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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lent!

DH and I breakfasted on pancakes on Shrove Tuesday...yes, I remembered! Lol



And of course Lent started the next day. A friend wrote on Facebook, asking what she should ' give up for Lent'? I suggested she give up worrying...😉
Then I saw this meme! 


Regular readers would know my fondness for decluttering...so I'm doing my own version of this. I may not get to 40 bags but any bag that gets filled and leaves our home, is a bonus. Tally so far is 11. 


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wool on Sunday...

For a number of years I've been 'pinning things' on my Pinterest boards. probably about 3 years ago I pinned a pattern from the Deramores website with the idea that I could purchase the pattern if and when I needed it. It was the sweetest baby blanket.
Then last year with the arrival of little Anthea, I thought that it was time to purchase the pattern.

I went to the website and found that the pattern was out of stock. So I wrote to Deramores asking when it would be available. The answer came back that I should check the website in a week's time and if the pattern was still out of stock that would mean that they would no longer be stocking it. I found after the week was up that it was still out of stock. I thought that I could probably make the blankie from the picture but decided to use another pattern to make Anthea's blanket. ( which her mum loved!)

When someone pins something from one of my Pinterest boards, of course I get an email. I usually don't bother to check out what they have pinned but the other day I did. And it was the Deramores' baby blanket. I thought how disappointed people must be if they follow the link and find the pattern isn't available...and then I followed the link. And what a surprise...'out of stock' was NOT written anywhere on the pattern listing.
So I bought a copy...it's not digital and is being posted from the UK.
So here is this pattern that I fell in love with 3 or so years ago.

In other yarn related 'stuff', I have 2 WiPs at the moment...both gifts, and occasionally I have been joining donated squares into blankets for K4BN.





Linking up this post with Rainbow Hare's Wool on Sunday. Janine has finished some beautiful projects in this last month!

 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

February's Morning Tea...

I've written a few posts about our parish morning teas. It's a great way for people to gather, catch up over  a cuppa and have lots of laughs usually too. Many organisations have capitalised on people's love of morning teas and use the idea for fundraising.  We all know of the Biggest Morning tea concept which raises much needed funds for cancer; and who could forget all those 'pink foods'!

Anglicare, which is the welfare arm of the Anglican Church encourages parishes to host what is called a Heart Morning Tea to help raise funds for the services that they provide. So our February morning tea became a bit special. What a great excuse to load up a table with goodies, fill the teapots and put out the china plates! 



And what a great excuse to invite some extra guests to help with the fundraising. So the Red Hat ladies from the nearby group joined us!


My friend Patricia worked away in the kitchen...


Our lovely priest Father Bruce also helped out on the tea/coffee counter...


Two Anglicare staff joined us and Jan gave a talk on  Anglicare services...ahem...she focussed on Aged Care...but I'm sure they didn't mean me! lol

Caroline was the other staff member, representing the nursing staff. Originally the nursing service was called St Luke's but is now under the Anglicare banner. St Luke's staff cared for my mum all those years ago.

We had a lovely morning and those Red Hat ladies are real characters I can tell you! We've told them they are welcome back any time!! And we raised $200 for Anglicare.
 ( Aussie readers...Jan recommended that all Aussies of a certain age (60 ish?) register with the government website My Aged Care, so that if circumstances change suddenly and you need services, you are already in the system. ( at a stressful time this could be a godsend and save time accessing services) After DH's medical dramas of late, we will register. You can register before 65 but eligibility for services is from 65. )

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hidden Gems Close to Home...

For a few years now, I have been receiving emails from a site called Weekend Notes. This site publishes articles by members of the public who have submitted articles about local places to visit and events and things to do. Originally I thought that it was only for Brisbane/SE Queensland, but I soon discovered that there are local versions in many parts of the world.
DH and I have visited a few cafes based on articles and enjoyed excellent coffee in some very quaint places; and often with beautiful views.

Late last year I told DH about a couple of picnic spots in the north of Brisbane, that I'd read about in Weekend Notes. Places within half an hour's drive of our place, yet I'd never heard of them!
One was a spot named Deep Water Bend on the Pine River ( adjacent to  the Tinchi Tamba wetlands, another place I had never heard of! 🤔)   and the other place was Harold Kielly Park on Bald Hills Creek.



We decided to venture to these spots on a Thursday because as retirees we do try to avoid possible weekend crowds...
Deep Water Bend on the beautiful Pine River.



As we wandered along the walkway I regaled DH with tales from my childhood. You see we had had an elderly neighbour who loved to go fishing at the Pine River...in those days the surrounding area was bush, bush and more bush! Mr Robson would show his catch to us...catfish and mud crabs. He would boil the crabs in the old copper and usually give neighbours one or two crabs.

People still fish in this river and I wonder if the catfish are still there?



Upstream from where we strolled we could see the freeway bridge...that wasn't there when I was a child! 😉

Then we headed for Harold Kielly Park where we were going to have the picnic lunch that I'd packed.  The first thing I noticed about this park was the abundant birdlife!

There was a huge area of ibis...

And I walked around taking photos of the geese and ducks...gorgeous! (and those ibis!)
A very pretty suburban creek...


And there was also a wonderful children's playground.




The shed on the right where we sat at a picnic table to eat our lunch...
The aerial in the next photo is for Radio 4BH...it's been a landmark in the Bald Hills area for as long as I can remember. You could see it from the old road going north and of course the freeway goes past it too. This was the first time I'd seen it from the eastern side.

