The Beauty of Australian Wildflowers by Norman Sparnon
This fantastic 1967 book was a gift from my lovely friend (and fellow plant lover) Em. I spotted it while Em and I were poking around at Waverly Antique Bazaar, where there are always treasures to be found. The idea of taking these wild, accessible and often unpredictably shaped Australian wildflowers and carefully arranging them, with respect to their natural colour and form, using the gentle, thoughtful art of ikebana is so appealing to me. This book is truly an Australian treasure.
RAW Peppermint and Coconut Chocolate
I've featured another RAW Chocolate flavour in this series before and I'm featuring it again because it's DELICIOUS - and because Casey has just released a new flavour that will soon be available on her website and in stores: peppermint and coconut. After much consideration and taste testing, I think that this is my favourite of all of her flavours. It reminds me of being allowed to have one of my parent's special after dinner mints as a child, if I was well behaved at dinner.
Plant-dyed hand-spun silk yarn by Myf Walker
I feel very honoured to be the recipient of three skeins of silk yarn that Myf Walker hand dyed with golden rod, tansy, tagettes, rose, madder, sumac and native Australian indigo from her garden and then hand spun into this delicate yarn. I've had it for a while now and it is so special that I am reluctant to use it. I'm keeping it aside for a very special project that is yet to be determined. Myf has just created some beautiful, limited edition necklaces using her plant-dyed silk, hand made ceramic beads and hammered copper and silver, and they're now in her online store.
Bondi Wash Tasmanian Pepper and Lavender soap bar
I have a really simple daily beauty/hygiene routine that involves plant-based soap, shampoo and moisturiser. I don't spend a lot of time and effort getting ready (too busy living), but I do like to use a few beautiful, high quality products with all natural ingredients. I've been using Bondi Wash products for the last few months and they are really quite lovely, feature heavenly smelling native Australian botanical ingredients (including Tasmanian Pepper, Wattleseed, Macadamia, Lemon Tea Tree, Sydney Peppermint Eucalyptus and Paperbark oils) and leave my skin feeling clean and soft.
Homemade chai tea
I was recently gifted a little jar of chai tea spices by someone whom I do regular volunteer work with. As we were digging away in the garden of the community farm that we both volunteer at, I mentioned how much I love chai tea. As we finished up our vegetable planting at the end of the following week, she handed me a little jar of her prized homemade chai spices and gave me brewing instructions. I've been enjoying it with friends ever since. There's something extra delicious about food that has been made with loving intentions and received as a gift, I think.
Wild Tassie Tasmanian Kelp
I am one of those people that likes to eat exceptionally thoughtfully, but I am also a very lazy cook. I like to prepare food that tastes delicious and is really healthy but it cannot be hard work. I know it sounds like a lot to ask - super healthy and delicious food that isn't hard to prepare, but I have managed to find it. The secret is having really amazing ingredients that are bursting with flavour and nutrients that will do all of the hard work for you. This organic Tasmanian kelp is one such ingredient, and I've been using it in pretty much ever savoury dish that I've prepared over the last few months.
Australian seed pods
I recently went on a road trip east through Gippsland and across to Wilsons Promontory National Park. As with all of my road trips, this one involved regular stops to collect flowers, leaves and seed pods from the roadside along the way. These are some of my favourites from this trip. It gives me such pleasure every day to surround myself with little memoirs of my journeys around Australia.