It's going to take a while, but there's progress. 7 squares - another 21 to go. Hopefully this will get done before the weather gets too hot to knit! Muted colours that would make it a manly enough blanket for a teenage boy. I started knitting on the horizontal but discovered that it's much easier making squares when you knit on the diagonal. A crochet granny square one just to break up the monotony.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
|Tilly trying to catch the first rays of sunshine as dawn breaks|
|Spring on the dining table|
|Laundry on the line|
Monday, 26 September 2011
The weekend brought much needed rain and the garden is revelling in it - although I can't say the same for the animals and humans.
|Crab apple ready for spring show|
|Strawberries enjoying the soaking|
|Passionfruit vine starting to leaf up again - hopefully this will provide the chicken coop with much needed shading in summer. Tilly the cat taking a walk on the wildside with me.|
|Chickens a bit bedraggled trying to dry off under the covered pergola area.|
|Butterball - soaking foot feathers - she's my favourite although she suffers the most in the wet and always looks the dirtiest.|
|Cinnamon and Chloe still managing to look relatively 'clean'|
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Friday, 23 September 2011
|Broody and screechy Nutmeg persisting in trying to 'hatch' pebbles|
|My white mulberry tree cutting has arrived and I'm letting it harden off in a pot before I plant it out|
|Hard to imagine that a little sapling like this could possibly (given time and love) grow into a 8-10m tree|
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
|Lapin Chateau in the early days (BEFORE) when we housed both Benjamin and Jennifer together|
|Benjamin was often like this - a tad too 'loving' for Jennifer's taste|
|Benjamin in solitary confinement now - leaving Jennifer all to herself to enjoy the luxuries of the Chateau|
|Just in case you're wondering. Benjamin Bunny does still love Jennifer Bunny|
Saturday, 17 September 2011
|Clivia in bloom|
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
There are 3 vegetable garden beds down the back of the garden next to the chooks. I've tried in vain to keep them out of there with bird netting - crude but temporary and aesthetically not terribly pleasing to the eye. So finally I decided that it was time to try to fence them out whilst they are on 'free-range' time.
|Bird Netting with Garden Stakes to prop it up|
|Lone Thornless Blackberry plant that I just planted - there's a wire cage around it to stop the chooks digging|
|View from the other side of the garden|
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Ever so often, a privileged few would be allowed to take wing from the display cabinet and find their way into the day to day living of the Lee household.
|Owl Clock in the Dining/Kitchen above the Hutch|
|Can you spot the owl?|
|Owl harbouring a scented tea light joins me at the breakfast table|
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Friday, 9 September 2011
Looks like Tilly has found a new spot and it isn't the bin. It's my bed! In a way, I like it because now I get to cuddle her while I am on my bed reading but in a way, I don't like it because now I can't use my blanket seeing as she's sleeping on it. She can't get up onto my bed because my bed is a loft bed(like a bunk bed but only has a bed at the top and a desk at the bottom instead of a bed)but she can easily get down. It is a long way to jump so she takes a shorter route at the back of my bed. Tilly jumps onto the dresser which is at the end of my bed and then she jumps to the floor. As annoying as she is, (sometimes)Tilly isn't a dumb cat.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
|From Left to Right - Cinnamon, Nutmeg (frizzle), Butterball|
|Foraging for bugs in the backyard. Chook Palace in background (with white picket)|
|Taking in the green grass and hopefully finding some crickets bye the bye.|
|Cinnamon - she's broody but will come out on her own on occasion.|
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
My garden pot is growing so well. All the herbs are coming up. I am so excited to finally have a successful garden! The parsley is growing, the oregano is growing, the thyme and dill are growing, the fennel and strawberries are growing and the mint is just growing wild. But this morning I found out that my garden pot was visited. Visited by unexpected and unwanted visitors. Those unexpected and unwanted visitors were slugs! Gross! They had eaten holes in my mint. I am not actually sure whether it was a caterpillar or a slug but when we looked under all the leaves, we couldn't find any caterpillars so we are assuming that it was a slug.
The great reveal as requested by Suzanne of Enchanted Moments... a thrifted owl tea cosy that I had to embellish somewhat to make up for the lack of height (my teapot happened to be slightly taller than the one it was originally meant for) so I added 2 rows of crochet to make a 'skirt'.
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
I think the picture says it all. My favourite figurines thrifted from an op shop. I love the simple lines of the pieces and the fact that there are no frills to the pieces. A mother and daughter - as if in prayer, just moving quietly through life cherishing what's important and losing that which is peripheral and non-essential. I've always wanted a 'Simplify' sign. Whilst sifting through my stockpile of wood, I happened upon an arm-length piece that had a square end so I cut it up into 8 square blocks and decoupaged the letters on after painting 1 face and oiling the others.