Monday, 24 November 2014

There Was Movement.............

There was movement at the Convent
Word had got Around;
A Band of Batty Bloggers
Were taking over their Ground!
They were coming from all directions
Some from near and some from afar;
One hitched a ride in a plane
but most rolled up in a car!
Fabric and Thread, Food and Drink
and Fun and Laughter was on the Agenda
It was to be the Highlight
of their November! 

For more Fabric and Thread
It was Planned to do some Shopping
Then back for lunch
And some present Swapping

All sorts of Surprises to Unwrap
Each one was so Good
It Deserved a Clap!

New Skills were Learnt
and Old ones Practised
New projects were started
and old ones were finished,
And some of us just socialised
because work we weren't!!
Some stayed Up late to continue their Toil
Others slept early
Their Shopping they would not Spoil

Eating was such a Pleasure
we ate to our Hearts Content because
Vicki our House Mother was an absolute Treasure!!

Outside it was Hot and Dry
no sign of Relief
could be Seen on the Horizon;
But guess who drove through a Storm on her way Home
and nearly stopped driving
because we had no vision!!

So now we are back to our daily grind,
Our Bathurst Bloggers meet
we have all left behind;
With our purchases, presents, photos and memories
our lives will be complete;
until next year when Bathurst is where
 we Batty Bloggers will Meet!!!!
Thanks must go to our Bathurst Blog meet Mumma
for organising a fabulous weekend.
And thank you to each of the Batty Bloggers who attended for making it a weekend of fun, laughs and inspiration!!!!
That is all from me today - I will be back later in the week to show you my beautiful swap present and all the goodies I purchased!!
Have a great week!!

Saturday, 15 November 2014


A late night last night and a sleep in this morning - really don't have the energy to do anything I should be doing today so I have been wandering around outside. A horrible 42deg here yesterday with a hot wind - depressing weather - today is a cool 24deg and no wind! rain predicted for late this afternoon and boy do we need it. Our irrigation quotas are reduced and as we have only a small amount to play with at full supply the garden watering has been cut back. But on my wanders I have found the old faithfuls are still flowering and a few surprises!
I can always count on the roses to brighten my day - even when they are at their flowering end they are still beautiful!

It is Mulberry season - nearly to the end - picking this afternoon to make some Jam. Corn is growing well, the new fruit trees are surviving well ( a couple of the 8 new ones) and tomatoes on the plants!
It is dry - the paddock above was lush and green with a mix of feeds 6 weeks ago. The feeder is for feeding my sons horses twice a day.

These fellas are very busy - usually a sure sign of rain - we have had a couple of light sprinkles - hope the forecast is correct for 40 points later this afternoon.

This will grow anywhere though no matter how dry - it is on the banks of a supply channel so it has had a couple of good soakings when the Lucerne is being watered.
Bella peering out from underneath mum's kennel - best to check what is going on before venturing out. 

Bella, Whiskey, Jim and Bob - my eldest son's working dog's litter. I am very partial to Whisky (I do go for the more unusual looking animals). The father is a German Coolie (one of my favourite working dogs) hence the multi colours.
Feed time is exhausting. Mum is not a good feeder (excels in everything else a mother does) so we have been feeding them everyday.

My all time favourite friend at the moment - Kinky (he has a kink in his tail). Another one of my sons working dogs but he gets so excited when I am outside near him and is so affectionate to me that I would break the rule of 'no male dogs' for him!! below him is Adam's other litter - these are some sort of cross that he uses for hunting. Of course my favourite one is the multi coloured!!! (I don't like brown or black horses either!!! multi coloured, palamino, dunns etc are).
Nothing gets thrown out on this place!! The old stoker is down the driveway - that is ok because I am slowly getting the old stuff lined up down the drive and planting bottle brushes behind them - a feature of sorts). The same with the old chaff cutter. The 3 tier stand is storing... you guessed it - keep that it might come in handy - it would look much better in my garden with plants on it!!!

