Friday, October 31, 2014

... my Week on Friday.. 31.Oct.2014..

.. Hello everyone...
 well ... I have had a busy week....

Mum was happy to win a tray of lamb chops at Bingo on Monday....  we had them for tea .. lovely.

Hubby and I worked in the garden doing a lot of tidying up on Tuesday ....and we decided to cut down the unruly Strelitzia or Bird of Paradise plant out the front of the house.
We did thisd on Wednesday and it took the whole morning...
...have a look..

                 .... part one done........
                                 ..... part two done......
We are all very happy with the result. I like the broad leaf Bird of Paradise better than the long straggly type... and now that we have matching plants I'm very happy....


My poor hubby put his back out while doing he garden and it looks like he wont be able to install the new kitchen bench in time for our Christmas Party in three weeks time...
so I got busy and yesterday  I bought heave duty contact in a checker plate pattern with a stainless steel look....
and......
..... I had a lot of fun covering the kitchen and dining room bench tops...
                                          ..Kitchen bench .....
                                   ....... dining room bench .....
                    .... and the full effect of this look ... each bench cost me $5  in contact to do... Bargain ..
   ..... I love the look... but it is only temporary  cover up until hubby can replace them with new tops.
Hubby doesn't like it I'm sad to say...


.Some more Epyphillum flowers..... I really love these flowers but they only last a day or two....


.. and this is the other kind of cactus flowers that grow on the same kind of plant as the Zygo cactus... aren't they beautiful....

All the invites for our Christmas get together in 3 weeks have been sent ... the menu  has been planned... we only have a couple of small areas outside to re-arrange for extra seating  on the day...
... AND..... I've started putting up some decorations..... but more of that later....

Have a great weekend.. and I'll see you on Tuesday...

Hugs and Blessings..
Barb xx

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

... Smiles on Tuesday .. Oct.28.2014 ..

...Today is my Smile day....Here are some of my 'smiley' things ...


..I found this  flower with a stripe in it this morning...... I was quite excited and surprised... normally they look like this..
.. how great is this....



.. I also found this almost colourless spider inside this Zygo cactus flower.....

.... and a couple of red leaves on the Sacred Bamboo bush.......

These 'little' things are so ordinary and yet so amazing..... I love it.....





I hope my Smiles brighten your day...
Hugs and Blessings..
Barb  xx

Sunday, October 26, 2014

... My Week on Friday..Oct 24...2014

...some late glimpses into my week....

We lost Internet access Friday afternoon and it wasn't restored until earlier tonight.. so I'm a little late this week... not to worry... hope everyone has been well...


... here's my sister Gwen chatting with Mum just before she left to go home on Thursday morning....
... and here's my brother Michael who took her to the train....... she had to get a train and a coach/bus to where her husband picked her up and then a 45 minute drive to the house..... total traveling time... 6 hours.


... Hubby is working on the new bench for the kitchen......
... this was on Wednesday ,,, he came down with a mouth infection and had to see the dentist  and  have surgery to remove a tooth... he's not feeling to happy... it's very sore... soo I don't know when the new bench top will actually be installed......


This pretty plant that I'm  trying to bonsai has a flower.... I love it.....


My favourite little cactus flower  bloomed this week... the plant looks the same as a Zygo Cactus but the flowers are different.... the little chrysanthemum is looking nice too...


The woman who comes and stays with Mum for a couple of hours on Thursdays brought her these lovely Flannel Flowers...... they are an Australian native plant and are soft like velvet..... so sweet of her to do this.....

Hugs and Blessings everyone...
I'll see you Tuesday...
Barb  xxx

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

.. Smiles on Tuesday.. 21 Oct 2014

... Tuesday is Smile day.......
some things that made me smile.....



.... Mum and I having a cuppa , sitting behind our new verandah wall....... my sister took our photo...xx



                                   .... the new wall from the inside...



                      .... Kyton holding his bone with two 'hands' .....



... my little Mushroom Man fell and broke his head..... so my sister Gwen got some wool and made him a hat..... she stuffed his head with some of the wool ... glued the hat on him and we put him back on his stand neat the front door..... Smiles all round... xxx


.. Hope I brightened your day a little.....
Hugs and Blessings ...
Barb  xx

Friday, October 17, 2014

..my Week on Friday ... 17 Oct 2014

... some  glimpses into my week.....



..Hubby bought some new colours of Crucifix Orchids for the garden.....


..... this is Mum and my sister Gwen relaxing in the lounge room... mum watching TV and my sister doing cross stitch......


