Monday, June 28, 2010

Catching Up ....

Luke doing some colouring next to me on the sofa. Sharing a quiet moment with my son.

Red sky in the morning - this photo was taken late last week. Not long after it rained really hard ! Luckily not on the school run. Taken from my balcony off the lounge.

The first loaf of bread I have baked in a long time .... this is the New York Times no knead bread. The loaf was very easy to make, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside ! No kneading bonus.

Two kookaburras sitting in an old gum tree - right outside out bedroom window ! They are very noisy. They really sound like a troop of laughing monkeys.

A baby butternut - we ate it this weekend. Had it roasted.... it was so little it had no seeds.

My first steps into spinning ... this green monster turns into this ......

the wool on my drop spindle. The spindle was made by Greg. I was shown how to spin by a friend. On the last Sunday in the month I now go to the Central Coast Knitting Group at a friend's house. This Sunday was the first one. We did not get much work done as there was a lot talking and laughing going on. Plus there was a lot of fibre to look at. fondle and oooooohhhh at.
I bought some fibre !!! Oh and some sari silk to spin ..... very exciting.
Well it was at this group I was shown how to use my drop spindle. I am so excited ..... this first fibre I have spun is ummmmmm bumpy ..... but fun ! And Anna-Kate likes it so may make something warm and fuzzy for her !
The first lot done - rolled onto a toilet paper cardboard inner.

My first ball of spun wool. With an inside pull .... plyed and everything ..... go me!

A mushroom I found while weeding today - under a butternut leaf ..... the bottom looks like a big mushroom .....
The top is the same colour as a normal button mushroom ..... any ideas what it is? Please note my roma tomatoes in the background!

Second bread loaf on the go - has butternut in - not home grown sadly!
Phew all caught up now !

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rabbits, Peas, Hats and the Beach !

I have crocheted 22 rabbits for charity - well 20 are for a charity, 2 were adopted by Anna-Kate and Luke. Not sure where to send the rabbits yet - if anyone knows of a charity willing to accept handmade toys I would love to hear from you !
Close up of the crocheted crowd.

My peas are doing really well - hope they can hold out till we are in our new house ! Greg still has to build the raised garden beds - well they have to wait a while he has a few other projects on his list already !

Kallie asleep on Anna-Kate's slippers. She has to tuck her nose under something to sleep, she actually loves being 100%covered while in her basket.

Anna-Kate asked for a hat, so I crocheted her a beanie yesterday.
Must remember it is wool -but I think it is OK to cool wash it in the machine - mental note to check label !

Today we took Kallie to the beach for the first time ever! She took it all in her stride and loved being outside with the children.

Here I am with my 'little' boy - he will soon be taller than me I fear !

Anna-Kate posing in the water.

My Luke taken while he was walking alongside me.

Running together along the beach - we all had a lovely time.
Greg, Luke and Anna-Kate even had time in the afternoon to go fishing - to date no fish have been harmed ie - no fish have been caught !!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Photos taken this morning - she loves her basket and the sunshine so put her basket in the patch of sun.
She fell asleep soon after the first pic was taken - bless her you can see the shaved fur where she had her op - but the way she is bouncing around you would never know she had been to the vets !

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

This Weekend....

200m (ish) from our new house ! We decided to go for a walk - so drove to where we will be living and walked from there. Luke and Greg went ahead to look for fish.

All of us ! Greg, me, Luke and Anna-Kate. Greg is holding Kallie.

A puffer fish ... there were loads swimming about.

So peaceful ! The scenery around Brisbane Water is beautiful.

Kallie waiting for the children to finish playing at the park.

Autumn on the Central Coast. Love Autumnal colours against the blue sky.

Walking along the 'beach'.

The peas are sprouting - can't really see them in the pic will take a better one tomorrow.

A wierd butternut growing in the garden. This section of the butternut plant grew from the original plant - across the garden and grass. I decided to cut it off from the mother plant as it was right across the grass and generally looking untidy. Pulled up most of it but this section still looked green and healthy and as it was tucked away I left it and now it looks like I have another butternut !! I can not pay it too much attention as otherwise the dog will try and bring it to me !

I Took The Handmade Pledge!