Home is where the heart is, and there was much heart in our home.
Living in the bush, we rely on our capabilities to create and nurture the things and experiences we love.
No take out shop up the road (ok, the fresh oysters at the Murdunna store and the odd round of fish and chips are pretty good – but not a staple diet), daily meals are prepared from fresh ingredients, often from the backyard garden or other such garden surrounding us. The kitchen becomes the heart of the house and the surrounding property becomes the focus of a daily routine as it’s maintained and utilised for our existence in Murdunna. Sure we visit the big smoke and stock up at the shop too – when we have to 🙂
When not whipping up a meal or running the house, I dash to the workshop to play with the tools and make afew spoon rings, or if the mood permits, delve into something a little more creative with the cutlery. I’m a home based designer/artisan working with spoons to make jewellery.
I blog and maintain social media and websites for my design work. Recently I’ve been exploring the medium of emedia, I’m excited by film and sound and would love to get back to uni and complete my bachelor degree one day soon.
I am a single parent, raising two fabulous children – Ella and Sage.
Our world is beautifully simple and uncomplicated. We listen to the radio, and watch the odd dvd. We love to paddle and play upon the coastlines that surround us. We observe the nature that exists here, caring for it.
Sage loves lego as most little boys do, he’s been exploring the wide world of soccer (he received a set of fold out soccer goals and a soccer ball from santa this year), hockey, cycling and fishing lately. Rocks, minerals and crystals ar interesting to Sage too. Sage loves to read. He’s 7 years old.
Ella is a bit arty farty, no wonder – surrounded by all of the beautiful creative people in our community. She draws, writes, paints and just completed making her first piece of furniture with Gay Hawkes (a creative entity in her own right) at her boatshed in Dunalley. Ella received the art award of excellence from Dunalley Primary School in 2012, her final year of primary (kindly donated by those fabulous folks at the Potter’s Croft Dunalley). Ella is an amazing athlete; cross-country, track and field, hockey, netball and swimming have been her focus in 2012 – she has achieved tremendously in all of these areas. Lately we’ve taken to playing tennis with Nana Bev at the local court at Dunalley (bit ordinary, but it does the job). Ella received a pair of cross trainers and a tennis racquet from santa this year. Ella starts school at Mt Carmel College next year, a big committment for myself as a single parent working part-time to maintain (private education) – but she shows such promise and I want to give her every opportunity possible to shine.
This is a little insight into who we are and what we are about.
Our home was devastated by the bushfires in Tasmania last week – everything that made this life of ours happen is gone. The boatshed and home that belonged to Gay the furniture designer, the home and studios of those generous folks from the Potters Croft, our wonderful Dunalley Primary School. . . all gone too.
We’re not sure about everyone else, but we didn’t have contents insurance – a risk yes, but unfortunately the odds of this natural disaster were not on our side.
At this point we are starting again. We hold in our heart and minds that from each adversity comes an equal or greater benefit.
A friend suggested we make a wishlist – put it our there – people want to help.
So here it is people -please help us to shine and rise up from the ashes.
If there is something you’d like to help us with – please type your name and the item description in the comments section at the bottom of the page here and pledge your help. If you’d like to assist with cash or remain anonymos please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ange and the kids
Angela’s Kitchen Wishlist
I love to cook.
My retro seaside bush kitchen is ash.
The kitchen is the heart of my home.
This is what I’ll miss from my kitchen.
· Japanese carbon steel chopping knives and those fabulous little Victorinox knives
· the American diamond steel knife sharpener
· Mouli grater & sieve
· Stainless riveted copper plated pots and pan.
· Cast iron frypans
· The years of recipes collected from aunties passed, friends and family – please send your
· That sunbeam espresso coffee machine that mum gave me for my birthday this year
· A stainless 4 – 6 cup stovetop expresso jug – all stainless with no plastic, so I could take it camping making coffee fireside too.
· Stephanie Alexander’s – the cooks companion
· And the fabulous new Maggie Beer cook book that Jet and Rachel gifted me for Christmas xo
· Retro apron collection
· Fowlers jar collection – and the pickles and preserves that were in them 😉
· A fabulous Tassie timber chopping board and cheese board
· Fine china tea cups – the only way to drink tea
· Handmade teapots
· Plain white Corelle bowls and plates
· All of the orange things – although I’m considering changing my palate to green. . . feedback please??
· The herb and spice collection
· That beautiful old wooden table that also sufficed as a giant chopping board
· A good old kenwood chef or equivalent
. Stainless whisks and utensils – don’t like plastic utensils
· The Tupperware – the retro Tupperware set – in orange
· Beautiful old baking dishes – don’t like Teflon L – do like cast iron, stainless, steel, glass, ceramic
· A Romertopf baking dish
· Stainless sieves and strainers
· Glasses for the vino and other glasses
· That fabulous old retro table and chair setting with the orange seats.
· A totally stainless stovetop kettle
· And/or an electric one – without inner plastic components
· Something that makes toast.
· A fridge/freezer
· A tuckerbox/deep freezer
· A medium eski
That would be somewhere to start. . . making food from the heart for the people we love and the new friends who find themselves at Duck Creek, Murdunna.
It almost sounds like our kitchen again.
another wishlist coming soon. . . xo