Monday, 23 October 2017

Introducing Poppet - Miss Poppet


g'day 

here are some much awaited photos of Poppet

she is very small & is being cared for by my eldest DD1.


in Cairns pound on deathrow


helping DD1 with the folding


visiting the vets for her vaccination


still helping to fold clothes  

adorable with her tongue out & getting comfy on DD1s bed lol

she is slowly putting on weight, she is not used to the food yet, we are waiting for her to toally dry up before she is desexed.

apparently she is craving affection & always wants pets & cuddles, she is settling down quite well. 

when DD1 asked me to think of names, i came up with 'Penny' at first then as we were chatting about her that clip of the ugly bloke out of the Pirates of the Carribean chasing 'Elizabeth through the house came to mind. POPPET! brilliant, suits her too. am going to go with Miss Poppet for her records. 
can't wait to get her here, it will be a little while yet, after her desexing. just hope Rita & B.J. will like her, it has taken B.J. months to get used to Rita.

DD1 will keep photos coming, she likes to keep me updated.


on another note we have had almost a good week of rain, ground is sopping now, so much water, thanx, that'll do us nicely! 




hope everyone is having a good week, stay happy & safe in your neck of the world.



thanx for visiting





Monday, 16 October 2017

Rain, Rain, Rain, falling upon my head ....


g'day there!

as the title suggests it's raining, been raining since thursday ohhh & the ground so needed this soaking too.
it's lovely weather to just sit & knit or cozy up with a good book. 
no idea how much rain but we are getting puddles now & everything is green & you can see the grass growing! 


DD1 & SiL2 came up on the weekend SiL to do a bit more work to the house, he scored a new back door (free, building sites are so wasteful!) so that went up on saturday & so did some cornices. lovely DD1 crocheted some towel tops for me & her fundraiser, she was also happy with the dish cloths i made, sorry forgot to take a pic. 


on the rescue note, haven't got my photos off my phone yet but 'Poppet' arrived Saturday morning at my DD1s place, she is settling in & is very affectionate.



hope everyone is getting some of this rain, it's awesome!

stay safe & take care where ever you are


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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Socks & Cats

g'day! 

i have finished one sock in the BWM Pastel multi & i'm quite pleased with it, got all the decreasing right, 14sts on either side YAY! i kept the stitch markers in from when i did the gusset, swapped one out to a different colour & away i went!

even on top & bottom


then it came to do the kitchener stitch, not my favourite sewing by far, i do have a really easy YouTube tutorial that i have saved & she keeps it so simple!




I got near perfect toe this time! i was so chuffed!


i have cast on the second sock & hopefully it goes as smooth as the 1st, i just had to share my 'success'. 

will post more photos when i have finished the pair.

my DD1 rang me Friday & asked if i would make her some dish cloths for her fund raiser at the end of the month, of cos i said yes, so i've been madly knitting those since friday. photos when have a pile.




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last night DD1 texted me with another request, to save a beautiful tortoiseshell cat that was up in Rockhampton pound on death row, ughhh how could i not? she had got herself caught in one of those cage traps & they discovered she has/had a litter of kittens somewhere but they couldn't find them, so sad, poor thing. well anyway she is on her way down here & will stay with my daughter til she is desexed & microchipped. i have a photo which i'll post when i get it off my phone. 
goodness & i still don't have a fence up & now i'm about to have 3 cats! 

i would like to one day help out with foster care for cats, there is such a need for it, so many rescuers are full & so many of the foster carers are overbrimming as well. i think giving them up will be the hardest thing lol i'll want to keep them all!

BJ still chases Rita when outside but is getting more friendly with her inside (about time!) how she is going to handle another cat? only time will tell, maybe she'll like this one? fingers crossed! 





hope everyone is keeping safe over in your neck of the world




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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

a little relief from the heat


sunday 1st October was a windy day & another hot one but not quite as hot as the previous days which were 39`c inside my house & probably 40-41`c+ outside, most of last week was like that, that is summer temperatures! in spring! even i was complaining about it, there was no gentle transition just straight to hot. 
we had rain late sunday night, which was such a relief as we haven't had rain here for months & many tanks were getting very low, i only have a 2000g@ & it was below half! i don't depend on it as i'm hooked up to the town water but rain water tastes so much better.
it rained steady all day monday which was just great & a nice surprise, today it was overcast but the rain has gone for now & the temperatures should be back to the high 20s (fingers crossed) 

bunderberg apparently had some flash flooding, hope all are safe & well up there (only 2hrs from here) 

so there has been a bit of rain getting around the place with different areas getting some. 

well that's all from me here;  hope everyone is safe & well 



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Saturday, 23 September 2017

something new ...

g'day

a little while ago i bought myself some plain merino sock wool, i wanted to have a go at dyeing it,  with mulberries.
i was late up today but thought bugga it, i'm going to dye the wool today, i found good simple instructions here , very simple. 
 i was a little nervous when it came to putting the wool into the hot dye but it all went very well (unlike some of my other projects namely soaps!)

