Sunday, 31 December 2017

Ring Out The Old Year!

Well we are in the last hours of 2017 & I have to say I'm ready to usher it out the door because it hasn't been one of our best. We've faced quite a few challenges at the Meares' Madhouse this year, work-wise & financially ... Did I mention that I really hate having to be a grown up?! ... & emotionally. We had to say a final goodbye to my gorgeous Grandma, a precious friend from our time in Bourke & a number of the residents of the retirement village where I work in my grown up job. And adding to that list in the last few days was news of the sad passing of fellow designer & gorgeous human being, Rosie Dekker.

However ... It's also been a year where through those things above ... Perhaps even because of them ... I've been reminded that I am surrounded by supportive, encouraging, loyal friends & a loving family, not to mention a Heavenly Father who has helped & strengthened us every step of this challenging year.

So ... Even though it's been a difficult year & we're pretty happy to see its end, I can honestly say that as it winds down ... I feel exceeding blessed!

Thank you to all of you, my lovely blogging buddies, for the richness you've added to my year. I look forward to sharing more creativity, laughs & real life craziness with you in 2018. :0)

I tend not to make New Years resolutions, but would like to share a Celtic Blessing with you for the new year about to start.

May love & laughter light your days,
And warm your heart & home.
May good & faithful friends be yours
Wherever you may roam.
May peace & plenty bless your world,
With joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons 
Bring the best for you & yours.

From me & mine to you & yours ...




Thursday, 28 December 2017

There's No Place Like Home!

Holidays are wonderful ... Going to new places, seeing new things ... But sometimes having a 'home-i-day' is just what the doctor ordered. You know ... A 'holiday' at home. :0)

We had a relaxing, low-key Christmas Day with my folks who are house sitting in the local area & our day was topped off with a bit of Christmas magic ...

The biggest, brightest double rainbow I have seen for years! The photo really doesn't show it off properly. Sadly we couldn't see the ends of it so didn't know where to dig for the pot of gold. It's a shame ... Our holiday could have become permanent. :0)

And for the last few days, I've been hanging out at home. There's been some sewing ... Remember this?

Well now it looks like this ...

I'm loving these pretty fabrics. I had originally thought to just add inner & outer borders ... But now I'm toying with appliqué ideas ... I can't help myself. :0)

While my new ideas bubble away on the back burner, I've moved on to a task I've been procrastinating about for a while ...

... Writing pattern instructions. SIGH! The cricket is keeping me company through the day, as you can see in the background, & in the late afternoon ...

... Some of our local wildlife is providing company. This is my view out the dining room French doors where I've been sitting to type. Can you spot them? Black cockatoos. We have a big flock of them living in our area & in hot weather they visit us morning & evening to take advantage of the bird baths & big water pot we have in our garden. They're so interesting to watch & seem to have a better & more orderly system of coming in to land than Heathrow airport. :0) The only drawbacks are they tend to break branches with their strong beaks while they wait their turn ... & the noise! :0)

So ... That's what's happening here at the Meares' Madhouse. Are you enjoying a holiday or a 'homi-i-day' ... Or are you back to having to be a grown up? Whatever you're up to as 2017 winds down I hope you're finding the beauty & joy in the everyday. :0) Til next time ...








Sunday, 24 December 2017

The Best Christmas Gift!

Amidst the bustle & craziness that surrounds Christmas it can sometimes be easy to get caught up, uptight & stressed. I found a great reminder the other day that I thought I'd share with you. I don't know who adapted it so can't give credit, but it's actually an adaptation of one of my favourite verses. 

1 Corinthians 13
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights & shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator. 
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meats & arranging a beautifully adorned table at meal times, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook. 
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home & give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels & crochet snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties & sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on those I love the most, I have missed the point.
... In other words ...
Love stops the cooking to hug a child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried & tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china & table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.
But the gift of love will endure.

I wish you all a happy, safe & restful Christmas spent with the special people in your life. Til next time ...




