Chocolate Birthday Cake

I made this cake for my sister’s surprise 30th this weekend. The fact that the surprise had a rustic / chic’ theme really helped with the way the final cake turned out. As you can probably guess, her favourite colour is in fact PINK – so pink roses it was. The fact that we were in a […]

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Zucchini

The past few weeks have been blazing hot – think mid 30’s to mid 40’s – many days in a row. The sun has burned a lot of plants in the garden and some have even died. I’ve accepted the fact that these things do happen. But from the disappointment does come triumph; and in […]

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A wash(ing basket) with colour

Firstly, Merry Christmas!!!! If you’re reading this, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day. ~ A few months ago I wrote a post about picking up an old rattan washing basket that a neighbor left out for the hard rubbish collection. It was still in perfect condition – I think it was thrown out […]

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Zucchini

One visually obvious thing I did right this gardening season was starting my Zucchinis from seed, early. I bought the ‘Black Beauty’ variety online in early Spring and started them off in some mini greenhouses. I left them in there until they were just pushing the roof of the lid. Their root systems has developed into […]

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Spring Gerberas

It’s nearly mid spring and just looking at these Gerberas makes me look forward to Summer. Due to the random spells of cold, wet, windy weather coupled with days of intense sunshine, they aren’t looking their best. But if these early blooms are a sign of things to come then what a summer it will […]

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Spring / Summer Garden Trellis

It’s early August and we are on the last leg of Winter.  It’s around this time that I like to prepare for our Spring / Summer garden. This preparation includes forking and aerating the soil whilst adding compost and manure to enrich it further. In addition to that, I like to start building the framework […]

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