Wednesday, March 15, 2017

two nice things ... and a mess... 2017-3-15



  .....  First nice thing ...... was my hubby removing the broken printer from the 'Office'   and packing up some of his bits and pieces so I can have somewhere I can use the Laminator without cluttering up the dining room table ...  he only uses the office for storage and to use the new printer .... so now I have some usable Laminating space...    I do like laminating things ....



I plan to laminate most of my colourings and some Christmas tree decorations.....  will be fun......


... Second nice thing ...... was receiving  a wedding invitation from my nephew....  the wedding will be outdoors in the mountains ... and the theme is Forest Fantasy with Titania, Queen of the Fairies.
It will be so much fun ..   I'm looking forward to it ....  

...  the invitation is beautiful and came in an envelope with a lovely Wax Seal ...  Mum was delighted with it  and is looking forward to going to the wedding ....
... now I'm thinking about what colours to wear ...  what would a Forest Fairy wear .. ????


Lately the weather has been wonderful...   rain showers and sunshine.....    Can't hang out the washing ... but the garden loves it ......

... and the Mess ..... is hubby's treasured Choko Vine ....  it has become a monster  ... it covers the fence and is strangling my Snapdragons ..  
... every day I have to re-twist the tendrils back onto the vine and off the Snappies ..... but I'm not allowed to cut it back ..... \o/ ..... I think the people in the units next door might get some chokos  when it fruits ...  there is a lot of vine on their side of the fence ......






Our hydrangeas stopped blooming and the flowers were fading nicely .. I love the colours they go as they fade....  


...  but today I noticed a couple of new  small flowers ...   they are so cute ...




..  I've let this weed grow through the old bench seat ...   just for fun....


 Have a great day .....   Barb   xxxxxxx

Sunday, March 5, 2017

..the rain has come.... 2017-3-5



.. it's been raining in Sydney every day for a week now.....
.. some days there is sunshine between the showers
.. some days just grey sky...





.... it's nice to have a change from the heat wave we were having ..........

the downside for us is that Hubby has to live with towel and bucket drip catchers on his side of the back room because of leaks in the ceiling that come when we get a bit of heavy driving rain...  at least it's colourful ..



Autumn is my favourite season.......  I'm glad it's here.


Mum went out for coffee with her Aged Care Carer on Thursday afternoon, while hubby and I did some shopping.
..  this lady comes for 3 hours every Thursday to give me some free time ....  it's great ......



I'm doing some colourings that I think some of my family might like , with Christmas in mind...  
.. my eldst grandson wants this one .. it's 5inches(12.5cm) square ....

 I'm using my  0.3mm fine liner pens for these little ones..  I'm enjoying it .......


...  I like this one too... it's the same size as the other one .....



I took this photo of the flowers on the Chain of Hearts plant   they are  so unusual............                                                     


 I taken some plants inside te house so Mum can see some greenery  ...

.. a lovely Parlor Palm on top of the new china cabinet we bought recently .....perfect place for Mum's angel  to live ...


..  there are plants on a white stand near our book chair ... and Mum's Crown of Thorns plant beside it ..  Mum likes it ...





.. I changed the furniture around in this room when we got the new china cabinet.....  it opened the room up a lot ....



I put a Maidenhair Fern in the bathroom and it has given the room a lift and a pop of colour ....





.. Have a good day , Everybody ...    see you soon ...........................  Barb  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, February 26, 2017

My big Surprise ...... 2017-2-26






... Hubby has been cleared to drive so Mary has her time to herself again...   we are all happy ...
..the cardiologist has found that Hubby has 2 leaking heart valves... so it's off for more detailed tests..


 Hubby and I went to our friend Merle's place today for afternoon tea...   we had it in the garden where it was mild with gentle breezes..

Here's Pidge and Kidney .. they were very friendly ...
.... a lovely Bottlebrush flower from Merle's front yard.....
.. and some lovely blue and white Plumbago growing in front of the windows ....


I fell in love with this print on the internet....   Mary photographed it  and had it printed and framed for me....  I was so happy with it ....
yesterday  our son and his wife came with this as a present for me.....   

... I was stunned and very surprised ... 
 it's well over twice the size of the one Mary did for me.....it turned out that  Mary was speaking to her brother when he and his wife were in Texas to have  Christmas with his wife's family.... and she told him about it....he contacted the company and had this large copy sent to  his wife's sister so she could bring it with her when she visited Sydney two weeks ago....  then they had it framed and gave it to me yesterday....  It is over the dining room table where  the small one was, and the small one is over the kitchen window... I love having two  copies of  it .....



...I have crickets living in my 4 o-clock plants ......