Ready For Christmas!

It's a bold statement to make ... But ... I think I'm ready for Christmas! :0) All of the gifties that needed to be mailed have arrived safely at their destinations (something one can't always rely on!), the Christmas cooking has all been done, all gifties have been wrapped & put under the tree & all gifties to be made have been made ... I've even finished a few projects that weren't originally on the "To Do" list. Now I find myself wondering ... Am I super efficient this year ... Or ... Have I forgotten something! :0)

I'm really hoping it's the first! Tee! Hee! Hee! Some of the extra projects to come hot off the sewing machine included some birthday gifties for my Dad's cousin's wife (that sounds rather more complicated than it feels!) who had my folks & I over for an early Christmas catch up dinner last night on what we found out was her birthday eve. Knowing one of her fave colours is purple was my starting point for ...

... A purple set of kitchen helpers ... Two pot holders/hot mats & a purple-trimmed hanging hand towel. They matched her purple kettle & toaster perfectly. :0)

And since I had a few odd bits & bobs collected up for my folks for Christmas, I decided to save the environment & my sanity all in one move & make a couple of Santa sacks to pop everything in. (I hate wrapping parcels! I used to enjoy it but now avoid it whenever possible ... Gift bags are my wrapping friends! :0) )

The aqua Santa sacks are mine & GB's (had trouble closing GB's when I'd finished! I may have got a little carried away! Tee! Hee! Hee!) The apple green sacks are for Mum & Dad, along with a bigger gift each that didn't fit in the sacks. Christmas is neatly under the tree now! :0)

And speaking of Christmas gifties ... Santa came a little early for me on Friday night at our last Sit n Sew for the year. I fell in love with a particularly pretty layer cake & after consulting via text with the Juggler Of The Budget, it came home with me ...

It's "Guernsey" designed for Moda by Brenda Riddle Designs & features all the lovely soft & pretty cottage/shabby chic colours that make my heart go pity-pat. I'm going to make something just for me & think I'm going to leave the 10" squares whole to show off the pretty fabrics. It's my Christmas giftie to myself. :0)

But right now I think I'm going to put my feet up with an icy cold drink (it's 31 degrees & this summer chook is happy!) & a book on my iPad to enjoy a quiet Christmas Eve. Later we might watch our favourite Christmas movie & help Bruce Willis defeat the baddies ... Yes ... My favourite Christmas movie is "Die Hard"! :0) I hope you're enjoying your Christmas Eve ... I'm popping back in here tonight with a Christmas message so stay tuned. :0) Til next time ...






Saturday, 16 December 2017

Christmas Shenanigans!!

Well ... Here I sit in my comfy chair with my feet up ... What a day!! I finally ran out of time to procrastinate about the cleaning in preparation for hosting the Christmas gathering of some of the Friday Night Sit n Sew gals & had to get stuck in. Thankfully, I had the able assistance of my Beloved Geek Boy ... What a wonderful man I married! :0)

After several hours of manic cleaning & setting up, we were ready to go ...

...the table was set. I decided to go with the K.I.S.S principle ... Keep It Simple, Stoopid! :0) Sticking with my aqua colour theme, a rustic hessian runner, some spruce branches from the garden, a couple of aqua candle lanterns & some more aqua lights.

I love the pop of the aqua on the white & hessian. I'm kicking myself that I forgot to take a photo after dark. Ah well.

Once everyone had arrived, we spent some relaxed time chatting & enjoying some nibblies before Chriss handed out some little kits for a quick craft project.

That's Chriss on the left giving instructions. The rest of us were struggling with left & right, under & over & through. If you ever want to shut us up ... Give us a project we have to concentrate on! :0) You can see Kim & Gail are determined to get it sorted.

Lynda wondering if she zigged when she should have zagged! :0) But ...

We did it!! YAY! Well done Chriss for walking us through successfully. And what did we make?

