Saturday, June 25, 2022

Winter has Arrived

 Winter has definitely arrived with the cold hitting us as soon as June came ........ Suddenly we have frosty foggy mornings lol ....... The Murray River runs where those trees are behind the houses across the street ..... There is another road behind those houses and then the River.

Don't you love that beautiful big Gum Tree that stands in the front of our place?  When we came down last July to look for a new home, I had a dream that kept showing me a branch of gum leaves - never a bit of the house or land showing, just the gum leaves - such a distinct dream that stayed with me ......... I kept looking at each block of land and house we looked at for a gum tree with no luck ....... Finally believing I had lost the plot .......

 then a random call to come and look at this place (by which time, I'd forgotten to be bothered looking for any sign of a gum tree) ....... we were sitting out the front in the car waiting for the real estate agent to come when Pete remarked "Check out the big Gum Tree, how nice it is!"  I hadn't even noticed, but as I looked up the branch I saw was exactly what I had seen in my dream ..........  When we went inside we were both blown away with how it ticked almost all of our boxes ........... of course it became our new home where we are now .............. and this our first Winter here in it................   I'm loving seeing the seasonal colour changes again!

The Budgie crochet blanket is finished ……. A nice lap size for popping over me if outside reading with a morning cuppa when we have some sun, but the air is still cold.  I’m happy with how lovely and bright it is cheering up the foggy mornings when I’m not heading off to work.

The Queens Birthday long weekend sees the Annual Winery walkabout for this area with all the vineyards ….it also has the big Rutherglen street market which you might remember from previous posts of mine over the years if you’ve been following me for a long while ( of course I wasn’t able to get to them the past 3 years being interstate and also they were not run during the Covid lockdowns) ….. it was wonderful to go and enjoy  …… although I’m usually there with Daughter or one of my friends, this year it was a solo visit, but I had a great time and came away with a few goodies

Mmmmm ..... A terrible selfie lol and my arm was giving me a bit of grief as I struggled to hold my bag and take the photo ............ thankfully it continues to improve and I have even been able to begin small amounts of knitting the past week if I only do it every second day for a short time.

These Mitts are great with a button that allows you to pull the end over your fingers to get them warm as needed or buttoned back to allow fingers to do what they need to do!  The little "lolly look" coaster made from wool is heading to daughter since she really missed not being able to be down here for the market that we did together so many years.
I'm off to tend to some bits and pieces ........ although I do have heaps that needs doing (a declutter of clothing to work out just what I need to keep and throw is on the list ...... but not today ..... I'll procrastinate about that one for a bit longer I think lol

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Budgie Blanket


As promised I’ve been working on the Budgie inspired crochet blanket filled with striped rows of granny stitch.  I’m so enjoying being able to work on something with my arm but I’m really chomping at the bit to get back to some knitting projects that are sitting in limbo! 
The dark row is actually the teal colour seen below in the basket

Still, I’m having fun playing with these 9 colours just doing random coloured rows with an emphasis on the blue and yellow.  I'm not sure if the teal is a little too dark but I'll see how it looks by the end and may incorporate it into the border to balance the colours if needed.  

 I usually make at least one blanket of some kind over the winter months - something cosy about working on a blanket that as it grows, it helps to keep you cosy while you work on it!  I’m sure that’s why I tend to  do “ just one more row” lol and before I know  it the time is gone!!

It’s quite a windy, cold day here with clouds looking like rain so I’ll likely be doing more on this in front of the fire today!  Head over to Gone stitchin to see what everyone else was working on. 

 On another note - crayfishing season started 1st June - Hubby has been waiting for this for over 12 months!!  He had hoped to get out crayfishing last year when we came down from Qld  to look for a house to buy - but due to Covid restrictions we had to make our stay 3 wks shorter to get back to Qld before they closed the borders on us ....... so it's something he has been hanging out for.  With both of us having fishing licences we are able to get a few each - these 6 gave us enough for Dinner and lunches the next day!!   The season only goes for a couple of months so we will be out again soon for another feed!

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Crochet is back on the Menu!

 First up a round up for OPAM Afro the past April and May …… luckily I got quite a bit of crochet done

prior to my fall …….10 dishcloths  and 2 kitchen hand towels almost completed but thankfully I was able to begin a trial of doing some crochet by just finishing these towels off with their flowers!   The dishcloths we’re on order for daughter when she was down ( as were the hand towels, but she understood they were on hold till I was able to do any handwork again).

