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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Friday Night with Friends- August

I did join in with Cheryll and all the other Friday night friends for a little bit of crafting. I really should get started earlier in the afternoon because I struggle to stay awake to get much crafting done in the evenings. My father in-law once told me I keep children's hours and I think he might have been right. My children though have always been able to stay up later then me. I like going to bed early, I wake up early.


Anyway. I did a little crochet. Just finishing off a scarf that I started quite some time ago. I hadn't bothered until now to finish it because the winters have become so mild that a scarf is hardly ever necessary. But... I am going to be travelling to cooler climes in the not too distant future and the added warmth will be necessary.


I found a quick and easy cowl pattern (crochet or knitted) in a library magazine and will make that up in this ball of Icelandic wool. I haven't started that yet but it really shouldn't take too long particularly if I take the crochet option. The Icelandic wool is really nice and chunky but can be a bit scratchy. It will do and it is good to use up what I have here.

Until next time. Hopefully I can get into some sort of regular writing habit again.
Tracy xo

Friday, August 2, 2019

FNwF

Hard to believe that another month of 2019 has passed by. It has though and with that it means it is time for Friday Night with Friends again. I don't know what I will be doing but I do intend to include a little bit of creativity and crafting in my evening. Maybe just some mail art as I try to catch up on my correspondence.



I took part in Cheryll's Christmas in July swap. I was partnered with Illene who was very generous and sent me lovely gifts. And definitely hit the mark with my favourite colour, blue.



My new bag is really pretty and very handy. Thank you Cheryll and Illene.

Now I just have to make sure I take the time to check back in later/ tomorrow with any crafty progress I make. Until then,
Tracy xo

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sewing

On Friday night I joined in with some other like-minded folk and enjoyed some sewing time. Thanks to Cheryll for hosting our virtual get together. 

I had a few mending jobs to get done before any sewing proper. A T-shirt that needed a few stitches in the side seam and a button to sew on Hope's school uniform (yes, she could do it herself but didn't). Then it was full steam ahead.



I made a few more produce bags. They are just small drawstring bags for buying fruit and vegetables in. This batch I made using a curtain that had was getting tatty.


I also repurposed two chicken feed bags. These are made of some sort of plastic and very much a single use plastic item which is unfortunate and a real waste. They can be recycled through the REDcycle program (have to cut the bags down to A3 size first) but, I kind of like getting a bit more use out of them first as the material is sturdy and reuse or repurposing is better than recycling.


Ideally I could take them back for a refill of chicken feed but that isn't an option. 

This month is Plastic Free July. It's a great initiative and raises awareness about plastic use and the impacts of it. I try to do my bit for the planet as best I can.

Bye for now,
Tracy

Friday, July 5, 2019

Friday Night with Friends- July


The first Friday of the month and it is Friday Night with Friends. I'm not sure how that came around so quickly. June was a whirlwind. I am organised for some crafting and determined to have at least a  little to show here for my efforts this month.

If you would like to join in and have a virtual creative get together  then Cheryll's blog is the place to sign up. Thanks Cheryll for organising.

I will be doing some upcycling/ repurposing. Trying to do my bit for the planet, living lightly with less waste.

Bye for now,
Tracy

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Catching Up

It seems that every time I think I am caught up on things, something else crops up. All kinds of little dramas that make up the minutiae of life. Nothing drastic but enough. It is my excuse reason for being behind in almost everything. But anyway, enough with the excuses. What is happening at the moment?


Frosts. Everyday this week has been frosty. It is winter so no surprise but we don't always get the frost so it's a nice surprise each morning to see the blanket of white. The garden is holding up against the freeze and I can finally cut back all of the dahlias and asparagus which had been hanging onto their leaves while the weather was mild.

Reading. I do spend a bit of time reading each day. Of late I have been reading some great memoir style books. Not so much fiction. My latest finish was Skymeadow by Charlie Hart which was enjoyable. I am on Goodreads if anyone is interested in adding me as a friend there.

Farm. The animals are all in good health. Thank goodness. I would dearly love for there to be more feed in the paddocks for them but relatively speaking, they have plenty. So no complaints from me. There is water in the creeks and in the tanks.

Garden. It is slow at the moment but still something to pick each day. Lettuce, radish, Asian greens, kale, herbs. The aliums are in and growing well. peas too (though the birds have been eating some of these). There was a baby rabbit living in the vegetable garden (I almost jumped out of my skin when he ran out of hiding) but he has left for places unknown.

Bees. The bees are busy even in the winter. The rosemary is abuzz with them and there are some eucalypts in flower so enough to keep them out collecting nectar and pollen. The last two summers have been hard on the bees with the drought wreaking havoc on the trees and flowers.

Life in general. Like I said, playing catch-up. Always chasing my tail. I have a small stack of letters to reply to. Some sewing to finish up. Exercise that I should be doing but have been neglecting. This week though is our wedding anniversary so I am going to enjoy that time.

That is probably more than anyone wants to read in one sitting so I will close for today.

Bye for now,
Tracy


Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 1

A new month seems like as good a time as any to reboot my writing here. I keep meaning to write and just never get to it. Maybe this time.


Life has been running smoothly for the most part with all the usual goings on.

 Winter has arrived with some very cold weather after the long, hot, dry summer. I am glad I gathered in all of the basil and chillies last week before the severe frosts hit. Still there is plenty to do in the garden as always.

I have a little bit of craft to keep me busy. I joined Cheryll's Christmas in July swap and am keen to get stitching for my swap partner. It has been quite a while since I've been in a sewing swap. Fun times. I think I have settled on what I'll make so now to get cracking.

That's all for today,
Tracy xo


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Potatoes in bags

I've wanted to try growing potatoes in bags for a while. I had a few spare seed potatoes and some hessian sacks from the organic grocer that used to be in town. I use the sacks for the worm farms but some are too thick and the worms don't like them at all.  So I did all the things they say to do and the plants looked lush and green and grew well. But...


These potatoes make my hand look big.

The results were a failure. Six little potatoes. The plants growing in the ground did well but not those in the bag. I watered them and the substrate they were growing in was good and fertile but from what I have been reading, it might be the heat that was working against me. I would not be surprised, it has been desperately hot. So I will probably give the experiment another try when the conditions are not so extreme or find a cooler spot. That is the good thing about growing in the bags, they can be placed anywhere you like.


What the heat and dry weather doesn't affect is the weeds. They can thrive in any conditions it seems. The chooks took good care of this lot and they've also been scratching in the newly weeded patch in the front garden.


The bees are busy. There are eucalypts in flower and they are making the most of the nectar. I hardly see them in the vegetable garden when there are gum trees in bloom but thankfully I did notice a few in the pumpkin flowers this morning. Hopefully that translates to pumpkins down the track a little. Thankfully the blue-banded bees love the vegetable garden and are pollinating the basil, chillies and tomatoes.

ANyway, day 5 of Month of Letters and I have some writing to do.

Bye for now,
Tracy