our home in the bush

garden man

garden man
Just to sit a while and enjoy

Friday, November 1, 2013

blogging inspired dinner

I just had to share this with you all. This wonderful dinner was totallt inspired by a blogging buddie 2paw. If you would like the recipe hop along to her blog and you will find it. Along with fantastic photos.

Here are the couscous patties, lemon and dill sauce and for a little extra tuna and Italian pasta. It was loved by the entire family and makes a great vegetarian meal for my oldest.

And you cant go past jelly for after.

Monday, October 21, 2013

I still have a garden

It is so hard to believe that while NSW is in a state of emergency with their fires we are still waiting for our ground to dry out. The poor sheep have had a very wet time under foot and I have to remember to wear my gumboots if I stray from our paths so I dont end up with wet feet.
After our very hot last summer and the hungry wildlife I am happy to say I still have a few things growing in my garden, not as much as before but I think I can still call it a garden.
Our dam is full.

 A few plants none of the animals have ever tried to eat. Flax and cordaline.
As you can see here the animals have eaten the agapanthus all the way along the driveway. These were not one of my favourite plants but They look great as edging for the drive and nothing eats them, or so I thought.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More silk scarves for the fair

Here are a few more of my silk scarves ready for the Tasmanian craft fair.

Come along to the Tasmanian craft fair held in Deloraine from 1st to 4th November. It is a fantastic event with lots to see and do, then pop by the Handweavers spinners and dyers Guild stall where my scarves are for sale along with lots of other goodies from members.

Ready for the craft fair

I have been doing some dyeing for the Tasmanian craft Fair held in Deloraine from 1st to the 4th November. I had lots of fun creating a range of silk scarves dyed either with natural dye or commercial dyes.
They will be for sale, along with lots of other great hand crafted items at the Handweavers, spinners and dyers Guild stall at the fair.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Learn To Crochet Granny Squares in Hobart


The Handweavers, spinners and dyers guild of Tasmania are trialing some new craft classes. They will he held on the last Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm at the Guild rooms at St Georges Church, Battery Point.

The first class is on September 24th 2013 and is  Learn to CROCHET GRANNY SQUARES. If you thought granny squares were only for grannys then come along and see how they can brighten up any room or be used to make bags or cushions.
Come along, bring a friend and have some fun.
cost is only $15

contact for more info or have a look at the Guilds webpage

Saturday, August 10, 2013

tour defleece 2013

Here is the finished skeins from my
time spinning along to the tour de fleece with ravelry. I set myself a little goal of trying to spin as much of my white fleece as I could. I spun all but one day over 21days.                                                     

mums shawl

Here is the finished shawl i made for my Mum. It is the print o'the waves shawl. the pattern is on ravelry. It was a great knit. Mum chose the colour and I was very happy with the finished product, even if it took me longer to finish than I thought.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ross church

 On a recent trip to Ross I visited the local church and was left wondering, Why havent I visited it earlier. Ross is a town in the centre of Tasmania, one I have always loved and visited often. This church is a little gem so if you are ever passing I would urge you to stop and have a look.
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bothwell weaving #2

Here are some more weavings created by local Tasmanian weavers( Valeri, Beata and Di )on display at Bothwell. And below is the silk weaving our Japanese Guests were doing. I just love the fine silk weaving. After seeing all these wonderful weaving I have made the plunge into the world of weaving, and so far I love it. So much to learn but also so much fun to be had.
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bothwell weaving

Here are some of the weaving on display at the Bothwell spin in. Above is an amazing Maori piece from New Zealand.

A traditional back strap loom and weaving

A fantastic piece by Valeri, made from her own aplaca fleece.
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Sue Evans felting workshop

 The wonderful Sue Evans ran a felting workshop at the Guild recently. 10 very keen felters took part in the fun of creating a sample scarf. Bubble wrap and colourful fleece filled the space.

 Here we have Sue demonstrating some techniques.
And some of the finished samples. We all had so much fun and Sue is such a great teacher.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Bothwell spin-in

 Yes it is that time again. The Bothwell spin in weekend. It was fantastic weather and so many interesting things to see and people to meet.
Di ( president of the Handweavers, spinners and dyers Guild of Tasmania) announcing the prizes for longest thread.
Sylvia along with Di are about to present the Margatret Hortel prize, donated by the south hobart group. 
 And Yes I was so excited to see that my thread made it through the machine without breaking. For many years I had read all the names on the wall and ohhed and arhhed over the fineness of the threads, I never thought I would manage to be up there. The wonderful Blanche was the Tasmanian and the Australian winner with a length of 234.7m. She is amazing. Well done to all those who entered.
 Here we have two of the many contestants in the team event of the bothwell bobble. teams of four spin, ply and knit triangles in a certain time.
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japanese weaving #2

 And here is my favourite piece of weaving from our japanese guests. The blue is indigo dyed, all silk and just so light and delicate.
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japanese ladies weaving

 Here are the lovely ladies from Japan along with the kingston group co ordinator, Shirley and Valeri, who has opened her studio and alpaca farm to the group for the last few years.
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