Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What was sent to the soldier's wife...

...from Brussels in Belgium land? From Brussels, he sent her the laces so fair, to have and to wear, those laces so fair from Brussels in Belgium land. (Kurt Weil) The Australian Comforts Fund has certainly lifted its game: I got a care package from my mum, lately back from Europe. Beats a woolen balaclava. Hand painted vintage buttons from Brantôme in the Dordogne! A Delft dish! A beautiful handmade lace collar from Bruges! A thimble from Haarlem! I have a kind of thimble collection. Kind of because I didn't collect them so much as pinch them from my mum. I had hoped for one from Kim as a wedding present, as in ye olden times, before wedding rings, a thimble was given as a token of betrothal. Clearly I didn't drop enough hints! The collar is from my stepfather for my birthday and it is absolutely stunning. Think I have the perfect late 1930s pattern dress to make for it. There were also some chocolates but by the time i came to taking the photo there wasn't much to show you! I'm a lucky girl. AND Jens Otto is joining us at Christmas time!

Location:Carlisle St,Balaclava,Australia

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cat pile!

Peggy had her kittens this morning! One of these little pussycats is our Jens Otto von Radfahrer. We're hoping it's the little black one. So excited. He'll be joining us just before Christmas. Doesn't Peggy look pleased with herself?! Toodle Pip!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Victory garden

It's a rare sunny day in Melbourne and I've been out in our Victory garden. I planted some oregano and parsley and sussed out some room for tomatoes. The poppies are just about to flower and the pineapple sage is thriving. We think there's room to expand a little but probably not enough for a full vegetable garden. I would so dearly love to grow our own veggies.

It's looking pretty crowded but there's a bit of room at the back that you can't see. Our local health food store is currently selling cheap herbs so I think I can squeeze some more things in! - Toodle Pip!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Just when you're feeling a bit low, your husband comes home and presents you with a bunch of your favourite flowers and buys you a Scottie dog brooch to add to your collection. Look at this little guy who's on his way to me!

And apparently the kittenses might be due this weekend!- Toodle Pip!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A little flower

See this little lady? She's a homeless kitty currently being fostered by Miss Tallulah Porkchop (who does an AWESOME job looking after cats that need some love). She doesn't have a name yet; she may be Violet or Primrose. She's now called Peggy - a good 1940s name. And she's expecting little kitty cats any day now! I can't wait because I suspect one of them may be joining our household. More to her story, she was abandoned in a house when her owners moved out, no food or water and babies on the way. Disgusting behaviour.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A knotty problem

I held a crafternoon tea at the library on Sunday and - apart from having an absolutely delightful time - I got shown how to crochet. I came home to start my first pot holder and now I don't seem to be able to do it... I've spent hours trying, undoing and trying again. I've stopped in to Little Sparrow for direction, came home super confident - and messed up again. I just don't seem to be able to do it. Sigh. Back to Little Sparrow again tomorrow. - Toodle Pip!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dress your family in corduroy and denim

First, get him some jeans - 1937 Roamer pant from Pike Brothers. A little English tailoring firm made US uniforms during the war and ended up a German company.

Keep him warm with a Schiesser undershirt. A Swiss company started in 1875.

Top it off with a North Sea Engineer jumper. A new company created by a collector of vintage military and workwear their range is inspired by submariner uniforms of WW2.

Get him some 1000 mile Wolverine boots. They've been making boots for over 125 years. These are inspired by turn of the century work boots.

You will of course have knitted him socks using a WW2 Red Cross pattern.

A Japanese selvege senim work apron for when he's fixing your bike.

He'll need this - a Specialised Globe.

And a Carradice Kelbrook bag for carrying your picnic lunch. They've been making bike bags for over 70 years.

And of course, to make sure he's on time for your date, a Rolex Explorer watch, as worn by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Toodle Pip!

Monday, October 1, 2012

New wheels

Look what's arriving this week! Took it on a test ride during my lunch break in the sunshine. I was so happy! No idea where it's going to live though... Toodle Pip!