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Thursday, March 15, 2012

It's raining again...

2012 has been a blur so far and I don't know why because I don't seem to have much to show for it?  I guess it must be because I am a lot busier in the car.  

This year my family commitments have stepped up as my Mother in Law has handed in her licence.  She did well, she is 84!  
I must admit we were all praying that she would hand it in as it was getting a bit scary to see her driving.  Her Doctor strongly suggested that she stop driving in January when she had a check up and we all breathed a sigh of relief when she agreed.  
Not one of us wanted to be the bad guy and tell her it was time ( My SIL and I had dropped lots of hints but they were pointedly ignored).  
I have also been driving for my Sister in Law as she is on pain medication at the moment that prohibits her from driving.  So between the two of them and myself, I seem to be in the car a lot.

                      My sweet boys

The wet season is rolling on and we are now walking thru boggy soggy ground and going everywhere with an umbrella in tow.   My fowl are all waterlogged and the horses are almost knee deep in mud in front of their stables...

There are some amazing fungi growing all over the place, of all different varieties, I love these huge dinner plate sized ones the best...

We might be sick of staying inside and bored with not being able to go outside as much but there is still beauty everywhere you look...

                     the underside of a mushroom

I think this fellow is the only one who doesn't seem to mind the wet season...

 we have goldfish in the water troughs to eat the mosquito larvae  

I have been trying out some new home cooking and making bread with the boys in an effort to keep them entertained and away from the computer.  This week I made a starter for a sourdough.  I made it gluten free so I have no idea whether it will work or not, time will tell.  So far it is looking good and smelling good and if that's anything to go by I will be OK...

Not much to show on the crafty front.  I have four pairs of socks on the go and only one sock finished.  I may be going for a sprint finish at the end of the year if I don't make progress soon!

I have made a pair of fingerless mittens for my market stall.  I won some gorgeous Cascade 220 yarn last year which is lovely to work with and so 'sproingy'.  Sadly it wasn't really my colours so I had been saving it for the right pattern.  These mitts  looked just perfect for a winter in the Tropics.   I'm just finishing up a matching scarf and hopefully someone will fall in love with them.  I have so I am going to have to make some more in my sort of colours. 
These days I don't do my own stall but share a space with a few others which means that if I only have a little to offer that's fine. 

I can hear the rain pelting down outside and overflowing our water tanks and we can practically see the grass growing, at least it is nice and green and there is no risk of bushfire.  Billy just told me there are two cyclones about to develop of our coast and there are already two off the western Australia coast so it looks like this weekend is going to be WET.  I think I will go and look for my snorkel!  

Have a great weekend everyone  :-)


  1. The pics of the mushrooms caught my eye, and my daughter who appreciates simple shapes and lines was instantly drawn to the underside of the mushroom!
    If you have success with the gluten-free, sour-dough starter, would you share. I would be interested!
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. My Mother is still driving around at age 81 but God help us the day she has to give up her licence - she's so ruddy independent I fear she may just fade away without the use of her wheels. On the other hand, there is a debate raging over here at the moment about whether elderly drivers should be forced to resit their driving tests because apparently, some of them are driving around with disabilities which they haven't reported to the authorities!It's such a lifeline for most elderly folks, being able to get around and staying independent that it's a very difficult situation to address without seeming cruel.
    I hope your MIL gets along just as well without her car.
    Poor you suffering all that wetness. We have had no rain here for months which is a very odd situation on this side of the pond. Hope it doesn't mean we'll get all our rain mid-summer - there's a wedding being planned over here for end of July!
    Great that the boys are learning how to make bread with you - the mixture looks promising. Let us know how it tastes.My lads birthdays are coming up with the youngest going to be 25 on Sunday and the older one 30 in a couple of weeks time!How did that happen?
    I love your fingerless gloves, especially the colours. I'm using that shell pattern to make a lampshade at the's going very slowly!
    Good Weekend to you, Jenni. x

  3. Your post is chock full of fascinating things, and because it is SO wonderfully full, I lose bits of things I wanted to comment on along the way. Yeah, not strong on the memory front. Your "two boys" are GORGEOUS! And I am utterly intrigued by the goldfish in the water troughs. Our barn cats would be delighted; the fish would not. Am also fascinated by the size of that mushroom - wow! And your mitts are lovely, and will surely be snapped up by some fantastically lucky shopper.

