Thursday, 17 January 2019

A Rainbow In My Garden

Hallo there, I'm just 'playing' with the camera and trying to improve my photos ahead of a holiday soon, I've walked around the garden and found a rainbow of delights...would like to learn to use a collage 'thing' for Windows 8 but Joe is at the dentist and I'm scared of downloading a virus etc even though we're fully protected by Norton!

Let's see what this looks like anyway, the camera is a Fuji Finepix S4000...

Red rose~Papa Meilland
Orange hibiscus~unknown name but it is as big as a plate!
Yellow~ pansy
Green~passion fruit leaves
Blue~ that sky today
Indigo and Violet~lobelia and a pansy, these are my favourite colours I think.

At school we learned to remember the order of the colours of the rainbows by remembering this gent's name~~~ Roy G. Biv. It still works for me after 50 years 😉

Aren't we fortunate to be able to see these delights?
Love from Sue

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Knitted Hearts

I made a few knitted hearts last month to decorate gifts...they can then be kept as Christmas tree decorations or as I like to do hang them from door handles around the house...they are quick to knit and use minimal wool...

these are gifts for our grand-daughters, musical tins of shortbread from kept tinkling even when it was wrapped up! Can you see that one is wrapped upside down too...never a dull moment around here lol I used wrapping paper this year because I found 3 full rolls at Dad's house that Mum bought years ago...

  The pattern I used is here: it's a ravelry pattern by Amanda Berry. Have you joined ravelry? It's completely free to join and has thousands of free patterns, tutorials and groups for knitting and crochet, I love it.

I did like this Christmas Day photo, Charlie is obviously tall enough for me to lean on now and Bree never stopped laughing, we had all sorts of treats for dinner, oysters, king fish that Bree treated with lime juice and served raw, prawns, ham, turkey, gozleme and our favourite salads of course.

 The top of the china cabinet looks like a museum setting, the clock is from around 1905, the photo from 1955, the robin is by Beswick China and is rather battered these days, the china on the right is from the UK in 2000, Auntie Brenda bought me the watering can. I don't know how old the crystal vase is but it's quite unusual in that it has a crystal base or foot...the card was Joe's anniversary card to me...he excelled him himself this time ;)

I took Dad to see the specialist on Friday about the hernia that was noticed last time he was in hospital in appears that most of his stomach is above his diaphragm now instead of below it! It's not causing any pain and the surgery would be too risky at his age but he will need to get to hospital very quickly if he feels ill or pain. Old age is not for sissies is it?

So on that cheerful note I shall leave you...oh! our new neighbours have planted some roses...these almost match the ones on my china...

Bye bye xxx

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

That Sunset

Thank you all for your lovely comments yesterday...head over to Winwick Mum's free tutorial with step by step instructions on sock making, she even discusses wool and needles first and she's lovely to talk to if you need help. I love to watch the construction techniques as the sock takes shape in all it's much more than a sock 😃

Last night we had this spectacular sunset, I borrowed Joe's Samsung mobile/cell phone as I've noticed that he and Bree take much better photos with them than either of our cameras can...something to work on methinks...

Silence is golden too!
Love from Sue

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Happy New Year

Hallo my friends, just a few photos to post and to wish you all a Happy New Year/Bon Annee!

We had a nice quiet Christmas and are just pottering along, this Summer has been mild so far compared to some we've experienced.

My old barbecue looked quite charming in the early morning light after I'd watered all the pot plants...I spray painted it this bright blue last year, inside the hood behind the front pots is a great space for storing tools and pots. My chandelier and birdcage were rescued from the verge where they'd been out discarded as rubbish...(grrr)

the silverbeet is still going well although I have given up on growing tomatoes as the little green caterpillars are relentless and I won't use pesticides...

Have also become as obsessive knitter these days...lots of socks...these are Winwick Mum's free pattern, I have used Bendigo Woolen Mills 4ply Merino and Nylon yarn for these socks for Joe...Christine has blocked hers but I don't feel it's necessary...

I made a second Feather and Fan stitch scarf with the Jennet wool from Northern Yarns in Lancaster , the first one was posted back to Lancaster to my cousins who sent me the wool...

and Spotlight had that gorgeous Jeans yarn on special again so Charlie will have two posh jumpers this Winter has some nice wooden buttons on it's such a soft acrylic and a delight to knit with...pattern is free of course from ravelry, Meabh's Cardigan (isn't she a cutie, Charlie wouldn't wear the hat so I'm not making also making a complicated French pattern for him and am knitting the collar for the third time as I watch tennis on telly...

Dad is doing quite well but now I'm making him 7 meals a week, it's a challenge as he needs small meals of soft foods and is rather fussy, I plate it up on a bread and butter plate and write what it is, when to eat it and hot or cold otherwise he will just eat rubbish and then have indigestion again! Cue really bad photo...

