Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How amazing...

Out my kitchen window at 6.30 this morning...

Just as it was...
I don't enhance my photos
You can't improve on nature :)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Lunch Layers

And because you can't see them all...I'll tell you what they are:
Iceberg lettuce, rocket, cucumber, tomato, capsicum, lentils, hard boiled egg, goat cheese, mango, gherkin, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cashews. 
Bon appétit !

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Knitting beanies for Bec's shop...

Books from the library: Destination Simple and The Lagom Life

And a new crochet project...
                                                                         shh!  Can't tell's a secret :)


Friday, February 23, 2018

If You Forget Me

Was browsing the internet for a poet (Federico García Lorca) who I'd heard mention of, and came across this poem by Pablo Neruda...

If You Forget Me – Pablo Neruda

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.

belle ... n'est-ce pas?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Movie Monday

Marnie and I went to the cinema on Monday to see Ladybird...
 we enjoyed it!!

Then on to East Devonport beach to collect driftwood for her macramé...

A good day was had by all both!


Friday, February 16, 2018

A February Finish

The gift lap blanket is finished!  Will show you a better pic when I give it to the recipient :)
Finished Henning Mankell's Depths today.  An interesting book. A bit of a slow start, but persevere if you read it as it gets you in...
And will start his After the Fire tonight.
It's summer here...or so they tell me. 
9'C this morning and got the thermals out!

Keep warm...or cool!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Marnie Macrame

One of her recent custom orders...

Her Etsy store is HERE
And lots of lovely photos on Instagram HERE
Keeping the creativity flowing...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This morning...
driving rain, gale force winds, thunder, lightning
Totally wild!

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Good morning sunshine...

Walked to church this morning...
 from the top of the hill

 to the bottom

 over the railway line and into the caravan park

 over the walk bridge

 and along the east side of the river

 a short cut up the hill

and made it...just in time!

On the way home...over the road bridge...
 river looking good as always

 over the rail crossing

 my local library and online access centre

 main street...very quiet on a Sunday morning

 and even quieter

All that walking made me for lunch...another 'one bowl wonder'...
fetta, lamb and rosemary sausage; carrot, celery, onion, butter beans, red cabbage, broccoli, quinoa, pine nuts, walnuts, currants, spices-curry, cumin, turmeric, caraway seeds

And now for a quiet afternoon...
Enjoy yours!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Yarn Along

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along for February...

Re-reading Essays in Love by Alain de Botton.  Read it a few years ago and thought I'd like to re visit it.  Also still working on my 'mystery crochet project'.  Should have it finished by next month's Yarn Along and be able to show you properly.
If you'd like to see what others are reading/crafting, the link is HERE.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

"Oh, Hi, Marnie"

Me: So what did you think of the Three Billboards movie?
Marnie:  I didn't like it.
Me: Why not?
Marnie:  Too much blood (she has a blood phobia)
Me: Do you think that's why Denver didn't like it?
Marnie: Probably (he also has a blood phobia)
Me: So the rest of the movie was ok?
Marnie: It was a hoot! (sarcastically)
Me: So what did you like?
Marnie: The scenery was nice
Me: What scenery??
Marnie: The countryside and the little country town...
Me: Oh
Marnie: And the story line was good, but not enough swearing (sarcastically)
Me: Yeah...I'm sure they will improve on that as new movies come out
Marnie: Yeah
Me: So it wasn't the movie that you didn't like...just the blood?
Marnie: Yeah

A day in the life...
(and I don't know where she gets her sarcasm from!)

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Birthday Post


Marnie, Denver and I went to the cinema in Devonport to see Three Billboards...

The reviews were mixed...

Marnie didn't like it.
Denver thought it was ok.
I really liked it.

Guess you'll just have to go see it for yourself!

Then we got Hungry Jack for lunch and took it to the beach to eat...

Enjoyed the view...

Watched a couple of tug boats go out to escort a container ship into port...

And drove home.
An enjoyable day!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Personality plus

I recently discovered the 16 Personalities Test.  No surprise to find I am 96% introvert :)

Got the children to do it.  Amazing how different they all are...and how accurate it is.  Not in all aspects, but in the traits that are more pronounced/extreme.  Give it a try, and see how you turn out...

Link is HERE

And at the library this morning I collected a book I had reserved.  The Introvert Advantage...

I was actually reading reviews on Amazon for another Introvert book, and one of the customer reviewers mentioned this book.  I've flicked through and it looks good.  And it's got some great quotes (I'm a bit of a quote junkie).  Here are some below that I liked...

Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations and small needs - H Stein

The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together - Robert Dodds

Children are like wet cement.  Whatever falls on them makes an impression - Haim Ginott

We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today - Stacia Tauscher

To find the good life you must become yourself - Dr Bill Jackson

The only gift is a portion of thyself - Ralph Waldo Emerson

While my work has been before me, my reward has always been within me - Shaker saying

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not - Mark Twain

We are not human beings trying to be spiritual.  We are spiritual beings trying to be human - Jacquelyn Small

Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of travelling - Margaret Lee Runbeck

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it - William A Ward

And from one of my favourite authors...

You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind - Anne Lamott

And will leave you with this one...
But your solitude will be a support and a home for you,
Even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances,
and from it you will finds all your paths - Rainer Maria Rilke

Travel your own path...