Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Gentle Stitches."


Gentle stitches, don't those words sound relaxing. This month has just flown by but I did manage a little bit of gentle stitching.

 I have had this design printed out for ages, apologies to the designer your name didn't appear on the paper pattern otherwise I would let everyone know who designed it. It was stitched on 14 count Aida. I chose my own DMC colours.

 I then recycled the cross stitch pattern into some papers for some hexagons and decided to add the little bluebird design I stitched a few years back.

 I am continuing to pick up the Paris cross stitch and stitch a little every now and again, I have done a bit more since this photo was taken. I am working on the top right had corner at the moment.

 I did have one finish for OPAM  (one project a month). I decided to make up a bag with the cross stitch design on one side.

The other side had the hexies.I even managed to find a little silver bluebird to attach to the zipper.It was posted to its new owner yesterday and the post office assures me it will only take 6 days to get there!

Did you get many projects finished this month?

Happy days.
Bev C

Monday, April 4, 2016

"Friday Night with Friends and a family weekend."


Thank you Cheryll for hosting Friday Night with Friends. I stitched on my Paris cross stitch I even did some more on Saturday night.

The plan is to get this one finished, I seem to have put it aside for far too long.

Sunday saw us visit  The Natural History Museum in Guildford. The array of animals was amazing. Everywhere you looked there was another creature. This Scottish Highland Cow was massive. Certainly not the sort of animal you would want running into your car on a dark night.

I wouldn't want to meet this Brown Bear either. Jacob wasn't too sure of some of the creatures but amazingly he loved the Wedge Tailed Eagle and several Owls. As well as the animals that had been given Taxidermy treatment there were massive  resin/plastic Dinosaurs some nearly reaching the roof. The Museum was certainly worth visiting, there is also a lounge area where little children can sit and play with toy animals, this was Jacob's favourite spot.

Across the road from the Museum there was a Heritage Fair at the park. We went to this last year as well. There seemed to be twice as many stalls this year. Certainly a lot to look at.  It was interesting to see how cars and buses have changed over the decades. The collection of old buses amused us, seeing how small the seats were, I can't imagine half the population being able to sit on the seats now. Lovely leather seats though.

My favourite vehicle of the day had to be this camper/car.

It was just so cute, the front seats turned around so you could sit and the little table.I couldn't imagine going too far in this vehicle today but it certainly would turn heads at a caravan park/camping ground.

Did you have a great weekend ? I hope so.

Enjoy your week.

Happy days.
Bev C

Friday, April 1, 2016

OPAM for March and a new machine."


I haven't done much sewing at all the past couple of weeks due to a new machine but I did have a few finishes for OPAM One project a month kindly hosted by Kris and Peg.

 I made a few more pot mitts using up scraps.

 Then I made a pot mitt and two pot holders for a horse loving family member. I  plan to get some horse manure for the garden in exchange for these.

 Another face washer was made with some left over cotton.

This is the new machine, sorry not a sewing machine but a jackhammer, we have been digging up some of the back garden. Lots of clay here at Kainga. Hopefully April  will see a few more projects done.

How did you go with your projects in March? I would love to hear how you got on.

Happy days.
Bev C

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"Friday Night With Friends, It is all very green."


Last night I joined in Friday Night with Friends kindly hosted by Cherryl. There were 33 people stitching up a storm. During the day I made up 5 fruit and veg bags from some green tulle.

We use calico/green bags for our shopping but I was annoyed with having to use plastic for some of the fruit and veg. I noticed one day while waiting to be served at Coles that the plastic shopping bags come from Indonesia. Indonesia has recently decided to ban plastic shopping bags. It makes no sense that we use bags from a country miles away which has banned them. These tulle bags will get a work out once a fortnight because for the past year we have shopped at Farmer's Markets for our fruit and veg.

 There was a little pile of strips left over from a previous project sitting in the sewing room waiting to be dealt with. I joined some wadding together as well.

