Thursday, 31 October 2013

Cultivating a thankful heart

Reminders all around the home...

It can be hard sometimes to stay content with your lot in life... counting your blessings, NAMING them one by one is a good way to start...

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A king single fitted sheet from a queen flat sheet

The problem with a King Single bed is that sheets of that nature are difficult to source at Op Shops.  It's such an odd size (wider AND longer).  I did have Queen flat sheets sitting around so I thought I'd trial making a fitted sheet with the knifed corners.

Takes quite a bit of mathematical calculation... so I drew it out to work out what fits where...

Knifed the corners - didn't add elastic in the corners - maybe next time??  This was a trial after all...

And it fits!  The old flat sheet that used to sit on the bed which shifted after every sleep was sent to the wash - and now that I've done it once - I can just follow the pattern and do it again...

Took the opportunity to tidy up his room and dust it... it wasn't presentable beforehand...and it now is...

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A lull



A pause in the projects for the home.  The weather has turned hot suddenly and the energy levels have dropped for me.  Still the yellow kitchen stares at me - it will be white in due time... Old Nellie keeps me company in these lull periods...I'm so glad she's part of our household.  I can't imagine life without her really.

Friday, 11 October 2013

The magic...

Of voile in the bedroom... soft, ethereal...

Just says - summer...

I love how it billows when the wind catches it... makes all those hours pinning and sewing worth it... such a temperamental fabric... softens Pip's windows significantly.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Inspired cleaning...

...of the oven which to my shame hasn't ever been cleaned all the years that we've moved in here - and I'm not entirely sure the previous owners did before they sold either... I've been yearning for a new oven - this is a fully gas one and whilst it's quirky (the light inside can be temperamental), it's still working fine and looking at the prices of new gas ovens (O my!) I decided to go with the old adage that things always look better when you give it a good clean... so I embarked on my mission...
Took out all the racks (grease caked) and soaked them in HOT water with dishwashing liquid in the laundry tub (they wouldn't fit in the kitchen sink) - had to do this twice after scrubbing because first soak didn't seem to get rid of all that grease and grime...
Cleaned the outside with just soapy water.
The deep cavernous inside... BEFORE...
Noted areas where paint had peeled off and rust was appearing... googled if it was possible to repaint ovens and turns out you can but you have to use special heat resistant paint... must research this at Bunnings (hardware store) - might turn the outside white (or as white as can be anyway)
After a decent scrub...
Sparkling... well as far as I can see anyway... almost too clean to use...
And to christen the now 'new' oven... we embark on some savoury muffins...
Olives, ham, cheese...

Friday, 4 October 2013

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Barrington Tops - Day 3

The Allyn River - a bit dry for lack of rain but still breathtakingly beautiful

We walked along some of it...

Round river rocks and pebbles - clear, sweet water...

It was just glorious...

We took pictures...

Contemplated...

And recharged...

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Barrington Tops Day 2

We visited the Chichester Dam... sampled the water...

Marvelled at the size of it from the bottom...

Walked to the top...

Peered over the edge...

Supplies water to the Hunter District...

Took in all the minor details...

Admired the views from the top... so much water!

This pipe runs for miles - through cattle properties and everywhere else...

Then we took a walk through Jerusalem Creek - 2km trail with lots of bridges...

Ending in a flat area with rocks...

Which we climbed...

And dipped our feet in the clear mountain water...

Shoes off...

We tried some rock climbing...

The beauty of our surrounds spurred some of us to dance...

Nothing like dancing in the wilderness...

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Our weekend away - farmstay at Barrington Tops - Day 1

Very friendly horse

Lots of baby guinea pigs

We fed the animals - cows

Some of us rather tentatively...

We cuddled baby ones and fed them...