... A cute folded star. Very cute, even if I did feel like a bit of a Gumby working it out. :0)

We then had a DEEEEEEEEEELICIOUS dinner of cold meats & yummy salads, followed by one of Julie's cheesecake masterpieces & more chatting over a cuppa.

And there MAY have been some frivolity & shenanigans!! Hmmm ... Julie's halo seems to have slipped! Not for the first time, I'd wager! Tee! Hee! Hee! Thanks for a fantastic night, gals ... & for providing the motivation to spring clean! :0)

I think tomorrow might be a quiet one around the Meares' madhouse ... I shall sit back & bask in the clean surroundings. :0) Whatever you're up to this weekend I hope you get to sit back with your feet up, at least for a little while. Til next time ...










Friday, 15 December 2017


ZOOOOOOM!! That's the sound of this week passing me by in a blur! My "To Do" list was LOOOOOONG ... & my motivation was SHORT!! :0P 

A super busy week at my grown up job seemed to sap my energy, but today was my day off, so I had great ambitions of catching up on the cleaning I need to do before hosting a Christmas gathering tomorrow. (Oops! Today! The clock has ticked over as I wrote this!) Yep ... Famous last words! In full avoidance mode I instead spent the day SEW-CRASTINATING! :0) What is sew-crastinating? I hear you ask. It's the art of procrastinating about doing something you should by instead spending your time sewing. Tee! Hee! Hee! I'm an expert at it!

In my defence, the projects I worked on during my bout of sew-crastination were Christmas gifties that need to be sent on Santa's sleigh first thing next week ... So it wasn't WASTING time ... Exactly! :0) Wanna see the results?

Three pretty & petite monogrammed bags for some work colleagues & they are the perfect size for your wallet, keys & phone if you're going out & don't want to lug your heavy handbag ... Or is that just me?!?! They also fit an iPad quite nicely if you are heading down to the beach, pool or hammock to laze away the holidays. Usually I give home cooked sweetie-treaties but one workmate is a diabetic so this seemed like a better option ... Plus ... No Christmas calories to shrink your clothes! :0)

Two "M's" ... 

... And an "H". It's hard to see in the blue Christmas light reflection but the monograms are chain stitched in a variegated Cottage Garden thread in brown & beige tones with a deep dusty green & matched the colours in the French-themed fabric perfectly. Three more gifties ready to wrap ... Three finishes to add to my tally ... All created from stash fabrics. YAY! Now if only the cleaning faeries would visit in the night so tomorrow wouldn't be a mad whirlwind of panicked cleaning for me. :0)

I hope your week has been a little less mad than mine & that your weekend includes some time with the special people in your life. Be lavish with your hugs, kisses, love & appreciation ... These gifts are more precious than diamonds! :0) Til next time ...






Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas Craziness & OPAM Winner!

PHEW!! Are you like me at the moment & feeling a wee bit frazzled as the year winds down & the Christmas craziness gets into full swing?? The days seem to whiz by so darn quickly & we struggle & juggle to fit everything into the calendar & somehow, no matter how many things we cross off our "To Do" lists, that list just keeps growing. I'm pretty sure I'm NOT the only one struggling to keep all of the balls in the air ... I just hope I don't drop any & have them bean me on their way down! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Even though I feel like my list of stuff to get done before the jolly, fat man in the red suit shows up is never ending, I HAVE had a pretty productive weekend. The washing is all done, there are fresh sheets on the beds & clean towels in the clean bathrooms. I've spring cleaned one section of our main living area in preparation for hosting a Christmas gathering next weekend. (I'm not confessing how much more spring cleaning has yet to be done!!) I've even found some time to add a finish to me OPAM tally & an item into my giftie stash. 

I scuffled through my stash until theses fabrics caught my fancy ...

When you're starting a new project do you pick the fabric first or the project? I think I do a bit of both, but in this case, I knew what I wanted to make & just rifled through the stash until I could picture the finished project. And that project was ...

... A pretty Paris-inspired mug bag. I think the person I've made it for will like it. :0) And it's nice to add a finish to my list during this busy few weeks. How's your Christmas giftie making going??

