Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Paved area finished!!

Hubby and I have been working hard the last couple of weeks to finish off our new paved outdoor area. Later we will build a wood fired oven in the corner, but for now it's all ready for Mums 70th birthday BBQ next Saturday. I wish I had the 'before' photo to show, as it really was awful with an unused bird aviary and over grown trees

The little path leads to my old sewing room verandah where the bbq is kept

This is taken from the new sewing room verandah

My old wheel barrow has been moved to sit under the wattle and bottle brush tree

My favourite corner where hubby made a bird bath from some mud stone, he just ground out a bowl shape and I sealed it with some Boncrete so it will hold water. (I have put in an order for another one! Lol!) I was looking for bird baths a few weeks back only to find that they are really expensive now!

This rose is growing just outside my sliding door...wish I knew all the names of my roses

The first rose to open on this has lots of buds so it going to look pretty when it's all out in flower

I hope you have all had a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Flowering this week...

One thing that I love about some flowers is when they self seed like this one...

Geum...they are so pretty standing about a metre high.

Old fashioned 'Sweet Williams' growing in what my daughter calls her 'Fairy Garden'

A pretty daisy opened to the sun

Now I think this one is my new favourite Rose...

'Jane McGrath' it's such a lovely Rose and will soon be planted in my new garden.

Enjoy your week! Still only secret sewing happening here!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Sewing room corner and flowers...

As I am still stitching for my SSCS gifts and cannot share any pics of my work, I thought I would share my favourite little corner on the desk in my sewing room. It's a shame to keep my crochet motifs hidden away in the cupboard, so i have just displayed them around the border on one of my stitcheries on a canvas frame.

A pretty little bundle of fabrics still on display that I can't just put away yet! (Thanks again Leanne!) and a couple of my jar covers

My white Wisteria flowering on the carport

'Buff Beauty' Weeping Rose just starting to flower

We have had some rain over night, which always brightens up the garden and one of my favourite times to get out with the camera!

I have been out in the garden early this morning removing the dirt so we can gravel, then pave our new out door area. I am having Mums 70th birthday BBQ here with all the family in a few weeks, so I am very keen to have it all ready by then. As I am typing this, I have a little female wren hopping around just outside the sliding door...only about 1 metre cheeky! Lol!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Small Finish

I completed this little stitchery a few weeks back and decided today to finish it off in a frame. I am however not overly happy with my painting on the frame, as the stain seem to come through the white gloss spray paint creating an apricot colour. Hubby says he likes the effect, I am not too sure! Another frame can easily be painted in a flat white if I decide to change!

I have also found a little ceramic bird to sit in my discarded birds nest...I think he looks right at home!

Bye For Now!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A few flower purchases...

Over the last couple of weeks I have been purchasing a few plants...a lemon tree for the wine barrel with underplantings of Thyme. Also a few vegies for the vegie patch but not all can be planted out as we are still likely to have frosts. We have also pulled down our old unused bird aviary and have plans to pave this area and build an outside pizza oven. Today I purchased the new plants for this area...Roses, Lavender and Pelargoniums.(A couple pelargoniums pictured below) I have already told hubby that this area is going to be our beer garden! Lol! A cold beer and pizza do go well together.

The children (Master 12 and Miss 9) have been taking an interest in the daily routine of collecting the eggs. Master 12 even has it written down how many eggs they are laying each day. It's quite funny when they bring in the eggs as they know which one laid the egg...Dots, Lucy, Penny or!

My first Rose to open Roses are always late flowering

This daisy has so many flowers on it and looks so pretty at the moment!

I hope you are all having a great week!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Easy Quiches and few garden pics

I thought I would make some quiches for my son to take to school today as he gets sick of sandwiches.

I make my quiches in a muffin tin so they are a bit bigger and use a pastry sheet cut in quarters (which makes 4) Sometimes I fold the excess pastry down on top, but didn't have time this morning. Made and cooked in 30 minutes, I have been wondering whether they all lasted the bus trip to school without him eating any!!

I have mentioned before how I love daisies and this one is so pretty with a hint of pink in the petals

A little succulent growing happily in a log of wood (planted in log last year)

I am sure I have shown you this one before, but I just love it and couldn't resist another pic!

A newly purchased plant (sorry tag in way) in a rusty old jug with a discarded bird nest sitting on one of my ladder shelves

And last of all my daffodils

Sorry I have no sewing to show...only secret sewing for my SSCS. It took a long time to decide what to make for my partner, but I now have it all sorted!

Enjoy your week

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Gardening and Fabric Choices!

Yesterday was spent putting down red wood chips throughout the garden...on the paths and garden beds. I am really pleased how it looks...especially against the greenery.

Taken from standing under the Weeping Cherry

My little Herb garden, just outside the sliding door of Oregano, Chives, Sage, Parsley and Thyme. As Thyme is the herb I use most, I have quite a few scattered around the garden. Lovely added to sausage rolls and meat patties.

Did you know that Pittosporum (not sure if correct spelling) has a very tiny dainty black flower that the bees love? I only discovered the flowers last year. I could happily spend hours snapping away at the bees on this flower!

I have joined up for the next Stitchalong which is going to be 'My Favourite Things' quilt from Anni Downs new book 'Some Kind of Wonderful'. I am enjoying pulling out a few fabrics and trying to decide on what to use. The one on the left, was purchased for 'Angels Story' quilt and purchased a few years back. Still undecided on what to use as I also have Flower Sugar (not in pic)...decisions decisions! lol! Oh but it is so much fun!

Enjoy your week!

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