A Beach Cottage Pear Love, Q & A + The Notebook Blog!
Thu 25th, Mar, 2010
It was a funny old day yesterday – getting up at 3am and talking to people on the other side of the world while they are pleasantly enjoying their mid-afternoon often does that to you…perhaps that’s why too that today I find myself taking pictures and rambling on about the joys of a bucket of pears.
After the school drop-off I stopped off at the flower market, my once a week foray into all things flowers, not a huge selection, but just enough to let me play.
To get to the flowers I have to walk past fruit, piles of all manner of lovelies, and delicious veggies that in England one could perhaps only dream of having in such abundance and selection.
Just at the flowers there were buckets of pears…lots of buckets of pears. Now don’t ask me why there were shed loads of the things desperately trying to rid themselves of the plastic buckets and get themselves to the checkout PDQ, but there were.
And they caught my eye. The uniform perfection served up by Mother Nature herself woo-ed me, smooth firm skin unmarked by age or time or life…a bit like me really. Guffaw.
So rather than flowers yesterday to cheer me up I came home with a bucket of pears…and what a way to brighten up for a couple of dollars…a pear shelfscape? (And hop over to Susan’s place for tablescapes today…)
The fact that we now have a slew of these little green beauties around and there might be only perhaps two of us who actually eat them is beside the point.
And before long I am sure I will be looking for something to ‘do’ with them rather than placing them in a still life on a shelf ;-) But isn’t that the delight of leftover anything? That aimless wondering of what to make before that dreadful feeling wherupon they’ve suddenly moved past the danger zone and have no better place than the compost heap.
If you have any pear ideas let me know, remember my limited baking skills…I can just about mix a muffin.
And now guys lets swiftly move on to some more Q & A from the ahem 130 questions from last week…
From what I’ve read, it sounds like you didn’t have any family there when you moved there. So, now that you’ve been there awhile, do you have close friends that you spend Christmas (or other holidays) with or do you go home to England to see your family at Christmas time?
We are making friends but Christmas is a time obviously when people go to their own families. No we knew not a single soul here but the last few Christmas holidays we have spent them with family enjoying Sydney’s weather from England.
SO my question for you is, where do you find most of your furniture treasures? I now you thrift and find stuff in junk heaps like the windows, is that where most of it comes from? loves!
I’m always on the lookout…I like thrift shops, antique shops, estate sales, deceased estates, garage sales…I weave it into my everyday life and I keep an eye open on Ebay though that’s not my fave way to shop…
Is there anything you don’t like about the Aussie life?
I don’t like Sydney drivers. They drive cars as if it were a sport. I have driven in London and on a lot busier roads than this but here it is all for yourself and super-aggressive driving or you are in trouble!
’What are you reading at the moment?’ and ‘what are you listening too?’
This is tricky, I have at least four or so books on the go at any one time and rotate them at night…I usually start with a cooking one and then move on…at the moment I am reading
Nigel Slater ~ Appetite
Andre Aggassi ~ OPEN
Neil Barber ~ The Day The Devils Flew In
Oscar Wilde ~ The Picture of Dorian Gray
Jamie Oliver ~ Jamie’s America
interspersed of course with copious amounts of Home Decor books…
I only really listen while I’m exercising….and I like run-o-the-mill stuff….on my walking/350 ipod at the mo’ are
Kings of Leon, Dolly Parton, Leona Lewis, Queen, Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift, James Blunt
And with that I will leave you lovelies, I have this very strange yearn to go shopping :-) – there is a very nice Frenchy shop not far from here and I am feeling its call
…I thought I might find something delicious in there for my old sofa and for a little blogathon partay I am having soon…to celebrate nothing other than the fact that I am still logging in here to talk to you guys and have done it over four hundred times… a little narcissistic I know but if you knew my staying power, well you’d be calling this a miracle and you’d see me on the News at Ten.
oh and talking of narcissism the editor at Notebook Magazine featured my ladder wall art, you can find it here
See ya around…
p.s. aren’t those beachy shell sphere’s rocking with the pears?…love