Monday, February 23, 2015

winter knitting

Oh the loveliness of a woolly parcel on the doorstep! Four winter projects afoot! A Milo vest for baby Loretta, and socks for me and the (not so) wee ones. I've been reticent to knit socks for the kids because their feet are growing so fast but now I am knitting socks fast, and well, why should they miss out on the joy of hand-knitted socks. It simply means they must promise us grandchildren onto whom they can be passed. No pressure.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

as February ends...

 Tonight Ilias came over and whipped us into a leek (for the winter sausage making!) planting, garden bed clearing frenzy. We pull out the last of the summer veg; the tomatoes are still giving their goodness, so intensely flavoured and going into everything at the moment!

A spot of sock knitting for my Godson. 

And a sky portending storm, rain, a cool change from a late February heat spell.

Hope you are staying cool and finding last minute surprises in the vege patch!

And happy new year of the goat! It's my year. BAaaaahhhh.

Monday, February 16, 2015


I know, I know. I promise not to make any more promises....

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10, 11....colours

I've just spent hours gaping at delicious colourways, marveling at the combination of colours and at the fantastic names given them. I then got side-tracked making dinner and wandering around the house opening windows. The evening light is falling just so and I started photographing the light and the colours and realised there is a feast of yarn colourways all around all the time. And then as I was saving the photos, the labels I gave them sounded like perfect colourway names.....

Quinoa Salad

Big Red

 Favourite Old Handbag

 Leaf Fall



Palm Tree Sunset

Window Seat

Honey Table Top (our new camping table/ chairs - from the 50' it!)
Are you diggin' it?
There we go. I hope that makes up for my inconsistent posting.
I hope you are somewhere cool and colourful right now.x

Sunday, February 8, 2015

nine.....cast off and cast out.

The satisfaction of casting off a project can only be matched by starting another! Or at least having another to keep working on.

This hive of ours has a wild bunch of ladies who have built their comb vertically across the top bars and so they are spilling out the sides. The hive sits against our outdoor loo, so whilst in there, one can enjoy the hum and the smell of honey and propolis. Nice! 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

six, seven, eight......flow

Well, two days disappeared into a vacuum! Heat and busy days and here we are cooling off by the river at the end of it.
We are so lucky to have so many beautiful natural places close to home. We have spent a lot of time in and on the Yarra over the years, as most Melbournites may - swimming, rowing, picnicking, walking, sometimes even living beside it...

I now have 12 private music students, three ukulele groups and a choir and for now they all fit into two very full days. Days full of music and lovely people. I do a day of volunteer work once a week. It has taken me a while to get to this point. Four years of study and trial and error. Finding the balance between work and parenting; working for myself in my chosen field and knowing when to say no.

It feels like there's a good flow to our family life just now, like that big old river.

I hope you are feeling something like that too!

Thursday, February 5, 2015 al fresco

 I love our garden table with the big umbrella and crunchy gravel and view of the plots. I love having a lap top that can accompany me to that spot, from where I can work to the tune of guinea pigs oinking, chickens clucking, bees buzzing.