Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Today

John had brought me in the two hibiscus flowers. Hibiscus dont do terribly well here as they dont like the cold and frosty winters but these grow by the house and are protected, they dont have many flowers but I like the ones they do have. I bought the yellow canna to put in a pot, it was a tiny thing but is flowering and sending up more shoots from the base. I like cannas but again they dont really like the cold. we walked this morning, overcast and grey and I thought I had taken a better photo of the blue crane but this is what I took, I did hope I had a shot of it flying but when I looked, yes it was there but so blended into the backgound of hills you could barely see him I am starting to make another, slightly different cushion it has trees but not Christmas ones. I really wonder if I am going dotty as I couldnt for the life of me remember how I made the Christmas ones to translate into this one, and I made a heap of Christmassy ones. Oh dear I hope this isnt a portent of what is to come.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Bits and pieces and a plum cake recipe.

I have finished the small quilt, which I have titled Fragments from the edge, it goes into an exhibition for the embroiderers guild . Five little rabbits from the pattern by Rosalie Quinlan, I collected this from my local craft store and it was such fun, I think I have made eight in all. Pat asked for the Plum cake recipe using fresh plums, it is from an old Margaret Fulton cook book 8 fresh plums ( or less depending on how many fit in your flan tin) 2 Oz butter. 1 egg. 1/3 cup sugar. 1/4 cup milk. cinnamon and sugar to dust. Grease a 9 inch spring form tin, with a loose base, but I think you could use baking paper and a flan tin or plate, Set oven to 180 degrees C. Wash and stone the plums. Make a batter from butter, sugar, beaten egg, sifted flour add 1/2 flour and beat to combine, add milk and remaining flour, spread mix over base of the tin. Place prepared plums , cut side down on cake batter. Place in moderate oven for aprox 1 hour. While still warm sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. I have yet to make this but the one the friend made yesterday was delicious.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

This morning we were invited by friends to pick fruit

We had a late morning, slept in, unheard of for us but it was cooler and far more pleasant, also we had been out to the pictures, saw The second Best Marigold Hotel, which we enjoyed but I did think the first one was better. It also rained in the evening, 1.4 mm. We had a phone call inviting us to morning tea and to pick plums, just as well we were late or we might have been out walking, as it was I got my walk any way picking plums. We have friends with a farm about 20 minutes away with a netted orchard and they were being over inundated with fruit. Lovely fruit some of whom I took photos of, the plum tree we took fruit from, apple trees, quince trees and lovely tomato plants. I went over with eggs and we came over with a heap of fruit, dont they look lush. The apricots and peaches were over, but we have plenty of peaches from our own tree. Figs are much later and we will probably do another pick when they are ripe as John has a great dried fig recipe. My freezer is getting full but lovely stewed fruit for breakfast from the freezer during winter cant be beaten. I was also given a lovely fresh plum cake recipe which I must try. Now I feel tired!! Oh and to Pat, The weaver of grass who made a comment on yesterdays blog about the black snake, I saw it again this morning heading into the bantam house, just a tail and we were not fast enough to get it, I dont mind the snakes, although if you are bitten it is a nasty poison, not many people die but enough to make one pretty wary. I am aware now that it is around so look for it, at least it is keeping down the mice, but I really would rather it went away as I dont see terribly well, only having partial sight in my left eye and the other is getting old and is probably due for cataract surgery before much longer, so sometimes a stick or a piece of bark makes me think it is a snake and gives me a fright. Apart fom that I hope every one had as good a day as I did.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

River Port of Goolwa this morning

We may not have gone over to the wooden boat show last week end, too hot, too many people, but this morning we went over to look at an exhibition and have a walk along the wharf. the paddle steamer Oscar w was there and the barg the dart and a few other bits of interesting river boat history. I took a close up of the bottom of the Dart with very weathered red gum planks. It was still pretty hot but a lovely walk. the exhibition was interesting, some lovely metal work, all sold. we had been to the market and later today hope to go in to Victor to see the Second Marigold Hotel, some thing for our age group but with the addition of Richard Gere. we are expecting a cool change, at the moment it is warm and sticky, not pleasant but we did manage to have a whole 0.04 of a mm overnight. I hope the black snake that was in the hen house has gone tonight and not eaten too many eggs.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Warming up again

Morning walk along the beach this morning, warming up and very flat and calm with a low tide again. I love the way there is a reflection of the Bluff in the water as well as the clouds as we walked further along the beach. I have to say I havent done a lot today, more rabbits being made, had to unpick one set of ears three times! I am not really ready to take photos yet. I have had a few rotten nights and then doze off during the day, I am certainly not as active as I once was when I havent had a good nights sleep. Still there really isnt much to be done while it is so hot and these days John does the watering as I cant cope with hoses with my shoulder as once I could. Just hope when it is replaced I can do more of that sort of thing, feel such a wuss having to ask him to hang the clothes on the line too. Hope your weather is better than ours, I think I would almost like cold and wintry weather rather than heat. Still the early morning beach walks are a plus.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Very low tide this morning

We walked the cliffs at Petrel's this morning and then onto Depp's beach, it was the lowest I have seen the tide in ages. All the mermaids necklaces and other sea weeds were exposed. John was pretty sure there were some reasonable mullet in some of the pools too. A lovely morning for walking, cool and not too much wind. I had a terrible nights sleep so am not doing a huge amount today, have two more rabbits on the go and another 2 to start on as well. I will put up the finished ones in a day or two.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pt Elliot on Sunday

I haave finally got some of the photos from Sunday, and more or less got my new camera going, it has far more ways of doing things than I think I want to know! The standing stones are on the site of the Harbor Masters Cottage and the stones were taken from the lintels of that and a church which is no longer there. A wonderful view of the bay, very necessary as there were so many sailing ships shipwrecked there. It was not a good harbor. I then walked down the main street and took a few photos of varying styles of houses, love houses, and finally the steam train was just passing through as I went to look at the patchwork exhibition. This is The Duke of Edinburgh. (Oh dear, is that the correct spelling? I dont know!!) Any way it was lovely to see so many carriages with people in them. The weather has cooled down a bit, in fact today was windy and positively cold on the beach. I then went over to see friend W who was baby sitting her gorgeous grand daughter, and looked at the fairies I am supposed to be making in Ballarat this year, she did Samantha Bryan's class last year. I now know what sort of wire I need and a better idea of the size of the heads to make.Now to have some idea of what I want to make, I am hopeless. never make up my mind until I get to class. So lucky to be doing a class with her. Max has decided he is a bantam herder. I have been letting the bantams out during the day, I could never do that before as the pugs always killed them, amazing as they are small dogs and Max is a heeler cross but he is very good and listens to me when I tell him to come back, perhaps he did some herding in his past life. It does make life easier, although I think the bantams (Japanese, love them) are now getting into a routine thank goodness. Just so long as a fox or the nieghbours cat doesnt appear.