French Homework, gardening, reading and keeping tabs on Mother have kept me busy.
Time to sit, with the shades down, quietly sip some tea and plan a post.
My thoughts are all over the place so this is a bit of a scramble.
You've arrived at The Humble Bungalow Blog.
Today the Hostess is serving up a melange...
(sounds like a dessert doesn't it?)
I'll blame it on the heat...
I am smitten with this brooch...
vintage 1960's perhaps worn with gold sandals, big Jackie O sunnies, white pants and white top
perhaps Saint Tropez in the summer time?
Can you smell the Bain de Soleil?
Scents can transport you...a gal can dream...
Sophie Conran Heart dish...
I love her simple design and the china can go into the oven so it is very versatile.
Our regular everyday Maxwell Williams is getting ugly grey marks where the knives have sliced into the glaze...
the porcelain must be inferior quality as the set is not more than 4 or 5 years old.
I am really disappointed and am thinking of buying Sophie Conran's set of plates and bowls.
Do any of you own and use her dishes?
Are they better quality than Maxwell Williams?
I hate wasting money so I'd like to be sure before I buy them.
The idea that we live in a throw away society just makes me mad.
(fear not I will donate the scratched plates when I replace them)
I am referring to the lack of quality that has infiltrated our marketplace.
Toasters, kettles, appliances in general wear out,
and instead of repairing them the companies offer replacements.
Just think of all those bits and pieces filling up our landfill...
Mother still uses many of the appliances that she received as wedding gifts when she was married in the 1950's.
But let's not get all bent out of shape,
it's way too hot to be getting our knickers in a twist.
Let's embrace a little beauty shall we?
May means that one of my favourite flowers is blooming and scenting the garden.
Behold the beautiful Muguet de Bois.
I can pick a handful in a matter of minutes.
Delicate blossoms remind me of baby's bonnets.
Their fragrance is intoxicating...
I love to put a vase of these in our Humble Bungalow bathroom and let the scent waft throughout the house.
I read this novel super fast...
I liked it but I found it not quite as riveting as Louise Penny's books.
This one is next...
I've recently discovered a strong brew that has been tickling my taste buds...
it seems the Scots like their tea to pack a punch (like their single malt Scotch!)
so I am using less loose tea when I brew a pot.
It's bold and delicious and calorie free.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian look away now...
just for the next two images and skip right to the Asian Slaw!
Julie our friend and caterer, told us about Chef John and I really like going to his site for recipes...
these ribs are wonderfully moist and delicious.
I made them first for Mr. HB before serving them to guests.
They are easy and are baked in the oven.
Janet blog writer at The Gardener's Cottage posted her Asian salad on her blog a few days ago
I love a pea-nutty dressing so I whipped up a batch of the coleslaw to serve with the ribs.
Oh boy...this one is a winner and a good one to have on hand for summer picnics and barbeque's.
I used red and green cabbage, grated carrots, some onion and almonds as I did not have any peanuts in the house.
Next time I will try adding the dried cranberries as Janet suggests as they would really add to this dish.
Janet has a background as a professional cook/caterer so when she posts a recipe you know it is going to be good!
It has been HOT this week and tea with my friend at Abkhazi Gardens was wonderful.
The weather could not have been better.
(I will work on that post.)
The garden is thirsty and the edges of the lawns need trimming so I must not dawdle any longer...
there are radishes to harvest and flowers to pick.
The birds are chirping and a new day is unfolding...
BTW I really have been enjoying your comments.
They are a breath of fresh air here on the blog...