I have to say after the first week ( when I was in soo much pain anyway) I really started missing not being able to do any sewing, knitting or crochet …… or baking …… or gardening …..Thankfully I have a couple of snail mail pen pals and have got a few letters out whilst also beginning some snail mail with a couple of friends ……….  After managing the crochet flowers on Monday without Issues …

..I decided to start a little  lap rug …… using colours inspired by the grandbudgies who came down with Stace and John ( they are allowed to have the budgies but no dogs at the place they are renting ).  The colours are lovely and bright and cheerful to work with as the days here get colder …….it’s foggy outside this morning! 

So I’ll be joining in with Cheryll at Gone StitchinGone Stichin this Friday for Friday night with friends! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Celebration - and results

 I can’t let the end of May slip by without showing some photos from my 60th birthday celebrations given its
so rare for me to have a birthday party as such! We had a lovely lunch with Pete doing a roast on the Weber which we had with salads followed by birthday cake. 

 I was sooooo spoilt .  I’ll put the photos below for anyone wishing to look at them. 

 And for those who have asked about my arm- on the 26th May I got an ultrasound on my left arm which showed the ligament at the elbow was torn with just a couple of small threads still holding it attached and explaining why I can’t rotate my forearm and explaining the ongoing burning pain…….. about another 5 weeks should hopefully see it healed.

Yes 2 cakes as DD thought I should have both flavours and having both gave plenty for everybody to enjoy

Eldest Son PJ, SIL- John, Carly -DD Friend and Cil - Johns mum

With all the COVID business - blowing out the candles was done with my hand waving (right one only lol - left was kept tucked away like a broken chicken wing lol)

Me with my Dad of 93

Good friend Karen

Grandfather and Grandaughter

Graham (was best man at their wedding) made it whilst on a short visit with work from Brisbane

Stace & I with good friend Rhonda

And here are the most amazing array of gifts that were given to me from friends and family at the party - talk about spoilt!!

Daughter and SIL added charms for my bracelet - the pink caterpillar was a belated Mothers Day as they were waiting till they got down here - usually Stace gives me Chrysanthemums,  so the caterpillar is in keeping with the garden theme 

A big thankyou to all as I know there were many wishes sent and I received lots of lovely cards and gifts in the mail (which I hope I posted photos but if I've missed one please don't take offense) .   

Love to you all, Hugs Sharm xo

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Birthday Fun

Yesterday was a significant birthday for me and I have been spoilt all week receiving birthday wishes, phone calls, cards and some lovely gifts!  Our Son, DIL and grandchildren sent this beautiful necklace down for me as they can't get down from Townsville this year.

Hubby surprised me with an Ipad!!!  Once I get blogger loaded onto it that should be great as I'll be able to put my photos straight on to posts (at least, I'm hoping it will be that simple lol)

I've decided we must be good neighbours as our old neighbour from Bundalong surprised me with the awesome Coffee Mug to last this next decade - it has all the 60's on it!  And then when we arrived home from lunch yesterday there was a lovely gift box waiting for me from our neighbours up in Maryborough!!!   The other little gift in the corner was sent through the mail from an old work pal - we have a theme of birds that just happened somehow and we've tried to keep to it lol

We decided to go for a drive to Beechworth for lunch - such a lovely drive over with the changing season and it was quite a nice day although a few clouds were around from rain the past few days

We went for a walk around visiting Beechworth Gold and most importantly the lolly shop which is quite big and the moment you open the door it brings back childhood memories of the really nice lollies that used to be around!  We came out with old fashioned jelly babies, rocky road and some turkish delight .......  they have lasted till today but I expect the remainder will be eaten up before the day is out lol!

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at one of the pubs there and a bit more browsing before heading back home.  Sunday whilst at the market Pete stumbled on this lovely lantern for a very good bargain so it came home with us - its quite a pretty one.  For those wondering about my arm - I'm still on pain killers to sleep at night and manage the swelling as I begin to use it a little each day.  It's not broken as far as we know, but there is obviously some inner damage been done which the ultra sound may show when I can finally get it done on 24th May!  Knitting and craftwork is still out - I can manage a small amount of typing and some small weights  like a coffee mug holding in my hand so getting better!  Anyhow, many thanks for all the lovely wishes!

And a special thankyou for the lovely snail mail from a couple of friends earlier in the week.......... I love snail mail  although the number of those still doing this old fashioned art has decreased by about 70% in the past 4-5 yrs.  Postal charges have had much to do with that I think!  Anyhow, I'm hoping it will slowly creep up again.  Until the next post take care!

