Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Macaron Morning

Mmmmm..... macarons (French for macaroon).
I had the most wonderful day baking with this lovely lady Sandrine.


One of the fillings for the mararons was this chocolate macadamia spread, made right here on the sunshine coast. The other filling was a yummy chocolate ganache that Sandrine whipped up.
They were delicious! I'm afraid there are no more left.....

It was lovely catching up, chatting, laughing, and baking, thankyou Sandrine.

Sandi x
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Helping Hand

On sunday, I found an injured native Bar Shouldered Dove in our garden.
It couldn't balance very well. I didn't find any obvious injuries. Poor little thing.
So the dove spent the night in a small basket by the fireside. It was drinking sips of water, so that was a good sign. The next day, I took it in to the vets. The dove overnighted there in good hands. I rang them the next day to see how the dove was doing. They said it had improved slightly and a carer was going to take it to the nearby Australia Zoo's hospital for recovery.

So I hope to see the little dove again. If all goes well, it will be released back here, to be reunited with all it's little mates. I often see a gang of them in our leafy driveway.
Sandi x
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Looks a little like snow.??

No, I am just dreaming.
It is a hedge of lovely white camelias.
One of the beautiful gardens that we pass by on our morning walk.
(Dash is waiting patiently for me to take the photo)

Don't you just love their white gate?

A close-up of one of the camelia flowers. Lots of beautiful yellow stamens in the centre.There are always honeyeater birds in this hedge.

Sandi x
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Don't Throw it Away

Is your favourite scented candle nearly finished?  :(
Here is an idea to use up that last bit in the bottom of the container - make a scented sachet.
(I have one of those lovely candles from Village Candles (America), pure linen fragrance).

Carefully remove the wax bits from the container, and chop them up finely.
Using two small squares of leftover batting (for that padded look), sew around three sides,  put your wax bits inside, sew shut.
With some fabric scraps, make a cover.
Add a button.

 An easy project to make that costs next to nothing.
 And you get to enjoy your scented candle a while longer!
Happy Stitching,
Sandi x
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Little Garden Friend

Isn't he cute?
A little 'emerald spotted tree frog' was spied in a garden pot.
These frogs are more often heard than seen. Their sound is very rapid and loud, 'reminiscent of a jackhammer or machine gun' (according to the book). He is doing his very best to blend in with the colour of the pot.
Sandi x
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