Nine months in

It has now been almost 9 months since our little family of six (including our two furry friends) moved all the way from Sydney to London. I have to say the first six months really did fly by. With getting the kids settled I really didn’t have time to think or to feel homesick!

When homesickness does hit it hits really hard! I wasn’t ready for the awful feeling in the pit of my stomach. Wondering if we’d made the right decision. I get through those tough times by remembering why we came here in the first place and also reminding myself that it isn’t final and we can return to Sydney whenever we decide to.

Then thing I love about living in London is how close we are to the rest of Europe. We were lucky enough to visit Italy over the Summer and fell in love with it. Such a relaxed lifestyle. Workers actually stop to drink their coffee in the morning rather than grabbing a takeaway! Hubby joked about trying this out at Pret-a-manger when we returned to London – casually standing at the counter to finish his espresso. But really we should all take time to enjoy the little things in life.

Here are some images from our Italian adventure. 

We have some prints, shower curtains and cushions featuring Italy at http://www.rubyandb.etsy.com and http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/rubyandb


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I’ve been busy creating lots of new items for my Etsy store so have neglected the blog!

The weather in London has been fabulous so I’ve had lots of opportunities to get outdoors and shoot this beautiful city. I now understand why Londoners are excited to shed their layers as soon as the sun is out. It’s just so magical here in Spring.

Below are some of the recent photographs. I’ve used these images of lots of new items including rugs, cushions and even shower curtains. Hoping to add lots more soon. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RubyandB

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Finding the right pieces

It’s over three months since we moved from Sydney to London. I still have a few blank walls that require some love! I just couldn’t decide on what to purchase so have made some of the prints myself. Below are a selection that we will be hanging in our own home.

For the Kitchen 


The living room






All prints (in much higher resolution) available at our Etsy Store Ruby and B



Nouveaux Peasant

I read a really interesting article today in an old issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK. Apparently there are many other people also looking for a simpler life of veggie growing, hand making, animal raising bliss. I had no idea that these like minded people are now sometimes referred to as Nouveaux Peasants. I find it comforting that there are so many others looking for a different lifestyle. With shows like River Cottage and The Great British Sewing Bee being popular it’s obvious that our generation are interested in handmade and sustainable living.

For now I have my herbs and the odd school run with Hunter Wellies but I hope to one day tend to a huge veggie patch and wear the Hunters on my way to grab a fresh egg for breakfast. Time to check out what the English countryside has to offer.

Here’s a snippet from the article:



Our handmade items are available at our Etsy Store Ruby and B



Baked apples

Dear husband found some huge and delicious apples at our local grocery store. I decided to bake them for dessert.

After washing and coring the apples I placed them in a prepared baking tray. I then made a mixture of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and raisins. Mixed it well with clean hands and then stuffed it into each apple. I placed a dollop of butter on each apple then poured boiling water in the baking tray. I then placed in the preheated over at 180 degrees for about 50 minutes. After removing the tray from the oven I basted the apples in the now delicious apple juice.

Served with custard! The family loved it. This is what the apples looked like pre baking. They were so delicious I forgot to take a photo of the finished dish.



Waiting for Spring

Spring is just around the corner. All
I can think about are cute baby animals…and yummy Easter eggs. Also looking forward to sorting our vegetable and herb garden!

I’ve illustrated some new bunny characters in time for Easter.

This little guy is going to hang on the wall above Master B’s cot.