Monday, 30 January 2017

The Productive Garden

With the move I no longer have a productive vegetable patch, sigh, and limited water supply means that at this time I am NOT planning on having one.  If and when we get extra water tanks, or are able to sink a bore, then a vege patch will happen.

I did bring my two potted citrus with me and both are thriving, a 'Lotsa Lemons' and a Tahitian Lime, both have fruit maturing.  I use bath/shower water to keep these going.

In the yard there is a Nectarine tree, after fruiting I pruned it very heavily, back to a bare trunk almost, now several months later it is a sight to behold.  Followed Peter Cundall's advice here.

There were three dragonfruit (pitaya) growing, two I removed and kept one (it was the healthiest looking).  It flowered and has enormous flowers which open at night.
The flowering extravaganza.
The green fruit
 Many fruit set on this plant and I was surprised when I cut open the first one, it was white inside, not the red I was expecting.  Eaten cold during this hot summer is very refreshing, they are very juicy as well, even the dog likes a little bit to eat.  At the local farmers' market these are sold for $2.00 each.
Ripening on the vine
Cut and ready to eat.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Baking Day

I haven't baked anything since the Christmas baking blitz.  So today with no-one home on Australia Day but myself, decided it was time. 

A super easy Chocolate Coconut cake, melt the butter, sugar, water and cocoa together, then add the rest of the ingredients.  Makes one large bundt cake and is super moist.
With Mocha frosting.

 With two bananas ripe and most likely for the compost bin, I made another melt and mix cake from Best Recipes.
Iced with lemon icing.

Sunday, 15 January 2017


A recent discussion thread about dresses and how cool they can be during hot weather made me think of how many I actually have made over the years.

This one is over ten years old, starting to look a little ragged, but still worn to work.
The only purchased dress I own.
Another of my can't bear to get rid of dresses, it was my first invisible zipper, again over 10 years old.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

On my needles

Knitting a pullover for my granddaughter, Miss E. The pattern is from Bendigo Woollen Mills. The pink circled photo,  size 2years.  I did the front and back bands first, then for the body I am knitting in the round, there is no shaping in this pattern. 
A lovely multi coloured yarn.
This is the colourway knited.

Really happy with the effects being created, will be adding a pink stripe soon.  Will keep updating as I go.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Farewell Dear Rose.

Farewell to a loved and valued person from the D2E forum.  I will miss you.
Thank you Rhonda JeanGreening the Rose

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Practicing for S-A-L.

A slow Saturday and preparing for the S-A-L at D2E Simple Living Forum. The fabric is from my late M-i-L's stash, I am sure the crocodile fabric would have been a child's pjs.  This will  be a house top for me to wear this summer.  The S-a-L is being hosted by Fran at Frances Lee Studio.
Pattern and fabric
Cutting yoke.
All cut
Gathering stitch
Gathered, sewn to yoke.

Understitching on facing.
That is all I am sharing for now, I don't want to give too much away, it will be an interesting journey with my cyber friends.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Recently Knitted

Whoops so many weeks have flown by. Finally finished the pullover; pattern from Purlsoho; yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mill-Athena 4ply, colour Geranium.

Ordered this kit FROM BWM, more 4ply, I am a sucker for punishment, Bamboo, I love this dark red shade.

These are quick and easy face cloths made so my hands are not idle.

Have started knitting a pullover for Miss E. The variegated yarn I purchased last year but never got around to using it. I purchased a matching solid colour for bands and a stripe at underarm. Using a BWM pattern.