Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Giveaway recipient...a dilemma for Mr. HB!

Greetings from The Humble Bungalow!

We have been busy of late with many lovely seasonal events and one particularly very special one today...a precious school pageant starring all the pupils of the private school that focuses on the arts as well as the mandated BC curriculum.
Our sweet red headed granddaughter Isla,
sang solo parts of a song by Sarah Brightman "The Music of The Night"
that moved this Grammy to tears....
MR. HB's eyes weren't the driest either!

I have been "under the weather" with a stiff neck this past week
and attribute it to too much knitting or possibly a virus.
 I have been trying to keep warm and cozy by wearing a fleecy jacket and cashmere socks.

But enough about me...
Mr. HB had to choose the recipient of the WW slow cooker recipe cookbook and he found it a tougher job than he signed on for so he narrowed it down to two...

So...dear reader he did what many people do when in doubt...

The Finel mid century bowl was put into action with the two entries inside...

He pulled this one out of the bowl.
Carol Woodard please send me an email with your mailing address
and I will send you the book.

We entered the 50/50 and the wine draw tonight at the pageant...
no wins here but so glad that we can help support a great school and see our sweet grand daughter on stage.

Hope you are having a lovely week.

May I just say that I have had an outpouring of support from readers who were feeling uncomfortable about the rude comments and I would like to take this opportunity to say that you have restored my faith in human nature.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Humble Bungalow kitchen...and cats.

So before we get too far into this post let me just say that our current kitchen is not the original 1913 arts and crafts design or layout.
The kitchen had been muddled many times,
years before we even set eyes on it and it was a disaster.

Mr HB took time thinking about the improvements and figuring out a workable design...with 3 doors in the space and a set of stairs it was tricky...

The room off to the left is our TV room where we have two love seats.
The stove and island are in front of the stairs that lead 
 to the laundry room, hobby room, Mr. HB's work area and guest room.

Shaw French country sink and pantry cupboard on the right.

Glass fronted cupboards for crockery...
and an open workspace are essential.

Above the sink ~ windowsill orchids...

White ironstone
  an assortment 
Sophie Conran Portmeirion, 
Emma Bridgewater 
vintage china.

McCoy basket weave pot with my favourite wooden spoons and spatulas.
Two of these pots sit behind the stove with utensils at the ready.
I like using wooden spoons and they develop a patina over time.

The radio is on when I am in the kitchen...
I tune into the CBC most of the time.

The Kitchen Aid...
I keep it handy on top of the counter as I find it so useful.
Many of my other seldom used appliances are hidden out of the way.

My day starts with a cafe creme every morning.
A luxury that I acquired while visiting Paris and SW France.
 This De Longhi espresso machine is small and efficient.

The sink "work station" 
domestic life needs some organization.

Many hours every day are spent in the kitchen by choice as I love to cook.
So naturally it plays a prominent role in our home.

Working in a space that is pleasing to the eye...
with tools and equipment that help it function efficiently 
and a few extras make my job here easier.

A drawer full of tea towels and napkins...

There is not a lot of storage on our small bungalow so I try not to buy too many gadgets.

Keeping things to a minimum is simple and it saves money too.
My feline "companions" are here most of the time keeping me company.

Chester lying on the table...

Pepper drinking from the tap...

I apologize for any inconvenience but in light of the recent flurry of spam and unpleasant comments
 I have opted to moderate all blog comments.

 ~ Be Well and Be Kind ~ 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Greenery and good manners....

With the festive season just around the corner we are focusing on greening up our Humble Bungalow...

A simple wreath hangs upon the door.

I love to use natural accents when it comes to decorating for the holidays.
Scented green swags with fir boughs and pine cones that one can gather outdoors feels much more genuine than buying the plastic ones sold in stores.

Our arts and crafts bungalow lends itself to organic and natural elements.
From the wood walls and beams
to the granite fireplace

we live in an unassuming space
one that does not lend itself easily to shiny silver baubles and tinsel.

We all have our own personal tastes and I appreciate that we may disagree on certain topics...
 in our disagreements we need to be mindful of our manners
carefully monitoring how we conduct ourselves
there is no excuse for rudeness or bad behaviour.

The lobby of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is looking dressed up for the holidays.
Mother loved seeing all the decorations on our lunch date this past week.
I dressed up for the luncheon.
I wore my black top with a grey boiled wool skirt, some textured tights and my Chelsea style boots.

Mother schooled us on manners from the time we were toddlers.
She insisted that we pay attention to our choice of words, our tone of voice and how we behaved, especially important when it came to our elders and when we were out in public.

We were expected to say please and thank you 
to listen politely
 to send thank you cards in the mail.

We were also sent to Charm School...
 I doubt that many youngsters are sent to charm or etiquette classes these days.

We teach children by modelling good behaviour and by comporting ourselves in a manner that is beyond reproach.

