Sunday, May 21, 2017

Busting to tell you

I have been waiting for the project to finish. But I'm busting to tell you all 
Remember these?

 
Well they now look like this! 
Still a ways to go. But omg I'm so happy. 
Can't wait until it's done. We will give the area a good clean 
Put up the gate so the dog can't get in
Get some nice outdoor furniture light the fire and relax
Just like camping. Only with comfort and style lol
Yup couldn't hold onto the the secret any longer 
See ya xxx
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pause.....

 
Not well guys 
Day two of bing in bed 
The flu season has arrived and hit me square in the eyes 
So for now I'll just visit and comment when I can 
Hope you are all well
See ya xxx

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

 

To all the mothers, grandmothers and anyone who has stepped up to take on that role
Enjoy your special day 
See ya xxx

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A sweet hens


Here is the bride to be. She is marrying my nephew in three weeks
For her hens we all had a cup cake decorating lesson
 
My sister and her daughter. It's her son getting married 
 
And here are my cupcakes. I think it's fair to say I'm not going into business doing this  
I'm not very good but it was fun and tomorrow when the kids come over for Mother's Day I'm sure we will all get to laugh at them before we eat them all up 
It was a fun afternoon  
See ya xxx
 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Camping food

 

I have four meals here ready to freeze 
Did a big cooking session yesterday and made chow mien for dinner. Made extra and have one bag of that 
I Aldi cooked up some more stuff pepper soup. And I now have three bags of that 
Four meals full of vegetables, rice and mince meat 
Hopefully they will be easy to defrost and heat up while away with little rubbish to deal with. 
Containers just take up so much room. I'm freezing these flat so the stack nicely in the freezer in the car 
Wish me luck 
See ya xxx

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fungi

Some of the amazing fungi Mother Nature had provided on the place 
 
Don't know if they're eatable but they sure do add a strange beauty to the paddocks 
This one looks like a trail of doggie do do lol 
 
Here is a close up. 
 
And this one looks just like it's from outer space  a mini rocket ready to take off
The weather has been lovely here. Cold in the morning and sunny all day 
Right now it's almost five in the  evening and I'm sitting outside listening to the birds settle for the night 
Enjoy all the fresh air I can while possible 
See ya xxx
 J

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Getting creative in the kitchen

Today I felt like Greek chicken soup. But I didn't want to spend lots of money and use up things in the pantry instead 
This is the traditional recipe 
I bought some chicken mince and some turkey mince that was on special 
And combined them with a few eggs, chicken noodle soup mix and some rice

 
Then I made up some stock using stock powder I had in the pantry and when it was boiling I added the mince mixture 
Using two spoons and making little croquet shapes 
Had to do this bit slowly and let the water come back up to boil 
 
I also added more rice about a cup full and cooked it until the rice was done
Then I did the egg and lemon mix once it cooled 
I've just had some and it was soooo yummy!
Might keep that one in the rotation I think 
When the mince is on special I get some more and freeze it for when ever I feel like it 
Just a little different than using the chicken pieces 
How about you. Have I inspired you to get creative?
See ya xxx
 


Monday, May 1, 2017

Learning as we go

Here is the first skirt I knitted for Melody 
I didn't have a pattern or any measurements  and as you can see the waist is wayyyy too small 
So I undid it, not an easy job until I was back to the skirt 
 
And this is the second version 
Looks much better. But again it's a little small. 
Might of fitted when she was about nine months old. But not now 
So I've taken measurements and I'm about to start again 
This will be put away for another little girl that night come along 
And hopefully third time lucky for one that will fit now 
I'm happy with the second skirt so I'll make it the same way. Just more stitches 
A pattern would of helped but I'm happy to learn that hard way 
It's kinda what I always do anyway lol 
See ya xxx
 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

All about wood!

 
It's all about wood right now
The weather turned and did a complete 180!
The winds are very cold and it's been raining 
Not complaining. It's about time really. But it could if done it slowly lol 
So from the wood pile to wheel barrows by the door 
And even some inside. So during the night if I get up I don't have to open any doors 
 
We have or original fire going as we havent organised a fire gate as yet. This one is far enough that I can keep Melody away 
So now it's toasty warm in here 
Soup is in the slow cooker and I've got my yarn out. Ready to cast on another project 
Yup. Winter is here 
See ya xxx
 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Anzac Day 2017

Today is ANZAC Day. A day we all remember a dark day in our history when two fledgling nations were tested and 
Although lost a battle forged their identities 
These two nations australia and New Zealand are forever connected by these bonds of mateship and endurance 

For us today we reflect on what this means and say thank you to all those that have served and are serving to preserve our freedoms 

 
Today I'll watch the services on television and this afternoon we will watch the traditional Anzac Day class between my footy team and Essendon 
And I'll continue doing what I always do 
I've started a skirt for Melody. I don't have a pattern. I'm going to wing it and see how it goes I've started it with a pattern edge and I'll continue in just plain until it's done 
The grey cardigan was just a tad short. She is going to be tall like her dad we think. So I undid it and added another repeat of the pattern edge 
 
The weather is rainy and bleak today. So lamb shanks are in the slow cooker 
It's wonderful living the simple life. A choice we made many years ago
And now that  we are getting older. Although our bodies are not as strong as they once were. 
We are greatful for what we can do. 
Have a lovely day where ever you are 
Lest we forget! 
 

