December 31, 2008

Socktopus completed

I forgot to post the finished product :) Here it is. I think my nephew liked him, his mum did!

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New year, new craft, and snoozing dogs

So this is my first crochet project.. It's a bag, can you tell?

I borrowed Chicks With Sticks Guide to Crochet from our local library (which has to be the best library I've been to in years, small but well stocked and up to date books) and this is the first project in it.

It's not a good thing when the Vet Nurse greets you by name, means I've been there too often.

Bargs is getting 'old' much to his consternation, the mind is willing but the body cannot keep up as well anymore, he is such a leggy dog and so full on that he's starting to get arthritis. He's had a month's course of Cartrophin for that and has come good (poor thing was stiff and sore for a few weeks) and has learnt that jumping down the retaining walls is not a good idea.

Now he has a foot injury and has been limping for a few days. I took him to the vet last night and they suspect a grass seed but cannot see anything so we need to keep him quiet as possible and take him back if it's no better on Friday.. This is him doing 'quiet' and below is Jess doing the same.

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December 27, 2008

Christmas pressies, kid style

My dad's wife and my half brother & sister gave the boy a cricket set for Christmas, to say he liked it would be somewhat of an understatement!

This one he's skateboarding on his tractor.. boys will be boys!

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New toy & new veges

So we hit the Boxing Day sales and bought a point & shoot camera.. Yay! Grabbed a bargain on the Panasonic Lumix DMC FS2, and we get a free digital frame by redemption, too :)

This pic was taken with it - the stash of cherry tomatoes I picked today, well those which I didn't eat anyway!! They are very tasty, albeit a little hard to pick - our tomatoes are all huge and overgrown and it's tricky reaching in to get these little guys.

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December 25, 2008

Warm ground & wet rain

I love the smell of rain on a warm day.

We're having a quiet day at home after hectic day(s) for Christmas. It's warm but overcast and we're getting occasional showers. Smells lovely :)

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December 22, 2008

I often wish I had a camera with me..

These are not my pics, I borrowed them off the net! Our camera is a DSLR and is not small enough to carrying 'just in case' - I am hoping to find a cheap, compact point & shoot at the after Christmas sales..

Saturday I had a day 'off' and took myself to Kinglake to go horse riding..

This is the property, Kinglake Homestead, as you can see it's surrounded by bush - the Kinglake National Park which is where we rode. It was great to bed back on horse and Steve who owns the Homestead was pleasant company. It's been a long time since I've been on a horse and my muscles let me know about it on Sunday (and Monday, and even today..)

On the way home I came across a Blue Tongue lizard sunning itself on the road; I stopped to move him off to the edge so he wouldn't get squashed. Only thing was he decided that my car tyres were the best place to hide! I spent a few minutes following him from wheel to wheel until he finally moved off away from the car and road!

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December 17, 2008

Local goodies for Christmas

The Yarra Valley is a food and wine region and sometimes I can get slightly carried away...

This lot includes a 1kg Christmas Pudding from Handmade in Healesville, and a few of the most delicious jams available from Jamlady Jams. Lisa uses organic sugar and fresh local products in her jams. And as well as being a very talented cook she is very lovely. The boy and I enjoyed our visit to purchase this lot and even met 'Maggie' a magpie which Lisa and her busband have hand raised. :)

So the flavours I bought.. Lime Marmalade, Mango Saffron, Pear Vanilla & Ginger, Blackberry Shiraz, Raspberry Grappa, Peach & Passionfruit, Apricot & Cardamom. Mmmm! Some are gifts, some are to keep.

December 13, 2008


My current knitting project is Socktopus, here is 2/3 of the head/body and one leg done... I found the pattern on Knitty and just HAD to make one! A gift for my nephew :)

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Guess what I've got in my hat, mum!

The story being I asked him to tidy his room; being a boy he opted to make more mess!

Putting lego in your hat and shaking it to rattle is fun :)

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News from the vege patch

A little while ago we planted watermelon seedlings, for some time it appeared they were not going to make it, but the rain/sun/rain pattern over the past week has helped them and look! They've produced their second set of leaves :)


Another fan of our (late) Spring weather is the corn, we've cobs growing on all 4 stalks..

Broccoli is growing, growing.. As you can see the caterpillars are fans as well but thankfully they've spared the edible parts.. Same can't be said of cabbage & cauliflower though.. It seems that planting all the brassicas together created a smorgasbord for them..

Once each bed is 'finished' in this garden we'll rip it all apart and renovate..

Bigger garden,lots of inter-planting and companion planting for pest control (whitemoth/caterpillars are the only issue we've had, so the plan is to put cauli/cabbage/brocoli throughout the garden with tomatoes, silverbeet, celery and some flowers (white pansies) to disguise them) plus inter-planting other veges for better growth.
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November 29, 2008

Girl's weekend!

I've booked to go to Sydney for a girls weekend away next year!

I was a bit hesitant at spending money on me (is that a mum thing?) but hubby insisted I deserved a break and Virgin had cheap flights so I booked!!!

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November 25, 2008

Clever kid - just a brag

This is his first go on a real bike - no training wheels!!! He's been watching his dad I think :)

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Harvesting veges..

Kind of impressed with this lot..

Silverbeet, two types of zucchini there are two particularly huge ones (we had more than this but a certain 3 year old decided to feed the dogs) and (drum roll please) a few Pontiac potatoes!

The potatoes are starting to die down so we burrowed in under the pile and pulled these out. We're planning on leaving the rest 'til all the plants have died down, then dig through the whole pile. I was impressed with the soil/compost in the potato pile, it'll make a great starter to our new garden beds.
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November 18, 2008

Spinning something new

So this month is New to Ewe challenge for the Ewe Give Me the Knits group on Ravelry.. I had some South African Fine hand dyed by the talented Mandie so thought I'd give it a go.

This is the result (hanging to dry)

And in other 'new' spinning news, meet Harvey..

He belonged to another knitter who was after a new home for him, so I offered to take him in :) I have yet to try out this new wheel but hope to do so tonight.

November 15, 2008

Check out the veges!

After we planted our veges (including the tomatoes) we were advised by numerous people, "You shouldn't plant tomatoes 'til Cup Day". Thing is somebody forgot to mention it to our plants.. Check out the fruit :) The plants are growing heaps and covered in fruit & flowers!

We also have baby Cauliflower and Broccoli!!!

And, in a fit of ''because I can" I've planted watermelon seedlings. It will be interesting to see how they go!

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November 9, 2008

Time to come home..

We had such a great trip, and we're definitely planning a return trip again, I am not a beach person but up there I was!

Here are a couple of pics of the surrounds of the cabin we stayed in at the caravan park and one of the inside while we were packing to head home.

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Hook Island

Hook Island was our next stop. The resort there is very basic but lovely, it made me think someone turned up in their Kombi one day and just stayed... (clearly there was no Kombi, that was just the vibe of the place!). Hubby went snorkelling while the boy and I hit the pool.

Then it was time to go on the semi-submersible boat to see fish and coral. It was low tide when we went so the water was a but murky but we got some close up views of the coral. Back on board Voyager it was time for a rest (sleep!) all the way to Daydream Island.

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