Saturday, 2 April 2016

Filling my Days...

 
Another 2 weeks since my last post ..... same old thing....... the weather has changed for the better though........ except today is back up to 30degrees...... have even put the cooler on ..... was just a bit hot when I came in from the yard.
 
 
garden resurrection begins - those bloody weeds - my nemesis at the moment.
 
 
weeding, planting and mulching! The white pile around the plants is shredded paper - I shred whatever I can inside and use it outside.

 
hard to believe this garden bed was full of lovely green wanted plants 18 months ago.

 
getting there....

 
newspaper or cardboard - whatever I can get my hands on - followed by mulch - nice and thick to get the plants through winter. Then I will be mulching heavily again to get us through summer - hopefully by the end of next summer the plants will be well established - in amongst all that mulch I have 25 geranium cuttings (my favourite garden filler).
 
 
This disaster is what my eldest grandson calls the 'Desert Garden' - it is the next one I am going to tackle.......

 
Bit of a sad mess isn't it!! Well, it is going to be enlarged and filled up with all sorts of succulents and cacti.
 
 
Of course when I want to mulch there isn't any mulch to be seen - so action was called for. This machine belongs to my wandering wild child and was parked beside my house. So over I went and tried to start it (YAY for me) - it started. Now to drive it (YAY for me again) it drove, no spluttering, no stalling, no kangaroo hops!!! belonging to my wandering wild child you generally gamble with your life when you get in it - this time though there were working brakes, no dicky clutch and an engine running as smooth as gliding your hand over a baby's bum skin!! Near blew my undies off that did!! As you can see I found some mulch, probably not what I wanted and probably full of grass seed or some such thing....... but then there is 'round up' if one is desperate!!!!
 
 
I have been potting too...... (and probably gone potty as well!!)

 
I do need mother plants to get more baby plants for the Desert Garden don't I!!

 
A sample of the baby plants that are 'rooted'' (haha - literally have roots and a success!!) Some of these are for Karah's market stall also. I have hours and hours of potting up cuttings to do....... oh well an hour each day and it will soon be done!

 
resurrected an old wheelbarrow in the top photo..... another month and we won't recognise it. I just mix n match when potting and planting now - helps keep the bugs away and creates an interesting garden without too much brain power required!
 
 
This has become my best friend (whether I want one or not) ..... where he is you will usually find me...... if I am close by the house you will usually find the cats (looking for food of course!!)..... but often now I am like the Pied Piper ..... Dogs and cats following me around the yard in a line, or sitting and lying near me, or worst of all ...... there are 2 cats who lose me and commence to wail and meow until I call them and they come running full pelt!!
Well that is it for me today - I won't be able to walk tomorrow as I have been outside again today doing the heavy work .... maybe I will have an inside day and actually have some stitching on my agenda!!
 
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!!



 

 
 
 


Sunday, 20 March 2016

Gone By .....so fast......

Where has that 10 weeks gone............ summer has been and gone............ and what have I achieved.......... not much for myself........... the heat........... how I hate the heat....... I actually hide from the heat.......... and this year, in reality, was a lot milder than previous years............ but I still hid from the heat - when I could.
 
 
lots of time spent with this little man

 
and this young lady - of to high school this year, turning 12 in a weeks time and spends way too much time looking at screens!!

 
the working men!

 
the little brother she doesn't have, and the big sister he doesn't have! - as usual this 'getting along' only lasts a short time just as if they were brother and sister, and they are looking for each other when the other isn't here!

 
heading out to feed the sheep after a day care - the grin is because he is going driving with pa-pa!

 
such an inquisitive little boy - loves sewing pins and sewing machines
 
 
the start of my mulching machines!

 
the first of the homes for the mulching machines. The plan is to have 3 of these moveable pens with chooks/chickens in them - move them each day and mulch with cardboard and straw as I move them - I just might get on top of this mulching drama and beat the weeds yet - at the very least I will have more eggs and fertilised ground! And yes I have put that pen together myself - in the 40 degree heat with the sticky flies as company!! Another one waiting to be done.
 
 
Summer - no feed on the ground

 
twice a day these are my best friends! - that is until the Lucerne hits the ground then I am forgotten - hopefully some temporary yards being put up today and the paddock sewn down tomorrow with some sort of green feed for them

 
Now this is what 'wasted space' looks like!! he terrorises the big horses, will have a 'testosterone battle' with any male of any sort and he doesn't even reach a metre in height - of no practical use what so ever - a typical 'little man syndrome' specimen!! And he doesn't even belong to anyone within these four wall - he is my DIL4's. Ah well he does give me a laugh when the big horses are galloping around the paddock and he is trying to keep up with them - an impossible task mind you - he meets them half way up the paddock on their return gallop!!
 
 
two of my other friends - we would be living in a jungle of grass and weeds without either of them. I don't mind sitting on the mower - good thinking time - great feeling when you look over the completed area. Not so in love with the mulching but it does give a feeling of accomplishment when an area is finished - hasn't happened a lot this year. Cooler weather now so maybe a little more will get done especially with the mulching machine chooks in action!