In other news our dear Rhonda has been unwell but is in great spirits and has started her blog again, just if and when she feels like writing, I can't tell you how much influence her simple lifestyle has had on me and many thousands of others, do have a look if you haven't already...

Always leave them laughing...Charlie is now just the right height for his ole Nana to lean on lol
Christmas Day <3 My tablecloth is a length of Christmas fabric from last January when it was 75% off the original price. I forgot to get the crackers/bonbons out so that's one thing less we'll need to buy this year lol

Keep well and be happy,
Love Sue

Thursday, 18 October 2018

My New Cardigan

I found some beautiful yarn in Spotlight called Jeans because it looks like denim. It was half price at the time so I went 'hog wild' (says Joe) and bought 9 balls/900gms intending it to be a Summer project. I didn't know how beautiful it was to knit with at that point and finished the whole cardigan in less than 3 very soft and luxurious for an acrylic yarn and see how it looks like denim...

I downloaded a free pattern from Spotlight, they have quite a few and they are quite modern too and here is the finished cardi...Free Pattern

When I went back to choose some suitable buttons the big ones I needed would have worked out at $20...almost as much as the garment so I came away disappointed and empty handed. However several days later I came these wooden buttons from 'Timber and Thread' in a different part of Spotlight and snapped them up for $1.50.

I used less than 600gms for the cardigan (and the sleeves are a little long) so I had enough to make this little vest which is very warm...I already had the pretty floral buttons from Buttons B Busy , a local Mum with a small home-based crochet and button business...this was also a free pattern from DROPS designs, large size

Now I am stalking the knitting department waiting for this yarn to come down in price again!
It's called Jeans Yarn and there is a gorgeous soft 'baby blue' I'd really like next :)

I'm still undecided about what to do with the wonderful surprise package of Jennet wool I received from my cousins Fiona and Joff generous of them and I want to do it they are with the lovely Kate from Northern Yarn(Kate is wearing her new 'Carbeth' knit which is one of Kate Davies many clever designs)...

I have 300gms of 4ply wool to use and cherish so will keep searching for that 'perfect' pattern.
Have also cast on a red jacket for myself while I think about the Jennet wool lol.
Ciao for now,
Love from Sue

Monday, 15 October 2018

John Kelsall, Grandson of Jennett

I have 'found' another second cousin who is also following the history of the Kelsall side of the family, hi to Pete and Family. He has kindly shared this extract from the diary of Jennet's son John Kelsall who was the only brother of our ancestor, Joseph. Remember it was John and Joseph's grandmother who rode to London to collect them as toddlers when both parents had died?

1737 Chester, when his children had smallpox.
He was a Quaker, teacher and merchant for Abraham Darby.
18 Our daughter Sally very ill, wch proved to be the Small Pox wch appear'd next day.
19 This morn. I went for Salop, baited at Whitchurch, and got there abt. 7ho.
20 Met with young Mr Lloyd, could not finish the Commission today. Son Benj. came to see me, as also son Amos. Rec'd a letter by him from Cous. James Gough of Bristol.
21 This day finish'd our busness and left the Town abt. noon. Before I reach'd Whitchurch had a sore Fit of my old Pain, and the weather being very hot & sultry had a great Hardship to reach the Plume of Feathers, Thorn-Hill 21 miles where I stay'd that night.
22:3mo.1737 Being pretty well this morn. set out abt. 7ho and got home abt. 9ho. Went to the meets. fore & afternoon.
23 Met this morn with Jos. Gill, Saml. Watson and several other Friends from Ireland who were going to the Y. Meet at London.
25 Great thunder and rain P.M. Our daughter Sally very ill of ye Small Pox.
26 Some thunder at a distance, the weather still very hot.
27 Rec'd a letter from son Thos. & Hugh Rowland.
28 Wrote to son Thos. at Dolegelley. Was in the evening wth R.W & M. Oaks. This day our Sally's eyes were opened having been blind 9 days.
29 Went to meets. Last night our daughter Suzy was taken ill.
31 Wrote to Bro. Jos. Kelsall. The children very bad so yt I was oblig'd to be up all night.
1:4mo. The Small Pox appear on Suzy, Molly very bad and raving. Was up again all last night.
2 Small Pox appear on Molly.
3 The children very ill especially Molly. Was up all night.
4 Great rain this morn. and last night, met with Cous. R.M. The children as before, both of them blind.
5 Went to meet P.M. Was up all night with the children.
6 The children much as before.
7 Saw this morn. Dr. Saml. Reploe Bp. of Chester. Wrote to son Amos. Rec'd a letter from Ow. Lewis. Daughter Betty came here, the children very indifferent.
8 Wrote to son Thos.
9 Suzy much better, Molly very badly.
12 Went to meets. where were Saml. Watson & Jos. Gill from Dublin and Gerrard from Hertford, a Dutch-man formerly of Utrecht convinced abt. 5 years ago. Jos. had a brave opportunity among ye people there being a burial of a GrandChild of Nathn. Ashbrook.
13 J. Gill & Gerrard called at our house to see us. The children somewhat better.
16 Was this evening with Cous. Abrm. Merrick at the Castle he being a Prisoner there for Debt.
17 Not much material, the children now beginning to sit up a little.
18 Had last night a sore Fit of my old Pain &c., not much material this day.
23 This day a ship of abt. 150 Tuns, but empty, came up the New-Cutt: it had been . . .ing, [torn] and they were obliged to dam and pound up the water below it before they could bring it. Spent sometime with Cous. Abm. Merrick at ye Castle &c. Son Thos. came home.
24 The Fair begins in this City. Met with many of my Acquaintances & Relations &c.
25 Spent some time wth Abrm. Darby, Serjeant Harvey, Jos. Fothergill, old Ed. Hall, J.H. &c. Met wth Dr. Parry Attorney near Carnarvon & agreed wth him for two Girls to come to school.
26 Went to meets. Spent the Evening wth Jno. Toft & Joshua Toft [who] were kind to me and presented me with a Guinea.
27 Wrote to Cous. Jno. Dilworth.
28 Spent the evening with D. Evans, Jos. Chamberlain &c.
29 Wrote to Ellis Humphs. and Owen Lewis.
30 Was at the Ship at the Crane with all my Family, the weather still very fine & fair.
1:5mo. Wrote to Cous. J. Merrick.
3 Went to meets. and afterwards with my Family to Barrel Well, the Cherry Orchard and Jno. Lambs.
4 Was let Blood yesterday and my wife today. Was with R.W & M.O in ye evening.

