Sunday, May 27, 2018

Hello from Maryborough

Well here we are in our new home in Maryborough at long last!  It's been such a busy time since the last post which was from Bundalong ........ settlement on that house should be going through in the next couple of weeks- what a blessing to have it sold right at the last minute! I was very grateful to have some of our neighbors pop over to help with the cleaning of the house and to keep us company as it took longer to get the semi trailer packed with all our stuff than we had hoped, so didn't get to leave Bundalong till almost 3pm ..... 
me in the Pajero with Scruffy and cliff ( the lorikeet) , following Pete who was driving the Ute with the boat

towing behind! 5 hours later we pulled into
Thanks Wendy!
Parkes for the night and I was glad to be off the road after driving in the dark for the last couple of hours.  Luckily we had no issues with kangaroos.  We left there at 4:45am Tuesday morning and drove straight through only stopping for fuel and toilet stops as  during which time 

Mick popping in for a last chat with Pete

Scruffy was able to get out for a quick walk.  We pulled into our friends place at Curra at 5pm for a cuppa and then made the last 40mins pulling into our house here around 6:30pm Tuesday night!  It was one very long couple of days!!!  We had Wednesday to get a little collected before the removalist van arrived on Thursday morning and we started the unloading .....


We are no major hurry to have to get everything unpacked all at once, but have begun making a good
start nun the less.  I quickly discovered I needed more storage in the kitchen so Pete has put up some floating shelves which are making a massive difference already!  I'm cited to see some of my canisters again as they were packed up nearly 18months ag.   When we brought the first load of boxes up in June last year I had seen a couple of little paw paw seedlings growing in the veggie garden ....they were around 2-3 inches high and I carefully tended them while here leaving them with grass mulching around them ...... well, oh my goodness, what a surprise to find not only had they survived, but had grown quite tall and one was even bearing fruit!  I'm looking forward to them ripening and getting to eat fresh paw paw!  Speaking of the yard, our friends hadn't been able to get up to mow for a couple of weeks and the grass was in need of a good mow - Pete soon put the ride on to work pretty much making hay with the amount of it!  I'm putting it into a couple of large boxes to compost down for a new vegie garden bed ....... I'm keeping the empty boxes so I can lay them on the ground to begin making it as I'm hoping to be able to grow quite a bit of produce.


Today we downed tools and headed off to the Koala Market down at the Bay ...... wonderful fresh fruit and I picked up a huge lot of strawberries for just $8 (they are very sweet and yummy, just not looking "right" for supermarkets).  When we got back here I used 1kg to make some jam for us, then
sliced up another 2.5kg which I've put in 1/2 kg lots in the freezer, another 1kg into a container in the fridge to use for smoothies and another 1/2 kg is in a basket on the bench for eating! Once I get a few more things sorted I'll share a few more photos ........ take care all,
Hugs Sharm

Saturday, May 19, 2018

All in a Week and last time from Bundalong

Bundalong is Sold!
This time last week it was Pete celebrating his last day at work ..... but since then alot has happened .... Mothers Day on Sunday, then Monday Night this happened ........


And last night it went unconditional!!!  Which means we have Sold!!!!  Settlement should take place somewhere around the June long weekend depending on solicitors and banks




Tuesday was a farewell lunch from the wonderful Pulm Group which was great!

Louise & I - Physio and Nursing with the lovely brooch I was given
Brooch and handmade card from the group

And Wednesday as well as being my birthday was also my last day of work at the hospital in Wangaratta.  I was spoilt with some wonderful gifts and a great afternoon tea!

Since yesterday its been all systems go as I try to get the extra paperwork completed, and packing
The lovely card and gifts from work - talk about spoilt!!

done amidst a couple of goodbye dinners/ drinks.  Eldest son managed to pop into work to say goodbye (not sure he will get out over the weekend) and gave me his footy jersey from the Mothers Day game (which I missed due to the building inspection!)