 
Early mornings and late afternoons have been spent watering, watering, watering - and there have been results.

 
flowers here and there which does make a mess look a little bit less of a mess.
Below you can see the fruit trees in a sea of damned roly poly - a burning job in April; 
the easiest thing to grow here are doing really well - cathead!!! just wish they were something that brings in hesps of money - I would be a millionaire!!! Self sown pumpkins - going great guns with very little care!
 
 
Back in January when I lost my mind for a few days (because there is no other reason that would make me do it) I actually bought trees and shrubs from a nursery that is closing down (great specials - less than half price) - they of course were root bound and in dire need of planting ot - but in the middle of our summer - jeez Kerrie where was your brain that day - left it at home did you. WELLL....... I planted them out, mulched them up and watered them every damned morning and GUESS WHAT - they have all survived - three cheers for me!! Now to just get them through the first winter and the frosts and they should be good!!

 
Crab Apples, Gingko tree and magnolias - yep my brain was replaced by rocks that day - but the magnolias are actually surviving well.

 
I gave up on the vegie garden - sad derelict site it is - starting to work on it now for the winter vegies; the basil however has done really well.

 
some preserving continued when I was hiding from the heat - gave up after a while as I had a year of failure - bottles were not sealing - I have enough to last me through until next year - hopefully will be better organised and set up and have more success next year!!
 
 
Yesterday was mum's 84th birthday ( and the Sydney harbour bridge's 84th birthday - thought you could do with a little bit of trivia). The photo above was from 2 years ago - she does love her ice cream and anything sweet! My sister and I took her to lunch at the local Leagues Club. She loves going somewhere for a meal. She has probably forgotten about it today but it was nice to spend the time with her. We see her everyday but 84 is special and we know we are fortunate to have her here with us still.
 
So that is where the last 10 weeks has gone - no craft or sewing, occasionally I have crocheted a row or two on my blankets - but nothing else creative. The weather has taken a turn to the cooler side which is wonderful - so although there are still busy times outside there will be more time to actually feel like doing some sewing etc.
 
I have been reading everyone's blog posts - but not commenting - I now have a new laptop and fancy schmancy internet thingy so hopefully that will encourage me to make more comments and posts - internet was so slow and computer would shut don for no reason except that it is old and had it.
 
Until later in the week when I do my next post - take care and have a fabulous week!!
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

DOWNTIME IS OVER.......

 
10 days of doing as little as possible was lovely. Pity it has to end - back into the everyday things; preserving as much as possible (January is the busiest month of the year for that); some new projects to start the year off; and the heat has hit!!!
 
 
Planted up this bird cage a couple of weeks ago - cuttings look as though they are taking so I am looking forward to watching it progress.

 
To look around our yard there doesn't seem to be much in flower, but a little wander through and you find little bursts of colour! 

 
Last of the red tomatoes for this week - will probably make them into more relish. Starting on the green tomatoes tonight - pickles and a mixed vegetable pickle.

 
Simmering away - the aromas are lovely!!

 
Apricots for the freezer. Greg is the only one who eats them so it is easier to freeze for a small quantity.
 
 
Tomato Relish (with cheese on cracker biscuits - yummo) and Curry Ketchup (recipe from JULIE - it is very moreish - I could drink it!!
 
 
Preserved Tomatoes - just the beginning - I think I have enough to last halfway through the year - preserving of these will be ongoing through January.
 
Waiting for peaches to come in and our own pears to ripen and there will be another few busy days preserving them! Starting to chop up zucchini and freezing in containers - use these in stews etc during the winter.
 
 
I finished this baby blanket at the end of December - just another one for the gift box - trying to use up the stash!

 
Started this over the New Year weekend - using Lincraft Superwash that I bought at the end of winter sales last year. I have also added a couple of balls of Cleckheaton Country to get the colours I wanted - all pure wool and it is me who will be washing it so I know it will be washed correctly. The pattern is from Lucy at www.attic24.typepad.com/ . I have been wanting to do this pattern for a while and finally started.

 
Another Ripple Blanket - acrylics this time - all from my stash - this will eventually be given to my DIL4 - I enjoy doing the Ripple pattern so I guess there will be a few more done in time to come!!
No sewing so far this year - but there are a few weeks of January left so there is hope!! Meanwhile it is on with the preserving and late night/early morning watering here. Tomorrow is predicted to be 44degrees (which in real terms is about 47) so another day staying inside. Supposed to be a drop in temp back to 31 on Thursday and rain - we will just believe that when it happens!!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, 26 December 2015

Last Post for 2015

 
Another Christmas come and gone - much more relaxed for me this year as one of my sons hosted which meant very little for me to do. And I thoroughly enjoyed the day! I did get a little spoilt this year with jewellery, gift vouchers and 2 sewing machine case/trolleys.
 
