Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Garden flowers.

Flowers in the garden, clematis by the bedroom door and the pots by the back door, touches of colour.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Xmas cushions

Not quite finished although I have put the backs on them now, these are for a couple of my grand children who are leaving to far flung places, not sure if they will take them with them but I thought it was worth trying to do something personal for them. This is from a Sue Bleiweiss tutorial and they are fun and easy to make. We had a huge thunderstorm here last night which knocked out the phones, it rumbled and grumbled right over head for hours, not much rain in it, but every drop at this time of the year helps. We walked this morning and then I have been sewing all day from there on in, a lot of ideas in my head for presents at the moment, which is good as I know that suddenly a few days before Xmas I will suddenly think of other things I could have done and there will be no time. Nice to have a week with no appointments.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

In the mail, a walk and a waterlilly

This is the lovely give away that came in the mail this week from Eithna in Ireland, she has a blog called I think, oh dear I have forgotten a piece of blue, I thought it was a touch of blue but that was not it. Any way she makes lovely things and I love the little bag I won and all the extras, especially the little house, I love the patterned fabric on the back, or perhaps it is the front, and some very special cards. I love the way we are connected through the blogging community. Yesterday when we walked one of my favorite birds was patrolling the beach, a black oyster catcher, he/she was very busy up near the sand hills, but no sign of a mate, so perhaps there is nesting going on somewhere. I bought this little waterlily last year to put in a pot, I think it said small and pink obn the label, but isnt this a lovely colour? I love it, nothing wishy washy about this. Today it is hot humid and windy and thunder is grumbling away and poor old Max hates it. We had abut 1 mm of rain this morning, I think most of it has been to the north of us or over the ranges. Still we have had a little most days and the garden is loving it. Not a good thing in a way as I keep going out and either striking cuttings or buying new plants, today a chilli plant and a tiny yellow day lily, said on the label it was bred in Australia for our conditions but it is tiny and I think will look good in a pot somewhere. I am not potting today, I hope tmorrow is cooler and I will do it then. I have a rose to pot on too. I am busy sewing at the moment cushions for Xmas presents and I have a few other things I would like to do, perhaps bags for the two small ones to put their presents in. Photos when i have finished them.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In the garden

Actually I should probably say from the garden. The rosy cushion rose photo was taken from inside through probably not terribly clean windows but it has flowered and flowered so far this season. Inside a lovely vase of alstromelia flowers, I have several different Colors and they do very well in my garden, but then so has every thing else. We have had some very welcome rain over the last few days, but with a few hot days as well. I am doing some sewing mostly Christmas presents, we had dental visits in Adelaide yesterday, it was hot there. I seem to be pretty busy which is good, suddenly we will be away, and then Christmas. Boy it's all go.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A lovely morning walk

We had to take some stuff to the dump over near Goolwa this morning so on the way back we called into Crockery Bay near Pt Elliot and walked around the point, you cant really see the sea well in the first photo, perhaps if you click on it twice it will enlarge enough, this was the start of the walk. I didnt put up photos of the sea this time, although I did take some but I was more interested in the colour of the grasses, the yam daisies, the amount of (rather smelly )kelp that has been thrown up on the usually nice sandy beach. The information shelter is rather nicely done in a bush type Australian way. The flies are starting to appear, after the 1/2 inch of rain we have just had but the breeze was cool and kept them away for most of the time. The rain has really given the garden a lovely boost and it was lovely to have a close friend who I dont see often come for lunch yesterday and look at it, although we did get rather wet when we went out to look at the foals, such a lovely lot this year. It was so nice to be able to catch up in person too instead of the usual phone calls. A lovely parcel arrived today from Eithna in Ireland too, I will show photos tomorrow, I love getting parcels in the post .Eitnha has a little bit of blue blog.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hand made, and made by nature

we have had some glorious rain, not a huge amount but certainly enough to put some water in the tanks and make everything look a lot fresher. I had a lovely visit from friend r today, we had lunch and then a wander around the garden and the ponies, all in the rain but it was so lovely to catch up with her. We ring regularly but dont see each other terribly often any more. I washed today and it is now soggy but well rinsed on the line. The weather is going to heat up by Wednesday so it wont matter. The clouds have been most impressive, the beach has changed, again, and I love these circles carved out of the reef rock by stones, the tide was low enough for me to take a reasonable photo. One of the Yachts is still at its moorings and the Bluff and Wright Island looked good with the clouds around. A lovely walk this morning, not wet then but a bit cooler. I made a heap of brooches like this but have now moved on to something a little larger, we have 10 x10 cm small art pieces when we go to Ballarat, they are donated and sold for a charity and I thought these might be worth making a few of. Off to shuck fresh broad beans out of the garden for dinner, with baked potatoes and steak, simple but satisfying.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cooler but not wet this morning at Pt Elliott

I shopped and then we walked, cold and windy but none of the promised rain. Yesterday in the heat we were in Adelaide, I went to the quilt show and bought a couple of things, saw Dijanne's Sentinels which were wonderful, had lunch with a friend and then, well its official, I need to have a shoulder replacement. Having had the knee done not long ago this does not fill me with enthusiasm. It will be done in mid April next year, I can manage the pain and I have booked into three workshops next year which I am not going to miss. the last is Ballarat so I will be home for a day or so from that and then have it done. A new foal this morning, a delightful little chestnut Welsh Section A filly, I think only one possibly two to go for the season.