Thursday, July 20, 2017

Exciting day, we saw a whale

Some where in the first photo, about in the centre if you double click to enlarge you should see a black blob which is a whale. we wa;led the cliffs at Petrel's Cove this morning, not really thinking of whales although there have been a lot about, they come back to calve about now but they have been a bit further along the coast and not here, so a lovely surprise. Not that it was doing much, a few dolphins with it, a few blows and every so often a tail or a head. My little camera doesnt have the capacity to get close enough and it was a bit of a point and shoot and hope you got something. It was a lovely walk, after all the rain things are greening up. Some areas where there were some slips last year are showing a bit more activity. Home and I am doing some house work, a bit of sun is out at last. I have sent off my money for next years Grampians Texture classes, I look forward to my week end away, could well be my last, the bank is getting rather nasty and with only a buyer that would cover what we owe them and nothing left over it is all rather scary and depressing. I slowly pack things up and try not to think about it too much. The knitting I have been doing is not satisfying me at all.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This mornings walk along the road at the base of the Bluff towards the Bluff jetty.

I do like winter so long as it isnt raining all the time. No one about asw we walked this morning, the sky was magnificent and although a bit cold the road is sheltered. We did see a seal fishing but he was moving very fast. such a pleasure to still be out and about. I have spent most of the rest of the day sorting books and trying to remember how to knit some fingerless gloves on four needles. I didnt think it was terribly long ago that I made the last lot but it would have to be 2 or 3 years. I panic a bit, I have all this sock wool to use up too and I think it is using all those needles that puts me off. I havent mastered using a circular needle. I suppose its a bit whimpy but it would be easier if some one sat with me instead of trying to work it out on u tube. I am making a casserole of left overs for dinner, that is in the oven, so back to the gloves.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A little something.

I stitched this up to send off for a fund raiser being run by Elizabeth D who runs the Berry Quilting retreat, she asked for small squares. This was cut from a slightly larger piece that hadn't quite worked. I think that this has. A long day, Adelaide early for hair cuts and deliver eggs, saw my sister and had quick lunch with P. Quite a rough day for driving and we hit a very heavy rain storm at the worst possible place on the way home, road works, changed lanes we couldn't see. So glad when we got home to would you believe it, sun shine. It has got cold and damp now. It is amazing how tired one can get doing a lot of sitting.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Around the garden yesterday

To day it is freezing cold, we have had a thunderstorm very heavy rain and strong winds. I am glad I took these photos yesterday morning, the afternoon wasnt very nice either. I have my new glasses, better but have to really peer at the computer screen. We did have a quick walk and just made it to the car before a very heavy rain storm came across. I love the cootamundra wattle when it is out, it always used to mean we were off to the snow skiing, long past I am afraid but the thought is there. The winter cheer red hot pokers and the big aloe bring a bit of colour to a rather dreary landscape and of course the jonquils are out. Just had a huge but short thunder storm, overflowing gutters again. I am inside packing up things off the walls, textile stuff. Rather tiring work but it is a start. Over to see wee Lachlan this morning, dropping off the sewing machine for G and Mason and Millie were there with Celina, they were playing cards! Lachie was not happy on the floor but smiled and gurgled when picked up. He is a fat gorgeous little boy. So all in all quite a good day, if you dont have to go outside.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nangawooka flora reserve

This morning we needed a walk but it was cold and blowy and threatening rain so instead of the beach we headed to Nangawooka, this was sheltered and is a lovely little Australian flora reserve near Victor Harbor. No one there but us and quite a lot of flowers out or coming out even if it is the middle of winter. Some lovely big trees as well. It was a very pleasant walk and I am glad we did it when we did as it has got much colder, more rain and strong winds. Not a time to be out fot the moment/. I think we are due for a couple of typical winter days. Nice to sit by the fire. Yesterday I delivered the baby blanket and saw my latest little great grand child. She is home but no photo as she still has a tube to help her feed. So glad all seems to be well. Such a worrying few weeks for them and all the rest of the families. I tidied up 2 drawers yesterday, so much more to be done. Still no glasses, I hope on Monday. I have also been making sure my lovely old Pfaff sewing machine works and organising anything that goes with it for my grand daughters. I will be very sad to see it go but it will be one less to worry about.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Baby blanket done

