Thursday, 19 October 2017

More Rejigging....


What is it about this time of year that makes me what
to rearrange.... organize.... sort?
 After the other day's rejigging of the backyard,
today's rejigging focus was firmly one my wardrobe.


 I'm a real girly girl when it comes to my choice of tops
with blush pinks & creams topping the list
all year round but during the
Autumn & Winter months my colour
focus changes a little to more
dark, rich greens & beige browns with a splash of red.

 Looking at this excuse of a shelf with clothes rail attached
calling itself a built-in-wardrobe, only reinforces
my longing for one of those all singing & dancing wardrobe
from that four letter Swedish Furniture store.  
All in white with glass fronted draws and lights that go on
as if by magic when you open doors & draws.
OH a girl can but dream.... 
well there is always next year of course.


In the meantime I'm trying to make the best with what I have.
I like the idea of being organised with my clothes,
everything being neat & tidy, with a "Summer & Winter" wardrobe
gives me less stress in my already much to rushed mornings.
As "Summer" has sad goodbye months ago
I finally moved my summer clothes to one side today.
Now when I open the wardrobe doors I see & have everything
that makes me feel warm & cosy during the damp cold months
right in front of me.

 

 When it comes to scarves I'm sorry but size does matter....
 the longer the better!
I LoVe wrapping them round & round & round,
creating a little cocoon around me.
I'm after all a hibernator at heart.

 

Tweed is another must have in my wardrobe,
right around this time of year, teamed up with flannel shirts.
What's not to LoVe especially when the flannel is red plaid!
Denim is a style institution.... a classic....
I wouldn't want to be without ever.


I'm all about layering....
two, three, four layers all warmly wrapped up 
with a woolly cardigan or jumper!


It has been fun rejigging my wardrobe for the Autumn & Winter chill
but looking at this photo
I have been left wondering is there a
"Hello my name is Anna & I'm a elbow patches addicted "
 support group out there?

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Autumn Backyard Rejig....



I bought a few Autumn flowers & spring bulbs the other day,
so today was a day for rearranging, sorting
& planting in my back yard.


This space has changed so much over this past summer,
that I'm still having to regularly pinch myself to believe what
Mr Mc & I have achieved here.
We are by no means finished but with the daylight getting
much shorter and weather worsening we have to call it a day
at least for now on our remodeling plans.


In the mean time I'm enjoying what we have already created here.
 

I'm in LoVe.... 
besotted LoVe.... 
from here to the Moon & back again LoVe!
This beautiful old whisky barrel is a wonderful gift from my Dad,
it looks perfect in this space
& serves the practical function of collecting the rainwater.   


Our back yard is fast becoming a wonderful mix of new & old!
Chipped & cracked crockery from our house
finds a new home in our garden.


With a little Anna treatment....
 a few coats of HaPpY blue paint
& a personalized logo,
this little new pot ladder from a discount supermarket
has been a great addition to our ongoing backyard project.
Allowing throughout the building work of new fences & sheds
for a small but pretty & colourful flower display
which could easily be moved around when needed.  


As the time spent out here for now is becoming less & less
I really cherish every minute I have in this
already very pretty little yard.
 I really feel so blessed to have an outside space
that I can call my own! 


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Memories in a Jar....



Not having to rush off to work and with the house
in utter silence this morning,
I took time to really enjoy my breakfast.
 A perfect Autumn breakfast.
Flickering candle, steaming fluffy latte
and the taste of summer on my bagel!
 

In August when my Dad came to visit for a few weeks we took
a little trip to a self-pick fruit farm to get a few strawberries
for a tart I was planing on making for dessert that evening....

 
a couple hours of.... one in my tummy two in the basket, 
or possibly the other way round.... who is counting !?!
we ended up returning home with mountains of yummy fruit.
Easily done, when you're having fun!
 
 
That evening I made not one, not two but three tarts.
Once finished the fruit mountain had barely been touched
so Mr Mc dug out our preserve jars and I got busy making Rote Grütze.
For those of you not so familiar with it, 
Rote Grütze (Rødgrød) is a red fruit pudding very popular in Germany & Denmark
during the summer months, mostly eaten with a vanilla sauce or ice-cream.
Mr Mc, myself & Teen Paperdoll are no huge fans of it
but Baby Paperdoll & my Dad absolutely LoVe it! 
Two 1kg jars filled to the brim later (sorry for the lack of photos
the jars got emptied just as fast as I had filled them)
we still had masses of fruit left over.
The only solution....
JAM!
Making jam.... lots & lots of jam!
Strawberry & raspberry jam mix with a hint of vanilla.
The taste of the very best of summer in a jar.
 

 For me each jar is also filled with the
 much cherished memories of that beautiful day,
making it the perfect start to my day all year round!