.. this long strip of fern is from in front of the wall you can see in the background... it all came up in one piece as it was just growing on top of the pavers..........I was amazed.....
... I took it around to the back patio and cut it in half and put the 2 pieces in front of the aviary..... 'Gotta love instant garden....


... my friend and fellow blogger, Merle ..( from Merlesworld blog)... came over for lunch today... it was a great afternoon .....


... and I was pretty excited when this photo cropped beautifully and I now have this great Fly photo to put on my wall.....


... I have this vine ..creeper.. ground cover.. plant in some pots  and I have been trying to find out it's name... the flowers have a tubular base and the leaves are hairy.....so far nobody recognizes it...... I love it...



...Have a great weekend everybody and I'll see you on Tuesday......
Hugs and Blessings... Barb  xxx






Tuesday, October 14, 2014

.... Smiles on Tuesday ....Oct. 14. 2014 ..

... Tuesday is my Smiles Day...

Here are some things that made me Smile....


..... my sister Gwen bought these lovely roses for Mum .....


.... I think this sea gull lost his lunch through the gaps in the table... poor little fellow...


.... I love how the glass makes this bird's tail look broken.....


... this is a display in a Croc's shoe store window... I love it...


... this is the first flower on my Crucifix Orchid... I bought the plant a few years ago and this is the first time it's flowered..... ...

...Hope my Smiles brighten your day......
See you on Friday...

Hugs and Blessings... Barb  xx







Friday, October 10, 2014

... my Week on Friday ....10 Oct. 2014

... some glimpses into my week...

It's been a bit busy this week.. ..

My grand daughter who just recently turned 13.... had to have her appendix out in a hurry..

.our son-in-law had a job on in Sydney so spent 3 nights with us....
.
and the bricks and sand and cement arrived ready for the work on our front to start tomorrow.. (Sat)
... soo looking forward to this.....

.. A friend called in this afternoon with her little  dog  to have a play date with my Kyton....
.. this is my sister Gwen, who is here for a few weeks to spend time with Mum, nursing little Kandy ... and Kyton balancing on her lap... can't leave him out... hehehe....

... my Crown of Thorns plant that developed new flowers from the centre of the existing flowers ( bottom ) have now become double layer flowers. (top)  ... I love them.. and can't remember them doing this before...


..... this is a Lacewing insect that wandered into the house on Wednesday... ... he's gorgeous... xxx



... here's a Geranium ... and an apology for posting two of my photos twice in different posts.... I have no idea of how to keep track of what pics I post so this might happen again... :(  :(

Have a lovely week-end and I'll see
you on Tuesday.....
Hugs and Blessings ... Barb  xxx

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

... Smiles on Tuesday ... October 7 ..2014

... Tuesday is my 'Smile' day ....
... here are some things that made me smile ....
 


... fresh 'Lemonade' lemons on the kitchen bench..... they smell nice ..they look nice....and I love the leaves on top...  they were a gift from a friend's tree .....


... hubby's green frog reading in the Aspidistra  makes me giggle....


....  I put this photo on my dining room wall because I just love the colours in the fresh skins....



... this morning I discovered these buds on my native Christmas Bush...(ceratopetalum gummiferum) ... this really made me smile...... this bush gets tiny white flowers that drop off and the sepals slowly turn to dark pink by Christmas..... xxx


... I was really pleased to finally find out the name of this great little plant that's growing everywhere in my garden... it's called 'Ivy leaf Toadflax'..... I love it.....

Hope my 'Smiles' brighten your day...
See you Friday...
Hugs abd Blessings...
Barb  xxx

Saturday, October 4, 2014

... my week on Friday ...

...welcome to some glimpses into my week......

Hello..... hubby's sister and brother came for a visit on Monday and these lovely flowers are from his Sister's garden..... they are Hellebores, Hyacinths and a touch of Geranium....  I think they are lovely...

Mum has been a bit off colour this week with a tummy virus.....she's on the mend now I'm happy to say ..
I worry about Mum because of her age.... she doesn't have much resistance to these sorts of illnesses.


This tree is beautiful at the moment .. we pass it on our way to, and back from Bingo every week....I think it's called Broom.

We are getting our front verandah repaired.. the brickwork has slowly been coming apart... our house is about 100 years old...
... a little bit wobbly .... well ,it was taken down last Saturday ready to be re-laid and a low brick wall put in to connect the ends of the verandah.....
..... should be lovely when it's finished.. ... looking forward to it... xx

I was pleased to find the first buds of the season on my Tree Begonia.... it's beautiful when it's in full bloom....

... and I think my Crown of Thorns is looking pretty good too......

Have a lovely weekend everyone...
See you Tuesday... Hugs... Barb  xx