Easy, Super Malay Style Curry for the Crockpot

This recipe looked too good to be true when I saw it on Facebook yesterday, I had around 600gms of blade steak in the fridge and an urge for curry. It's rare that we eat such a lot of meat in one meal so it was quite a treat. Here is the link

Slow Cooker Malaysian Beef Curry 

It made 4 large serves and we ate it with turmeric rice, a simple salsa and plain yoghurt and I loved the fact that nothing had to be browned first, saves time and dish-washing.

My adaptation as follows

500 -600 gms stewing beef(I think chicken pieces or just vegies/beans would be great too)
250mls of coconut cream~our tins contain 400 mls so I freeze the remainder
1 large, finely chopped onion and I will add 2t ginger paste next time too
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon each of ground cardamon, Chinese 5 spice, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric.
2 teaspoons of ground coriander
4 whole cloves
3-4 medium potatoes
large handful of leafy greens

Simply mix everything except the potatoes and leaves in the crock-pot and turn it on to Auto~ my crock-pot starts on high for 2 hrs and then turns itself down to low.
After an hour I added the potatoes, unpeeled and roughly chopped

This beef was cooked in 5 hours, I used Aldi's blade steak at $10 a kilo, so once the meat is tender stir in your leaves, I had baby spinach and add lots of salt.
Happy eating!

Last Sunday we had this beautiful free range chicken; it fed us several meals...roast, enchiladas and sandwiches and then I made stock from the bones and some lovely sweet potato and red lentil soup with that. There are lots of small/new potatoes in the shops now it's Spring, I love them!

I have knitting and garden photos to post as well as some genealogy so will get on to that shortly.
Have a wonderful week
Love from Sue xx

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Around the House and Garden

Hi Every-one,

Just a few photos from a busy week...I've decided to knit myself a cardigan for the first time in nearly 40 years...I like to have a small project and a large project going at the same time so I am still knitting the socks and found this free pattern on the Spotlight site, it calls for pure wool but it never really gets that cold here so I chose this yarn called 'Jeans' instead and am using 7mm needles to get the right's so very soft and drapes beautifully...the back is really does look like denim doesn't it?

While outside taking the knitting pic I also snapped the lovely silver beet/chard and some of the parsley that is growing like mad with all the rain this Winter...

I moved the table round and would like to pressure spray the paving soon as it's very grubby, also got the washing on the line at last...have been buying up slightly damaged lanterns mainly from Bunnings, it will look nice when I put some tea-light candles in when it warms up properly...

Carol-Next-Door has been feeding the wild  Indian Doves for years and recently the local galahs have discovered the free feed...they sit up on the TV aerials loudly discussing their business and are surprisingly tame, cocking their heads when I talk to them...

I hope you've had a good week and all is well with you and yours,
Love from Sue