Friday, July 29, 2016

Doo dads and a few days away

I came home yesterday from a lovely few days up near Mambray Creek near the Flinders Ranges. We made doodads, such fun. Various views from around the property and at Port Germain a little further south. Unfortunately I seem to have developed a bladder infection, something that one lot of pills I take is prone to do, so in for some antibiotics this morning and feeling rather flat. Such a shame as the few days were wonderful, even though the bit over 4 hour drive home some from one side of the city to the other was rather tiring and a little fraught. Still I am now home safely and plan to do very little for the rest of the day.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

It has been a bit wet.

I took this photo of Swains Crossing this morning after we had been to see Tabby, we had thought a walk but the wind and rain was a bit much. We came home and with some justification John was a little worried about this cloud at the end of the valley, blue sky yes, cloud? wind and rain and very squally when it hit.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Garden and a walk on the cliffs

Just odd photos from around the garden, I quite like the coloured leaf geranium against the base of the water tank and the camellia with its fiery red blooms against the sky. That was yesterday, today after another wild night of storms and wind and hail we walked along the cliffs with a rather chaotic sea below. Petrels Cove has lost sand again and there are a lot of rocks that were not there last week and I just love the way the water trickles over the rocks after a large wave. I have just spent time going through a zillion photos trying to find some of my daughter on the horses she rode in her teens, We have far too many albums as well as a heap of slides. No one will want to go through them when we depart this earth. Not getting a lot done!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Busy few days

The weather has been weird, yesterday I had to go to Noarlunga, to Spotlight to buy some scissors as I seem to have lost mine and they carry the particular one I wanted. There was heavy fog and in places very heavy fog all the way to just before Willunga Hill. I bought my scissors and called into McLaren Vale to see one of the fleurieu art prize exhibitions and then ran into the fog in the same place on the way home. I called in to see friend W near Mt Compass and nearly missed their entrance the fog was so thick. They have just come back from a wonderful overseas trip which included Scandinavia and Russia. W is a decorative painter so was very interested in seeing the Russian decorative stuff, and brought home a couple of lovely things. She gave me lunch and thank goodness by the time I left the fog had gone. I took the bare tree, at the McLaren Vale visitor information centre, it is a pistachio I think. Loved the bare branches. The first of the milking herd went yesterday and today the remainder that have been bought to go on milking are being loaded, I really dont want to know about it, so terribly depressing, at least they are going to a dairy, what is left will go over hooks. such a terrible shame but at the moment dairying is going backwards and we just couldnt keep on, as it is it wont really cover the debt. I just hope we can stay here on nearly 300 acres for a bit longer. Change and upset. This morning we had a short walk on the beach, havent managed one for ages, not a long walk as I am aching badly with this very changeable weather. Not sleeping well either. I rather liked the sky over the causeway and the bit of Granite Island and this shag (cormorant) was drying his wings on the banks of sea weed and really didnt want us near him. The beach has changed a lot in the past week, sand has gone from the for dunes taking a lot of marrum grass and shrubs with it. Its been a pretty wild winter and we havent seen one like this for quite a while. I am stuffing an animal, hare to add more fabric too and knitting a pair of slippers, but not finished so nothing in that line to show. Such a disturbed week or so politically as well, I just hope it all gets better eventually. I will be away for a few days next week, going north near the Flinders Ranges so I may be a bit quiet.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

River Murray mouth from Hindmarsh Island

We went to David Dridan's exhibition opening at Signal Point in Goolwa this afternoon and then headed over to Hindmarsh Island and the Murray mouth. I took a few photos, they still seem to be dredging. A lovely few hours away from home. Seemed to get colder as the day wore on, we had blue sky in the morning and then a thin skin of clouds came up.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A small rabbit and this mornings photos

I have finished this little felt rabbit and it is now in the box with all the other little felt animals I am making. I had friend P staying over night, one of the coldest we have so far had, a good frost this morning so a bit of a late start. John has gone fishing. We went our seperate ways into the farmers market, The lad there with his succulents and herbs was there, I cant keep away. I was good and only bought one. I came home via a new patchworks shop that has opened, lovely and in a nice house, I hope she does well. I couldnt come away empty handed so a $3 fat quarter cme home with me. I drove out to the Bluff and took a photo of a relatively calm sea after all the blustery weather we have had, and came home the back way, hoping. assuming, that any trees that may have come down over the road would have been cleared away, thank goodness they were. Love this view along the road across the valley. Even though the sun is shining parts of the house are not particularly warm so I will be back to the fire in a minute.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Basham's beach this morning

We had a lovely walk this morning, partly around the sea at Basham's beach, dont you love the way the waves form a semi circle coming into shore, and then across the top of the small hill, we hadnt walked there before but there was a mown track so we decided it was easier for me than tripping over granite boulders as I usually do. The sun was out, wattles starting to flower and birds chasing each other. No rain for a couple of days according to the weather bureau, I hope for once they are right, we are very soggy underfoot. No walks for days because of the weather and I do like my walks.