stills a weekly collection

Joining in with Emily at The Beetle Shack.  I am loving colour at the moment… and our Hanging Hills too!

108_2064108_2068108_2069108_2072108_2074108_2078108_2067108_20771. A Kalanchoe Hanging Hill string garden in Grace’s room

2. Milly cat likes to guard the babies room

3.  A spot of stripey knitting for Miss Mabel or her sister (who perhaps I shall name for the blog Miss Clementine – yes – we may get siblings).  Loving using up my left-over yarns.

4 & 5.  House sitting Hanging Hills is very pretty.

6.  The chickens started laying!

7. Boxes of orders ready to ship.

8. Sunshiney goodness (well, it’s not actually sunny here – but looking at these lovely daffodil Hanging Hills made me as happy as I am when the sun shines).



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We are home, it is freezing!  Ahhh, Melbourne weather!  On the agenda today is laundry, hearing appointment for Master J, preparing dinner and catching up on loose Squiggly Rainbow ends.

How was your week?


the boys playing on the bank of our creek after a freshly fallen gum had left a pile of fresh clay (just before we left for our holiday) – the sensory exploration in the middle of winter with shorts and bare feet amazed me with these two

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yarn along


Joining in with Ginny, this week I finished two pieces on the needles.  I get bored knitting one thing at a time, so like to switch between projects.

Master S was so excited and hasn’t taken off this Sherwood green ‘boyfriend’ jumper.  It was so cute to tuck him into bed and each night he has it folded on the foot of his bed ready for the next day.  Makes me feel so loved and I tell him that each stitch has a prayer and my love knitted in.

My sanity saver full of colour was another little ‘In Threes‘ for let me call her ‘Mabel’s’ (remember the show Mad About You – they called their daughter Mabel… ”Mothers Always Bring Extra Love”) stash.  I found this yarn at Spotlight and then couldn’t find it anywhere – finally discovered it here – love the texture and colours.

Finished reading House of Hope, now reading two books; After and Bloom.

Best get back to the children, it’s toothpick havoc (will blog about that tomorrow).

Rach x

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garden journal


It has taken me quite a while to get the garden journal off and running again.  I think it is because my garden is really looking like a battlefield come forest, come wannabe in my dreams English garden with hedges and rows of roses.

The fact of the matter is, we have been living here for over a year now – it is make – or not quite break – but continue to live in a complete bush block.  We have gorgeous surrounds, but also areas to actually potter and garden in.

Today the boys and Miss G hit the bush.  They built forts and cubbys, we enjoyed the chickens following us.  Mr DCT (who I from this day onward will call by his real name; Jodie) and the kids pulled out the junk that had been stored for years under the house.  We found a note book with jottings of building materials and phone-numbers from when the house was built.  We also found shower screens which I have up-cycled into little greenhouses for my vegetable garden.  We picked lemons and stacked wood in the wood shed.

I don’t think many bloggers are reading since the move to WordPress,  but as the movie Field of Dreams quotes ‘if you build it – they will come’ – I am thinking this way with the garden journal.

Link in is below.



Join in each week to share your Garden Journal, sharing what you are up to in your garden.

The link will go up every Tuesday and the link is open for the whole week!
It might be what you are planting in the garden…… pet antics…
…. family occasions, get-togethers, picnics…
… hints and tips – family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!
Link in… share the joy xx
Pop this button in your sidebar – I can’t wait to see what you are up to!
Rach xx

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Life is pretty still here.  Here is the week in stills.  Joining in with The Beetle Shack.



1. Master S with his new jumper I finally finished knitting – the biggest project I have completed!

2. Lunch date with my man during a blissful sunny winters day in Yarra Glen.

3. Recent work – new Kangaroo Paw Hanging Hill.

4. A game the kiddies play, divide the paper in three – draw a head, or torso, or feet without the others seeing – then open the paper to see the created character.

5. Stunning old shed at Yarra Glen show grounds, makes me dream of having a farm.

6. He likes water-holes and creeks and rivers, looking at the Yarra.

7. Latest terrarium creation – yep – commercialised with Tinkerbell.

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stills: a weekly collection

108_0430108_0257108_0201108_0202108_0205108_0439108_0412A week in stills joining in with Emily.

1. master j stayed home for some home-school, he spent two hours on his box construction

2. erlenmeyer flask terrarium keeping me company

3. a rare post from mr dct on our 15th wedding anniversary

4. my window seat at a little cafe

5. tea store in sassafras

6. a piece to add to the collection for sale (dr who terrarium)

7. felt heart mobile I made for baby


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of late

108_0319108_0239 108_0361 108_0356 108_0359 108_0410 108_0425 108_0399 108_0393 108_0362 108_0403 108_0448 108_0450108_0446Of late we have slowed down life.  Meg passed away about six weeks ago.  Opa passed away on Sunday.

I know death is inevitable – we are all given life and we all will die.  For the first time in my life I am going with the flow when it comes to major crisis.  Usually I try to become a super-person and continue to do what I would normally do.  Keep in touch with friends, visit family, school help and so on.  It is times like these I suppose that I contemplate and prioritise.  My family must come first.  The interesting thing to me is those who I have known for so long, those who I hold dear – some are there – some are not.  That adds another type of grief – another type of loss.  Part of me wants to harden up and not be a caring person – not be a friend – not give love – because those who I have held dear in the last decade of life I feel do not value our family as we have valued them.  I tell Master S that to have a friend you need to be a friend.  I am wondering if that is true!

It is hard to articulate.  It is not ‘tit-for-tat’ – but I guess I am learning that family is family.  Blood is blood, and words that are loose and foolish do hurt.  My long-time closest friends it seems – things are changing.

Of late, we have been still.  I have been creating, knitting, sewing for the baby (who should arrive in September), doing some homeschool with my littlest one part-time.

Of late, being still is bringing peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 says

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

   a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.

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