Now that the rain has gone for the time being (it's the wet season after all) I've discovered everything in the garden has shot into growth mode. Truly, there is nothing like God's rain from the sky to boost a garden is there? Tap water just doesn't do the same thing.
I'll show you around the garden in a minute, but first I thought perhaps you may like to see a few progress sneak peeks at my 2019 Block of the Month, Phyllis May's Kitchen....
I won't have this ready for sign-ups until March or April because I'm designing along the way and it all depends on how much detail to add or how big I decide to make it. For now I'm just enjoying the process...
I have a fat quarter bundle of Tilda's next range, Apple Butter, and will be using all of it in this project, but I've also had to add in a few pieces from her basics (the spots) and the last range (Birdpond).
"Phyllis May's Kitchen" is the perfect project for using your fabric scraps as there's loads of applique and small pieced blocks that will use up a variety of fabrics so if you want to grab some Apple Butter when it's released in January, great, BUT if you want to use what you already have then start gathering a box of pretty scraps now.
This BOM will run for nine months and is not a freebie.
I'll have subscription info available in March.
What are you planning for next year -
Finish some UFO's?
Learn a new skill or craft?
A couple of things on my to-do list are -
I shall be joining a CAL (crochet-a-long) shared through Lucy's Attic 24 blog!
She assures her readers it is geared towards beginners and she shall show how it's done along the way so as I am a visual learner this was a great incentive to join in.
(I also have a wonderful crochet coach, Karyn, in our Tuesday sewing group should I get stuck)
I have purchased the yarn and just need to get a comfortable crochet hook.
Funny thing, crochet does not hurt my hands yet knitting does. I had an operation on my right hand in 2010 and have struggled to knit without pain and cramping ever since.
No good wallowing in despair over the knitting...moving along to something which is doable seems the right remedy. Crochet pretties here I come.
This is the Sweet Pea blanket Lucy will be teaching/hosting through her CAL, which begins on Friday 4th January.
You can see why I fell in love and wanted to join in, right?
I love how all my yarn arrived in organza bags.
Next year I'm going to spread my wings a bit and try things I've not done before. Like make a pavlova and creme anglaise. I'd also like to cure my own olives and grow a super dooper herb garden right near the back door.
But today I pulled out my old recipe for chocolate brownies and as I'd not made them for two years thought Mr E might enjoy some for arvo tea.
I was reminded they'd not been baked in a while when Blossom sent me a photo of the batch she made for Ross the other day. A great savoury cook, she's really only just this month discovered she loves baking and has not stopped. Ross is a happy husband and Blossom is smiling a lot.
Anyhow, Mr E licked his lips when I pulled this batch out of the oven so after he's finished working in the yard and had a swim we'll pop the kettle on and enjoy some chocolate heaven together.
Righto, here's those garden pics I promised.
I wake before dawn each day and always wander around the gardens as the sun comes over the horizon. Always there are birds around, butterflies coming to say good morning, and the odd carpenter bee buzzing over the pool and into the flowering trees.
This morning I peered out into the shadows from the house and saw a new visitor perched on the clothesline...
We've not had galahs come to the feeder before so it was lovely to watch them today.
Mr E and I were sitting out back having breakfast an hour later and they hadn't left, but were helping themselves to leftovers in the bird feeder after the cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets had taken their share...
I still pinch myself at the beauty of nature which surrounds us here and breakfast out back each morning has become a time of intense joy which hubby and I look forward to.
The rains really brought the gardens to life, more so than I'd hoped. With so much new growth, buds and flowers everywhere, it's hard to know where to look first.
Here's just a few lovelies - succulents, grevillea, mock orange, ixora, basil, thyme and others...
Our many pots of Aloe Vera have multiplied beyond belief along with a few other plants from the garden...
...so I separated them and began new little pots. Some can be given as gifts in a few months and the rest will be popped back into the garden.
Princess Sophie enjoys snooping under the ixora for lizards but they are very quick and usually evade her. The gorgeous flowing plant on the chair above her is Brahmi and about eight weeks ago was a tiny thing I could hold in the cup of my hand.
It has the most delicate little purple flowers and long flowing stems now...
This afternoon I shall be finishing a project to hang in my kitchen, but there's a story behind that so I'll share about it another day.
I pray that your own day overflows with delights which you could not have imagined when you woke this morning because days like that are a blessing which cannot be measured.
God bless and hugs,