Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Filling the days


Some days are sunshine...

Some days are not so...
but still beautiful

my standard breakfast fare: quinoa and buckwheat, apple and rhubarb, sheep yoghurt, banana and blueberries

a quick and easy tomato base recipe from a friend, which will go into the freezer for when needed 


My blue green squares continue to lay on my loungeroom floor.  Every so often I walk past, cast a critical eye at them, move a couple here and there and 'walk on by...'  Was going to just place them randomly (and I did), but they sort of formed a pattern and it's either all or nothing, so now I'm trying to get it right...
Keeps the mind busy...you move one and one side lines up but then the other doesn't! 
Almost as much fun as doing Sudoku or a Rubik's cube.

In the meantime, I'm going to join the charity blanket squares.  So they are gracing my floor now, with the others underneath. (Out of sight out of mind.)  I usually sew the squares together but think I'll try crocheting them this time...
(addendum: crocheting the squares together is working a treat!)

I have finished this crocheted blanket I was working on and really like the colours...
and continue to read The Pianist of Yarmouk, which gives good insight into conditions in Syria (Damascus) before and during the siege, and he and his family's subsequent escape to Germany. I've almost finished it and it has been very interesting. Muchly recommended!

Still cold and wintery here, but there are signs of Spring...

And this morning...
7am from the road bridge

Filling the days!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Weekend Words

"As a single footstep will not make a path on earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.

To make a deep physical path,
we walk again and again.

To make a deep mental path,
we must think over and over the kind of thoughts
we wish to dominate our lives."

-Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, August 10, 2019

August Yarn Along

Yarn Along time again...

Friend Debbie asked how I came to chose the name 'soliloquy' in the name the shawl competition I won.  You can read more on that in THIS post.

The word soliloquy came to me, as I looked at the photo.  Just sort of popped into my head.  I like the word, the way it sounds, and had a vague idea of the meaning, but googled it anyway.

Soliloquy: an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers.

So it's a conversation with oneself, a sort of inner musing/dialoguing, which I do all the time in my head, especially when knitting or crocheting.

And in looking at the shawl, I also felt it would be a sort of soft and comforting knit, as the shawl portrayed to me a visual softness and calmness (even though blue is not my colour).  There was some interest in the pattern, but also repetition, so the calm (but interesting knitting) would accompany my calm (but interesting) thoughts :)  Soliloquy.

So there ya go.  I bet you were dying to know all this :))

And if you want a bit of background on the designer, you can read it HERE.  It's interesting that she was inspired by the sea/ocean (another love of mine), which I also find calming and restful...

And remember this green granny blanket...

When Natasha was visiting she chose it to take back with her to Connecticut.  Here it is, making itself 'at home' in her sunroom...

wouldn't you love a sunroom like this!!

I'm itchin' to get started on a sweater/pullover for myself using this olive green (although it looks grey in the photo) wool/bamboo mix tweed yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills...
 and reading the Pianist of Yarmouk (from the library)

Have these books waiting in the wings on my bookshelves...
 but had to move them down the list to read the library book first

Still working on these charity blanket squares...
 only ONE square to go!!!

Ready to sew these up, but am going to leave them on my lounge room floor to remind me...
I've just placed them randomly, but will probably tweak them before sewing up

I think I've earned myself a coffee...

"I find television very educating. 
 Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Grouch Marx


Thursday, August 8, 2019


Did a walk yesterday with friend Vicki.  Near Devonport (50km away) and Coles Bay/Don Reserve.  We had rainy days either side, but yesterday the weather was perfect...
 started at the sea

 through the bush

over the bridge

 along the riverside

back to the sea

Which brought to mind these quotes (I know I've shared them before)...

"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow." - Henry David Thoreau

So get out there...and do it!!


Friday, August 2, 2019

A Winter's Day

Such a beautiful day today.  Cold (-2C) and frosty early this morning, so I walked after breakfast...

Home for my morning coffee, and while my lamb roast cooked, I mowed the lawns...
 so nice to get out and do a bit of gardening

Of an evening I'm powering through these squares.  Only 6 more to knit...
while I re-watch episodes of Wallander

And my later afternoon walk by the river...
I'm loving the beauty of the soft winter sunlight

Which brings to mind these two quotes I read recently...

"The question is not what you look at, but what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope you can see the beautiful in your life.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Let's start with a coffee...

It's a very good place to start...
 and a browse through the latest Grass Roots mag, who, after years of black and white internal photo content, have gone colour)

Still working on these projects...
Only a few edging rows to go on the crocheted blanket. 
 The 25 blue/green squares are done, just have to sew them up.  
The bright multi coloured squares are for a charity blanket (still about 8 to go on that)

And see this shawl...
 An Instagram page I follow: Making Stories, who design knit patterns, recently asked for submissions for a name for their latest shawl pattern.  I suggested...and they chose my suggestion!


So I win a free copy of the pattern :)

I'm going to make it (even though I have a mental block re circular needles) with the lovely wool yarn Natasha sent me recently from their visit to Quebec City.  But more about that later...

Watching and reading...
Working my way through Unit One, a Danish crime series.

Re-reading The Millennium series.  I read the Larsson books a few years ago, but want to reacquaint myself with the characters and plot so I can read the sequels by David Lagercrantz

And a pic of the Canberra family that couldn't make the recent visit, but maybe at Christmas :)
Jefferson holding Jaya, and Anushka with Rafe

What post would be complete without a river shot...
taken on my walk this morning around 7am

I hope all is well in your world!


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Weekend Words

When We Need Him the Most - Joyce Meyer

Proverbs 3:5-6 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

Many times we say that we trust God, but inside we still have deeply embedded fears that He won't really come through for us when we need Him the most.  So we falsely assume that if we keep thinking about the problem and worrying about it enough, then somehow we can take care of it on our own - just in case God doesn't show up and do something according to our timetable.

The problem with this attitude is that it brings us closer to our problems, not closer to God.  However, when we choose to believe that God is in control and that He is going to handle whatever situation we are in, we move closer to God and our problems don't seem so worrisome after all.

Trusting God will keep you from reasoning and trying to figure out the things you don't have answers for yet.  When you are faced with an overwhelming situation, don't listen to that nagging voice inside, asking, What are you gonna do? What are you gonna do?  Just remind yourself,  I'm going to trust God, and He will show me what to do...if I need to do anything.

Hold your peace, remain at rest, and God will fight for you.


Interestingly, when I read the words "God will fight for you", I had the thought (a God prompt perhaps?) that maybe there was a song with those words.  So after a bit of a YouTube search, I found this...