After a peculiar couple of days, there’s an equally peculiar mix of goodies on my kitchen table.

The belting rain of Friday, Sunday and Monday brought about a collapse of damp cardboard tea chests under the house – they were sitting in a gutter whose existence we’d overlooked after 4 years of drought.  As such, the house is temporarily decorated with 38 years of birthday and christmas cards, theatre tickets and all those other odds and bodds that I’m just too sentimental to throw away – university ID cards, delivery notes from the maternity hospital florist, you know the stuff.  In amongst all the soggy paper were these …

moth eaten lions

… they’re finger puppets and they have been hopping from one toy chest and little suitcase to another for as long as I can remember – what I don’t remember is where they came from.  They might even have been my Dad’s – his mum kept lots of his toys.  Sadly, their beautiful wool coats have been visited by Brisbane’s most voracious eaters – moths! – but their solid rubber heads are still handsome.  There’s definitely a noble lion sewing morning coming up.

And newly unwrapped is this little tea set …

little tea set

… actually, I’ve been using the wee bowls and plates for a few weeks as candle holders, but the teapot has been on backorder.  Not that I needed a new teapot, but the whole collection, known as Green Lace, was reduced to half the already ridiculously cheap price at Wheel and Barrow so … now I have a whole tea set.

And because it only cost $6, and there was no eftpos for transactions less than $10, I found myself lugging home a new cookbook instead of going to the ATM machine.  It made sense at the time …

new cookbook

… and what a beauty!  Wholefood for the Family by Jude Blereau.  Jude is the co-founder of The Eart Market in Perth, Australia, and the Whole Food Cooking School and her lovely book includes the usual chapters on breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cookies and cakes, but also Preserving the Harvest, Foundations (how to use them) and Basics (how to make your way around the kitchen).  Mmmmm… little savoury chicken cakes with thyme and coconut milk, red-wine braised lentils with beetroot, coconut cream tart, and orange and date chutney.  I think we will have a “Jude Month” just so we can appreciate this yummy book.

Finally, there’s a large embroidery hoop – I was vacumming yesterday, trying to keep up with the dust possums that invade our house on a daily basis, and instead of just repeatedly hitting the same solid lump under my bed, I crawled under and yanked out a large fruit box, generously iced with dust.  Under piles of tissue paper, grey fluffy hotel slippers (I think they were once white), and MORE greeting cards, was the hoop.  Can’t remember buying it …


… but boy!  I sure know what I’m going to do with it!  The iron’s on, there’s a linen tea cloth awaiting, where’s that magazine from two Christmasses ago …

Oh hang on! Dinner first and – for the first person to guess what this is, there’s a small embroidered hoop quilt with your name on it!
what is it

on the kitchen table …

7 thoughts on “on the kitchen table …

  • June 4, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    The lion puppets are darling…
    The teapot – oh my – wish there was one closer to me…
    Dust Possums – that just sounds so much better than dust bunnies…
    And, uh, it’s a flattened shaving brush? sea anemone? squished duster? You got me! What is it? oooh, how about an onion root?

  • June 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    What IS that??? Animal, vegetable or mineral?? :-)

  • June 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    It looks kinda like bean sprouts. But I don’t know how they grow so it probably isn’t. I’m curious.

  • June 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Forgot to add my blog to the last comment!

  • June 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Was this an under-the-bed find? I zoomed the photo up to 400% but I’m still flummoxed. Is it a tassle from a woolen cap?

  • June 5, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Hmmm… it looks liked dried up sea anemone?! I have no idea, hahaha!

    I love the lion finger puppets? Were they yours, or were they Lil’ A’s?

    What a nice teaset!!!! :) That shade of green is beautiful!

    Now, I’d better get back to pressing those chain-pieced squares!

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