Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

My DH challenged me, some years ago, to decorate our home for Easter, as well as for Christmas.

Each year I try to add something to the collection, rearrange something, make it fresh.

Here is this year's display. Above - an icon of the "Anastasis"- the pictorial story of Jesus leading the captives out of hell, forms a dramatic focus of our 'meditation wall" along with a small gold frame in which the "Agnus Dei" or Lamb of God, is pictured along with the words "He is Risen"
There is also an icon of Pantocrator -"The wisdom of God" -along with crosses from various places around the world.

Above is the display on our dining table and wall -focusing on a traditional Easter symbol of eggs and chicks. This year I added to my collection of decorated eggs from the Oxfam shop.

I thought the colours of this quilt were bright and fresh for the Easter season, which is full of joy, so I have hung it in the entrance to our house.

Finally, I popped a little Easter Bunny in a basket full of home made decorated eggs!

Happy Easter Everyone!

(We are at New Norcia this weekend, celebrating with the Benedictine Community)

Happy Easter. I hope you have much to celebrate. Life is good.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Meet Humphrey

Humphrey is the name my mother used to use for her shopping trolley. It was rhyming slang : Humphrey Bogart= go cart! Therefore my 'nanna trolley' is called Humphrey in honour of my mum!

My daughter does not drive, and some time back she asked if we could find a trolley so that she could walk down to the shops for me and bring back heavy stuff like milk. As a Uni student she has some times in the week when she can usefully do that.

I was happy to do the research and find this very posh trolley at Lady Kitchener in Subiaco. It has seriously good wheels. The flap at the top has a zipped pouch for my keys and purse.

The trolley has had a number of airings already. I find it encourages me to leave the car at home for those short trips to the shop. It means I can get some exercise, and the world benefits from me using foot power rather than petrol power. I can bring home quite a lot of stuff. My suburb has good footpaths which makes the whole experience enjoyable.

PS Please notice my new fly screen door, fitted just this week. When we installed our new wooden doors, we needed something which would not detract from them. Metal security doors would have spoiled everything. They quoted us $1000 for one door!

We found this door for $150 in Bunnings, and a lovely carpenter hung it for $80.

Do you like it?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blooming all over-best thrifting find so far!

As you can see I have a complete collection of Royal Albert "Flower of the Month" mugs. Collected lovingly over Christmasses and birthdays for several years. They are our special 'breakfast mugs" because something that pretty deserves to be USED.

Imagine my delight when, sitting in the St Vinnies Op Shop in Freo, there was.....THIS set of teapot and milk jug which is Royal Albert "Flower of the Month"!!!

Imagine how I held my breath when I asked the shop lady for a closer look and discovered they were perfect-no chips, no cracks.

Did I look too eager when I said I would take it? At less than a quarter of the new price for one piece?

Can you imagine how carefully I carried them home?

My breakfast mugs now have a breakfast teapot. Gorgeous for the Earl Grey, which is of course the only way to start a day!