Wednesday, December 21, 2016

.. Merry Christmas.... see you in 2017 .. xxx

..   Hello everyone   ....


 Hubby will be home from hospital on Christmas Eve and he will be on crutches he has been given no indication when he can drive again.......

  My big news is that I was rushed to hospital last Wednesday and after a long round of tests, it was decided that my Gall Bladder was infected and I had stones... so it needed to be removed..  this was done on Sunday and I came home yesterday... Tuesday 20th.

My daughter Mary moved in to look after Mum and has no intention of leaving until I can manage things on my own again.....   Isn't she wonderful ...Mum is enjoying Mary's company xx

My brother Franc and brother in law Steve have been great taking Mum to Drs appointments... she had a skin cancer cut off her top lip last Friday and will get the stitches out this Friday.....  it's a good thing done..  We want it healed before her party .

Mary is taking us to our friends place for Christmas lunch,,   will be wonderful,,  xxxx

wishing you all a merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017.....
... love ...  Barb   xxxxxxx






Sunday, December 11, 2016

... Around the House.. 2016-12-11 ...

..  first up.....  Hubby Update  .....   he is doing well with his physio and will probably be home for Christmas......
....  he is pleased with his progress  .....


I bought a new kettle because the hot water dispenser was recalled ..   they all had a potential fault that could cause a fire.......   I love my new tilting kettle .....




I trimmed the plumbago hedge today..  I think it will be a while before Hubby will be able to do it  ....




I was using the long handled cutters ......

...and this little fellow jumped onto them... lucky I saw him xxx



...   some white begonia flowers     .....


...  Kyton hunting in the garden  .....

.... His own personal doorway  .....



''  a lovely little grouping by Mother Nature ....  on the nature strip outside my house ...


....   Mum's hydrangeas.....



... our Choko vine taking over the house  .....

.....  a study in RED.....

..  I'll leave you with a lovely little creeper that is invading my pot plants......


....  have a good day ......
...   Barb  xxxxxxx

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