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Mist, Marimekko and Purple Carrots

Mist or cloud? Is it the same thing...?

This was taken a week or so ago, when I went for an early morning walk. Luckily, I’d decided the night before that I was definitely going for a walk the next day, so I wasn’t put off when it was all misty outside. And I took my camera with me… Hurrah! It was so beautiful and still. It gets quite misty up here some mornings… although it’s probably just low cloud. Anyway, here are a few pics of my morning adventures…

Looking up to the gum trees

Patiently waiting for letters

Someone's been busy...

Scotland in Australia

Big old giant

Colour has been catching my eye a lot during the last week or so. Purple carrots, purple lavender (in my new terracotta pot — I love it, so Mediterranean!) and the ultra green parsley from my garden…

Lovely lavender outside the cottage

Purple carrots on one of my beloved Marimekko tea towels (bear detail)

Carrots by Mother Earth, Marimekko by... well, you can read it there!

Random flash of green on the kitchen bench


Phew. It takes a while to upload those photos. I must have too much on my computer! Well, signing off now. I think this is going to be one of those posts where pictures speak louder than words. Promise to send some more wonderfully nordic things your way soon… x


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Marimekko in the kitchen

Well it’s been tres busy up here on the mountain lately. O and I have been working our little butts off in prep for the baby coming in December. That hasn’t stopped the flowers blooming of course (or the weeds growing — yikes) and I happened to pick a very lovely Rhododendron the other day. It’s still sitting perfectly on our little kitchen table, which is covered with (you guessed it): Marimekko fabric. This one is a Maija Isola orginal in a new colourway by Kristina Isola. “Tulipunainen” 1960/2000. I think this is one of my oldest Marimekko fabrics. I’ve got a few squirreled away in the cupboard here, just waiting for that big empty wall on which to display them in all their Scandinavian glory! I’ll have to take pics of them and make Marimekko post of it.

Before I head off, I’m also attaching a pic of our house one recent chilly morning. There was very low cloud and you could hardly see 10 metres in front of you. It was quite beautiful! I think we were in the clouds actually. We’re high enough up here. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another dose of Nordic appreciation coming soon! x

Foggy morning up on the Mountain

Rhododendron on "Tulipunainen" Marimekko

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Scandinavian-inspired Granny Cushion

Close up of cool-but-warm cushion cover

Hello everyone! It’s been pretty busy in my neck of the woods lately, so I’m just popping up a quick post to let you know that Yes, I am still alive. I’ve been working on a few cushion covers in amongst other life happenings and that one above is my favourite.

Wintery corner

I love this colour combination. It’s kind of “Snow Covered Norwegian Forest” meets “Sparkling Finnish Lake”. (There is a touch of “Windswept Cottage on the Rugged Cornwall Coast” in there too, but that’s not so Nordic.)

OK… terribly short post but more coming soon! x


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colour inspiration and joy-creation, by iittala

Because my blog is only in its early days, I have a confession to make before we go any further. I think I’m addicted to Scandinavian homewares. Not all of them, of course. Just the scrumptious ones. And I have a particularly scrumptious set of bowls in my kitchen cupboard that bring me absolute joy whenever I use — or see — them.

I can’t wait any longer to show them to you, so here they are:

my lovely iittala origo bowls... just look at that colour!

And here are some close up shots, just because they’re so gorgeous:

orange, blue, turquoise, white... so yummy and fresh

this is my other favourite colour combo... all those reds!

Phew. Glad I got THAT out of my system. I’ve been dying to share my bowls with you for days. I find that the colours are so bright and happy. (Oh by the way, iittala bowls are made in Finland and they do a lot more than bowls. Do some naughty online shopping here: ¬†They may cost a bit extra than regular bowls but they are very much worth it. Especially when you have to get up early on the days when you don’t really feel like it. On those days, you can be sure to feel a whole lot better about the world as soon as your bleary morning eyes lock on to those glorious stripes of colour. Thank you, iittala origo bowl designer. I know there’s more to life than material possessions, but these bowls definitely give off a warm and uplifting glow!

I’m no expert, but I have heard that the Nordic Peoples love their colour. After all, in Finland they don’t call it “Winter”. They call it “The Darkness”. So you’d want to be stocking up on some fairly colourful bits’n’bobs to furnish your nest with, I imagine. What a brilliant idea!

Righty-o, time for bed. I’ve put up two posts today, which may be a bit excessive, but I’m just getting the hang of blogging and I love it! I hope you enjoyed my little introduction to the world of iittala bowls, if you didn’t already know about them. And if you did… I’m sure you understand. Nighty-night. x

ps tomorrow I think it’s time we step outside — even if it’s still raining — and I can bring you up-to-date with my seedlings. Wait until you see what I’m growing!


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