Sunday, September 20, 2015

Peg Bags

 These orange poppies have been magnificent. So crisp are the lines of the petals.
 I made a new Peg Bag for a friend's birthday, and as mine was about 16 years old and all coming apart, I made a new one for myself as well.
 Early tulips have had my heart skipping a beat - especially these frilly ones which I have a few of now.  They are really special.
 Stellata Rosea Magnolia - I hope this little tree gets a "grow on" during the next season.
 Ginger Kitten looking to pounce on other family cat!

 This beautiful plum tree was a gift from a bird poop.  It came up behind the compost, and is now a magnificent tree and especially when it is in bloom.
 The old feeder I brought from the farm is having a new lease of life as a house for beautiful tulips.  I love it!
 Little miniature lavenders at the front gate are a welcome sign in Spring.
 Split Corona Daffs have multiplied this year and I had 2 lovely clumps.

A beautiful Spring day here, and off I head into Autumn.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Major Works

Very exciting here at my Flowergarden.  I am having some Major Works done outside my back door.

A little porch is being constructed to break the weather right at my back door - not quite finished yet, but well on the way.  In the mean time I am enjoying the Spring blossom each day
As the evenings are beginning to extend, I am getting time for a walk around the garden after work, and being rewarded with many pleasures.

 The Ginger Kitten is growing big and cheeky.  Loves playing outside and gets into EVERYTHING!  Can't help loving him though . . .

. . . and my baby boy returned from a whole term on King Island for his Year 9 Experience.  His sister was so pleased to see him - me too of course.  We didn't speak to each other for 9 weeks, just corresponded by letter. I will treasure those letters.
Today is Miss Flowergarden's 18th Birthday.  It's hard to believe I have children that age as I still feel like I'm young like that. She will be finished school next term and heading on to her next chapter.  Big Cal who is 20 is coming to the end of his uni at the end of this year.  Changes afoot for all.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Shhh Spring's Coming

 I had a lovely time out in my garden yesterday.  It was perfect Spring weather.  With a little over a week to go of Winter here, it's getting jolly exciting with all the bulbs popping their heads up, and tiny leaf buds on the trees.  Always a wonder after the long cold months of Winter. 

shhh...Spring's coming!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

 Lots of picking up from the train station lately.  My son and daughter have taken up playing Quid itch in Melbourne.  They love it - riding around on broomsticks and being cool with alike others.
 I've had 2 days at Sovereign Hill dressed up in the 1850's costume and going to school with my grade - loved it so much, just wanted to work there every day.
 A spot of gardening amongst the showers and cold spots of Winter.
 Made a garden bed in the middle of the driveway - concrete - boxes of cardboard at the bottom and lots of mulch, compost and soil, then plant plant plant.
 . . . and then some Sunday Knitting

Thursday, July 30, 2015

 I had cause to celebrate recently with 50 good reasons
I threw caution to the wind and had a party
It was great fun and quite liberating!
 I have been quiet these Winter months, but certainly not idle.
I've been learning about my knitting machine with a scarf above for my sister.
 I've crocheted Attic 24's Stripy Blanket - started at the start of Autumn and finished first month into Winter = 4 months of lovely work. It's a beautiful blanket and so warm to snuggle under on Winter nights.
 I've kept my eye on these lovely neighbours.  The small one is now walking and chasing my pussy cats around!
 A spot of Winter gardening of course.  Still not finished pruning the roses yet.
 A trip to the Melbourne Zoo with friends during the School Holidays.  I found the most fascinating bit was when a diver went into the tank to clean the glass.
 The bubbles were AMAZING!
 I liked this elephant too.
 I knitted some new mittens on my machine.  Even used the Ribber, and made a pattern.  Very Fancy - as you can see I was proud of myself.
 So you see, I've been busy, but just not blogging - feeling happy with life but forgetting to share - sorry!
Preparations underway for America

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Winter = Yarn Time

 Due to the cold weather and the close proximity to my Knitting Machine Queen of a Mother, I have been taking lessons and getting to know my knitting machine.
 I'm getting pretty good at casting on, with lots of unpicking going on.
 I've experimented with some pattern cards, and made some scarves.
 Last weekend, mum introduced me to making lace - I was quite taken with this.  Below is a scarf I made for my neighbour.
 In between all the knitting, I made some new cushions for my bed and put my bright quilt on for the Winter to brighten things up a bit.
 Then back to experimenting with the Lace Cards.  I tried quite a few and took photos so I could attach the to the cards so I know what all those little dots mean.

 I really liked this one below, as I thought it looked a bit like cable knitting, so I cast on with some soft baby wool . . .
 . . . and made myself a neck warmer!
 With mum's help, we made this lovely scarf for our Cousin Tony, who turned 50 last week.  We all went out to dinner at the Princes Room at the oldest Hotel in Ballarat - It was VERY FANCY!