Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017


The first two lines of this Christian chorus/song, that I haven't sung or thought of for years, popped into my head this week.  Couldn't remember the rest of it, so looked it up:

Father, I place into your hands
The things I cannot do,

Father, I place into your hands
The things that I've been through.
Father, I place into your hands
The way that I should go,
For I know I always can trust you. 
Father, I place into your hands
My friends and family.
Father, I place into your hands
The things that trouble me.
Father, I place into your hands
The person I would be,
For I know I always can trust you. 
Father, we love to see your face,
We love to hear your voice.
Father, we love to sing your praise
And in your name rejoice.
Father, we love to walk with you
And in your presence rest,
For we know we always can trust you. 
Father, I want to be with you
And do the things you do.
Father, I want to speak the words
That you are speaking too.
Father, I want to love the ones
That you will draw to you,
For I know that I am one with you.
And then this random? thought:
"evil flourished when good people do nothing" 
Didn't know who said it (apart from me), so looked it up.
Apparently the correct quote is:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
― Edmund Burke
Which then got me thinking about the definition of the word 'random':
"made, done, or happening without method or conscious decision"
And I decided that these thoughts were not so random after all.
So maybe I should call them 'God thoughts', because I think God instigated them :)
And because I've had headaches the last few days I didn't go to church this morning, but went for a restorative walk around the river instead:

Unfortunately my headache is getting worse now, so will take my leave and go lay down.
May you have a restorative (def:
having the ability to restore health, strength, or well-being)

Thursday, October 19, 2017


The sky was looking ominous this morning...

And then it rained...

  (look it up)

 I can do inside stuff without feeling guilty that I should be out working on the garden :)

So while having my morning coffee, I browsed some back issues of Grass Roots mag that I bought recently (6 issues for $20...bargain!)

Worked on sewing up my blanket squares...

And if all else fails...there is always an episode of Shetland to be going on with...

beannachdan air do latha!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Talk

It's too hot to go outside...and it's only spring!!!

I did do some dirt digging earlier...
 removing weeds and a tree stump from a front garden bed

And spread seaweed on a back garden bed...

Plus made time for my morning coffee...
 and a browse of my favourite mag

And baked another banana and walnut cake...
 added some bluberries this time...because I had them.  the recipe is HERE

And while it was too hot to work in the garden I finished off the last square (YAY!!!) on the charity blanket...
now comes the fun part of sewing it up :(

Better get out and clean up some of my garden mess...
Then I can come in and cook tea...fish, chips and salad tonight!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

To the Sea

Today Marnie, Denver and I drove to the sea...

Not my beloved Stanley (which is a 2 hour drive away), but to East Devonport (a half hour drive).

I collected seaweed to mulch my garden beds...

And Marnie collected driftwood for her macrame hangers she makes and sells on Etsy...

Here is a pic of one of her latest ones...
pretty good n'est-ce pas!!!
Her Etsy store is at  South of Sassafras
It's raining now.  I'm glad we did the beach thing this morning.  I guess the garden mulching will have to wait, and I can sit and knit (although I'm a bit over the knitting and am feeling the crochet urge) and not feel guilty about not working in the garden...

Friday, October 6, 2017


...which is friday here, I browsed some of my Grass Roots magazines while having my morning coffee...
getting back to basics

Am not doing any more knitting for Bec's shop for this year (unless she specifically wants something).  The weather is warming up, so not as much demand for warm woollies, although this is Tasmania!  The annual Craft Fair is on in Deloraine in a couple of weeks, so will leave my woollies in the shop till after the Fair, then bring whatever is left home for the summer.

So I'm back working on my charity blanket.  I can't believe I only need to knit 4 more squares!!!  (Need 28 for the blanket)  Will sew it together then, and mail it off to Wrap with Love before the end of the year.  My aim is to knit one blanket each year...

Taking a break from the Plainspoken series I've been reading (see previous post).  I still have the Hutterite Diaries to read, but found THIS ONE on my bookshelves the other day, and am enjoying it...
And watching an episode a night of The Waltons dvd while I knit...
Time to get back out into the garden and get a bit more done...before I run out of steam for the day :))
Count your blessings!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday Matters


Life (and family) have been keeping me busy.  But now that we are on Daylight Saving Time and I have an extra hour of daylight (??)  I should be able to get so much more done!

Today I mowed the lawns...

Just having the lawns mowed always gives me a sense of order...even though the garden beds are a riot of weeds.

Still reading my way through the Plainspoken series of books...

Reading Anything But Simple now, and have Hutterite Diaries to go.  If you want to know what Anabaptist life is really like, read these, not the Amish romance novels.

Finished two more beanies and a pair of fingerless gloves to take to Bec's shop later this week...

And that's it! 
Anyway...they say a picture is worth 1,000 words!  Well...maybe only 200 with my standard of pictures...
Enjoy your day...in words or pictures :)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Eat Drink Read

Browsed my latest Keepers at Home and Victoria mags while enjoying my coffee and sourdough this morning...

And came across this quote in Victoria: "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
 Well...almost everything...

Reading Called to Be Amish, (another book in the Plainspoken series), and knitting fingerless gloves for Bec's shop...

And from Keepers at Home, this Poem by Amy Carmichael...