I had thought I would have time to sit and do a bit of knitting tonight, but it seems that is a long way off at this stage!   
We've woken up to a very Foggy Saturday Morning ...... with internet still working, although it was meant to be cut off yesterday ..... hopefully I'll get alot accomplished this morning and can sit for a bit of knitting later ...........
Not sure if I'll get another post in from Bundalong as the removalist truck arrives Monday morning and we will be leaving as soon as they have it all packed up, and I have the house here cleaned ...... hoping to make it as far as Dubbo on Monday afternoon if we can leave here by lunch time, if not we may be staying at Parkes .............  the plan for Tuesday is up at the crack O Dawn and drive the rest of the way through (somewhere between 10 - 13 hours plus food/fuel/doggy stops).  So I'm expecting next time I post will be from our new home in Queensland .......... see you all there!!

Bye for now and big hugs,
Pete, Scruffy and I  - Not long before we start the trip up!




Sharm xoxo

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Retirement and only a Week left

Pete finally retired from work on Friday although I'm not altogether convinced it will be
permanent and I think he feels like its more just part of the whole moving process!  Time will tell, but daughter and I felt the need to give him a bit of a celebration at any rate, which he was pretty to enjoy!





A farewell dinner with friends at Boorhaman Hotel - like going home since we lived just a few doors down from the pub  for 8 years (after Brisbane and before the Townsville move).  I often wish we had gone back to Boorhaman rather than coming to Bundalong - we might well have just stayed put if we had!  And as you might notice in the photo, Stace has the scarf on which I got finished for her.

Meagan (work colleague and friend) was over on Friday for a farewell coffee and she gave me a lovely little bird ornament, and hand cream (which I forgot to take a photo of before packing it) ....... and I in turn surprised her with the finished rainbow lap blanket which she loved to bits and kept draped over her during our catch 
up!


All systems go this weekend - Mothers Day today and the lovely Chrysanthemums from Stace and John to go to the new house and continue the tradition that was started many years ago! 

And Scruffy wasn't forgotten ...... he got a bag full of goodies that Stace and John had picked up the previous weekend while at a dog show in Melbourne ..... he loved it of course and particularly the little stuffed doggie toy they bought him as well!

but I think he loved it even more that Stace had the blow up mattress out in the lounge for the entire weekend for him to share with her lol




Onward with the packing ....... no contract
signed yet so idea if we are leaving here with the house sold or putting a rental in ...... and we are just so over by this stage that we are just proceeding with getting things done ready to leave!  3 more days of work left for me and then we have 4 days to get everything finished off and cars packed up ready to take off tomorrow week!  It's going to be a busy week ahead (with my birthday right in the middle of the week), and hopefully I'll manage to get one more post done before we leave ....... take care everyone

Hugs,
Sharm xo
It's hard work keeping up with everyone!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hook Me a Rainbow

FNWF  - managed to get a few more rows crocheted on the Rainbow Ripple which is being made for a friend ........ 2 rows of each color, so it's rather nice getting to the next color!  No ends to sew in as I tend to crochet over my ends at the beginning of each row of a color change - I find this works really well!  After a few rows yesterday and a few more last night ........ I spent most of today moving the boxes from the cabin into the lounge room (after making room in a corner), packing more boxes, moving most of the potted plants to an area around the back where the truck will come, doing the usual weekend
washing ...........  and then sitting back in the afternoon sunshine with a cuppa Hooking a Rainbow again!  It was such a joy to sit there with the afternoon sunshine on my back enjoying the quiet and just hooking ...........  Mary and Suzette popped around the corner at one stage and I managed to get a sneaky photo of them  (which meant a selfie with them in the background lol) ......
they have been rather distant since the fox attack a while back and they are now the only 2 chooks left.  A wonderful friend who lives on a farm and has many of her own chooks has offered to take them for me, so tomorrow morning I will be heading over there to drop them to their new home.  They are both older hens now - Mary is about 9 years old, so it will be nice to see out their days in a big yard!  That leaves just the lorikeet Cliff and our dog Scruffy to come with us on the the 2 day move north.  I think Scruffy will be very pleased to get up to a warmer climate ...... and to see his mate Clyde lol

Yesterday we actually got a bit of rain - the first rain in quite some time, and as I went to the kitchen window to look at it, I had to laugh ........... a flock of pink galahs had flown down from the trees to hang upside down with wings outstretched having a shower!  They were having such a wonderful time, I just had to grab a photo.  I hope your weekend is going well ...... Hugs Sharm.       Also linking with swool on sundays