And speaking of finishes ... You lovely, clever clogs OPAMers have obviously been busy little bees. There were ...


... For November. Well done everyone! And a pat on the back for those of you who may not have added finishes, but made some good progress on some longer-term projects. Persevering on big projects is sometimes tough, so hang in there & channel Dory from "Finding Nemo" ... Just keep swimming ... Er ... STITCHING! :0) And this month's random draw winner is ...

Congrats Marilyn! Email me your snail mail address & I'll pop a little something in the post for you.

Before I go back to my spring cleaning (SIGH!! GROAN!!) I thought I'd show you the rather special Christmas cake that was gifted to the residents of the retirement village where I work. It was made by a lovely local cake decorator who runs classes in the area ...

Isn't it fabulous! It was displayed, cut & enjoyed at our annual Christmas brekkie last week. I didn't get to try it but was told it was as delicious as it was fantastic to look at.

OK ...back to the cleaning for me. I hope your weekend has been productive too & that you're surviving the silliness of the silly season. Just remember, if it all starts to feel too much, give yourself permission to stop & put your feet up with a cuppa for a little rest before you keep going. There's no point in "doing" so much for Christmas that you don't enjoy this special time of the year. Be kind to yourself. :0) Til next time ...






Saturday, 2 December 2017

A Birthday Road Trip!!

Hello to all you gorgeous gals out there in blogland! I hope you are enjoying the start of your weekend. It's been an adventurous one so far for us, with a special road trip today.

I shared earlier this week that it was Mum's birthday & today my Beloved Geek Boy & I took Mum on a birthday road trip adventure to celebrate. Oh ... We took Dad too! :0) We started our adventure by heading down the 'hill' to Esk for lunch at a fave spot, the Nash Gallery & Cafe.

Paper on the table & crayons ... I just HAD to play! :0)

I know ... We're a motley looking crew! :0)

Three of us enjoyed grilled snapper, salad & chippies ... Dad had well-well-well done steak with a double serve of chippies-hold-the-salad. :0) 

Someone else had a little play with the crayons. Tee! Hee! Hee!
Then it was time to hit the road again & we took a road less traveled to make our way up a scenic but winding narrow road to the top of Mt Glorious. 

Since it had been a whole 3/4 of an hour since we'd eaten or drunk, we had coffee & carrot cake at a lovely quiet cafe amongst the TAAAAAAAALL forest trees, listening to whip birds & bell birds. Not too shabby. :0)

Then it was time to keep following the winding road, through the edge of Brisbane & back up our 'hill' via a gravel backtrack & home for dinner ...

... Sirloin steak topped with prawns in creamy garlic sauce & accompanied by fresh salads ... YUMMO! I think we managed to squeeze all of the birthday enjoyment & fun out of today that we could. :0) Mum says she's feeling loved & special ... Which is good ... Because she IS loved & special! :0)

So ... What are YOU up to this weekend? Whatever you're doing I hope you make some time to hang out with the special people in your life ... They're the moments that matter! :0) Til next time ...






Friday, 1 December 2017

A Birthday & OPAM Reminder!

Hello to all of my lovely blogland buddies! I know I've been a bit quiet here on the blog ... Somehow life just seems to get busier & busier, doesn't it! Especially as the year winds down. Christmas is just three weeks (& a few days!) away ... EEEEEEEEK!! I am so NOT ready for it!

However ... Before the jolly round man in the red suit puts in an appearance, we have a bit of a birthday run, the most recent being my wonderful Mum's birthday yesterday. 

