Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Winter colour

There is some winter colour in my garden...not too much...just enough...



 I pruned off the old leaves so the new growth and flowers can be seen


 primroses/primula...looking a bit ragged around the edges..like me :))


 these ones are looking better


 self sown violets/violas


 and I've just found out these are called bergenia


 azaleas


 and these are roses...which I don't want!
 
I mean...I like roses...I just don't want them in my garden!  All those thorns, and they only look nice for a short period each year.  So, I will prune them back, and I have a friend who is happy to take them (she can bring me a bunch of roses every now and then), and I think I will grow ivy along the fence.  It's a shady area...gets a little sun in summer, but none in winter, so I am hoping ivy will do ok there.



Finished the back and half the front of my vest in the Mithral yarn...
 it looks grey in the photo, but it is actually a mossy green


And a lovely surprise in the mail earlier this week!  I won 1kg of real wool from K4C, one of the charity groups I knit for.  The yarn is from Bendigo Woollen Mills and will be so nice to knit with.  Not sure what I will knit yet...perhaps some children's garments...


Have been between books for awhile.  Just can't seem to find one I can get into.  So decided to read this one.  It's Anne's latest (I have all her other non fiction ones and really like her writings), so will see how I go...

 
 
Still have family visiting,  but they have gone off sight seeing for the day, so I'm catching up with a few home chores (and this post).  It's been grey all morning, but the sun is shining weakly this afternoon, so I might make a start on those roses.
 
Then again...maybe I'll sit by the fire and knit :))
 
xx

Saturday, June 17, 2017

On top of the world...

At the bottom of Tasmania...

Walking The Three Capes...
son Ben, daughter in law Hayley, son Jefferson, grandson Denver
 
Amazing weather, when you think it's the middle of winter and could be pouring with rain and blowing a gale!
 
They arrive home later today/tonight.
 
(oh...I miss the sea...)
 
xx

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Grey and Green

The day is grey...
 the view from my 'sitting' chair...where I knit, crochet, read, dream...
 
 
My new yarn is green...
I can't believe it arrived two days ago and I still haven't had a chance to start knitting...
 
 
My beautiful Mithral yarn (worn by the Hobbits of Middle Earth) by Stansborough
 
Bought online from Ecoyarns.
 
Ecoyarns also sent me a sample cards with the Mithral colours and a gift crochet hook :)
 
I can envisage a blanket knitted in diagonal squares using all six colours...
 
I am sooo tempted!
 
But first I need to get started on my green vest...
 
I have been knitting a jumper (for charity) because I liked the pattern and wanted to try it...
 12 rows to the pattern, but you only need to count with 2 of them, which makes it interesting to knit, but not too mind consuming
 
So I am going to use this pattern to knit a vest/sleeveless pullover for myself in my Mithral yarn!


Also continuing with my charity blanket squares...


And in between, browsing my new mags...
 
 
 
And the reason I haven't had time to start my new knitting project is the family have arrived to walk the Three Capes Track
 
The Texas Team (daughter, son in law and 3 grandsons) unfortunately couldn't make it, but the Aussie Contingent is soldering on (2 sons, a daughter in law, and a grandson).  It's been so hectic the last couple of days with trips to the airport to pick up various ones from interstate that I didn't actually take any photos, but will do so when they return.   If they survive.... :))
 
In the meantime, I am enjoying the lull before the storm and am off to walk, knit, read...
 
But first I may need a cup of tea after all this chatting!
 
xx
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Walking my Bridges

Over the bridge at the caravan park...

From the bridge...
 upstream


downstream


Along the east side path...
 to the road bridge


 under and out the other side


 across the train tracks


over the spillway bridge

From the bridge...
 upstream


 downstream

The west side...
under the train bridge

 to the road bridge


under..  .and along the west path...



Home now...for a much anticipated coffee :))
 
xx



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brrrrr....

Cold here this morning...and a big frost, so me being the wimp that I am, waited till after breakfast (and the sun had come up) to go for my morning walk.

Back home then, for my morning coffee...and my new accompaniment...
should have taken the photo before I started eating it...sorry...but I was hungry :)
 
 
I've been having Castello Blue Vein cheese on my morning sourdough for...how many years??? so decided a change was in order. 
 Sourdough with peanut butter, banana and a sprinkle of mixed spice.
Yummo!!!




Then I baked the Rock Cakes that were on my 'to do' list from yesterday...




Here's the recipe I used.  If you click on the photo it should bring it up large enough to read...
 
I added some almond meal, cardamom and allspice, and I didn't have any mixed peel, so used fresh, grated lemon rind. 
They smell good...but I haven't tried one yet.
 
Will spend an hour doing some tidy up work in the garden while the sun shines...
 
Then I will have earned a rock cake...or two :))
 
xx

Monday, May 29, 2017

The (not so) big city

Had a night in Launceston on the weekend.  With Marnie and Denver, for Denver's 15th birthday.  It was his request...seeing the (not so) big city lights and going to the movies and a special breakfast at one of the trendy cafes.

So while they were at the movies on Saturday afternoon, I walked the the streets, then went back to the motel to sit on the balcony with a cup of tea and enjoy the views...





We had take away chinese for dinner, and took in the view of the night lights...

 
 
 
We also visited the RSPCA dog's home as Marnie and Denver are looking for a dog (to go with their cat), but unless you wanted one the size of a small horse, there was not much to choose from.
 
It's now Tuesday and I've just made chicken and cashew stirfry (must be a carry-on from the weekend) and had some for lunch...
 
and I'll probably be eating it for the rest of the week...
 
Cold and grey and looks like rain.  Had planned on baking rock cakes today also, but it will soon be time for my afternoon walk (if the rain holds off), so they might have to go on the list for tomorrow.
 
I think a cup of tea and some knitting is in order...
 
xx