Monday, December 22, 2008


Well, Christmas is almost here and things have been busy with church activities, making gifts and now to the cooking. I am also now officially on HOLIDAY!!! Yay!! No plans, just going to spend some lovely time at home, maybe catch up on some sewing projects and spend time with family and friends.

I wish you all a most wonderful and Blessed Christmas...thanks for joining me these past months on my blogging journey.
"Today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Birthday Fun

One of the best things that has happened for me in the past few years is the arrival of my niece and nephew....To say that I simply adore them would be an understatement..and as the son of one of my dear friends said to me after Kate was born, being an Aunty is the next best thing to being a Mummy...what an encouragement that was! Kate turns 3 tomorrow and today was her little party.
So to help out a little with the catering I made these.....

These are made using "tic toc" biscuits, marshmallows, "Lifesaver's" cut in half and chocolate buddies and freckles on top to look like a cuppaccino.
and of course a photo of the Birthday girl herself....HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweet Kate

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Decorating

Here I have included some photo's of my Christmas Decorating effort around my home. As those of you who know me well, you know I am totally a blue girl. I just don't seem to be able to get away from it, especially when it comes to decorating. So my Christmas colours have to include blue and silver and white...I love the way others use the more traditional colours for their decorating, but I guess I am most comfy with my blue!

So here is my Christmas Tree....
and don't you just LOVE is a Christmas Card all the way from Japan....apparently the Japanese are totally into cards and is from my friend Sue who recently visited Japan...thanks Sue....I just love it!!!and here are my advent candles....with Angels...I bought this ring last year from a shop in Warburton which sells the most wonderful Danish home decorating items....I originally bought sheep for it and the great thing is that you can mix and match the "ornaments"
Hope you have enjoyed a few of the things which currently decorate my home at Christmas.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Bird update and other things

Well, the bird update is this...I ended up finding the missing bird, so then had to deal with two of them...we straigtened up the nest and put a picnic plate underneath and taped it so that if one of them fell out of the nest again, they wouldn't fall to the today, the chicks are still in their nest....but sadly I haven't seen the parents!!

This year I have been participating in a swap through one of the internet groups I belong to...It is called an "Angel/Mortal" (secret) swap...whereby we are allocated an angel who sends us stuff, and we in turn (also an angel) send things to our mortal...throughout the year we give hints and sometimes send our mortals on a wild goose chase...but by the end of the year we reveal ourselves to each other and let our respective mortals know our identity. So I have had the most wonderful Angel this year...we just seemed to hit it off right from the start and have been regularly emailing and chattting over the phone since. So, my dear Angel Sue, came to Melbourne this past week and we spent Friday together. I think I picked Sue (wearing her Angel wings) up from the station shortly after 9am and said good-bye to her at about 10.30pm....we did not stop was such a lovely lovely thanks Sue for your wonderful new a little thanks for her generosity and friendship throughout the year, I made the following for her.... they are probably three of my most favourite patterns and ones which I myself use all the I hope she enjoys them....

Well, that is all for now....stay tuned during the week where I will show you my Christmas Tree and other Christmas decorating around the place.

Have a great week.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


One of the lovely things about living where I live is the abundant bird and other native wildlife which I have the blessing and delight of coming into contact with on a fairly regular basis.

This past week has been a particularly busy one....firstly I have had a nest of the New Holland Honeyeater in the tree just outside my loungeroom window. The eggs hatched earlier in the week and I have been enjoying the parents feeding their young ones. Anyway, this morning when I got up and went to see what they were up to, they were not in the nest, but on the ground near their tree. I phoned the wonderful staff at Healesville Sanctuary to see what they thought I should do. Their advice was to put them back in the nest and to watch to see what happened. So I called on my trusty friend Lucy who is a wonderful wildlife lover and she came and helped me return them to the nest. Sadly, one of them fell out I was on the phone to Healesville and to cut an already too long story short, I drove to Healesville with said chick in shoebox. I will add here, that all the while the chicks were on the ground, the parents only seemed to be interested to feed one of them. It was the one which the parents weren't feeding which ended up on the ground again. So, Healesville Vet fed the chick some crickets dipped in nectar....NOTE: Stop reading this now if you have a weak stomach !!...the vet picked off the crickets head and legs, dipped their bodies in nectar and popped them in the chicks mouth one by one...and boy was this little guy the vet suggested I bring the chick home and try to put it back in the I came home and guess what....the other chick is out of the nest and I can't find what? I call my friend Lucy who says she'll come around again and help pop this other chick in the I am writing this whilst I wait.
This is a photo of the little guy (or gal) waiting to be put back in the nest (again!).
So to my story from earlier in the week...I was driving back to Healesville from a home visit and am drving along the major road into the town when across the road is waddling one of these little guys...
yes it is an Echidna (or spiny anteater)....another cute (despite the spikes) Aussie native animal...and strangely enough, in the same family as the Platypus... So, the cars are slowing down and swerving to miss the little I just HAVE to stop...the thought of seeing him on my way home semi flattened was not a thought I wanted to I pulled over to the side and hopped out of the car....all the while watching that I didn't get squashed under a car myself...not a pretty sight!...and helped him along his merry ant-eating way....the number of cars banked back along Maroondah Highway was a sight to that is a little of my excitement for the week...will be back again to update you on the birds and my wonderful Friday. Till then..