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 far...so good...

 
Happy hyggling!!
 
xx

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...
 
xx 

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