Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Catmint Cottage

Catmint is my favourite plant...



The bees love it too...



So I have decide to call my house Catmint Cottage!  The front garden beds are bordered by catmint which I have spent the morning pruning...


Still have the other side to do...


I'm hoping to get another flowering from it before winter.


So then it was inside for lunch...Fried Rice with Cashews...

Here's what I did:   fried/sauted chopped onion, garlic and some grated (fresh) ginger in a little olive oil.  Added chopped carrot, celery and capsicum and some frozen peas and corn.  Added a little water and put the lid on to steam vegies a bit to soften slightly.  Pushed to one side of pan and poured in one (or you could use two) beaten eggs and stirred and cooked.  Added cooked brown rice and mixed all together.  Added a small amount of sesame oil (the flavour is quite strong so don't use too much) and soy sauce to taste.  Lastly, added roasted, unsalted cashews, lots of chopped parsley and freshly ground pepper.   Voila!  Bon appetit!!



And for Yarn Along this week...

 
Working on another baby blanket for charity.
 
Reading How the Weather Affects your Health (from the library) and For His Honour (from the church library).
 
 
"Look all around, there's nothin' but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there's nothin' but blue skies"
 
Enjoying a Sun Shiny day!!
 
xx
 
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Still in sea mode...

 
 
Just finishing off the edging on my bright baby blanket (for charity)...
 


And about to start reading The Outrun which I bought when away on my 'sea fix' last week.  How could I not...it's set in the Orkney's!!!
 
And a small hank of blue hand spun, hand dyed yarn (sea colours) to knit ??  what?  Maybe a small cowl?  Not sure how far the yarn will go...
 
Plenty to keep me busy whilst dreaming :))
 
xx

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sea Change

Got to spend a couple of days by the sea.  Not at my beloved Stanley, but at Devonport, which was almost as nice...

 early morning...the best time of the day...


 watching the sail boats



And the freight ships...





The walk track along the rugged coastline to the Bluff Lighthouse...
 


The sandy main beach...


The sand/pebble/driftwood beach near the cabin park where I did my walking...
and soaked in the sounds and scents of the sea


And then on Sunday...my birthday...Marnie and Denver took me to the Hazelnut Farm cafe near Hagley for afternoon tea.

We sat on the deck, enjoying the view...
 ...of the hazelnut trees and mountains


and ducks (or geese?) under the trees
 
 
And enjoyed our hazelnut cheesecake...sorry...I ate it before I thought to take a photo :)...and latte...
 
Thus endeth another trip to the sea and another birthday!!!
 
xx


And a PS for Lisa...because quite often we seem to be on the same wavelength even though we are on opposite sides of the world...

She just posted about her plant in a white paper bag on her blog, and I had just done a similar thing with a little succulent I bought on the way home from my sea trip...but put mine in a brown paper bag...

it's a baby sunrose...supposed to go outside, but I've got it inside for now
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Beans Bananas Beanies Books

 
Backyard bounty...


This is what happens when you don't pick the beans for a few days...


I froze some, and used some fresh for my dinner...

Chicken and cashew stirfry...



And when you don't eat the bananas quick enough...
 I can't eat them once they get brown/black spots on them


You have to make another banana, date and walnut cake...
and eat it too!!



And for Yarn Along...



Finished the back of my jumper...


Packaging up and mailing off charity beanies for Ronald McDonald House...
 they wanted bright colours :)


Reading Search for Sunday...enjoying and relating...


And I bought the Streams in the Desert devotional because I had a 30% off voucher from Koorong.  I have used this devotional years ago, and am really enjoying it again, especially the fact that there is a morning and evening reading.   The thoughts, poems and quotes are timeless...

So I will finish with this from Streams in the Desert - January 30 - Morning...

Go from your country...to the land I will show you. Genesis 12.1

(looking across the Meander Valley and Deloraine to the Grest Western Tiers)


From The Explorer...
“THERE’S no sense in going further—it’s the edge of cultivation,”
  So they said, and I believed it—broke my land and sowed my crop—
Built my barns and strung my fences in the little border station
  Tucked away below the foothills where the trails run out and stop.
 
Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes      
  On one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated—so:
“Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges—
  “Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!”

Anybody might have found it but—His Whisper came to Me!
 Kipling
 
 
So...I intend to take a little trip, not behind the ranges...but to the sea!!
 
xx
 
 

Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 Tasmanian Mennonite Conference

Although I've mentioned this in with another post, thought I'd do a separate one for any who may be interested in attending:




I hope to get to some of the services... 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Weekend Walkabout

After church yesterday (Seventh-day Adventist) new friend Vicki came for a coffee, cake and chat.  I'm sure we could have talked all afternoon...
It's not often I meet some-one I can relate to (and they to me)...a kindred spirit...

Then, later in the afternoon, Marnie, Denver and I went to the Raspberry Farm at Christmas Hills for a walk around their lake and then afternoon tea...

 
 
 waterlilies on the lake




 boardwalk


 original old houses on the property

 



 some of the raspberry tunnels

 
looking across to the cafe
 
After my raspberry cheesecake I definitely needed my afternoon river walk, but undid all the good that did because I met Marnie and Denver at the river and we had fish and chips for tea!!!
 
It was a nice day...I'll just have to not eat for the rest of the week...  :))
 
xx

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thursday Things

It's hot and windy again today.  Walked earlier, before the wind picked up, but won't be going too far for the rest of the day.  And I have a headache :(

For Yarn Along...

Still working on my jumper.  Almost finished the back.
 
 Reading these two books from the church library:

Life Styles of the Remnant by Keavin Hayden
 
Slow Down and Simplify by Beverly Graham Stickle
 
 
Bought this table runner from One Colour...


Made by women in Africa...


Unfortunately I still need a table to put it on, but using it folded in half on my small table for now...
Love the colours (or lack of) and fabric
 
And it has given me some ideas for a patchwork/quilting project.
 
Letter writing today!
 
Keep busy and be happy :)
xx