2. cook mulberries & salt

1. soak the wool while mulberries are cooking



3. the first colouring after a minute
4. looking good

5. drip drying out on line for almost 2 hrs
6. almost dry, finishing off in the bathroom

there, all in pictures, i had some fun & was pleased with the result.
it went out on the line as there was a lot of water to drip out of it, i turned it around about 3/4hr later so the bottom was at the top.
there's a nice little bit of variation in it, am loving the colour, will do another photo once i roll it up & of course when i've made the socks too.

mmm, wonder how coffee would go as a dye? 

i buy all my pure wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills Australia, they often have specials throughout the year. i'm a sucker for specials, especially when it's wool!


has anyone else had a go at dyeing?


hope everyone is doing well in their neck of the world & are safe 

thanx for visiting



Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Reserve!

g'day there! 

we have crown land across the road from us & council has been tidying it up of late, got a little curious as to 'why'? as you know often when they clean up their land it's usually put up for sale & 'whammo' a new estate has gone in before you know it.
not this time however, they are turning it into a reserve to continue on & join up with the koala corridor! about bloody time! they are getting rid of all the horrible pom pom trees that grow here (pest) & are going to put in more koala friendly trees, am even loosing the big tree out on my vestige/curb, can't wait.

                      
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 the renovation of the front room is almost complete thanx to my son, SiL & family friend, just need sanding & painting now. 

old ceiling came off, there's now insulation up there

this was done when i had tin put on the outside, it has now got new boards

this wall almost fell out! SiL had to put a few nails up the side 

even the floors got pulled up, we will decide later on flooring

all boarded up, it has been plastered since this photo was taken

i will have some photos later as more work is done, it's looking good & feels great.

the laundry also got cemented the same weekend they did the front room

SiL up to his gumboots in cement

the laundry has since had a make over as well with all new insulation & new boards.
not so many drafts blow through anymore, makes the house just that little bit warmer.
have yet to get an electrician in to do the wiring & then it all just needs a sand & painting. then it'll be onto the next room.

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in other news, Rita has been spayed/neutered & micro-chipped, almost 3 weeks now. will probably take about 6-12mths for her to settle down & stop wandering.

i also have a new phone which i'm still learning how to use, as yet haven't figured out how to take the photos off & get them on the PC yet.

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the surveyor came today & i now have marked borders, am very happy about that, only one of the old fences was on the border, the rest are way out, one is from just over one metre down the bottom & over 2 metres up at the top, a big difference & so glad i didn't go ahead with just winging the fence plus my neighbour has offered to pay for half of his, it's great, now to save up some more moneys.


hope everyone is staying cool or warm in their neck of the world! 

thanx for visiting


Thursday, 1 June 2017

my place

g'day
i know it's been a long time between posts of late but not a lot happens here, one day blurs into the next most weeks.
i knit & i am also trying to teach myself some new crochet stitches, yesterday i learned how to do the Half Double crochet, so will make a few dish cloths with that one, some straight up & some in a 'granny square' style too.
am still knitting my sons jumper, that one will probably take me awhile, what with all the other projects i have as well. 

well, i thought i would show a little of my place seeing as someone asked, it's not much & over the years not much has survived here, i give up then i try again to get trees to grow here, these photos are back in March not long after i mowed the whole back (when i was badly burned) i have about one & half acres total, the house sits on almost an acre.

this is the half acre looking up the small hill am right near the fence here


looking up towards neighbours house (on right)

looking up towards my house, the bushy mess to the left here is the chook yard

in March on the day of these photos i planted two trees, a yellow & a red kabala (spelling? couldn't find it in the native list on google, too many!) they are supposed to do well in poor soils.
i have since planted another 3 natives down there, a candle nut & a bumpy ash, but all are natives, hopefully they will do well. i'll be putting the odd large fruiting trees in as well like avocados.
 
today i finally got onto a fencer who is coming out Monday to look & measure & give me a quote, this is my 5th attempt. yay! 

today i'm mowing............................ again

the weekend gone i had my sons come up & start some renovations for me, my sweet eldest has been putting money away to do work on my house, instead of birthday or mother's day presents. i think that is absolutely wonderful! i've asked if i can contribute too but it will have to wait until i've done the fence.
the laundry was cemented, looks great, it's still to get tiles put down but needed to be level with the toilet & bathroom. one front bedroom had all the old walls & ceiling taken down & nice new plaster boards put up, it's still ongoing, needs all the joins plastered. can't wait to see it all finished. SiL also put in new power point boxes to be wired in later. it's also fully insulated, so it will be warm as toast or cool as a cucumber  :))

i planted the other 3 trees a couple of weeks ago & had a little help

Rita Skeeta helping with the holes 


that's my news for now, i will try to get some photos to show of the recent renovations, (my son posted them on FB as well).

hope everyone is well in your neck of the world

thanx for visiting