Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dust is in the air...on every surface all around....

In the last week Australia's East coast has been blanketed in dust....fine red dust blown in from the outback.

The dust blew in here on Wednesday. I was sitting safely on the fifth floor of my office building watching the other buildings disappear. It was quite spectacular. Coming home to the layers of dust collected over everything in the house brings back some special memories for me...

It particularly reminds me of my mum and dad and how mum always used to make us kids (all six of us) stay outside for as long as possible after she had mopped the floor "stay outside if you have dirty feet" she would say. I always thought she was a bit mean.

We lived in a street where the cattle trains (large trucks with three carriages usually full of cattle) would pull up to re-fuel and sometimes park for a few hours or overnight. This was in a small town in northern Queensland.

The trucks would roll into town covered in bull dust a very fine dirt so I guess that's why my mum was always cleaning the floors.

Our house was huge and had louvers all the way around mum would get us to help her clean them at least once every week or two. My little sister and I usually helped each armed with an old nappy and a bucket filled with warm water and a lid full of kero - wipe the front and then the back there were literally hundreds maybe thousands of these things.

Maybe I will tell you some more about the cattle trains and the adventures of life growing up in this little town later on....

Sunday, September 13, 2009

September 13 and the sun was shining

The sun was shining this beautiful spring sunday. Oh why, oh why did I spend so much time indoors....

I made a dress, I had a nap, I ate some toast and surfed the web, I read a magazine, I drank some coffee.

I ventured outdoors to hang out the washing (two loads - one white, one black). Now the sun is gone and dinner I ate and soon I will be in bed. Lets hope the neighbours don't party tonight as I really would like to dream of the sunshine I missed on this Sunny September Sunday in spring.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Collections old and new

I'm a collector...I love things old and new...I like to group these objects together and display them, change them around when I'm in the mood or make something new...

My mother gives me bits and pieces every now and then to add to my collection...she always says I may as well have them now rather than waiting til she's gone. Some of them were her mothers or her grandmothers...some are chipped or cracked some are perfect.

My father understands my love of old and new...he once filled a little box with bits of old fencing wire tied into knots. The fence was long gone as the wire was all rusted so they were a little like fossils.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My favourite things.....

I haven't posted in a while and thought I would share with you some of my favourite things in no particular order of course....

  • looking up into the blue sky and watching the clouds change shape

  • the smell of the Australian bush at sunrise

  • coffee - the smell and the taste

  • roast dinners

  • crisp clean sheets, dried in the sunshine

  • the stories that come with objects handed down the generations

  • being myself with family and friends

  • ribbons, buttons and old lace

  • red shoes

  • the sound of waves crashing on the beach.

Green Island - North Queensland

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rain, rain come and stay....

I woke up this morning to the sound of splashing water....after a few moments of feeling a little disorientated I finally realised it was raining and the sound I could hear was the water splashing into the water tank outside my bedroom window.

The tank was full to capacity three months ago....The toilets and washing machine are connected to it as are all the garden taps.

There wasn't enough rain to re-fill it but every little drop will count. And the rains they will be comin soon.

I love the sound of rain especially on a tin roof and the smell of rain, the glow that makes the leaves on trees look really green when a big storm is coming, the big fluffy clouds that change shape and watching the steam rise off hot bitumen as it is cooled by rain after hours baking in the hot sun.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pak choi joy

It has taken a little longer than expected to grow... but I am now harvesting the first of my pak choi. I must say it tastes great and has a sweet flavour of success mixed in. Must sew some new seed...

Experiments in still life

Sometimes life just stands still....but mostly it just passes by...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Doggie Style

No it's not what you think.....

Feeling full of excitement after knitting my first "non-square" I decided with the chill of winter approaching I would attempt something to keep my wee wittle jasper warm. A friend lent me a book, I measured him up and after five evenings of knit, knit, knit (with maybe a few purl, and k2tog,m1,sl1 etc in between) the supa stylish doggie football jersey was born - shame I made it in blues colours.....

