A Kaleidoscope and a nine patch 'blocks'
Sunday, July 26, 2009
A Kaleidoscope and a nine patch 'blocks'
Friday, July 24, 2009
a succulent roast chicken, stuffed with lemons and herbs and roasted with bacon lardons.
Then we went to the cafe for lunch, where among other things he had a strawberry milkshake with pink marshmallows, it was definitely time for us both to have a nap after a quick trip to the $2 store, and so home for him and home for me. What a wonderful birthday morning.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Couldn't get my head around one of the instructions so 'phoned Carol, what a lovely lady, she set me straight in no time flat and off I sailed into making this little lady.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
On the way out the driveway I just glanced over at the parking bay and saw this butterfly just sunning himself, set the camera up and not really believing I would be able to get close enough, I crept across the gravel, as you can see, he/she, just continued to sit and sun...........It's a magical day!
All tiredness just seeped away.
Its truly the little things that are priceless.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
When we arrived the youngest Grandie met me at the door with 'did you bring your cambera'?, no I hadn't, he was disappointed and the reason why soon surfaced, he wanted to take a pic of the pretty cake 'mine Mum' had just made. Isn't it just the prettiest thing, and how cute are the ladybugs!.
Well Mum, aka DDIL, said we could have it for dessert, but the main was too yummy and we all stuffed ourselves silly, and here is the best bit, as we were leaving, already laden with a bag of lemons - lemon butter to come, and a sheet of perspex - soon I'm gonna have a light box, DDIL offered the cake to take to my Patchwork group that is meeting this arvo, yay and yum, no lunch for me today! DDIL is interested in cake decorating and every book advises her to practice, practice, practice, so I'm sure there will be more cakes in Patchworks future.
And the success?.........well a couple of weeks ago my second screen gave up the ghost, and I am now used to using two screens, so I scratched around and unearthed my old screen, googled how to connect a second screen, god I lurve.....lurve google and off I went.
It didn't work, oh the disappointment, so in defeat I went off to make a coffee, and as I flicked the switch to turn on the kettle, a little switch in my mind also went off, I rushed back to my room, pressed the 'on' button and lo and behold......success is mine. Two Screens!!!
I cannot tell you just what a sense of achievement this techno -a- phobe is feeling just now.
So now I'm off to the cottage with a lovely cake to do a little more skiting
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I had planned a lovely sounding Ginger Steak Salad from Ree over at The Pioneer Woman Cooks an amazing new blog I have recently come across, http://thepioneerwoman.com/,
This is a pic of Ree's fabulous salad, because of the kerfuffle later on I missed a pic of my salad, but I followed Ree's recipe to the letter and it was divine, so have borrowed her pic to show you how great it was. Go visit her blog and have a drool or two, and while you are there, get yourself a romance novel fix by reading High heels to Tractors, the story of how she met her Darling. Ohh steamy..
It was a two fold plan, celebrate the eldest's birthday and watch a slide show of the amazing photos they took on their recent Tassy holiday, some of which can be viewed here on flickr
We took the trusty cast iron frypan with us, the idea being that there would be no muss, no fuss and the dirty dishes would come home with us. Hmmmmm good plan.
Now the eldest and DDIL have one of those ceramic electric cook tops and I think this may be where I came undone, and undone in a most spectacular way.
I have been using these cast iron frypans that you get from a camping goods store to cook steak for quite a while, heat the pan, add the steaks and sear them, then unscrew the handle and into a 220 deg oven for 5 - 7 min, easy peasy and beautiful steaks.
This time though there was a little surprise, while heating the pan there was a huge explosion and half the fry pan shot backwards off the stove to the bench and the other half shot forwards off the stove top, and landed on the floor, where it sort of skittered around in circles but still travelled across the floor.
The DDIL and I looked at it, looked at each other some and looked at the pan again. Neither could believe what had just happened. We were so lucky not to be injured and that no damage was done to anything else. I picked up the frypan and popped it into the sink. What else could I do?? faint?? - and I can tell you, it was a bit of an option there for a second or two.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
This pic is really badly focused, but it shows the park lights pooling on the grass and the first light peeking over the horizon.
Anyway, we got some great shots and just so we could remember this day for the rest of our lives, well for a while at least, we decided on Maccas for Breakfast, my goodness, doesn't a bacon and egg mcmuffin fill you to the gunwhales? and as we scratched around the car for more change, and by the way, a big thank you to the very and I do mean v e r y patient chappie taking our order, one item at a time..........'really, its only that much, well lets see what we have here'....... we finally arrive home and surprised Grandad with a Maccas brecky. And a Shitzu who fancied himself as a bit of a world traveller, shared his with the Rudie the Sheltie, and all was happy and harmonious........well for a bit at least.