Tuesday, July 17, 2018

When the rain tumbles down in July...

What do you do??? 

You could try...


Cold Tea Loaf...with variations...

Here's the original recipe:

Cold Tea Loaf

2 cups self raising flour
1 cup sultanas
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold tea

And here's my variations:

flour: 1 cup self raising flour, 1/2 cup almond meal, 1/4 cup rye flour, 1/4 cup spelt flour
fruit: chopped dates, chopped glace ginger, peeled and chopped apple
sugar: instead of 1 cup of sugar, I used 1/2 cup of brown sugar
tea: poured it over the fruit while warm to soften the dates
spices: cardamom and allspice.

Mix all together and bake 180'C/350'F oven for 30-40? minutes, depending on what size tin you use.  The original recipe said a loaf tin, but I used a small baking dish, so it didn't take as long to cook.

Just experiment...that's what I do!

And then enjoy!!

 still 'tying up loose ends'


 re-watch episodes of Northern Exposure

catch up on correspondence

If all else fails, cart in some wood, light the fire, and gaze into the flames...

And hope that it stops raining soon so you can go for a walk!!


Friday, July 13, 2018


this part was real

Faraway places...

Fancy food...

Forest trails...

Scandi type d├ęcor...


And remembering...

(all images from the above mentioned The Simple Things magazine - but the flowers are from my garden)

What are you dreaming of?


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

This week...so far...

After the rain...


And to balance out the cold and rain, last Saturday, Marnie and I went and had a coffee at the Field Rabbit, run by the brother of Bec at the Brush Rabbit (where I sell my winter woollies).  It's a sort of man cave (but not as dark as it appears in the photos)...
 Marnie pondering the future of the universe

 some of the 'boy stuff' (bikes, boats and hunting knives)

the gallery/art area

It's a great place for a coffee if you're ever in Deloraine.  And then take a visit just up the road to Bec's shop (which has more sort of 'girl stuff', but still very 'arty')

And Ben has graciously provide books to browse (for those of us who don't want to have to actually talk to each other).  I was browsing a Leunig book, and was tempted to ask Ben if he would get in some of these...

While Marnie considered this...

And then last night I watched the final episode of Justified...

Such a great series, but not for the squeamish or fainthearted.  I'm sure I'll watch it again because the characters are so complex, and the plot so convoluted that I think I only got half of it this time round!

Started reading this book by Tove Jansson last night, and knitting charity blanket squares...
Note: it's always important to colour co-ordinate your book cover with your knitting :)

Hope your day is going well.  

For me it's 'that time of day'...morning coffee!!!


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Weekend Words

Freedoms of Simplicity

"Simplicity is one of those great words that can't be defined easily.  But it can be described and it can be distinguished from things that just look a little like it.  If we persevere, we can recognise simplicity when we experience it in others and, more importantly, when we practice it.

Simple living in not about elegant frugality.  It is not really about deprivation of whatever is useful and helpful for our life.  It is not about harsh rules and stringent regulations.  To live simply, one has to consider all of these and they may be included to some degree, but simple living is about freedom.  It's about a freedom to choose space rather than clutter, to choose open and generous living rather than a secure and sheltered way.

Freedom is about choices: Freedom to choose less rather than more.  It's about choosing time for people and ideas and self-growth rather than for maintenance and guarding and possessing and cleaning.  Simple living is about moving through life rather lightly, delighting in the plain and the subtle.  It is about poetry and dance, song and art, music and grace.  It is about optimism and humour, gratitude and appreciation.  It is about embracing life with wide-open arms.  It's about living and giving with no strings attached.

Simple living has fewer knots and more bows than scattered and cluttered living,  More standing on tiptoe, more quiet waiting.  More openness to the next moment.  Or the next day.  Or the next year.  The options are more obvious if one lives simply.  So are the choices."

Thursday, July 5, 2018

July Yarn Along

My Yarn Along catch up for this month...

Sewing the blanket squares together...

But if I need a bit of colour, I've got my charity blanket squares I can be going on with...

Knitting more headbands for Bec's shop...

Reading interesting books from the library...

I'm reading Everything That Remains at the moment.  It's a sort of memoir/biography...the background on them.

Then I'll read Essential, which are essays from their website.

A quote from their book:

"Love people, use things.
The opposite doesn't work."

And enjoying wintery walks by the river...


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Weekend Words


St Marks Church spire, Deloraine, Tasmania

If in God’s starry universe there throbbed

No heart but His and mine, I would not plod

With eyes earthbound, hungry of soul, and robbed

Of a sweet sense of nearness to my God.

For mystic notes that issue from His soul

Would wing their shining way in singing showers

Into my waiting heart, when spared the toll

Of intercourse with men that waste my powers.

Alone with God! My soul, invite the art,

As One who climbed the heights alone to pray,

And in the gentle stillness, heart to heart,

Let Heaven’s dew transform this house of clay.

Oh, God is everywhere. Yes, God is here!

Only my faith is dim...the world too near.

(Edith Alice Bang)

from The Nut, Stanley, Tasmania

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

North to Alaska

No...not me...unfortunately

But The Texas Team are holidaying there at the moment, and sent me some photos

Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward...
 Zak, Natasha, Oliver, Patrick, Dylan

 Fishing at Homer, Alaska, with the Aleutian Mountain Range in the background

And cinema night in Homer...
reminiscent of cinema night in Deloraine :)

It all look so beautiful (sigh!)

Alaska is on my 'go to' list, along with Canada, Scotland, Scandinavia and New Zealand.  Guess it's about time I started crossing them off!