 Hugs, Sharm xo


Monday, May 9, 2022



Went walking Saturday and a km from home looked behind me and my foot stumbled on the edge of the road which had a couple inches drop from the bitumen to the gravel - just enough for a massive tumble.  Many hours spent between the doctors and Gp run hospital they dont think the arm is broken but too much internal swelling to rule out a break.   still limited movement - hence 1 handed typing and bruises to lots of other parts ..............anyhow - some photos of walking prior to the fall.  all knitting and sewing and many things are out for the moment .......... stay tuned.  hugs sharm

they are draining the lake at mulwala/yarrawonga so the river has dropped significantly

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The Change in Seasons

 You can feel the change in the Seasons now .... Cooler mornings and evenings. I love how the leaves change colours and I really missed seeing the change of seasons whilst we were living up north.  These leaves are from the trees at work - such a range of colours that I couldn't resist taking a photo.

  Our vegie garden is almost spent with a few late Rockmelons left to pick this week or next. I pulled the tomatoes and plums (both bought cheaply a couple of months ago - our tomatoes were full fruit fly this year) out of the freezer to get the jam and relish made up.  We should have enough now for the year although I still have more tomatoes in the freezer if I need to make up more (otherwise tomato soup).

On the crafting front  and April's OPAM  as well as finishing the summer t-shirt I showed you at the start of April, I've managed to get a nice pile of dishcloths made up.  Daughter Stacey and her husband John have put an order in for more as they have only used the dishcloths I make for a good number of years now as well as the kitchen towels (an order is in for a couple of those as well). I have 7 dishcloths ready for them to cover the week, and a couple of new ones for me as well.  I've almost got the kitchen towels finished but not quite so can't count them in my April finishes lol.  I had hoped to have the jumper finished knitting but I'm quite slowed down on the sleeves and keep getting distracted by other things so it's been put to the side many times during the month.

I went to Benalla to the Spinners group there last week and decided it was time to pick up that 2nd pair of socks again that I had started.  I'd wanted to do the heel in the yellow as well, but after getting advise from Jill, who initially helped me get my first pair of socks made - I found it couldn't be easily done with the particular pattern I'm currently using - so now I'll get on and get them finished!

I've just started reading the book that you can see on the table with the socks "Daughters of the Resistance" which seems good so far ....... Just finished the one below which was also set in the War - It was a little sad, but quite an intriguing read and a bit more insight that I hadn't realised occured.

The other exciting thing that happened right at the end of April was that we bought a small wood heater for the house!  Yes, we do have a gas heater in the lounge and the house does have ducted gas heating ......... but after using the gas heater in the lounge the first few weeks we moved down and getting the bill for that, we know that a winter worth of gas is going to be expensive!!  Particularly when you are wanting to keep the house maintained without the chill factor each morning when you get up!  Besides which  we've had a wood heater at a good number of our "southern" homes and I just love them!!!  So we went shopping for one and I checked them to ensure they would fit a kettle and a cooking pot on top (most essential!).  

I already had an idea for where I wanted it to sit as being a smaller one we figured it would only heat up so much of the house - I wanted it in the dining/ living area so that the kitchen also gets warmed and my craft room which is off the living room might also get some of the heat!   Pete got the job of checking to see if the reality of where I wanted it to go would actually work!

And Voila!  A few days of installation processing and several trips to Bunnings for items not included in the heater pack or the flue kit and it was running!  To our surprise it actually heats up more of the house than we imagined it would - right up the hallway and taking the chill off our bedroom up the far end of the house from it!   And yes, I've already had the clothes airer out to dry clothes by it!  

And yes, it does mean gathering wood, but we have a friend an hour from here that has huge amounts of wood that he has given us access to ...... in his words " we have a wood supply for the rest of our lives" - how lovely is that!  I don't mind the gathering and lifting of wood into the utter and trailer as its one of the things - those "chores" that as well as enjoying doing with hubby, also helps to keep me fitter!

Almost to our turn off to home and we passed a couple in a bit of trouble - they had pulled off the road thinking to stop and have a cuppa and a bit of a break and found themselves bogged!  Being Anzac Day it was not going to be easy to get help ...........  

Pete turned us around  and we went to the rescue as he attached a pulling strap and was able to get them pulled out and back on dry ground!  Such a lovely couple who hail from Tamworth and are on a trip over to the West.  So after a bit of a chat we exchanged numbers and we may see them pull into our place on their way back, or we may see them in Tamworth on one of our travels!

Meantime, I've been keeping up the momentum of walking and trying to get into more of a habit with it again!  It's a lovely time of year to be out walking

And with that, I'm off to go and get some chores done and also to head into Wangaratta today to run some errands and I'm also planning on dropping into the Spinners Group at  Milawa that I went  to last month so I best get moving!!  Have a great day everyone xo