The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre

The best way to bring a sustainable change in the world around me is by bringing the change in myself

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shades of Green and Blue ... Helping a friend

Shades of Green and Blue crochet hexican granny stitch blanket is for my Grandson Cobi to take with him to South Africa when they leave end of August. I don't have a final date yet but if it's not ready by that time, I could always just post it off. It's only 2/3 done and then all the threads still need to be tucked in. Started this project with a few odd balls and leftover bits from other projects and soon found myself buying shades to match and more yarn for the dark boarder around each hexie block and final boarder right around the whole blanket. Should look lovely when it's done Blue is Cobi's favorite colour.
Another project I started while visiting my friend Carelene was a little granny square babies blanket for one off my sewing girls who is pregnant. This project is also a clean out my basket but using lighter shades of yarn. Using white yarn for the boarders of each block and final boarder. I needed something that would not take up a lot of space in my bag.
Carelene had just moved down from Brisbane to Newcastle, a big move from her as she had just recently had Kemo. A helping hand was called for and we had a good time unpacking boxes, cooking meals and sitting crocheting like two old ladies. We even went for Coffee and cake at Nelson's Bay, then a spot of sightseeing. Time flies when you're having fun.
Something that we all take for granted here in Australia, well some of us, is the wonderful rail services and in most cases at a very reasonable price too. And then you get to see scenes of our beautiful country that we never see travelling on the Highways. Thanks for popping in see ya next time Rina

Saturday, July 21, 2012

We woke to another chilly winter's day here in Sydney, but unlike my usual morning routine, I could not have my cup of coffee infront of the computer checking on my friends on Facebook. We had our first lamb for the season born on Wensday, Miss Lashes presented us with a good strong little ram but she had no milk for the little one to feed on, her udder only half the size it was the year before. The blond one had called me after struggling to get him to suckle on her teat, she managed to express just enough for a small drink and feed him with a bottle. There was little I could do as I was coming home by train after spending a few days helping a friend move home.
I googled and found instructions How to make Colostrum for Newborn lambs, the neighbour donated a little cod liver oil and the rest of the ingredients where no problem. "Little Skaapie" had a good feed and seems to be doing very well. This bottle feeding is going to be so much fun esp the midnight feed in the cold. Lucky the sheep shed is cosy and safe. The vet thinks Miss Lashes has Mastitis, he diagnosed her over the phone and lucky I did have some meds in the fridge to give her, saving a trip to the vet.
Our chookie numbers have increased by 2 silkies chicks born while I was away. With a little luck the next eggs should hatch in a day or two. Very exciting! The next batch of meat birds have also arrived and have joined the 4 young egg chicks I bought a few weeks ago. The hatchery was not sure what breed they were but I believe that they are Barnvelders X, time will tell. So far I am pleased with the new incubator and so is Jellybeans who has taken up watch on top of it, just incase anyone wants to steal any of the eggs Hmmmm. Now it time for bed ... it's like doing the PJ drill all over again

Friday, July 13, 2012

Barrel Bag Tutorial done ...

Just finished the Barrel Bag Tutorial on my other Blog, Ah and just to let you know I have promised each Grandson a matching back pack too ... will do a tutorial on that too. Happy sewing!! Love Rina

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Computer problem finally fixed ...

My computer problem seem to be over and it's should be working just fine again. Some "nice person" got in and made a good mess. My friend Mark sorted it all out for me. I got Google Chrome installed too so blogger should be running well again too. Link to problem if you are worried Good to know someone like Mark ... Thanks Mark, what would I ever do without you.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Barrel bag .. Saying Our Goodbyes at the Airport ...

Watch out for this barrel bag tutorial on my other blog ... a shack in the country ... follow link down on the right ... if you haven't been there yet. I made a bag simular for Cobi when his Mum was expecting him but the bear print was really not his style at 9yrs so I made him a new one. He was rather pleased with the end result, only request was for a backpak in the same print.
Another holiday is over, we only had them for part of it this time. This will be the last of the holidays together as Cobi and his parents are returning to South Africa. We made the best of the few days together.
My heart is a little broken as the plane takes off caring my two boys off to Brisbane. A holiday was promised when Cobi is older, hopefully he will be able to travel unaccompanied on a International fleight at 12yrs. More sewing class new to follow shortly regards Rina