Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Garden Blooms

Come with me for a walk around my garden.
This yellow chinese lantern (Abutilon) has loads of beautiful flowers on it at the moment. It is a favourite flower for honeyeater birds too.

One of the port wine magnolias. This one has a beautiful perfume, and releases it's scent in the afternoon.......lovely. Can you see the bee in the flower?

Here is a rhondaleisha, and it is covered in clusters of perfumed pink flowers.

Pretty pink jasmine buds.
Walking round the garden, there are wafts of flowery fragrance......and bees buzzing .
The weather has warmed up considerably, almost like summer, these last few days. Just waiting for some welcome rain now.
Sandi xx
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Playing with Blocks

Today I am having a play with a couple of blocks I made from tutorials. The first one is 'whirlygiggles'. I made a template from the instructions given by greeting arts. (thanks Annie)This is just some scrap fabric. I was thinking of sewing this in reds and white.

The other block is called 'spools'. I saw this one on Karen's blog, (Mon. June 22, 2009). Her tutorial is great. Don't know what colours I'll use for this one.
Happy sewing,
Sandi xx
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

One of these things is not like the other one....

Lets play a game of - One of these things is not like the other one........did you pick it? Mmm....

That's right! It's the funny-looking black bird with the red head and the yellow ...whatever you call that dangly bit. Handsome devil isn't he? He is a Brush Turkey!

Looking, looking, for what's falling from above.......

Mmm....sunflower seeds. This seed tray is above where the turkey is. These noisy rainbow lorikeets visit every day.
Been working on some new stitchery designs. So not a whole lot of stitching going on. (yet)
Cheerio for now,
Sandi xx
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Flower Arranging.....? and a spot of tea

I have these blue-faced pansies in a pot on the back steps, aren't they pretty?

Mr Bowerbird thought so too!

So what does a bowerbird do these days to entice the ladies to visit his bower? Flowers and a lovely cup of tea.
Cheerio for now,
Sandi xx
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

I See Blue

A male satin bowerbird (above) (picture from Birds of Lamington National park)

Can you see the blue 'treasures' ? A satin bowerbird has built a bower in our garden.

He has been very busy collecting!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Win a Jewelry Tree

Pop on over to Missie Krissie's blog to win this gorgeous handmade jewelry tree. It is cleverly made from silver cutlery. It has a place to hold all your jewelry bit and pieces. Don't forget to mention you heard it here. Krissie also makes lovely jewelry too, check out her website.
Cheerio for now,
Sandi xx

More Camping Photos

I was wondering why the photos were looking a bit 'foggy'. The lens on the camera had fogged up, because the camera was cold. Put the camera in the sun for a while to clear the lens. The campground had lots of nice lush green grass, which the kangaroos obviously liked.

A few roos just lazing in the morning sun.

This roo had a really itchy tail!

A couple of young blue-faced honeyeaters. They were quite friendly and would fly in and sit on a nearby chair, or hang off the tent ropes, hoping for a handout.
I hope you enjoyed the camping photos.
Sandi xx
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Those Cheeky Possums

Here are some more photos from the weekend's camping trip. At night, the possums come out. (Sorry about the 'red eye' in the photos, I couldn't fix it).
We had two brush-tail possums visiting.

Looking for food. (ours)

Uh-Oh!!! possum in the shower tent. Our friends had put their rubbish bags in their shower tent (zipped up), thinking that it would be secure. I think possum got in underneath.

These guys are great at climbing, and can go straight up a gum tree.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Camping Weekend

We went camping with friends at a forestry reserve called 'Peach Trees' on the weekend. It is near Kilcoy, S.E.Queensland. Set in a lush, green valley with a pretty creek flowing through. There were several groups of kangaroos grazing and lazing all around the camp. Awww... aren't they cute?

Of course, I took some sewing with me.

Here are some of the group around the campfire. We had beautiful crisp winter weather.

The possums visit the camp at night, cheeky things! These ones are common brushtail possums and are about the size of a cat. You have to make sure your food is secure, if not , they will find it!
(I can only seem to load four photos at a time on blogger, I do have more photos, but perhaps these are enough.)
Hope you had a great weekend!
Sandi xx
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bear in Danger

"Is there something in my hair?"
* Post edit: This is in fact a longicorn beetle that was on my flyscreen in the morning, so I thought I'd take his picture. I love his looong antennae.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Garden Project

This is the little garden project I was telling you about in the last post. I have converted an old concrete laundry tub into a little garden planter. It is now beside the back steps, and planted up with the strawberry plants, chives, thyme, mint and coriander.

I like to have herbs growing close to the house, so I can quickly nip out and pick them fresh.

I wonder if my ducks will eat any strawberries they see hanging over the edge? Hope not! :(

Now I just have to wait for everything to grow.
I took this last photo this morning (still in my pj's) and wearing my garden shoes. A nice spot to sit in the sun with a cuppa on a winter's morning.
Cheerio for now,
Sandi xx
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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Strawberry shopping

It was sister-in-law Jenny's birthday during the week - she is rather partial to strawberries, with this in mind, I remembered seeing this lovely boxed set of cups and saucers (a pair) in our new Antiques and collectables shop in town. They would be lovely for an elegant tea (with scones, jam (strawberry of course) and cream.

I also bought some delicious milk chocolate and white chocolate-coated freeze dried strawberries from our local sweets shop to put in with the china teacups. It is a very special treat!

Called into the plant nursery in town, and bought some pots of strawberry plants for a little garden project, you will see that soon.
I had a lovely afternoon shopping for strawberries :)
Hope you are having a berry nice weekend!
Sandi xx
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