Sunday, September 30, 2012


1209 basket/texture
Originally uploaded by rooruu
The Barbara's Storehouse shop at Mittagong had these large square baskets on their front verandah. Intended for firewood, I'd guess. Love that honest texture, the craft of the thick cane, the subtle colours, the feeling they already have of age and time and story. My kind of furnishing - rustic, real.

I remember many years ago in the 1980s when the original Barbara's House and Garden stores were a revelation in home furnishing, doing what other shops weren't - simple cane baskets, and plain white china, and striped cotton tea towels and so much more. They're all gone now; but those things are more available than they were then. (The chain apparently collapsed due to franchise problems).

I think the ones at Mittagong (mainly furniture) and Bowral (mainly china, kitchenware, cushions etc) are distant relations.

The Facebook page seems more active than the website, in terms of uploading examples of their stock.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sydney Swans, AFL premiers 2012

One for my friend Erica
(I think it's the first time I've watched an Aussie Rules grand final).

Friday, September 28, 2012

Grey skies

1209 grey skies
Originally uploaded by rooruu
The forecast said afternoon storms.

The colours here remind me of one of my current crochet projects, muted greys and blues and greens.

So many colour possibilities there are to play with, in yarn or fabric or thread. Endless inspiration all around.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blue curtains

1209 blue curtains
Originally uploaded by rooruu
New curtains. A dusty teal blue. It's interesting to see how these change the room. Their predecessors were pale linen, these are a more definite block of darker colour. They are beautiful*, and simple (eyelet curtains, installed in seconds!) and useful* (to keep heat out or in as the season requires).
*So they pass the William Morris test.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


1209 Tulip
Originally uploaded by rooruu
There were tulips today. Beds of dark purple ones edged with lower growing annuals (bellis perennis, I think), and barrels along the main street of Bowral planted with these beautiful blowsy variegated pink ones.

There were also chocolate brownies shared with favourite people, and good conversations, and several quite wonderful spring blossom trees.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


1209 Brownies
Originally uploaded by rooruu
Yesterday there were brownies. Triple chocolate brownies. Been trying recipes and mixes, and these are the best of all. Fudgy, chocolatey and yum.

Yesterday there was also good company, lively craft and quilting stores, fragrant and delicious Thai chicken & cashews for lunch and sone yarn that followed me home. A wonderful holiday day.

Colour me happy

1209 Colour me happy
Originally uploaded by rooruu
My friend said I made HER buy yarn. I dunno. I came home with yarn too. Doesn't it crochet up into a blanket nicely? It's wonderful mindless hand-busywork. With these yarns doing the work, as a run of one colour blends into a run of the next. Colour me happy.