It had been a great day out...inexpensive too! Lol
If you would like to check out Weekend Notes here is a link. Many Australian and UK cities have articles but the US appears to just have NY articles. But if you click on the 'show all towns and cities' link on the bottom left-hand screen, lots of countries and cities come up. Have fun!!

Revisiting how soon is soon ?

On March 5 last year I wrote a post about a redevelopment of a local shopping centre. The original shopping centre had been built in the late 60s early 70s.
 A friend sent me an old photo that she had found...the old shopping centre was down in a hollow in the centre of the site with the building surrounded by a rather large carpark. The centre contained a supermarket and quite a number of small shops. There was also a reception lounge.

In last year's post I showed photos of the earthworks on the site and pondered the use of the words , 'Opening soon' on the hoardings around the site. Just how 'soon' is 'soon'?
A month or so on from March 2016...
Then in August I was in the suburb checking out the op shops for items for the 60s night that DH and I were going to. So out came the phone and I took some progress photos...

 By the beginning of this year, the huge site appeared to be covered by the building with car park spaces on the roof  and underneath the building. And 'badging' had been done...Coles and Liquorland were the only signs we could see. Cafes? Pharmacy? Newsagency ? No signs any way...


On February 18, the store opened. And perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised to find that the site was completely given over to a Coles supermarket and their subsidiary bottleshop  Liquorland...no small businesses at all.
 
 
It is a huge supermarket! But I'll stick with my smaller local Coles.

Now this shopping centre is near Alderley railway station and parking around Brisbane  stations can be quite challenging as the station carparks fill up very early in the morning Mon-Fri. So there are signs in this new centre informing customers that there is 2 hours free parking. If you stay longer, it is $77. But I think you can stay the whole day for that price! Management claims it is to stop rail commuters from parking there and then travelling to the city.



So in conclusion to answer the question, 'how soon is soon' ? In this case it is a few days short of 12 months! lol 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A bit of a saga...

In one of my Wool on Sunday posts last year, I wrote about a knitting project ( a ripple stitch throw) that had been misplaced for a few years, and how I'd found it in a ziplock bag of yarns...😕
I had only knitted a few inches when I had put that project away and forgot about it.

Well I re-started the throw and when it was about 60cm long, I put it aside while I worked on other things.
Then, about 3 weeks ago I found out that my cousin Lucy, who already is battling Lymphoma had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was facing a fairly large operation. I wanted to do something for her and after a 'lightbulb moment', I decided that that something would be to finish that chevron/ripple stitch throw and send that to Lucy. So began some feverish knitting and because of the  hot weather, quite a bit of cranking up the air con!

But I must digress slightly...
One night there was a big boxing match here in Australia ( in Adelaide) and DH organized the 'pay for view' of this match and invited 2 of his golf cronies over to watch with him. My plan to spend the evening in another room was scuttled when one of the cronies brought his wife along...so I sat in the lounge with everyone. It wasn't long before I just had to pick up my knitting...the chevron throw project, and I started knitting.


After a while I sensed that one of the golf cronies ( not the one who brought his wife along) was looking in my direction. Eventually I looked up and smiled at him. He had a really nostalgic look on his face and he said quite wistfully...'My mum and my late wife used to knit...' How sweet...obviously some lovely memories for him.

Anyway back to my story...I finished the throw for Lucy last Saturday.


After the photo shoot the throw was folded and tied with ribbon...
This photo actually shows the colours more accurately than the previous collage of pics

Then posted on Monday. And Australia Post won through...yep the parcel was safely delivered to the Sydney address this morning, and I received this photo...the rug with its beautiful new owner.


Please keep Lucy in your thoughts as she fights her way to better health. 💕💕

Monday, February 20, 2017

Kookaburras...


Kookaburras, cockatoos, parrots and emus are some of the well known Australian birds. The first 3 can be seen in suburban areas and in the last few months we've noticed that there seem to be more kookaburras around. These iconic birds are sometimes called 'laughing jackasses' as that is what the early white settlers thought their call was like. Here is a You Tube video of a kookaburra laughing.

In the last week or so we've had kookaburras sitting on our veranda railing...


Sitting on the side fence...

They have been sitting on the clothes line...completely ignoring the noisy miner bird ( a pesky bird that likes to swoop on other birds) and the magpies at ground level.
This photo was taken last week and the hot weather we've had and are still having is rather evident. We've had some rain since then so the brown patch has greened up somewhat.

And today we had a kooka sitting on the BBQ which is at one end of our side veranda...no photo of him/her there but then the kookaburra flew to the clothesline which is a favourite spot of many birds that visit the garden...but today was special! The wind was blowing so the rotary clothes line started turning...so the bird was having a ride on the clothes line just like heaps of Aussie children have done over the years! 😆

And DH filmed it!
After a lot of mucking around I think I've finally got a link to that video that might actually work! The link will go to my Box account where I store a lot of documents. Often when people ask me for a knitting pattern, I send them a link to my Box account as I have a few knitting files in it. So here is the link to the cute video of a kookaburra having a ride on our clothesline! lol
https://app.box.com/s/5bomkokkoiw8mp8usatkcj0nwosi2en0
Because it is a mp4 file it does need to download...hope it works!!