Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Food Glorious Food ... 2016-9-28 ..


 Hello...
 The biggest thing in our daily life at the moment is FOOD .....

Hubby's Doctor has told him he has to go on an eating plan to lose weight because he is heading for more health problems if he doesn't lose weight soon.

I'm joining him on this adventure as I need to lose some weight too.....


.........  this is Bolognaise with Cauliflower rice.....  it was delicious...


  ...........  this is Steak with salad and a sauce from the pan juices and creme fraiche...  beautiful...

............  this is prawns (shrimp)  with Greek Salad .....I had this at the club on Monday......

.... now this one is Warm beetroot and orange slices on a  bed of chinese cabbage with walnuts and sardines.....   we all really liked this ...you could use other fish  ......

                                                  ...   baked pork with salad....  

I won't go on any more...  lol  ......

I'm just happy Hubby is liking it enough to plan to stick with it....   I love salad warm or cold...  

I'm cooking Potato and pasta for Mum and she has a sandwich for lunch and weet bix for breakfast as she normally does ..... for us it's super low carb....
..So glad hubby is off the meal replacement shakes    he was always hungry...  with this plan he's not hungry at all....
...  and ....  he has lost 3 kg in 10 days.....  
I lost 1.5 kg   in this time ...  loving it...   xxxxx


Can't leave without a flower .....



... and a feather ......


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

Friday, September 16, 2016

...around my garden... 2016-9-16 ..




  ... My friend Merle, from Merlsworld blog...  came to visit today and we had a lovely baked chicken lunch.....and my dear old Mum had a wonderful afternoon telling stories about her life..   xxx

..  the chicken breasts were stuffed with cheese and bacon....   it was so tender I couldn't cut it properly..  tasted delicious.. 


The plum blossoms are almost gone now.. we had some rain and some high winds....   

                                                  ..  the petals look like Spring Snow.....  

Hubby has had 1 orchid spike this season....   It was lovely ......   

..  it lasted for quite a long time before the outer petals became speckled and brown.......

I then discovered that if I took these petals off I was left with a lily-like centre  which have lasted over a week inside in a vase  ......

                                                       ..  I think they look so pretty........

...... now the little white fragrant orchids are out.......






I have started crocheting small wreaths for Christmas and will be decorating them later...  it is super thick yarn and I'mm using a 15mm hook to do them......

..  here I am making one while playing Yahtzee with Mum.....   yes...   we still play most days...  xx
..  here is a ball of the yarn , some wreaths,  a coffee mug and my hand to show the size of the ball and yarn......  I love big....  


...  just a couple of flowers to close with.....   some blossoms because I love them so much ...


.... and my favourite little 'covers everything' plant  ..... Ivy leaved Toad Flax .....





 Have a wonderful day everyone...   hugs.....   Barb  xxxx

Sunday, September 4, 2016

.. Kyton, cushions and careless me ..2016-9-4 ..



Came outside this morning to find Kyton on the good visitors lounge .  sitting on the visitor's cushions.........   Not impressed  ......
....  he made himself very comfortable and was oblivious to me being in the room.....



I took a photo of part of the tree in front of our house that was reflected in rainwater in the gutter ... and it came out like this .. I was very surprised...  I quite like the effect ......



I was trying out the new microwave scrambled egg maker last night and Carelessly walked away for a couple of moments......   I came back to find this waiting for me.....
....  I had forgotten to stir the eggs half way through the cooking time.......    the taste and texture after I stirred them...  was great..  xxxxx



The rain we had a couple of days ago has stripped a lot of the petals from the plum tree Blossoms ...the leaves are sprouting now and the tree looks lovely with the white and green.....









Mum got good reports from both her Heart specialist and her Renal specialist last week..     she was very pleased ...  and we are going to Bingo tomorrow...  (Monday).......




...Here's a single Nodding Violet flower to close with......  


... and a Coleus flower...  just because I like it.....  

..  Wishing everyone a lovely day...   Barb   xxxxxx



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

...Winter's Goodbye ... 2016-8-24



...  I'm writing this post to the sound of steady rain falling......  it's been raining for 2 days now and we are told this is  Winter's  goodbye song ...
 
