Our cottage garden

23 November 2019
This is our new cottage garden. I started it in August and it's growing well but it's not quite finished. We've gone from tending a very productive vegetable garden for about 30 years, to a small cottage garden that fits into a third of the old garden. We've taken out some gardens, they're lawn now, the rest are flowers, herbs and fruit.


This is our winter garden in 2006. Now the garden closest to the camera and the middle garden are  gone, and the cottage garden is growing in the two gardens closest to the picket fence.


And this is today's garden taken from a different angle. The picket fence in the last photo is on the left of this garden.

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15 percent off at Ecoyarns

21 November 2019
Ecoyarns is offering Down to Earth readers 15 percent off all purchases starting today. I have been using Ecoyarns exclusively for my knitting for many years now and I've always received high quality yarns and excellent service.  

https://ecoyarns.com.au

I'm currently knitting my yearly dishcloth stash with this Allhemp3  and some baby washcloths with this organic cotton.  I like to use the best yarn I can find because knitting takes a lot of time and I want what I give as gifts and what I use in my home to be valued. I get that when I knit with these yarns. An added bonus is that knitting with these yarns is a true pleasure.  But there is so much more than organic cottons and hemp at Ecoyarns.  Take a look around the site, message Salihan if you need advice, and see what you think of the selection of yarns, fibre, tools and notions.  The 15 percent off offer ends 31 December.

Click on the links above or the ad in the side bar to go to the online store, have a look around, choose your items and use the code word "Rhonda" at the checkout.  Happy knitting everyone! 

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Reviews for induction stove, clothes dryer and dishwasher

19 November 2019
Today, I've written about our Bosch induction stove top, Bosch heat pump clothes dryer and Miele dishwasher. Water and energy efficiency is the most important thing to me when I buy a new appliance. I searched through our old water and electricity accounts yesterday and discovered that there has been no increase in our water or electricity consumption since we bought these appliances. For years we've used between 150 and 200 litres of water per day and between 140 and 200 kWh of electricity. Both those figures are under the average usage for a two person household in Australia.

Bosch PIJ611BB1E 60cm induction cooktop

Earlier this year we replaced our gas cooktop with a Bosch PIJ611BB1E, 60cm, induction, three burner cooktop. We paid $999 for ours but I notice they're currently listed on the Bosch Australian site $1699 and on Appliances Online for $1265. It always pays to look around for the best price.  I'm very happy with the stove.  We chose the three burner because we're past the stage of needing more burners to cook meals. So far I haven't regretted that choice.


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Sewing bee - recycling fabric

9 November 2019
Hello sewers. I've started a sewing bee involving recycling old fabric. You can recycle unused old fabric from your stash, an old dress, sheets, towels, coats or whatever you have enough of to make something you'll use.  I'm making pillow cases from an old white cotton bed skirt.  Would you like to join in? There are no fees and no pressure; we'll all have a bit of fun and learn more about sewing and recycling. I'm hoping new sewers join in as well as our intermediates and experienced sewers. Everyone is welcome.  You can join either here or on Instagram - #downtoearthsewingbee.

This is the old bed skirt I'm using to make pillow cases.  What will you use?

The item should be finished by Thursday 21 November (or close to it) and when you finish, I'd like you to take a photo and send it to me so I can add it to my Instagram sewing bee gallery.  I'm always interested in what other people sew so I'm looking forward to seeing what you create.  Start now, let me know what you're sewing and when you finish send a photo of your finished project to downtoearthsewingbee@gmail.com so it can be added to the photo gallery.
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Tea with Clare Bowditch and friends

7 November 2019
It's been a crazy week with many visitors, reading, gardening, rest and a lot of busyness snaking through my days. The highlight of the week came yesterday when Clare Bowditch visited with her husband Marty and publicist Isabelle. Clare is on tour promoting her first book Your Own Kind of Girl and on their way to Maleny they dropped in for afternoon tea. It was wonderful seeing her again. I met Clare when she interviewed me in 2016 on tour with The Simple Home. She's a wonderful and interesting woman who makes everyone around her feel loved, although it's clear when reading her book, she had a complex and difficult past. If you're looking for a good book with a clear message about life and how it changes, this is the one for you. I'm still reading mine and I don't want it to end.



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