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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Keeping busy inside during a heat wave

We are in the very midst of an awful heat wave. Over 40c every day this week. It's a bit hard to take even though we have aircon. The garden is taking a beating we have lost some veggies and some of the flower seedlings I planted a few weeks ago.
I always make my own bread but it is too hot to put the oven on. I decided to try making the bread and fruit cakes in the Webber Q not knowing how it would turn out.
I could only fit 1 loaf at a time in the BBQ so it took a while but everything came out lovely.




I love kneading the dough,it's warm and moulds under your hands and very meditating. I'm going to try a custard tart in the BBQ tomorrow,I found a recipe on Pinterest for a no crust custard tart,my hubbies favourite.
I also want to try homemade pizza too.
Our son bought us the Webber Q last year but we haven't used it much as we don't have anywhere to put it under cover. They recomend it not to be outside exposed to the wet weather,but not to be used inside only under a carport or covered pergola.   With the heatwave now in full swing we can leave it outside so it's getting lots of use and practice.



I also managed to get a few more squares done to add to my quilt. At least being stuck inside gets the jobs done.
I have this quilt on the bottom of the bed,but meant to make it the size of the whole bed but never got that far. I am determined to finish it this year at least.




Thats it for today now to visit some favourite blogs and linky parties and some new ones. The links are on my side bar
Hope you have a lovely day
xx jeanette ann 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sewing room reveal

Good Morning blogger friends.
Well after a very tiring day decorating yesterday,I can now reveal the finished sewing room.
We were going to get the experts in to paint,but our lovely son said he would do it. He's a school teacher and on school break.  Hubby and I got into it too. Thank goodness I didn't have to cut in on top of a ladder 3.5 mtrs up. Hubby stood precariously up there a few times but after me nagging mmm I mean asking him not too,he relented and left it to the more fit younger one.
It took all day and I did I must say enjoy sitting on the floor painting the skirting boards, a more delicate task and kept the drinks and eats flowing.

I am so pleased with the end result,it's so fresh and as hubby says, it's probably the last time it will get  done. He thinks (or hopes) sometimes he forgets how impulsive I can be like painting the tiled hearth last year. I so regretted doing that because yesterday,I had to scrape the whole lot off as it had peeled. Never again will I do that.
Anyway,here are a few pics













All done and dusted and now time for me to enjoy my little haven.

Now I have some time to visit all of you and maybe some nice linky parties which I have neglected for some time. The links to some of my favourites are on my side bar.
I am going to spend some time visiting blogs I haven't been to before too. I'm quite looking forward to that to get some lovely inspiration.
 Bye for now.
xx jeanette ann
I am visiting A Stroll Thru Life linky party

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sewing room makeover

It's been so long it seems since this room which I so enjoy has had a face lift. So with the walls starting to crack and the paint fading, it was time.
The hardest part of realising this,is the thought of the mess and preperation.
The ceilings in our 1910 home are 3.5mtrs high,so at our age quite a daunting task to balance on tippy toes on top of a lader. Then it was decided we had to get in the professionals.
The plasterer has just completed his part and we were amazed at the quote of $200,bargain.
A friend had used him and said he was excellent.
Now to find a painter.
The fun part for me was do I stay with the lovely blue already there or have a change. I decided to stay with the blue as it is so restful and goes lovely with a cream trim.
I think the window frame will be painted cream too like the skirting boards.
When we got the windows replaced,it was decided to stain the window frame,but on reflection I think they need to be cream or antique white it's called.


I have put an undercoat on some tables and a bookcase and will top coat in the antique white when I do the trims after the painter has done the ceiling and walls. I am so excited about seeing the finished result.

A few years back we got some built in shelves for my sewing machine and all the storage. I have found them to be exellent so will keep them. I have been toying with the idea of getting some sort of bifold doors in front of them,but that's a little down the track. One thing at a time.

Well I will be back when the painter has been to show you the next stage

I hope you are having a lovely week and enjoying crafting or decorating or whatever makes you happy bye for now and hope to be back to blogging on a regular basis. I have neglected it for far too long

xx jeanette 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Garden in the heat

Well Summer is finally taken hold 34c today. The garden is a picture and I've deheaded,snipped and tidied. Planted petunias and some lovely little mauve ground covers,forgot the name already. I can never remember names. As long as they are pretty it doesn't matter.
Our son put shade cloth over the pergola which I was hoping not, but the climbing roses haven't covered it as much as I would have liked by now. The Summers are so hot I think the roses will welcome the respite. The hollyhocks were really tall this year stretching about 10ft up and blooming like mad. I had to pull out a few as they were shading other flowers too much. I hate pulling out anything even when it looks like it's dying. I always feel it may come to life again.

We planted mixed cornflowers this year and they said on the label they grow to 60cms but they are at leas 70. They are pretty though.
The Hydrangeas are just beautiful and doing so well, pinks through to mauve.
I bought some new roses this year too, Jane McGrath,Red Cross and a Graham Thomas which will be a small climber, oh and a Blue Moon climber, all doing well so far.

The veggie patch has produced well over Winter with broccoli,peas,lettuce being the best.
I'm trying corn this Summer which seems to be growing well and also capsicum, green beans (which always do well here) peas,lettuce,baby squash,cherry tomatoes and Bounty tomatoes which I have planted in pots this year as I don't have a huge veggie garden. In Winter I tried the new Winter tomato plant,but it turned black all up the stems so I pulled them all out. I was frightened to plant the Summer ones in the ground in case the same thing happened. They say you shouldn't plant the same plant in the same place in the following years otherwise it carries on the deseases. Oh and all the herbs are doing well.

I kept the seed heads from last years Sun Flowers and they are all up and starting to flower.








It looks like we are getting a cool change coming through thank goodness. It well be a welcome relief
for the garden. I lost a few seedlings on the weekend even though I tried to keep them moist. I should have waited for the cooler day to plant. I can never wait to get them in when I bring them home.

I am having so much trouble posting since I got this Ipad in place of my laptop. 


If anyone can help me with this problem it would be much appreciated. The pictures and writing jump all over the place while i'm writing and it is so time consuming and annoying.

I had better stop now before I throw this thing out the window. Ha Ha .I will try and visit some of my favourite blogs if this thing permits chiou for now jeanette ann 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

More holiday photo's, garden and more







The entrance to our home.
With the weather over Spring having been quite wet, the flowers are so pretty. We don't usually get this weather in November, it's usually quite warm.

Today is a lovely 29c,finally getting Spring

  


 I love blue and white china,and this plate was chipped, I couldn't throw it away so I stuck it to this flower pot. I like bits of china around the garden don't you?

The window boxes on the appartments in Paris were stunning.


As were the lovely balconies


Who could visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower all twinkling at night



This beautiful flower shop was a sight to behold


The Hotel we stayed at in Paris was art deco and the pictures on the wall were gorgeous


The Arc De Triumph It was lovely to pal up with two of the nicest Canadian ladies



This was an amazing childrens shop,very expensive though.


More pics of our gorgeous hotel in Paris. So spoiled.




















Wonderful service and food on the cruise down the Rhine
passing through gorgeous little villages in Germany. 
My favourite was Cochem and Bernkastel,where there was time to browse the quaint narrow streets and wonder at the amazing houses leaning on one another. 










This little house in the little street behind the one at the front is the oldest in Germany,love it





The Castle in Germany was out of this world,loved it