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Love my family and my faith .. love being "Biccy" to our grandchildren, love being creative ... embroidery, needlework, patchwork, quilting .....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 ..... recently retired and looking forward to finishing all my UFO's .......

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My sewing room .....



On my day off yesterday, I managed to play a little bit in my sewing room ....  I love this pincushion which I made years ago .... it still gets used and is one of my favourites .....






I'm thinking that my sewing machine cover is getting a little worn and I started to design a new one .... that will obviously be a work in progress !!!




I did a little bit of stitching on my next Shepherds Bush Christmas Stocking .....





And I managed just under 10km walking along the beaches and headlands for some exercise ....  pretty spectacular ....






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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Celebrating special birthdays



Last Wednesday when we had the little boys, we went for what they termed a "jungle walk" up through the bushes and over the headland to the lookout which looks south .... in the whale season, we can see the whales heading north .... but there weren't any that day !!  Jed, ever the protective big brother, has his arm around Clay ....




We did a lookout selfie ...... which they thought was very funny !!





On the way back down there were lots of kangaroos ..... can you see that one over Jed's shoulder ?





We had all the family home together for the weekend to celebrate Jed's 4th birthday, Tim's 31st next week, and Elliott's 30th next month .... lots of cake and lots of fun for these three birthday boys !!





Lunch out on a rainy Sunday as they all headed for home ..... and here we all are .... minus Tim who took the photo !!





Then we headed to Bannisters at Mollymook for the evening .... a gift from Ash and Tim for us .... it was very relaxing and very special .... despite the heavy rain out our window .....





We had a beautiful dinner at Rick Stein's Bannisters restaurant ..... I absolutely love the entry .... I'm sure Rick Stein loves patchwork !!!!





I would love one of these tile walls at my house !!!









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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Beautiful handmade bowl




This little monkey is Clay who is almost 2 .... he keeps us on our toes most Wednesdays with his big brother Jed ....






He is happiest when he is eating .....  and he is a clone of his mother, our daughter, Ash, at the same age ...






We had a quick trip to Canberra on Saturday to visit Bill who was in hospital after an operation ... we then took Kim out to lunch at the Kingston Foreshore and Bruce and Sylvia came and joined us .... here are Sylvia, myself and Kim enjoying a beautiful cocktail with lunch .... a "Berry Collins" ....





This morning I am admiring this beautiful handmade bowl which was a gift to me from my friend Jill ....





It is a work of art and so very special to have one of her beautifully handcrafted bowls ....





The little boys have been known to wear it as a hat .... she does such a wonderful job on putting these together .... I think I need a lesson !!!   





I am enjoying my Tuesday off .... have done a bit of work on the computer, been swimming laps at the pool and am about to sit down and do a little bit of playing in my sewing room .... gotta love Tuesdays !!!!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grandchildren and being creative !



It was lovely to have a day off work today .... my new routine for the year starting this week (a little late I know) is to have 2 days off a week .... then 3 ..... then all of them completely !!!  Maybe by the end of the year !!      Having a whole day to yourself is a treat .....    




Elliott and Andrea bought Jonah a little table and chairs set which is very cutely placed in front of their aquarium where he can watch the fish while being creative ....




And here he is doing a handstand out of the pool on the weekend at their place .... such a cute little fellow !




So ..... my first day off had to include some activity and some stitching (my stipulation) so I gathered my swimming things together and headed off to the pool to do some laps ..... so nice to be back in the water doing laps for fitness and for some back problems .....





I came home and did a bit of tidying up in my sewing room ....





And then I started to look for this pattern for a Welcome cross stitch which I stitched many many years ago and which is on the wall in my sewing room .... couldn't find it anywhere .... does anyone know where it came from ???




And finally I got to sit in the sun this afternoon and do a little stitching .... dinner is simmering in the tajine and luckily I get to do this all again tomorrow with the little boys ....

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Christmas Gift




These two little cuties helped their mum and dad deliver a late Christmas gift to David and I the other night ..... the framed picture is soooooo big (1.2m square) that they had to get Tim's brother to deliver it in his truck from the picture framer !    We sat the boys on the dresser in front of the photo so you will appreciate the size !!





Our four children and their wives and husbands have all selected 25 of their favourite wedding photos and Ash using her design skills, put them together into a huge photo which they then had framed .... 





Alex Marks Photographer took all their wedding photos so it is a beautiful testament to his outstanding work .... and filled with so many amazing photos and memories .... through blurry teary eyes we both were overwhelmed with this amazing gift ......   and we can't stop looking at it  ..... every time we walk past it in the lounge room we see something new !!   Thank you to our amazing family  xxxx

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Shepherds Bush Stocking and Home



We had a great weekend looking after Jed and Clay while their mum and dad went to Sydney for the weekend for a function.    Jed became the puzzle king and just loved trying to do every jigsaw puzzle in sight !





They helped us move the furniture back into our lounge room on Saturday after we had had the carpet lifted and the floorboards beneath sanded and polished .... they loved dancing around the room before the furniture was replaced !




Sam and Nadia took a walk up to North Head to visit the memorial to David's dad and his men .... it is always a moving visit whenever any of the family pay their respects ....






And in the quieter moments .... these two slept !



They were so excited that we had a "sleepover" at their place for 2 nights ... and suggested al fresco dinner of pizza ... so we complied !





It was a bit rainy on Sunday morning so we headed to Milton for morning tea and a play ....





And we managed to find a few puzzles on the way home for the "puzzle king" !





And finally the dust has settled from the sanding and the mess in our house over the past week, and I can think about getting out my next Christmas Stocking to stitch .... this one is Brett .... not sure who this one will be for yet ......  watch this space .....





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