Living in the city I only long for a garden. Our last place had a small courtyard with a little wood fence and a wrought iron gate. Gilby and I would sit outside for hours under draping crepe myrtle and banana trees as I tapped away on my laptop, often the harmonies of musical neighbors drifting in. It was a magical little space and much of that magic was created by the garden gate.
For inspiration, here are some of my favorite gates from Tumblr. Whether a grand gate or a petite one, wrought iron garden gates always add a new dimension to the garden...
When I moved into my present city apartment, a mere 680 square feet, Things had to serve a purpose. No longer could this antique wardian case hold trinkets for display, it had to be functional. So I gave up a rather large chunk of my micro kitchen to grow fresh herbs. I figure it is a fair trade off. I have a full spectrum vita light shining on the plants and they seem to do quite well in there.
I adore wardian cases, terrariums and the like.
They were a fixture in the Palace of Versailles like the one above, and later the Victorians made great use of them when it was discovered that they could successfully transport rare species of plants home from around the globe. I thought I would share some pinned photos of various styles..
Imitation cases are usually zinc and plexiglass ,like this one I spotted at a local market.
You can tell the age of a real one by the thickness and color of the glass.The glass will most often be 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch. They are always quite heavy. Antique …
This lovely concoction is a basic fresh white cheese , otherwise known as Fromage Blanc, made into a dessert cheese by adding a pear infused balsamic vinegar reduction and pairing it with fruit, chocolate and cajun spiced pecans. The fromage blanc is from an old New Orleans recipe a friend living on Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville told me about several years ago.
It is relatively simple to make from milk, no special equipment or ingredients are needed, yet it will definitely impress whomever you serve it to. Fromage Blanc can be made in a variety of textures. It can be made with low fat milk if you so desire, and it can be a dessert cheese like that above or a comfort food like the creamy herb cheese I made here.
The preparation is so easy, here is how:
You will need-
1 qt.milk, raw or store bought but make sure it is not ultra pasteurized (regular pasteurization is fine)
1 cup buttermilk
11/2 tbls. strained juice from fresh lemons or limes
1/2 tsp salt, I prefer pink salt
Have you ever walked into one of the really big high end antique shows and noticed a distinct fragrance? That wonderful fragrance isn't there to entice you to buy. It is there to keep insects out of the priceless furniture. Having antiques in a show exposes them to potential insect infestation much like taking your dog to the dog park increases his risk of fleas. Some dealers still depend on citronella candles but the past decade or so, high end sellers have developed some lovely fragrances of their own that keep away pests.
My favorite combinations are bergamot vetiver, patchouli lemon, and lavender cedarwood. All of those combinations repel pests and smell fabulous. I use these scents at home because living in the South, well, we have a lot of bugs. Woodworms have damaged more antiques than you can imagine. Spiders also love old wood. And please, let's not even talk about moths..they can reduce a wool rug to dust in less than a week and are the bane of fine antique uphols…