Friday, January 25, 2008

Australia Day '08

Does anyone else get the feeling that the year is starting to slip away...Easter Eggs are in Woollies down here already, though they appear the boring ones so far.I used to secretly buy the boys big eggs and hide them,putting out next to the beds as though the big fat fluffy hopping animal came by during the night!!!

Usually it worked to get the kids to bed so at least I could have some peace,much needed as one Easter I had 4 kids under the age of 6 and boy they were a feisty lot.... now however they spend half the night trying to outwait the "rabbit" setting up traps while Mum gets around on that Sunday with black circles under her eyes,LOL

I dont want to wish their lives away but I look forward to the time when its a gigantic box of delicious choccy offerings to be shared at a family get together! Or if Im to be lucky they will gift back some to me.....most likely they'll have their own hourde of rugrats to deal with,(sure hope so,ha ha ha...)

Anyhow,each year the Shire here holds a Breakfast at various spots around the two halves of town.This year the pool gets it,unfortunately they cut down a heap of shade trees and so I didnt take the boys down this morning,really needed a bit of rest,this last week has been hell,fatigue has been my next best friend...

Instead Hubby went to Kal with Son No 1 to do some boys toys shopping,much needed toys to make Hubbys work easier as LV Fitter and T is after bits to continue the Green Machine overhall...hope he pays me back for the lowering blocks,a lot towards that ellusive Carder sitting on the wish list!!!!

I, on the other hand went back to Woollies to pick up the groceries that I forgot in my doppy state! A certain person remarked I should have attended the Big Brekky and as usual I didnt have a very valid excuse (I forgot about the lack of shade around pool , working in the sun all week, I avoid the outdoor during the weekends as theres too many suspots appearing..) Anyhow I left there feeling somewhat peeved that this person could be so forward to chastise me for my decision not to attend when she spends all week sitting in airconditioned office from 9 to 5....Maybe I should have suggested a job swap for a week when the temps hit 45'

Right ,thats my gripe for the day,oh another reason,Im trying to get a little weight off ,so having a greasy half cooked breaky of bacon and jelly eggs (and dont forget the pink Sausages )and warm juice is not attractive...we re doing that this arvo on our spanking new BBQ in the comfort of our patio so we will be having a good Australia Day in a traditional sort of way!!!!

Went to Kal yesty with 3 of the boys to pick up their book orders or school lists ,freaking hell,$600 later and then new shoes for two of them,OMG $220.. drag ones self back to car and think ....I have enough $2 in recesses of handbag to pick up that fat quarter to finish that Shashiko Bag and damn and blast,Cheryls not open til next Tuesday,grrr

We went over the road and spent some change at the Boulder Little Sweet Shop,what a choice,they have stock from England the States and others, all thsoe old fashioned ones that were in the corner shops when we were little tikes,er our Nannas and Poppies day of course!! Humbugs hmm yum, but I cautiously tried out the Danish licorish on the boys but when they very quickly looked for a bag to rid the lolly,I promptly decided to not to indulge!!! Wonderful shop and the lady who runs it will give a long winded run down on the history of each type of weird and wonderful confectionary carried there! Well worth a visit,they apparently have people send in orders from England for some Australian Lines!

There was however a surprise waiting for me at the PO though, that is going to make the weekend,2 metres of yellow Gingham, verry hard to find,I managed to score some from this wonderful shop, Busy Thimbles Store Cant speak highly enough for this online fabric store,terrific service and very fast to get the order out to the PO!

Its been a nice PO week too,I was naughty and bought a few more Debbie Mumm fat quarters to add to the growing stash,hopefully Ill have enough to make a table cloth later.

Im enjoying Ravely,getting lost in among the patterns,picked out a few I must do but unfortunately quite a few are in old IK editions or are the US version of Patons,will be hunting down one book,everyone in it is delectible,loooove cables I do....Im" myfivesons" on Ravelry though my page is still in that boring stage,finding time to catalogue all my projetcs,digging them out of hiding is nigh on impossible(especially when Hubbys home,he ll kill me!!!)

To go on list are quite few from Chic Knits too especially

Cece simply because...
Ribby Shell would be great simple vest
Twist adore this,8ply a similar CPH with a bit more of a"Twist",LOL
Arrianne looks appealing,would like to make this in cascade
Ribby Pulli Loove the other versions

Ive been on the hunt for a just right vest pattern and think the one I found this week will be nice,lost the link but I did down load it and printed out a copy,its a cabled one with heaps of 2x2 cables but its not cut away at the shoulders like most, when I find it again Ill put in a link!
Found another bit of archived work that Id been chasing for a while too,thought Id have to buy the whole set from the ABC which Im going to now anyway....
Bill Peach in Peaches Australia,this episode is especially wonderful to me... I was hard put not to cry when i realised what I was looking at!
Can anyone remember any of the series? I remember sitting every night it was on with my Mum, Dad and Brother, I suppose with the ABC as our only TV channel we didnt have much choice but it still remains my favourite now,even the boys watch it more than the others...

Oh if you ve stuck with my ranting today,that pot of gorgeous flowers at the top, my all time fav in the flower world,I know I love lots of others but if we move back to ( I hope) Bendy these will be the most prominant. I have memories of these little beauties breeding up prolifically around "Dunlops" landscaped gardens as a child and as teen when I first started getting into horticultural interests! No doubt in the wrong situation theyd be a pest like plumbagoes, one variety which is noted in Wrigley and Faggs Australian Natives book as a NSW native, its cousin viewed as a pest in Viccy is a SouthAfrican Shrub!
Zephyrante grandiflora, pink zephyantes,rain lilly(I grew up knowing them as this),they ll pop up after a spring/summer rain, hardy as and I could rave about them all day!!!!

I bought a couple of pots from Bunnings for about $7, one of which I kept,the other I planted at school. Looking a bit tight I repotted on into another flatter,but wider container (they look brilliantly in a wide camp oven)
When I go into Kal this week to pick upthe MTDs new blades I intend calling into Bunnings to see if i can scaor another pot or two to spead around the garden.
A tip for buying these,feel around the pot,if it feels all lumpy and tight with the pot looking a mite distorted,you know they ve out bred the pot and you ll have value for your dollar!
Im off ,I think Ive gone on long enough!!!! Sewing machine is calling....
Ill leave with this video of the lillies in the wind!


  1. I do remember Bill Peach, we used to watch it when I was at home!! Do you know some of the IK patterns are available to buy as a download on The Knitting Daily site now?? I do like Ariann, I am thinking of knitting it too.
    Going back to school is so expensive, but I think in the long run uniforms are cheaper. It's just all the expense is at the start of the year.
    Love the lilies in the wimd!!!

  2. Your flowers look like they are dancing in the video.

    I am just about to contemplate going back to school expenses. It makes me quite sick to think about it!

  3. Lovely flowers! It is the dead of winter here, and those just made my day.

  4. You make my day! heh, that is an award. Drop by my blog sometime (but not right now - still blogging! LOL)