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Love my family and my faith .. love being creative ... love the beach and sand between my toes ... love to read ... love where we live on the South Coast of New South Wales .... love exploring the great outdoors .... travel and tropical islands .....

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas is coming ....

It has been pretty busy lately getting ready to finish off the working year in time to hopefully enjoy a bit of a relax over Christmas and New Year .....  but we did manage to sneak out for a beautiful meal with friends at one of our local special restaurants .... absolutely exquisite as these photos show ....


Everything was so beautifully presented and tastes delicious ....


It is of course Japanese .... and spectacular ....


These were just a few of the dishes ....



Despite the hectic schedule of late, I have still managed to spend Wednesdays with these little treasures ....


They were very excited to wish their mum and dad a Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary early in December too ....


They are looking forward to spending time at Christmas with their cousin Jonah who will be down from Sydney for a week or so with his mum and dad ....


I also received some beautiful flowers this week from a grateful staff member .... so very special ...


In between the busy times, the Christmas Tree has been collected from the Christmas Tree farm with the help of two little elves .... and decorated .... some of my favourite decorations ...


I received a beautiful stitched cushion in the mail from Sylvia .... it is just gorgeous .... we will have to catch up in the New Year I think .... I'm still stitching for her but don't tell her !!


The completed tree ....


And from me to you .... a very Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching always ....


Now that I have the blog working again ... there will be more pictures to come in the next few days ...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Stitching Progress

I have been having less and less stitching time lately, but have managed to get a little bit more done on my first Shepherds Bush Christmas Stocking ....



Had to swap Wednesday babysitting the boys to Friday this week as we were busy and short staffed at work ....   as always we had a great day with these two little monkeys ....



They love sticker books and colouring and reading and being creative .... it must run in the family !!



And then we had to make little jelly cups with fresh strawberries in strawberry jelly ....   they were very pleased with their efforts ....







Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Shepherd's Bush Christmas Stockings

While we were away at Lake Crackenback, Maria was finishing off one of the beautiful Shepherd's Bush Christmas Stockings .... I have seen them for years and thought there was way too much work involved ..... but now I'm hooked ....



I have 3 little grandsons who would love these ..... so I'm working away on one at the moment .... I love stitching on the Floba fabric using DMC Perle cottons and a tapestry needle .... it's such a lovely  past time .... creating memories for little family members .... and maybe when I finish this one and the next two .... I might start on their parents !!!



Such a treat to babysit Clay and Jed on Saturday when their mum and dad had a rare night out .... Clay is such a little thumb sucker ... cuddling up to Davey on the lounge .....



And we came home with a really cute photo of Jed which was taken at his Day Care which he attends once a week .... 



Another nice photo from the weekend is of Andrea, Elliott and Jonah and their puppies out bushwalking ....



And finally .... Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary to Sam and Nadia for this past weekend .... how time flies !! 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lake Crackenback Weekend

Sylvia and I were included in a very special family weekend away recently with Judy and her daughters at Lake Crackenback ....   there was a little stitching done .... lots of eating and lots of laughter too ..... so good for the soul .....



Breakfast in the restaurant was included in our accommodation and it was beautiful in the gorgeous restaurant overlooking the lake ....

Lake Crackenback is such a beautiful and very relaxing place to spend time .... this is looking back towards the coloured buildings on the other side of the lake ....






The stitching was accompanied by a few glasses of bubbles .... just every now and then ....  this is actually looking out from our back deck ....



And the local fauna were keeping an eye on us too ... kangaroos and deer in the background ...



OK .... so not too much stitching got done .... but we did have a great weekend ... always good to spend time with girlfriends ....



And it bought back beautiful memories of our daughter's wedding there almost 2 years ago ...  Chelsea and Kye (below) are about to celebrate their second wedding anniversary on December 5th ....



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday Fun Days

We missed out on our Wednesday with Jed and Clay last week because we were away .... so yesterday was extra special ...


I love these photos of David reading with the boys ... they can never get enough of reading books !


Jed loves to cook with me all the time, but Clay really wanted to help with the muffin making !!


Then we had them both on the kitchen bench creating muffins .... and a mess !!!


We did take them up to the farm a couple of weeks ago and they loved watching the chooks and collecting the eggs ....


And thoroughly enjoyed picking mulberries !!!



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jonah’s 1st birthday


We have had a few busy weeks with birthdays and family times .....








 Jonah turned 1 on the 4th November ..... his little cousins enjoyed the celebrations too !


My beautiful sister turned 60 on the 5th November and we all got together for a surprise lunch at Barangaroo on the Sydney Harbour which was beautiful ....


Lots of laughs and yummy food to celebrate ....


Then there was another surprise for her when David and I flew up to Noosa to surprise her on her family weekend away ....  more fun times with lots more champagne ....


The weather wasn't fantastic but we did manage to walk off our indulgences each day ... even on the rainy days ....


A couple of beautiful lunches and dinners by the water were a great way to celebrate too !



This is Wendy and Greg and their children, with Kirk's girlfriend Krystal on the left ....


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Floriade 🌸🌼🌺

We enjoyed some family time with my Mum and 4 sisters recently when we all headed to Canberra to celebrate some birthdays and visit Floriade !!

For some reason Blogger is not co-operating with me at all and I haven't been able to upload any photos to share !       Will persevere and get back to you shortly !!!! 





Finally I managed to get some photos to upload !







Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Family Times ... with a little stitching

Not lots of stitching being done lately .... but lots of grandparenting, working and a little relaxing ....



Today these little monkeys are keeping me on my toes .... we are camping in the middle of our lounge room .... it's a bit windy outside to pitch the tent !!



We have had some fun family times ... 



Watching and learning about stingrays with the little boys ....



Picnics on the beach after a paddle and a bush walk ...



Climbing trees with Jed and Clay ...



Catching up with a very happy Jonah in Sydney ....



He loved the visit to the zoo with his mum and dad and sam and nadia ....



I think the giraffes were the favourites !!




Some great pics from last weekend at the beach ....



Fantastic drone pic by Tim ....



Ash and the boys paddle boarding .... one sucking his thumb whilst on the job !!



And a little creativity last weekend while the man of the house was watching football ..



A little scissor fob for my travel scissors .... now I just need to book a trip somewhere to use them !! 



A very cute little woollen pincushion which Sylvia made for me .... an Anni Downs design and simply gorgeous !!



I forgot to post these birthday gifts which are very treasured .... a lovely lace bookmark from overseas ....



And Natalie Birds new Blue Book ... full of beautiful projects !! 



And lastly .... inspiration for a new project .... these gorgeous buttons purchased at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Canberra recently .... what will they become ????    Stay tuned to find out !!