Tuesday, 16 January 2018

In the Vegi Patch

Good morning! This was hubby's 'coffee shot' at breakfast today. Frowner?

As you may notice, I planted some mint under the tap as from past I have experienced it doing well. And that it is, it smells wonderful.

I planted 5 zucchini seedlings and 4 are doing well. One is looking quite sickly and so it will be replaced with some lettuces or radishes which I am waiting to sprout.

The kale will be able to be picked in a couple of weeks. 

And last, but not least, is a healthy patch of oregano.

I am waiting for peas to pop out of the ground and for tomato seedlings to take off. We have enjoyed a handful or 2 of lovely raspberries. Not sure if the raspberry plants are any good and will stay in place.

I was given this soft zucchini and I sliced it into rounds, fried them in oil and butter in the pan, topped the rounds with bacon and cheese and baked them in the oven. They went from oven to plate and served with a dollop of sour cream. Delicious.

Until next week, enjoy life...Dot :-)

Monday, 8 January 2018


Welcome to an early post from me, although it is just a day. I have a full day tomorrow and thought it best to get it out now rather than Wednesday.

I have completed a pretty size 8 cotton jumper. The beauty with cotton is that it can keep the wearer warm or cool when needed. The colour co-ordination was my design and I was pleased how they came together. 

And I have been crocheting apple cozies. Aren't they cute; and they work very well? No bruised apples!!!

I made several to put on display and filled them with tissue paper. The basket has made it into the window amongst the 'back to school' display.

We had family around for morning tea to celebrate a birthday. I whipped up some ham, cheese, Camembert and pickle bites and also some ginger creams topped with fresh raspberries. They went down very well with coffees all round.

Today I finally got some letters in the mail.

D2 joined me for my walk this morning as she had a later start for work. The water was not quite at full tide but was very nice to see.

Until next week, 

Keep well ... Dot :-)

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year

I trust this finds you all well and happy. Did you have a good Christmas? Welcome to the New Year of 2018!!!!

Today saw the other 2 members of our home off to work and so I have been catching up on some baking this morning. I have made seed crackers, granola and baked some diced pumpkin ready for the quiche for dinner. We have been enjoying the summer fruits available at the moment, hence the mango lassi above. Yummo.

I cooked a cheesecake for Christmas and was able to use a punnet of fresh raspberries for the topping.

My knitting needles have kept busy and I made this pretty pink cotton jumper. There is a multi-coloured jumper about to come off the needles today and be sewn together. 

We found ourselves popping out most days and meeting up with other folk at different spots in our community. We visited the Dip Falls at Mawbanna. 

Hubby was pleased to get his drone out for a fly on most occasions.

D2 relaxing and being creative. Clever girl. 

And I have kept up my walks!

Do you have goals set for 2018? I have to sort, sort and sort through stuff. This week I am starting on my spices.

.... Dot :-)

Tuesday, 19 December 2017


Welcome to the week of Christmas. We have had our local towns parade and this year I noticed that the end of it met the beginning again. They go around the CBD twice each year and often there is a wait before the start comes around again. There was plenty to see and the parade was well supported.

Minions again.

Peppa Pig noticed someone they knew on the street, so run to greet them on the way past.

Our church pastor has always taken part and each year you wait to see what creative idea he has put his family into making.

This clever boy has taken after his grandfather and pedals well around the streets.

Have a soft spot for the beetle. Very cute!!

And security was in place. I am pretty sure everyone was well behaved. The town was out in droves, as the norm, and excitement filled the air. 

And this morning it was a little overcast, windy and the tide was out. Never mind, I came home, put the Christmas music cranking, made a coffee and sat down here to meet with you.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone. Keep safe and happy! Remember the reason for the season. Bless you ... Dot :-) 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

In the craft corner

Good day!!! The warmer weather has arrived and folk are out in the summer gear. I thought I had better make up some more little girls dresses and so have made a few sizes in different colours. Not one of my dresses has been the same. It is a lot of fun making each one unique.

There is also one hanging in the shop window.

I crocheted a Soap Saver.

I also crocheted this cowl for a gift. I wouldn't mind getting one for myself. It is such a gorgeous colour, in fact I have added it to my 'wish list'. 

This morning I sewed the buttons onto this size 2 block cardigan. It is made with cotton yarn and so is soft to touch. 

Over the weekend hubby and I went for a drive with a picnic lunch in tow and pulled up at 'edge of the world' for coffee. We had to make the coffee in the car as it was windy out and there was a shower of rain coming over.

Christmas Day is just around the corner. Are you ready?

Dot :-)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Garden Plus

Hello. We have been having some lovely weather and the evenings have enticed me to get out into the garden. The seeds I raised indoors, in egg cartons, have been moved out somewhere in the garden. 

In the meantime, over the weekend I was gifted some seedlings from a friend who had an abundance of them. In the mix was aloe vera, mint, celery and tomatoes. I am excited to see how they will all fair and what I can bring to the table over summer. I am not sure how to grow celery so will have to do some research. 

Hubby and I have been out a couple of times for evening walks. We have had a few days of rain which was well received.

I am trying out some new herbal teas. This 'three mint' one was the first one to try. Very nice!

On the menu for lunch today were seed crackers. This is the second time around I have made them and I thinned them out more which made them nice and crispy. We had them with soup and dip.

Next week I will share with you a few things I have been doing in the craft corner. 

See you then ... Dot 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

It's nearly Christmas

Yes, Christmas is nearly here! And we are keeping this pretty plate on the table to put the latest 'little extras' for meal time. This day, D2 had made up some red velvet cakes topped with cream cheese. Yummo. 

It has been nice to get out either before or after dinner in the evening. I transplanted some zucchini plants that were grown indoors in egg cartons.

Along the fence I planted some Marigold seedlings. This will be pretty when they are in bloom.

The garden is a 'work in progress'. Indoors I am trying my hand at raising basil, kale, lettuce, tomato and parsley. 

The real and not-real. The tide was in today and there were ducks everywhere on this corner.

Trust your preparations are going well and you can relax ... Dot