Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lest We Forget...

... Our fallen soldiers.

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
The acronym ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps whose soldiers were known as the Anzacs.
Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand. This is a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same rememberance day, but making reference to both countries in its name.

The day begins with dawn services at memorials across this great southern land, from the capital cities to the smallest towns. Veterans and their families march through the cities, 'The Last Post' is played on the bugle in rememberance of those who have fallen in war, and one minute's silence is observed for the brave soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom.

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Lest we forget."

Laurence Binyon

'Ode of Rememberance'

Anzac Biscuits

A traditional Australian biscuit, they were sent overseas to serving Anzacs in World War 1 due to their excellent keeping properties.
I baked these biscuits for the first time this afternoon.
They filled the house with the sweetest coconut scent.
I have never felt so grateful for the enormous sacrafice of our soldiers during times of war as I have today.

I'd like to share the recipe with you...


1 cup plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup brown sugar

half cup coconut

125g butter

3 tablespoons golden syrup

1 tablespoon water

half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar, rolled oats and coconut.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the golden syrup and water.
Stir the bicarbonate of soda into the liquid mixture.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Place walnut sized balls of mixture on a greased tray and bake at 175C for 15-20 minutes.
Biscuits will harden when cool.

- Mariann -

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday's Adornment

'Woven Brooch'

Sterling silver,
fine silver,
and a stainless steel brooch pin.

I made this lovely brooch for my final year studies in Advanced Diploma of Engineering Jewellery at NMIT.
My aim was to explore the differences between cold, solid metal and soft, flowing fabrics.
This brooch was from a series that replicated the textures, colours and the woven detail of fabric by using silver and titanium.

Strips of fine silver, polished and rollerprinted, were carefully woven with strips of titanium. A strip of titanium was heated until it turned blue to add a touch of colour to the brooch.

A handcrafted brooch pin and rivets hold the piece together.

With the days and nights getting colder by the day, rugging up in woolly jackets and scarves is becoming a daily occurrence. This brooch made me enjoy it so much more!

Happy Day!