Search This Blog

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

They're Back!!!

Over the years of writing this blog, I've written a few posts about my battles with the bush turkeys. They love my garden; especially my veggie garden beds...many readers from around the world have commented on previous posts about the turkeys, telling me of their battles with wildlife...deer, rabbits, birds, kangaroos etc
this was last year...

Last year and the year before that, I didn't have many issues with the turkeys....lulled into a sense of false security eh? My 'fake turkey' made by a friend has been pretty good at discouraging the male birds but maybe the turkeys are getting smarter?

The use of wire and plastic netting and wooden stakes is an integral part of gardening; this is the veggie bed adjacent to the raised 'sweet potato' bed...

Last month I was so proud of my 'sweet potato' garden bed. The plants had grown thickly and completely filled the raised bed that I use for growing them. I was looking forward to digging up a bumper crop in October. A male turkey had dug up some veggies in my larger veggie patch but the smaller sweet potato bed had been left untouched. I had put plastic mesh over that bed though, just in case.
Then one morning I came out to the garden and found this...

Silly me thinking that the plastic mesh would keep the turkeys out of the bed. It was just flung aside!
I replanted any plants that had been left and we got out the wire mesh. I put one layer over and then decided to put another layer over; all weighted down with pavers.

While we were away in Sydney, the plants didn't do very well but since we've been home, with some TLC the plants are gradually 'coming back'.
Knowing that a lot of friends who live nearby have their own battles with the turkeys, I posted photos on Facebook. One friend wrote this comment...I realise that I really shouldn't whinge/complain about the turkeys in my yard, after reading this! But maybe just a bit of a grizzle now and then! Lol


But I haven't lost my sense of humour! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Quirky with a capital Q!!!

Over the years, I've noticed on gardening shows and in magazines, articles on repurposing everyday items as planters. These days, Pinterest has lots of recycling items and planting them up with plants...like this little selection.

Here are some of my very modest efforts at using everyday items as planters...
Unused latte mugs...

Op shop and garage sale buys turned into planters...

And hidden by all that undergrowth is a set of old concrete wash tubs that I planted with bromeliads...


But in April when we went on a day trip to Litchfield National Park, I saw some recycling on a grand scale; which was delightful and quirky. The bus made a stop   at the Bunyan Caravan Park Kiosk on the journey to the park. It was rather rustic 😉

This is a banyan tree after which the caravan park is named...

Many of the passengers ordered food for breakfast, but I wandered the grounds. Beside the path that led to the restroom block were these...

A closer look at Miss Snow White and her little friends...

But out the front was this!!

Yep! An old car planted with a variety of colored foliage plants...

And reclining  in a deckchair...

Lots of fun! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Wedding

On July 15 family and friends gathered at the RACV Noosa Resort for the wedding of DsD1 and Dan. Most of us stayed at the resort and as luck would have it, the unit that DH and I shared with DD2, her partner and baby Holly, was just beside the grassed area where the ceremony would take place.

It was very comfortable accommodation with plenty of room...

I won't waffle on, I'll get straight on with sharing photos...😉
The wedding was at 2.30 but DH had to head over to the bride's unit at 12 for photos...dad, mum and 2 sisters.

The beautiful bride with her attendants...

Her proud parents walking her to the ceremony...


My girls and I...

Holly also had a special outfit...

Anthea was wearing a headband which I admired, but I think she rather coveted my fascinator, a bit of fun that I had bought at the urging of some friends...

At the reception, even Holly had a place card...how thoughtful was Aunty Meg! Don't know whether Holly will remember much about the wedding though!

DsD2 made the cake...she did a great job.

The next photo was taken while the function room was being set up. The centerpiece of each table featured a pile of books ( representing the bride's love of reading) and the replica kerosene lantern represented the groom's rural background.

During the 2 and 1/2 days we were at the resort, there was no shortage of people who wanted to nurse the baby!

And Anthea had a great time too!

On the Saturday morning, ( and again on Sunday morning) we were visited by 2 ducks, obviously a couple...I may have given them some bread 😉

A lot of planning by DsD1 went into this wedding and she can be justly proud of how well everything went; result? a wonderful weekend with lots of memories for all.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wool on Sundays


Joining in with Wool on Sunday on Janine's Rainbow Hare blog. Janine wrote a lovely post about a family treasure; a vintage china doll called Iris. Janine waited a long time for the doll to be passed down to her and has made some lovely knitted dolls' clothes for Iris. Read about Iris here...
So what yarn related things have I been up to recently? In the last month I have finished one knitting project and started another.

