Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pull Up A Chair, Sit Down and Put Your Feet Up

I recently received this "One Lovely Blog" award from the crochet queen, Lee who resides at
Let me introduce you to her. She lives in Tassie (Tasmania for O/S readers) and is a whizz with a crochet hook, whipping up wonderful creations which she sells through her etsy shop.
She has a wonderful sense of humour which comes through in her posts, which are about her family and growing Christmas trees and beautiful flowers on her farm.
She is taking part in Blogtoberfest, so is posting loads of lovely pics, drop by and say "Hi".
This is my first ever, ever, award, so I am tickled pink with it, thankyou so much Lee.

Later in the week I will be passing on this lovely award to 10 bloggers, so I am busy compiling my list.

Come back in a couple of days I may have been able to narrow it down to 10 by then................

Spring is well and truly here and when you add warm weather and rain together you get............... veeeeeeeeeery long grass. Monday proved the perfect day to dust off the whipper snipper and head to the tree belt and whip things into shape.

Yes, the grass was long and there was about 100 metres or so that needed
cutting down.

Actually, apart from the fact that it can be a hot, sweaty and dirty job, I find it quite therapeutic. Can be frustrating if the line keeps flying off the whipper snipper but I managed to get it all done in one go. No 1 son kept supplying me with a cold drink every half hour or so.

You may wonder why he wasn't doing it, a strong, healthy 19 y.o.!

Hmm, let me think, not sure if I would trust him to be careful around young trees plus the fact that he drove 6 hours after a gig and arrived home at 5am, so still a little tired.

I seem to do this job every Spring, whipping that grass off at ground level and seeing the tree belt looking neat and tidy appeals to my slightly OCD side.

To tell the truth I don't think the boys really give it a second glance and maybe they're scared of coming across a snake....................

Chairs emerging from the pages of an old book.

These chairs have been on my mind for some time.

Thread, fabric and old books..................

The Crab apples are still flowering beautifully, although the flowers have faded, the display and perfume is still beautiful.

There are 4 along the embankment.

Monday was an overcast day and the atmosphere created by the stormy sky was amazing. I just love this sort of weather

The Maples are slowly beginning to 'leaf up' starting at the top and working their way down. Love the contrast of the new red growth against background colours.

My Forest Pansy tree has fl0wered and is covered in 1000's of little pinky purple flowers that are somewhat heart shaped. This tree is a real survivor, although it isn't planted in the perfect spot, it continues to grow and blossom and make me smile.

I had 'the beast' outside on this amazing day and Tig just happened to be wandering by.
You can see the rain on the hills in the middle of the photo, before it heads this way.

Hmm... what is he thinking?

"Hurry up and take the photo woman, I've got a cramp in my leg!"

'Fleas, who me?"

Made me smile
So finally, after a few hiccups with the computer, things seem to be back on track. I am a little less frustrated and slightly more computer savvy, (but still loads to why is this in bold print. I swear I didn't push any other buttons!)
Like I said, still loads to learn.........
Thanks everyone for dropping by last week and commenting, I love having people from all walks of life and other countries stopping by to say 'hi'
I hope your week and weekend have been good. That you managed to find things to make you smile and enjoyed the beauty around you in the changing of the seasons.
Till next time, take care,
Claire X


  1. oh lovely forest pansies - they are on my wish list!

    And see what happens when you sew too much - your garden comes looking for you ;)

    i have an excellent thing like a blade on my "strimmer" - it also cuts holes in your hinge joint fences - just so the wallabies can get in easier...

    just spent the last two days planting shelter belts - the snakes are out already !

    your chairs look great - i like that blue one on the right best :)

    have a great week claire - good to see you put that computer in its place ;)

  2. Now hold on just a minute. Those chairs you stitched on old book pages are:

  3. Wow, Claire, you have been busy. It looks gorgeous there where you are! :)

    LOVE your book pages - very fun!

    Happy new week to you & yours,

  4. The chairs on the book pages look great! Have a great week! :) x

  5. more chairs please!!! they are amazing, we need to see more of them! thanks for your encouraging words over at my place xxxxx jenny

  6. Claire, my computer has a mind of its own too! (Bit like a wonky wheel you sometimes get on those supermarket trolleys.) Gosh you look industrious! That piece of wizardry looks like the equivalent to our strimmers! I'm a bit of a dab hand with a pair of shears - leave the rest to the man that can!!! Love your pictures. PS congratulations on your blog award - well done!

  7. Hey Claire,
    I feel your computer pain! While trying to post my latest, the font kept changing on me...WTH!! It took me forever to get it right.
    Love the Tig photos and your spring looks to be shaping up nicely.
    I just adore your stitching!!!! I have a free motion button on my Viking machine..can I do that too? Will that work?
    Have a lovely weekend, I will be in Pennsylvania getting a Serger crash course from an old friend. Wish me luck.

    Janet xox

  8. Wow, thanks everyone for dropping by and commenting, I love getting mail from all over the world.

    KF - I am happy to report that the garden is slowly being sorted out and no snakes sighted!

    JW, Zuzu adn Jenevieve - Thanks for the encouragement, means alot to me. Sometimes I wonder about the things I 'make'!

    JMcC - Thankyou so much for commenting, I love your work, hope to see it in your shop soon !!

    Molly- Glad I'm not the only one who has a cantankerous computer. Obviously it's not just me!!!

    Janet- you must have one fancy machine,mine's just a basic model. Not sure if your FM button will do the trick, but dig out your instruction booklet and get sewing, it's so much fun.


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