Alet Gardner

Alet Gardner

Hi there! I am an South African expat, living in the lovely Kent countryside in the UK.
I love everything meaningful and beautiful - so I try my hand at photography, painting, embroidery, needlework, cooking and writing.

My inspiration for all of this: the people that I love,
and the love that God has for me.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 20:59

Elréza

I am privileged to have a funky kick-boxing, song-writing, science teaching young friend who inspires me to question my own motives and to live life fully. 

Monday, 17 February 2014 20:40

Feast with new potatoes

What a privilege to dig up new potatoes from our own garden! (Not me, but my very able husband who loves gardening.)

 

So I had to whip up a lovely Sunday lunch – to be enjoyed outside with the patio heater making up for the winter sun not being able to give the necessary warmth.

Thursday, 06 February 2014 14:16

Ronél

A friend with a zest for all the beautiful things in life had to get a her own version of a serving heart symbol – with pink rosebuds and a plump heart full of love. Ronél is good at the art of juggling ministry and raising young children, being a helpmeet who encourages her husband in his ministry and in fun time with the children.

 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:09

Forgiveness and restitution

Forgiveness usually is an ongoing process. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 16:15

Strawberries with puff pastry hearts

What to do when you have bought a packet of ready-made puff pastry for a household of two?  Make chicken pies, then a beautiful strawberry dessert, then start thinking about the next application….

Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:59

Twinned bread rolls

Twinned bread rolls:

 

I took the short cut – using bread ready mix for both the brown and white parts (seeing that I don’t have to prove to anyone that I can make bread from scratch.) 

For 12 rolls I used 250gram of each and prepared as instructed on the packets.  While the dough was rising, I grated some Cheddar cheese (any strong tasting cheese should do, but I kept in mind that someone might want to enjoy it with a little jam.)  I cut 6 spring onions into 4cm pieces, halved them lengthwise and got twelve sage leaves from my herb garden (sounds impressive – just a few potted herbs at my back door). 

Sunday, 19 May 2013 15:22

Stay-at-home mom

Q:

 

Help!  I want to be more than I am right now, but how will I ever attain that?  I am tired of wondering and wondering and being on an emotional rollercoaster  I don’t want to just carry on with life – I want to LIVE!  How am I going to succeed in doing that?

 

- Stay-at-home mom

What do you do when you are stuck with a bunch of grapes past their “best by” date?  Other than cooking jam or making a fruit cobbler?  Have a quick look on the Internet whether anyone else has had the mad notion of combining grapes with butternut, which was my only semi-reasonable option.  And yes, it has been done!  So here is my version:

Monday, 15 April 2013 09:33

Standing corrected

Being corrected by others is never pleasant or comfortable, but if I’m humble enough to accept correction/discipline gracefully, I’ll grow in wisdom and understanding, be “master of my soul” (Knox) in a human sense.  

 

Monday, 18 March 2013 12:53

A strong tree

Putting my trust in people, depending on people to supply the security, attention, love, company that I need, will leave me like a little shrub on the dunes/in the desert – barely hanging in there by the tips of my toes.