Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April fun, and other things

We have been back to that neat cafe in our town for a coffee and this time sat with these salt and pepper shakers ☺☺

A really nice place for a meal too and we often "pay it forward" for someone to have a free coffee/tea or a warm drink....and that can be from the unemployed to the elderly......

The Saturday farmers market was on, so we dropped in on our walk back from the cafe

Plenty of plants at this time of year.....

Later that day I thought I better get on with some sewing with this neat cat fleecy fabric ☺

Purple fleecy as the lining ♥

Some feet....with non slip sole for the outer ☺

I had my 3 machines all setup, one with white, one with purple and one with black, lucky me ☺☺

And here the man is helping me display the fun relax boots I made ☺☺ for my girl Sarah ♥

Was a lot of fun to make.....out of a book called fabric to fabric 1 yard wonders ☺

Saturday night I managed to get up to the heel turn on that long knitted sock lol

Sunday, I had the fun of my brother Robbie and Lynn coming to visit for a bbq lunch ☺☺

Camera shy so did not take obvious snaps lol Paul cooking and Robbie relaxing....

I gave Lynn a branch of my bay tree for future cooking and we ate a great lunch and laughed and chatted a lot......good family time...♥

Sunday night  I started this hat to also give to my girl.....

Luckily I finished it that night as was going to see her the next day (Monday) ☺

And yes Trixie looking out her back door.....A visit from me to babysit and catch up again with my boy Ray and Lauren NO PICS of them.....

And Sarah came over to assist with little miss April xo  she is wearing that owl hat I made her.....oh and Sarah loved her hat but no pics of her in it......

We had fun with the selfies lol 

how happy is this little one and cute too ♥♥

Aunty Sarah loving April ☺☺

Old Granny hugs lol 

We sure had a fun time and she had a sleep too......lovely baby ☺

Trixie getting a quick lick on Sarah lol 

Also checking out April on her play mat ☺☺

Hello baby ♥

This time I at least got a photo of Daphne the rabbit and FiFi the guinea pig ☺☺

and Trixie ready for something.....


Athletic moves required lol 

And again......

Sarah throwing, Trixie racing and ball just to the left in the air lol 

And Sarah sent me this pic of her wearing those boots.....she loved them and said they are warm and comfy ☺☺
Well this has been a few busy days.....and we have even booked a trip later in the year for  a river cruise Prague, Budapest-Amsterdam, Paris.....with a visit to Julia (the man's girl) in Scotland with a train trip Edinburgh-Edinburgh including a STEAM train....and a visit to his Uncle in Torquay UK too....lucky times ahead for sure.....oh and we have NZ next month lol as you do.....
May it all be wonderful where you are xoxo

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Smoking chicken and the garden

Hello again, do you like smoked food? Paul has had a few attempts at smoking a split chook and this time he used part of our little bbq kettle in the bottom of the new large smoker as not enough air flow (which we discovered and later read about) and the temperature at least rose to near 100 Celsius

It certainly was a lot hotter and more efficient ☺ 

A bit of a blurry shot of the big bbq smoker in action.....

The chook smelt great and had clear juices but.....

to be on the safe side we gave it a further short cook in the oven ☺ it was delish and skin crisped up a bit better

I have been meaning to split the rhubarb which I had in the front lawn area for a few years so......

split I have, and do hope they survive as now have 3 plants ☺☺ and I have attacked all the weeds now....

The moon was looking larger on Tuesday afternoon, so of course I took a pic.....full moon is expected here is a special friends birthday that day so "Happy birthday" Diana ♥ and enjoy the full moon's smile on you ☺☺

The rosemary has been going really well and I have quite a few plants ☺

Another thriving.......

Plenty of weeding has been needed as I have neglected for a while....

Newspaper and even a pizza box helps keep those pesky weeds at bay lol 

Oregano and thyme going crazy ☺

The garden along the back of the house, with even a plant that smells and tastes like olives ☺and a couple of sage and lemon thyme as well 

The succulents and aloe vera have been cut back as going crazy, even though I have never actually watered this area......

Today (Thursday), I have now put down plenty of sugar cane mulch ready for the Autumn time in the garden so lets hope the weeds get lost under all that......

A good feeling to finally have fixed this area up and will plant more herbs as at least I CAN grown them, they are very forgiving lol 

And I made this cute owl crochet hat over 2 days and do hope a certain little baby likes this, oh and her Mum and Dad too ♥♥ The pattern is available for free crochet-owl-hat-pattern thanks to a lovely blog lady Sarah ☺☺

It is for a 6-12 mth size so plenty of time to wear over winter ♥
Well how is the weather/life where you are? Here the weather has been incredibly dry as I have said on other posts....with Autumn now here lets hope some rain falls as this area where I live is normally quite wet.....take care out there xoxo