Monday, December 5, 2016

New Arrivals

Another new rose open today:
"Vienna Charm"

Two new chooks arrived:
Blue Andalusian behind, Silver-pencilled Wyandotte in front.

The four older chooks:
On the left the Barnevelder and Australorp cross who arrived almost exactly 2 years ago. On the right, an ISA Brown who arrived in October 2010. I'm not sure how old the big Australorp cross in front on the right is, but I've got a picture of her looking just as big in August 2010, so I think she is at least 8 years old. She's older than my blog, anyway!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mystery Step Two

Thirty-six units made, which is roughly a third of the full amount.

Rose "Double Delight" in the garden:
A little scorched around the edges from the hot wind, but smelling fantastic.

Here's the link-up for this week. Check out everyone's mystery progress!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

More Orange Things

Spotted in a junk shop today:
Who could resist an orange sewing machine with pretty flower decals all over it?
It is a hand-crank machine. All the mechanism moved smoothly, and the bobbin case was there. But there seemed to be a problem with the bobbin-winder. It is missing! So $89 seemed a bit steep and I left it there.

Back home in the garden some pretty orange flowers of our own:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Men At Work

A larger-than-expected concrete mixer arrived this morning, with enough mix for the foundations of the fence across the back of the carport:

Foundations for the fishpond wall:

And a bit left over for the greenhouse floor:

Later in the day a new toy tool got a work-out:
The tractor now has a mowing attachment.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fish Home

Formwork for the foundations of the fishpond:
Ready for the concrete to arrive tomorrow.

Where the fish are living in the meantime:
They've been in this sad-looking spot on the back verandah since moving from a luxurious pond in the city. The old gate keeps them safe from kookaburras. The new pond will need something to serve the same purpose.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mystery Window

Today I attended a meeting in a room with these beautiful windows:
I was struck by the colour scheme - it's a lot like Bonnie's mystery quilt this year. Purples, green, yellow and magenta. And the clear glass becomes the neutrals.

Speaking of neutrals, after the meeting I popped into a quilt shop, and found where they "hide" them. In a corner that I normally just walk past because nothing reaches out and grabs me:
So a few little pieces came home with me to be added to my mystery quilt.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Orange Things

A pretty wildflower growing beside the road nearby:

A tractor digging a big hole between the house and the garage:
Future fishpond.

A new band for my Vivofit:
Some sections of the display no longer work. There are two missing from the last digit (I think that is meant to be a 6), but there are a couple of others missing that don't show in the picture. I bought this band at the same time as the green one I've used for the last year or so, and so it was time to put it on and get some use from it before the display fails completely.