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Winter is coming

Remember the little purple variegated jacket I made a few weeks ago 
Well it fit Melody. And it was perfect with a long sleeve top on for these autumn days 
So her mum asked for a couple more 
Here is one in a grey mix of wool, silk and acrylic 
I had the yarn , which I got a bargain and the buttons I've had for ages. Waiting for a special project 
Melody went home wearing this. It was very cute 

 
And here is the one I'm currently working on. It's an alcpaca / acrylic mix. 
And as Melody is growing like a weed. I'll add an extra repeat of the pattern at the end to make it slightly longer. 
Not a bad start to a winter wardrobe 
How's the weather at your place. 
It's raining right now and we are loving it here 
Enjoy your weekend 
See ya xxx
 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

Here is the traditional lamb on the spit for Easter. Everyone was eagerly waiting for it to be ready for us 
To eat  it smelled yummy 
The whole family congregate at my parents place to feast and swap eggs

 
Here is my dad with Melody and Tyler. His two great grandchildren 
My two nieces are both expecting around August so soon there will be even more 
To love and cherish and eat lamb with 
But for now that's Easter done for another year 
Hope you all have an enjoyable Easter with your family and friends 
See ya xxx
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The beginning of something

Hubby has started digging the foundation
Concrete will be poured
And building will begin 
Are you curious?
Wait and see 

 
And now he has two site managers. Making sure he is doing a good job lol 
Have a lovely Easter Sunday y'all 
See ya xxx
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time for a new machine

Here is my faithful washing machine. I honestly don't remember when we bought her. But it's been years
The other day while doing a load of towels she started to make horrid noises 
Sounded like metal on metal grinding 
I quickly turned her off and restarted her. After checking the balance of the load 
That wasn't the problem. I restarted her and the same thing happened. 
I prayed she would last till the end of the cycle and she did 
Hubby came to give her a look over and pronounced her terminal!
It was not a good day

 
So off we went with the money that I had saved, for a rainy day!
And looked at th machines in our budget 
I wasn't going to get one as big as our last machine, she was a 10kilo
But we found this baby. She was the last one, floor stock and was priced over a thousand dollars originally 
That was over budget. BUT
as she was the last she was reduced. And hubby got even more off because she was floor stock and had scratches on the lid 
So she was well and truly under our budget!
Score 
So another 10 kilo washer for me! 
She has already washed two loads of washing including my bedding today 
She is very quiet and efficient 
As for the old girl. She has been relegated to scrap metal
She will be recycled 
A fitting end to an old work horse 
See ya xxx
 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

26 today

26 years ago you came into our lives 
You have been a constant joy
This little girl has grown into an amazing women
Who now has a little girl of her own 
Have a wonderful birthday my baby girl 
Love you forever and beyond
xxxxx

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Crafting along

Finally finished this little cardigan. 
It's too small for Melody so I'll put some buttons on it and add it to the charity pile at knitting group 
I didn't have enough of the variegated but I added some purple that was left over from another project
I think it blended in well 
So two lots of leftovers have been used up

 
The mill ends that I bought the other day in the sale 
Just using them in a C2C. Will take it away with me for  star warmth when we go away path colours will 
Blend in nicely with the Australian outback! 
The weather has finally turned cold. It's been raining for two days now and the paddocks have loved it 
So the fire is going and the washing is drying 
I'm a happy girl!
See ya xxx

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

No pressure

This morning I went off to bunnings to get some seedlings for the winter vegetable garden 
As spotlight is righ there I also decided to pop in there. 
There was nothing in particular that jumped at me so I left empty handed 
Then I though well lincraft is just a short walk away  and I need to keep my steps up 
So I headed off 
Wasn't really expecting to find anything 
But then I saw this. 
Isn't it beautiful. It called out. Angela. Buy me!
So I bought three balls and decided I definitely needed a shawlet for dinner tonight! 
Yup I came home quickly did my daily chores and got stuck in 

 
Here is wonderful teddy modelling my finished shawlet 
It's the perfect colour for autumn, don't you think?
So now I'm ready to go out to dinner. Finished it with half an hour to spare. Plenty of time to get myself ready lol
Enjoy your Saturday night
See ya xxx
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Plastics cupboard

Yes folks. That dreaded cupboard that you throw things in and quickly shut again 
Where lids multiply but the actual containers go in and are never found again
I've been procrastinating for weeks!
So today I decided. Was the day!


