Friday, December 6, 2013

Summer Days!

So what do you do on days off??

Well you clean like a mad woman on your first day, cleaning like you haven't done in a long time, yep! that was the start of my first days off from work... happy that I pushed through on a humid, sticky, hot day, talk about not having to worry about doing exercise that day..

A storm rolled in that afternoon, allowing for a quiet afternoon and placing more Christmas decorations out..

Love this time of the year, just wish I lived somewhere where there was snow, that would make it all the more lovely..

But, I live in a climate that is hot and dry with Summer storms, when the rain hits the ground after a hot day and you can smell the grasses and see the steam rise off the ground...

The garden is normally let go through Summer, giving it a break to slow down over those hot months and take time to rejuvenate..

The Hydrangeas bloom through the Summer heat and the simple shade of the house seems to allow for protection of those beautiful petals..

Friends pop by for Summer drinks in the garden and share their Summer grown vegetables at times, today we were gifted with Fresh Green Beans...

Summer Days the warmest season of all!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Call the Midwife!


You know when a series on TV comes out and sometimes you just cannot get into, even though it does look good, it just seems either time will not let you sit and concentrate or it is one of those moments that you literally just cannot get into it...

Well with the Call the Midwife series, I was just like that the moment I first saw it on TV, I just could not seem to concentrate on the series, so eventually gave up..

But just this past week, I decided I would download it and watch, well I was glad I did, what a fantastic show..I am now onto watching series 2..

I just love the war time era and the strengths that these midwives, women and families of those era endued..

This series is based on a Novel and True Life story of the East End in London in the 1950's... 

To read more about the Novel you can HERE and more about the TV Adaptation HERE...

What are you all watching of late?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Haven't ever been a huge reader, but since the purchase of my iPad and some recent holidays, I found myself engrossed in so many books and really surprised myself as to how quickly I was getting through them all..

One of those good reads was a book called On Dublin Street, written by Samantha Young..

For me to sit and read a book, it needs to capture me straight away, otherwise I struggle to get into it..

On Dublin Street, did exactly that..I love the strong male character in this book, rich, handsome and a take charge kind of male on the exterior, but on the interior somewhat scared to show the true colours, that is until he meets his match and the girl that can take down those walls...on the other hand the female character is scared but yet intrigued and captured to let him into her life..

A blurb about the book..

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

So if you are looking to purchase a good book for the Holidays ahead, this is worth a read :)


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

First Holiday Snaps!

Hello my friends

Cannot believe how time flies by and it only seems like yesterday I was heading to Melbourne with my bestie for great I wish we were still there..

The beauty that surrounds The Dandenongs is simply breathe taking and the gardens that we got the opportunity to visit were awe inspiring..

Deciding to share some of my photos with you all in different posts as there are so many for just one sitting..

My friend and I left my families house on the Tuesday and headed for the hills, with weather not really it's best and true to Melbourne weather we headed for the hills with rain and wind around us, managing to make it to Ferntree Gully, stopping at the local tourist information centre to gather some pamphlets to check out the great visiting locations...

We then made our way further up the hill to a small town called Sassafras where we would be staying for the few days in the hills, we pulled in and walked around under the large umbrella taking in a few shops and then settling down to a beautiful Devonshire Tea, sitting in the window of what looked like a small English cafe...

Having to fill in time we made our way to the famous Rhododendron Gardens, these are run by the State of Victoria and is free to visit, and WOW! what a visit, with loads of beautiful massed Rhododendron's, Azaleas, Magnolias, Fern Trees, Conifers and so so much more it was just an amazing spot to visit and I know I cannot wait to return one day again..

I got the opportunity to really play with my new camera and lenses and here are just a few snaps for you to enjoy..

Back again soon to share more of our trip with you all!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Yep that is right, officially on a 3 week holiday break!! Excitement!!

Knowing the fact that I don't have to always keep to a time schedule where work is concerned is relaxing in itself :)

So what's a girl to do on holidays, well lots know all those little jobs you keep putting off and the cleaning that you only ever get to doing the basics of, well that is me in a nutshell, trying to get at least some of it done..

I know that I have set myself a huge task at hand, but I will try to accomplish some of what I have set out..

There is also always time for some down time and relaxation and well the first week, that is what it is all about..

My bestie and I are headed to Melbourne for a girly week!!


