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In those famous words of The Terminator…….I’m back!

Cotton Tree at Sunset

Cotton Tree at Sunset

It’s been a long time since I’ve written on my blog and once again a lot has been happening since my last post.

I’ve moved back to Queensland to the same area (more or less) that I was living in 4 years ago when things went pear shaped.

I’m within an hour of Ben and Lina and the kids which means I’ve seen more of my precious grandchildren in the last 3 months than I had in their lives previously ( well at least Abi’s and getting close to Connor’s). I also get to catch up with  Jacob and Mindy occasionally.

I’m back attending my old church and it has truly felt like coming home to be there. I’m involved in various activities and making some new friends and caught up with some old ones. I’ve done a little exploring and aim to do more and all in all am very happy here.

On the down side the RA has been playing up….seems like the stress of moving has caused it to flare up which isn’t good but it seems to be starting to settle down again so that is a relief. I’ve been taking it very quietly the last two days as I’ve succumbed to a virus and have a sore throat and am fighting off a chest infection.

The good side of that is that I’ve spent the last couple of days reading.

Do you have favourite authors who’s work you used to love reading? I have and over the last couple of years when I realised that they weren’t to be found in the library any more to borrow, I have started trying to collect a few by looking in second hand book stores and on ebay. I’m now the proud owner of nearly all of Mary Stewart’s novels.

Mary, Lady Stewart, née Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow (17 September 1916 – 9 May 2014), was a British novelist who developed the romantic mystery genre, featuring smart, adventurous heroines who could hold their own in dangerous situations. She also wrote children’s books and poetry, but may be best known for her Merlin series, which straddles the boundary between the historical novel and fantasy. Wikipedia.

I’m still looking for ‘The Wind off the Small Isles’. Unfortunately the copies I’ve seen so far have been way out of my price range however I live in hope and will keep looking. The only ones I don’t have are her Merlin trilogy. I’ve never really enjoyed them and of course they’re the easiest to find! Good old Murphy’s law again.

When I’m reading to relax I love things that are easy to read but hold your interest. I’m not into the Mills and Boone or most modern romances ( soft porn is what they boil down to and not my cup of tea at all). I love stories about people, light mysteries and Agatha Christie style murder mysterys.

Now that I have the Mary Stewart ones I’ve started on the D E Stevenson novels.

D. E. Stevenson (1892–1973), Dorothy Emily Peploe (married name) was a Scottish author of more than 40 light romantic novels. Her father was the lighthouse engineer David Alan Stevenson, first cousin to the author Robert Louis Stevenson. Wikipedia

She was a Scottish writer and her books are delightful stories even though they are very much of the era. It is interesting that some of them are starting to be republished so it appears I’m not the only fan!..Unfortunately it’s going to take me a long time (if ever) to manage to get all of them as many of them are WAY out of my price range.

Today I’ve been rereading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Farmer Boy’. I read this story to my sons a couple of times over the years and we always loved it. My goodness those people ate well…… the boys were fascinated by how hard they all worked too -especially the children. When we were dabbling in self sufficiency back in the 80’s I found it very useful for ideas about how to do some things too. Thanks to Google, today I’ve found out what an air castle is too. It was a sculpture made out of straw by Almanzo’s sister Alice and hung over the dining table where it quivered with the movement of the air. Thanks Google- I’ve always wondered what the air castle was.




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Time is a Companion

I seem to have been making a fair few male cards lately…. I guess there are two main reasons for it

1) I’ve had quite a few male birthdays to make cards for lately

2) I picked up some great papers that lend themselves to male cards as well as getting around to using 3 sets of Tim Holtz stamps I’d hardly used.

I have had a lot of fun using the stamps -they have some lovely sayings on them and in conjunction with the Tim Holtz Distress inks and the papers they have inspired me to make cards like this one. I love the nostalgic feel and the old fashioned car comes out beautifully when you stamp it. I used a spare bit of string and some old buttons to finish it off.

I’m sitting here sniffling away with a horrid head cold and feeling very sorry for myself. I can’t really complain as I’ve managed to escape most of the winter ills this year which is quite surprising  really, I have lived in Queensland for so long that I’m not used to the winter weather here in NSW.

Actually even though I feel lousy its been a pretty good day. I’ve finished knitting a vest and am wearing it – the first thing I’ve knitted in years. I’ve also got a drive band for my spinning wheel which had perished from lack of use and finished plying some wool I spun on someone else’s wheel on Monday. I’ve got to the end of  the book I had nearly finished and I am about to get stuck into doing some of a correspondence course I’m doing.

I might even get to work on  a scrapbook page I’ve started later on….

Hope your day is going well too 🙂


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