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

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"A Day in the Country."


I just love a day in the country being a tourist and driving down some back roads. You never know what you are going to find.

Yesterday we had morning tea by the river.

Avon River Beverley
 The water was lovely and clear. I can imagine a few people having a swim in the river even though there was a sign saying no swimming.

Avon River Beverley.
 This was the view in the other direction. We were on our way to Narrogin, visiting the smaller towns in between. It has been a couple of years since we have done this.

 Just like the back roads the back of a table runner can be just as interesting.

 I joined up the charm squares from "A Day in the Country" by Moda. I purchased this tin a few years back from The Country Yard in New Zealand.

 I added a couple of the iron on blooms that my Sister Chris sent from Hong Kong. I used the country designs from the Brother Embroidery Card Number 65 for the embroidery.

We stopped at each town on the way and on arrival at Narrogin we had a walk around and had a lovely lunch at the Narrogin Nursery Cafe and Garden Centre. We have been at this centre several times before for lunch and have never been disappointed with the meal. This time I went exploring the garden centre out the back. No photo's I was too busy enjoying myself. I would have to say it is the prettiest stocked up garden centre I have been to. I did come away with a dwarf plum tree. I also visited the local patchwork shop called Patch 'n' Paint for pleasure and came away with a cross stitch kit. The best shop we went into was a wonderful surprise, I was enticed by the Wisteria that was in full bloom outside the shop and the small tricycles that were outside the shop. It was called Fabulous finds past and present. What an amazing collection of home wares etc. The lady intends to open a old fashioned lolly shop and serve afternoon teas in the near future.

Please note each of these business's have a Facebook page if you want to get more information. I do not have any affiliation with any of the business's but would recommend them for service and a damn good time.

 On the way back home we called into Cuballing. This community is very small but has the best oval with white picket fence and equestrian centre for miles around. I love that the old buildings have been looked after and the small town was very neat and tidy.

 You could even by the bank. I would love to look inside to see what it looks like now.

 The old post office has been turned into a home.

I loved the garden around the home and shed out the back, it actually reminded me of a garden in England of MidSomer Murders or some show similar to that.

All in all we had a lovely relaxing day out in the country. Have you been out exploring your part of the world lately?

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Spring at Kainga."


I took a wander around the garden on Sunday with the camera. There are lots of Roses in bloom and plenty more to come. The bees are active and I have seen a few ladybugs already.

Enjoy the wander...














At the end of September our total rainfall was 293 ml for the year, not a great amount but very much appreciated.

Happy days.
Bev C

Thursday, October 1, 2015

"A rather appropriate quilt."


I only realised while filling out some forms today that it was October, not sure what happened with the last couple of weeks. Though there has been plenty of gardening, lots of weeding to get ready for the hot seasons ahead and most importantly spending lots of time with the Grandie's. Nothing is better than spending time with little people.
I did finish and hand over the quilt for my niece. I am so glad to have  been able to use up some of the fabrics  I had been saving to make a quilt for her. My nice is into horses and owns several and has worked at cattle feed lots in the past.

As it has to be made in a few days I kept it very simple with strips of fabric and nine patch blocks. The colours don't show up well here due to the weather on the day I took the photo's.

I found this freebie embroidery design for a cowboy boot, I increased the size a little to help with the quilting.

This is the back of the quilt. Now she must have loved the quilt so much because she is shifting back to Western Australia!

Now I must be good and go and take a look inside the sewing room instead of just walking by. I am sure I started a new project a while back. Haven't even been sewing in the evening, I have been reading a book about a couple who have renovated some old homes in Australia. The history involved with our early homes is something that I enjoy reading about. The book is called The Constant Renovators by Marie and Dominic Romeo. Are you reading something you love at the moment, I would love to hear about it.

Happy days.
Bev C