Here's Mum at about 17/18 ... A bit of a looker, wasn't she?! :0)

And still a bit of a looker at 71 ... She actually has less grey in her hair than my Beloved Geek Boy! He tries to say I caused his grey hairs but I pointed out that Mum's had more years with me than him & has fewer grey hairs so that argument doesn't stand up! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

My Mum is a pretty amazing lady who has always encouraged me to not worry about what 'everyone' is doing, but instead to be my own person, to stand up for what I believe & to make my own choices. And even when she may not have agreed with those choices, I've always known she was there to support & encourage me. If I turn out to be half the woman my gorgeous Mum is, I think I'll be doing just fine! :0)


And helping Mum celebrate her birthday (part 1, part 2 of her birthday surprise happens tomorrow!) is my excuse for being tardy to remind all of you lovely OPAMers that it's time to update your sidebar lists & email your tally of finishes to me & my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg ... Who is also a recent birthday girl! :0) Happy Birthday Sweet Peg!!

Right ... That's it from me today because just like Alice In Wonderland's White Rabbit ... "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" I'm off for a drive down our 'hill' for a belated birthday catchup with my Bestest-Buddy-Since-We-Were-Nine Lynette. Report at a later date! :0) Have a fab weekend everyone! Til next time ...





Saturday, 18 November 2017

Spring Flowers On A Gloomy Day!

It's a bit of a gloomy, overcast old day here on top of our 'hill' today ... Typical that weekend weather is yucky, just when you have time to be outside! So to add a splash of colour to the grey, I thought I'd share some garden pics with you.

Most of our acre block is shaded for large parts of the day due to our lovely big trees, especially in winter, but our side verandah has a north-north-west sort of alignment which gives good amounts of sun even in winter. So this year we dug a new garden bed & planted some traditional cottage garden flowers ... With pretty good success ...

It's a bit hard to get a good panoramic shot of the garden thanks to our crepe myrtle trees ... Which have obviously enjoyed the drastic pruning they received ... One is already putting some flowers out! But this shot gives you a bit of an idea of the splash of colour this garden is giving.

I'm thrilled that the hollyhocks have been such a success ... It's the first time I've tried growing them, after finally hunting down the seedlings at a lovely little independent nursery, The Grove Country Gardens from Pittsworth. You can also see some cornflowers, larkspur & phlox ... The stocks shot to flower early & only reached about half their usual height, so they're a bit hard to spot behind the larkspur ... The tall pink/purple/white flower spikes.

Hollyhocks, larkspur, cornflowers & phlox ... & a stray dandelion ... Oops! :0) The phlox have such vibrant colours. Love 'em! :0)

These are the three colour variants that have shown up for the hollyhocks ... A gorgeous deep maroon/red, scarlet & a sort of watermelon pink/red. I've always drooled over hollyhocks in photos of English cottage gardens on Pinterest so it's been exciting to add some to our garden.

Hope you've enjoyed a sneaky-peeky at our garden. I'm now off to see if I can rediscover my sewing mojo that went astray yesterday in all my muddling about. After chatting to a few other crafters whose mojo has also gone missing, I have a mental picture of our missing mojos lazing on a tropical island somewhere sipping cocktails & sniggering at all of us trying to meet our pre-Christmas deadlines! Yes ... My overactive imagination DOES get me into trouble! Tee! Hee Hee! 

Til next time ...








Friday, 17 November 2017

A Quilter's Lament!!

 OK Stitchers, quilters, patchworkers & all creative types out there in blogland ... I KNOW you will ALL have asked yourself this question on numerous occasions ...

With a sewing/craft room full of fabric/crafting supplies ... How can I still NOT find what I need to make this project?!?!

SIGH! I had great plans for my day off today. I was going to indulge in a yummy breakfast, savour a big mug of coffee whilst re-reading yet another of my favourite Nora Robert trilogies, then get stuck in to make my SSCS gifties for Chookyblue's swap that soon need to be loaded on Santa's sleigh. Well ... I managed the yummy breakfast (perfectly poached eggs on crunchy whole grain sourdough toast) & enjoyed a big mug of coffee ... But substituted a phone chat with Mum for the indulgent reading. Then I headed for my sewing room, where after a very frustrating half hour of searching, fabric fossicking & umming & ah-ing I  decided I don't have just the right fabrics to do what I'd planned. AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!!