Love Travelling - Amy Carmichael

Love, travelling in the greatness of His strength,

Found me alone,

Wearied a little by the journey's length,

Though I had known,

All the long way, many a kindly air,

And flowers had blossomed for me everywhere.

And yet, Love found me fearful, and He stayed;

Love stayed by me.

"Let not thy heart be troubled or dismayed,

My child," said He.

Slipped from me then all troubles, all alarms;

For Love had gathered me into His arms.

Off to 'dig in the dirt' (AKA gardening)
Hope you are having the bestest of days!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday Words

Faithful obedience or obedient faith?

Hebrews 11:8-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 
 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 
 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

This was one of my bible readings this morning.  I'd never noticed the progression of faith before...

By faith  we...

obey... dwell/wait... receive.


And on a sort of related subject...

I have been attending the Seventh-day Adventist church and the Mennonite church for the last 10(?)
months.  Marnie and Denver were attending the SDA church so I went along.  I've had some contact with the SDA church over the years, but thought I would give myself 12 months to decide whether I would attend there long term.

While at the same time....

attending the Mennonite church to try and come to some decison about them also.  I have had contact with the Mennonites/anabaptists for about 8 years now and when I first moved to this area I fellowshipped with them for 6 months.  This was when the church was just starting up here (in 2013?) and they only had about 15 folk attending, and most of those where the family that had come from Canada to start the church.  Now they have around 80 members and also some Australian families have joined.

But I wasn't ready to take the final step, even though I could have continued fellowshipping with them and not actually join the church, I felt if I wasn't going to commit completely, perhaps I should not stay, so attended the Uniting church until it closed down earlier this year.  Interestingly the Mennonites are now using the Uniting church building for their meetings.

I have come to the conclusion that I will not go with the SDA church.  I do not agree with some of their theology/bible interpretations/beliefs, and due to some issues in the local church here recently and the way they have been handled in a very unbiblical manner, I have made my decision sooner rather than later.

So ...here I am...back with the Mennonites :).  I must say, having attended a vast number of churches/denominations over the years, that they are the most godly, humble Christians I have met.  My heart has probably always been with them, it's my stubborn will that God needs to work on :)).

I feel much more ready at this time to make a decision/commitment, but will give myself 12 months.

to be continued...

And to finish on a lighter note, these are the beanies I have been knitting recently to take to Bec's shop...

She wants some fingerless gloves now, so will start on those today.  It's raining, so good knitting weather.

And some of the books I have on the go...

They are from the Plainspoken series (true stories, not fiction).  I'm reading Simple Pleasures at the moment.  It's a lovely book...

Surely it's coffee time now...I'm all talked out :))

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Beanies Books and Brrr

Knitting more beanies for Bec at The Brush Rabbit...

Reading Why Cows Learn Dutch...
 brings back memories of my time on the farm...walking behind the cows, with the dog, to the shed, for milking

And yesterday we had snow...
it was so pretty watching it fall
They tell us it's Spring...
But I don't believe them...

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday focus

Was up with the sun this morning...

So drove down to the supermarket to do a 'stock-up' shop before it got too busy, then back home for breakfast.

Put a casserole in the crockpot to cook...
 it sure smells good!!

And stewed some apples and rhubarb for my breakfasts...
my standard breakfast is quinoa, stewed apple/rhubarb, and yoghurt...yum!

All my knitted items I took to Bec at the Brush Rabbit recently have sold!!!!  So I hope to get to her later today with these items...
 2 crocheted hats and 2 pair of house slippers

This is one of her shop windows...

And this is one of my knitted hats in her window...
And a few days later I saw a lady walking around the river wearing it :))

Better make me some lunch and get on down the road...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday Miscellany

Made a Banana and Walnut Loaf today...

And ate some...

Here's the recipe...

I replaced some of the white flour with wholemeal flour and almond meal.  Also added some cardamom and allspice.  And sprinkled brown sugar/cinnamon and chopped walnuts on top before cooking. 

Then went outside and chopped down more rose bushes...
the hellebores are pretty...aren't they!
It's been a lovely day weatherwise.  I'm just back from my afternoon walk.  Time to light the fire (I think it's going to be a cold, frosty night), cook some tea (as in 'dinner') and settle in for the night.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday on Friday

I had planned on getting this post done yesterday, but as it was a sunny day (and there is rain forecast), I decided to do some more tidying in the garden.

It's grey and cool today...my kind of day...


I have discovered I am a homichlophite...a person who loves fog :)  I was reading an article about pluviophiles (lovers of rain) and wondered if there was a name for lovers of fog...there was!

Grey is my colour...matches my personality :))

So...I've made some soup...

And added some leftover vegies and meat...
 one bowl for today...and one for tomorrow

Here's the recipe...
if you enlarge it you should be able to read it
I varied it a bit, to use what I had

And on the knitting front, I've ordered some yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills...

I'm using this pattern as a guide...
but not doing the diamond pattern

Will do garter/moss stitch across the body and sleeves like this...
using THIS yarn

While waiting for the yarn to arrive, I continue knitting my charity blanket squares...
 yeah...yeah...I know...  bit of a colour contradiction n'est-ce pas!
but it's not for me!!

And reading THIS book from the library...

As recommended by Lisa.  Only just started it...it's different...will see how I go...

heure du déjeune!