Saturday, October 28, 2006

Its Sunday!!!!

yep its here again,and this is my first piccy as I am so totally pleased with it that I had to show it off...
now it doesn't look much, but this what it was carrying.....

Mulch! wonderful mulch...(sing a little ditty)

Isn't it just so yummy!!!!Lots of sticks though as its from Eucalypt stumps I think from the clearing in Kal where the new town dam is being built!

This was delivered last Thursday to the school as part of a donation from a company specialising in garden soils etc.The lovely Principal has given me full use of that pile( which doubled overnight) to apply as I wished to the school garden beds as I see fit....boy its like Christmas,i have been battling soil problems for a while and this will see a lot of water saved (and money too)

This a view of a row of nearly mature Alyogyne huegelii,a lovely hardy native hibiscus.I noticed that if left a bit dry it will flower much more profusely but it is a very green ,almost unnaturaly green as compared to a lot of other natives!
Heres a close up of the bush,a bit blurry but the wind was moving the bush about and after dropping my camera a few weeks ago it doesn't focus a well...
A better look at these gorgeous flowers on a small plant that is planted to the left in first photo!

As requested by several fello Green Thumbers, this is a close up of the Fire Embers plant I featured last week,again a bit fuzzy but you can see the typical Grevillea flowers!

Well thats it for the Green thumb,

To the kniting side I have recieved all my Blue Faced Leicster roving all 2 kg and it is gorgeous to feel but I get the opinon that the English mills are a bit odd with the milling as it smells distictly of sheep pee so it will be aired a LOT before I start spinning(at least I will have the house to myself,LOL)

Secondly I have finished the first sleeve of the Central Park Hoodie(I had to fog the two as I got the needles mixed up and wasn't sure what I used!)

ThirdlyI am lusting after this....louet its lighter than the Ashford Joy,I could take it anywhere.....

PS picies next time......

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Green Thumb Sunday

If you like,its going to be fun!!!!
Heres my first piccy for Green Thumb Sunday!

This is Fire Embers Grevillea,lovely little flowering ground cover,one of the last plants I procured for school for this year, as my budget is getting low.This Grevillea is worth growing for the flowers and I like ground covers as they help protect their neighbours from drying out too much!Not only that ,it has flowered continuelly for the last two months since being planted, with more buds coming!A close up photo of flowers would be handy so wil try to get that later!

Now this is my knitting blog but the Green Thumb has put this site as the main one to participate! So for knitting content,well it will just be on other days!!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Well not now ,Hubby found it where the kids had been so good and cleaned up,they put it where I wouldn't have found it for eons.
I actually emailed The Wool Shack to ask if they had anymore copys but luckily for me having found mine,they had sold out!
Thanks heaps to those who offered the pattern/book! There are some wonderful peoples out there!
I am really desperate!
IN the morning rush this morning (at 4.30) I somehow mislaid my copy of Knitscene Fall 2006 which had the Central Park Hoodie pattern in it! Does anyone know of a stockist online( in Australia) where I may buy another copy,this pattern is the only one I will do in it, so it seems expensive to buy another and not just cut losses, but its an easy and comfortable cardie!
I checked The Wool Shack and sent them an email as it wasn't on their magazine list,bugger so it may be sold out!
Anyone out there have an idea?
I have looked everywhere but its vanished!!!!!but will keep looking anyway!!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

This week!

I have been busy at work through the holidays,The sports oval had to be cut down with the whipper snipper while the assistant was hand mowing as the clover got away after the ride on mower lost a spring .It has just been fixed with the generous help of DH as I couldn't have got it on with my hands not being strong enough(thoratic syndrome is also giving me gip and the large ammounts of spinning I have been doing isn't helpling either!)!I owe big time there now.......(DH loves to have me in debt)..
At home the kids have been doing the house work each day so they had a good time with their extra pcket money in Kal on Thursday!
I have nearly finished the second sleeve to the CPH and anticipate that tommorrow during my break after we mow the school lawns...
The spinning wheel has been going all weekend with the Moody blue wool spun and plied(bought that months ago from Hawthorne Cottage) and have started on some Possum wool fromNew Zealand(DH has nick named it Possum twat fluff to which I retorted that he will be wearing it as a beanie next winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
The Possum is verry felty on the bobbin and I suspect it will give me some trouble plying as the Ertoel Wheel is fast and you have to have your wits about you and quick to boot...
Today has been very cool and windy,I think its coming off the ice too as it has cooled off a lot since the sun went down, Winter PJ tonite as DH is back on night shift.
We have had a nasty couple of weeks here as member of my H crew was killed in a mine accident and it wasn't good as H was on the rescue team and knew him quite well(though I didn't have the pleasure of meeting him myself as he lived in Kal)
It was a shock especially for myself as I had had a feeling of dread the day before that awful feeling that something wasn't right)but had put it out of my mind.
Being my RDO and having spent it in Town shopping I didn't find out until a "friend " called me after school was out. After telling me a 43 year old had been killed at that mine and then waiting for that to sink in(DH is that age and I had been out of contact all day) proceeded to let me now it wasn't him.I could understand a friend wanting to know if we were ok but she never called back so the general concensus is that she was only after gossip....not only did she frighten me ,she also had called my oldest son(16) when he arrived home from work, asking questions about where his father worked,but he was not aware of the fatality until I arrived home he was the first to greet his Dad at the gate just to reasure himself Dad was ok....
I cannot bring myself to be anywhere near her and avoid running into her at school,keeping myself at the other end of school until the bell goes for I am not sure what to say,i also get the feeling however that she doesn't want anything to do with us anyway from her lack of contact! Dh was furious as the information leaked from the mine too early as well so hopefully there will be afew pineapples going places out there...
I just had to get this off my chest so I apologise if my ramblings are boring,I will be posting some piccies of spinning shortly to live page up and on other news I have been on the hunt for some Blue Faced Leicester top and by golly I found some.. a long way away but fairly cheap I think at moment so I am enjoying my little find,also some alpacca fleece maybe tripping to my front door too,I just love new fibre....

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sock time

Heres the sock that is slowly coming along(down to heel now) and I hope to finish it this week(and pigs might fly!!!) LOL
I will have heaps left over too,its a bit coarser than I would have liked but being a five ply its fairly quick and just thick enough to make boot socks for my elastic sides next winter!

And I am so excited,this lace weight arrived this week,the magazine with the pattern for Icarus will be here shortly from The Wool Shack in Perth...Heavon knows where I will find the time to do it but its waiting for me,

The skein is some merino that I spun this week to clear the bobbins so I could spin that alpacca silk and merino that I have been trying to get to for the last month(or two) Its spun too,only 100g boohoo... I have to get some more as I think I got around 110m in a 8 ply, out of the roving that I had to play with, so I will need at least another 100 to 150 g to make a scarf.Its a bit overspun in parts but I am quite happy with it and only when I knit it up will its true nature appear.... picture soon....