I seem to have been doing this forever, it seems much bigger than the last one. It is OK but I feel it should have been better. Trying to get it done through all my eye problems has been a bit of a nightmare, along with trying to sort through drawers, cupboards and boxes, I need a lot of sitting down to try and get my eyes to calm down. Let alone having the house clean and tidy for people to come through. I am afraid they will have to put up with things in boxes, oh dear.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Yesterday near the bluff, today at Normanville

Yesterday we walked the cliffs, saw a pod of dolphins but too far away to get a photo, havent seen them for a while, we were later in the morning, perhaps they get up late! Apparently they were seen playing with a mother whale and her calf yesterday at Middleton. To day we went over to the other side of the gulf to sell a few books and went down to Normanville and walked the beach. Saw a white egret and not on my photos but about 4 little plover on the beach. the river had wandered a lot further to the south and I dont remember it being so far down, but then I dont remember the little plover on the beach when I was a child either. Photos of what is left of the jetty, there are photos of me aged about 1 year sheltering from the sun under this jetty, it was a lot longer then, now bad winter storms have almost finished it off. A lovely morning that finished with some distant cousins of Johns calling in to see us. Now I am house cleaning again, people coming to inspect on Friday. I do wish that something positive would happen. It is all getting rather depressing, but sunny days like this do help.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A needlecase

l have been doing a bit of hand sewing. This took longer to do than I expected. John has been to see the specialist and he doesn't have to have a new hip yet. So pleased.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Walking the cliffs near Petrel's Cove this morning

Very cold, only about 3 degrees by the back door this morning. Big waves coming in but a lovely walk. Trying to work out what I should keep in my filing cabinet, obviously there is a lot of Rivington Stud history in there and i have thrown out a previously. What to do!!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Walking over to Granite Island this morning

Just as well we walked this morning, it has done nothing but pour all afternoon. We had a lovely lunch I had a call from a friend who suddenly rang out of the blue and said I am coming over and bringing lunch. Lovely. She went off in the rain to look at ponies with Sarah. I tried to get a closer photo of the net aquarium but the sun was in the wrong place, love Silvio's little fairy penguins and his head of one of the aboriginal elders. We havent been to the Island for months. Very cold and very wet. I love winter. I am making soup. No glassed until Friday so I hope this all makes sense.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Interesting clouds

Mid winter, cold and damp, the clouds have been really interesting. we have had lovely sunny bits of the day and then very heavy sharp showers. We did a small walk this morning, there is so much sea weed washed up along the beaches it is very often not worth trying to walk along them. George scratched me a few days ago, he didnt mean to he got a fright and leapt off my lap in a hurry, it seems to have got a bit infected and was rubbing on my pants so although we could have done a longer one it seemed prudent to go home. I have been reading and doing some embroidery by the fire. Lazy, but I have no where to put stuff I am tidying up at the moment. Trying to read what I have typed is still almost impossible, I just hope I can get my new glasses soon. I see my optomotrist tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Glorious walk this morning at Pt Elliot

After a day and night of very heavy rain and wind this morning was lovely. We had to go over to Pt Elliot and had a walk around the steps. Saw them bringing the new tuna cage into near granite island which will be set up as an aquarium , too far away for decent photos but it will be interesting to see how it goes. Heavy seas this morning and big swells. I love the way the aloes flower at this time of the year, I notice that a property that has been sold near us has ripped out all their aloes, here I am planting them, not a lot of nectar around for the honey eaters at this time of the year except for them. I know people get thingy because they are from South Africa, poo to them I say. We have hovely sun this morning but a few big clouds. More rain forcast I think. We had people through today, doubt if anything will come of it but the house is clean and tidy with some flowers in. I am in a panic about what or where anything will go, not sleeping well, still doing little bits, cant see a lot of point until I know what or where we will be. I am having a lovely time re reading Marjorie Allinghams' Albert Campion books.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Yesterday and today.

I havent been feeling terribly well so not a lot has been done. Yesterday we had a short walk on the beach and the water was so clear I loved these circles of reef that have been left by stones rolling around in them. We also went to the engagement party of my grand daughter the baby is hers being held by another granddaughter. Love this little fellow. Over to Goolwa this morning to go to the market and get some chili's and a look at a couple of the art shows that were on. Loved the door hidden away in one of the old buildings. Then down to look at the River Murray beyond Number 19 beacon. The sun was in the wrong place. A lovely area. Just wish I felt a bit better.