I find it's nice to be inside with the heaters on, all warn and cosy having a cup of tea......  so nice to be retired ..  but I do feel sorry for the people who have to work in the rain...  like my brother who is a mailman ..  or as we say in Australia.... a postie....



                                              ......  this is looking from my front door  .......                                         
                                                                                                                                                                  ........ 

on to happy things......  today's photo prompt was Angry.... well ... I asked Mum to give me an Angry face and this is it....  
... all the face book people thinks she's great for trying..but that she doesn't look angry at all.. xxx


Hubby is happy his orchids are starting to open   and there are tiny buds on the miniature orchids too...



.. in my last post I had a photo of the Crucifix orchid buds.....  well they are open now and I love this colour.....



In the bags of yarn my brother-in-law gave me after my sister died, I found some crocheted squares, a few bed socks not sewn  up... and 2 cardigan fronts that didn't match.  I decided I didn't want to unravel them to make something else... soo.... I crocheted them together and made a Crazy Knee Rug out of them...  then I put a frilly edging around it and we have a cute keepsake of my sister..   Mum loves it.....
                                                    ..  I'm happy with the result.. ....


..  I love this leaf with the blue sky behind it.. I'm holding it up ....  I was pleased with the photo..



..  snapped this cute bird in the tree that hangs over from next door into our yard......


..  found this lovely moth walking on the snapdragon plants yesterday ..  it's body was striped red and black.... and his shoulders look like they have feathers on them.....   I was very excited.....


... hope you are having lovely weather wherever you are .....  Barb   xxxx


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Spring is early this year.... 2016-8-13 ..



  ... according to the calendar we still have nearly 3 weeks to Spring...  but I've been seeing Spring everywhere in the garden....

..  the bare branches of the plum tree are starting to swell with buds ..  won't be long now before it's covered with blossoms and leaves...

                                                                 ...buds on the Crucifix  Orchids   ........                        

     
                                          ... and the umbrella tree has new leaves too.....

                   The snapdragons seem to bloom on and off all year.. as does the Iceberg rose  ......



 ... even this scruffy hanging pot looks cute with its spider webs in the sunlight.......



I took all these photos earlier today ...  it was so lovely and mild outside ....  I hope it's a beautiful day wherever in the world you are today........

...  hugs....  Barb  xxxx

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

...Saying Goodbye to Gwen... 2016-8-9 ..



  ...   It's been just over 2 weeks since my sister Gwen passed away due to a stroke......

...She had been very ill with Poly Myalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell  Arteritis....  (not arthritis)..  this affects the arteries in the head and can cause blindness and strokes....

...  She had some small strokes earlier this year.....   and had to have a lot of tests and biopsies done for diagnosis of the condition....   she was in a lot of pain all the time.... and there is no cure for these conditions ....

.... we all miss her so much, but it's a comfort to know she is out of pain ....

.. she is in Heaven now... God took her home.....

This was the sunrise on the morning of her funeral...



                                                    ........It was so beautiful......
This is part of Coomba Park on the Wallis Lake near Forster  NSW... it's about 4 hours drive from where we live. We stayed the night before and the night after the funeral so Mum wouldn't be so exhausted...  she actually  handled it very well..

The service was held outdoors in the Green Cathedral on the shores of the lake..  it was very serene and peaceful.... but a bit cold..  here's Mum all rugged up in her wheel chair....
 ....  it was a long and tiring three days for us all.....  especially Mum......  and Gwen's husband is still trying to come to terms with her passing..... I think it will take a long time ....






On the morning after the funeral we had some lovely Lorrikeets visit  us where we were staying....  it made us all  smile...  hubby couldn't resist going out and hand feeding them....  obviously they are used to this....



..  this was a week ago and we have slowly returned to our normal daily routine and  life goes on.....  I don't think the sadness will go away for a long time though  ......



...   hugs....   Barb  xxxxx

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

.. taking another break... 2016-7-27

2016-7-27... Hello everybody.... just letting you all know one of my my sisters unexpectedly passed away on Sunday 24th and it's been a great shock to us all especially my Mum....... will be back posting in a couple of weeks......





  Thanks for understanding......   hugs... Barb  xxxx