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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

BRUMBIES OF THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS

In Australia we call wild horses Brumbies.

Brumbies have featured in poems and stories about the settlement of our country and of course there's the wonderful poem "The Man from Snowy River" which was made into a movie about 30 years ago.

The Brumbies of the Snowy river area still roam the National Park today and are the object of fierce debate about the damage that they do to the National Park.

I recently stumbled onto a Facebook page written by a couple who follow and photograph these lovely wild horses and these are their photos, not mine.


I understand that there are many different groups of brumbies. Families collected by a stallion which move  and live and breed under his protection.



Some groups are large and some only number about six or seven.



Reproduction seems to be going well



with most groups containing foals of different ages.


Here is one of the stallions.
Isn't he magnificent ?


Some herds are full of bays and blacks


and some are mostly greys


like this herd.






These photos were taken in an area where the bushfires of last year have left their mark but thankfully the horses have survived the fires and are thriving.






I love to see them looking so fit and healthy, magnificent specimens all of them !

Cheers.

* Snowy Brumby Photography Adventures with Michelle and Ian

http://www.facebook.com/snowybrumbyadventures


Thursday, October 1, 2020

A DAY OUT AT THE LAVENDER FARM

Spring , in Queensland, is very short.
We are lucky if it happens at all.

The temperature goes from low twenties to low thirties in around four weeks.

So if you want to see some flowers you have to be quick !

On Monday we set off on a photography mission -  to capture the lavender while it was still in bloom.



There is a "Lavender Farm" on the outskirts of Brisbane.
Actually it is part of a "winery" operation where wine is produced ( not very good), tastings offered at the Cellar Door, a very nice expensive restaurant caters to diners and weddings can be performed and celebrated in delightful surroundings.

A commercial operation and tourist destination in other words



The lavender fields are not large but certainly well tended and we had arrived at precisely the right time.



You can see the vines on the hill in the distance though I think they are more for effect than actually producing wine.



A couple for the family album too !






Never-the-less it was all quite pretty though not exactly Provence !!




And luckily for the photographer there was a perfectly dressed subject wandering amongst the lavender.


Straw hat, floaty dress blowing in the breeze....


Anonymous.



Photos taken we wandered to the "Tuscan Terrace" for a light lunch


It certainly felt just like a leafy square in the South of France if not Tuscany




The shared pizza was pretty good too though we missed the rosé because of the hour long rive home.


However the view was purely Australian



and so was the wildlife !





Cheers ! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

GARDEN CRAFTY STUFF

This awful Covid  Pandemic has meant that we have been unable to visit family for six months even when they live only  an hour's drive away, so we were happy to load ourselves into the car and travel up to
to Mt Tamborine to visit Tony's sister recently on a lovely Spring day..

Tony's sister is very artistic ( she makes those wonderful tea cosies which I showed you here


and mosiacs  like this .

 


She has been keeping herself busy while in lockdown.

 doing lots of work in her tiny garden and it is ablaze with flowers in containers.



Not just the usual pots of flowers I have to  tell you......


but quirky chairs painted pretty colours with  pots set into the seat part 



and filled with colour - coordinating flowers


Like these !


She also decorates the chairs with small flowers, butterflies and hearts which she makes from pottery.




Aren't they pretty ?


But her creative energy doesn't stop there.



She has been creating tiny gardens in large shallow containers



planted with succulents and using pebbles


tiny minature houses, toadstools


people





tiny garden furniture


 and sometimes tiny animals to complete the scene




There is even a tiny  tea set .


You just need to have a creative mind, don't you?

Cheers.






 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

COVID LOCKDOWN PROJECT NUMBER TWO

My Covid yarny projects have concentrated on using up what bits and pieces I have managed to gather together from previous projects completed over the years.

The first one was all the bright colours.



This final one was to group together all the softer colours and included some quite small bits to use 
so a different design was formulating in my head.




First I made some solid, 4 round squares - three of each colour where possible but totaling approximately 30 squares in all. 

With the first ten I then crocheted a fifth round in cream, 


sewed them together, then crocheted around the whole thing  in cream then added a few stripes of   pink on each side.

Then I moved on to the mossy green for a few rows making the bottom of the blanket pink.



The next row was made up of multi-coloured, 4 round squares using the small quantities of four colours for each square.


I then crocheted a final row on each square with green, then sewed them together and added a few rows of green and cream on either side.


Moving up towards the top I introduced a bit of purple ...


before adding another row of solid squares surrounded by blue this time.


There were now some very tiny bits of lots of colours left and lots of white scraps so they made up the next major row of squares , 



Using all the bits of the other colours and cream I crocheted several rows to link them together. 

Then I joined the two sections together.






Things were now getting a bit desperate yarn-wise .
The final row of solid squares were joined with what little pink was left.


It didn't go very far !

Luckily the lockdown is easing and in order to finish the rug I had to take myself off to Spotlight to try and match the colours to finish off the rug.


Of course there was no pink of the same colour but a slightly darker shade seemed OK and that and a ball of blue and two balls of cream came home with me - all  at sale price !



I joined the final  section to the rest of the rug and finished off with a few rows of cream, blue and the new dark pink.

Yes, that's sort of how I had planned it to look.


Now for the finishing touch - the border.

A couple of rounds of cream to pull it all together and try to fix any wonkiness caused by yarns of different thickness although they were all the same ply

then

A bit of blue - enough for once around.
A bit of dark pink - enough for once around




and a final round of cream shells


AND ALL THOSE ENDS TO BE SEWN IN 

and the final finished product

TA DAH !






What's next ?

Cheers.