So I've pencilled an Alaska trip in for next year, incorporating a visit to the family, who will then be The Connecticut Connection, as that is where they are moving to.

Dreaming of Alaska, and a life less ordinary, while enjoying my morning ritual...

And knitting more winter woollies...
a wide/tapered headband in beautiful organic Treliske/Bio-Natur wool from Ecoyarns

Of course no post would be complete without a quote...
from the book mentioned above...the words of Alex Legendre

a life less ordinary

don't just dream it

do it!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Weekend Words

Making the most of morning’s predawn hours can be the best way to start the day, whether it’s for reading, ruminating or romanticizing.
Stanley, Tasmania
The early winter mornings are dark and quiet. Although your warm bed beckons you to climb back inside, starting your day before the day can leave you enlightened and ready to meet life’s later requirements that rise with the sun. It’s not a time to get ahead at work or skim your social media feed—those can wait, as can the laundry, the shopping list and the call to your mother. These things will get done, but the predawn hours offer you the chance to do something for yourself and should therefore be protected.
Countless other early birds have refused to let menial daily tasks bully this golden time. Before entering her studio for the day, Georgia O’Keeffe woke at dawn to her dogs barking, warmed up with tea and then took a walk. Henry David Thoreau ventured out into the frigid morning to hear the first birdsongs. While his wife slept in, P.G. Wodehouse did calisthenics on his front porch before reading pop fiction over coffee cake, toast and tea.
Others rose early to pursue their passions before beginning their normal life. Sylvia Plath woke at 5 a.m. to write before tending to her two young children, as did Toni Morrison, who raised her two sons while working in a publishing house. (“It’s not being in the light,” she said. “It’s being there before it arrives.”) His days filled with business, Frank Lloyd Wright developed his architectural designs from 4 to 7 a.m., and Immanuel Kant meditated over a pipe and weak tea before heading to the local university to teach science.
Rising at the same time every day with ceremony can establish a ritual (plus, the consistency helps prevent you from giving up). Whether you wake to work on a passion project or indulge in doing nothing, beginning with a routine makes this time distinct. The night before, prep your French press or set out your loose-leaf tea so all you have to do in the morning is stumble in and blearily boil water. Listen to Glenn Gould’s version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations—or Daft Punk if you prefer. If you crave a more ascetic start, put on a sweater and slip over to your desk without a sound. The morning may be cold, but you’ll warm as you awaken and devote a fresh and unadulterated mind to your fascinations.
And if you can’t rouse yourself despite your best intentions? Perhaps you incessantly push the snooze button or decide that no amount of predawn enlightenment is worth the lull you fall into by midafternoon. Thankfully, the fullness of life is not proportionate to how early you rise. Proust slept during the day and worked through the night, George Gershwin came home after evening parties to compose music until dawn, and George Sand often left her lovers’ beds to write in the midnight silence that inspired her.
Whether their gravitational pull was toward morning or night, these visionaries all established a daily space only for themselves and refused to let their creative spirits hibernate. Their efforts were both large and small, but always deliberate. If all you do is wake up 15 minutes earlier to sip and not gulp your coffee, then you’re opening yourself up to a more intimate life. As the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “The early morning hours have gold in their mouth.” And who doesn’t want to be dusted with gold?
(From Kinfolk - words by Margaret Everton)

The Nut, Stanley, Tasmania

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Blanket love

When Jefferson and Anushka were here recently, they chose this blanket I knitted, to take home with them...
looks like Rafe has already claimed it :)

And while we're on the subject of blankets, remember these crocheted squares that I didn't like the pink edging on...

They now have brown edging...

And some quotes from this beautiful book...
 enjoyed while drinking my morning coffee

"The secret is balance: instead of doing everything faster, do everything at the right speed.  Sometimes fast.  Sometimes slow.  Sometimes in between". - Carl Honore

"People look for retreat for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills...
There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind...
So constantly give yourself this retreat and renew yourself". - Marcus Aurelius



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Weekend Words

Stay on the high road with Me. Many voices clamour for your attention, trying to divert you to another path. But I have called you to walk ever so closely with Me, soaking in My presence, living in My peace. This is my unique design for you…

I have called each of my children to a different path, distinctly designed for that one. Do not let anyone convince you that his path is the only right one. And be careful not to extol your path as superior to another’s way. What I require of you is to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Me – wherever I lead. (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Family Fun

A visit from family for the weekend...
son Jefferson and partner Anushka from Canberra

So we did a road trip to Sheffield...
on the road to Mt Roland/Sheffield area

Then on to Devonport for lunch at Drift Restaurant...
Mersey Bluff Reserve - Devonport

And back to Deloraine for dinner at the Empire Hotel...
Jefferson, Anushka, Adrian, Marnie, Denver

A good day was had by all...

But so much food!!!


Friday, June 8, 2018

June Yarn Along

Joining Ginny and others at  Yarn Along

And for those who visit from there, and haven't seen my finished India Blanket, here it is...

Now I've resurrected this unfinished project...
80 squares in natural coloured wool

The edging row is a dusty pink (and not as bright as it looks in the photo), but not 'natural' coloured wool, so I think I'll undo it on all 80 squares (sigh!) and edge them in some dark brown natural I have.

Then I thought, to brighten it a bit, I'd add some random squares with cream centres...

And in between all that, I'm reading The Pyramid (which is a prequel to the later Wallander books), about his early days in the police department...
And binging out on Justified.

Winter is here...

But it's fine by me!