Wednesday, November 30, 2016

.. our Kris Kringle get together without Hubby .... 2016-11-30 ..

..   well......   my hubby is in hospital with a broken hip.....
.. he fell when he was putting up the Christmas lights..
I didn't say anything in my last post because we were still waiting for all the scans and x-ray results..
It was a clean break and it has been operated on and now he has a plate and pins on the bone...
  He should be going into rehab in a few more days .... and hopefully home for Christmas .....




Our get together was last Sunday....  it was a nice day...   the food was wonderful....




....  Mum and my sister-in-law ...   enjoying lunch ......

.... plenty of space to play and have fun  ....

..   all the presents waiting to be handed out.....

..  my daughter Sue wearing some of the things I made as little gifts for everyone......

...   grandies playing totem tennis.....

...........   the desserts didn't last long  ........

...  close up of the cake my eldest Granddaughter made for us..  xxxx ...........

....  getting all excited as the presents were being handed out.........

......  this is one of my great grandsons.... he was extremely happy with his gifts ........

This was the first year I didn't organise the Get together....   and it was great to be able to relax and watch it all happening....My girls did a great job.......  Thank you everybody xxx


..  these are my Button Tree -Dream Catcher -Feather Thingies that I made with lashings of glitter and sparkle...   they were popular I'm pleased to say.....

.....   Have a great Day......   Barb  xxxxx




Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christmas is coming.. .. 2016-11-20..




  .....  yesterday Hubby put up some Christmas lights...   he loves Christmas lights and puts them on the front of the house and all through the house.....





....  today I added a few touches of my own.......

..  hubby likes this little old couple ..I put some holly in her hair and put the red and green trees half behind them and then added the gold tinsel trees ...  I love tinsel..

....  my kitchen window and window sill ..... ...   I love the little chefs..

...  this is a vase of baubles and  berries put inside a large bowl with more baubles and bells  .....

..  this is a tray with a tree shaped chocolate tin and a fabric bowl...  the fruit is real and I will add more as we eat these pieces.....


Our Kris Kringle get together is being held at my son's house next Sunday..  27th Nov.  ....  we are all looking forward to it.....  will take photos to show you the food and festivities......


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


Saturday, November 12, 2016

.. about cameras... new and old .. 2016-11-12 ...




I have had a few cameras in my time ..and I still have my film camera and zoom lens that I took around Australia in 1999... it's retired now...



Hubby bought me a DSLR with zoom/macro lens and I loved it...  but ..after a few years it became too heavy for me to carry around and use easily..  so the camera went on permanent loan to one of my granddaughters and the lens to another granddaughter..  they were thrilled..  and I was happy to see them being used..



 My faithful little Olympus camera that I took to France a few years ago developed a black spot on the zoom and couldn't be repaired..   so it was retired from heavy work..  could still do normal and close ups so was a good emergency camera....



I then got a Sony cybershot compact camera and have been very happy with it until 2 weeks ago when the lens casings began to stick...  did the Google thing and tried the methods shown to clear dust from between the casings to no avail.... they are stuck and nothing would un-stick them .. another sad farewell.....



My hubby took me shopping yesterday for a new camera  for our 54th wedding anniversary....
I was surprised and of course very pleased...   who wouldn't be pleased to get a new camera....
He bought me  a Nikon Coolpix A900 with a movable monitor screen that can be used for selfies and to move the screen out of the sunlight so you can see clearly whatever it is you want to photograph...   amazing...... I love it  xxxx



I'm happy to be able to continue my hobby with a good camera..  thanks to my thoughtful Hubby....


Have a good day ....   Barb  xxxxx

Sunday, November 6, 2016

... Garden bits.... 2016-11-6 ...



  ..  it's been quite lovely in the Garden lately.....  so I thought I'd share a few photos......


.. my large epiphyllum has flowered....  I love the glow on the leaves and the little touches of purple ..




..the Crown of Thorns had some red and green flowers on it and in the sunshine they looked orange...



... here's a couple of touches of rust. ...  and my favourite little cover up plant  xx















 ...just as well I like to photograph 'weeds' .....   we have a nice variety in the garden  .......



....  this is looking straight down onto the top of one of the Bromelaid flowers... I love the ants.....




.. these trees are in the street near my house....... and here is my little semi- house .....



....   will be back soon with some more of the Christmas things I'm making....... I'm having fun  xxxxxx

.... have a lovely day.....   Barb  xxxxxx

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Christmas craft... 2016-10-22 ..



 I know it's early for Christmas preparations.....  but we have our family Christmas at the end of November ..  so it's only 5 weeks away for me......

I've decided to make wreaths this year....
Crocheted Wreaths.....

I saw this amazing yarn in Lincraft and couldn't resist it..   it was on half price special...


...  so thick and soft ...  I loved it ...   perfect for crafting.......  here are some plain wreath bases......

A couple of years ago I made some ruffle scarves for the family .. I bought some of the yarn in Christmas colours.  ..  and I have used this to decorate the wreaths  .....


..this is the start of the decorations....    I will be adding other things......

...   I want a clean, classic, uncluttered look...  these will be the Family ones.......

Now for the children I went a little overboard with the glitter  and bits...  but I'm sure the young ones will love them....

 I'm using the rest of the multi-coloured yarn for some extra wreaths....   I happy with how these are turning out...
... these will just need a bit of silver ribbon and a bell..

I made this Christmas Cat for my son and d.i.l  ......  I'm happy with how he turned out .........






My cactus are in bloom ..  I have a big and small flowering one......







...  see you all next time..   ...  Barb   .. xxxxxx

Monday, October 3, 2016

.. around the garden... 2016-10-3



..  we have done a bit of Spring tidying up in the garden this week....   the weather has been fine but windy..


..  hubby putting a large pot of fern in the corner to complete the row across the aviary ...



   ......   we had some cuttings from the Hydrangeas that were given to Mum for her birthday is Jan. this year..   some were in an arrangement and some were from my sisters' garden....   we left them on the bench seat where it's sheltered to see if they would strike.....   and they did ..  they are well established now , so we transferred then up the side ...  we now have our seat back..   I like sitting here in the shade .. xxx


..the sun shining through the new leaves on the plum tree.....  blossom time is over..  


..   we visited a friend on Saturday....   here she is giving her Chinese Crested dogs a treat each.......

... and ...  here she is giving her 5 mth old golden retriever  a cuddle .....

...  two of the dogs romping around and chasing each other.... looks a bit serious , but it's not...



..   a flower spike on one of the Bromeliads we have .... the little blue flower bit on the end is all the flower there is and they open a couple at a time down the length of the spike....   the  bulb bits stay red for months..    so unusual..  xxxx




..  buds on the geranium ......  this one is deep red..   it's my favourite...........will post photos of the flowers when it opens...

this is Ivy leaved Toadflax.....  another favourite .. it's a bit of a weed actually, it creeps, crawls, climbs, cascades and seeds itself everywhere..  but it fills in spots and looks so delicate and pretty....

.
....a dandylion seed head to say goodbye ......


Have a great day ......
....  Barb  xxxxxx