Thursday, April 6, 2023

The Green Post 💚

Dog walking on a breezy day 💚💚💚 #autumndays

Hello chic friends!

Hope you're having a great week! We switched out of daylight savings time last weekend, so now it's properly into the autumn feels here 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁
Who wants to see the before and after of my herb garden upgrade? I know, you've been waiting on the edge of your seat for it :)

Neatly tended After, with Daphne (and Chloe in the background)

The first photo (above) is my lovely weeded herb bed and the second photo further down, well, it's the weedy before photo (but a before-and-after is always fun to see, right?)
From left to right in the photo above:

🍃 Parsley (struggling a little I admit, I may have to buy a new plant if it doesn't take off).

🍃 Chives going gangbusters and so yummy in mashed potato since my parsley is currently 'out of stock'.

🍃 Thyme, delicious with scrambled eggs (I fry it in the butter before I put the whisked eggs in the pan). Also very good pressed under roast veges (a few leaves per piece of potato, pumpkin or carrot).

🍃 Oregano, it grows plentifully so I use it! It is nice with roast veges or in a sauce. Delicious added to a homemade pizza too.

🍃 Rosemary, transplanted from another area, and in this photo being photobombed by Daphne. It's nice on roast lamb, and in potato gratin (finely chopped).

🍃 Mint, corralled in its own little pot and seems to be thriving after I transplanted a chunk. I have a big patch growing wild which I originally planted away from everything because if you've ever had mint it takes over. I love putting a handful of leaves in my green smoothie, so good!

The first mint I planted here came from my dad's property which is very special since my dad is no longer with us and the property has now been sold. I remember when he went to get some mint to put in with the boiled potatoes and took me for a trek into the paddock where the most amazing mint patch grew, the leaves were huge. And now I have a satellite mint patch of my own. Thanks Pa!

Weedy Before, there are self-seeded TREES growing in there!

I hope you enjoyed my herb garden tour. I don't grow anything else at the moment. Herbs seem to be the easiest thing for me and they pay great rewards too since I love cooking with fresh herbs.

This little garden is just one of ways in which I love being 'financially chic' - living a good life without spending a lot of money.
With people here having lost their entire homes in the cyclone floods, I got to thinking what would be the possessions I'd be most upset about if our house was engulfed, and one of my top things was my books. So I took photos of all the shelves and sections of books on our built-in shelf in the hall as an insurance safeguard, plus to remind me of all the titles I have.


I love my books so much! This is one section of my French Chic shelf, of course. As you can see, I often leave bookmarks in non-fiction books and dip into them as desired. Many books I have collected second-hand from places like Abe Books or Thrift Books over the years, simply because they are not in print any longer.


I have been re-reading Jennifer L. Scott's book 'Lessons From Madame Chic' recently. It is such a charming book and reinspires me every time I read it. The ten-item wardrobe chapter is a good reminder at the change of seasons too.

I am thinking about my autumn/winter wardrobe at the moment. My goal is not to buy anything new and to put together a collection from items I already own – to lovingly curate a look and make sure everything is clean, good-looking and mended if necessary. Such fun!

If you are a booklover like I am and have a carefully curated selection of books too, take photos of all your titles today. Just to keep in your phone as a safeguard. And, the bonus is that you get to look at those photos from time to time. They will make you happy! Or maybe that’s just me 😂

Wishing you a lovely long weekend, if it's Easter where you are like it is here.

xx Fiona

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1 comment:

  1. What a great idea, taking a photo of the books! I think I will :) They would be a fortune to replace.
    I am gearing myself up to try more plants this year, but I don't have a good track record with growing things, so I'll start small and see how it goes. Have a blessed Easter!


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