Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Christmas Wish

Sunday 15th December .....

..... I've found it a little difficult to post regularly, and as you can tell by the dates on posts ... irregularly posting isn't working well either.

If nobody minds... I'll just use my Blog for posting some of my photos ... although that has been falling off a bit lately, too.

Mum has been to hospital with Kidney failure and Atrial Fibulation. She has recovered from that but is very tired and frail. Now she has Cellutitis in her leg again.....  poor Mum..

Hubby has been acting out a bit more than usual over the last couple of months and agreed to see a Psychologist.......  she has told him that due to his Bi-Polar disorder and past heavy drinking, I'm probably suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that's why I get depressed, angry, anxious and over react to everything.......it's  interesting that he went to her for his stress and she came up with  this explanation for my problems.
My blood pressure is understandably elevated......
My sisters and brothers have been wonderful in supporting and helping me ......... and I love them dearly.

............................... a bit of Kitchen Whimsey ....................................


I cancelled our Christmas Party because Mum wasn't up to having a house full of people......
BUT...
my children wanted to still have the Kris Kringle here with just them and their kids....and they promised to organize it for another date, do all the work and cleaning up.... and not stay too long....
...of course we said YES....Hubby cooked on the BBQ..... and we all had a great day!!

My eldest daughter, in the red ,with her two grand sons........
........... my Kyton spent the day under the table, away from little feet........
.....just one of the happy grands that were here.......
................................ enjoying the outside, under the awning.................
.....................and inside. round the table.........
................a bit of happy chaos ................
........................ and then everyone went home leaving us to relax........


We didn't have a big Tree this year.
I put up the little tree I decorated last year...
...I love the little beaded decorations I bought for this project....so pretty ....

My wish is for all my Blog friends and their Families to have a blessed and wonderful Christmas ....and a Happy and Healthy New Year...........

I'll visit soon.....

Hugs... Barb  xxx

Sunday, November 3, 2013

..... making fun of going to the doctors...

Mum had a Doctors visit due last week....
She took this opportunity to debut her walker in public....





I was so pleased to see Mum getting around more comfortably.... no hand bag to carry and no leaning on her walking stick...and she was able to sit while we waited for the very slow lift in our shopping centre... great..


We celebrated by going to our local catholic Club for lunch and for Mum to have some time on the poker machines....
This is one of Mum's favourite pastimes.... and  now we may be able to take her more often, the club is about 5 minutes drive from out place.....

 This is a beautiful New Zealand Christmas Bell taken in Merle's garden the other day.....I love them...
... and my baby checking out an ant.......





Our family Christmas Party is on the 16th of this month at my place...so I'm getting ready .....






update next post...

Hugs and Blessings
Barb  xxx


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gallery Wall......Done

I have had a good week... hope everyone  has had a good week, too...
The smoke from our recent fires has gone and it's lovely to have fresh air and blue skies....

My major news is my photo wall is completed.....now I can change a  photo inside a frame for a changing display without changing the layout................good one...

Hubby helped me with the hanging of the frames.....

...here he is attaching a narrow strip of wood to the wall so the frames hang flat ......

...and here he is drilling and putting hooks into the frames ..... two hooks top and bottom so each frame hangs off the frame above and is connected to the one below  by fishing line (put on by me) so they look like they are floating



I'm really happy with the result......     not too overpowering in the dining room......

...and we can still sit at the table without bumping our heads on the frames........ and I love that I took all these photos myself...then printed and framed them myself.....and designed the layout.......we did the wall yesterday ..28th....so it's still very new.....
OK .....
........ No more patting myself on the back........ I need to remember the old saying....Self Praise is no praise at all..


Here are a few recent garden pics .........
 this is a  face close up of a female Net Casting spider ...they usually hang close to the wall and I can never photograph their faces...but this little lady was hanging on the rolled up hose ...facing me... I found her this morning and took this photo.....these spiders had facing down and are commonly called Ogre faced or Goblin faced spiders...... they hunt at night and it looks like they only have 2 eyes.. but the other eyes are very tiny and not obvious..................


...now for the pretty photos......


..My sister Trish gave me this beautiful frame a while back and I decided to put a lovely bud of my pink geranium  in it.......

.....Sparrow at the garden centre...we haven't seen  many sparrows around the house for a long time...









Single flower from a geranium flower head....... and my first violet of the season.......


Hugs and Blessings
Barb  xxx

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The highs and lows of the last 2 weeks...

I have started to frame some of my photos and plan a gallery wall in my Dining room.....this is the only room that has available wall space .......

Here is one showing a Geranium from bud to full flower...
...A beautiful Gerbera......






....a Hellebore  from my garden ......




These photos are behind glass....sorry for the reflections......
I'm so pleased with the results....

Mum decided she wanted to change from her single lounge chair to the 2 seater lounge....so Hubby and I changed the room around the way she wanted it...  she was very happy with the results.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

On Wednesday 16th... hubby and I went on a cruise on a Tall Ship....... we had a great time..

...this is the ship we went on..

Here is Hubby steering the ship...




And helping trim the sails..




                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The day after this.... New South Wales and The Blue Mountains area in particular, erupted in bush fires...
and today the 20th ..these fires are still burning....we have family in some of these areas who have been evacuated .....
The smoke from these fires are affecting Sydney quite badly and health warnings are in place.....

This was the sky over my house yesterday evening.....



We are all praying for the hundreds of people who have lost their homes and for the safety of our volunteer fire fighters who have come from all over Australia to fight these devastating fires...


...Hugs and Blessings
Barb  xxx

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mum getting mobile…

 

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Mum has been checking out walkers/rollators with the aim of going to bingo again.

I’m happy that she feels well enough for this…

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Here she is explaining to my brother how it works and how happy she is with it…..

 

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Mum dealing cards for a game of Euchre while my sister and her Hubby and son was visiting us…..

 

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Here we are having a Bacon and Egg breakfast, yesterday…

 

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I managed to get a fairly decent photo of some ants on one of my flowers…..

 

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…and a fly…. I was excited about this one…..

 

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..a happy orange daisy …

 

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…Some lovely rusty anchor chain in my garden

 

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I’ll leave you with a photo of my New South Wales Christmas Bush  (ceratopetalum gummiferum)……….which is just starting to come into flower….

 

 

Hugs and Blessings…

Barb xxx

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Peacocks and Spring

Spring is here in Australia and it is beautiful.....
Not too hot, not too cold......perfect weather, just the way I like it.....

      .... this is my Spring photo.......I've framed this and hung it in my dining room.......

                   ....Kyton enjoying the Spring sunshine................

                       .....some pretty Chrysanthemums .......

........................and some Kalanchoe flowers.............

             ............ a wind ruffled Peacock at the Japanese Gardens ...............

                    ......  having a lovely preen..... obviously he likes to look his best......

                 ........................ Ah ... Yes....... much better now.............

      ......he tried to get into the Fashion shoot that was being done in the Gardens........when they ignored him...he turned his back to them

.............and walked away in a very dignified manner..........he was gorgeous.........

                   ........a lovely little waterfall........

               .........and a beautiful Japanese Zen Garden  near the entrance/exit gates.....

Thanks for visiting...
Hugs and Blessings....
Barb  xxx