Monday, August 30, 2010

The Knitting and Crochet Motherload!

I have rediscovered 2 of my favorite crafts! Knitting and crochet
I was talking to a friend the other day and I worked out I've been crocheting and knitting for 41 years (I know I know! I must have started in utero!) My now 25y old daughter used to wear many a jumper knitted by me, and slept the first 2 years with a Blankey I crochet for her while I was pregnant with her.
So now I've dug out my knitting needles and crochet hooks and have searched the web for patterns, and now I've hit the motherlad of pattern pages! I hightly recommend you all check out the ravelry website and check out the gazzilion patterns there!

Start of a new era!

This is how you do it Son!

Yesterday was the start of a new era in our baby's live! Mr. L will be 12 in Dec and his Dad decided it was time for him to start mowing the lawn! 
After Mr L. donning all the safety gear, Dad showed him how to do it.
Life will be more easy and relaxed for us Mr. J tells me!! We can sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee while watching The Kid do the work!
Relax?? did he really say relaxed??  Does he not know all that can happen with a lawn mower??

Sigh!!!! It isn't easy to let your baby grow up!!
Dang, that lawn looks even better then when Dad does it!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Play Time!


 We bought a new camera for a trip overseas  we're planning for next year Sept. So now I'm going crazy taking all kinds of pictures!
By next Sept this little beauty and I should be firm friends!

(image borrowed from the Nikon website)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Aussie Jazy with her family and the Mayor!

Another chapter closed! as of 5:30pm today I gave up my Dutch citizenship and took on the Australian citizenship!
A new chapter in my live has started! 
And I'm all signed up to vote in the Aug 21st Election too!

Monday, August 9, 2010


What better way to spend an afternoon then with a cup of Lady Grey tea and a slice of freshly baked Apricot Loaf?
We're having beautiful Spring weather here! The sun is shining and I've picked my first bunch of Lavender from my garden this year!
Oh the smell of the fresh Lavender make that cuppa taste even better!

The recipe for the Apricot loaf:
1 cup dried apricots- chopped and tightly packed
1/2 cup sultanas
1 cup boiling water
2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 egg
2 cups self raising flour
  • Place apricots,sultanas & butter in a mixing bowl, add hot water and stir gently until butter dissolves
  • mix in sugar, egg & flour, combine well
  • put into a greased loaf tin & bake at 200C for 40 min, cool on cooling rack

( I found this recipe online ages ago, unfortunately I can't remember where! If you do know, email me and I will edit my post to include this information!)

(138 days until Christmas!)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Only 142 days until Christmas!!

Are you starting to panic yet??
I can't believe we're this far into the year already!
I've started to make ornies and presents as well.
I'm hoping to avoid the rush that usually happens in December around here! (and having 2 birthdays in that month as well, doesn't help either!)
I decided to use up some scrap wood and make some wooden ornies, I might even put a few of them on eBay.