Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Love the "little things" ~ a recipe for contentment.

Reading home decor books, Instagram and magazines inspire me.
I often get frustrated and wonder how I can make our little bungalow look better.

  I actioned a quick and inexpensive DIY fix.

I purchased 3 black metal hooks 
(Mr. HB installed them for me)

I hung up my French Market basket
 gardening hat 
  watering can. 

As conscientious stewards 
of a Heritage home
we are required to honour the historic significance 
we do not stray too far from their original architectural design.

With one exception...
The laundry area is painted white 
the basement is dark with very little light 
with only a few small windows.

The bright white walls 
make it much more enjoyable to work in and it feels far less oppressive!

I like to do my ironing while gazing out to the garden.

Looking out and beyond at the foliage and flowers 
while ironing 
feels like a form of meditation.

A handy rolling cart in the space is used for towels.

I fold the laundry on the top of the counter
I have a small ironing board that I use for small jobs 
like our linen tea towels and napkins.

Domestic jobs are a necessity.
To make them a wee bit more enjoyable
I have "fluffed" my downstairs "workplace" adding a few accent pieces.
Vintage enamel tins, ceramics, bird sculptures, and trophies...

Work and chores need not be looked upon as "drudgery."

Attitude is key to making these everyday tasks pleasant.
Taking joy in the results of one's labour and effort is so important.

The feeling of accomplishment is felt...
as I stand back
admiring a stack of freshly laundered 
(scented with lavender soap)
neat and tidy crisply ironed tea towels.

It's the "little things" that make our days richer.

How do you add Joy in your daily duties?
Do you have a secret to share that you use to make your daily round feel richer?

On that note, 
I will close this post...

Thank you for taking the time to stop and visit The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Friday, May 17, 2019

Pops of Colour

Clematis Jackmanii

In a deep blue and purple when the blooms are new.
They fade a wee bit in the sunshine.

Lucky Brand silk scarf
in shades of mauve orange and red.
I wear this with my denim jacket and dress.

A lovely fresh rose fragrance from L'Occitane of Provence.

Fig scented Lip exfoliating cream and a new lipstick.
Vibrant red summer colour.

Red Russell Lupines

The bees love this flower!

May is a very colourful month in The Humble Bungalow Garden.

I've been hand watering almost everyday due to the light rainfall that we have had this month.

Its so relaxing standing outside in the sunshine with the hose and nozzle spraying much needed moisture to the thirsty plants.

The hummingbirds and butterflies like to fly into the fine mists of water.
It's almost like they are saying thank you to me for providing them with water!

The geraniums on the front porch continue to put on a beautiful display.
I like geraniums as they are stalwarts in the potted plant arena!
Quite inexpensive and repeat bloom all summer long.

I opt for plants in a bold shade of red and some pure white ones.

The red ones in the planter on the railing
with some white ones in pots on the tables by the front door.

The white lavender is a new plant.
The bees are drawn to this one in droves.

I finished reading Educated, a memoir, by Tara Westover.
It was a difficult book to get through...
some parts were very graphic and utterly terrifying
her story is truly amazing.

I think I will read something much lighter next!

We've got a long weekend coming up as it is Victoria Day on Monday.
 I hope to get out weeding in the garden, do some cooking and entertaining.

What plans do you have for the weekend?

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, May 13, 2019


Mother's Day 

NYDJ boyfriend style
Josef Seibel red ballet flats

Saint James Striped Top

My hair has more silver tinsel these days...
I like the effect and its natural!

You may notice that my cheeks are still swollen from the YAG laser treatment.
The capillaries that were zapped are red but will fade in the coming weeks.
I still may need a few more treatments to get on top of the issue.

Brunch at The Surly Mermaid in Sidney.
The "best ever" Eggs Benedict
they make it with a thin biscuit and served it with truffle potatoes.

Mr. HB enjoyed the Korean BBQ chicken wings.
What a feast!

Driftwood Beach artist has expanded her work with the bird installation.
Sadly, her whale tail sculpture was stolen a few weeks ago...
who would do such a thing?

Last week the weather was been particularly warm 
almost hot...
today it has cooled to about 12 degrees Celsius.

I am reading Educated by Tara Westover
it's a memoir...
often disturbing. 
 I am finding it difficult to put down.

Hope that your week is off to a great start.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~ 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Linen frock...rosacea update and flowers...

I bought a new frock this week...
it is linen, made in Italy.

Stripes of navy and white

The back detail
cool, loose and floaty.

The perfect kind of dress for the hot days we are currently experiencing.
Add flip flops and a sun hat and I am good to go.

Heat and cold are rosacea triggers so I am trying very hard to keep my temperature variations to a minimum.

Further update on the rosacea flare up...

It has been a month since I had the laser treatment.
The skin on my face is not quite so red 
but there are visible broken capillaries.

 I went back for a follow up visit yesterday and had another session with the YAG laser.

I was advised to start using a medical grade serum.
The serum targets inflammation, weak blood vessels and redness.

It is expensive but so are the laser treatments.
If the results are as good as the technician claims I will be satisfied.

Today my face is puffy and pink where the nurse/technician targeted the laser.
Nothing so severe that I would need to stay cocooned indoors.
I put on mineral sunscreen and headed out for a walk with my hat and sunglasses.

Enjoyed a long lunch with some girlfriends.

Later this afternoon
 I hand watered the garden and took some pictures to share with you.

Purple Honesty 
creamy smillacena racemosa
one of our rain barrels

Clematis Montana reubens and hostas

Hostas, variegated iris, black mondo grass, Spanish bluebells.

Flowers for a friend...
lily of the valley.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and to all the Moms
Happy Mothers Day!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, May 6, 2019

Pretty Pinks...

May is such a beautiful month here in Victoria.

Our garden is putting on a lovely show...
The roses are not yet in flower but we have lily of the valley, clematis, hellebores, geraniums, white anemones, irises, tulips, and many more.

I captured this rhododendron on my walk.
A fly photo bombed my shot!
Its iridescent wings look quite like a jewel.

A pale pink soft rhododendron...
we don't have enough room for rhodos
roses take priority.

We worked in the garden on Saturday and some of Sunday.
Mr. HB planted tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse.
Radish seeds will be sown soon.

Russell Nursery
was hosting a
a pop up Vintage Fair.

I did not find any "rusty vintage items" for the garden 
but I did find a new apron!

Made locally 
I can use it both in the garden and kitchen.
The pockets are handy too!

Love the fuchsia fish !

My hands take such a beating working in the home and garden
despite rich creams and cuticle balms
mine rarely look cared for...


I've been experiencing a breakout of rosacea.
this condition surfaced in my early 30's.
The dermatologist started me on a round of antibiotics and a topical cream.
 We got it under control but since then over several decades 
more outbreaks crop up.

There is no "cure" for rosacea.

Redness control skincare products 
using a gentle
avoiding the sun 
temperature extremes are also essential.

A cycle of IPL laser treatments 
help to manage the condition.

I have had one IPL treatment and will need a few more...
the flushing, redness and bumps are difficult to camouflage.
It is frustrating and I do try to keep calm.

It's sunny outside this morning and the birds are chirping.

My to do list today:

 ~ wash the slipcovers ~

~ hand water pots and plants in the garden ~

~ write and publish a blog post ~

~ deep clean the sink ~

~ wash the sheets ~

~ walk ~

Love this soft almond scented milk concentrate...
I use this after my shower every morning.

Well I must stop procrastinating and get busy with my to do list...
(you may have noticed that I started the "do list" with my favourite activity)

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~