Busy Days

These past few weeks have been rather busy, lots of projects have been started, and need to be finished!!  I had a break in the middle as I was trying not to catch a Spring flu, all better now and enjoying this first day of Summer here in Australia.  We have put our Christmas tree up this morning, and I have been enjoying the trip down memory lane sorting through all our handmade decorations with my little ones…… bliss.

I will have to put up a blog about our handmade decorations, I have some new ones on the go at the moment, these ones involves knitting and crochet…. yay!

In fact lots of knitting and crochet has been happening lately, as I am hoping to make the majority of Christmas presents to give this year, and that has been keeping me occupied of an evening.

cotton

Once I had decided to go with handmade for presents, I ordered some cotton and was very happy when these gorgeous bundles arrived in the post.

washcloth-making

I settled myself in that very evening to begin a lovely washcloth, and have got a nice little collection now for gifting.  I use Ravelry for patterns and there is a huge number of wonderful patterns to select from.

washcloths

I am loving these washcloths and really think I need to make some for myself as well.  I have made several different patterns now, some for wash cloths and some for dish cloths.

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Really love this teal colour cotton, and this dish cloth knitted up more rectangular than square, as it has a nice picture pattern – garden scene on it, I will have to blog this one later as I do not want to give away the surprise before it is unwrapped on Christmas day in case the recipient checks my blog.

lace-leaf

This one is a gorgeous lace leaf pattern, another learning project for me and I must say it was beautiful to knit and turned out just as it should so I am thankful for that.  Can you see all the little cars, and the tractor, yes my boys were happily playing together whilst Mummy did some knitting, it was lovely, really enjoyable to sit and knit and watch them play.

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Many cups of teas have been delightful whilst I sit and knit, and the occasional sweet treat has been enjoyed as well.

hibiscus

During the week I noticed these beautiful flowers coming up in my backyard and had to grab a picture, the colour is very refreshing amongst all the green.  I really am no green thumb and had to post a photo and ask the question as to what kind of flower it is and I have been informed that it is indeed an Hibiscus flower.  Very pretty and I must remember to pick one or two and pop in a vase, to bring the outside in.

This morning we have been decorating for Christmas, one lovely tinselled tree is now proudly standing tall in our living room and the little ones are most excited (and this mummy is rather excited herself).  Along with the tinsel it is covered in our handmade decorations from years past.  I have also been managing to sneak in some knitted and crocheted Christmas decorations, some finished, some nearly finished, and some not so much…… hoping tonight might be good to make some progress, and then I can share them here on my blog.  I have shared some pictures, and works in progress on my instagram account if anyone wishes to take a peek.

For now I am off to finish sewing a sweet little touch fairy pouch, as my eldest has lost his first tooth…… oh they grow too fast, I really wasn’t ready for this, neither was my little man, but we have had a long chat and we have processed and are now very excited about the tooth fairy coming to visit and hopefully leaving a nice little donation for the very first tooth.

Take care xx

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Wildflowers

I would like to share some more wildflower photos from our Spring vacation.  It is nice to look back and remember exploring through the bush looking for treasures, and of course keeping a watchful eye out for snakes, but thankfully being the beginning of Spring it was still a little cool for them to be out.   Anyway enough about slithery things and back to pretty wildflowers……

wildflowers

I am not familiar with flowers, I just love to photograph them and appreciate the beauty in nature.  I have however done a search and I believe these are known as Purple Tassel.  They were a very pretty shade of purple with a nice pop of yellow.

 

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Love these yellow pom pom flowers, very summery and happy.

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This is one of the pom pom flowers up close, they are made from tiny individual flowers.

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This pretty one is a fringe lily.  Such vibrant colouring, and when the sun falls upon its petal they sparkle and shine.  Very pretty.

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I was very surprised by how tiny most of these wildflowers were, such detail and vibrancy in such a tiny parcel.  As you can see sometimes the reverse side of the flower petals were very interesting also.

enamel-orchids

Pink enamel orchids, these ones had a lovely shiny sheen on their petals hence their name.

reverse-enamel

The reverse side of the pink enamel orchid surprised me and I had to capture it for memory.

purple

Not sure what these ones are called, but again delightful colours and patterns.

donkey-orchids

This one is the donkey orchid.  I have already shared a photo of this one in an earlier post, but there were so many of them on the day that I had to include them in this post.

angels

And lastly these little flowers, which we were calling angel flowers because they look like sweet little angels.  They were so tiny, about the size of my fingernail,  very tricky to photography especially with the light breeze we had, which was lovely for us but not for taking photographs.

I still have many more wildflower photographs to share another day, today I am thinking about doing some more crochet.   Although lately whenever I say that I do not get to pick up my yarn and hook til rather late in the evening, but I really need to get some more Christmas presents crafted.  I really like handmade gifting, and will endeavour to find more hours in the day to get more made.

It is a lovely sunny Spring day here, and I have my windows open letting the fresh sea breeze flow through.  The patio is looking very enticing for our lunch, perhaps I can extend lunch into crochet time.

