Sunday, January 30, 2011

something different than floods

I have been a bit productive while watching ignoring the flood waters around us.
This is neap tide shawlette which I knitted as a test knit for a designer on ravelry.
Quite gorgeous - knitted in three irish girls glenhaven cashmerino and the colour is sedona. 
Knitting is a great distraction and calmer I can tell you!
BTW we STILL have water entering that channel outside our home (50 metres away) but I am trying to ignore it, in the hope it will go away.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

from the air

This morning at 7.30 am I was lucky enough to go up in a light plane and fly over the local flood affected areas.
SO much water, destruction and heart ache to be seen, and its still going on.
We now have water coming towards us from another direction, its swirling back on us, so we are by no means out of the woods yet.
This photo is of our farm that is under water, and that is only a small portion of the huge amounts of water that are flooding our land at the moment.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

flood update






Floods, floods, floods - we are sick and tired of them
They are tiring, they are draining, they are extremely annoying and in our case they take a long, long time to come and go - not that I am asking for flash flooding, but I think you know what I mean.
At this stage, our second farm (which is down the end of the road where our main farm is, around 2.5 kms) is completley under water.  Completely underwater means nearly 2 metres under water.
The channel bank that is stopping that water from flowing down the hill to not just our farm and home but many others is still holding.  Some patching up has been done and the authorities have now changed their thoughts from evacuate! to cautiously optimistic.
SO we are trying to be "normal" - well as normal as one can be a these times.
Ive had my parents living here with me for the last week as they live in Kerang, which was evacuated and surrounded by water.  Today they are able to go home, which is fantastic for them.
We wont have to also have the extra worry or worrying about their safety too which will be great!
These photos I took last night, Gary and Megan decided to wade through the waters! Yes I know, shouldnt be done but they couldnt be stopped.
I must say that although everything is surrounded by water, it does look beautiful doesnt it?

Friday, January 21, 2011

floods!

At the moment Australia is experiencing horrendous floods - and here in Victoria unfortunately we are not untouched.  We are on high alert for flooding here and its not looking good.  Today we spent the morning moving cattle for Gary's brother thru this water - chest height and scary stuff.  I am exhausted and just want to be "normal"

Sunday, January 9, 2011

dishcloths

I've found a new thing that I like to knit!
Dishcloths believe it or not
Made from lovely cotton yarn - quick and easy to do with nice patterns to keep my ross river addled brain interested.
Today I made three - one is for a swap the other two will be for me - or for presents - you never know you might receive one!

Friday, January 7, 2011

mosquitos - I really dont like you (sorry)

At the moment in our area we have a plague of mosquitos (this is following the plague of locusts - I definately think we are in the end times!)
Mosquitos are nasty - they buzz around and they bite!
And they also can give you Ross River Virus.
I will give you 10 points if you can guess who has it?
If you said "me" you are correct.
Ive copied and pasted from the government website below -
What is the Ross River fever?
Ross River virus is one of a group of viruses called arboviruses (or arthropod-borne viruses), which are spread mainly by blood-sucking insects.

Ross River virus is a germ that infects people, particularly in rural areas, sometimes causing a flu-like illness with joint pains, rash and fever.

Ross River virus is not fatal.

What are the symptoms?

Many people who are infected with the virus will never develop symptoms.

Some people will have flu-like symptoms that include fever, chills, headache and aches and pains in the muscles and joints.

Some joints can become swollen, and joint stiffness may be particularly noticeable in the morning.

Sometimes a rash occurs on the body, arms or legs. The rash usually disappears after seven to 10 days.

A general feeling of being unwell, tired or weak may also occur at times during the illness. This may affect work performance.
Just charming! I have the rash, I alternating between hot and cold and ache in places I didnt even think you can ache.  Also hands and feet are swollen and sore.
Oh and just to make my joy complete, last night a nasty mozzie went in my ear while I was sleeping.  Ive syringed and syringed it with water and olive oil, its now dead but still in there.....hopefully tomorrow it will be gone.
Cant you tell I just love mozzies?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

foreign correspondents scarf

In an effort to get all my wips (works in progress things started and then put aside) Ive been working on just ONE item until its finished.  Sometimes its hard but I AM trying hard to achieve this!
Here is foreign correspondents scarf knitted from fleece artist sea wool in the colour snow crocus.
Looks pretty damm good I reckon!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Today I drove to Bendigo to pick up Megan as she had been at my sisters for a few days but also to do a few jobs (had a pedicure - yay!!!!) and of course to visit Aimee and Mia.
How lovely it is to walk into Aimees home and call out to Mia and she comes a running - so very pleased to see me and presenting me with heaps of hugs and kisses - that is definately what being a Nanna is all about. Of course I produced a colouring book for her - and she produced this gorgeous colouring for me (and Gazzy) to stick on our bedroom wall!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

first wooly finish for the year

Last year I made this beret - which I might add Sarah stole! - and just loved the pattern.
Found out it was a smaller version of the hemlock ring blanket so decided to go the whole hog and make the whole thing!
Hemlock Ring Blanket knitted on 3.75 mm needles
and using Bendigo Woolen Mills Classic 5 ply
in the colour of red berry.  Yarn was bought from the infamous back room at the bendigo woolen mills shop and cost the princely sum of $5.00 from memory - from which I made the beret and the blanket and still have a small amount left over!

Monday, January 3, 2011

guess who came to the farm to visit?

Look who came to the farm for a visit!
And not just Mia - Aimee and Jason too.
And what a lovely day was had by all - "farm work" was done (well being a fence, motor bike riding, checking out chickens, calves etc.) and there was a big challenge of our WII fit to beat the highest score.
And of course hugs and kisses were involved too!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

How yummy does this look?
Ive decided Im going to try some different stuff to cook and this is the start! Recipe from the latest womens weekly and Ive listed it here (mainly so I dont loose it as well when I want to make it again)
Turkey, peach and fetta salad
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tblspn white wine vinegar
1/2 tspn freshly ground black pepper
4 medium peaches sliced (I used tinned ones)
100g baby rocket leaves
2 cups shredded cooked turkey
80g fetta cheese
6 fresh mint leaves, shredded finely

1.  Combine oil, vinegar, and pepper in a large bowl.  Add peaches and toss lightly to coat.
2.  Arrange the rocket leaves on a serving platter or bowl.  Add the peach mixutre and turkey.  Crumble the fetta over the top then sprinkle with mint.

P.S. And dessert is trifle!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 - here I come!

OK out with 2010 and bring on 2011 - at our church our theme for 2011 is "Get Ready for Heaven in 2011"
Its that time of the year when we look back at the year before - realise we cant change anything that has happened and then hopefully learn from what DID happen.
Its also the time when we make try to make new years resolutions - of course Im an overachiever so Ive made a list!



List of New Year Resolutions



•Become more self-confident and organised, use my diary and journal


•Lose weight and get fitter


•Become more cost-effective - use what I have FIRST


•Eat much more healthily (but Im NOT giving up chocolate!)

•Save money


•Stop worrying - trust God to supply ALL our needs


•Take a trip


•Learn something new


•Be Less Grumpy