Saturday, June 24, 2017

Winter Sunshine

I'm sitting here on the veranda of our old Queenslander in Maryborough enjoying the gorgeous sunshine! You wouldn't know it was a winter   fternoon - at 4pm in Bundalong I would be making sure the wood basket was full and the fire stoked up so the house would be warm enough for the evening!  I have my crochet here beside me, I'm working on a cushion cover which will be part of a set for birthday gifts for both son and DIL who have their birthdays a few days apart in August! 
It hasn't all been sitting around though ...... Pete has been busy getting the outside drainage enlarged which entailed pulling out the small one ( after we dug out all the dirt it had in it), digging a trench and installing a larger drainage system.  MEantime I've been busy with the timber kitchen bench tops which were extremely sticky in sections!  After discovering sanding didn't work because of a wax covering, I've had to use boiling water, gumption cleaner, a hard scrubbing brush and a lot of "elbow grease".  Can you see how dirty that water is on the bench tops? So the benchtops will be a much lighter colour and covered with a kitchen grade oil ( like can be used on bread boards). I got one cleaned down when we were here at Christmas time and I've cleaned down another 2 today ( well almost - it takes ages!!!), which leaves one long one to go!

We haven't had much luck with concreters! We thought we would have underneath done during our first week up here,but it seems we may be lucky to even get the quote done before we leave ☹️ I'm quite disappointed about that as I had tried to get it organised from down south about 5 weeks ago,  but little we can do about it!    So only 1 week left, well about 5 days actually before we have to head back down on the 2 day trek ready for work the following week ........ better enjoy our next few days!
Have a great weekend ........oh, and Scruffy says Hi as well - he has recovered well and just waiting for his facial hair to grow back again - thanks to those who asked after him 😘 
Hugs Sharm 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good Morning Maryborough!

How fabulous to wake up in our bed here in Maryborough this morning!  How wonderful it is sitting here on our verandah with the sun just coming up!  Yep, you guessed it, I'm excited and very happy to be here! Boy would it be wonderful to hear the house down there sells while we are away...... 

We  got up here yesterday morning having had a fairly good trip up with only a minor problem with the trailer ( lost a bolt from the spring causing one tyre to turn out), luckily Pete and the NRMA fella were able to get a bolt and pull it back into place for the rest of the trip!  And then spent Sunday arvo and night with our friends in Curra before taking off yesterday morning to get here in time to meet the tradies who we had lined up ....... first off the rank were the guys fitting the split system air con that we had purchased here at the Boxing Day sales. 

Not far behind them were the guys from Sunjuice who were here to install solar panels to the roof and convert the electric hot water to solar ....... after a few issues they got things sorted out our favour it seems as we are getting more panels with higher pulling power at the same cost! Gotta be happy with that, so instead of the initial 16 we are now getting 22 panels and a lovely big 5kv system!  They will be back today to get the rest of them up and installed!  Last night not having had the chance to head to the shops with all the tradies here, Pete rang the RSL courtesy bus to take us to the club for dinner!  Oh what a treat that was .......having not lived in a town for quite a few years it was a real treat to not have to drive miles to go out for dinner....... and a free courtesy bus to boot right to the front door!!!!

Later this morning we have the furniture removalist turning up with the first load of stuff  .............. 
oh, and I forgot to mention - we had some mandarins on the tree ( we ate them straight away), a few oassionfruit on the vine and even some cherry tomatoes waiting for us!  Looks like the grapefruit are almost rip as well.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Part 2 - The partial Move

Today we load up the truck with all the stuff we think we can do without until we sell the house here in Bundalong.  We are heading to Maryborough for 2 weeks and decided we may as well move some stuff at the same time! I have yarn ready for the car trip ......... not sure if we will get away today or tomorrow ....... Let this stage take place!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Organised Chaos


Good Morning to all of you who might be popping in to see if I'm still around!  Thankyou to those lovely ladies who have been so kind in dropping a line to check on me since it's been over a month since I last managed a blog post.  I would say we are in an organised state of chaos around here - work has been super busy for the both of us, and we seem to have had some busy weekends, and a few without any internet access which has resulted with blog posting just not happening!  So let me give you a very quick catch up ....

I managed to get the blanket for grandson Jaxson completed during May!   May is also my birthday, just a few days after Mothers Day. It passed by with Pete getting take away Pizza for the night - being a work night and no other friends or family close by. Stace did her first ever ribbon embroidery - actually embroidery of any kind! She confesses to not actually enjoying the sewing process lol

 Parcels arrived from the kids and grandies which was nice

and Pete bought me a lovely shadow box light and a frame for the house name for the new house (unsure what name will go in yet)

 Pete managed to win yet another radio station competition giving us a double pass to Winton Raceway to see the supercars.

