beaches, mountains and tea

imageNew week. New holiday. Goodbye beach. Hello mountains … we’ve abandoned Rosebud and relocated to Mount Beauty.

I was home overnight. Long enough to do two loads of washing, a food shop and a big cull of clothes.  We just had too much baggage!  And then we jumped in to the car for the four hour drive.

Oh, and I also had time to find a spot for my little Rosebud memento. This cute tea canister. I bought it at Once Upon A Time. Which is one of those antique shops that has stalls. About 50.  And the stall I bought this from was set up beautifully.  Would you have be tempted?


My little canister sitting in amongst the other lovely things on the a.foot stall

a farmhouse dresser

IMG_5760IMG_5765This dresser has been in our family for years.   When we were little we used to go and stay with my Aunty Adele quite often, and we’d terrorise her dog Jamie who wasn’t used to kids, and sleep on a trundle bed, and this dresser was a fixture.  Adele decided she didn’t need it any more when I was moving out of home, and so I inherited it.  But then I got a sidboard from my Nanna, which came from her mother, and so I passed this on to Merryn (maybe Elise might have had it for a while too?).  Anyway, Merryn now has it in her kitchen/dining room on the farm.

It always looks good!  I really like how Merryn has so many bright things on it all together.

She has some really cute tins in green and red (green is her favourite colour) that she collected along the way, and I like how she has used the plate display area to showcase Pricey’s primary school art efforts, and then she also has the next generation of decorated plates as well, by Keely and Cade.  And she keeps her teapot in its cosy on it (I made her this), and also all her cookbooks.  And some other lovely things.

Isn’t it a great dresser?

my favourite cups


These cups and side plates come from my great aunty Jean who died when I was a teenager. She had a farm at Yarra Glen when we were little and we’d often go and visit, and play all day in her old farm shed stacked with old furniture, and feed the chooks, visit the lambs and horses, pat the goat and use her bellows to get the fire in the kitchen going. And climb in the pine trees and play in the paddocks and then stay the night.

We got to sleep in the glass walled room on the verandah.

These were always on display in the china cabinet.

They’re so beautiful. I love the black one especially, but the combination of colours together is so lovely. Very today …

And I remember how handy these plates were. You could have a cup of tea and boiled fruit cake all at once.

Elise owns them now. Lucky her.