Monday, 31 March 2008

Sunday Picnic.......

With the turf laying out of the way on Friday afternoon we only had work to contend with. With our youngest away on music camp we only had the boys at home, so just a little quieter than usual.

BJ had to work on Sunday as our relief baker was away, so after he had a little nap we set out with Mum and Dad for a picnic and a look at a lovely Open Garden in Warwick.
Our first stop on the way was a picnic lunch at Allora. It is a lovely little town where my Dad grew up. The park we stopped at was just outside the Anglican Church there. I was so pleased that the front door was open as this is the church where my dear Nana and Pop were married in 1940. I have been to that area many times in my lifetime but have never seen the beautiful little church.

The timber inside and the stain glass windows are just beautiful.

Warwick is a lovely city about an hours drive south of where we live. A little while ago I had been over that way and by chance discovered a beautiful quilt shop and B & B. I found out too that they were to be having an open garden weekend.

Glenrose is set on four acres of beautiful gardens. The house is a big old Queenslander that was shifted to the site. The front part of the house contains the quilt shop Glenrose Patchwork. It is just beautiful. The front verandah has tables and chairs and would be an absolutely delightful place to spend the day quilting.
In the grounds there are four beautiful cottages that are run as a B & B. Just beautiful. I hope BJ and I can escape one weekend in the winter and enjoy the little wood burners each cottage has. As much as I love my air con and don't miss the mess of a wood stove, I really do miss a lovely fireplace in winter. Glenrose Cottages are certainly very lovely. This whole garden and associated businesses are certainly a credit to the owners.

My Dad took us on some back roads on the way home, past where my Mum had attended a little school as a child. I enjoyed hearing and seeing where Mum had ridden her pushbike as a child and where the magpies used to swoop her and her brother and sister in the springtime. She pointed out the homes and who had lived in them and where she her sister had been invited to little birthday parties. It also made me feel a little sad when Mitchell's comment was he doesn't know where any of his friends live. What a different world we live in when attending school in the city. I am grateful that I also have had a country childhood and can drive around my district where I grew up and remember where everyone lived!!
With the beautiful rain we have had the Darling Downs is just beautiful. The eastern Downs is mostly rolling hills and at the moment it is looking just picture perfect. What a lovely day we had. I am just so thankful for that one little outing and for the change of scenery and different things to enjoy, even if just for an afternoon.

Saturday, 29 March 2008

And Then There Was......

Grass. 100 square metres of it, but first there was 5 cubic metres of topsoil, all of which had to be barrowed down the side of the house before the turf could be laid. My legs are so sore today but it is so lovely to look out the back and see the whole yard covered in lawn. I was beginning to think I would never talk BJ into finishing off the back yard - he does that to me - get partway through a job and then he thinks it's done and I think it's only half way there!!!! It's the details you know!!

Brendon and I were going to be doing the turf laying ourselves today. My Mum was here when the load of soil arrived, so she rang my dear Dad and told him he had better come and help!! Thank goodness she did, BJ teed up his dad too, so we had four wheel barrows on the go. So the job was totally done yesterday afternoon. I am so thankful we had that extra help. Even the Henny Pennies have lawn to their front door.

It's just over a year since we put down the first part of the lawn. It was 400 square metres, so I am really glad we paid someone to put it down.
This is my Cape Chestnet tree. I can't wait until it is big enough to have a garden seat under.

The vege patch is looking really great at the moment. We have started picking beans, snow peas, lettuce and some peas. There is broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, corn and potatos still to come. Yum!! The Seduction Rose is also quite lovely at the moment, covered in buds.

Not much else happening here at the moment, we are so busy trying to keep stock up to the shop. I know I should be thankful for a successful business, but I really want to just stitch and garden!! Naughty aren't I!! My little girl is away at music camp this weekend - so just the boys at home. I might even get to my lovely sewing room today if I am lucky.

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Did You See that Bunny in my Garden!!.....

Well, I keep telling my family if they keep shaking their heads it might just fall off one of these days. You would think they would be used to "our" decorating style by now!!!!

Easter is almost upon us. So early this year. Of course it is Autumn here and I guess most Easter decorating is based on the theme of Spring and of course the new life that brings with it. Of course the celebration of Easter and the new life God gave to us never changes, so Easter in Autumn is of course different for us here is Australia. But, of course some of us may like to pretend that it is spring and do some decorating in pastel colours!! Much to the dismay of the family!!

So, here is my "Easter Tree"!! Now, I know there are some lurkers out there who know me and don't comment - so now you too can join my family and shake your head and agree with them. You can get the little decorations here, so we must be meant to have Easter trees. It does have an Australian theme too - I went onto the block next door where some gum trees have just be knocked down and got my branch from there.

My two cute little bunny ornaments came from a trip to the "thrift" shop this week - they were even having a half price sale. Bargain!!

What a roller coaster of a week I've had this week, hence only posting once again this week. My Mitchell has been sick for almost 8 weeks and has had four courses of antibiotics and still is so unwell. So, back to the doctor again and asked for blood tests - the results being he has Ross River virus. My poor boy. I feel so terrible as I have made him soldier on with only a few days off school. So home he is to rest completely at least until after Easter weekend and then I will have to see how he goes. I know he will recover and thankfully it is viral and not something worse but it did make me feel like a very bad Mummy!!

Did you see the Easter Bunny in my garden?

I am so pleased with how she turned out. I think I will call her Gracie. The pattern came from Australian Homespun No. 46 Vol.8 No.3. Too cute!!
The back is made from an old beadspread that I rescued from Nana's house, so I was very pleased to put it to good use.

Well I had better hippity hop out of here now, have a cuppa and off into the garden to finish the day off.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Just Life......

Another busy week in our household! University and a new part of life for Cameron, a birthday for BJ and school busyness for Mitchell and Alexandra, and of course I just trail around behind all of them keeping it all done and organised!!! Such is life!

University began this week so a new routine there for Cameron. So far so good - I hope he really enjoys his course and makes the most of this opportunity.

We have had a really busy week at the shop with BJ entering his baking into the Toowoomba Royal Show. He placed 36 entries into various catergories and came home with 19 awards - great for business. This meant a really big week for me too, working each day with him to get ahead and then produce the goods for the show. Six of our awards were first places, so that is really great and made the hard work all worthwhile.

Alexandra's school had its fair this weekend and this included an aquathon which she participated in with a friend. Alexandra did the 200m swim part and her friend the 800m running.

The fair was a lovely day out. Nice stalls and a lovely atmosphere. I got some lovely plants for the garden and some beautiful rose buds.

Now I hope a quite afternoon today to get prepared for another week ahead - so looking forward to the Easter weekend!