I was given this beautiful old frame by a guy in a second-hand market in the local town.
It is one of the most beautiful picture frames I have ever come across.
Look closely at it, for it is a colourful mosaic of sea washed glass and shells.
For several years now it has waited patiently in the shed for someone with a good idea…who just happened to come along this week.
Cara was helping me to find a hammer in the outside shed on Monday, when she spied this frame and suggested it be used as a chalk board for the garden…all it needed was some board cut to fit, which could then be painted with blackboard paint and fitted into the frame!
Cara turned up with the finished, magnificently up-cycled chalkboard today and promptly fitted it onto the wall of the lodge under the shelter of the veranda.
Doesn’t it look great?
Meanwhile…in the kitchen I prepared some wholesome juice, using organic produce from the gardens…
After juicing organic apples and carrots, I add Kale, Apple-mint, Lemon Balm, Fennel and Parsley.
Juicing is a great way of ensuring a steady supply of the finest and freshest nutrients, especially using what is so easily grown in the edible gardens here at Bealtaine Cottage.
Much of what I harvest is added to stir-fries too.
These are the ingredients for this evening’s meal.
Meanwhile, Missy Cat is enjoying the sunshine, while keeping an eye on me!
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