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Hello Again


It’s been a while since I last posted, our phone cables were stolen and most of our neighbourhood was without phones lines and internet for almost a month. I am very grateful to have it back now and wanted to share a little of what we’ve been up to. September is my birthday month and Jenna gave me these exquisite Delphiniums as a gift. I loved having hem greeting me each time I walked into the lounge.


Another birthday gift, a subscription, Grow to Eat, this one from my hubby, such a wonderful magazine!!


Now that winter is officially over, our chickens have finished their moulting and are back to laying profusely. I always find it a little strange how, as soon as the weather begins to cool, they start to moult…


Many months ago, a female Praying Mantis appeared in the entrance hall of our home and layed a chrysalis (also called a ootheca, I had no idea!) right by the front door. I had given up hope of them ever hatching as months and months had passed and then suddenly there were hundreds.


The Vaal Dam is almost empty, there is no rain in sight and water restrictions have been imposed. I need to find a way to save our garden and veggie patch. I’ve started placing these water bottles near the base of our larger plants. Small holes are made at the base of the bottle so that the water can slowly leak out, almost like drip irrigation. An idea from the magazine above. It’s working exceptionally well so far! If you have any other ideas, please do let me know in the comments.


Of course, I had to include a photo of Lou. I find him extremely photogenic and adore him!! He always seems so wise 🙂


Our Bougainvillea seems to love the hot, dry weather, its blooms are incredibly vivid this year.

Thanks so much for reading our story and say hi in the comments if you have some time 🙂

I’m off to plant a few more mini reservoirs out in the garden.


A Little of This and That


Meet Lou, he’s the most recent member of our family, he is adorable, incredibly mischievous and such a character. I need to make sure I pack away my knitting or I find it wrapped around my diningroom chairs, he really enjoys doing this!!


We’ve had FREEZING weather here this week, rain and even a tornado!! We aren’t supposed to have rain in winter here but it rained and hailed too. I’m so ready for Summer but it’s still a few months away.


There’s a small window box outside my kitchen window and the lavender seems to flower all year round, it makes my heart happy!

Blocking my shawl

My Arcadian Shawl is finished, such a beautiful pattern! It’s been knitted with with Manos yarn for the main body of the pattern and Karoo Moon handspun yarn for the edging. I’m blocking it at the moment. There’s no knitting project on the go at the moment so I suppose I need a new one, any suggestions for beautiful shawls? It’s so exciting when a pattern unfolds, I love learning new techniques, it’s as if the yarn as well as the knitter are taken on a journey of self-discovery. Don’t you also feel that way when you knit?


I’ve also started walking again recently, we have a beautiful bird sanctuary down the road from where we live and I try to walk around it two or three times a week.

If you pop by here in this space, please say hi, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!






Knitting, Home and Walking



We went walking over the weekend and I spotted this beautiful tree bark, love the texture. Jen is back from Australia and Erin’s back from PLTU scout camp. It’s good to have everyone home again. We’ve started off our school journey again, only three schooling now, Jen is off to university next month, I’m SO excited for her!!


Richard came home with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for me, I really adore these beautiful surprises!


I’ve started a new hat design, I think it should be a knit-along. I’m knitting in Mama Jude’s naturally dyed worsted yarn, too beautiful!! I’m enjoying the pattern so far.

Lou and Charlie

At last, Lou and Charlie are friends, Lou is such a lovely addition to our fur-baby family, he’s so full of energy and loves being around people.



We have mushrooms in our garden again! The fairies must be visiting!


A glorious sky, makes me feel very grateful that I love in this country, South Africa.

Have a fabulous week!



New Year Walk

Happy New Year!! I wish you all the very best for 2016 🙂

We’ve had a lovely relaxing start to our year, we braaied for lunch, swam and went for a walk down to the lake. It was good to get out into the fresh air…

It’s just the boys and Richard and myself at home for the next 10-12 days. Jenna’s in Australia visiting friends and Erin left for her Scout PLTU leadership camp early this morning. It seems SO quiet here at the moment!

Jen also got her matric results a few days ago and she passed her IEB exams with university entrance! Not bad for a homeschooler, hey? I’m incredibly proud of her, what an achievement! She’s worked so hard and if she’s learned anything from her homeschooling journey, it’s how to become an independent learner, which I feel will benefit her greatly when she embarks on her university career.

Grass Green

I just had to take this shot, love this rich green!





Sandy and C

A boy and his dog.


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