Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I am thankful for the rose bush blooming so lusciously at the front of our place today. It is beside a not so glamorous letterbox and is surrounded by an ad-hoc chickenwire fence - made by me :) to keep the passing sheep and occasional cattle out. However I am still enjoying its gorgeous blooms. It is 'Fiona's Wish' named after Fiona Coote who many years ago had major heart problems as a little girl. I had bought this at a hardware store with only one bud on it a couple of years ago and I had no idea what a treasure it would be.

I had laid these stitcheries out with my machine at the start of the second week of the holidays to put together, and intentions to blog, but then the computer died and I thought I might have a go at fixing it. This caused a slight delay to my stitching plans to say the least. But I am thankful for the inspiration still laying on my dining room table and I know that I will sit and finish this project soon......well, I will have to so we can set the table properly for dinner rather than eating around 'mum's sewing'.

Yesterday we celebrated Master 10's birthday - yay, double figures! (This gorgeous cake was made at our local bakery, with very short notice. It brought a smile to his face.) Funny how when you're a child you want to be older and when you are older you wish for childhood again. Each year for his birthday since kindergarten is very special as we almost lost this little lad. He had a 'near-drowning' accident - which was the official name of it. Miraculously, from being pulled up from the bottom of a backyard pool, resuscitated but still unconscious, a helicopter ride to a Sydney hospital with mum.....he has been fully restored....yes, amazing! I will be forever grateful to God for blessing me again with this little man.

So on this lovely spring day I snapped a couple of photos of some of the blooms outside that I am enjoying today. This garden is just such a mess as I haven't had a chance to continue pulling the weeds and grass out. But there are many lovely horticultural treasures within. Looking forward to getting the garden gloves on soon and enjoying the warm sunshine.

I am thankful to know that what you focus on makes all the difference.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A New Start

School goes back tomorrow....where has the last fortnight gone! I have had lots of good times with the kids at home. We went to indoor swimming lessons for three days to brush up on their skills, a bit of baking etc...and generally just hanging out.

I called this post a new start, as I am posting this from my new hard drive. Monday afternoon the computer was displaying a black screen and not much life there. So after a chat with my dad who is fairly up on these sorts of things I was on a mission to buy a new hard drive and try to figure this thing out. So with my trusty phillips head screwdriver in hand I was off to work.

Then came reinstalling Windows and other software, and do all the internet updates etc... What a job.....but we are almost there, bit by bit.  Thankfully I can now view my files on the old drive. So now the big task ahead is to transfer what I need off that drive to the new lots more sitting in front of this screen for me in the next couple of weeks!! Me thinks I'll need to get out in the garden for a bit of a break....

Outside garden with sunshine and fresh air......but would also love a bit of time in my 'stitching garden'. Not much done on my Gardeners' Journal these holidays.

The bag here is from A Gardeners' Journal book by Anni Downs. Very different colour scheme but I picked purple as my MIL (whom I made the bag for) likes purple. I had made the bag a couple of years ago as a gift.

Hope you have a great week as school starts back again.