Grouplove everybody. Clearly
You’re such a lovely cup
Why don’t cha fill me up
All these reasons too hard to explain
So, I’ll drink you up my dear
We got it all right here
Here is now, and now is where I want to be
Extracting old files. Time poor. Caffeine rich.
Urban Rustic now serving coffee. And it is good #coffeeup = code for enable dynamic functionality
Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.
Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?
Can I offer you a cup of coffee-flavoured beverine?
Yes, I take it grey with creamium.
The Simpsons, Season 9 Episode 2
The Principal and the Pauper
Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact
Best coffee movie scene ever shot.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
That’s the lovely Kat. Local Barista. She’s made my coffee for years in various coffee shops on the Northern Beaches. It’s so fun to have company in the shop and ridiculous to have someone to say to, can I have a coffee? and it’s like the best coffee. Leftfield Old Fox. Love it. Really smooth. Not bitter. Yep like Scarface I’m gettin high on my own supply.
Come in if you can. If you say you read this you can have a free coffee, ruby chai, organic tea. Whatever.
I’d be stoked. Cheers Sandy :-)
while we wait for summer [and not the Donna version]
want some hot stuff baby?
Eat your heart out.
Cathrineholm enamel Fondue set. What can I say? Her stuff is on fire, hard to get and comes at a price.
Won’t let this one go til after my opening soiree [or never] but I have more to offer. This is just a taste.
Lookin for a place for some hot love? It’s right here, right now.
Blue, Yellow, Orange bringing it.
Bottle or jug? Or all of it? It is Saturday…
And if there’s a happier colour combo? Show me.
Pretty fond of this lot.
Reluctant to sell this orange piece. It’s large and magnificent and I bought it on an awesome buying trip/mini break/ solo mission last year. It was the last shop I hit and I was pretty tapped out. Like very. Knew I had already spent far too much. Eek. But also knew when I went out and sat in the car, I would drive back to Sydney organising freight. And then it might break. And then be so annoyed with myself for indecision…
Anyway I was trying to do a short post because I know we are all too busy for words… So yeah. I went back in. Maxed out the plastic on glass. Bought it. Loved it. Still do but… yup, it’s up for grabs.
Quick before I change my mind.
Orange Empoli Italian cased bottle, god I love that faux wicker texture. It could be cheesy if not perfectly executed. Lucky it is.
Tall double cased [cased= white lining] Empoli Italian bottle vase, in that Per Lütken, Holmegaard kind of way.
Yellow cased jug. Mid century. That crazy arse shape. Was a ….. to clean, so visibly filthy inside, got a scourer stuck in there [amateur] and after a few days and a smart idea from Gemma in the shop next door I reefed it out with the bent hook of a coathanger. So relieved. Ridiculously happy over a small triumph #nerd
Time for a drink, cheers
in Newport shop this week
interested? ask here
Vive la révolution.
A recycled Bastille Day offering… [sold]
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens 1812 – 1870
Liberty, equality and fraternity forever.
Moving and packing and school holidays all at once.
Could be losing it if I wasn’t careful. Hate to lose these super cute vintage cases though. Some are for sale, some just for display in the new shop. I’m almost there… Opening soon.
The one with the little blue corners is a very close match to one I took to Kindergarten. Damn, I wish I had kept it, same applies to my doll Lily. Thirteen year old Sandy thought she was too grown up for dolls. And old school cases.
Now I am actually grown up [well most of the time, add alcohol and I’m not so sure] I realise you are never too grown up to keep your childhood favourites. Like Mr Burns and Bobo, some things money can not buy, for others there’s Ebay and settling for close enough.
Customers may be disappointed that certain cases are display only/ not for sale, and I am sorry about that, but seriously they are
a] becoming harder to find
b] expensive even for me to buy
c] and I like them, so… if I am to sell them, I need to make a decent margin, otherwise why bother? May as well keep them
d] more meaningful than storing things in plastic tubs from the $2 shop. IMO.
Don’t you think?
The littlest brown Globite case belongs to my husband. It was his kindergarten port [does anyone get when I say ‘port’ some people understand, others look at me with empty expressions. It’s short for portmaneau and ye old English in origin.
Anyhoo, his mother was smart enough to hold onto it and it stills stores his lego from a lifetime ago. Also love the original Dymo label. And the stickers. Irreplaceable.