  4. My dad pretends to be equitable about not driving when we tell him it's time. He turns 90 this year. But I'm with Nana-Go go - I think he will fade horrible when he loses his wheels. Already he feels bored and lonely in the house all alone, and driving to the mall or to golf is the only thing that perks him up.

    We could use some rain, I suppose. I'm just enjoying the fact that my horses are actually walking on nice surface in the arena today, rather than the sticky, sucky mud they've been in. But we're down water, and in a high mountain valley, that can be a bad thing. Still - less chance the house will be destroyed by flood as the snow runs off. Life: the balancing act. The gloves are great, and I hope you find your colors.

    And your two boys? Beautiful. What's the breed on the spotty boy with the flaxen mane? How do you deal with the fish in the winter? Because that would certainly perk up our tank - we get larvae actually big enough to see swimming around. And then that white coat of grown up stinking bugs all over them of a summer night -

  5. I'm with WSW...I wish I could just post a comment in the middle of your lovely blog, because I can' remember everything that speaks to me. Like, how did you get a picture of the belly of that mushroom? You must have been on your belly, the mud?
    The horses are very handsome and spots.
    Oh, and 'sproingy'....that is a word that just doesn't get used enough. So glad you used it today.

  6. Lots of interesting stuff happening in your neck of the woods. I'm totally over the wet season. Everything is going mouldy and feels damp. We've had so much rain this year and as it's March we will still have lots more.
    I used to love making my own bread, but then I ate it. Had to stop before I got any bigger.
    Those fingerless mittens are really pretty.

  7. Lovely photos of fungi......... whoppers! Your mother in law has done extremely well to drive into her eighties. No doubt she will miss it greatly but thanks to you she will still have some freedom. As someone has already mentioned in the comments, we are having very little rain compared to normal here. I am sure you will finish your socks. If it's any consolation I still have the second one of my fairisle socks to knit - I got sidetracked (as usual! :O)))

  8. Wow, look at that fungi!! It is HUGE! Hopefully the ones in my lungs are like that :P
    Hope the driving duties give you a bit of time for sock knitting whilst you are waiting in the car and that you are not just driving, driving, driving the whole time!

    Good luck with the starter, and I love the pattern on those gloves, very cute!

  9. Yikes, cyclones sound scary! I hope you're all safe, albeit wet :)

    Absolutely beautiful mitts. I can't believe how big that mushroom is though! Wow.

  10. Update :: The RAIN has arrived! Spoke too soon, didn't I?!

  11. That’s one big hunk of fungus.

    Family stuff sometimes changes our lives for a period of time. I looked after my Nanna for the last year she was alive and it took up a lot of my free time . I dont begrudge one moment of it, and when my time became my own again I didn’t know what to do with myself for a while.

    Good luck with the bread starter. If it works my Mum would love the recipe. She’s GF and is always looking for new things to try.

    Love the fingerless mittens.

  12. Oh I did love listening to the rain on the roof when we lived in Darwin... but yes... it can get a bit much towards the end of the season. Baking sour dough sounds great. I'd like to give that a go one day.
    Love the mitts. Sweet. Good luck at your stall.
    I don't envy you all the driving. I find it very exhausting getting in and out of the car throughout the day. I don't like it much at all.
    Love the shot of the mushy too. Brilliant.

  13. From someone who spends a lot of time in the car herself.... you're doing a lot!! You're right though, when you spend so much time in the car, there isn't a whole lot to show for it.

    :) My mystery socks are still a mystery. I've not finished mine either. They are turning out to be HUGE so I slowed down trying to figure out what I am going to do with them....

    Those mushrooms are HUGE! I don't think I've ever seen anything like them! With the water you get.... it's no wonder! We're in for a dry year I'm afraid. Last year flooding, this year famine.......

    Your fingerless mitts are pretty! Someone will be getting a treasure!


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