Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Keep the home fires burning...........

Brrrr Hi Sweet-peas....

The weather has just gone from the lovely remains of summer to so so cold.
We had a lovely town day yesterday in Dunedin, op-shopping, birthday present finding and stocking up on groceries.
 When we got home to wee "St Biddies" it was freezing inside, so as you can see I made a quick dash to the wood pile which we have been busy squirreling away for Winter. It took a bit of hard work to move and sort out the big barrels to keep the wood dry and then collecting lots of dry sticks as fire starters, but it great to have it all ready in one place.
I still hope we can get a few pine-cone collecting days in soon too.

I was asked how I made the rose-water and what I was using it for,  I am hoping to make a moisturizer out of some and use the rest as a linen spray. Thank you for all the lovely comments on it.

The making was delightful and so simple:

*Take 2cups of rose petals (spray free)
*4 cups of boiling water

*Place in bowl (heatproof)with a plate on top, leave to steep for a few hours(or over night)

*Strain to remove petals and pour into a clean bottle.

*You can add 2 Tbsp of gin, this will help it last longer

*Store in a cool place for up to month or more.

It's so much fun and the colour is heavenly.

Stay warm poppets

Love V


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  2. The weather up here has turned icy too Miss V! I'm rather jealous you have a fire place - we do have central heating so I can't complain too much. But a fire place just feels like home (also your wood basket reminds me of the one my parents have!)

  3. I think you must have the biggest wood pile EVER! It looks wonderful, and will keep you lovely and toasty warm through the winter. I like imagining you and Warren out in the woods, collecting sticks and pine cones like proper little squirrels!
    Gorgeous stripey dress with the snuggly red cardigan. Stay warm! xxxxx

  4. I use rosewater when I make mosturiser too. It's lovely. Your dress is gorgeous. I love chevrons.

  5. Wow, what a lot of fire wood you've collected. I love your shoes, so cute.

  6. It is so chilly here in chch now also! Keep warm!
    herlux fashion

  7. You have the most idyllic lifestyle. How wonderful. I love the way you have stored your wood and thanks for the rosewater recipe. I will try that in the summer. xxx

  8. what an awesome way to store wood! Neat and tidy. Thanks for the rosewater recipe.

  9. I'm calling Jon to look and demand he makes our wood pile look as organised and fabulous as yours! xxx

  10. even your wood piles are pretty! i do adore your outfit too - red t-bar shoes too, i may swoon x

  11. Your wood storing pipes are totally awesome! Having the kindling and wood separated must make it much easier to start a fire. Totally awesome.

  12. What a gorgeous striped dress, and you look fabulous in red! I love your cute header image!


  13. Great way to store the wood for heating. Love the red, white and black colour combo. Am I right? Is that a Japanese doll as a brooch on your cardi?

  14. How do you make collecting wood look so good??? Just the sight of you always makes me feel happy dearest V. You most certainly have a special something. And I LOVE your style. I'm dreaming of snow capped peaks on Highway 8! Xx

  15. Sounds like I'll need to make a midnight trip to New Farm Park with its impressive rose beds and have a bit of a stockpiling shesh;). Thank you for sharing your recipe my lovely! Oh the sight of neatly stacked firewood and kindling warms the cockles of my heart and yes you can't go past a haul of pine cones to get the fire roaring! xoxo

  16. what an amazing way to store wood! We are greeting spring in poland:)! You look so beautiful! Kisses x x x x

  17. Ooo, look at all that lovely wood!!! Be careful of spiders, Ms V!!! Ew!
    Love that stripey frock, sweetheart! I love the thought of you two lovelies all snuggled up in your darling wee church over winter, having hot choccies and reading wonderful old books........mmmmmmmmmmmXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  18. That must have been a ton of work. WOW! You guys will be nice and warm this winter. I bet that place will be so cozy in the upcoming months!

  19. Can I have a swig of the gin when I'm making the rose water? You look lovely! Keep toasty and warm! xxx