Saturday, January 30, 2016

Oh . . . happy days

 Pardon me, where has the day gone.  Oh I know, I have been sitting out in my hot house chatting with friends and admiring my garden.
 Here is the wonderful creation made mostly from recycled materials. The door is the old front door from my school.

 It was very hard to photograph as it nestles into the garden quite well and is cosy amongst the plants.
 The old window came from Clunes, which is a small town just outside Ballarat.  When I bought it for $10.00 the seller asked me what I was intending to do with it.  When I said I was going to make a hot house, he offered me 2 more windows and a sliding door.
 The planning and the dreaming was all part of the process.
 If you can't find me ever, you know where I might be - yes on my special seat, looking out onto the garden.
 Another bonus was that it has all been paved.  A friend gave me some left over pavers which was just perfect for the bottom of the house.  It has made a wonderful finish inside.
 Can you see the palm my mum bought me.  She said all hot houses needed a palm.
 Here you can see it better, and a red geranium in a pot outside the front door.
 This beautiful rose is called "Dearest"
 . . . and this is the view from my back door.
I LOVE IT!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Year Begins - Welcome 2016

 2016 will mark 10 years of Blogging.  It's amazing to look back over the Blog Books that I have made, and see all the development in my garden and the wonderful things I have made.  Also some milestones for the children and just a general record of my life.  This will be the year of SOCKS on the knitting machine.  Mum gave me my first lesson on Christmas Day and here is the result.  I bought this lovely wool in Davidson North Carolina -  so they will be my American Socks.  I love them!
 I fiddled around with half square triangles trying all sorts of patterns on the floor of my sewing room.  Eventually I got sick of playing with them and a friend suggested pinwheels, so I did that and quickly sewed them up.
 A couple of blocks were just left as the plain fabric, which wasn't so plain, and I snuck a few squares in when I got tired of making pinwheels. This is the way  I like to do quilting...ie. make it up as you go along.
 Was quite happy with the finished product and got it machine quilted.  Now just have to do the boring binding.
 Had a lovely day out last week with my friendly neighbour to all the fabric outlet shops in Melbourne.  I was quite taken with this picture of a skeleton on a seat with the caption that read: "Waiting for wife in fabric shop"
 On a road trip to Geelong last week, we came across the evidence of the recent bushfire in the area that struck just around Christmas time.
 The highway was closed at the time and you can see why, as it roared straight through.
 It was quite eerie seeing all the devastation and imagining what it had been like for people living in the area.  Some houses were saved and they were just meters away from others that had been completely burnt out.
On a happier note, this big window that I found on ebay last year for $10 was the beginning of my dream to one day have a hot house in my garden.  

Sometimes dreams do come true . . . 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

And this is Christmas

 My Christmas lillies from my sister are valiantly flowering in my front garden...
 right in time for Christmas
A garden Christmas Tree with the left over scraps of wood from Mum's deck.

 Beautiful Roses
 Cannas
 Lillies


 . . . and my beautiful canaries gathering for thier breakfast
 Kitten grown into a cat


 . . . and a bird bath high enough to keep the free birds safe

 My Summer Garden
Merry Christmas to all

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Creative Capers

 My crafty neighbour came over the other week and said she wanted to make something.  She'd seen an idea for cotton reels and did I have any old picture frames.  As a matter of fact, I did happen to have a couple, so we got busy planning.
 With a little help, we got some holes measured and drilled.  We chose some backing paper each and then began sanding and positioning.  We've still got a bit to go, but you get the idea.  Mine is going to hang right beside my sewing machine for easy access.
 Back to the garden saw me trimming off some of the iris's which left a lot of strappy leaves.  My sister is into basket making and it looked like fun.  I thought I'd have a bit of a go, not looking up any instructions or anything.
 Thought it couldn't be too hard. Hmmm, it actually was!  I think I may need to ask for some lessons from her.  I had a bit of fun with weaving,
 and then I thought I'd make a little tiny basket.  It was almost like a canary nest, and I was tempted to put it in the aviary, but remembered how my mother told me I couldn't make their nests for them.
 So, I thought I'd use it as a planter, and put a little succulent in it.
 I was very pleased with myself, even though it was a bit rough.  I had to use pegs to help me keep it together.
 Then to top off the crafty week, came the mini bon bons.
Mum had got one at her Christmas Knitting Party, and showed me.  I said "Oh I could make them for the Quilters Christmas Party!"  Then my sister saw them and said; "Oh I could make them for my Basket Club Christmas Party!" Then I took one to school and my teaching partner said; "We could make these for Christmas Fair!  I think the Bon Bons have gone viral.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Lots of reasons why . . .

 I don't seem to have been blogging much lately, but there are lots of reasons why.  Firstly, I'll show you these amazing flowers on my cactus plant.  It has had 2 flowerings so far, and one time there were 11 flowers out at once.  There are still more buds coming. 
 The flowers only last 2 days, so you have to keep a watch on them or you miss them, and it is a spectacular display even if fleeting.
 Iceland Poppies out my bedroom window says a cheery good morning.
 I have been to the Mountains.
 Dinner Plain to be precise.
 A beautiful Chalet called Cloud 9.  We were guests to test out the service.  Business starting up in 2016

 I even had a ride on the back of a motor bike from Dinner Plain to Omeo and back again.  Got the thrills out of the way that day.
 Back in my garden for a bit, then . . .
 off to Cape Bridgewater near Portland to visit a cousin.

 Beautiful farm house and lovely weekend away.
 Then to Melbourne Botanical Gardens for an award ceremony.

 Our school won the best recycled garden award. 
 Loved walking around the gardens quietly when all the kids went back to school.
 I've been busy doing lots of interesting things . . .
so there's lots of reasons why I haven't been blogging much of late.  I think I'll head out into my garden again tomorrow.