I found this little guy on a stable lock in a different life months ago when enjoying the small things was a luxury I could afford and corporate city life was the furthest thing from my mind. I remembered how … Continue reading →
In Bali, life is surrounded by water and it definitely seems more serene. The sound of water always reminds me of life, whether it’s the waves crashing at my favourite beach, a beautiful waterfall, or a pretty little winter creek. Here in Australia we are lucky to be surrounded by water, however living in the city means it’s not always immediately accessible.
I was inspired by this water feature I found in a tiny Balinese garden, and now that the nights are getting longer I want to enjoy being on my balcony as often as possible. So here’s my view tonight of my own little water feature, and I’m feeling very calm indeed and ready for a brand new week! Happy Sunday!
The Spanish really know how to live! Recently I found myself involved in a night-time Beatles sing-a-long on a balcony in Barcelona, thanks to a brilliant Spaniard armed with his guitar and great taste in music. The balconies may be … Continue reading →
Last year, I bought myself some rather sad looking twigs…
Now look how they’ve rewarded me this spring! They have blossomed into a beautiful cherry, pear and lime tree! These self-watering pots from Bunnings are a lifesaver for busy people with limited time. The pots retain water in the bottom and the plants can soak it up when they get thirsty. So you always know how much water your trees need to grow up BIG and beautiful.
As a single person house, sometimes I don’t use up all my herbs. Here are some alternate uses:
Make a display – My herbs bolted so to keep them alive, I had to prune them back. They looked and smelt divine with my lavender
Dry them – Herbs also look beautiful when hanging up to dry. So decorate your house with them, and they will come in handy when cooking over the slower-growing months, too!
Make tea with them – Mint tea, with real mint, is divine. Try using different types of mint for different strength and flavour
Swap them! Think of all your friends, neighbours and family who also cook, and you’ll realise there’s no reason to let your herbs go to waste. Even better, encourage people around you to grow something for you to share. Contribute to your community, make new friends, improve the air quality in your little space, and enjoy BIG flavours. Win, win, win, WIN!
Not all apartments have the luxury of outdoor space. So bring your outdoors, indoors! Here’s some inspiration…
Flowers on a coffee table add colour. Change the water daily to keep your flowers fresher for longer! These flowers from my Nan’s garden stayed beautiful for over three weeks!
Mix and match the size of flowers and vases. White and glass will look beautiful anywhere.
Indoor plants make your house feel alive, but make sure you get advice before buying. Like us, plants like a certain lifestyle – some love sun, some love shade, some need more water, some struggle in heat. Keep your plant happy by choosing the right one and giving it the right care, and it will keep you happy, too!
It’s springtime and Melbourne is remembering how to turn on some beautiful sunny days – mixed in with the inevitable wind and rain to create “four seasons in one day”. It’s the perfect time for planting some herbs! Here are my babies upon purchase 12 months ago…
…And as they are today, in a new “Farmers Market” garden from my local nursery. Top tips:
Plants need water. Keep watering small pots regularly. Even if it’s rained recently, they will dry out quickly on those sunny days
But not too much. Your pots need to have drainage – you don’t want wet feet everyday, neither do your herbs! Let excess water run out (some holes drilled into my Farmers Market fixed this problem for me)
Sun is your friend. And as long as they are well watered, these little babies have thrived even on a west-facing balcony
Little plants still need space. After a year in tiny pots, my herbs were almost all roots and no soil. Gently and with lots of love pull out your plants, take off some of the excess roots, and you can repot back into the same pot with some new soil.
Feed your plants! Good old fashioned Blood and Bone is my choice. Remember when it comes to edible plants, whatever you plant them in is feeding your food, so organic is best.
Enjoy. The smell that comes from your little herb garden each time you water is amazing. You can feel extra proud of the BIG taste when you use your herbs, food tastes better when the ingredients were grown with love!
It may not be a white picket fence and a big backyard, but when living small, do create outdoor space! Whether it’s a courtyard with trees, balcony with room for a stool and your favourite flowers, or simply a windowsill … Continue reading →
It’s a very good place to start…. When you read you begin with ABC, however the decision to purchase or rent your first apartment isn’t quite that simple.
After enormous amounts of preparation, saving and more than a few heartbreaking auctions, I found myself very surprised one Saturday morning sitting in a little apartment on a little couch with little decoration (furnished for sale) and one very large purchase completed. I realised what I’d done five minutes before by putting up my hand. Just like at school when the teacher asked a question, I put up my hand to answer. Only this time, my answer was “I’m ready to grow up”.
Such a little space, was the biggest decision I’d ever made. So it deserves to be extraordinary. This view above was my first inspiration, and the first thing that made me fall in love with my new little space.
And so over the past year I have embarked on a journey to create my own little oasis, a place where friends and family come to relax, to talk, to tell stories, and to create memories. Hopefully my space can inspire you to do the same and make a BIG life in your little space.