And these lovely presents from my swap partner in Chooky Blue's SSC Swap (Secret Santa Christmas Swap). 
 
 
From Christiane I received this sweet little star ornament - which I was allowed to open before Christmas, and then on Christmas day I opened Christiane's main present - this beautiful wall hanging.

 
Love the colours in this - and I can hang it any time through the year!
 
 
And once again Karah was included by my swap partner - as I said in a previous post bloggers are just the most thoughtful and generous friends  - a lunch bag with a waterproof lining - she was very happy with this lovely gift.
 
Thank you so much Christiane for your beautiful gifts and also for the lovely Quince recipe - I will have to wait until later in 2016 to try it out - quinces are not in season here in Australia at the moment!
And a very BIG thank you to CHOOKY BLUE and her loyal helpers for a lovely swap! Our swap mummas and their helpers also have very busy lives and they put in a huge effort organising successful swaps - time and energy that is very much appreciated.
 
I do have photos to do a Christmas day post but I will leave that until the new year. I am officially on downtime now - hopefully a very relaxing and reviving downtime for the next couple of weeks.
Thank you to all of my lovely followers for your comments and support throughout 2015 - it has always been appreciated - my blog is my escape sometimes - as is my garden and sewing.
May 2016 bring to each and every one of you good health, heaps of fun and lots of laughter, and may it be a year of many many happy memories to carry with you throughout your life.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

SSS opened!!

 
Well I lasted 2 days longer than I thought I would!!!lol. We were allowed to open our SSS presents on Friday and I held out until today!!! My lovely partner was Marilyn at Nanna With A Purpose......... and what a beautiful lot of sweet surprises did I receive!!!
 
 
just look at this lovely bundle of surprises ..... begging me to open them......... just one I thought......... haha...........not likely ...........one just whet my appetite (because I had a rough week last week and I really needed a pick me up tonight!!)....... soooo....... I opened all of mine and Karah opened her special gift also!!
 
 
My blogging swap partners are all so caring and beautiful - Marilyn also included a parcel for Karah (lol!! Karah always asks 'why do they send one to me?'). Because they are beautiful people and they care about you is my answer. She was so very happy with her beautiful, thoughtful gifts - they are all going off with her tomorrow on a 3 day camping trip with Rheis, Sarah and Oliver (the little brother she never had!!).
Thank you so much for including her Marilyn!

 
Now onto my gorgeous parcels!! This little bag and it's contents had me intrigued for a while. I even smelt them to see if they were little fragrant sachets - no they were not! So I have decided (and I think I may be right) that they are little paper weights to use when I am cutting out patterns!!! that is what I am going to use them for anyway - such a handy little gift!
 
 
A beautiful covered journal (just love the fabric) and sweet knitted cloths!! Both of these will be put to good use!!
 
 
I love this bright and cheery armchair sewing chatelaine. I have a few of these and they always so handy to have slung over the lounge chair arm.  

 
Now this is such a useful little folder. Inside in all those pockets was a notebook, pen, eyeglass cleaners, alcohol swabs (for needle pricks of course), a packet of tissues and band aids - a really sweet sewing first aid kit!!

 
And this gorgeous bag - love the colours - Marilyn checked out my blog really well!! The embroidered panel is lovely and on the inside I have a zipped pocket and an unzipped pocket. Such a perfect size - I have developed a dislike for really big bags because I put so much in them and then cannot find what I want. This one will have me organised all the time!!
 
A huge heartfelt thank you to Marilyn - such a great pick me up tonight. And a huge thank you to CHERYL
 
 
For Marilyn I made this bag that is zipped on the top. I actually made it thinking it would be ideal for a carry bag for embroidery etc but clever Marilyn is using it for her ipad/tablet!!
 
 
Two crocheted cloths and a cake of handmade goats milk soap. I haven't made any crocheted cloths for myself so I am hoping they wash and wear well!

 
A Mug Bag with all you require to make a 'cuppa' as long as you have the hot water!! (just a bit difficult to send that to Marilyn!!); a plastic bag holder and a covered note book.
We have had some really hot and nasty days here this week. Yesterday and today were in the early 40deg, but today came with really hot winds (strong enough to make standing in them difficult at times). We had to travel to Tocumwal to meet one of the puppies new owners - thank goodness my little Kia Rio has great aircon!! it was a miserable uncomfortable day. Coming home we had some showers and the sun actually went behind clouds for quite a while. About 5.15 the heavens opened up - the temp dropped about 13 degrees over half an hour which was wonderful and the wind with the rain was so refreshing and welcome. The rain was pelting down and chopping and changing directions constantly - what bliss it was. After that it just became hot and humid. But relief came again a couple of hours later when it started to rain again and it has been raining on and off for the last 2 hours - we would be getting close to an inch (25mm) of rain now - the yard and gardens will be loving it!! The temps all week are in the low thirties and even Christmas day is forecast 33 and maybe showers - how nice will that be!!
I will be back in a few days with another catch up - until then have a beautiful week all!!