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Portrait Saturday


It’s still freezing cold here in SA. This fireplace in our study has been burning for a few days now. Our water pipes are frozen solid in the mornings as well as the bird bath and even the water bowls for the chickens! This is the room where I do most of my pattern designing and pattern writing, it’s the warmest room in the house, so the boys, Sandy and all the cats are here with me. It’s been lovely spending time with the boys while the girls have been away hiking. We’ve played many games of UNO, read stories and have been having out tea together outside in the early morning sun. Tonight we are going to play Scrabble!

My test knit for the Moulin Rouge cowl is now full! Thanks so much to all the knitters who signed up. If you’d like to follow the test knit go here and do say ‘hi’.

Remember there’s going to be a Super Moon tonight, I’m going to brave the cold and try and take some photos.

My girls will be back tomorrow and Richard on Tuesday, I can’t wait to see everyone again!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

If you would like to join me for Portrait Saturday, post a link to your post in the comments for this post.



Creative Friday

Camel silk4

Camel silk3

Hello friends,

It’s been a lovely week of knitting and spinning for me! I finished off my Moulin Rouge Cowl (previous post) and I’ve spun up a Camel Silk roving above. Jen has requested a pair of fingerless gloves in the yarn and I’m quite looking forward to starting this project.

What have you been busy with this week?

Have a lovely weekend.

Welcome to Creative Friday,

Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely or pin, share on Facebook and Twitter.



WIP Wednesday




Real Meal Revolution

I’m almost finished the cowl I’ve been working on, I love this yarn, and the colour. It’s a nice easy pattern and once you get into the rhythm, it becomes a wonderful meditation, repeating round after round, producing a lovely textured piece. I can’t wait to put this up on the test knit group. My flu is almost gone, thank goodness and now I can get back to focussing on my knitting. Oh yes, before I forget, the yarn is from Nurturing Fibres, it’s called Moulin Rouge, double knit singles.  I think the name and the colour compliment one another well.

I’ve been reading aloud to Kye from these books above, they were my readers when I was in primary school. Does anyone remember these books?? They are so sweet. How can it be so long ago already?

I’m reading Real Meal Revolution again, it’s very interesting and informative. I want to improve the general health of our family. We’ve all been really ill lately and I do feel strongly that the food we eat has a direct impact on overall health.

Joining with Ginny today.


Saturday Morning

Feeding the Birds

Charlie1  Feeding the Birds1

I’ve been feeding the birds more regularly now that it’s Winter, as soon as I go outside with  seed and fruit, they appear out of nowhere and wait patiently for me to finish filling the feeders. As soon as I leave they descend and the feasting begins!


Both of these plants, an Avo on the right and a Lemon in the black pot self-seeded and are growing well! I love it when nature does this, takes things into her own hands and creates something wonderful! We tend to throw avo pips out of our kitchen window as we cut them open, and amazingly enough, they just start growing!



Our borehole is supplying us with copious amounts of water, we haven’t had rain since April so this underground water is such a blessing.


Our Sandy is always hoping that someone will walk by and throw her ball. She brings it to us, drops it on the ground, picks it up again as if to say, “Come on, just one more time, please!”


Charlie, resting against a pumpkin amongst the Rosemary bush in the kitchen windowbox. He will eventually saunter back into our house, smelling of wonderful oils…


Here is the result of the baking from the other day, the Banting rusks, they are lovely and SO filling!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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