Urban Nature Video

As much as I love shooting still images, I really want to develop my skills with video. This short video is a celebration of nature in the urban setting. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by beauty. There are no sweeping vistas and empty beaches, no mountain ranges or snow-capped peaks. This is my own little part of the world-Alexandria, Sydney. Shot on a Samsung S7 in 4K. Kinda looks much better full screen on Vimeo!

Still coming to grips with editing and shooting and I don’t mind that. Learning is it’s own reward.

Best wishes until next time.

Don


Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

Nothing warms the heart like a hot crumble with lashings of coconut ice cream. This rhubarb and apple crumble does the trick superbly.

This is SO simple to make and can spawn multiple variations depending on what fruit you have laying around. Swap out the apples for pears, swap out the rhubarb for nectarines.


All the ingredients I use in this recipe (and everything I make) is locally-produced organic as much as possible. We live in a world surrounded by toxic paints, chemicals, fumes so anything that goes into my body is free from chemical pesticides. Of course, organically grown produce is better for the farmers and the planet.

Please note I cannot be held responsible for dietary issues, burns or unsatisfactory results arising from this recipe. I have tried to be as accurate as I can with measurements, but feel free to add more or less ingredients according to taste. 

Please let me know if you make this up and love it/hate it.

Enjoy!

***Oxalic acid is found in rhubarb leaves. Do not eat the leaves as it will make you incredibly sick or cause death.  Only use the stems. 

FOR THE FILLING

  • 5 medium/large apples
  • 1 bunch of rhubarb 
  • 2 Tbsp or 30 ml lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fresh apple juice (or water)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger 
  • 1 pinch nutmeg 

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut or cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup muscovado or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup toasted museli or mixed unsalted nuts
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or non-dairy spread

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
  • Wash apples and rhubarb.
  • Cut leaves of rhubarb and chop stems finely. (don’t use leaves!!)***
  • Quarter, core and cut apples thinly. Discard cores. (do i need to say that?!)
  • Put apples and remaining filling ingredients in a bowl. Toss to combine. 
  • In another bowl, add all topping ingredients. Mix.
  • Place apple
  • Bake for Bake for 45 minutes. You should see the filling bubbling through the side of the dish (or see the bubbles if using a glass baking dish
  • Allow to cool down a little before serving.
  • Serve with coconut (vegan) ice cream- vanilla works best! 
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven until warmed through.

  • Decorating With Flowers and Plants

     There is nothing better than decorating your house with flowers and plants. It really does make a house a home, and there is some much room for creative expression. 

    I’m going to show you how I decorate with flowers and plants.

    Since I started taking more more photos of flowers, I have discovered the true value of having them around the house. Not only bringing beauty inside, but colour and scent too. 

    By design, our house is very neutral-toned, so it’s a perfect canvas for the explosion of colour a vase of pink lilies or poppies bring. Even just foliage brings warmth and charm to the house. 

    It’s so nice to bring nature indoors, especially in winter, when you don’t get to sit in the garden. I’ll just drag plants indoors for a week or so-unless they get lots sunlight-and rotate them around the house. Instead of planting, I’m moving towards more potted plants just for the convenience of bringing them inside.

    As an added bonus is, when plants are in pots, my dog can’t dig them up.  

    I’m not big on colour pots, I prefer muted tones that don’t compete with the foliage or flowers. Almost all my vases are glass for the same reason. ‘Keep it Simple’ is possibly my life motto.

    I love collecting old bottles and props (although I have to move something out of the house if something comes in- it’s our minimalist rule!) so I put everything in old pots and bottles now. If something is just in a plastic pot, I stick the whole pot in a old paper bag, or wrap Japanese newspaper around the pot and tie it with some string. Super simple and effective.

    I hope you have enjoyed having a look at our cute home and given you some ideas for decorating with flowers and plants. 

    Get those plants inside!

    Thanks for joining me and best wishes until next time.


    Don

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