Sunday, February 21, 2016

.. friends and family lunch.. 2016-2-21



Yesterday we had Hubby's brother and sister here for lunch.

We had also invited Bob and Edna.. who came with Bob's grandson Michael...

It was a lovely relaxing afternoon.. lots of talking, laughing and eating... us oldies know how to enjoy ourselves...

 I made a simple spaghetti dish with chicken and cheese in it...  so tasty ..



I had planned a light dessert of fruit jelly and custard.....  BUT .... Edna brought a baked cheese cake and hubby's sister  Joan brought a large apple pie she had made...  so dessert was a feast......



Joan, who is 89, brought this large zuchini and a bundle of freshly cut rhubarb from her garden...


... and his brother Bill gave us a box of apples fresh from the orchard ......


Lots of apple and rhubarb for the freezer coming up.....


I hope you all have a great week end....  

Hugs.....  Barb  xxx

Monday, February 15, 2016

... a Quick Hello.... 2016-2-15



Hello......


I could leave it at that, but I wont......


Starting again.....xxxx     waving and smiling here....   \o/   \o/  \o/




Hello ... I hope you had a lovely weekend and a nice Valentine's Day......
I photographed this rose at the Village where our friend Edna lives...
They have lovely gardens there that the residents can sit in or walk around in....

It's been a hot week here in Sydney. Only venturing out if really necessary.




We found out on Friday that my sister Gwen has had a slight stroke..... Because Mum has had a couple of mini strokes she said she wouldn't worry ... but she is.....  it's only natural for a mum to worry about her children.....Mum is tired from sleeping worse than normal the last couple of nights.....so we stayed home from Bingo and will play Yahtzee this afternoon.....






 Hubby is off getting the car ready for registration.....  he has a bad leg at the moment....  otherwise ok.






 I hope the cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere eases up soon and lets Spring in.......
 We are getting an occasional 'almost' Autumn day here and there...   nice relief from the heat.....



...  I'll say goodbye with this black and white study of my  Kyton ... I love how it turned out....



Have a great day..... Hugs...  Barb   xxxxx


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

...in my garden.....2016-2-9




This week in my garden I found a few interesting things... I hope you like them....


Here is the last of the Hydrangea ...fading away...



I found this amazing flying insect in my garden a couple of days ago. It was hard to get a good photo..

..  googled 'strange looking insects' and there it was....  it's a Himmelman's Plume Moth... happy now.



My little cactus is blooming again...



...as is my big cactus.....



...the plumbago is looking great.....



..  the geraniums are blooming too...   and there is a little surprise on the buds....






I also found a fly blowing bubbles.....  have never seen this before....   went to google..... found out it's probably part of their digestive process...  who'd of thought this. ..... it just looks like it's having fun ..



Finishing with some happy Marigolds.....




I hope you are all well and have had a good week....
  Hugs.... Barb  xxx

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

..My never ending wardrobe clean out.... 2016-2-3.....




I have been busy sorting and tidying the contents of my wardrobe .....

I am a compulsive shopper....

I can't resist bargains....



I've been quite brutal and I have a good amount of good and new clothes to donate to the charity shop...

... and now I have empty spaces again...
... and my hanging clothes are not crushed tightly together....  I love it.....
I'm determined to keep it this way...  no more random shopping....


I have a leaking valve in one of the veins in my leg...  nothing too serious... but I have to exercise every day on our vibrating machine..... and wear compression stockings every day......
.. I like our exerciser so that's no real hardship......




I got these give away bags in our local mall.... but I didn't want to advertise all the time so I decorater them with permanent markers and glue....   I'm happy with the results ... xxxx

Here's the first one I did... I sewed fabric onto this one.... and made a phone pocket.... I love the size of the bags....


.... single flower studies...   I like these.......



That's all for now.....

  I hope you have a lovely day....

Hugs ....  Barb  xxxxx