Monday, 2 December 2013

Gifts from the Garden

After a short train ride I arrived at the house of Debora Robertson. Exuberant and bubbly - she warmly welcomed me into her home.  There was eight of us guests and we sat around the edge of a beautiful white marble island that was liberally peppered with cakes, flat breads and biscuits.  We were encouraged to tuck in and offered a range of teas, wine, mulled wine etc throughout the afternoon.

Debora demonstrated how to make some of the items in her book such as caraway flat breads (I made a batch the very next day), rose milk bath,  pine cone firelighters, marigold and oatmeal soap, chili vodka etc deftly moving from one item to the next ably assisted by her supportive husband Sean.

Time moved quickly and as the sun went down over the  herb garden on view from the glass doors,  it was time to set off home again.  We received goody bags including signed copies of Debora's book 'Gifts from the Garden', a heart shaped soap, rose milk bath and a pine cone firelighter (too bad I don't have a real fire to put it on!)

I came away fired up to make edible gifts and beautify my home.


  1. Sounds like you had a fun and inspiring day out. Wish I could have come too.

  2. Sounds like you had a most wonderful day
    Julie xxxx

  3. That sounds like a truly wonderful day out Simone, no wonder you feel inspired! :)
    V xxx

  4. Oh my goodness what a heavenly day that sounds! I love gifts like this that don't cost much financially but have taken time and love to make. Its how it should be at Christmas - I'm sure you agree. And my goodness how creative you've been. Such gorgeous jewellery - and I'm looking forward to seeing more felt!

  5. Sounds like such a wonderful and inspiring day:)

  6. Oh, how lovely! Sounds like a wonderful and inspiring day and all your goodies look lovely:)

  7. Sounds like such an enjoyable day, Simone!! What nice reminders to take home!
    Just went through your recent posts - love your "caged marbles", lovely button earrings and sparkly bracelets! You are so creative!!xx

  8. A day well spent! Her book looks to be full of good things.

  9. What fun! I'm so glad you went to the workshop and returned home overflowing with inspiration!

    I love the felt Gizmo from the other day, too.


  10. Hello Simone, what a lovely blog! Thanks for dropping in to Thriftwood and for your lovely comments ... now I've found you!

    Love Claire xx

  11. So glad you had a wonderful day, Simone. It all looks so inspiring! Lovely to try making those gorgeous gifts.
    Helen x

  12. What an incredibly interesting day.
    I bet you've been busy making lots of goodies.
    Lisa x


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