Hello girls, how are you going with your new year's
Sticking to them, or is it a waste of time?
I'm keen to get my first pair of knitted socks underway, so when in Albury on Friday, I thought I would drop in to the local wool shop and check out some yarn and patterns etc.
I was keen as mustard, motivated, focused.
Even drove around the block a couple of times looking for a park....it's busy....holidays.
So when I finally got to the shop and found it SHUT till 15th? of Jan......
I was a little deflated, I can tell you.
Guess there's not too much call for wool and sock/jumper/beanie patterns in Summer!!
Never mind, I will put that goal on hold for a week or two, but if you have a good sock pattern for a beginner I would love to know about it.
In the mean time, little birds are keeping me happy....
See it's beautiful spotted/polka dot feathers, how sweet is that?
It's a Diamond Firetail, a member of the finch family.....
We've had temps hovering up around the 40+ mark since Thursday, so while I was still in town I bought another bird bath.
I already have 2 terracotta ones which belonged to my mum, but this is mine and I love it.
Nice and deep and a lovely sea green/blue colour.
I had it in one part of the garden, but I think it was too exposed so this evening I moved it. I want to be able to see it from the great room and watch birds splashing around in it.I'll have to place some sticks in it for the smaller birds to perch on.
Fingers crossed I've got it in the right spot now......
We have a Magpie family of 3 who call our yard their home......
They bring their one and only offspring and spend the day here wandering round looking for food.
It's lovely to watch them and hear them chortling away.
This pic was taken through the window this afternoon, so a little blurry....
Another pic taken yesterday afternoon, I was hiding behind the curtain so as not to scare it off.
Quite amusing to watch, it eventually plonked itself directly into the cats water dish to really cool off......
I found this brochure on Woodland Birds while I was searching through a cupboard on the weekend.......perfect.
A great little reference....think I might be stitching a few of them.....
Not sure if any of them live in my neck of the woods, but I'm keeping an eye out.....
Have I mentioned it's been hot here?
Everything is tinder dry and when the wind springs up, it sends a bit of a shiver through you.....remembering the terrible Ash Wednesday fires.
There have been bad bushfires in Tasmania with a number of homes lost, fortunately no lives have been lost.
I much prefer the cooler weather, but there is a beauty with each season, sometimes you just have to look a little harder....
Thankfully, we have air con and it certainly makes a difference.
A pack of icy, cold Paddle Pops in the freezer also helps you to stay cool......I don't think the boys have found them yet!!
Hubby and No.1 were away over the weekend,so I got to play to my hearts content. Unfortunately, the heat has a rather draining effect despite the air conditioning, so only a couple of ideas were stitched up.
I had fun ripping and tearing then stitching......working on ideas till I get them to a point where I'm happy.
Outside the poor garden is looking very sad.
Leaves curled and crisp on some plants and buds burnt, but my
Pineapple Lily/Eucomis is growing nicely.
3 bulbs were given to me by a gardening friend and although appreciated, I didn't have room for them in the shrubbery, so they were put in rather haphazardly.
Obviously they are tough plants and thriving happily.
I'm keen to see the flower spike shoot up...another reminder of my garden loving mum, who grew these interesting bulbs.
Beautiful blooms of Gertrude Jekyll,which are shaded a little, have survived the heat.....
The Buddleia is once again covered in beautiful
purple blooms, with their wonderful honey scent.
It was fun stitching up ideas over the weekend but today it's back to sewing for the local gallery......more Little Hoots are needed, so I must get back into production mode....
If I stay on task I might be able to have a little play time later.....hmmm!!
Things are a moving at a slower pace these hot, Summer days.
Poor Tigger in his fur coat, looks for the darkest, coolest spot, which is usually under No.1's bed.
The chooks certainly feel the heat and although there is plenty of cool, clean water to drink, I rarely see them doing so.
I usually take out some bread crusts soaked in water or some lovely cold water melon which they devour with gusto.
Hopefully, this will help to keep them hydrated in the heat.
Well, here we are 7 days in to 2013, I hope it's going well for you.....
Welcome to my new Followers, thanks for joining me here......
I hope the weather isn't too extreme wherever you are girls and thanks once again for visiting.
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Never ceases to amaze me the blogging connections that are made.
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Have a great week and thanks for visiting,