Today I had more time for sewing and finished the potholder. The blue fabric on the bottom is from a pair of jeans that belonged to David. He recently wanted to cut them up to make them into shorts. I kept the fabric for "Later On". Today was the day to use it for the lining.

Not bad for a project that cost nothing to make but will be so useful. I have a few more pairs of cut off jeans so I guess I will make some more potholders.

If you joined in Friday Night With Friends I hope you got lots done.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bather's Beach, Fairstar and The Raw Kitchen, it is all about Fremantle."


Yesterday we had the best day out. We traveled down to Perth on the train and then caught another train to get to our final destination Fremantle.
The first thing we did was find the local tourist bureau because we needed a recommendation for a vegan cafe for breakfast. A place called Roots and Greens was recommended and  found to have what we needed. After spending some time enjoying our meal and people watching in the sun it was time to explore.

Bather's Beach Fremantle.

 First stop was going along the esplanade and fishing boat harbour area then we stopped at Bathers Beach for a while. We don't get to see the ocean where we live so this scene was a big change to our usual outlook.

Lucy, Bev, Ian- Bather's Beach Fremantle.

 Of course we had to take a selfie at the beach. After this we had a look through the Round House which used to be a goal. Thank heavens we weren't around back when this was in use. There was a set of stocks inside the courtyard which kept prisoners contained for quite a long time and even nailed there ears to board so their head wouldn't move when people were throwing things at them. Can you imagine that happening in a first world country today.

Then it was time to visit the Western Australian Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay. We hadn't been here before and I was totally in awe of this building. Just outside are walls and walls of  names of people who came to Western Australia as part of the migration schemes that the Government ran in the past.We soon realised that Ian's name would be on one of those walls. After looking for ages we gave up and went inside and found a book with all the listings and were even able to purchase a print of the Fairstar the ship that he and his family came out on in 1965. On one of the museum's levels we even found some items from the ship. A real bonus to the day out. If we had more time we would have taken a tour of the submarine that was there. You don't realise how huge these are. The Museum was certainly worth a visit because there was so much variety and learnt so much.

The Raw Kitchen Fremantle.

 Then it was time to catch a CAT bus straight to where we wanted to have lunch, The Raw Kitchen. I have heard absolutely wonderful reviews about this place. We were certainly not disappointed at all. It is my type of place to eat, lots of fresh vegies. The decor is right up my alley too. Lots of recycled furniture and quirky bits and pieces. It also has some amazing staff, no need to write down your order, they remembered it all.

Pesto Pasta.

 We decided to share some plates. First was the Pesto Pasta, which was so bloody good! This would have had to have been our dish of the day.

Caponata Pizza.

Pizza had to be on the menu so we chose the Caponata Pizza, this was finger licking good. I truly mean finger licking because we spent so much time licking our fingers while eating this. (in a good way.)

Seasoned Potato Wedges.

 Now I don't normally eat chips or wedges but these seasoned potato wedges were to die for. I even called into a health food shop later in the day to get some Sumac to make some at home.

Billabong Brewery Ginger Beer and Peruvian Caramel Smoothie.

For drinks Ian chose a Ginger Beer which was so gingery and refreshing and Lucy and I shared a Peruvian Caramel Smoothie. This was so filling and delicious. I don't think we could have had a whole one each.

Caramel Slice Choc Mint Ice cream and Cherry Ripe Slice.

Seeing we had gone such a long way to visit we couldn't leave without trying the desert menu. I chose the Mint Choc Ice ream, this was like eating fresh mint, something which I love. Ian chose the Caramel slice and Lucy chose Cherry Ripe, both so yummy.Now a few family members have Birthday's this month so we have decided to take them there for lunch. I am so sure they won't be disappointed.

All in all it was a great day though rather long as we caught the train at 6.30 am and arrived back home at 7.30 pm.

We had a great start to Autumn, did you get up to anything special on the first day of Autumn? I would love to hear about it.

Happy days.
Bev C