Monday, 30 May 2011

Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh

We wandered up the road from where we were staying and found this cemetery. Beautiful in its own way and fascinating, the monuments form streets of little buildings and there was evidence that the ones with intact roofs are used as shelters today.

On a different note, has anyone used patterns from Merchant & Mills? I like the look of several of them, especially the Top No.64, the Park Lane dress and The Panel dress.

Sunday, 29 May 2011


The magazine is off to Merenia, I promise it will be in the mail soon. And as promised, here are a few more photos from our trip. This time it's Edinburgh, which was an amazing place to visit. I'd love to spend more time there and explore. Looking down towards the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle. St Giles' Cathedral. View from one of the closes.
The closes and tenement houses fascinated me, a very different lifestyle to how we live in New Zealand. We went on a tour of Mary King's Close, which was a fun way of learning some of the history of the area. We also went on a ghost walk where we heard some of the stories again but with slightly more embellishment.

Friday, 20 May 2011


It's the weekend and it's raining again, so what better than a Good magazine to curl up with and read. Good magazine is great for eco-friendly living tips with a New Zealand flavour.

If you want to see some more of what's inside look here and don't forget to check out the rest of the website while you're there.
And if you'd like to own this slightly-read copy, then leave a comment by Wednesday, 25 May and I'll pick out a name and send the magazine off to a new home.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Learning new things

I'm teaching myself using "Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace" by Gilian Dye. This is the first exercise, making a bookmark. Unfortunately I ran out of thread (must have measured wrong) so it is a bit shorter than it is meant to be. Orange is not a colour I would normally choose but I gained 3 spools of it from somewhere and it was the only No. 8 thread I had.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Ginger Crunch

Quick and easy to make, and yummy. But it doesn't last long, I only made it last night and it will be lucky to see out the day.
Here's the recipe if you want to make some yourself.

1/4 lb butter
4 Tbsp sugar
1 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ginger

Crumble together and press into a 8 inch tin, not too thickly. Bake in a moderate oven, 15 minutes.

Ice while hot with:

4 Tbsp icing sugar
3 tsp golden syrup
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp ginger
melted together in a small pot.

Cut before it gets cold.

1 Tbsp = 15mL
Moderate oven is 180 C or about 170C if you're using fanbake. Just cook until the base is golden brown on the edges.
1/4 lb = 115 g, sorry about the imperial measurement, it's an old recipe and my scales measure both so I don't usually convert it.

Happy eating.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

I love this fireplace, all made of paper, and the cake looks pretty yummy too. And there's instructions so I could make my own, just as soon as I think of somewhere to put it.
From Marie Claire Idees No. 84, Mai-Juin 2011

Friday, 13 May 2011


My poor garden has been neglected for over a month so there's an awful lot of weeds growing and not much else. However, while I wandering around, compiling of list of jobs to be done, I found this little bunch of flowers. And now I'm confused, when are these bulbs meant to flower? I always thought it was spring but it is late autumn/early winter here. Have I got it wrong or are the bulbs confused?

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Old Conduit House

Isn't this house amazing? It's in Lyndhurst Terrace, near Pax Lodge. We walked past it a couple of times and wondered about it as it looks almost church-like and yet it's name is "Old Conduit House" which you might be able to see written next to the archway entrance. So I had a quick search on the internet and here's some details:

Built in 1864 to the designs of John Burlison, who was chief assistant to Sir George Gilbert Scott (the architect of St. Pancras railway station and the Albert Memorial, amongst many other fine buildings). The windows were designed by Alfred Bell, one of the pre-eminent makers of stained glass at that time and Burlison’s son-in-law. The house was originally built for both families, with an interconnecting internal door, but after Burlison died in 1868, the Bell family took over the whole building and Alfred, with another Gilbert Scott pupil, Charles Buckeridge, created the extraordinary gothic interiors. Bell died in 1895, when the house was divided into two again and Number 1 Lyndhurst Terrace was re-named Old Conduit House, after the nearby Shepherd’s Well.

I would love to see inside. It even has a consecrated chapel on the top floor.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Hello there,
I've been on holiday for the last month, my first trip to the other side of the world. I went to a Girl Guiding event at Pax Lodge for a week and then the family came over and we spent 3 weeks exploring. Consequently I have lots of photos that I will probably use to liven up this blog over the next few months but for now I have a pile of laundry to wash and try to dry while the rain clouds hover.

PS I don't know why these photos look so gloomy, the weather was quite good.