Thursday, 28 February 2008

The Vege Patch Complete......

The sun is out again today but more rain forecast. Good for us but making it hard to get any harvesting done at my parents property.

We have finished off the main part of making the vege patch. I planted a lavendar hedge that will hopefully grow well and finish off the edge of the area. I love the pebbles too. The plants are looking lovely today with the recent rain washing the dust away again. It won't stay that way for long as the block next door to us is being levelled for a house to be built - not looking forward to close neighbours on both sides!!

The photinia are growing beautifully at the moment too. I love their lovely red leaves as they grow. Hopefully not too many years until I have a hedge that I can't see through!! I wish we lived on a bigger block!

In my teacup at the moment I have portulaca growing - their bright flowers are lovely on the terrace.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

In the Garden .......

Just a few photos of my garden this morning.

A new dwarf lemon tree - "Lots of Lemons".

My box hedge is growing beautifully - I think I have been showing it a little more care and the results are evident.

A lovely little bird bath that I found at the nursery last weekend.

It is very hot here today. Only one week until Autumn and I think Summer has finally arrived!!

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Another little corner......

Just busy on the home front at the moment. I hope the "bookwork" side of our business sale is just about over!! The office has held me prisoner this week unfortunately.

My little poppet has been on school camp for four days. I have really missed her. She is home tonight tucked up in her own little bed, very, very tired. School photos tomorrow - that will be interesting with a group of very tired little people. She has another camp soon with her choir. It is certainly a lot quieter here without her chatter!

I have had some fun with my cosmos and my collection of milk bottles this week. The cosmos have self seeded from just one punnet that I planted, so I am looking forward to them popping up again in more places. I really love the old glass milk bottles. Growing up on a farm milk came straight from Pop's cow across the road to us. By the time I was living in a town milk came in plastic or cardboard!! The milk carrier was one that I rescued from under the tankstand at Grandad and Grandma's place - I am not sure why they would have had one as they only moved to town in the 1980's!!

The little heart I made from an old serviette and some vintage lace. Just a little late for Valentines!! I just recently "won" the lovely old stool at the tender centre. I just wish there were more places locally with great old stuff. One of the thrift shops here must think they are a top end antique shop because the prices they charge are over the top. The prices were better at the Antique Show last weekend - what a shame there isn't one of those more often than once a year!!!

We have been busy in the vege garden again this week. It is almost finished! Well everything in its' place! We went and picked up the pebbles for the paths today and just about exhausted myself shovelling this afternoon!! I also started to dig the little garden along the edge ready to plant the row of lavender to finish off the edge.

Hopefully I will get some photos soon to show the finished (ongoing) project.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Happy Valentines Day.......

Valentines Day already. Today is another special day for us too, as it is our Wedding Anniversary. Twenty-one years today since we were married - could it really be!!

I think I wish it was the 80's again!! But then again!! Oh well, life is life and hopefully I have lived and will continue to live it according to the plan my Saviour has for me. Happy Anniversary BJ!
Probably the one thing I would do differently is not get married the same week as my birthday - selfish reasons only!! But you know, when you aren't allowed to do something until your 20th birthday then the next Saturday after such event is the only day in the whole year!!!

Today when we had finished at the shop BJ and I went to a lovely cafe and enjoyed lunch together. So nice to spend just a short time together. I really can't remember the last time.

Isn't it a nice feeling to wash some little quilts and see them flapping on the line in the breeze. The little "TV" quilts that roll around in our family room were well past needing to be washed. They smell so nice all folded up and ready to be thrown on the ground again!!! Oh well!!!

A couple of finished projects to show you today as well. The first is a sewing bag/wallet. Please don't look closely at the stitching on this one, I had awful trouble with the machine. It has plastic pockets and also the outside layer is "oilcloth" fabric and my machine just didn't cope at all.
The roll through the middle is a pin cusion. I wonder if there is a trick to sewing layers of plastic? I had to put the stitching on the longest stitch and then I still had to pull the fabric through - not a very good finish I'm afraid. I am a little disappointed as I have had this project stashed away just waiting for the time to make it.

The last little sewing project is another I have been planning for a long time. Quite awhile ago I did a little swap with Outi over at White Country This lovely fabric is actually a Greengate tea towel. It was far too beautiful to use as a tea towel. It is a sweet little bag with the base being a circle of perspex, which my brother so kindly arranged for me.

Parent information night tonight for Alexandra's class, so had better get some tea organised here before I go out.

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Another Year....

Well, another year older today. Just been mostly the usual daily run around here. Grabbed some lunch quickly with Mum between ballet lessons and then had a quick browse in an antique shop around the corner from the ballet studio.

I had a lovely surprise this morning when my dear "pen friend" from Northern Ireland rang me. This year it has been 27 years of being friends. We have never met and we both so hope that one day we will.

I can remember the day at school when my English teacher handed me a little piece of blue paper with her name and address on it. I had paid 50 cents to get a pen pal - I now wonder why on earth I had to pay!!

So I wrote her a letter and she wrote back - and so it has been for almost 27 years. She wasn't even aware that she was getting a penpal! School, jobs, boyfriends, engagements, weddings, babies, good times and sad times we have been friends and I hope it will continue until we are old ladies. Our little girls now write sometimes too - so maybe the four of us will meet someday.

My dear friends took me out for morning tea yesterday. I had such a lovely morning with them. I really can't remember that last time I had been out with friends like that - what a sad life I live!! I was spoilt with lovely cards and gifts but the most precious and dear thing to me is them and their friendship and love that they pour out on me.

I called into the nursery on the way home and bought this little box full of vege goodness. I hope to get them planted this afternoon.

Look at my clematis. It is just beautiful at the moment. We had lovely rain in the last week andeverything is looking just beautiful. Our little spot in Queensland has missed out on the very big rain that has fallen elsewhere, so our lovely rainfall last week was very much needed.

Well off to the garden now. I hope someone cooks me tea - or at least gets me some from somewhere - because I am not cooking!!