Sunday, 19 February 2017

Life just got very busy!

Well there I was coasting along nicely getting lots done... and WHAMO..... I got employment for the next 8 weeks. Soooooo..... I am now flat out just keeping up with meals and the very basic household things!!
Vintage has finally got into full swing here and I am working in the weighbridge of a local distillery. So 7.30am starts and finishes between 4.30 - Karah has been good so far getting up as I am leaving and doing her horse and getting ready for school, then Greg gets home and takes her to school.
Today is filled with meal prep for the week - love my two crock pots!! and my 2 freezers!!
Bonus is that I can take a little bit of hand sewing with me and when it is quiet between trucks I can sew!!

The vegie garden is still producing tomatoes, zuchinni and egg plant. So we are having a few meals made up from baked vegies (with the addition of potato and mushrooms) combined with what I call the scrap meat from a lamb - the flanks. It is time to start planting our wintger vegies so I will have to spend an hour after work getting the beds ready. The horrid 40+ temps appear to have gone - we have high 30's predicted but they are so much easier to cope with and much kinder to the gardens so I feel that I can make a start on prepping the beds.

Yummo - it only lasts one meal in this baking tray so today I am doing double the size - the 3 of us take it for lunch the next day.

The kitchen is full of vegies, different meats, herbs and flavourings - worst thing about it all is the clean up!!!

Yesterday I went out to Hillston - an hour from here for the Zone Showgirl Judging - I was judging the Zone Wool Garment/Article and Rich fruit Cakes. IT was a lovely day. The dinner in the evening was really nice - the above picture is the table centrepieces - Hillston is a grain/sheep/cotton growing area. The meal was lovely. Listening to each of the 17 showgirls was very interesting - many varied careers and studies, with lots of plans of continuing their chosen paths in the rural areas of NSW. The judges would have had a really hard time selecting the two girls that go on to the State Final at the Royal Easter Show.

We had lunch on the bank of the Lachlan River at 'The Shed On Lachlan'. Beautiful lunch so we went back for afternoon tea - we are such clever girls - it was a brilliant decision....

Beautiful home made scones with homemade strawberry jam and cream!!

My travelling companion and good friend Rhonda doing her best to enjoy her half without being a little pig and getting jam and cream everywhere - that was impossible!!

Across the river there must have been a couple of hundred white cockatoos - and their noise - and their munching on the river gums! A beautiful sight to see but they just wreak havoc on the trees and gardens. 

Hard to believe that a few months ago this river was in flood - farms and the town went under water. Everything is getting back to normal now.

The cockatoos were quiet happy spending their time in just a few of the trees - they will move on to a new lot when they have stripped these ones of their leaves - I guess mother nature has a reason for their behaviour!!

A walk way across the river to walking paths. The gate was locked so we couldn't cross it.

Me with my phobia of heights did go down to the bottom of this stairway - just so I could get better pictures!! - A bit shaky by the time I got back to the top. And NO I did not try to get on the floating platform - I am no lover of water that I cannot see the bottom of!! Nor do I like the motion - it really disorientates me. 

A closer view of the bridge. 

Some of the Woollen Article/Garment entries that I judged.

The standard of work was exceptional in all of the entries.

It really came down to the fine points of judging to come to a decision of a winner and second place. The creators of each piece should be proud of their efforts.

So that was my day of freedom and enjoyment for quite a while - I think I have to work 12 days straight now - this will really test me!!!lol. I have spent the last 5 years being at home and just planning my day as I go!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I will keep on reading your posts even if I don't get to make too many posts myself!!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Initial Heart Swap

Some happy mail arrived last Thursday - my gift from my swap partner Illene in the Initial Heart Swap organised by CHERYLL.

Illene and I have been swap partners a few times now and she never fails to amaze me with her ability to create 'perfect for me' gifts!! Illene is Very good blog stalker!!!lol

A beautiful Crazy Patchwork Mug Rug, some cute heart buttons and some Lavender.

There is my initial....

and my two cute heart buttons surrounded by the sweet smelling lavender!

Thank you so much Illene for your beautiful gifts.

To finish this post here are a couple of photos of our 5 month old grandson William with Pa-pa - they don't get to see each other very much so this was a special hour for both of them.  He is such a happy baby - much like his big brother Oliver.

Pa-pa is known for terrorising the little ones!!

Pa-pa just falls asleep whenever he sits down for too long - William kept looking across at me to check if it was alright for Pa-pa to do that - after I told he was safe a couple of times he  finished his bottle and went off to sleep too!!

And on that note I will finish this post. I haven't done much the last week or so - like the rest of the state we have had the mid 40 temps plus an aircon not working at full capacity - a few very draining days for me!! But I do have some photos of a few things for my next post.

Saturday, 4 February 2017


Last night was FNWF hosted by Cheryll at Gone Stitchin'.
I started about midday yesterday and did manage to achieve some finishes and a start!!
First up I finished off some drink bottle bags

All set for our first market of 2017.
Then I moved onto preparing Hexies - I have joined a Hexie Swap group on facebook - hopefully I can keep up with it and get all of my hexies done through the year. These are the first 3 - another little bag to add to my 'take with me and sew when waiting'! bag.

Best thing about this swap is I can use my stash!! and second best is i will end up with 49 hexies from all over the world!

And the last bit of sewing I did with FNWF was make another casserole carrier - this is also for our first market - another two of these to make also.

So a BIG THANKYOU to Cheryll for hosting FNWF - pop over to Cheryll's blog and check out the links to all the other girls who were sewing along together!