Thursday, December 8, 2016


Colletta has a penpal sign up on her blog.  It ends 19th December, so if you like writing letters and would like a penpal you'll need to sign up before then.
Here's the LINK.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

To make you smile...Ode to Joy

Bet you can't watch it without smiling! 
 I couldn't :))) 

Yarn it!

For Yarn Along...

I've finished the cream/pink/yellow baby blanket I've been working on and started a cream/blue/green one...

Reading the following...

A Reason to Hope by Laura Smucker
The Bible Jesus Read by Philip Yancey

And to get us into the Christmas spirit...

From By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder...

"Laura and Mary had wanted to make mittens for Carrie, but they had not enough yarn.  There was a little white yarn, and a little red, and a little blue, but not enough of any colour to make mittens.
'I know!' Mary said.  'We'll made the hands white, and the wrists in red and blue stripes!'  Every morning while Carrie was making her bed in the attic, Laura and Mary had knitted as fast as they could; when they heard her coming down stairs, they hid the knitting in Mary's knitting basket.  The mittens were there now, finished."

I wish it did! (sigh)

Monday, December 5, 2016


"We have a giant evergreen in the centre of the village, and this is decorated.  Since we have no street lights, we are spared the festoons of coloured bulbs, we have the stars and the tree.  The village store hangs wreaths in the windows, and the farmhouses have candles and wreathed doorways...
   At Stillmeadow, we use hemlock boughs from the upper woodlot to decorate the old narrow mantels.  They are not sprayed with gold or silver.  They are just green boughs, for it is the green of evergreen boughs that symbolised immortality."
(Stillmeadow Sampler - Gladys Taber)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

red and green and in between

I was debating whether to put up my christmas tree.  Not a real live one unfortunately, when I came across my little Royal Albert angel and decided she needed a tree to keep her company, so tomorrow it's 'putting up tree day'...
 she has a little music box in her that plays 'Oh Tannenbaum'

On the Yarn Along front, I've finished the cream/yellow/blue baby blanket I was working on, and have now started a smaller one in cream/yellow/pink granny squares.  I like to have a few made up to give as gifts as and when needed...

Finished reading Emma and really enjoyed it.  Now reading the abridged version of the true story from the movie Hacksaw Ridge...

And for a bit of green to go with my red (roses), the river the other morning...

"Christmas was coming.
The little log house was almost buried in snow. Great drifts were banked against the walls and windows, and in the morning when Pa onened the door, there was a wall of snow as high as Laura's head.  Pa took the shovel and shovelled it away, and then he shovelled a path to the barn, where the horses and cows where snug and warm in their stalls."
(from Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


early morning by the river

Author Unknown
Perhaps we have not counted
Our blessings one by one;
Perhaps we have not bothered
Rememb’ring whence they come;
And maybe we have taken
For granted all the things
The good Lord has created,
And by His hand He brings.
The autumn hills all glorious,
A golden field of grain,
A sunset’s dazzling splendor,
The Milky Way’s great plain,
The starry sky’s sublimity,
The ocean’s mighty power,
The wonder of creation in
The petal of a flower.
If we’ve failed to clearly show
By word or act or deed
A thankful heart unto Him
Who fills our daily need,
May we show our gratitude
Today – and count the sum
Of all the blessings that we have
And name them one by one.

Although we do not generally celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, I wish those of you who do...
A happy and blessed time with family and friends!
And remember to find something everyday to be thankful for :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Spent an hour and a half in the garden earlier this morning trying to tame and cut back some of the rampant spring growth...

When it got too hot, I came inside for my morning coffee, toasted sourdough and Castello blue vein cheese, and browsed my new mags I bought this morning on my way back from my river walk...

Started with Victoria magazine...
 such lovely well written articles and beautiful photos

I thought of you Lisa as I read this one by Frances Mayes :)
On the Yarn Along front...
Sewing up the hem on an op shop skirt (I shortened it a bit)
 remember this linen tea towel I bought recently?

 It's now a cushion cover!!

Continuing to work on my baby blanket...

And reading from Streetlights to Stars and finding it very interesting and enjoyable!

My friend Debbie wanted my tomato sauce recipe.  Actually it's my friend Lyn's recipe, but I'm sure she won't mind me sharing it...
Lyn's best ever tomato sauce recipe
3kg/6 1/2lb tomatoes
250g/1/2lb onions
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
200ml/ 7 ounces apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons golden syrup/molasses
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
500g/1 pound sugar
Chop the tomatoes, onion and garlic roughly with a Bamix (a stick mixer), or put in a blender (or food processor) – in batches - (which is what I did as I don't have a Bamix).
Put tomato mix and all other ingredients into a big pot and boil till desired consistency is reach. I think I boiled for a few hours – it depends how think you want it. Bottle and seal while hot.
I added some extras to Lyn's original recipe – cardamom, cumin, Tabasco sauce, allspice, bay leaf.
I also used white and brown sugar.
I didn't sterilise my jars/bottles, but washed and dried them and heated them slightly in the microwave (you could use the oven) before pouring the hot sauce into them and sealing.
My sauce/relish was quite spicy, but have had lots of positive comments about it :)

My head is aching a bit today (due to weather fronts/troughs coming through), so think I'll need to take one of my migraine meds and take it easy for a bit.  Not that that is any hardship...  :))

Enjoy your day...whatever season (of the year, or life) you are in!!