Pete managed to win yet another radio station competition giving us a double pass to Winton Raceway to see the supercars.

He has also been super busy doing some loads of wood and finding some burls he's been having a bit of fun with, (some of the designs inside are amazing ) ......

and also finding a couple of slabs of slate which will get made into garden seating for the new house.  He is going to be keeping himself rathe occupied when we do finally sell here and he retires!  I do love that he will have interests to keep him well and truly occupied.

The Beehive Cabin has become the storeroom for the packed boxes and so the beehive has had to have a temporary move inside. 

 In just 8 days time we have a removalist booked to take half our contents up to Maryborough. We will be heading up there for a 2 week "vacation".  I've been kept busy organising and making bookings to have Solar panels and hot water installed; the split system
which we purchased last time is to be installed; concrete quotes for a section under the house ........ and Dad looks like he will catch the train up from Brisbane for a couple of days to visit with us as well.

Meantime our little Scruffy became unwell ........ dental issues requiring some surgery to have 4 or 5 teeth removed -

unfortunately they went a bit crazy with the shears and shaved his face right up past his eyes which was a bit of a shock and we are not totally happy about - sure hope the fur grows back quickly!

As per usual handwork helps to keep me sane!  Although I've certainly been battling with the sewing on the BOM this past month!!!  I've learnt that I do not particularly enjoy sewing little pieces by machine - which has come close to being thrown out the window a number of times this month!!!  I'm now a little behind on the BOM, still attempting to get 40 houses made up to put into 4 rows ....... I really do want to get these done before we leave as I have the June pattern to get completed as well and it will be July when we return from our holiday!  

All I can say is  - thank goodness for YARN!!!!!  Knitting this shawl (a test knit for Laura Aylor called "So happy together" ) was wonderful therapy and its quite a big shawl for any of you who like to be able to wrap around a few times! Love the edges!
Winter has definitely kicked in the past week and so my walking which had improved has become much less this week - less sunlight before and after work and foggy mornings on days off make for slow starts to the day!  After such a long post catching up I'll leave off here as I have today off work and much to get done! Hope you all have a wonderful day
Hugs Sharm xo

Scruffy is too cold and still recovering - he's decided Bed is the best place this morning.........

Monday, May 8, 2017

It's a Woolly Post

rainbowhareYep, I'm still enjoying the yarn...... it's so soothing and the variety of textures never seems to end!  Now I had meant to get this post done yesterday (Sunday), but due to the internet, well the NBN to be exact, being down from Friday evening when I got home from work until today - Monday when I've just arrived home from work anything was very minimalistic!!!  So a day late, I'm linking in with Rainbow Hare  for wool on Sundays which is a monthly catch up. 
 I've been busy working on finishing the crocheted cotton blanket for youngest grandson Jaxson which will be for his birthday in July ....... I'm pleased to say I managed to finish off the border over the weekend, so it's all done and folded.  The orange is a bit of a stand out  ..... I'm always amazed at how the ripples change depending on the colours used.   I have blankets to do for the other 2 grandchildren for their birthdays in October and November as well as one for their Mum and Dad's bed which will hopefully be for Christmas ...... but guess we shall have to wait and see how that all pans out with everything else I'm doing lol  I think it should be big enough for his single bed given this photo is taken on a double size ..... and I would like that he could easily pull it off to take out to the lounge to wrap himself in when he feels so inclined.  What do you think??

I blogged about the fingerless gloves in my last post, so I won't bore you again with those, but they are getting lots of wear!  And I'm pleased to say I've made more progress on the shawl I started on last week ...... a new one of Laura Aylors designs called "So Happy Together". 
I love counting down the rows till I get to change my colours again ..... part way into the blue which is the last colour before stripes begin ....... and then a border ........
I'm going to leave all the current sewing projects for another post, hopefully later in the week when I've had time to catch up on reading a few other blogs around the place.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!
Some of my chrysanthemums out flowering 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Yarn Just Makes it Right ......