 
This is the part I don't like. Everything out and all over the floor. Anxiety levels go up and I think omg 
What have I done! Cleaned the shelves and took a deep breath. 
Put on some music and I was brutal!
Threw out all my ice cream containers, old yogurt containers and anything that didn't have a lid 
A huge big green bag worth. 
I even had those pump water bottles. Everywhere! 
 
And here it is all done. 
Nice, clean and organised 
My son popped in at exthe right time and I asked him to take the green bag to the huge dumpster at the workshop 
Just in case I panicked and "saved" some of the Junk I had thrown out!
So all done now
Panic subsided and calm has returned. 
Lots of room to buy some new plastics. Don't you think? Lol
See ya xx
 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tweaking the set up

We are planning on a month long holiday up north. Wayyyyy up north near the gulf in the Northern Territory 
Having spent the weekend away a few weeks ago. I knew I needed to set things up differently 
So here is the bones of my outdoor kitchen  I'll also have a table set up nest to it for prep and all utensils and cooking apparatus will be kept in tubs and set up in the cupboard or just will be sitting on the prep bench 
This will be easy to set up. Easy access and much easier to keep things clean. Sealed in tubs that famous red dust from Australia's centre won't get all over it 
It really gets into everything! 

 
This is my bargain of the week. A quick shade with sides!
Anyone how knows anything about Australia knows our flys are thick and annoying. Especially in the outback!
Only $129 from Aldi and it will save my Sanity. I'll be able to sit and craft, read and eat all without doing the famous Aussie salute. 
Bliss 
 
Our new shower tent. It's one of those quick set up ones that spring open. Only problem is they are a pain to pack up 
Which is why I didn't go for it the first time. But after watching hubby trying to read the instructions and not getting anywhere. I decided to consult trusty you tube 
A couple of videos later and we are experts at folding it away. I've saved them and will Practice some closer to departure. 
So slowly I'm getting organised. Trying to slimline and make things easier for us oldies 
And hopefully make it a much nicer experience for us 
What about you guys. Any advice for us? 
See ya xxx
 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Busy week


I can't believe it's Thursday already. This week I have been swimming, visited the dentist, gone shopping with my daughter in law and continued knitting
I have made progress with the baby cardigan 
I will try and make the number make sense one day. But not in th mood to deal with it now. So this is my new go to pattern 
Just keep knitting now until it's the right length. 



 
Here are all the bunnies and chickens our group has knitted. The royal children's hospital cannot give them to sick children due to occupational health and safety but we're happy to sell them and use the money 
We didn't really want that. We wanted them to go to the children directly so Barbra our lovely leader found a local school for special needs children who said they would love to have them and share them with their kids 
So they will be going to them with lots of love from our wonderful ladies 
 
Spotlight had a sale on their Caron cakes so my daughter in law and I went off to buy us some. 
Well I bought me some lol 
I even got lucky and found some Caron cake mill ends. 
So the hunt is on for patterns to use these on 
 Cooler weather is here and we have had a lovely drop of rain 
Might even light the fire in a week or two. 
How are you all going? Have you been as busy as we have? 
See ya xxx
 

Monday, March 27, 2017

What a drama

Morning all from a very hot autumn morning here in Melbourne. 
But I'll leave that for another post 
Remember I started this pattern on Friday?
Well I couldn't get the stitch count right. 
No matter what I tried. 
I cast on  62 stitches and all was fine till that first increase 
Now I know I'm a nuffy and I don't really know what I'm doing. But I tried knitting four stitches and then making one by knitting in the front and back on the fifth 
Nope. Pulled it all out and then knitted three stitches and made one by knitting back and front on the fourth. 
Nope. 
So I got the shits and unraveled it all and found another pattern 



 
This one. And it's free! 
I paid for the first pattern and I have made it in the smaller size. It's only out by a couple of stitches so easily rectified on the next row 
But the large size is out by about 12 stitches and I have no idea what I am doing wrong. 
So I have now started this on and as of th first increase I have the correct number of stitches. 
If anyone can see what the hell im doing wrong. Please tell me. 
It's driving me crazy
Now as for this Indian summer .............
See ya xxxxx

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

An ordinary weekend

 

It's Saturday night and hubby and I are home watching telly 
I've had my hips put back where they are supposed too so I'm supposed to rest for two or three days 
So I've spent all day today just doing regular housework, washing and crafting. Only doing lifts spurts and resting in between 
Hubby has been a busy boy outside. Mowing and wedding the garden beds   
I've finished two baby blankets and a baby girls cardigan. So now all babies have something hand made for when they are born
I've started this in threes cardigan with the loft over yarn. If it's big enough it will be for Melody but if it's not it will go to the charity pile at knitting 
Tomorrow we are having lunch at a friends  and then back home for an early night. 
Trying hard to cut down on pain meds. So I'm not going to push any harder than I have too
Have a lovey weekend all 
See ya