Weekend reading

25 May 2018
It was delayed a short while but we're almost finished our final renovation project - a new tiled splashback in the kitchen.  I'll have more photos of our home next week but these two will give you an idea of what we've been doing (and when I say "we" I don't include myself in that in the kitchen 😊). We had a tiler help with the tiling yesterday and we're both very happy with the result.  What do you think of it?

The tiles are down but we haven't had a chance yet to clean up. I'll be doing that this morning. 



Where was I while the workers worked? I drove over to the coast and spent some time here.

I've decided to cut The Simple Home posts down to two a month. Writing one a week was doing my head in so instead of giving up on it, halving them will give me a chance to write about our home life as well as The Simple Home.  Don't forget, I'll be giving away a free copy of the book in June and another in December.  All you need to do to enter is to share helpful information or discuss what you do in the comments.  The winners in June and December will be someone who has made multiple valuable, productive and supportive comments.  Good luck, everyone. ♥️

A note on nature, grief and finding purpose
The fabulous Alice Waters
Look at this beauty - crocheted flowers and bee wreath
Save our bugs! How to avert an insect Armageddon
Australia completes world's largest cat-proof fence to protect endangered marsupials
One yard revolution
Crocheted mandalas - free patterns and tutorial
Rising fame: experts herald Canadian woman's 120-year-old sourdough starter
How to recycle bits of leftover yarn
Knitting the easiest socks
Eight steps to sustainability
What a Japanese day care is like
Chelsea Flower Show 2018


34 comments

  1. I love it! Just beautiful - what a heart warming project.

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  2. Your tile is beautiful-I love the color!

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  3. I love that colour blue, such a beautiful addition to your kitchen. Oh to be able to drive over to the coast while the workers work, it looks like a gorgeous place to spend some time. I hope you have a lovely weekend dear Rhonda. Lots of love xx

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  4. I love the colours of the tiles too, Rhonda. Aah....the beach is beckoning me. I will be there very soon. Just over two weeks now! Hope the weather is as nice as it is now.

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  5. I am in love with your tiles. I love how light and bright they are. Bet it brings a smile of joy to your face every time you see them.

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  6. Wow! Your kichen looks wonderful..love it all. Such a great place to make your wonderful creations. Well done ��

    Karen Melbourne

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  7. Your kitchen looks absolutely beautiful. A beautiful space will allow you to showcase your beautiful cooking, no excuses at all now 😆

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  8. Your new splashback looks great, it will make spending time in there very enjoyable!

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  9. Wow! Your new kitchen looks spectacular! Congratulations. My cabinets are from 1920. I hope to redo them sometime in the future. The beach looks so relaxing. Glad to hear you are listening to your body, and not pushing yourself too hard.

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  10. Your kitchen is lovely!! cant wait to see more pictures.

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  11. Oh, Rhonda! Those tiles are stunning. BEAUTIFUL! Was it very expensive for a tiler to come in and do that job? Have a lovely weekend. Meg:)

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  12. Oh the tiles are stunning, blue is my fav colour. the blue and white theme looks great.

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  13. Love your new splashback tiles Rhonda! Gives a whole new look to your kitchen. And it will compliment the new wall colour nicely. Glad you're still goong to continue The Simple Home series, I have been enjoying going back over the book with you by my side! Cheers, Kelly

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  14. Really like the splashback tiles. They give your kitchen a "comfy" feeling

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  15. Your spashbacks have a nice Mediterranean look to them. I'm trying to work out where the picture with the pine tree was taken. Central coast of NSW? I'm in Nth Queensland now but from down south. Love finding Aussie bloggers. Rare as hens teeth.

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    1. Hi Sue, we live in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. That photo was taken looking over towards Mooloolaba. I've been waiting here for 11 years for you to wander by.

