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A blog by Claire, David and their cameras. Sydney, Australia.

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Now that the seasons are changing I am fully starting to understand America’s love affair with ‘fall’ – you literally can’t move for pumpkins. America loves a pumpkin. And who am I kidding, when they are this teensy and cute, so do I.

Even though it is still pretty warm in San Francisco you can definitely sense the seasonal change. I’m so ready for tights and boots, I’ve pretty much been chasing the sun round the world this year. Between the summer in the UK and then arriving here I really only had three weeks of winter in Australia. My body clock is going to be all over the show when I get back to summery Sydney in a few weeks.

It’s a bumper pack this week! There is so much internet goodness happening at the moment – here are a few links to enjoy.

Please give me this entire outfit immediately and I will wear it every day. Thanks.

Let’s all go to Croatia, it looks like a dream.

I love this sweet and simple outdoor styling.

This series is so gorgeous and inspiring.

Feed this to me now. And I’ll wash it down with this.

Beautiful tones on this grid.

Woofstock is a thing.

san francisco | south by north

My time in San Francisco is just flying by! Can someone please put a pause button on 2014?! I’m pretty sure it was January about five minutes ago. Anyway – I’ve only got a few weeks left, eep. Here are some snippets of my second month.

Dream princess barbie houses on Alamo Square | Can’t get enough of the sunsets round here | Spending a lot of time in the Mission | Art in progress | Walks on the Embarcadero

Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.

san francisco | south by north

san francisco | south by north

san francisco | south by north

san francisco | south by north

rose geranium lemonade | south by north

I’ve been visiting the San Francisco Farmers’ Market in the Ferry Building most Saturdays. It is pretty close to where I am staying, and is just a really lovely place to potter round. It also helps that most of the produce stalls are giving out free samples, and you can pretty much eat your body weight in peaches.

Last time I was there I found a herb stall selling bunches of rose geranium. I had never actually come across this before, and incase you haven’t either let me tell you that it smells di-vine. You can definitely pick out the distinctive rosy scent, but it is less flowery and much fresher than a pure rose smell. The lady running the stall suggested that I add it to lemonade, and that’s exactly what I did. It adds a delicious and fragrant little something to classic lemonade, and my only regret is that I didn’t have some ice cold gin to add to the glass.

Scroll down for the recipe.

rose geranium lemonade | south by north

rose geranium lemonade | south by north

rose geranium lemonade | south by north

To make six servings, you will need:
– handful of rose geranium leaves
– half a cup of sugar
– four lemons
– water
– edible flowers for garnish

To make the rose geranium syrup, put the sugar in a saucepan and add half a cup of water and heat. Once the sugar starts to dissolve throw in the rose geranium leaves and keep on a medium heat. The leaves will go brown pretty quickly, that’s ok! Once the sugar is completely dissolved, put a lid on the pan and leave to cool thoroughly. When it has cooled completely strain out the leaves and keep the syrup in a jar in the fridge. It should last for a couple of weeks.

Squeeze the juice out of all of the lemons and into a small jug. To assemble the drink, pop a few ice cubes in a glass and fill two thirds of the way with water (you could use still or fizzy). Top up with the freshly squeezed lemon juice, and add a few spoons of syrup to taste. Oh and if you feel like making these more fun, leave a bit of space for the gin.

baker beach | south by north

Here are a few things I have been enjoying on the internet this week.

This beautiful ice cream photography and styling. Seriously lovely.

Marzipan and challah are two of my favourite things, combining them is pure genius.

Wondering if I can recreate this with hair chalk?

This friendly washi tape.

And to finish, possibly the best instagram I’ve ever seen.

(Photo by me, taken at Baker Beach, SF.)
posted by Claire.

 

san francisco | south by north

I am lucky enough to be spending a few months in San Francisco and have been here since the beginning of August. David isn’t with me (he’ll be visiting soon!) but I’m trying to make the most of my time and explore the city. There are so many interesting neighbourhoods to discover, it actually reminds me a lot of Sydney. Obviously the food is amazing, there are waaaaay too many delicious bakeries and cafes – I’m spending a lot of time trying to resist various baked/glazed/cheese-stuffed goods….

This is what the first month looked like.

Bay Bridge at sunset / Palm trees in the Mission / The Embarcadero / Sail boat on the bay / Ferry trip with pals / Views from Sausalito / People watching in Sausalito / Farmers market swag

Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.