Friday, May 4, 2018

Countdown

It's all systems go around here as we get closer to our big move.  The removalist is all set to arrive at 
8am on Monday 21 May to begin loading our stuff into the truck /Semi!  Yep, we are on countdown with quite a bit to accomplish in that time frame!  My last day of work will be the 16th May (coincidentally that's also my birthday), and Hubbie has his last day of work on Friday 11th May so that he has that last week to get all the sheds cleaned out and all the other jobs he needs to get done - Luckily he only had to give 3 weeks notice.  I'm thankful that my roster already had the Thurs and Friday as rostered days off!   Sometime in these next couple of
weeks we will have a rental sorted out.   
For April OPAM  I was able to get the scarf finished for daughter.  I used a mixture of the 4ply fingering yarn she had chosen when I was in Melbourne and teamed it with the 8ply Bendigo Moon (Milky Way) and I love the texture it's created.

Today is the 1st Friday of the month so I'll be joining in with Cheryll for Friday Night With Friends  - I'm planning to do a bit of work on a crochet rainbow lap blanket that I'm hoping to get finished to give to a friend before we leave.  I'm afraid the test knit cardigan has taken a back seat with everything going on but I hope to get back to it soon!  Meantime the rest of the sewing/craft room has been packed up ...... it will be great to have this lot of stuff reunited with the stash I packed up this time last year when we sent a load up to the house in June. 

Pete couldn't help himself after seeing these two beauties in a shop over where he was working
during the week.  He procrastinated over them for a good few days before finally coming home with them .........   I can see us having alot of fun working out where all the lamps are going live in the new house.  Just getting all our lamps together to see just what we do have will be nice, since so many were sent up last June with the first load of stuff.










 In between all the busyness, I'm getting just a tad excited to be moving on with our next chapter....................
Not long and we will be living here instead of visiting!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Biting the Bullet

For the past 9 days I've been discovering what life was like before the internet ........ or at least the
Fogbound Cardigan in progress
home wi fi ....... yep, it's been down that long ...... apparently an upgrade for southern phones, but I didn't get notice, have had several phone calls with them ..... and been listed for needing "the backroom department to check into why it's not working" ....... so I've had to go out and purchase some Telstra mobile  internet for my Ipad, and yesterday bit the bullet and went and purchased a USB Wi Fi for my lap top so I could spend the day working out how to get that going to be able to use now ..... finally!

What a week it's been, well .... a couple - 17 days it seems since I last posted and that was late also!  We are having a fabulous lot of Autumn weather here in Bundalong this year - haven't had to light the fire yet!  Plenty of farmers have been burning their paddocks as they do each year, burning off the stubble before plowing up ...... this year though we had a huge wind storm come through which meant lots of dust from the plowed paddocks all around ....... and an outbreak of a number of grass fires when the wind whipped up overnight taking with it embers not put out from the burn offs ....... we were fine here, just huge amounts of dust and smoke for a couple of days!
Bundalong House

Pete and I have also bitten the bullet - we've decided that if the house here is  not sold by end of day on ANZAC Day (25th April), then we will put a permanent rental in here to allow us to move up to our house in Maryborough in Queensland!  Not quite what we had envisaged back in November, 2016 when we first put this place on the market after having purchased the other house, but it's certainly not for lack of trying on our part and it's been long enough!  We have 3 parties of people who have "shown interest" but not yet committed to anything over the past 3 weeks since coming through ......... so we are calling it and giving an end date!  

On the crafting side of things, the test knit cardigan (see photo at top), was coming along quite well
till I got a little thrown by having to pick up stitches from behind the pockets ..........  so while I contemplated just how that bit was going to work, I started on the scarf for Stace using the yarn we purchased when I was down in Melbourne with her.  I decided to use the pattern Therapy by Fogbound Knits (Laura Aylor) and told Stace she would need to choose another colour to go with the skein since it wouldn't be quite enough to make the scarf ........ so at her suggestion I looked to see what "white" yarn I had in my stash and found some Bendigo Yarn "moon" which is one of the  Milky Way Yarns in an off white which just
works perfectly with the "white" in the other skein.  The only trick is the Milky Way is 8ply and the other 4 ply, but it seems to be working quite well and giving a rather nice interest to it.  Apart from that knitting, I've been sorting out cupboards, collecting empty boxes and beginning the process of packing up any excess items.

