Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Meanwhile in the garden..

Things are going very well out in the garden, and as it's a wet day, I have time to show off some pictures.
 The green house is looking lush. and the fruits are starting to ripen.
 It's always so exciting when I start to see little hints of red amid all that green.
 Time too have a tidy up and cut back some of the bigger leaves and allow the sunlight to work it's magic.
 Of course, it's not just the tomatoes that are ripening, on the left you see a candy cane capsicum and on the right a yellow chilli! Hmm, The capsicum cam off a broken branch so had to come in. The yellow chilli we thought was ripe and i popped it into a bowl until I was ready to use it and was amazed when two days later it was that bright red colour.
 Below you can see one of the candy cane capsicum that was able to ripen. If I leave them too long they lose their stripes and go red all over.
 Not the best picture, I was trying to show how some of them appear green to start with and others appear with yellow stripes.
 The yellow chillies are prolific!  These are still a little green, but if I leave them, they will go red. 
My normal capsicum are making fruit too, this was the first one to ripen.
 Outside of the green house things are growing well too. I have two beautiful big cauliflowers.
 I already picked two big broccoli heads and there is more to come.
 Yellow and green beans are doing well and my courgette plants are offering one or two fruits a week.
 There is more, so much more, but as I believe I mentioned recently, I'm out of practice and forget to take my camera along.
Well, now you have seen what has been keeping me away from my sewing.
That said, it's a rainy day. Comfy seat here I come. I plan to cross stitch for most of what is left of the day. Then maybe I'll have some stitching to show off next time.

Monday, 8 January 2018

I'm still catching up on Christmas.

Like many crafters I love to swap Christmas ornaments with friends and gift many to other friends and family. Today you get to see what I was lucky enough to receive this/last year! 
This beautifully beaded red bauble was gifted to me by Claire. So pretty.
Also in the picture you can see two of my cross stitched Santas and a SSCS from Christmas past.
 In this next picture is a candle ornament I stitched, there were three of them, but two went to new homes. At the top you can also see the ornament I made from an old card I had stitched for Mum.
 Debbie made me not one but two ornaments! The first is this cute sweater and on either side of it is another of my santas and a crazy quilted ornament made by Pam Kellogg. The green one with the stitched snowflake was another SSCS. 
 This beautiful blue and silver bauble is the second ornament made by Debbie. 
 I was lucky enough to receive a whole package of goodies from the lovely Janice. She made and gifted to me all of the goodies you see below. A cute table runner and ham bag, a wee pocket to keep my hankies in and the cutest little red hexie ornament for my tree.
On the whole I'm happy to say that I was the very lucky recipient of some beautiful new ornaments and some very lovely and thoughtful gifts for Christmas 2017.
Thank you.
And now, my first finish for 2018.
Another Lavender and Lace freebie. This chart was released in 2005. 
She is in my wee room, waiting patiently for me to turn her into an ornament/
I might get to that today.
Of course I have a new start, but at the moment it is just a white blob!!
I'll show her off once she has grown a little.
I've also been out in the garden with my camera and will show those pictures another time too.

Friday, 29 December 2017

My poor neglected blog.

I hope you all had a good Christmas. We certainly did. 
It was very busy but fun. 
We have been very busy over the last few months and my blog has been very neglected.
I'm so sorry.
So what was I busy with? The garden of course and lots of secret stitching.
I'd better do a bit of a catch up.
But first, look what my lovely son Joe made me for Christmas.
What a beautiful bench. He worked very hard and got it finished just in time. The thick layer of varnish he put on it is still curing. It sits beautifully into that shady little corner.
The garden is growing well and I'm freezing loads, because we just can't eat enough veg to keep up.
I'll look into doing a picture update for that soon.
First the crafty stuff.
I made ornaments for a few friends and family members this year, some I showed way back in August. You have to scroll down to see them.
 Some more recent finishes are this kitty,
And this cute wee doggy for two special friends
And I finished this beautiful cherub for my own tree. I plan to stitch her sister in a green robe, before returning to stitching my Spring Queen.
Claire and Debbie made beautiful ornaments for me and each other. I'll get photos of them and share soon. LOL I really am out of practice, my camera was always near at hand but seems to be hiding at the moment.
Last but not least, and in this photo, not properly finished my Christmas gift to my lovely pal Janice and her husband Mick. As many of you know, Janice and I met when she visited me on my home island, the Isle of Man, we have been good friends ever since, so when I saw this cross stitch design in a magazine I knew I had to stitch it for them.
I even found some Manx legs fabric to finish it. And I assure you, it is on a wee quilt frame and looking good in Janice's home. You can see it here on her blog.
Right, the beetroots I roasted will be cool enough to handle now, time to peel them and get them into the freezer as I already have a huge bowl in the fridge.

