Framed, Raw and Rather Juicy!

Upcycling Old Picture Frames

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.

The new chalkboardFor 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.

Lodge VerandaDoesn’t it look great?

organic herbs from the permaculture gardensMeanwhile…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.

Preparing aVegan stir fry at Bealtaine CottageMuch of what I harvest is added to stir-fries too.

These are the ingredients for this evening’s meal.

Missy catMeanwhile, Missy Cat is enjoying the sunshine, while keeping an eye on me!


  1. A beautiful frame indeed. But I wonder where some people’s sense of worth has gone. They calculate their own worth in money earned or invested or whatever. Not in what they can do, their skills or contribution to community. The creator of that frame lovingly crafted it with little monetary reward. You can see where I’m going here. Time we acknowledged our own worth within a larger community, that of all creation. We can feed each other, clothe each other, care for each other. Without banks, insurance, or Monsanto!

  2. Missy Cat is so interesting. I love your recycling project. I have used the blackboard paint and love it.. Your ingredients for supper look so good. Do you have some sort of machine to make you vitamin rich drink. Thats a wonderful idea and being able to use the freshest ingredients from the garden.
    My best to you all
    wool still drying, dreadful wet weather, package will be sent soon

    • Hopefully the weather will improve soon, Carole…it has certainly been very unpredictable here, with the seasons appearing to dodge in and out of Winter and Summer all the time!
      The juice is very sustaining for me. I was given a juicer by a friend who was upgrading hers to a bigger model. It is a great asset! This morning I juiced apple, carrots and kale then put the juice into the blender, with raw oats and frozen blackcurrants I saved last year…it was yummy and has sustained me right into the afternoon! I would highly recommend a juicer for anyone who grows food, or has access to fresh organic produce.

  3. That is indeed a very nice frame. Enjoy it together with your beautiful plants, thank you so much for the wonderful visit, Kristina and I enjoyed it very much and your seeds are already sown! Have a good week,

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