Love that the briefcase up the back, the leather one, is Vintage Ikea. No, it’s not an oxymoron, it belonged to my friend Nina, was her Father’s and it also has his name, a six digit phone number and Stockholm Sweden in Dymo label. Uber cool.
In closing, vintage suitcases are worth keeping for display, storage and nostalgic purposes.
The navy Airlight above, holds old Gold. Vintage Golden Books that is.
A cute stack I picked up in a regional op shop on a short trip [AKA offloading of the children] to the Grandparents. Such fabulous illustrations. And fabulous In-laws.
Hope to see you soon xo
Urban Rustic can’t continue being your best kept secret.
My shop is moving, and hope you follow us around the corner. The new space is bigger, brighter, there’s a surprise in store AND you will be able to move around. Imagine that? So exciting…
Urban Rustic will always stand for Quality and Value. And Good Vibes.
Thank you to our loyal customers, we know who you are and you are always welcome. We want to look after you. So grateful for your visits and support. We love hearing your stories and happy memories.
Please pop in, right next to Beachside Homewares. Near Coles. 371 Barrenjoey Road. Opening July 13th.
Meanwhile our Robertson Road space is on SALE for 3 more weeks. Having a big clearance, stuff needs to move one way or another. So if you have your eye on something, nows the time! Speaking of time…please note: Winter hours: wed-sat 10am – 3ish. Sorry, as you can imagine, there’s a bit going on…
It’s a big brave step and I’m just as nervous as I am excited. Wish me luck.
and the gorgeous UR girls: Dionne, Gisele & Dan
I’m no naturopath by any stretch of the imagination but I head to the Fruit & Veg shop over a Chemist when I’m not feeling well. Am a big fan of simple natural remedies which come in their own organic packaging.
I’ve been drinking half a lemon in warm [NOT hot] water in the morning for years, it’s been a habit for so long I had kind of forgotten why… clearer skin, a liver cleanse and better digestion but turns out there’s a whole bunch of other benefits:
Lemon has anti-inflammatory properties [which explains why lemon & honey is an enduring cold and flu remedy. I’ll get to that in a sec]
so it’s good for joints, and muscles
aids in proper functioning of the nervous system
cleanses not only the liver but blood, blood vessels and arteries.
Lemons contain good amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium so added to water helps hydrate your body naturally.
Lemon in warm water first thing in the morning [best to wait half and hour at least before having tea or coffee] is good for heartburn, pregnancy, gallstones, kidney stones, bowels, tooth pain and
if you will believe it: water with lemon prevents cancer as cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. I found this info here.
If you can’t stomach the tartness adding a teaspoon of raw [health food shop or organic] honey is not going to hurt at all as honey has great health benefits too, and holistic practitioners consider honey one of nature’s best all-around remedies.
The benefits of a teaspoon of honey and half a lemon in warm water according to naturalcuresnotmedicine.com are:
purification of the body
helps with coughs or head colds
helps with constipation
calms the nerves
removes bad breath
Pretty much the same claims as 20 Unbelievable Reasons To Start Your Day With Lemon & Water…
Benefits-of-honey.com says fasting on honey and lemon-juice, an alkaline food, is highly beneficial in the treatment of obesity. It moves deposited fat, which gets used as energy and purifies the blood at the same time. Pretty sweet if it’s true.
And of course, sip on a lemon & honey drink when you have a cold or flu. The anti-inflammatory properties of both, the vitamin C of the lemon and the anti-bacterial nature of honey do their biz. I also grate in garlic [anti-bacterial and immunity booster] and ginger [pain relieving, antiseptic and antioxidant] Source www.organicnutrition.co.uk
I can vouch for the healing powers of honey. My mum saved a lot of sheep which had been savagely attacked by a stray dog on the family farm by covering the many life-threatening wounds with honey. Flies stuck and died in the thick sticky mess [preventing further infection] and the anti-bacterial properties of the honey healed the sores. The local chemist gave her that valuable piece of information. True story.
So when life hands you lemons treat it as a good thing, add honey and get lemon aid or add sugar and alcohol and make Limoncello. Take your pick. Both guaranteed to make you feel better.
Cin cin [Good health]
This original Swedish number smashed overnight by little hands as it was soaking in the sink. No joy.
But 30 years since the seminal electronic dance classic Blue Monday, New Order announce a new album due out this year. That could make me feel better.
Apologies for the noise. Seems appropriate. My camera’s also having a bad day # Iphoneography