I've moved blog domains.
I thought the best way to get back my blogging mojo back was to have a bit of a make over, so you'll now find me at
I hope you stop by for a visit:)
The day after school ended I went to Newcastle for a dear friend's birthday celebration. After the party was over I spent a couple of days in Sydney with only myself to please. I shopped and walked and did lots of sightseeing and soaked up the city. I spent a day at the zoo. One of my favourite things to do.
I loved the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Such a tranquil and special place not so far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
It was so much fun to be around Darling Harbour the week before Christmas.
But it is always good to be home.
Christmas Day was a time to open my Secret Santa gift. I was spoiled rotten by Josie this year.
A beautiful bag so exquisitely made.
Along with such a cute crochet hook holder.
And some other lovely bits of crafty goodness. Josie your accuracy and precision amaze me! My gifts are gorgeous. How lucky was I to receive your wonderful presents. Thank you.
It never ceases to amaze me how generous crafty bloggers are. Thank you so much Josie and thank you Chooky Blue for continuing this tradition. It is a special thing you do:)
I sent gifts to Kerstin
We have had time to relax. I have been working on sewing these grannies together.
What started out as this in July
Is nearly at the finish line. I'm just working on the border now.
We have had this little Goober staying with us
So we've been walking early come rain or shine
We've been relaxing too
Happy New Year
December is a good month to..
Spy on guests in the garage
Admire the liliums
love the Jacarandas
watch the sunflowers grow (thanks Leanne)
snuggle sister's pussycats
Dog and puppy sit
Which was fun but tiring
December is also the month to receive packages from the other side of the world thanks to Chooky Blue's Secret Santa Swap
I was allowed to open one
which was just beautiful
thank you thank you whoever you are
I LOVE my ornament:)
Has it been windy down your way?
But not yesterday at my brother's
This creature was much easier to photograph..
I have another vintage basket..
The beach is a treasure trove of bits and pieces..
This contribution was called "We Walk" and it was quite lovely to spot the clever artwork on the way.
Like many garden lovers a lot of time was spent this weekend in joyful abandonment in the garden.
For many years I have had a favourite tree that I was very attached to. We always looked forward to the predictable time of the year when that tree would be showing off its glorious vibrant orange blossom.
It started to look a bit sick around Christmas time and we've spent most of this year trying to save it but with no success.
I spent a lot of today sawing off dead branches and now it looks like this..
We haven't decided what to put in its place yet.
I have a basket full of gumnuts..
On a more cheerful note, I used an old scarf to yarn bomb our weeping rose..
Empty spaces all around us..
The first morning we had ice on the outside of the esky!
Our campfires were spectacular..
Finishing UFOs, gardening, crocheting, fiddling, going for lunch, reading, walking, taking photos..
He made his artwork from recycled timber and iron.
Some of his big birds are permanent fixtures at my local winery.
I loved this chess set and stool..
There were some pieces for sale that were WAY to expensive for my budget.
And some that weren't.
So...I splurged on my very own little birdie.
Each time I'd go I would have a chat to him and buy a few.
I still do-though now I chat to two women who have taken over his noworrybeads business.
I have a bit of a collection now..
I enjoy getting out and about in my local area.
But not today...
It is very, very windy..
and I am NOT a big fan of wind.
It is good for one thing though..
drying my quilt that I made ages ago and has become quite grubby..
I'm very much in relax mode.
Hanging around at home a lot.
And spending quality beach combing time.
I will have to get out of my habit of having an afternoon nap and staying up late.
Oh new school year are you here already?
This is one of my favourite times of the year.
All things Christmasy packed away.
And the brand New Year is here.
Lazy summer holidays.
I really enjoyed making my Secret santa gift and ornament for Laila
And receiving mine from Andrea
Thank you once again to the wonderful Chooky Blue who brilliantly organises this swap each year with such skill and enthusiasm. I have been in every one so far and it has become part of my Christmas tradition now!
Have fun everyone and a Happy New Year to you:)