DD2 had seen a 'rainbow' baby blanket in ripple stitch for sale online and fell in love with the colours. I offered to make something similar, but knitted rather than crocheted.
I went online looking for yarn in all those bright colours and decided on Heirloom Colourworks 8 ply wool. I hadn't used this yarn before and what a lovely surprise it was...the softness of the yarn was amazing! It knitted up quickly and by mid July, little Holly had a new blankie.
On the 'handover day', I took some photos...

But after I got home that day, DD2 had been busy taking photos and sent me these...the photos really show all those bright colours that the young mums love so much these days...

After that project was completed I started on yet another ripple stitch/chevron throw. Last year when my  hairdresser  got married I had given her an IOU for a knitted throw as a wedding present. It took ages to get her to suggest colours etc but finally at my June appointment, she said she liked the combination of pinks with blacks.

So it's about a third done; it's been fun gathering up all the pinks in my stash and buying a few new ones.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wool on Sunday; July

Once again I'm joining in with Janine over at the Rainbow Hare blog for Wool on Sunday.
Just over 3 weeks ago I was asked if I could donate a knitted throw to be used as a raffle prize at the Quilt and Craft Show that has been organised by our parish for next week, July 14-15. It had worked out perfectly, as I had felt a little guilty that I couldn't help at the show as it clashes with DsD1's wedding. ( the family will all gather at Noosa on the 14th, ready for the nuptials on the Saturday 😊)  So being asked for a raffle prize meant that a I can still help.
But it wasn't a lot of time to actually make a throw, but again, as luck would have it, I had that WIP throw that I had started in Adelaide.

I had also knitted on the train and in the evenings in Darwin, so even though that project had been put aside when we came home, the piece did measure about 40 cm.
So...I resumed knitting this throw, and by last Monday, it was finished...phew! I didn't particularly like this project at the beginning as I chose the colours hurriedly when I was packing at the last minute to head to Adelaide. But I'm happy to say that I changed my mind, the longer the piece grew. 😊

And DH suggested he hold up the throw while I took another photo. He is just over 180cm tall so it gives an idea of the size. The pattern is a slipstitch design that I use quite often and the yarns are mohair.

Check out Janine's Wool on Sunday post Here

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Missing from Blogland...

That's me! I've written hardly any blog posts for a while. And that's mostly because of this little person...

Little Holly arrived after a month's drama on May 13; the day before Mothers Day. It was April 13 when the drama started. DH and I had arrived in Adelaide and a text from DD2 arrived saying that her latest scan was cause for concern...the baby was very small for 34 weeks and had a very small head. 🙁. I wanted to come straight home but was convinced by the family that there was nothing I could do, so we continued on with our 10 day holiday.
 And so began a month of weekly scans and doctor appointments, and the news didn't seem to get any better. A special fetal scan at 37 weeks even hinted at chromosomal abnormalities.
At 37 weeks and a few days, DD2 was admitted to hospital to be induced. The first attempt failed and a second attempt resulted finally on Day 4, with our new little granddaughter, Holly Mae being born. DD2 and bub were discharged from hospital the next day, which 'said to us' that the baby was perfectly healthy and with a very normal sized head! Holly weighed 2.842kg (6.3 lbs) which is small but not impossibly so.

Most days since the birth, I have visited my daughter to help with her adjustment from career woman to new mum...bringing cooked meals as well as sitting with Holly and bringing up her wind or rocking her to sleep, while DD2 snatched some sleep herself.

I've also been there to help on the first few outings with Holly. What a pair of cuties! This photo was taken just before Holly and DD2 went out to meet a new friend who shared a hospital room with Jen and whose baby was born the same day as Holly.

And last Thursday, the Health Visitor came to check Holly's progress. And the little one got a clean bill of health and now weighs 3.6 kg.
 Anthea met her cousin at a family dinner to celebrate DH's birthday at the end of May...

What a privilege it is to spend time with our granddaughters.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wool on Sundays...


Joining in with Janine over at Rainbow Hare
 This month I have a finish...it's been a while in the making, this particular project. Last year DD1 asked me to make a throw for her best friend of many years. It was put aside 3 times when a baby blanket was needed for a gift last December, and earlier this year when I wanted to make gifts for two of my cousins who were battling cancer.

But at last it is finished...DD1 suggested purples and mauves for the colour scheme and I have rather a lot of those in my stash! 😉

And, today my daughter delivered it to her friend, who posed with her new blanket.

And, after a bit of a break from joining, I'm back to making blankets for the needy out of donated crocheted squares...

And I'm also joining knitted squares into lovely warm blankets.  I vary the way I join...the last lot of knitted squares I sewed together but this time I'm crocheting them...just for a change 😊 I've used other joining colours but find the darker yarns and black especially, always look so effective.

By next month's Wool on Sunday, I hope to have some new projects on the go.