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

Monday, December 8, 2014

"Occupied"

Hello,

Happy Monday.

The yearly end of year lunch for our sewing group has been and gone. The Garden Club Christmas gathering has been done for the year. This year I decided to ask a local Eco nursery owner to come along and give a talk on herbs and seed saving. A most enjoyable morning was had. I purchased a couple of packets of seeds. Among them was some American Upland Cress (Barbarea vulgaris) which was featured on Gardening Australia a few weeks ago. I also found out that there is a local seed saving network for a low cost to join for the year.

The Graham Thomas rose is in bloom again so decided to use this photo as my new header photo.


 The ironwork is by a welder who resides in Mundaring.


 I finished the filet crochet. As I was using a ball that was already started I had to shorten the pattern. Kainga means home so I thought this was rather appropriate.


 I am presently working on this crochet pattern, I have 11 of the squares joined together. I decided to do ten across and see how many I get out of a ball to see how long it will be. This project will most likely take a very long time! This one is being done in size 20 cotton and a 1.25 mm hook.


 Wendy  had a bunting that she crocheted on her blog. I downloaded the pattern but it was written in gobblygoog. I crocheted up one but it was such hard work so went back on-line and found that Cheryl a lovely blogger had written up the pattern and included the graph. I was overjoyed. No reading just counting. I am using a 8 ply cheapy and a 3.5 mm hook. The plan is to make a few more and use it at Christmas. I also did a few in size 10 cotton and a 1.5mm hook. Still deciding what to do with those ones.


 I planted some Amish Paste Tomato seeds and was very pleased to see the first tomato forming the other day. If it warms up we may have our first tomato at Christmas.


The other weekend we had a news helicopter hovering just above us. In the background was a plane creating a jet stream. It was interesting watching it across the sky.

After a rather busy couple of weeks it will be good to be back into a more normal routine, I might even get into the sewing room.

Happy Monday.
Bev C

22 comments:

Christine M said...

Hi Bev, That was interesting to read that Kainga means home! I love your crocheted piece. Your new header looks wonderful. Hope you've having a lovely day. Hugs, Christine

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Graham Thomas, sigh, another fav of mine.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Graham Thomas, sigh, another fav of mine.

Mrs Knitaddict said...

That "Graham Thomas Rose" stoped me breathing for seconds! is so BEAUTIFUL! and your crochet the same. All the things you show Bev have that effect on me.
Lots of love,
Dolly

Pauline Woodcock said...

I see you've been busy as usual, Bev. Love your new header!!

marina said...

your crochet projects are beautiful, lovely Rose too.
sounds like you are ticking your christmas lunches off your list one by one.
the rose looks lovely as your header

Mylene said...

What a lovely Rose. Your crochets looks great and good to know what's the meaning of Kainga-did wonder a few times and wanted to ask but forget...
Happy Monday too!

Julia said...

Beautiful crochet and rose Bev...I always wondered what Kainga meant..

Julia♥

Julie said...

Your Graham Thomas rose is just stunning Bev. And your crochet is so beautiful. I remember when Wendy made her bunting ... it is a very lovely pattern, I hope to learn to crochet next year (fingers crossed!!!!)

shez said...

Hi Bev oh your rose is gorgeous and you crochet beaqutifully,well done,and i hope you have a lovely evening.xx

Anthea said...

More beauty in your garden, Bev, what a stunning rose.
And of course your crochet is so pretty - the bunting is so clever... so glad you found a more intelligible version of the bunting!

Terri said...

Your garden club lunch sounds fun! Great idea for a speaker. Love seeing your crochet projects too.

Lin said...

Gorgeous rose Bev. The filet crochet is very effective and I am intrigued to see your finished bunting! Have a great week. xx

Sue G Johnson said...

The rose is beautiful and makes a stunning header for your blog. Your crochet is lovely. Seeing your tomato and the picture of the blue sky made me homesick for a minute....until I remembered how stinking hot it gets during Perth summers! lol I do enjoy reading your blog, not only for your beautiful work, but also all the little peeks into your stunning garden. Thank you so much for sharing it all.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Love your crotcheting Bev especially the Home one! And woohoo tomatoes by Christmas...perfect!

Nat Palaskas said...

The Graham Thomas rose is really gorgeous Bev! Lovely to use as a banner so you can see it first thing to click on your blog. Yes, another year is almost over again! You have a lovely Christmas if I don't get to visit before then - Hugs Nat

Fiona said...

beautiful rose and such lovely crochet projects... I do love that fine work ...
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

Beautiful new header! I love it. Your filet crochet is just gorgeous.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Beautiful rose and lovely crochet, something I have never managed to do

Karen S said...

Your rose is beautiful and your crocheting is gorgeous. beautiful work.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Busy goodness Bev. Enjoyed seeing what you have been up to. Love your new header photo. I like the way you used the iron work as your back drop,very nice. The Graham Thomas rose is a beautiful rose. Tomatoes, oh how I miss fresh grown tomatoes. Good luck with in your garden and how fun to have some one talk about seed saving.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings,
Bobbie Lynn

Charlie and Wendy said...

You have so much beautiful crochet on the go. The pattern took me a couple of goes to get it right too, I didn't think to look for a different version of it!! Beautiful roses.