DOGGY HANGERS..HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN RENOVATION
A YEAR IN MY GARDEN IKEA

These doggy bottoms certainly put a smile on my dial this week.

I wanted something a little bit different to hang my long beads/necklaces that always get tangled up in my jewellery box. Why not show them off and make a bit of a statement. IKEA have some pretty cool hook ideas. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

Chimney has been painted, clock in it's place.....but if you notice in the background still lots more to be done. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN RENOVATION

No bench tops (I am still putting things away regardless)....kitchen sink nowhere to be seen.....but......

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN RENOVATION WORX TOOLS AUSTRALIA

 We decided this time around we would not have a designated "laundry" but a big linen press with everything tucked away. Washing machine....everything.  Usually apartments have a set up like this but we figured since there are only two of us, it would be perfect. Very happy indeed!  The laundry sink has now gone in and that's going to be my kitchen sink for a LITTLE while. When Alex our builder finishes with the saw, I have a little project on the back burner that I need to complete in the next few weeks.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN RENOVATION

Stove is being connected even as I type! 

You probably all felt the cold snap we had earlier last week....the wind...lordy was it cyclonic down here in the Illawarra. Cooking on the bbq was just not going to happen!  Look what I unearthed in all the unpacking....this little gas cooker worked a treat.

Who needs a fancy cooktop! 

a year in my garden renovation

Best temporary island bench top (classy plywood) ever...put anything on it and it won't stain or mark. Bullet proof!

Putty to the right of the pic is never far away. 

I cooked a fab soup to help get over this revolting cold. Happens every time I'm tired/stressed blah blah immune system goes haywire and bang. 

a year in my garden food

Hearty fish soup with lots of chilli, garlic, spices just what I need!

a year in my garden food

Did I mention garlic!

Another thing I unearthed when unpacking (it's like Xmas) was this cute little garlic container made by ceramic artist Wendy Littlewood. It's supposed to be a french sailor and when you flip the hat over, just rub the garlic clove on the grooves to get a garlicky mash.

a year in my garden food

Which of course gets lathered on hot toasty bread....

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN FLOWERS

Flowering right now in the garden.... hydrangeas and frangipanis. Love frangipanis :)

a year in my garden food

Across the road we have masses of corn fields....stupidly I thought I would just sneak in and grab some corn for dinner one night....not realising that they are grown for the dairy cows and are rock hard. Felt pretty dumb! Chooks went nuts and managed to demolish them very easily.

a year in my garden bees

Tried to get a shot of a hive of bees we have currently residing in one of our blocked off chimney's. If you look really closely at the blue sky around the chimney you will see tiny little black specks. I have since found out they are Italian bees. Googled some info and this is what I came up with:

 Italian- Apis mellifera ligusticaGOOD TRAITS: Very gentle, good brood pattern, isn't so prone to swarm as much, great honey producer, light on excess propolis and makes nice looking white comb honey. A great bee for someone new to beekeeping. POOR TRAITS: Can drift between hives and not find their home. Are prone to rob other hives during a dearth. A dearth is a lull in nectar flow. Courtesy of Honey Bees Online.

I love the dearth word!

So then I searched bit further.... a while back I had heard about this aussie invention called  FLOW HIVE where you don't have to extract the honey in the usual way, a much faster and less likely to be stung method. Knowing how important bees are to gardens and pollinating (84% of crops that humans consume), so pretty damn important.

So....I think rather than calling someone out to remove the hive we might look into this further down the track. 

Has anyone out there got a hive that can give me a few tips? 

That's it for RENOVATION PART 3!

I'm off to have some of my cold and flu tea and maybe some headache tea too with all the building noise thats going on.

PS.....Worx Australia Ambassador I still can't believe it!!!!

 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SUNRISE

PPS.....I will leave you with this image that was pretty popular on instagram and facebook because I am very proud of it...

Sunrise from our back garden.....