September has finished, now where did it go?

I find it hard to believe that we are already in October.  I can’t think what happened to September but it doesn’t feel as if it really happened.  I guess when you are busy enjoying yourself the time really flies. I managed to fit in two trips to Melbourne and Canberra during the month.

Did I get many historical fiction books read in September? I managed three for the challenge but I also read a few others in crime fiction.  I have completed 28 in the historical fiction challenge so far.

On my trip to Melbourne I was listening to an audio book by Lynda La Plante. . .Backlash. It is a great way to make the trip go quickly while listening to the story.  Unfortunately there was something wrong with the CD player in the car and I only got to disk 5 at which point the disk got stuck in the player!

When I reached home I was able to listen to the remaining disks on a player at home and discovered that I am not someone who can sit still to listen to a book.  I need to be doing something else at the same time.  I just can’t sit still unless my hands are occupied too, eg knitting or crocheting.  I am fine if I am holding on to an actual book but that isn’t possible with an audio book. Anyway I finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I was about to head off to the auto electricians to see if he could get the disk out of the car CD player when I thought I would try to eject it once more.  Thankfully the disk came out.  The audio book was from the library so it was imperative that I retrieved the disk.

I won’t be listening to any more CD audio books I will download them onto my phone using Borrowbox that way no CDs can get stuck in the car player.



Broken, shattered, smashed. . . .oops!

I have been doing the tidying up after finally completing the painting of the front hall.  I had to trim around the edge of the glass in the door windows and then sweep up the scraped off bits of paint.  As I was getting up off the floor, after having swept the debris into the dustpan, I somehow bumped the hall table and sent a vase tumbling to the floor.

broken vase

I realise it is only a material object but I was upset as this vase meant much to me.  I was chastising myself for being so careless then I thought, yes it is only a thing.  But I couldn’t get rid of the thought that it was a special “thing”.  I retrieved the pieces from the bin and will glue most of it back together and put it out in the garden with a plant tumbling out of it.  Not ideal but at least I will still have it.


Love the time spent with grandchildren

I have been lucky enough to spend time with two of my grandchildren this week. It brings back so many memories. I have blogged before about the joy of having grandchildren and today reinforced that.

I have spent time making blue pikelets,


playing Sushi Go,


done bush tracking in the back garden,



gone to the post office to collect a parcel plus the odd bit of drawing, reading etc.

My grandson made up a puzzle map that started off as a morse code trail but found that a bit tricky so it ended up as puzzle pieces which gave the clue as to where they would be hiding. I had to search the whole garden for the puzzle pieces while they were hiding.

Bit of a problem! I couldn’t find them and was really beginning to panic! I had visions of mum and dad coming home to no children!!!
I went back to the house to see if I could get any further clues from the map but with no luck. Fortunately the younger sibling came out of hiding and returned to the house and said. ” Where were you Granny?” I don’t think I have ever been so pleased to see someone. They had been really well hidden in the studio. I had gone in there twice, looking for them without any success.

I don’t think I want to play that game again!

A delightful photo of the two siblings enjoying the finds on his camera which had lost its charger for over twelve months. My grandson found the charger today when he was printing something for me. The charger was hidden under the printer. We have no idea how it got there.


Slow progress on Brora

I have been doing a few other things lately so the progress on the baby shawl has taken a back seat for a while.  The baby is due in November so I thought I had better get cracking on this job before the baby arrives.

I think the hardest part of the shawl is doing the border as you have to knit 104 points and then join them together before picking up 832 stitches so you can start the rounds.

I am pleased to say that last night I finished the border and picked up the stitches.

just looking like ravelled wool

just looking like ravelled wool

This gives you some idea of the points

This gives you some idea of the points

I am now on round 3 of 194 rounds. It should go much quicker now.

Australian history with a bit of crime and romance

I am really enjoying the Sulari Gentill books of the Rowland Sinclair series.


I have just finished Gentlemen Formerly Dressed and enjoyed it just as much as the previous book I reviewed.  The story moves along at a rollicking pace and I stop now and again to check on some particular aspect of Australian history mentioned in the plot.  I love how Sulari Gentill brings history to life.  I have never been a great lover of history but I am loving this series.  The book is set in London but follows on from the troubles they had while in Nazi Germany.

From the cover:

After narrowly escaping the terror of Nazi Germany, Rowland Sinclair and his companions land in London, believing they are safe.

But they are wrong.

A bizarre murder plunges the hapless Australians into a queer world of British aristocracy, Fascist Blackshirts, illicit love, scandal, and spies.

A world where gentlemen are not always what they are dressed up to be.

 There are some wonderful reviews to be found here.

This is another for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.

Well, Hello Dolly!

My younger daughter recently asked me if I would make a doll for the child she is expecting.  She wanted a doll the same as the one I had made for her when she was little.

You can see the doll peeping out of the cardboard box on the left side. I’m not sure if that is her doll or her sisters.

FionaShe doesn’t know the sex of the baby yet so I can only make the body of the doll and do the rest when the baby is born.

I made dolls for each of our children.

jeremyThis one is in the toy basket that sits in our family room now for when the youngest grandchild visits.

jeremy2 The first doll was Jemima, named after the Playschool doll.  The second doll was Josephine and the last one, which you can see here, was Jeremy.

Jeremy was our son’s and it got a bit more wear and tear than the girl dolls.  It has had some repair done where the arm came adrift after some vigorous tussling!

The pattern is from 1978 but as I keep all my patterns I found it in my pattern box.

doll patternUnfortunately I don’t have the shoe pattern but I should be able to conjure something up.

pattern backI generally have some calico in my stash and so I was able to get the pieces cut out yesterday.

pattern piecesI should get the body of the doll done today then we just need to wait until the baby is born to do the hair and clothing.