So ... I'm off to visit my "Home-Away-From-Home" to get what I need. That's definitely not a hardship, but it does involve a 20 minute drive either way & the time it all takes. I wonder if GB REALLY wants dinner tonight? I've gotta make up my lost sewing time somewhere, right? :0)

I hope you all have some fun stuff planned for your weekend ... & that your plans run a little smoother than mine! Now I'm off to shop. :0) Til next time ...



Saturday, 11 November 2017

Gal Pals & Giggles!

What better way to spend a cool, overcast, blowy Saturday than to gather with some gorgeous stitching gal pals for a time of chatting, eating yummy food, drinking cups of tea, laughing like lunatics, giggling like a bunch of school girls ... Oh! ... And apparently some people sewed & stitched! Tee! Hee! Hee! 

This weekend was the last mini-retreat for the year for our Friday Night Sit & Sew group & although I could only stretch time & budget to one day, I think I packed in three days of fun.

I worked on the stitchery part of my SSCS gifties, so can't show it to you, but I CAN show you something I sewed from start to finish yesterday that went to its new home today ...

When I was collecting blues, greens, aquas & teals for my beach skirt, Kiwi Chriss searched her stash for some contributions, so ... I decided to turn some of the fabrics into a slightly different beach skirt for her to say thank you. Chriss's skirt is a tier shorter as sh's not a leftover hippie like me! :0) Since it was a surprise I had to guess at sizing, but it fitted & she loved it! YAY!

Now I mentioned there was much laughter today & one contributing factor was the crazy & mischievous Miss Fiona from BubzRugz  ...

She decided that Julie's chain pieced flying geese blocks looked like a feather boa ... Here she is decked out for a quilting cocktail party ... With Julie giggling hysterically beside her! :0) Thanks for a fabulously fun day, gals! And a HUGE  thank you to the Marvellous Marion for organising another fantastic stitching retreat.

Am all funned out for now though, so am off to bed. Hope you're all enjoying your weekend so far. Til next time ...





Friday, 10 November 2017

There's A Bear In There!!

OK ... all Aussie (& New Zealand??) gals who grew up watching "Play School" now have the theme song stuck in their heads! I'd say sorry ... But I'm not! Tee! Hee! Hee!

So why am I tormenting you with children's television shows? Well ... For the first time in quite a while I've been working on a new bear design ...

Your first sneaky-peeky of Marion May Bear. She's a girly bear, but not too frilly or fussy. She likes pretty things, likes flowers & dressing up nicely. She's named for two of the special women who have influenced & encouraged me ... My GORGEOUS friend Marion from the Quilers Angel & my WONDERFUL Grandma who we lost in June ... Her middle name was May. 

I've got half of the instructions written for Marion May & hope to have them finished soon ... Stay tuned for the pattern & the full reveal of my sweet new bearby! :0)

But now it's cup of tea time before gathering up some projects to take with me tomorrow when I join some of my Friday Night stitching buddies for part of our last mini-retreat for the year. I hope you're having a wonderful finish to the working week & that your weekend includes lots of fun & time with special people. Til next time ...




Saturday, 4 November 2017

Where Will We Be In 50 Years!

For those of you like me who grew up in the 80's you'll probably remember the song by Aussie band The Uncanny Xmen, "Where Will We Be In 50 Years?" Well ... 50 years ago ..

... These crazy kids said "I do." And through those 50 years they've lived, loved, laughed, cried, argued, comprised, grown & made a life together. There have been some bumpy times during that 50 years I'm sure, but unlike a lot of people who fall in & out of love almost as often as they change their clothes, they both saw love as a choice & chose to hold on to each other & love each other ... Even on the days when they didn't necessarily like each other. :0) They've set a pretty high goal for marriage, commitment & love that I hope I can live up to in my own marriage. 

And I love them both to bits!! :0)


Til next time ...




Sunday, 29 October 2017

Back To Reality & OPAM Reminder!

