Friday, January 30, 2009

Eggciting


Our ducks have just started to lay their first eggs now. This will be the fourth one. The ducks even made a 'nest' for this one in the straw; the previous three eggs were laid on the ground. I will be able to bake yummy cakes, biscuits and pavlovas now, with these wonderfully rich eggs.

Cheers,

Sandi xx

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Brought to you by the letter 'A'




I whipped up a quick present for our neice Kylee's new baby, Amber Kate. She now has her very own monogrammed t-shirt. Kylee loved it, and said to expect more orders, as her friends will all want one when they see Amber's trendy new t-shirt.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Singing in the Rain

We've had some lovely cooler (for this time of the year) temps this week - in the low 20's (around 73 oF). Usually it is a lot hotter, but I'm not complaining. Yesteday we had some nice cooling showers of rain, so good for the garden and fills up our water tanks. The ducks of course think it is just heaven, playing in all the puddles. It is raining today and I can hear our frogs singing.
Happy days!
Sandi xx
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Been Painting

(Railway Carriage studio)
We are getting more painting done. The paint colours are 'off white' - a nice vanilla white, and 'Dusty Road' - looks like the colour of chocolate milk, and 'ceiling white'. The vanilla is on the skirting boards and architraves, and parts of the kitchen, and the chocolate is on the tongue and groove wall panelling. The louvres (left side of photo) are on order, so they should be here soon. We are having five black metal louvres on the bottom, and nine grey glass above. The plywood (louvres) are just temporary to keep the weather out.

Here is the little fold-down table. (still have to drill some holes in the floor for the legs to sit in when down). There is a built-in nook behind the fold-down table, I'm sure I can find some sewing nik-naks to put in there! I still have to paint the wall in behind there. (have done the edges though)

Next we are painting the room up front - behind the sliding stained glass door. The electrician still has to come back and finish off too. We are getting there! (I know I keep saying that :)
Cheers,
Sandi
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Quackers

Hubby took a photo this morning, of me giving some bread to the ducks. We let them out of their pen every morning, to spend the day wandering around the garden together. As soon as they are let out, they all run around being very silly - it is very comical to watch.
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The 'Tropical 'garden

I have some more garden photos to show you. These are in my 'tropical garden'. Here is a flowering ginger. It has a lovely perfume, a little like frangipani.

This red dragonfly stopped briefly to have his photo taken.

A lovely mauve waterlily, it too has a beautiful perfume. I also spied two green sedge frogs sitting in a waterplant nearby. They were a bit far away to get a good photo, and also they move around the stem of the plant to hide from me.
How is your garden going?
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Friday, January 9, 2009

Giant Star Potato Tree

Our Giant Star Potato tree (Solanum macranthum) has lots of flowers on it at the moment. I planted it our near our letterbox as it is nice and sunny out there. The flowers are so pretty, when they first open, they are dark purple, then over the next few days, they fade to mauve, then white.

The Giant Star Potato tree is related to tomatoes and potatoes. The tree is native to Brazil, so is suited to our climate here. Cheerio for now, I'm off to do more painting in the carriage.
Sandi xx
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Button Find

Mr Roo and I had a short trip up to Rainbow Beach on Friday/Saturday, staying overnight at a villa in the holiday village there. Every year, relatives and friends of ours, stay at Rainbow Beach around christmas time. A friend, Christine, (on holiday also) was having a craft stall, raising money for an overseas orphanage. Bought some lovely buttons from her. I liked these vintage yellow ones.

Cool blue ceramic buttons.

More ceramic buttons of various designs and earthy colours. You can never have too many buttons.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Railway carriage (Studio) update

The ends of the carriage are now painted (Venetian Red) and look fabulous. We have sealed the hardwood platform to protect it from the weather.

Here is a photo of the stained glass sliding door that closes off the front room of the carriage. There is also a handy little built-in corner cupboard in this room - very cute.

The floor has been sanded and oiled (with Chinawood oil) and came up just beautifully. The floor sander man said that the type of timber used in the floor is ironbark - a very hard wood and a rich red colour.

We now have to finish the painting both inside and outside. Also order and install the glass louvres (we just have plywood in place temporarily). The electrician has to come back and install the light fittings and powerpoints. We are getting there!

View from back end of carriage. Still a bit of work to do before I can move my gear in (can't wait)
Cheerio for now,
Sandi xx
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