A reminder that whether we like it or not Summer has finally been and gone
After a glorious warm and sunny Easter weekend it was all change
Yesterday – Tuesday – was wet….it rained…that strange rain that just hangs there and makes everything wet. Skies were grey and misty – cool, chilly but not really cold. We shouldn’t grizzle about the drizzle or is it mizzle….it hasn’t rained for a while, the ground is dry- very dry and thirsty. With a bit of luck it will encourage some green to wander over to the bare patch discovered when I cut back the gazania that had decided to ’make a move to freedom’ or maybe had decided it wanted long dangly curls instead of the short back and sides it was given before Christmas
Yesterday was when I glanced round a soggy garden remembering how inviting the little shady nook under those low branches had looked during the summer.
When it got hot on the deck I’d nip down there, book in hand, carrying cushions for the chairs and a cloth for the table. Food and drinks followed soon after.
Yesterday in the rain that white plastic table and chairs set looked old, tired and grotty
Next summer we’ll invest in new but what to do with the old?
spending time moving from one craft blog to another researching I discovered that rather than just toss the chairs I could always do THIS…..👇
Knit decorative chair covers!
That would certainly use up a lot of my stash wouldn’t it😊😊
And if you’re really keen and the idea appeals there’s a pattern HERE.
It’s not a new idea, in fact if you look long and hard you’ll find there’s a whole world of them out there!
If you garden in shorts there’s a good chance you’ll get dirty knees !
The aim of our winter trips to Bowen is to relax and enjoy life in a climate that is definitely warmer than at home. Whilst there’s enough linen crockery cutlery and cooking utensils in the self contained cabin to keep things running smoothly for day to day living we usually pack a couple of plastic storage boxes in the boot using them to take some of our own bits and pieces along for convenience. Taking a vegetable peeler and tin opener might seem strange but one year the ones in the cabin were ‘wonky’, some microwave cookware and a couple of sharp knives go in as well.
Now I’m not one for elaborate cooking while we’re up there but will ocassionally make soups which we have ‘chunky’ in the bowls provided – then sometimes I’ll blend it smooth using my Bamix and serve in a couple of old ‘soup mugs’ (similar to this) that I’ve taken up with us.
We’ve had them for years – yes they’re vintage in some people’s minds – they get used when we’re on our own – and also on the road where they’ve come in handy more than once (as coffee mugs and cereal bowls in motels when I haven’t fancied the look of their crockery) They keep ‘food’ warmer than open bowls for a start and I’m not inclined to spill things down the front of me …..don’t ask😊
Anyway to cut a long story short I forgot to pack them this year, couldn’t find anything similar or any really really large mugs in the local op shops and was feeling quite annoyed with myself when The Golfer pointed out something being sold in Safeway.
Continental had a ‘special’ with their packets of soup mixes. Buy a couple of packets @ $1 each and you get a mug….free. I’m not saying we ‘don’t’ drink packet soup…we just don’t drink a lot of it…..but I use it sometimes for other things. So $4 later 2 special mugs made their way back to the cabin. Where they were used….. Eventually coming back home with us, promptly being put in the mug drawer and forgotten about
Early last month – it’s a miserable wet day, I’m passing time looking for things I don’t really know I wanted/needed when I see this!
And then this!
Some may call them Collectables – I’m not so sure
But then people collect all sorts of weird and wonderful things
What I am sure about though, is that someone’s out to make (and collect) some money …….only it looks like they’re not doing too well at it. Unless they bought up stock when the campaign finished, they seem to be having a hard time getting rid of them These ads were still there yesterday – same dealer, different ‘get by’ date.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with ours……keep them or give them to the op shop. Or maybe try to make some money on them. Cup a soup mugs anyone??