Farewell to a man of grace and dignity

I was going to write a different  post. However, today I listened to the broadcast of the state funeral for Anthony Foster, and wanted to acknowledge him and his work. I never met him, but I know that our society is better because he was in the world. Most of you have probably not heard…

A delight from Queensland

Recently Kate emailed me to ask if I wanted a nest. Well, who can resist a nest? Probably plenty of people, but not me! The story behind the nest is that an olive backed sunbird created this nest by suspending it from the fairy lights right by Kate’s backdoor. Kate had the delightful task of keeping…

The sketchbook (br)enters Europe

You know about the Travelling Sketchbook, (in case you don’t, click on the previous link)….Chas is one of the Sisterhood, and her post about the Sketchbook arriving in Europe sums up what I think the whole thing is about. I hope you agree. Ladies and Gentlemen of the world – I give you that most…

#stitchingsanta reveal #2

The second parcel still hadn’t arrived when we left for Western Australia a few days before Christmas. Our neighbour was collecting our mail, so I knew it would be in safe hands if it arrived. We came home a week into January. When Melissa gave us the post I wondered about the lack of parcel. I…

#stitchingsanta reveal #1

You may remember me telling you about the #stitchingsanta swap organised by Sheila at  Sewchet. You could opt in to either a knitting/crocheting secret santa, a sewing secret santa or both. Then Sheila matched us all up. What a fabulous idea, and what an organisational nightmare it must have been! Thank you so much Sheila. 🙂…

All this from the gorgeous Kate

A little while ago I had the privilege of meeting up with two blogging friends, EllaDee and Kate. We spent a delightful hour or two at the Botanic Gardens. It was like old friends meeting up, because, although we had never met, we are old friends through our blogs. Imagine my further delight when I…

How does my garden grow?

It is quite a while since I have talked to you about my garden (aside from reblogging an earlier post about the jacarandas in my street). That’s partly because I have had so many other things to write about, and partly because when I got home from the Flinders Ranges it was an overgrown jungle….

KNIT-A-SQUARE…spread the word

Originally posted on Meeka's Mind:
http://youtu.be/f02qje0HwCw I can’t knit to save my life, but I can spread the word of this glorious, grassroots inspired charity. And so can you. Just for the record, I met Sandy McDonald – the ‘niece in Australia’ – last Wednesday at a Volunteers Day orientation at the Diamond Valley…

I wish us peace

The tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines flight has moved us to tears, and our hearts go out to those who are left behind, grieving. I wrote last time about the ordinary act of packing a suitcase. For me a suitcase is a strong metaphor. It represents ordinariness, something we all do when we travel. But…

Look what the postie left for me yesterday!

There, lying amongst the bills and begging letters was a letter with stamps, real stamps! Real stamps = a letter from a real person! These stamps were so unusual that I (briefly) thought about collecting stamps again. 😉 This was what was inside. A card and some other goodies. I was even more delighted. Let…

Dedicating the Little Free Library

Originally posted on Gardening Nirvana:
Warm temperatures and a cool breeze were a welcome gift Saturday during  the Little Free Library dedication. The idea for little libraries started in Wisconsin in 2009 Todd Bol built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading.  He…

My Dad

I often think about my Dad, but he has been in my thoughts even more over the last few days. He was a most generous, compassionate man. He left school when he was 14 and always resisted anything to do with writing. That was until he found the computer in his early 70s. Then he…