Sunday, 23 April 2017

Easter been & gone

my eldest came up for almost 3 days over Easter, it was wonderful! 
on Saturday we made (or rather she did with help from me) candles & soap. on a previous visit long time ago (far, far, away) DD1 brought up some melted wax, which i added to my ever growing pile, there was almost a full tin. so on Easter Saturday we got out the pot & started the wax. i collected all the votive containers & a couple of jars with lids too, took close to an hour to melt all the wax & put it into the containers. 

they sunk like souffle` once they started drying

then we got down to the soap making, she got out the scales, weighed everything up & i set to stirring the lye, while she got the oils combined then we stirred the lye into the oils, we made Rhonda's soap recipe out of her first book Down To Earth. DD1 brought up the lye & calendula oil, i had all the other oils, made plain soap for me & she made the calendula soap for herself, mine had gone off but we swapped a couple of bars. the mixtures hardened really fast, took hers out within a few hours, mine was in a loaf tin so took longer, did it before going to bed the same night, just as well too, it was so hard it was difficult to cut.

lovely creamy soap that turned out! 

i really enjoyed making the items with eldest daughter, it was quite satisfying when everything turned out too, compared to my last 2 attempts to make soap this 
felt really good. 
i hope we do it again soon. 

i gave her one of my old plant stands to take home & her hubby is in the process of doing it up, can't wait to see it finished & in use once again. 

this post was a little late as Easter was last week but i hope everyone had a lovely Easter break 

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Monday, 27 March 2017

wandering kitty


sunday, yesterday, at our markets one of our neighbours was having a chat about a kitty who had wandered into her sons place (he's her neighbour also) he looked after it for just over a week. his cat didn't like it one bit & was totally stressing out, they had asked all round town if anyone had lost a black kitten, but no one had. am guessing she could be from a feral family as there were quite a few around before council got to them. 
well anyway, our neighbour had exhausted herself trying to find where it came from & said they were looking for a home for it instead, i came in on the end of the chat & said "who do you need a home for?" she said a beautiful black kitten that was a few months old. i said, "i'll take it." well she threw her arms around me in a huge hug! "we'll bring him/her around later in the arvo", me, "great! "

so now i have this little critter running around my house ...

sorry it's not a great pic but she shot off secs after it was taken

she was so hard to take a photo of this arvo when i got home, running around, rolling over & shooting off to god knows where then back again! doing circles around me, had so many blurry photos or blanks

well she is not named yet, am having a bit of trouble feeding her, had to buy all tinned food (yuk) but she wouldn't touch the raw mince, at all. mmm.

so much for the promise i'd made myself, not to get anymore animals/pets til i had a fence up ...

well she is adorable, has the most beautiful amber eyes, is not all black, has a spot on her chest & a streak between her back legs on her lower belly. 
extremely affectionate, very talkative & passes out quite easily once she has exerted herself lol


craft day again today & another lady brought in a quilt top she was working on
for a friends birthday, she actually called it a "friendship quilt" 

some of the projects the ladies bring in are quite amazing, this one has only been quilting for 3 years. it has hearts all around it (i thought they were shamrocks when i first saw it) she was putting the edging in by hand. 

well that's my news for the moment, not much doing except for mowing & more mowing, the neighbour hood is noisy with all the mowers going. love the smell of cut grass.

hope everyone has had a good week & looking forward to the next one, hope you're all safe, warm or cool in your part of the world

thanx for visiting 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Busy Bee Craft Group

every second Monday we have our group here in Kilkivan & every other Monday over in Goomeri. i came back to it late last year, thought seeing as i sit & knit on Monday anyways why not do it in company? (i knit everyday actually)

thought you might all enjoy some of what the ladies are making, they tend to swap their crafts out from week to week, & i thought i had too many projects going!

first up the dazzling butterfly quilt, my camera phone isn't doing the colours justice here, it's actually quite bright, she has matched the butterflies to the patchwork pieces around the borders.

next is some colourful Candle wicking

sorry, it was hard to get a good photo of this, it is to be another quilt

this is a cushion cover for a friend & it's in cross stitch

another lady was doing some very cute animal embroideries, think this is a quilt too.

we have a Pumpkin festival coming up in May & there's a small competition going with a pumpkin scene of course!

here is another using up scraps of material & then just doing many running stitches in all directions, says it's very soothing.

these are teeny, tiny hexagons, that's a pair of applique` scissors i left there so you could see the size, she is making these into flower blocks then those into a queen size quilt! 

this last one is a very colourful Bavarian blanket, a few of the ladies make them & donate them to elderly nursing homes in the area.

hope you enjoyed the pictures of one of my days out, i myself am knitting a sweater & will post it up when i have a fair bit more done. 

do you go to a group? for a day out to socialize, to learn a new skill? 

we finally got a bit of rain last night, need a lot more yet

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Friday, 24 February 2017


BJ is not much for cuddles, doesn't really like hugs either but she loves to snuggle up to you for pets, have started brushing her as well, she seems to be having a little trouble grooming herself lately, perhaps her tongue is wearing out?
when i sit & knit she is never too far away & some days, she just, well, she just has to snuggle!

sweet little BJ, i didn't get a lot of knitting done on this morning 

well our weather has cooled slightly, though still having high humidity, & still waiting on some rain ...

