Located in the beautiful Derwent Valley, Tasmania

Sunday, September 25, 2011

spring gardening

This antique garden cloche was one of the treasures I found earlier in the year on a buying trip. It came from the Yorkshire dales area of the UK. I am using it to help protect basil seedlings. It is a bit too early to plant basil here in Tasmania, it is not warm enough. I am hoping that the cloche will give create enough warmth to make the basil grow! This is my dibber - the handiest tool I own, and my light weight watering can.
Rocket is growing well at the moment. The slate label was a Christmas present last year. These are available at Karen Wagner's store in Hobart. If you are like me and love gardening, visit Karen's blog here.
You may have seen these antique French garden tiles in a previous post. Oh well, you didn't see my garlic and rhubarb planted in the bed, did you? Purple garlic grows very well here in Tasmania. Plant on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest day of the year, or so they say. I followed this method last year and it worked for me.
I am a tad worried about my broccoli, they are not sprouting or flowering at this stage and they have been in for a few months now. I am trying to be patient but it is difficult. Advice anyone?
My bay tree is flowering at the moment, attracting much needed bees to the vegetable garden.
Tarragon and purple sage in a wire work planter against the fence with another slate marker for the Tarragon. The slate markers are very handy if you ask someone unfamiliar with herbs to go picking. I am speaking from experience, it is easy to end up with parsley when you asked for mint!
This is my trusty daisy weeder which is vying for the title of handiest garden tool. And it is coming in at a very close second. I will be on the hunt for these for the store on my next buying trip as they work very well with daisies in the lawn.
And lastly, a weeping cherry tree in the front yard and a bee at work! As worldwide bee numbers decline with the possibility of extinction, we should all be happy when we see these beautiful little creatures in our gardens.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

new in store...soy candles, fishing floats and etched glass domes!

We have been very busy here at the Drill Hall Emporium making our very own range of soy candles... Our first scent is "lemon verbena" which is very refreshing. We will also have gardenia, frangipane and vanilla in the range. These will be for sale in our store very soon. They are all housed in vintage preserve jars of varying sizes and all complete with tin lids. The jars are recycled and recyclable...very eco. As is soy wax which is a slow-burning and clean-burning wax, and a renewable resource. But enough about the eco-benefits...how beautfiul are they? Also just arrived are these antique glass fishing floats. We have them displayed in a large wooden bowl and I can't stop looking at them!
Each one is unique and of a slightly different colour. I have a favourite picked out already.
These gorgeous glass domes are 19th century and are etched with grapevine designs. We were lucky enough to find an entire collection of seven. But they will be sold separately to keep every one happy (well seven people, anyway). I think a collection of perfume bottles would look wonderful underneath.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

greige French market basket giveaway!

If you have not yet discovered Greige, now is a great time! As Christina is offering this lovely French market bag as a giveaway to one lucky reader... Below are some further images of inspiration from Greige. There is just something about books tied with string, isn't there? I also like the soft colours of the above objects. They look great all together.
This image of an industrial style kitchen is also from Greige. Do you see what I mean? A must visit blog...and one of my favourites!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

finishing vintage touches to my white bathroom

You may have already seen my bathroom from my previous post. As I explained, I jumped the gun and photographed the room before it was completely finished. I was still working on the blind at the time but I was so excited I became snap-happy. Now that the room has changed a little, I thought I had better update everyone on the finished product. For the blind, I took some French linen that I bought as part of a collection on my last trip overseas... The linen is actually a French wine harvest tablecloth and dates to around c.1900. I believe that the French would use such tablecloths for al fresco dining during the wine harvest season. I can just imagine it spread on a small table under an olive tree with baguette and cheeses upon it. Oh and wine, of course. And probably wrinkled, too, as French people have a relaxed approach to dining...tablecloths and napkins were often not ironed as far as I know. That is my way of life! This particular cloth had a tear near one of the edges but it was larger than I needed so it was perfect. And a perfect way to recycle an otherwise damaged piece.
Voila! The roman style blind for the bathroom window. It is lovely and textural as it is handwoven linen. I like the light coming through it (I have backed it in one pass curtain lining) as you can see the weave of the linen.
Next I brought home from the store a deerskin rug to give the room some warmth...
It is a nice contrast with the oak flooring, I think.
I painted the dark brown waste paper basket with a lime wash paint. I am not sure whether it looks good or not, but it sure looks better than the dark brown...
And finally, flowers in a vintage milk jug. I think they are freesias, but I am not totally sure. All I know is they are pretty and also have a gorgeous perfume...
Another view of the room with my finishing touches. Definetly warmer and more homely, I think. As usual, I would love to hear your your comments.