Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Old Picture Challenge 2015

Welcome, my friends, to our February old photographs for the word "nightmare".

I'm quite sure that this got the old brain cells working hard, well it did for me, anyhows!

Firstly I must thank everyone who replied to y post about the Blogger comments problems I was having - I'm still having them, even though all your comments came through! (Or at least I think they did, how would i know?!)

I have decided simply to not worry any more about Blogger -so if I don't leave comments on your blog, please forgive me, cos  I can't.  No use crying over it.

So enough of that - it's time for pictures!!

My nightmares are as follows -


Piecing this whole quilts worth, then finding a mistake when it was all put together! Can you see it?










ANYTHING that requires me to piece precisely is enough to give me a severe migraine and terrible nightmares!  I just don't do precise!


Imagine what a nightmare it would be if you had to hand cut all these tumblers!

I love my Go Baby!


The devil threw up at the entrance to our local park - it still gives people nightmares!!! Concrete Devils' Balls!

So there's my offerings - and the word for March is:- "Growth"

I look forward to seeing your nightmares

Just sign in with Mr Linky and let's see






Saturday, February 21, 2015

Oh Those Secrets!!

This is what I say while I am sitting here thinking about writing a quick post on this blog - I'm flat out busy, but I can't tell anyone about it, because everything I'm doing is a big fat secret!!

This is so frustrating!!

This weekend we are settled down in the house, waiting for the rain to stop - you may have heard of the Cyclone that hit Yeppoon    early this morning, we are very lucky that the winds have died right down before hitting Brisbane.

There is some minor flooding in low lieing areas, but nothing near where we are, thank goodness!

It has gone past us and is travelling fairly fast now, and almost at the border.  They say that it may circle back up to the Coral Sea, wonder if they will still call her "Marcia" if she picks up again and returns??

If I had some time , I would do some quilting, just to have something to post about!!  Never mind, the time will come when I can show you what I have been up to, and you will be in for a surprise, so I won't carry on about it....

Well that's all the excitement here for now, I hope you are all safe in your homes and not as wet as we are!!

Take Care


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Help Me with Blogger Please!!!

I am about to go stark ravin' mad with these problems I seem to be having with comments, both on this blog and on others!!

Does anyone know if Blogger has changed something without telling us mere mortals? or is it just me?

I can't comment on my friends blogs, my comments are just being thrown into the big , black hole that is the internet, and never showing up where they are supposed to.  I have also been told that the same thing is happening on this blog - that people are having problems leaving comments.  I have checked all my settings, and they haven't changed at all.

At least it means that I'm not unloved and unwanted, like I thought I was when noeone commented for weeks!!

So any help would be gratefully accepted - PLEASE, PLEASE, please save my sanity!!

Take Care


Busy Sunday in the Garden

Hallo all, I'm glad you have dropped by!

As usual, this post is picture heavy - to show what Alan & I were up to today out in the garden! One of the hottest, sunniest, most humid days, we decide to work out in the garden. I suppose it's our way though!

So let's start with the pictures and a running commentary on what's happening:-



I repotted these plants into larger pots ( breaking one in the process, unfotunately


Here's the piece I broke off the top - I am letting it dry out and will pot it up soon - then we will have 2 of them!


I thought that I had lost the mint that was growing in this pot - but if you look closely , you can see it coming on again - so plenty of water for it now!!


Here is the bali Hut with no furniture - Alan is preparing the timber for re - oiling tomorrow.


and here is a closer look at the re potted plants - you can see the top missing from the back one!


Back to the entrance to the back garden - we have been pulling all the large ferns from around the cycad here - can you see the flower bud forming in the middle of the plant?  All the ferns were smothering the poor thing - still have plenty more to pull out though.


So, walking around the garden in a clockwise direction - look to your right and here is a new baby Eureka Lemon tree - can't wait for him to grow up - I LOVE lemons!!


Behind the lemon is this Bird of Paradise - this is the first time this one has flowered, moving it must have helped!


On the other side of the walk way is my lovely Oak Leaf Frangipani - it has flowered well this year.


Along the back fence, the ferns are doing well - all weeded and watered, The  self sewn ferns on the palm trunk now need to be removed - can you see how the trunk is beginning to shed it's bark? So there's another job for tomorrow!


The corner at the back of the Bali Hut - the bromeliads here have grown massively since I planted them - I think they must love the spot under the Golden Canes!


 My Lavender and Rosemary I am growing in pots - they have been potted on into larger pots also.

So we are now collapsing inside, after visiting the dog park and having our dinner here at home - it has been a very long hot day!

Take Care











Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Old Picture Challenge 2015

Welcome to our first months' challenge, which was the word "Summer".

I found it to be a very interesting exercise, going through old photographs and deciding which ones meant the word to me.  It was really enjoyable, so anyhows, here are my Summer photographs, for your perusal.

Don't forget that there will be a winner for the best picture of the year, and also a runner up - so if you don't win one you may just get the other!!

Here we go:-


Please allow me this one foolish whimsy - I could not decide on which summer flowering tropical plant i would use to represent     Summer, so I have used this colouring chart to represent them all!  Especially the hibiscus and the queen of flowers, the Frangipani (Frannies to those in the know!!)



Of course, I could not resist showing the Bat Plant again! It is an amazing plant that means late Summer here.


and for my last photo this month, from 2011, I give you long summer meals shared with lots of friends on a Sunday afternoon - lots of talk, wine fun and laughter.

That is Summer in a nutshell to me!

Long lazy days spent with friends!

While we are here, the word for February is :- "Nightmare". 

I'm sure that will be interesting.  Don't forget, you can always refer to all the so called "Rules" HERE if you need to check up on them!

So sign up below with the Mr Linky, and show your old pictures to represent Summer to you!!

See you later and take care.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Let There be Shawls!

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't been posting much - just too busy to drop everything and do what I should be doing, I guess!!

So the tumbler quilt is now quilted, it's now in the line for binding (no picture, sorry)

The prayer shawl has been completed and gifted. No picture of that also - mainly because I heard that my friend had been admitted to hospital, and so I hurriedly wrapped the shawl and dropped it in to the hospital to her the next day. It just happened that I had a dr's appointment over there, and i thought it might cheer her up while she was in hospital!








The finished shawl was not so different to this photograph that I took before - I did add one more row to the bottom fringe section in the dark blue, and also one more row along the top in dark blue.  I was very pleased with how it turned out, and I must ask if I can take a photo, just to prove it!!

I'm not going too well here, am I?

Some pictures of things I'm doing, and have done also:


I have started and finished this cotton shawl for myself to keep.  It is the South Bay Shawlette pattern from Ravelry. The pattern is actually from Lion brand yarn, and you need to sign in to get it. It is a great fast pattern to do, I recommend it - you can make it any size you want..

I was very pleased with myself, because I actually made my own edging for this one. Here it is - unblocked, but you get the idea!


A little wonky, but I'm still proud of it!


So now I have started this shawl. It is called "A  Little Bit of This, a Little bit of that" and it's HERE, and I am using the three colours of Rowan Glace cotton in the picture. They should look pretty together. It is a beautiful yarn to work with!  I'm not sure yet if it is destined for someone or not!

So tomorrow  is our first "Old Photo Challenge". I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's old pictures, I hope you are also!!

So I 'll be back tomorrow with my old pictures, same place!  See you then!

Take care


Friday, January 23, 2015

Let 'er Rip!!!

Wow, are we having some rain here today!!

Flash flooding and heavy rainstorms with thunder and lightening all around.

Here's some info .    It has been pretty wet!!

So I think I might just stay indoors and keep on quilting!!!