hope everyone is well & happy, cool or warm in your neck of the woods

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Scorching heat

g'day folks

ohhh my, this past week has been something with the high temperatures hasn't it? yesterday got up into the low 40s but today was the big one! they predicted for temperatures in the 40s but i bet they weren't expecting it to get so high, i decided to take my thermostat outside to see how hot it was 

this was at 11am it was 46`c outside

55`c at 2:45pm outside! 
in my kitchen at 11am it was 35`c & at 2:45pm it was 41`c, i came through it quite well considering i have been suffering a bit with the darn menopause but today i wasn't having an episode, kept myself hydrated. 
had the sprinkler going outside & a couple of young kangaroos were looking quite heat distressed, stood under the sprinkler getting quite a soaking, so i left it on & moved it around so it watered pots & the roos.

hope everyone survived this heat today, from what i've seen on the forecasts there's no relief til next week, expected to be another hot one tomorrow too.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

learning to make socks & a forgotten post

finally learned to make socks! i was so thrilled at finally finishing one sock! until i tried to get it on my foot! it was too small  :(   talk about a sudden downer, with all the encouragement from the ladies at the DTE forum, i'm rearing to go on the next one ... with bigger needles. was told it may take several pairs before i get it. it was nice & comforting to know that they all had failures with their first socks too.

this is my finished sock but it is way too small,  will start the next one but keeping it plain

the plumber also came today & i now have a tap down on the other block, he's coming back Friday to finish off the grey water pipeline & then i'll have water for my future orchard. starting to feel very happy again  :)

ohhh & this post (below) i meant to post a fortnight ago & totally forgot i had it waiting in the drafting room!

<<<mowing & burned  ...

Monday 2 weeks ago, seeing that it was a bit cooler & nicely overcast, some mowing was in order, so out i went at 9am & started mowing the top half of my half acre down the back. it's divided into 2 halves, quarter acre each approximately. the top half i leave for my neighbours horses as it slopes & isn't easy to mow but this time round it needed some mowing. it took me almost 4 hours! i had a break in the middle then went back out after 20mins, it was still a nice day with a cool breeze blowing. i did manage to finish the top half. 
it's hard going especially as i'm so unfit! you see i do it all with a push mower as i'm not keen on the ride-ons, they mow way too short (some even take it all off at dirt level!) i like to mow the back with some height, it still leaves a bit for the  'roos, hares & parrots to eat plus i have lots of thyme, gota-cola & a few flowering wild plants growing & these struggle to get going after a ride on has been through. 
after the Mondays effort, when i came in i realized that i was burned, sun burned on my arms, face & neck, something which hasn't happened in a long time. i was badly burned so after dousing myself under the shower i went out & got myself some aloe vera & smothered myself in that & after all my showers. my sister suggested i should wear a shirt, never thought of that, i will have to pick my times of mowing to be in the cool of the afternoons when there's a bit of shade. the mozzies made a meal out of my arms as well & i looked diseased with ruddy huge welts all over my arms! well i guess that's what i get for getting myself cooked! anyway Wednesday i mowed the bottom quarter, with a shirt on this time, all went well, took less time than the top, it's all looking good now it's mowed. 
still got the house acre to do yet, in some places the grass is chest high! it's good exercise.>>>

i'm all okay now, had some issues with going outside with my sensitive skin but once that hardened off it was good. still turn bright pink with the heat but that'll pass too.

the weather really is hot here, humidity is high & it's extremely uncomfortable most days, gosh i wish it would just rain already! 
we're supposed to be getting above 40s for the weekend, hope it brings storms with it!

hope everyone is keeping cool or warm in your neck of the world

thanx for visiting

Friday, 20 January 2017

gotta love country living ...

a couple of nights ago (1am-ish) i was heading for my shower & just when i was about to put my PJs on the basin something made me look down & before i knew it i was back out of the bathroom & halfway up the stairs, there on the floor was a huge snake! it was all dark & blurry (no glasses on) not knowing what type, i quickly raced back for my glasses (grabbed the phone too) it was proceeding back into the tub, a Night Python, only a small one at approximately 4-5' my heart was still pounding as i was trying to get a photo of it

disappearing in behind the wall in the bathroom
once my heart stopped racing & i settled down i proceeded with my shower, i couldn't get to sleep that night. 
it appeared the following day, late in the arvo looking a bit like it had had a feed with it's middle looking rather fat. 

next day think it got too hot inside the wall, see it's fat middle section?

well that was enough excitement for me for one week, i decided to close the kitchen door & leave the back door open so it could find it's way out. as far as i can tell it has gone. 
last year i kept getting carpet snakes in one of the water dishes, so i stopped having the dish there. there are plenty of rodents around here & is why they get attracted, have rats in the roof too, hopefully it got to those before it left.

been excruciatingly humid & hot here, expecting storms. hope everyone is keeping cool or warm in your neck of the world

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Monday, 2 January 2017

a new year, a new look?

just thought it's a new year so a new look was in order. 
fiddled with my blog for almost an hour, not sure if i'm happy with it yet, wish i could understand how to put other images on it instead of just having the ones in blogger. there are no pet pictures in blogger & they changed how things are done too, so annoying especially when one hasn't mastered the old lol
so bear with me as i'll probably keep making changes til i get the look i'm after, i like to be casual in most things with a little country, old, &/or vintage (& cats) thrown in

it's raining softly here today & a mild 28`c, ahhh, it's so nice

B.J. this was back at end of winter

hope all made it through their new year celebrations 

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