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  16. Hello, Rhonda. What great links! I think I'm a little bit in love with Arne and Carlos, the Norwegian sock knitters, now. And I've just spent a wonderful hour at Chelsea flower show, and been delighted by Japanese cuties at daycare, thanks to you. I really want to have a go at making that crocheted wreath too. It's gorgeous! Have a lovely weekend.
    Meryl

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  17. Gorgeous tiles, love them! You have a beautiful kitchen Rhonda. I have been painting the kitchen cupboards. When we had the kitchen built I deliberately requested cupboards that are able to be re-painted because I knew I would want to change the look from time to time. These days modern kitchens come with those shiny ones that are the permanent colour - no fun!

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    1. Our kitchen is 21 years old in November and it's still going strong. It's a good solid Australian made kitchen, built before the days of all-China. I'm pretty sure it will outlive us. Happy painting!

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  18. Absolutely love the blue and white tiles. Blue and white in a kitchen always looks so clean to me. Good choice!

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  19. the tiles look so lovely, Rhonda! Amazing what one element can do to an entire space! I am sure you will love cooking in there even more now x

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  20. Rhonda! The kitchen looks beautiful. I’ve always loved the cream cupboards and timber bench top combo. I often see it in country kitchens and it is exactly what I would choose. And those tiles are just right. I have kitchen envy!! I love it, how lovely it will feel to work in there.

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  21. I said to my husband how I would have loved to stumble upon you sitting on the bench at the beach. I probably would have shattered your peaceful pondering though in my delight. A little bit hard to do though considering I'm in NZ.
    I have always liked your white cupboards and wood benchtops. So Shaker and country home.

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  22. The tiles are absolutely gorgeous, I love your kitchen it looks amazing and is also wonderfully functional....perfect combination. I to have kitchen envy lol

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  23. Hi Rhonda
    How beautiful the kitchen looks. So many these days look too sterile to actually use for cooking. Yours is so warm and inviting and the tiles really bring that joyous feeling that so many homes are missing. I am glad you are continuing the blog you have helped my sister and I connect and grow towards our goals. Thank you for giving us the tools to start a more content and productive life enjoying simple pleasures and learning to knit.

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  24. Hi Rhonda,

    Many thanks for yet another great blog. I absolutely do not blame you for cutting back on the postings. I follow a few self-sufficiency blogs and others are doing likewise, otherwise it kind of defeats the object of living a simpler life if you are tied to a computer so much! Love your kitchen and it is very similar to the one I am about to put in, so great to see your version and it has encouraged me that I have made the right choice. Take care and I look forward to the next blog whenever you next post ...

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  25. I love your splashback. We re did our kitchen a few years ago and went all white. I really liked the idea of a turquoise splash back tile and then talked myself out of it, thinking they might date. I wish I’d followed my heart now.

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  26. Hi Rhonda! I love your kitchen...those beautiful tiles look wonderful with the white cabinets!

    I enjoyed "One Yard Revolution" Cannot get the "Eight Steps to Sustainability" to load on any browser so I am guessing their site is down for maintenance. Will check back later.

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  27. I love the tile! Beautiful. We have been talking over putting in a tile back splash in our kitchen. It would make clean up from splatters so much easier to clean up. For some reason our kitchen doesn't have any.

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  28. Your new back splash is gorgeous. It really brightens the area in a wonderful way. I was just able to purchase your book, The Simple Home, through Amazon here in the states, it arrived within two days. I cannot wait to begin reading it. I love all your posts and gain so much inspiration through them. Thank you so much for continuing to write. Have a glorious day.

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  29. Wonderfull kitchen, I love white and blue(ish). Well done! And how clever of you to go to the coast while workers are busy :)

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  30. I absolutely loved the story of the sourdough starter from the yukon - what a great inheritance.
    Cheers,
    Laura

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  31. I do socks on long circulars (magic loop), toe up, with German short rows on the toes and heels. I'm very good with double points and made socks that way for years, but the long circs are more portable. I use one circ for each sock, but I work them both at the same time and trade off. I use Priscilla Gibson-Roberts book Simple Socks for the size chart. It's been a real blessing for my husband to get hand made socks. His feet and legs swell and he couldn't get socks large enough to fit well.

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  32. I have just found your blog and am reading through as many entries as time allows.
    I love your kitchen. It doesn't look 21 years old !! I love the panel doors and the tiles freshen it beautifully.

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