Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Enamelware & more......

I love old enamel ware. I have been picking up enamel goodies for a while now, mainly from op-shops, and have acquired quite a collection..... so much so that perhaps I need to find another spot for some of it..... I do love it on this old dresser though, especially with the rusty stuff and the prairie doll.......... I think my favourite piece is the measuring jug, it's certainly had some use!

The old cheese grater has a tea light candle in it and looks really pretty when lit. I picked up the shortbread press (centre bottom shelf) from an op-shop a couple of weeks ago, it has Scotch thistles on it. The spice carousel came from an oppy too!

Dream on........

Last Sunday on a very wild and windy spring day Ian and I took Merran to her school fete. For a change we were boy-less, which made for a quite relaxing time and gave me an opportunity to have a bit of fun too.... Here's what I got up too.....
I loooove snakes (non-venomous of course).... This guy is a Black-headed Python from the Northern Territory. He still has another metre to grow so he is only a young one, but still a decent size. Thank goodness the handler let me hold him, or I may have just jumped into the snake pit!


A shame that the snake and my puddy tats probably wouldn't get along, otherwise I may have snuck him home..... I s'pose the fact I'd need a licence to keep him (and $2500) put a stop to that idea too!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I won an award!!!!

Thanks Michelle and Nette http://www.theprimitivepear.com/ ! These lovely ladies have given lil ole me an award, the "You make me smile award". If you haven't checked out their site yet, do it NOW. You won't be disappointed, these girls are my crafting idols........

Monday, September 10, 2007

I made a gourd garland!

I haven't been crafting much of late but I was inspired to give this a go today. I bought the gourds a couple of years ago and had them in a big wooden bowl. I wanted to be able to see their lovely shapes more so I strung them on a rusty wire with some cinnamon sticks and pine cones. Thanks Ian for drilling the holes! Looks and smells great above my kitchen window, very prim..... I have some gourd seedlings coming up in punnets at the moment. Bit too early to plant them out, don't want to get them frost-bitten, but it won't be long before they are rambling all over the place. It will be exciting to see what type they are as I bought a mix of heirloom seeds. Once they are picked it will take a while for them to dry out enough to use for craft, but when they do - look out!

Cute little guy....

I love living in the country..... Today Ian dismantled an old tank stand to reuse the railway sleepers for garden edging, little did we know that these little guys had made their home there. Growing up on a National Park I have a great affinity with our native critters. If you want to see where I grew up click here- http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/parks.nsf/parkContent/N0037?OpenDocument&ParkKey=N0037&Type=Xo

After a quick photo session on Rhys' hand we returned this little guy to his mates in the hollow log. I just think his fat little tail is so adorable. He has the stickiest little feet which makes me think he is a type of gecko, and the softest pink belly........

Sunday, September 9, 2007

How gorgeous.....

Just had to share this. After an afternoon of planting we were lucky enough to get 4 mms of rain, not much but enough to give everything a drink and create this lovely double rainbow......

Chicks.....

Woooohooo you should see my chookies now..... actually you can lol.... hard to tell the battery hens from the original girls....... their combs are bright and perky and we got 10 eggs from 11 birds today!
Apologies for the quality of the next pic, a bit tricky trying to photograph the baby budgies in their nesting box while fending off their protective parents...... This is the bird's first clutch and the first prospective money-spinners for Braeden (12) who breeds them.

And so it grows on.......

Yum, yum, yum.......... I can't believe how easy and successful this no-dig gardening is........I found my first pea-pod today, can't wait to munch on those, and have been nibbling my baby carrots (some call it thinning lol....). We had a gorgeous salad of chillean lettuce, parsley and chives drizzled with Mum and Dad's homegrown olive oil and some balsamic vinegar with our dinner last night. It was delish.... of course the yummy quiche made from our free range eggs wasn't bad either! Wonder what the poor people are doing........ After checking the supermarket prices for veg today I am soooo glad we have started our garden, who wants to pay the ridiculous prices they are asking when you can grow your own and eat salad that's been picked 5 minutes ago? Added another layer of tyres to our potatoes today, and planted out our 5 colour silverbeet and coriander....always something to do lately.........

Peas

Chillean lettuce

Chives

Broad beans


Saturday, September 8, 2007

Nutmeg the vegetarian......


We really do have the strangest animals here...... Braeden (12) didn't finish his dinner the other night, so up hopped Nutmeg to finish it for him. However all that was left was the broccolli which she polished off very quickly! Truely though, our critters are just nutty, we had a bonfire last weekend and it was all we could do to keep Caramel the Jersey cow from jumping in the fire! She loved it, jumping about like a crazy thing whenever the sparks flew up........ Nearly put us off our marshmallows - NOT!

Bye-bye Midge....sob........

My darlin' had to say goodbye to our feathered friend Midge the magpie last week. We have hand reared him for the past year after he was blown out of the nest as a fledgeling. Whilst he was a joy to have around we decided that it was inhumane to keep him in a cage so he has gone to stay with a WIRES carer until he can be released. She will look after him until she thinks it is time to leave the avairy door open. Hopefully the local magpies will adopt him.... meantime if you hear a magpie wolf-whistle at you just say "Hi Midge!"