I wore a vintage Sherman rhinestone brooch the other day when I played bridge.
It was a grey rainy day and I craved a wee bit of sparkle.
The ladies that convene to play cards take care in their choice of clothes and wear pretty jewellery.
Dressing up has its does elevate the spirit.

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.” 

~  Yves Saint Laurent ~

“Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.” 
~  Bill Cunningham ~

Stir frying oodles of veggies has become a bit of a habit
which helps keep my WW points within my daily allowance.
The scales are not reflecting my efforts as quickly as I would like but I am keeping my eye on the goals that I have set.

The WW cookbook giveaway contest from the previous post closes November 30th
 Good Luck.

I wish you a weekend filled with JOY and good things.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A giveaway and a recipe...

It has been busy here in The Humble Bungalow!
I need to catch my breath...

Living life fully, and being present in the moment comes first,
reporting and recording events here on the blog are second...
I hope you appreciate that fact.

Shopping, knitting, running errands, volunteering at my club, and hanging out with the grand babies...
have been keeping me hopping...and I LOVE it!

Church Mouse bias loop scarf cowl...

Does it look better with the Gala apple?
I ate this as my WW friendly afternoon snack today!
This scarf is keeping my neck so cozy on my walks.

Surprised to see a mauve hydrangea blooming in our front garden...
grateful for these gifts from Mother Nature.

An old recipe but a good one...

serve with rice and a crisp vegetable.
Hope you like it!

Tis the season...
and my gift to one of you is...

Weight Watcher Book...
I would like to give this book to someone who likes to use their slow cooker.

Please leave a comment and tell me why you would like this book
I will ask MR.HB to help me decide on the recipient...
I will keep this open until November 30th.
Good Luck!

Happy Thanksgiving to our American Neighbours...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, November 20, 2016

There's a thing about the Sea...

I was in grade 5 or 6 when I was asked by my teacher to memorize and recite a poem in front of the class...I think it was Mr. Monterey School.
We called him "Killer Miller" I have no idea why!

The pressure was on as there was a short timeline, but Father had a book of poetry and he helped me choose a few and we whittled it down to this one...
because it "spoke to me."

Sea Fever
by John Masefield,

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

How was I to know at that age that the sea would play such a large part in my life?

I spent much of my teen years cruising on the sea and met my husband as a result of boating...
We married young and raised two children and bought a boat as soon as we could...we sailed the Gulf Islands and had many adventures.

The kids are grown up and we now have a smaller boat, 
a 27 foot Sea Ray Sun Dancer that I like to refer to as "the Go Fast"...
her real name is "Waterlust" named so as we have a lust for the sea.

I wonder if the call to the sea was meant to be?
Did my early yearnings lead me to this chapter in my life
or was it destiny?
Do you believe in destiny?

I've always been drawn to the sea.
Especially in times of joy and many times of despair...
weeping salty tears.

I love to walk along the seafront and to go beach combing
hopefully seeking 
searching for shells and beach glass.

Sea shells, white vintage ironstone, mirrors and candles...
a vignette that calms

Candles are such a simple thing 
I would not be happy if I did not have some in the house.

They add such ambiance...
not unlike 
 staring into the beach fire
or the Guy Fawkes bonfire

it stirs something deep within...
dare I say primordial?

Walking along the seafront offers up so many different views...

my mood can be altered in a matter of minutes...
Mother Natures's paintbrush is ever changing...
she can be moody

we are mere observers...

speaking of observing
and watching....

I have been watching The Crown on Netflix...
such a grand production with a stellar cast
I am savouring each and every episode.

Are you watching too?

I have been knitting...
and it just so happens that I have been knitting Crowns...
Yes dear reader, 
crowns for the grand children!

 Ravelry pattern in the royal spirit and free...
fun might be in the household of the children as they play Queen and King.

I received an email from a reader in the UK saying that she cannot leave any blog comments and I have checked all my settings and can find nothing amiss...
if you have had trouble commenting on my blog please send me an email.

I hope that all will be well.

Hope you have a great week...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Friday, November 18, 2016

Painting the town red...

I am seeing red everywhere I go...

from the innocent shelf in the pharmacy

to the red cup...

 Essie Jag-U-Are red nails

the red stripe in my Burberry scarf

The red fire engine that was called to our hotel when we had to evacuate
(it was a false alarm)

dinner out at our favourite Indian fusion restaurant

curried lamb popsicles served on a bed of potatoes
beef curry and kale
naan bread

I had an entire day to spend in Vancouver while Mr. HB was on course.

I walked for hours browsing and exploring the shops.
One blue top...on sale.

a pair of NYDJ boyfriend style jeans

a wee bit of a splurge

I needed to stop for a break after 4 hours...

lettuce wrap
shrimp, crab, coleslaw and a few crunchy noodles

I bought this Hermes fragrance after discovering it in Paris when I was there...
it is a soft feminine scent that I quite love.
(the bottle is refillable)

I love a getaway where I can browse and shop...
and we came home 
to a date night at the theatre

A Fabulous production
in the meantime...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~