More of - keep it just in case - the old Fiat sat just there for 5 years while they worked on it - they used it for a couple of months and parked it back there because something isn't working - guess another five years might see it fixed!! two views of some of the 'keep it just in case' behind the hay shed. And the next picture tells it's own story. Weeds and roly poly growing up through it - it will be hiding in a couple of years!!!lol
What else do you do on a lazy cool morning - sleep of course. Lady is well retired and the matriarch of the place. Libby is just very fat and lazy!! Just a snap of across the paddock nearest to me - Lucerne growing for the second cut and the remaining bales of the first cut to be picked up.
More junk - but see those darker small spots - RAINDROPS!!! And see the circular ripples on the dam - RAINDROPS. Then it went away!! maybe it will come back as they are saying!!
No sewing or craft to show - what I have been able to get done is all secret! getting very excited for next weekend - I so need a great weekend away and the Bathurst Bloggers Meet is shaping up to be a fabulous weekend of fun, laughs, eating and drinking and laughing and shopping and the list goes on!! this afternoon is shaping up to be lazy also - maybe a little bit of sewing!
have a great weekend!!


Tuesday, 4 November 2014


Each year in October the Griffith Garden Festival is held. Local gardeners open their gardens for the public with gate takings going to various charities in the town. Each year I visit one garden. This year it was a town garden, the owner is elderly but she was able to open it this year with help from family and friends.
There is only one tiny patch of lawn at the front. The rest of the front and the back yards are garden. Most of the plants have been sourced from friends and family, many a s cuttings. The owner opened her garden for many years but had to stop when insurance became an issue. I had been going to visit it every year for a number of years but missed out. I was so pleased when I learnt it was opening again.

Karah and mum, seated in one of the little nooks; and the view across the back yard. This is my style of gardening; - all the work has been done by the owner and her late husband; and every available space is used.
Every year, a feature of the festival is the Citrus Sculpture Display in the main street. I took the photos at night, the sculptures are lit up all night with huge overhead lights - there have been instances of vandalism - the glare from the lights has affected some of the photos.

The sculptures are set up and maintained by business houses, schools and community groups from within Griffith.

It started out with a few and has grown to over 60 this year.

It is really quite spectacular.

If you look close to a couple of them you will see Karah posing within - tourists from all walks of life spend a couple of hours looking, photographing and posing with them all.

If you ever get the chance to come to the festival do it. There are usually 7 - 8 gardens open, both urban and rural, and each one unique and a different style!
I am off to the kitchen to put some chicken soup on. I fell in a big heap yesterday - think the last 8 months has caught up in one big whammy. Every joint is aching, back pain, stomach cramps, nausea, coughing, runny nose - time to hide from the world for a few days I think. Probably a time to look at diet and the pace of my life also. maybe a new me coming up - but first the chicken soup and back to bed for a few hours!!

Sunday, 2 November 2014


No photos of the ring pillow or the size 1 and a bit vest I made for Rheis' wedding but some of the service and reception. Photo quality not great because my camera is not working and I had to rely on my phone. have fixed them up as best as I can though.
The service - couldn't get all of the bridal party in due to where I was sitting.
Oliver leading the bridesmaids and bride in (wearing the vest I made for him); and being the church clown all through the service!!wearing

Abbey & Karah - my two favourite grand daughter ( I only have 2 natural grand daughters lol!!) Karah was flower girl (a teary moment for me when she got out of the limousine - her mum was so excited that she was going to be flowergirl and she was missed out on the moment)

Rheis & Oliver after the ceremony.
Mr and Mrs Brill (Rheis & Sarah) with Oliver starting their walk as a married couple!
Cutting the cake.
Mum & Dan (school friend of Rheis' and one of the groomsmen). Mum had a ball at her first grandchildren's wedding!!
Rheis and his Nanna - she was the third to dance with him and even did a little bit of a jive!!!! She pulled up well today (wedding was yesterday) for an 82yr old!!
All up it was a lovely day enjoyed by everyone yesterday - it was so nice to have a 'happy' day full of love and laughter!
Karah wearing her Dalmation dress up that she thought up and made herself for a dress up day at school a couple of weeks ago!; and in her glory at the Leeton Show mid October - she will try anything this girl!!

This brown hat frightens the life out of him when his uncle Adam has it on (he happily goes to Adam when he isn't wearing it) - Adam stuck it on his head a couple of weeks ago and he tolerated it for about 20 seconds!!!
On the right is thunder thighs - we wonder where the 14kg is - soon find out when he is in his summer clothes. He appears to have Rheis' skin and colouring but instead of burning and blistering like Rheis and I do, Oliver just changes colour - luckily he got his mothers skin type!!
That is it from me tonight - I have heaps of photos from the Garden Festival held here recently - I will keep them for the next post!