Winding Yarn ready for a new scarf
Yarn just seems to have this soothing sensation to it that just makes the world a better place .... don't you think??   Although you may think I've been sitting on my hands all month I can assure you that is far from the case! 
My little sewing cabin is now the home of all the household boxes that have been packed up and are awaiting the first shift scheduled for mid June when hubbie and I plan to head to our home in Maryborough for 2 weeks of Annual Leave.  We figured we may as well get a removalist in and get all the excess stuff moved up there and just be left with minimal stuff here till we sell.   Naturally minimal to
The sewing cabin is now the storage centre
me means that I need to ensure I have sufficient yarn of various weights and types for any knitting or crochet projects I'll need to do between now and whenever the house sells ....... and of course I must keep out my BOM projects and materials ........ and then there is the hexie blogging tablecloth (which is due for a post of its own in the near future) ....... and of course I best keep out the smaller hexie stuff just in case .........

Pete has been busy sorting and cutting bits of wood ...... Burls to be exact for a project or two he has in mind when the new journey begins .......   Seems we both enjoy a bit of creativity lol

Anyhow at the very least I've managed to get a couple of projects completed during April ....... The
Jeans cushion for daughter Stacey before her operation ( Thankyou to those who have asked after her, she seems to be doing well and we finally received the results back that the lump removed is not cancerous! 

And I've also managed to finish a pair of fingerless gloves - my first ever pair.  The pattern is Grey Islands by Laura Aylor using a worsted weight yarn (12 ply), so they will be perfect for the
cooler weather that is rolling in here at the moment!  Hubbie even lit the fire up this week, so it will be kept going now until we head off on holidays in June.

All the sorting and packing has been keeping me busy between that and work so it was lovely to go and visit the Ravely Site the other day ................. Naturally that meant pulling some yarn out of my
The 4 yarns planned for the scarf
stash pile and enjoying the therapeutic goodness of winding it  ready to begin the new project ....... Laura Aylors newest scarf pattern "So Happy Together".  I'm loving the texture that's being created with this easy knit.  Also loving using some of this yarn that I've had stashed for quite a bit ...... Merino with 15% silk in it  (the white and Blue yarn, Red is angora and the multi colour is from Little Plum Yarn).  Click on my ravelry link on the side bar and go to my projects page to see further details.

Another work in progress is Jaxsons  cotton crochet blanket ....... I'm just working on the edging now so it will be a finish in May.

Up to date on the "Down the Rabbit Hole" BOM with the next month pattern due out in a couple of days.

And just to add to April,  I decided I needed to improve my health and fitness ........ so I've bitten
the bullet and signed up for a round of 12WBT which begins on May 8.  I'm currently working on the preseason stuff which is super important!  I know this from previous rounds over the past few years as it gets your mindset in the right place and sets you up ready for the 12 weeks which tend to fly by before you have time to take a breath!!

So, what have you been up to this month??  Can't wait to hear ......
Hugs, Sharm

Monday, April 10, 2017

April Friday Night with Friends

The first week of April is down already, which of course meant the first Friday of the month
joining in with lots of other ladies around the world for some stitching of one kind or another with our lovely host Cheryll.  This time I did something totally different ...... I mentioned our daughter Stacey came up for a visit the other weekend and while she was here she had to sort through a pile of her clothes - she was a little sad to have to throw all her coloured denim shorts and a special pair of flowered denim jeans into the "opp shop" pile since they no longer fit her.   Well she has just found out she is scheduled for some surgery (something rather unexpected occurred a couple of months back and she was placed on a priority list) ......  So on Friday I figured I might just take those shorts and jeans out of the pile and cut them up .......... 
The Front

And turn them into a pillow for her ............ 
And the Back - the fav flowered jeans

I'm heading down to Melbourne on Wednesday to stay with her and take her into the  The Royal Womens Hospital on Thursday.  Strangely enough this is the hospital she was tranfered to by neonatal unit hours after she was born and placed on life support where she stayed hooked up for 3 very long days and nights while they waited to see if she was strong enough to fight and survive.  Three times during the first few months the doctors expected her to die ........ now here we are 27 and a half years later .......... I expect I'm going to have some very mixed emotions while waiting for her to come out of surgery!    Anyhow, I'll be taking the pillow down with me to give her and sure hope she embraces the fact that I cut her favourite jeans up lol

After working on the pillow, I turned to do some stitching on month 3 of Down the Rabbit Hole -
this month is working on leaves, the centre circle and then a border. 
I decided to pull out this cute little seal skin thimble that was sent to me all the way from Alaska by an online friend a few years ago.  I've held off using it for years, but decided it was time to use it.

Night time sees me sitting down for an hour or so in front of the TV and working on the ripple cotton crochet blanket for grandson Jaxson.  Still a while to go on it yet though!  A bit like this post which has had to wait since yesterday arvo for google photos to decide it was happy to play!