                                                                                                                                                                   .....Have a good day ...  Barb  xxxxx                                                   

Sunday, February 12, 2017

.. Excited .... 2017-2-12 ...

.....   YES ..... I'm excited about my photo .......

..   I'm very happy with how this photo turned out .......it is one I took last year of some of the plum blossoms on our tree....  I had it enlarged, laminated and framed....   It is hanging over my Fridge and freezer in the dining room ......      I love it .....  so do Hubby and Mum ....

..this is a view from further away .....    I'm excited to see it framed on the wall ...



 


...the sorting of my digital photos is coming along really well....   I'm well over half way through them now ...






                                   ..  this is a Hover Fly ......  I get a lot of these in my garden........



..                       ..  a lovey, single Geranium flower  ..................



                                                            .......  Tree Begonia flower buds ..............




                         .........  I love how the bark on this tree shreds and curls......  





............  found these little grasshoppers on my 4 o'clock plant...   they were so tiny ........




 ...............  Do you like my Cleopatra..... I always thought she wore more clothes than this .........


..  a neighbour in the units next door is feeding the Currawongs...   this one was having a lovely treat .....




....  have a great day .......   Barb  xxxx












Monday, February 6, 2017

..Roller Coaster Ride....

..  Roller coaster  ride ......


.... hubby decided to go off his pain medications..  just stop, just like that ...
in less than 12 hours he became a very agitated, stressed out person.
 He wanted to be off the meds quickly so he would be able to drive our car and not rely on our daughter to take us where we needed to go.
We were able to get him to quickly see his doctor who was able to convince him to stay on the pain meds and reduce them gradually...   they worked out a schedule for this and hubby is going fine now.... which is good.
We are only dealing with the normal roller coaster moods from his Aspergers/ Bi-polar now .. ....
Thank The Good Lord.


OKAY .....

Back to sharing the nice things now ......

                                       



       ....  our Breakfast corner with it's new Coffee sign ....  Coffee and Toast, anyone .....


.... I turned my photo board into a Memorial to Kyton using some of our favourite pics .....


.. I loved this small Hydrangea flower in our garden......    so sweet...



..  I've started back colouring and doing some hand crafts....   good to be doing things again after the Christmas rush ...



What I have started to do is go through the last 3 years of (almost) daily photos that I have taken for the Photo pages I belong to, and put them into categories.
My brother wanted as many photos of Mum for the slide show he did for her party.....then we wanted photos of Kyton put into a single folder so we could do our little memorial of him.
So far I have categories for ... Food, Flies, Spiders,  Trees, Flowers Mum and Kyton...... with more to come...
It's nice to see the daily folders getting emptier as I go through them  ...  some are empty and deleted...   ..  whoo hooo... happy....  xxx


                                ...  I did this one last week ......   I love Owls .......




.... just a couple of flowers from my sister's garden .................  so delicate, I love them .........



..  I hope I don't upset anybody with this photo, but I was excited to photograph this striped fly .... have never seen one like it before......   I like bug and insect photos .....  


 I'm going now and will see you all soon ..........   Barb   xxxxxxx

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mum's birthday party and the garden.. 2017-01-15 ..

..   I have been very busy in the garden for the last 2 weeks.......  it is now looking nice and tidy....

                                         ... me photographing the peace lilies and ferns.....

                                                ...  space between to Bromeliads now .....

               ...   hubby whipper snipped all the weeds and put the blower on the path......

                 ..  nothing fantastic about my garden...  but neat and tidy feels good....

                                 ..  May bush hedge and my Bonsais on the verandah wall..  

 the whole garden was a disaster after hubby and I were in hospital and the heat wave we were and still are having in Sydney.....  Hubby still can't do any heavy work ... but he does what he can...
it was all done before Mum's party yesterday....   we were so pleased with our efforts...

                                          ..............................................................................

 Mum's big Party was a great success...

..she didn't want a catered party.. in fact, she didn't want a party at all....  but we talked her into it because she was turning 100.......
..  She said last night that it was a wonderful day and she enjoyed every minute of it ....we are all so happy for her .. xxx

                       ...  the gorgeous cake her great grand daughter decorated for her....

                                         ...my hubby reading out a Blessing from the Pope..  

                                            ..  and a message from the Queen.........

There were other congratulation  messages from our Prime minister and Premier , the Governor General and our local members of Parliment....   xxxxx

                                                     ..  Mum cutting the cake ...

                                                  ...  I like this photo of Mum....



..  we had asked everyone to bring 1 stem of silk flowers for Mum  .....and this is what she received  ....a beautiful bouquet of flowers...  each flower has the person's name on it so Mum will know who gave it to her.....  Mum loves the display they make   .... xxx.

.. have a good day everyone.....
... ..Barb  xxxxx