having a frog means that my garden is healthy and balanced. I have already been out in the garden this morning, pottering - lots to do !! the parrots have destroyed my apple crop unfortunately but there should be enough to make one apple pie.
loads & loads of washing and I will attack that methodically over the next few days. shopping to do as I am like Old Mother Hubbard right now - my cupboards are completely bare. I can't wait to see my grandsons, I have a few little bits for them from my trip.
as much as it is fun to go away, isn't it odd, just how lovely it is to come home to our nest? to walk in the door and sigh - *ahh, I am home*
January 22, 2006
helllloooooo ??? any one there ? ?
January 07, 2006
there's a boat dat's leavin soon'
yes ! it's today I leave- we sail from Circular Quay at 6pm. Dolly will be waving as I sail by. And of course I am on the computer before I go * whatever am I going to do without having a computer for 14 days? oh, I know there are computers available onboard but I don't think I could limit myself to just half an hour here or there! we shall see....
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott
January 06, 2006
thankyou for everything! for the Christmas cards that I forgot to mention * for all the wonderful birthday cards and birthday wishes * for the support over the past few days in which I was humbled to realize just how many friends I have made * and thankyou for your friendship * I am going to miss you all so!!!
what a lovely idea !
find some vintage bottles * some pages from old books or letters * vintage stamps & vintage ribbons. cut a label out of the pages, glue it to the bottle along with a stamp. Tie a gorgeous little bow around the rim and use for a bud vase. exquisite
January 05, 2006
the hornets nest
mmmwah! thanks for the counselling
oh dear ! ms*robyn
yes * I wear my heart on my sleeve * and yes I get upset if I offend someone * and yes, I hate if someone doesn't like me and I hate it even more when I am not accepted into a 'clique'. That's me and sometimes, just sometimes, stuff happens and I feel like walking away from the web. I have met many wonderful gals through blogging and feel so blessed for each friendship I have made. I just need to 'harden my shell' as my grandma sometimes told me. yes gals, I am having an 'oh dear' day !
I am sailing
or is that cruising? however - I will be on a big ship which is leaving Sydney this Saturday 7th * Off to New Zealand for 14 days firstly visiting Melbourne then across to Burnie in Tasmania then over to New Zealand til January 21 * flying home on January 22nd. Amazing that I will be in places where some of you live but unfortunately probably won't meet up with you.
I am not going to bore you with all the details of the cruise - however I will tell you that I have packed : my new illustrated discovery journal * a notebook to just write down stuff in my head, cause if I don't it will be gone, never to be heard of again * my gratitude journal and a colouring in book and a brand new packet of derwent pencils. I think it will be fun to colour in when I am just sitting, relaxing. I have also packed some of my new sewing project - applique squares for yet another quilt I am making. I am not sure if I will get any of these things done, but it is good to have it with me just incase.
oh and of course I will pack my copy of *simple abundance*
January 04, 2006
my boy is now a man - a husband and a dad to two little boys. He is a volunteer bush fire fighter and today he was called out to a fire burning out of control in the west of NSW - he will be gone for 5 days, so I won't get to see him before I sail on Saturday. He came to say bye to me this morning. I am so proud of him! But when do we stop worrying about our children?
the journal of ms*robyn
so just what is an illustrated discovery journal? hmmm please don't ask me as I truly don't know. I first heard about it from Alison at brocantehome.An idea from Simple Abundance.It is just something that sounds like lots of fun & a simple pastime - very childlike. So off I went a day or two ago and found myself a little book with handmade paper pages. And I decorated the front cover and created a title page. I am really not sure where it is going or what I will be doing in it. So far, just a few favourite pictures - ones that touch my soul every time I look at them. My problem is that I get so hung up about 'doing things right'.... I need to let go. Oh and the fact that I find it hard to cut up magazines that I love.
alison's illustrated discovery journal
through the blogging glass
ms*flossy at amethyst grove
January 03, 2006
the beginning of the New Year - no work at all done on my birthday & Jan 2nd this year was a public holiday here....so I start my housekeeping today and lots to catch up on as I haven't really done any cleaning at all since before Christmas ! shame on me..... so I am actually really looking forward to getting my pink gloves on, rolling up the sleeves and getting stuck into a mini spring clean [is that sad?] * I am going to strip the sheets on our bed * let the bed air all day while I give both bathrooms a good scrub. Once that is done I am going to smudge the rooms with a sage stick - it is something I like to do each New Year. I guess you could think that I sound like a bit of a nutter ! I have no idea why I do this, I just like the ceremonial ritual I guess. Many cultures & religions have used herbs for hundreds of years to clear negativity and 'evil spirits' and I like to think I am clearing the space from all last years negative stuff to make room for the wonderfully simple year that I am going to have. You know, I am actually feeling very excited about this year - I am truly looking forward to getting my house in to order, getting all the hand washing done & puttering. I can't wait to start my gratitude journal all over & have just started my illustrated discovery journal - what a fun year this will be !
birthday wishes at alice's place