Saturday 27 July 2019

July Wrap-up

Remember the Facebook group that I belong to : "Buy Nothing (my neighbourhood)" that I wrote about in May?
Well, recently one of the Admins offered to teach how to make sourdough bread. I jumped at the idea of learning it, as it's the only bread my husband likes to eat.

Sourdough bread making lesson- sourdough with turmeric

On Saturday 14th July a couple of us attended her lesson, and in the end she gave us some starter and five days later I baked my first sourdough and it was a success, crusty and delicious.

My first sourdough

The following day we  had lunch at the Italian Restaurant Ruocco's in Fremantle, to raise funds for our local Codfish Academy, and it was attended by about 80 "friends" of the Academy.
The Academy is a philanthropic association which was originally created by some members of the Portuguese community in Johannesburg, South Africa. To date there are 57 branches around the globe, and Perth was the 50th Academy to be created in 2011.
Funds are usually raised through monthly lunches or dinners.

Starters were the same at all tables, but we had a choice of 4 mains, and I chose Chicken Parmigiana. My dessert was White Chocolate Pannacotta with Raspberry and Jose had the Tiramisu.

Lunch at Ruocco's Italian Restaurant

We parked our car about a block away from the restaurant and loved seeing the garden verge where people plant all sorts of things from vegetables to plants. Fremantle is a quirky suburb.

Fremantle verges with quirky pots, cacti and a fence made with driftwood

                An American left hand drive car we came across on the way home from Fremantle

I've been doing some sewing mostly in the evenings, recovering our patio chairs with another fabric, as the other one is getting very faded.
I decided to use piping on the cushions to make them look a bit more professional, but it hasn't been an easy job, and I'm almost regretting using it, but now I have to do all 6 cushions the same way.

One of the new cushions with piping

The following Saturday 20th, I drove to Port Kennedy, about half an hour away, and met up with my friend and ex-colleague Jan at the "The Upcycled Barn", to buy Fusion Mineral Paint for my furniture projects.
After our shopping we went to a nearby Cafe for a hot drink - hot chocolate for me and we shared a huge slice of carrot cake, and we spent an hour or two catching up.

At the Upcycled Barn - a couple of painted treasures, the Fusion paint I bought and chocolate & carrot cake 

And mainly after work I've been doing a bit of painting too, and this morning I finished this little cabinet. It cost me $10, and I hope to sell it once I have more pieces painted.
I had to sand it a bit and fill crevices with wood putty, clean it up and then gave it two coats of paint and finished by rubbing in antique wax.

The small cabinet and the various stages of painting

All painted!

And I've just started my next project, an antique coat rack that I got for free. 
I've sanded it, removed the hardware, cleaned it all over, in the next few days I hope to start painting it ...

My next project - an antique coat rack
Hope you have a great weekend!


  1. The bread looks good indeed, so fluffy!
    The one Ingo loves is very "tight".
    The Italian food, hmmm...
    Ha! Here people discuss the plural of cactus. Kaktusse or Kakteen - this I take as proof it´s the latter! ;-)
    Ohhh, I do love that car!
    The cushions look great and the color is so joyful again.
    Amazing what colors can do on old furnitures, it looks great. The coat rack looks interesting, too.
    Wishing you a great weekend!

    1. Thank you Iris. I thought that car was fantastic, we don't many like that any more :) Have a great weekend too.

  2. I get exhausted just reading about all you do, Sami! The sourdough bread looks really delicious. I first ate sourdough bread in San Francisco many years ago, and have been a fan ever since.

    1. Thanks David. Sourdough bread is very popular here too and apparently artisan sourdough is the best bread for you. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. The cabinet looks good!

    I first had sourdough bread through a bakery in our province's cottage country, and really liked it.

    1. I can imagine country sourdough would be the real thing. Thanks David, have a great weekend.

  4. Absolutely Gorgeous Posting - Love That Oldie


    1. The oldie car is a treasure indeed. Thanks Padre, have a lovely weekend.

  5. Oh the food. Oh my. I'm hungry and that food looks fabulous.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Sami. ♥

    1. Thanks Sandee, enjoy your weekend too.

  6. Gosto muito desse pão.
    A Sami é uma pessoa de muito talento. Deve haver muito pouco que não saiba fazer. :)

    1. Obrigada Catarina. Sempre gostei de coisas viradas para as artes. Bom fim de semana.

  7. Your painting looks wonderful, Sami!

  8. I forgot you guys drive on the left there.

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    1. Obrigada Francisco, bom Domingo para si.

  10. You certainly got a lot accomplished. Your bread looks wonderful, and it sounds like your neighborhood is a place I'd love to live in.

    Had to laugh at the "American left hand drive car." That's the way ALL cars should be (grin). That's a very old one. Looks to be a 1958 or so. At one time, I was into old cars.

    Your cabinet turned out great, but I want that old coat rack. I'd NEVER paint it, but would refurbish it in the beautiful oak. Some of it is even quarter sawn oak, (also called tiger striping) which they don't cut anymore. It's too expensive to cut it against the grain, so you have a rare gem there.

    1. I like my neighborhood too, and this facebook group is a great way to donate things and help each other. Thanks for the info on the car Elizabeth :)

  11. Every single photo and activity in this post is one I would love to do! The bread lesson, the wonderful restaurant food, the upcycle place and your beautiful cushions. I love the color. Making me smile, Sami!

    1. Thank you Jeanie, glad we have the same "good" taste 😊

  12. I’m also crazy about sourdough bread and I’ve been wanting to do it. So far what I got is a recipe from a colleague in danish (it’s similar to Swedish so it’s not a total tragedy...), but I didn’t dare to try yet. You made it look easy!
    Great job on the cabinet, it looks very nice!


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