So stay tuned my friends ...... the wind is changing ...............

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all ..... What a shame it's over so quickly!  I seem to be constantly playing catch up here on the blog ........  
The weekend prior to Easter I went down to Melbourne on the train on the Thursday - I do tend to enjoy the train ride down to Melbourne as it allows me (once I drive to Wang and get the car parked somewhere safe for the few days it will be sitting), time to just sit quietly and read, plan or ........ knit!  It's enjoyable to just sit there and gaze out at the scenery, of course I never can seem to manage to catch the photos at the time a mob of kangaroos are out grazing lol

 This particular sweater is one I started working on last year - it was put aside over the hot summer months, but now that I can see winter is getting closer, and needing something for the train trip, this seemed to be quite the appropriate WIP
 

- officially heading down for a work related study day on the Friday, but having the day off prior allowed me to head down in the morning and meet up with daughter who took me to a couple of the yarn shops I had heard about!



The first was a mixture of yarn and materials, but I came away with a couple of skeins (one of which Stace picked out which will make a scarf for her as a thankyou and reminder of our time together).  The other yarn shop was overflowing with all sorts of lovely yarny goodies ...... with my love for all things Echidna, I just couldn't help picking up a couple of things I was needing that had that theme
lol.......... 
And yes, the guage ruler and stitch markers have already been put to use!  


Easter Saturday I started work on a test cardigan for Fogbound Knits.  It took me 3 goes to get guage, but I really wanted to use some of the wollmeise yarn I already have in my stash, rather than purchase some sports weight (which this pattern is).  I figure there will be alot of others that will be wanting to use fingering weight yarn they have in stash - sports weight is not so common.

Getting back to my few days I had in Melbourne, Stace and I spent one evening down on the beach having fish and chips - chatting and watching the sea gulls race from one group of people to
another looking for free chips lol  Her partner John had elected to stay back after work for "time with the boys", which gave us some nice time to ourselves to sit and chat together!  During the weekend she had also lined up a trip to the gold class cinema to watch a movie - apart from having less people in the cinema and not having anyone tall sitting in front of you, I can't really say that I can see the price difference between Gold Class and ordinary cinema prices as being value for money.  I had always thought that the way it was advertised the food was included in the price, but not so and not cheap, so be wary if you are thinking of trying it! - but it was an experience.
The one thing was very excited about was being able to actually go for a run along the pathway beside the beach!  I'd actually slept in after a very late night, so I was a bit short on time, but luckily I managed to get a few kms in and back to Stacey's place before the rain started!

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I really love this photo with the Brighton Beach cabins and the city  behind.  All too soon it was time for the 3hr train ride home (with 2 city trains to get us to Spencer St Station lol) 

Back at home again and 
We were meant to have a 2nd viewing by a couple on Easter Saturday, but half an hour prior to the viewing time it was cancelled - so once again we had a very tidy house with yards mowed and all stuff out of the way ........... a random couple turned up late yesterday afternoon standing out the front looking in so Pete went and chatted with them and they ended up coming for a look through having been sent down by people we know.  If nothing else, the house is certainly being kept clean, but I'm getting a little over it all!
One of the girls in the FB running group I joined was up over the Easter weekend and we got to go
mother and daughter time in the city
for a nice 5km run on Good Friday morning.  It's nice to be able to run with somebody who is actually a runner as she helped me get a better idea of pace and breathing - and very happy to walk as I needed breaks.  Still in the "learner" section, I find I can only do around 500mtr - 1km before I need to stop and walk - its a process which has been interrupted quite considerably by the change in seasons this past few weeks .......... I had been trying to go out around 5.45am which worked well, but now it is pitch dark and with lots of sightings of snakes still going on around here - I simply don't feel safe with a torch finding my way to the street with the street lights to practice running!  If I had an extra hour before leaving for work it would be fine ...... just not sure how I'm going to work that one out just yet as after work is when I take old Scruffy for his dawdle and then get chores and dinner going!  But right now its time to head off to work, so I better grab my bags and scram ....... have a great day!


Beach Sunset at Mordialloc