Thursday, August 17, 2017

c'est fini

Just email a photo to Salihan at Ecoyarns of my finished blanket...

So if you want to make one too...go visit Ecoyarns and buy some Mithral yarn!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

When it rains...

Another rainy

Make date scones...
 clean up while they cook

Wrap in a teatowel when cooked...

And make a pot of tea...

 I should have stopped at two

While listening...

And reading...

And before you know it...the sun will be shining again...

And you can go for a walk :)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Weekend Words

Good morning world!!!


 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5 King James Version (KJV)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The next best thing...

If you can't go to the sea, then you need to bring the sea to you...


And while on the sea theme, I picked up this book at the op shop recently.  I read it years ago (along with her other books), and really enjoyed it.  Looking forward to a re-read...

Even though we still have a few weeks to go till the official date, spring is definitely in the air, with trees beginning  to blossom and bulbs starting to bloom.  It is also very windy today, which is quite typical for spring here,  and my head does not like it,  so has decided to ache :(. 
 I have been working in the garden all week, cutting out plants I don't want, before the spring growth starts in earnest. 
But I feel a trip to the sea (Stanley) is in order, at least before the year's end...

On the crafting front, the Hobbit/Mithral blanket is finished (except for the ends I've still to weave in that are hiding at the back)...

 it's actually not as bright as it looks here, but much more muted (thank goodness!)

And these little blankets are being packaged up and posted to KOGO...

KOGO make up baby bundles for disadvantaged new mums (among other things), and these are a good size for carry baskets/baby capsules/car seats.  I sold some in the local craft shop, but these had been there for awhile, so decided to bring them home, send them off...and make more!  I hope they can use them.

Will leave you with this quote I read recently via Philip Yancey's Grace Notes:

"It is always simple to fall: there are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands."  (G. K. Chesterton)
Onwards and upwards!! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekend Words

Law in the Heart
"The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide"   (Psalm 37:31).

Put the law into the heart, and the whole man is right. This is where the law should be, for in the head it puzzles, on the back it burdens, in the heart it upholds.

God with us in covenant makes us eager to obey His will and walk in His commands.

We are here guaranteed that obedient-hearted man shall be sustained, he will do that which is right, and he shall therefore do that which is wise. Holy action is always the most prudent, though it may not at the time seem to be so.

The Word of God has never misled a single soul yet; its plain directions to walk humbly, justly, lovingly, and in the fear of the LORD are as much words of wisdom to make our way prosperous as rules of holiness to keep our garments clean. He walks surely who walks righteously.
                                                                                                                (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Eat your greens

Made this the other day...

Fry up chopped onion, garlic, bacon (optional) and grated ginger in a little olive oil till onion is soft.

Add  sliced mushrooms, brussel sprouts and broccoli (or any greens that you have).

A 'dash' of cumin, coriander, cardamom or whatever takes your fancy.

Steam/saute till vegies just soft.

Sprinkle with lots of chopped parsley (fresh chopped coriander is nice too but I didn't have any), ground black pepper.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Knitting   Coffee   Warmth
It doesn't get much better...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The bottom line...

 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8 (NKJV)

Saturday, July 22, 2017


A follow up to the shoe post...

For winter I love skirts...plaid, tweed, tartan...all wool if possible.  Most of them are just below the knee to mid-calf.  But I have a long one I wear when I go to the Mennonites.

All these were a few dollars at the op shops...

For my base layer, I wear black merino thermals (tops and leggings), thick black Explorer socks...and my duckfeet...

this is my latest op shop skirt
And over my thermal top I either wear a wool (preferably) vest, jumper or cardigan.
easy peasy!

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Thomas Merton wrote:

"We receive enlightenment only in proportion as we give ourselves more and more completely to God by humble submission and love. We do not first see, and then act: we act, then see...and that is why the man who waits to see clearly before he will believe, never starts on the journey."


See you on the road...


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Style(less) - the shoes

After Pen posted THIS on her blog, I thought I'd do one on my *dress sense*...or lack there of.

Not that I'm implying Pen doesn't have any dress sense...just that perhaps neither of us are 'followers of fashion', but do our own thing...which is, I think, as it should be... are my shoes...

