My favourite place in our neighborhood is the Lebanese Loaf. Early in the morning I go there to smell the bread baked on site, then bagged, then stacked on the counter for a short time until it disappears. Is there anything nicer than the sensational overload caused by the smell of fresh bread that is warm to the touch? I can't resist so it is only a matter of stacking up the hommus, tabouli and special treat, the manoosh...oregano flat bread pizza on the bench. I can hardly resist the olives, feta cheese or haloumi either. Tough choices but there is something so nice about a family run business.
I have gone there for so many years and always found smiling faces and happy chat. I have received advice on raising my sons, recipes and most recently was rewarded with a new item on the menu...hommus with beetroot! OH MY MY MY. I am addicted and return regularly for this special and very pretty treat.
There is something heartwarming about a place where food is still close to the source. Bagged by hand and sold out at the end of the day. In a world of overwhelming choices consolidated by huge businesses it is nice to step into a shop that reeks of "old country" and where community still has meaning.
Another local place to visit is the newly relocated Achieve Australia. Formerly Crowel House this is a bower bird hot spot for crafters. It is dedicated to selling second hand craft items to raise money for families with disabled children. The new location on Bowden Street Meadowbank is just next to my gym. On the return from a run I spied some bolts of fabric in the window and made a bee line inside! It's really well organised and full of things to rummage through. Stacks of doilies.
A treasure trove of trims...
Yes! I have discovered tapestry at my ripe old age. I am not sure if I would have thought about doing this is I hadn't seen Bronwyn at Marg George's house doing her own design on the back of a tapestry a while back. At the time I was amazed at her work but filed it away in the memory bank. When I chanced upon these roses all I could see was the bird from A Wandering Mind hiding in the flowers so I sketched in on top and away I went. I had to get Cath to show me the needles and wool and give me a quick lesson.
Now catch me working on this in the morning while uploading photos...at night in front of the tv with my other projects scattered out of view...at the Dr appointment in the waiting room...on the bus...waiting for toast...while on skype doing my radio interview....(catch it here...American Patchwork Radio ) Just about anywhere I have been for the last week I have had this to work on. It is so mindlessly wonderful work to do and at this stage that is all I can handle.
I did put it down last night to start a project with the some samples of A Wandering Mind...
To be honest, I found it almost impossible to cut into the sampling. I was weirdly stuck hovering with my rotary but once I made the first cut I could hardly stop. We'll see what happens tonight as I might get an earlier start on the project and see where the design wall takes me. Or maybe I'll stay home today! Not likley. k