I wish you all a happy and safe 2018.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

More garden doings....

But first some very exciting news!
I'm going to have another grandchild next year. 
My son Jiffy Jonathan and his beautiful girlfriend Josie are pregnant.
To celebrate I made this cute wee blanket, it's just big enough for a Moses basket and really didn't take long to make.
Very soon it will be on it's way to the Isle of Man, along with one or two other items from my Granny collection. 
The weather is still rather changeable here in Timaru, one day it's warm and sunny, the next we are back to cold and wet. But Tony and I have dodged the showers and spent some more time in the garden. One of my tasks has been to get my herb garden going. This year I have opted to keep it in the back porch in order to leave a little more room outside. It's a dry but grey day today and difficult to get nice photos, sorry.
Speaking of outside, things are starting to look green out there, the veges we planted earlier this month are growing well and in some cases too tall for the cat/bird/butterfly proofing.
 Behind the veg bed my Peony tree is looking somewhat overcrowded by it's neighbour. I'm not sure what that is beside it, but it's days are numbered. It is blocking sunlight from my veggies and messing with the peony, so it will be going.
 Further along the garden, behind the greenhouse, next doors clematis is putting on a beautiful display.
 And just on the other side of the path you can see some of the results of my supermarket freebies!
My little garden watermelon, cucumbers and courgette are all potted into troughs and placed so that they can ramble along and down the bank. Hopefully they will do ok there. We will need to ensure we keep up the water though
Yes, that is a bunch of old tyres you see under my greenhouse!  The back of the property slopes away to the fence line, our predecessors in this house had pulled out some of the gardens and built up a solid surface to sit a trampoline on. It was done using old tyres and crusher dust and was a great stable platform ready for us to pop a green house onto.
 Things are looking promising inside the green house too.
The tomatoes are looking strong, there were two extras which we potted, I'll find a spot outside for them once things get a wee bit warmer.
 On the other side of the space as you know, I've been planting capsicum and chilli peppers.
s well as the usual varieties of capsicum I have added my candy cane red and another one called mad hatter. 
 There are still one or two little garden seedlings almost ready to be planted out.
Back outside, we finally got the long bed weeded. Phew! That took a lot of effort.
It#s still looking a bit battered and worse for wear, but is recovering.
Mr H has finally agreed that while bare earth looks very nice, a good mulch is a great way to lessen the weeds!!
 There are even some flowers appearing!
 In other areas, there are still jobs to do. The fennel I grew from my little garden last year has survived the winter. Although we didn't really enjoy eating it, it is a pretty plant and I decided to keep it as an ornamental, it will be moved from it's current spot just as soon as I figure out where to move it too!!
And finally I went to a craft market at the weekend with Debbie and came home with plants!
From front to back I have two podophylum, a hosta and a trillium. (The mint has been there for a while) All are awaiting their instructions! I'll keep you posted on where they go in!
We have a landscape gardener coming along this evening to take a look at the front of our property. We want to make some changes and need help with that bit!! At the moment it looks like a weed infested battlefield! Tony dug out the old fence and gate posts and then we got stuck! We know it needs to be levelled off, and new path and probably a lawn. Hopefully the landscaper will be able to help us out with some ideas and make it look easy as he transforms it!!
I'm off to sort out a new crochet project.