From left:

Birkenstock: that I've had for ages (as you can tell) and wear around the house and garden in summer (with or without socks)

Asics: for walking (why do they have to make them in such bright colours???)

Uggs:  sheepskin slippers that I wear in house and garden in winter

Duckfeet:  which I wear everywhere else...summer and winter...because they are so comfortable and I love them so much!!

I do have some black boots, but since I got my Duckfeet I haven't worn them.  Plus a couple of other pairs of shoes that I bought from op shops at various times, but they really should go as they are just taking up space.

So...there you have it...for what it's worth...

The rest of the apparel in next post...

Off with the Uggs...on with the Asics...and off for a walk!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Heading North

Not me.

My blanket...
Au revoir petite couverture
When Ben and Hayley were visiting, they liked the lap blanket I had crocheted, but did not have enough room in their luggage to take it back to Queensland with them.  So yesterday I packed it up and mailed it off.
But not before spending the morning huddled between my heat pump and wood heater trying to get warm.
We had a big frost...

And although the sun was shining it was still cold...cold...cold...
The plants in the garden got a taste of it too...

Pretty aren't they :))
And then this mountain mist (like a sea mist) rolled in...

I thought it was going to snow.  But it didn't.  Just got colder.
And today?  Grey and raining...
But not so cold...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Slow Sunday

Borderline headache today, so didn't go to church, but watched Songs of Praise on ABC TV, and it just so happened to be from St Andrews in Scotland!  God must have known :)

While having my morning coffee and browsing Slow mag...

...I came across an article about Override...a book by Caroline Williams.  Checked the library and they have it, so have reserved it.  Looks interesting...

And a link on Slow website mentioned  this book, which also looks good.  I thought of you Pen :)

After some very cold (-5'C yesterday) and frosty mornings, it is grey...with a hint of blue, here today...

Finished my vest!!!
 this photo is closest to the true colour

Not sure what to do with the armholes.  The pattern I used was for a jumper, so at the moment the sides just go straight up with no bands around the arm opening.  I might leave it as is for now and see how it goes...
I can always add bands later...or not!
Enjoy your day...slow or fast...

Friday, June 30, 2017

winter weekend

On a cold frosty morning there is nothing like coffee, fruit sourdough and brie, and a book to browse...

I came across this yummy banana bread recipe in the book...
and as I have some over-ripe bananas, I guess some baking is in order

Have had my friend Debbie staying for a few days.  We talked, shopped, ate, knitted/crocheted, read and watched a movie...

that's my green vest...I am working on the neck band...

She left this morning for her drive home to the south of the state where she lives for 6 months of the year, the other 6 months in India.

So I've been catching up with a few home chores, but will have lunch soon and sit and read/knit for awhile before my afternoon walk.

These are the blanket squares I am knitting in my Mithral wool...

And I have finally found a book I can get into.  Really enjoying it, but then it is set in Scotland, so how could I not like it!!!

Robin Pilcher is the eldest son of Rosamunde Pilcher and I've also enjoyed her books in the past.  I am about halfway through, so will reserve my final judgement, but so good...

Happy hyggling!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My baby and me

 my baby (youngest son) Ben...and moi!

Just before he and Hayley headed to the airport to fly back to Queensland.
Also...I thought you might like to see who 'Lynda' is. 
 And as I hate having my photo taken, it's probably the first and last one you will see of me :))

Still loving my Mithral yarn.  Have finished the front and back of the vest I am knitting.  Just have to do the neckband and sew it up...the fun part...NOT!

And this is the yarn I ordered to knit a blanket (in diagonal squares)...
It arrived from Ecoyarns with a shade card of more of their yarn, a personal note from Salihan, and some Earl Grey tea bags (how did she know?...Earl Grey is one of my favourites!!)

[I'm not going to tell you I've knitted up two squares already, because I have to finish the vest first...]
Off for my afternoon walk, because I just ate two Tim Tam biscuits...

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 me :))

 these ones are looking better

 self sown violets/violas

 and I've just found out these are called bergenia


 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 :))