Well ... It seems like our holiday was already a long time ago, although this week has flown by! GB was out of town for most of the week for work & I seemed to be kept very busy playing catch up, at home as well as at my grown up job. I think I need another holiday to get over getting over the holiday! :0)

I'm sitting with my feet up (very sore feet!!) with a cuppa reflecting on what I've achieved for the weekend, which was also full of catching up. There were six loads of washing (sheets & towels as well as holiday washing & normal weekly washing), a kitchen tidy up, unpacking ports & vacuuming the house to evict the colony of dust bunnies that moved in when we weren't looking ... Man! We have a big house when you're touring it with the vacuum! :0P

There was, however, a little bit of time for some sewing action, finishing off something I started during my holiday. Remember these?

These squares became ...

...a cover for my chair! :0) Just kidding! :0) It is, of course, the latest in my growing collection of patchwork skirts. I love the colours of these fabrics ... I've been collecting them for a while & a friend who visited Bali last year contributed quite a few, too ... Thanks Chriss! I wanted all of the different greens, blues, aquas & teals that you see in the ocean so I'll have a little bit of the beach to cheer me up even when I'm back here on top of our 'hill'. I'm planning another project with the leftover fabric from this skirt ... I'll show you when I get around to it.

And my new skirt is also a finish for my OPAM tally ... YAY! :0) Yes lovely OPAMers, it's that time again where you need to update your sidebar lists & email your tallies to me & my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg. What have you all been creating this month?

Right ... Time to go & rummage in the fridge to find something for dinner to replenish the energy after a busy weekend ... Which also included a fun dinner catch up with Chookyblue & Fiona from BubzRugz. Sorry, no pics ... What happened at dinner stays at dinner! Tee! Hee! Hee! Have a fantastic week, everyone! Til next time ...





Saturday, 21 October 2017

FINALLY! A Sunny Day!!

Yes, it's true ... After six & a half days here at the beach, Friday FINALLY delivered a sunny day ... YAHOOOOOO! 


So we decided to pack in a few outdoor activities to take advantage of the dry day.

First on the list was a little drive back into the hills near Malaney to visit Mary Cairncross Park, which had been recommended to us. There is a lovely new visitor centre with interactive displays for the kids (big kids had fun too!) as well as a great lookout platform to view the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains.

And a comfortable walking track through a pocket of rainforest. It took just over an hour & I managed to easily walk it in my not-my-walking shoes ... The only problem I bumped into was a leech who thought I'd be a tasty snack ... EEEEUUUWWW!! We also spotted some much nicer local critters ...

A mumma wallaby ...

And her cute bubba wallaby. We also enjoyed spotting & listening to quite a number of birds, including my favourite th whipbird. So having had enough exercise for a bit (& wanting to give my leech-abused toe time to recover!) we headed back to the beach for some lunch ...

This was our lunch view ...tough to take, hey?! :0) And then having full tummies, we decided another walk was in order ...

... Along the beach for the first time without being rained upon. It was still too cool for us froggies to be tempted to swim but we enjoyed getting our toesies sandy. Did I mention we walked a LOT on Friday?! My handy step counter on my phone told me I did 17,180 steps! YIKES! No wonder my feet were killing me & I conked out much earlier than usual! :0)

Then we woke up this morning to ... More rain! SIGH! Ah well ... We still managed to have a nice day. We met up with my buddy Lynda (my usual Tuesday lunch buddy who was passing through. Forgot to take a pic.) then decided to treat ourselves to one last special lunch ...

Sandcrab lasagna for GB & lamb, fetta, olive & mushroom calzone for me ... YUMMO! And our lunch time view ...

... Wet & grey, but still pretty spekky. :0

So tomorrow we have to head home & go back to pretending to be grown ups ... SIGH! Not at all ready for that but we have to pay for the holiday somehow. :0) I think we'll be coming back here when we can ... Who knows, the Sunshine Coast might even live up to its name next time. :0)

I hope you've enjoyed the snippets from our beach break ... Next post will be back at Edward House ... Since we didn't win lotto tonight! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...










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