Beautiful Bali (1)

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A lovely break in beautiful Bali. We’ve stayed in the same group of villas many times.
Spacious, comfortable accommodation, good facilities, and very helpful, friendly staff.
So relaxing.




Bali has so many amazing restaurants. We ate at old favourites and tried some new ones, too.
Good food, interesting decor and great service.




Regular visits to a nearby place for reflexology.
In-room reflexology for my husband and a pedicure for me….very indulgent, very nice.
Talked into the purple nail polish and love it!




Tropical lush gardens. These lanterns hang along walkways and remind me of bird cages.
Lots of exotic heliconias.

Tomorrow is Maritime Day. Does that float your boat?

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Some Gardening, Some Cooking

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These hippeastra have bloomed for months.

Clivias are blooming, too.

Bought a worm composting farm and dug it into a garden bed in dappled light.

It’s citrus time in Western Australia, so I made a Lime Cake. This recipe has olive oil instead of butter and was very moist.

Neighbours put out a basket of oranges at their gate so I made an Orange Cake. It was very good.

Another neighbour gave me some lemons, so we had Lemon Delicious Puddings.

These Brussels Sprouts were oven roasted in olive oil. I stirred through sweet chilli sauce and put them back in the oven for 15 minutes. They tasted wonderful!

Cooler weather means our son uses the slow cooker to make delicious ragu. He serves it with pasta or couscous. The smell wafts enticingly throughout the house for hours before we eat it!

A recent article in delicious.com.au (A Wasted Opportunity) talks about the cultural, environmental and economic problem of food waste in Australia. I have redoubled my efforts to not throw out food, so more Bread and Butter pudding.

How did you celebrate International Nurses Day?

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Making Furniture

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A new birdcage but nowhere to put it. Tried several places, on shelves, on a cupboard and on a bench and nothing looked quite right. Decided to measure up and make my own display unit.

Did some measurements and sketched a plan. Took the plan to Bunnings, an Australia wide hardware store. Bought the planks and took them to the Chop Shop in the back of the store where Brad cut them to size.

Painted the pieces in Dulux Antique USA.

After the second coat of paint our son drilled and screwed the unit together. My husband held the pieces in place. He counter-sank the screw holes, I filled them and later, sanded and retouched the paint.

Very pleased with this new piece of furniture.

It’s International Iris Day today. Mine are looking good, but it’s too soon for them to flower

 

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Birdcage Cushion

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Couldn’t resist the birdcage image!

Washed and ironed the linen cushion cover and then pinned on the pompom edging.

Machine stitched the pompoms on, using a large zigzag stitch. Hand stitched zippered edge which was hard as I have a sore finger. The pompom edging stretches a little bit.

The finished cushion.

Couple of pompoms left over, so I cut them from the edging. I made the tassel from embroidery thread looped five times. After I stitched one end together and snipped straight across the other end, I stitched the pompoms together on to the top of the tassel. Added a wooden bead to cover the stitching and some others for decoration then attached it to the laminated bookmark. The lovely floral bookmark is from Yas Imamura’s Quill & Fox.

Yesterday was International Firefighters Day.

 

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