Enjoy xx

Spring is Blossoming

I am enjoying the beginning of Spring.  With its lovely blue sky, white fluffy clouds, soft cool breezes and in between these the not so sunny days, the grey sky, the dark clouds and the blustery winds which are not as enjoyable.

Yesterday we had the lovely blue sky and sunshine type of Spring day and we ventured outside for some gardening and I took the opportunity to take some photos of the lovely flowers that are beginning to blossom in our garden.

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This beautiful Iris standing proud.  With more green buds which will be out in bloom soon to show us their beauty.

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Pretty Daisies all in a row.

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Little splashes of orange to enhance all the lovely green foliage.

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Red Bottlebrushes looking vibrant against the clear blue sky.

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Green palm fronds, fluffy white clouds against a clear blue sky make for a lovely Spring day.

Thank you for joining me for a walk around my garden.  I am enjoying watching Spring blossom and hoping for many more clear sun shiny days when we can get outdoors and explore some more.

Take care xx

Snapshots and Memories

This week has been rather wet and windy, and most of our time has been spent indoors.  We have been filling our time with crafting, reading, a movie or two, general playing of toys for the children and I have spent a little time going through photos.  Reminiscing through all our old and new photos, some I had actually forgotten about.  I would like to share some on my blog today.

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This first one was an early morning out and about, perfect weather and managed to capture this lovely silhouette.   I have not made any adjustments to the photo, this is how it was taken with the camera and I really like it.

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This lone wooden yacht really caught my attention.  It was a dreary, wet and drizzly kind of day and I could not resist taking some photos as a keepsake.  I love how you can look a one photo and so many memories come flooding back.

outback

Another rainy day photo, in the outback this time.   Red dirt, green shrubbery, and grey skies.  Although the red dirt was very wet and flooded this day.

wattles

All this wet weather and I came across these rain laden little yellow wattles, so I really have to include them.  One of the most well known Australian Native plants, I really do love native bush flowers and plants, very pretty, very hardy, and very diverse.

mulla-mulla

This pretty treasure would have to be my favourite native wild flower, the Mulla Mulla.   We Came across an abundance of these when we were living in outback Western Australia.  Such pretty shades of purple and pink, and I am reminded of cotton candy with their fluffy layers.

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And another favourite Australian native of mine,  is the Gum tree.  This tree was laden with all these wonderful gum nuts, hundreds and hundreds of them, we had a great time picking up a few that had naturally fallen to the ground, my children played with them for a very long time, their treasures they were calling them.

I really enjoyed going through these photos, the memories brought back, and new memories being made every day.  Now the plan for today after doing some light housework is to sit and rest, maybe some knitting might be involved and a Sunday afternoon movie I think.  Off now to make a cup of tea, and think of what lovely local ‘treasures’ there might be to venture out and take some photos of……. well when the weather improves a little…..

Take Care xx

And Here We Are

Western-Australian-Coast

We have arrived in the West of Australia…Yay!!  Was so nice to see the Coast as we flew in.  We are staying at our temporary accommodation until we find a house to move into, and where we are staying we look out over the canals, with boats moored out the front. First thing we do of a morning is take a long look out over the water………….. sooo nice, sooo nice to be near the coast.  I still cannot believe we get to look out over the water everyday, truly wonderful.  Our move has not been without dramas that is for sure, but I am determined not to focus on those parts and simply move onwards.

Kings-Park-haze

Our first venture out into the City, was about two days after being here.  My Husband had training scheduled for his new work, so we all piled into the car at 6.00am (yes children were still sleeping, dressed but sleeping).  We dropped hubby off at training right before starting time (oops did not allow enough time for all the traffic) and off we went to the Park…… oh how we love the Park.   Kings Park in Perth is so Beautiful, my four year old told his Dad we went to the Park with lots of Parks….. so true, so very true.  We spent a lot of time at the Childrens Park (well that’s what we call it), then Mum’s choice of a nice stroll along the botanical walk ending along the Federation Walk which overlooks the water, absolutely beautiful views, which we spent some time admiring.

Kings-Park---Boab-Tree

This Boab Tree is at the start of our nature trail that we wondered along, admiring all the native plants and the green green grass…………

Kings-Park---Green

Oh so nice to see such green sprawling grass (not something you see so much of in the Outback, oh and there was no red dirt to be seen anywhere either).  I couldn’t stop admiring the views, and the Children really enjoyed themselves.

Kings-Park-Fountain

This fountain is just lovely, the statue you can see in the middle is a mother cradling her baby – truly beautiful.  There are several water fountains and they rotate between shorter bursts and this one pictured is huge, we had to wait to see it twice because my youngest loved it (and so did I).

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We loved these gumnuts that had fallen from their tree.  We spent quite some time admiring these little treasures.

Kings-Park---flowers

These pretty little flowers were such a lovely colour, they were so teensy tiny, and sweet.

I would love to spend some more time exploring these Parks, such a lovely way to spend the day (especially after such a hectic time that is moving).  Hopefully we will get back there some time in the not too distant future.

I do apologise if this post seems all over the place, kind of how my mind is at the moment, so many things going on.

For now, I might get ready to settle down and do some more knitting.  I have started a new project, and look forward to posting some details later this week.

Enjoy xx