Leaving the guys at home and taking off to have a fun time, we will stay with my family the first couple of nights and then make our way to the hills above Melbourne and stay in a beautiful 2 bedroom house in the Dandenongs..





We will be most likely be hitting some winery's on the way home also...


I will be on Instagram if you care to follow along on our little get away..

More about my trip when I return..

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Rain and Sunshine!

Happy Sunday

I woke this morning to a down pouring of rain, I love to lay in bed and listen to it hit the sheets of tin on the roof of the cottage...unfortunately, I could only spare a few minutes to do just that..with work awaiting my arrival, there was no laying there just relaxing..

The rain passed and driving home saw the clouds depart and the sunshine spread it's rays..

The sheets are nicely blowing on the clothes line and with the heat of the day it won't be long before they are brought in..

My Basil is starting to multiply and smell so good, I cannot wait to pick the shiny green leaves and add to my cooking...


Our bird Squawker, (galah) likes to talk as I meander around the garden, he also performs is normal trick of putting his wing around the nap of his neck and burrow his head, silly bird :)


The afternoon, of watching BBC cooking shows and relaxing, Roly snores on his mat and Darryl reading the paper seems to me to be a blissful Sunday afternoon....

Joy Signature

Friday, September 13, 2013

Spring Rains!

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Spring rains have arrived at the cottage today..the weather with it's slightly cooler temps have arrived, out weighing the unusual higher temps that have occurred this year, that makes me happy...the washing is hanging once again on the clothes airers making it look like a laundrette, but I don't mind..

I love when the rain arrives and it hits the grasses, flowers and plants that lie in my garden, the smell is so fresh and the new leaves on the trees seem to blossom even further, the flowers seem to turn their heads and earn their small bathe, a great time to capture photos with the greyness in the clouds..

The sad little lemon tree, is loaded with fruit ready to be picked and once again it is bountiful even though it struggles..time to squeeze the lemon and pulp and freeze ready to add to dishes...

The old rose opens it's buds and hangs over the bird cage with glee, sharing the beauty that it shares each year with it's only flowering...

This is what makes me happy in my garden...the Spring rain however brings loads of work to do, mostly weeding and getting the garden ready for the Summer heat that will wilt and dry off the garden...

Cooler temps means sitting with a nice cuppa and a biscuit, watching the rain fall out the french door windows..

These are my happy days!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Hi there

Wondering why the new blog and of course the new journey??

Question that I have been contemplating for a little while now..

If you are a follower of my crafty blog, Simple by Design then you will know who I am and what my crafty passions generally consist of, but if you are new here or just found this blog then Welcome!!

Definition of rambling..

ram·ble (rmbl) intr.v. ram·bled, ram·bling, ram·bles 1. To move about aimlessly. See Synonyms at wander. 2. To walk about casually or for pleasure. 3. To follow an irregularly winding course of motion or growth. 4. To speak or write at length and with many digressions. 

The third definition generally sums up the questions that I have asked myself!

You may ask, why not blog about these things on my crafty blog, well sometimes I like to just ramble and share different things apart from my crafty passions and so got me to thinking that I felt this would be another avenue for me to share possibly other passions I have, like photography that frankly I still suck at sometimes, or my garden that has it woes and maybe it's own growth and changes, life's adventures with our dog Roly, sharing of recipes, sharing of pins that I have pinned from Pinterst, so may different miniscule pieces of my life and it's is like keeping a diary in one way, however, I have never really been the type to keep a diary, always fearing that someone would read my inner thoughts...

This is more of a place for different ramblings as opposed to creating a card and sharing it with you all, the whole reason for separation, sometimes I feel as though I want to possible ramble and share everyday silly life moments for days on end and not share a creation, so this place is a new avenue for me to do just that..

The new journey on this blog I am excited about, I am excited to share with all of you around the world, the different life that you may not see as you live in a different country, the general life of a rambler in a cottage..

The whole reason for the name of this blog, I live in a cottage and at times I will ramble..

Another reason for starting this blog, well really it was the push I needed to get started, was last weekend, having a lazy weekend, I was watching TV and came across a BBC show called The Edible Garden...I instantly was drawn to it, it was an awesome show!


It got me pinning over at Pinterest...

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Most of all it got me excited to start another blog and what I can share with you in a different space in the blogging world..

I hope you will pop in every now and then like I will and read the ramblings of cottage life and life's journey..

Until next time!