bits & bobs of school holidays beach cottage style

Fri 28th, Sep, 2012

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Well, it’s Friday and not such a thank god it’s Friday feeling here today, because with the school holidays there have been less schedules, less running around, no lunches to pack or uniforms to iron and more laying on the beach with a coffee…just the way I like it.

So a few little snaps, all of these from my phone, a bit more casual and day to day (which according to my inbox you like a lot)

I have been out on the deck a lot..the great thing about it is that it’s an extension of the house and lovely for that fresh air indoors/outdoors feeling…



I treated myself to a few new and new to me books lately…isn’t there just something pretty wonderful about receiving a parcel with books in it?  …I love love love me blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, as you may well have picked up by now…the internet has made sharing with girls who like the same thing as me a lovely journey…but something about sitting outside on the deck with a crisp new or perhaps shabby old pre-loved book…I like that…something about the pages turning and the feel of it in your hand…with a bowl of coffee…or six


I think these daisies are everlasting…still going strong and in the dining room



More flowers from my garden, love flowers in things other than vases, if you know what I mean, and I have a bit of a thing for tea caddies it’s the English blood I do my best to turn Aussie but still remains, in these here veins

…this one is a pale pastel caddy that lends itself most beautifully to a bit of flower-plonking



I am loving these pops of pink…I took lots of cuttings last year from geraniums and really they have been flowering, albeit sporadically all through the Winter, but now the warmer weather is kicking in there are lots of flowers on the geraniums…(insert a whoop and a high kick, it’s only taken 4 years) …I am slowly learning what thrives…my roses do not


School holidays means naps…well not for the young ones, but for birds with wobbly white bits when that 3 o’ clock slump hits?  Totally.

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at last but not least…me and Barls with a cup of tea and boots and flowers…he follows me everywhere….love



Happy Weekend Beach Cottage girls, what ya all up to?…we have a pretty special date coming up in Beach Cottage Land and I will be celebrating it accordingly, read : a lil treat I have had my eye on for ages and one internet purchasing sesh with a Peroni and one needs a wash white sofa…


p.s. oh and ahem it’s been looking like this most days… in Spring…but you didn’t wanna know that did you? 20120928-10-IMG_1000016953_thumb

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11 Responses to “bits & bobs of school holidays beach cottage style”

  1. Mia says:

    The daisies look so cheery…. and the Paris tin vase is beautiful!!! You have sprinkled your home in colors.. perfect thing to do to bring the spring in :)

  2. I have those same geraniums in big pots either side of my front door. They are still flowering in our autumn weather – lovely pops of pink as you say.
    Great idea with the tea caddy. Perfect match for the rest of Beach Cottage.

  3. I seriously really really really wanna be on that beach. Right now. xx

  4. Susan @ Afford Your Passions says:

    20 years ago today we made our own sea change from Australia to the USA. Geraniums will always remind me of Australia – whenever I see them, I have to bend over to smell them. I didn’t appreciate them when I lived in Australia, but I sure do miss them. We have geraniums here in the US, but they are just potted plants (or flowers in the garden) – they are not the rambling bushes that you get in Australia.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  5. kath says:

    I got a kick out of seeing the Harney & Sons tea caddy. We live about 45 minutes away from the factory, where they have a lovely cafe and tea tasting room, so naturally, I have a load of the tins here. I love the look of the flowers! Next spring (*sigh* it’s Fall here) I will have to start using them for decorating. What a great idea! Enjoy the lovely weather. It’s pouring rain here. Maybe I’ll make some jam today…

  6. Suzanne says:

    Had to smile at the H&S tin….
    I save mine, too : )
    And Paris is our “house blend.”

    Enjoy your weekend. It looks

    xo Suzanne

  7. pam in oregon says:

    Hi Sarah, I’d love to see a close up of the banner on the door on your deck. It looks so festive, and almost glittery. You do an amazing job styling your home!

  8. HRH Sarah says:

    Wow, you did it again! Made me want to pick up and move to the other side of the world! Love all your pics, hard to believe they’re all from you phone. Glad you had such a relaxing and beautiful school holiday ;)

  9. Katherine says:

    LOVE that last pic!!
    : )

  10. alison says:

    Well, we started our Long Weekend Sunday a little earlier than planned. We were SO sure Daylight Saving finished today. LOL LOL

    I accidentally came across an excellent doco on the history of English fish & chips shops this morning on SBS. They restored a fish & chip shop (bricks, tiles, deep fryers, even a customer toilet!) that operated around 1840 as well as a fish & chip wagon that operated as a mobile horse drawn shop. Wow, it was interesting.

    We had a family lunch al fresco at the Weir Cafe at The Royal National Park. (Some meals are good, some need tweaking. Coffee usually good.) Our Spring day weather was perfect and the scenery is absolutely delightful.


  11. Sharon Forward says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pics!!!x