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laguna beach | south by northI have been meaning to start this series for the longest time, I’m not quite sure why I haven’t gotten around to it. Does anyone else have a long list of blog stuff that just seems to take forever to do?!

In an effort to spread the love, I will be sharing some of my favourite links from around the magical land of the interwebs every week. Friday seems to be ‘link day’ for most people, but I figured that we can all do with a bit of a distraction at the start of the week (Friday is fun enough as it is) so I’ll be posting on Mondays.
Here is what I have been enjoying this week.

Some wonderful ladies spent a weekend crafting and eating delicious food on the NSW coast, and I can’t believe I missed it! See more here and here.

Looking forward to seeing this colourful and creative book when it is finished.

Fascinated by these beautiful shoes.

Excuse me while I go and emboss every piece of paper I can find.

This looks like the perfect summer.

And to finish, some cute.

(Photo by me, taken at Laguna Beach, California.)
posted by Claire.

 

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This is what summer in the English countryside looks like – a few photos from my recent trip back home.

Giant magnolia flower / A growing orchard / Driving down country lanes / Evening sheep / Friendly chickens / Apple tree / The friendliest cat / Pale blue house / Work-life balance.

Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.

posted by Claire.

pavlova stack | a subtle revelry

I’ve loved a good pav ever since I can remember. It is a bit of a classic in my family, there are photos of me making them with my granny when I still had to stand on a box to reach the counter. So I guess it’s only fitting that I have ended up living in Australia, where pavlova is practically a national dish.

Most pavlovas have one, maybe two layers, and are piled high with fruit and cream. I made an extra high stack for A Subtle Revelry, it’s a pretty simple cake that makes a big impression. Head over for the full instructions and see below for a rather satisfying gif, if I do say so myself.

posted by Claire.

 

pavlova stack | south by north

pavlova stack | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

I could not be more thrilled to have Nana from Oh My Tokyo sharing photos with us. Nana is originally from Oslo, and lives in Tokyo. Her blog is full of absolutely gorgeous pictures of Japan, (you won’t stop scrolling) and her instagram feed is much the same.

Here are some photos from Nana’s trip to Onomichi.

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It was an early Saturday morning in March when I arrived in Onomichi, a coastal town in Hiroshima prefecture. Three and a half hours earlier I had set out from Miyajima station, slowly making my way up the coastline by local train as the sun rose over the Seto Inland Sea. I had been travelling by train for a few days now, using the JR Seishun 18 ticket which, despite what the name might imply in Japanese, is not limited to 18 years olds, but instead offers any and all unlimited travel by local and express train for five days. The past two days I had crossed the country, going through Okayama, Hiroshima city and Miyajima (home of the floating red gates).

Stopping by the town had been a suggestion by from a regular customer at the cafe where I work in Tokyo. I had never heard of Onomichi before, but seeing as it was my first time traveling so far from Tokyo, I was open to any and all suggestions. The main point of my trip was, after all, to see the sides of Japan you wouldn’t experience in the capitol.

Arriving in Onomichi, the ocean greeted me the moment I stepped out of the station, and almost instantly I was overcome by a sense of I never want to leave this place

The sleepy town was late to wake up on weekends. I had arrived just before 9 AM, and as it seemed nothing would open until 11, I took to explore by rickety old bicycle I had rented. Onomichi is in fact a hub for bicycling enthusiast. The city is the starting point for a cycling path that round across four islands in the Seto Inland Sea, before ending on the northern shores of Shikoku. Still, that hardly seemed to have drawn a large crowd to the drowsy town that Saturday.

As I biked through the narrow streets, and wandered up the hillside neighbourhoods, it was easy to understand why Onomichi had often been used as a location in old movies. (I don’t know if you’re familiar with the film Tokyo Story by Yasujiro Ozu – it’s a fairly old movie, and even my Japanese friends are more familiar with it’s remake version – but part of it is set in Onomichi.) In fact, I realised this early on during my train trip through Western Japan – that most cities outside of Tokyo are anything but the hypermodern image you might have of skyscrapers and large apartment blocks. The small coastal towns I passed travelling on the JR Kure line were all worn down wooden structures and tiled roofs. 

Onomichi seemed to be the essence of all these little towns, every bit the romantic image I had conjured up during the hours spent staring out the train window. Standing on one of the hills in the afternoon sun, three early-blooming sakura trees shook gently in the breeze; overlooking the sea, the rooftops and the temples painting the picture of a quintessential Japanese town.

words and photos by Nana

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

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