Marmalade cottage was built in 1917. Then it was renovated in the 1950s. Then nothing, really. It's been empty for a couple of years and still has its fabulous, kitsch linoleum floor coverings. And an outside loo and a beautiful cream and green Metters wood stove. Come with us as we transform a gracious shell into a functional house and create a fragrant, edible garden around it.
Sourdough bread is one of those holy grails of self-sufficiency - grow your own yeast, rather than having to buy it. It's notoriously difficult to get a good one. But! If you happen to have a friend who has a good one (in this case, passed on from someone met on holiday) who's willing to share, it's a sure thing.
So, here is Marmalade Cottage's first ever sourdough loaf on its first prove.
The practical reinventor is a bit jealous of all her sewing friends who have sewing blogs, but given the irregularity of posts here, isn't going to start one. So here's a random sewing post.
This is a Lekala pattern, so while it's been drafted according to the practical reinventor's dimensions, its instructions are all but unintelligible. Fortunately, it's not too complicated a design and most of the pattern markings are clear enough. The green is broadcloth, bought for $6 a metre and the birdies are what's left of a dress that never stood a chance.
Usually the practical reinventor just wings her buttonholes with the zigzag foot, but this time, she busted out the proper foot. And, yes, reluctantly, it does a better job.
It was the perfect project for these metal flower buttons.
And it will go nicely with the sensible tweed Miss Marple skirt she made last week.