Wednesday, 4 April 2012


So much has happened since my last post.  My house has sold, and I am now in the process of packing. It is a busy time getting everything ready for storage.  The new owners take possession in less than three weeks!

In the meantime I have finished a pair of frilly pants for my Granddaughter Hayley.

frilly pants

Also I have made two little bunnies, I hope she likes them!

little bunnies

Have a safe Easter    ..................  shine on..........

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Lots of Sunshine

The sun is shining and its hot, very hot!  Everyday, whatever task is at hand is undertaken while dripping perspiration!

I have been busy with a few projects.  First I have been making little Bunnies for my Granddaughter Hayley.  I made the exact same bunnies 8 years ago for my other  granddaughter Emily.  I am putting them in a handmade basket with some easter chocolate treats, yet to be decided on.  As I have to send my gifts a long distance that takes at least 5 days, I have to consider carefully my choices!

taggy blanket
Also I have been making a tag blanket for Hayley and I was pleased with the finished product.

I have sent the blanket off in the mail, I hope she likes it,

Shine On.........till next time

Saturday, 28 January 2012

The Rains are Back

Once again I have woken to find a lake in my front yard!  It didn't stop raining all night!  But never mind, the trees and plants all look very happy!

Lots of water everywhere

Have been busy baking while the rain pours down.  It feels nice and cosy in the kitchen with the oven going to keep out the damp!  Made some yummy Pumpkin and Pecan cup cakes.  Invented the recipe and they turned out delicious!

Pumpkin and Pecan Cupcake

I also experimented with some poached pear halves, adding some cranberries, sultanas, mixed peel and toasted walnuts, which I then wrapped and baked in Puff pastry.  They were so yummy with a dollop of yoghurt!

Pear Parcel

Will be trying to keep dry for the next week at least!  Hope the sun comes out soon  .......shine on......... 

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Amazing 'Stuffed Christmas Pumpkin'

Wow what a busy time of year!  I wanted to share with you all, the fantastic 'Stuffed Christmas Pumpkin'  I cooked for Christmas dinner.  Being  Vegetarian I am always on the lookout for something yummy and healthy.
Not being at home, but visiting  Melbourne for Christmas, my Jamie Oliver iphone app, once again proved priceless.
That is were I found the great recipe pictured below.  You will find it in the 'Jamie's Christmas with Bells On'  pack.  
It proved a great hit with everyone at lunch!  I used almost all organic ingredients, which I had great fun buying at Vic Market on Christmas eve.

'Stuffed Christmas Pumpkin'

Vic Market Christmas Eve

Who would have thought that we would have a white Christmas in Melbourne, well here's proof below!

Fitzroy, Melbourne, Christmas Day!

I loved my time in Victoria catching up with family and friends. I walked through Melbourne's glorious parks and gardens.  Visited its Art  Galleries and Museums.  The flowers in the Queen Victoria, and Exhibition Gardens were wonderful.  What a difference these green areas make to a city!

Queen Victoria Gardens
Garden at the Exhibition Buildings

One last highlight of my trip was a visit to Hepburn Springs, where I enjoyed a leisurely afternoon floating about in their lovely pool!

Hepburn Spa
Keep smiling!