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Monday, January 18, 2016

"Crochet Rug, Tennis and a easy Worm Farm."


Happy Monday.

I hope January has started well for you. It has been rather a social month for us here at Kainga. My Brother and Sister in Law have returned back to New Zealand. It was great to catch up and enjoy each others company. I like a lot of other bloggers have been sorting through projects that need finishing. In my case it was starting a crochet blanket. I purchased the wool before Jude was born but didn't get around to making it up as his Great Gran crocheted a blanket for him when he was born.

I bought 2 100 gram balls of each colour which is 100 per cent wool. I finished the blanket today, I have to cut and thread all the ends into the back. I plan to block the rug, if anyone has blocked a blanket before any hints on how to go about this would be appreciated.

Attending the Hopman Cup has been on my bucket list for a while. Ian gifted me tickets for my Birthday last year. I got to choose which day to attend depending on who was playing. Of course I wanted to see.....

 Serena Williams. She only got to play a set and a bit due to a knee injury. I was so pleased I got to see her play as she had not played the previous day. We got to see some amazing tennis and so much is going on that you don't see on the TV. The Hopman Cup was held at the Perth Arena, the perfect venue, so easy to get in and out of. The bonus being the ladies toilet was just next to the entry we had to go in. The gents was a little further away!

 We try to grow a variety of vegies organically.. After visiting a open garden late last year we saw a very easy worm farm to put in a vegie garden bed. You need a bucket with a lid. Cut out the base of the bucket and drill several holes a few inches above the base of the bucket around the sides. Smaller holes are drilled around the sides a few inches from the top, above the soil level for air to get in.

Place  some newspaper on the bottom of the bucket on the garden soil then place your worms, and add some vegie scraps, cardboard etc then place on top of all this some damp newspaper or old rags, I added a old face washer then the paper. (see above photo.)  The top newspaper/cloth needs to be kept damp. The nutrients the worms produce leach out from the base and the holes. No need to fertilise the garden bed the worms do it for you.We purchased a box of 500 worms from Masters and this was enough to make up two worm farms. Food is put in every week or so depending how much has been eaten by the worms.

I recently won two tickets to see the movie  The Suffragettes. It was a great movie making me realise how lucky we are to be alive now not back in the early 1900's. Can you imagine starting work when you are 7 years old.

Has your year started well?  I would love to hear what you have been doing.

Happy days.
Bev C


Clare-Aimetu said...

I love the colours in your blanket :-) wow lucky you to see Serena, I enjoy watching tennis but have not seen it live.

I'm not sure what to say about the worms 😕 haha

Julie said...

Gorgeous blanket colours there Bev., Thanks for the tip re the worm farm ... I have been wanting one for myself for awhile now so might give this a go. My son has some worms so he can help get me started. Happy creative week to you Bev.

Jeanette said...

Gorgeous blanket. How lovely that you got to see Serena. I need to get my worm farm started again. :) Hugs,xx

marina said...

Sounds like a wonderful start to your year.
Very pretty blanket, can't help you with the blocking instructions I'm afraid.
Great idea for the worm farm.

Kim said...

Love the colours in the crochet blanket. How exciting to see Serena play in the flesh. I suppose you have nestled in to your comfiest sofa for the Australian Open?? Lleyton plays today...hope he wins. That worm farm sounds great. Stay cool over there. =)

Fiona said...

very newsy post.. I love the blanket (sorry can't help with the blocking) I had a big worm farm at one time but it was separate. Did well keeping us in fertiliser but I have got lazy now... we do still make compost though!

How lovely to go to the tennis... nothing like a live game

Michelle Ridgway said...

Great post. Love your blanket. How cool to see Serena Williams. I really love you worm farm...I tried and was unsuccessful with the free standing one...very sad. Yours sounds much better.

Mylene said...

Your crochet blanket looks lovely!
Here's been busy catching up socially too as well as more time on stitching due to the winter season and the island is pretty quiet...means less work.
Happy week!

Deb said...

Hi Bev! LOVE the blanket you're working on! I haven't started anything this year yet... still waiting for my sewing room. I'm watching tennis on computer....and the viewer gets even less on computer vs TV...so I can imagine how exciting it was for you to see the real thing. I LOVE to watch all the Opens but the time difference when it's Australian Open makes it much harder to catch all the matches. Take care and keep stitching!

Lin said...

Pretty blanket Bev and I love the little owl. How lovely to watch live tennis and your worm farms sound like a brilliant idea. Have a great week. xx

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Lovely blanket colors! Hope your worm farms grow well!

Lynda said...

So great you went to the Hopman Cup and saw The Great Serena! The new blanket looks wonderful.

Aida said...

Hi Bev, sounds like you had fun at the tennis. I must admit I haven't been to any live tennis tournament except on T V.
Isn't that great to grow your own veggies and pick them as you need them. I feel blessed to have few variety of veggies right at my door step. Than, you for your visit and wishing you a happy new year too.


Karen S said...

It looks like a great start to the year for you, Bev. Lovely to have family with you. Great work with the crochet rug. The colours are lovely.
What fun to be able to go to the Hopman Cup. That was a very special present. So glad you got to see the player you wanted to see.
Thanks for the info on the worm farm. Great idea. Keep enjoying your January time!

Unknown said...

Congratulations with the first awesome post this year and first finish! Your crochet blanket is really nice, especially the color-flow. I and my o-workers from davidjsalmon.co.uk really enjoy reading your posts!