I'm thinking now is the time to attempt some new styles maybe try some circular knitting stay tuned for some more doggie style!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Funky booties

Wow my first knitting project that isn't a square!! I'm was so excited I knitted three pairs....not really the first three booties I knitted were all different sizes so I had to try and knit three more to match. Lucky I was making booties for twins.... and the spare pair will go to a friend. Yeah!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Oh sweet cherry reds

To keep my little toes warm as the temperature drops I have been knitting some little cherry red Mary Jane slippers. I'm quite proud of the fact that for the first time I am knitting something other than a square or a rectangle.

My love of cherry red Mary Janes too goes back quite a way...I buy a new pair each time my little red shoes wear out - I think I'm up to the fourth pair. The rule is I must wear them out before I get a new pair. My latest pair started to wear out within a month of purchase grrrr but thats a story for another day.

Time to go cherry red Mary Jane shoe shopping - Yeah!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The day greek yoghurt saved my nose

I learnt a valuable lesson today....

Don't scratch your nose whilst de-seeding the hottest chilli ever.

I was happily going about my business sorting the seeds I had been drying on the window ledge for my veggie garden. I had dried out the middle of a couple of capsicum and scraping the dried seeds into a bowl.

I also had a couple of habanero chilli's which I wanted to save the seeds from to plant in the garden. I set to work removing the skin and peeling the seeds away to place on the ledge to dry.

I have been suffering a little hay fever over the last few weeks and my nose has been quite sensitive. I must have unconsciously rubbed it and got a little bit of chili juice around my nose and the top of my lip. I only noticed when I liked my lip and whoa what a soon as moisture was applied to the chilli it started to heat up....

I thought I could wipe it off with water on a face washer but again it just got hotter - I switched to milk and it helped a bit but still hot. It felt like there were flames coming out my nostrils.

Greek yogurt came to the rescue. I have never tried sticking greek yoghurt up my nose before but it seemed to be working....After about 15 minutes I thought I could remove the yoghurt. WRONG - as soon as I wiped it off it started to burn again. I smoothed the yoghurt back on and started watching a movie, about an hour and a half later when the yoghurt had all but dried up on my face I removed to find the burning had passed and my skin was all beautiful and soft.

Thank you greek yoghurt you saved my nose...

Diggin the veggies

Well I finally got out in the veggie garden and did a bit of digging. I dug a new bed and planted some silverbeet and leeks. I'm also thinking of putting in some beetroot and capsicum - maybe tomorrow.

I also planted some seeds a week ago and they are now starting to emerge. I planted thyme, silverbeet and some bok choy.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Running for the 'any old' bus

I know I know its been a couple of days and I haven't posted. Is there a protocol that says I have to make daily posts....I don't think so.

This morning I had to run for my bus. It wasn't because I was running late, I was actually running early and a bus (and I mean - any old bus) just happened to be coming down the street travelling faster than me.

Anyway I made it to the stop in time to catch this bus and it happened to be going my way. Only problem was it was an old bus with no air conditioning and I had just run half a block and was sweating profusely, worst of all the only seat left was next to a lady that took up more than her fair share of the vacant seat beside her.

I took it anyway.

Monday, April 13, 2009

This one goes first

This is my first post. It is all new and very frightening - is there a spell check? I must look it up as I have the worst spelling. Oh look there it is, big ABC button with a tick.

Another Easter over. It rained again, why does it always have to rain over Easter weekend?

Today was very miserable, I planned to do lots in the garden but it was too wet. All I ended up doing was re-potting a couple of plants I picked up from a friend and arranging some of my pots - I'm not sure I like what I have done.

The veggie garden will just have to wait another week for some attention... Problem is all the rain is going to make all the weeds grow and there will be twice as much work to do when I get around to it.

Anyway thank you rain if you didn't come today I wouldn't have lazed around reading magazines and drinking hot chili chocolate which I thoroughly enjoyed.