This is what your grandma never taught you. . . .

You need to include the colour groups in your food intake. One cup of each colour every day.

Greens, Reds, Orange, White, Purple

A different way of looking at your food intake!

food chart

This wasn’t one of my favourites

I have been knitting a cardigan for my younger daughter.  The wool is really lovely and soft but difficult to work with.

wool If you put too much tension on the wool it would tear apart. I also made sure that I joined in a new ball at the end of a row as it was far too obvious if it was joined elsewhere.

cardigan patternThis is the pattern my daughter had chosen.  She didn’t have time to knit it herself so I offered to knit it for her.  It was certainly a quick knit but not a satisfying one.

I hope my daughter likes it.  The two buttons just need to be attached.

Twilleys cardigan

Tuesday Travels . . . .The Great Alpine Road Part 2

Continuing on our trip over the Great Alpine Road one of the memorable things about the trip is the amazing Australian bush and its ability to regenerate after bushfires.  It is several years now since the terrible fires that went through the Alpine region and you can clearly see how the bush has come back to life.

Mountain AshThe last time we visited the Mt Hotham region the snow gums looked like coral as they had been burnt and were bleached white.  The snow gums have regenerated but you can still see remnants of the white parts which will eventually be covered over.  Unfortunately the Mountain Ash will remain like in the picture until they rot and fall down.

remants of bushfire scarred vegetationThe view from the top of the range is magnificent.

From the top of the rangeOn the left of the photo above you can see the bleached snow gums.  The have regenerated from the lignotubers.information mapIf you click on the panorama map you can see it in more detail.

After crossing Mount Hotham you descend towards Harrietville, Bright, Yackandandah and on to the Rutherglen wine region.

Pfeiffers wineryWe visited several wineries and one of our favourites was Pfeiffer’s. Many, many years ago had a memorable lunch on the bridge at Pfeifferr’s.  We revisited and took nostalgic photos.

If you get the chance you should travel the Great Alpine Road at any time during the year except winter but the best time is definitely autumn.

A book borrowed from my elder daughter.

anti-cool girlThis was a book I had been interested to read for quite some time as there had been so many comments on Twitter about how amazing the book was and how it was time that someone had been truthful in what women really want in life.

The book matched the expectations that the comments had given and I found the book very moving as well as extremely funny in parts.  This autobiography or memoir certainly leaves you thinking that here is an incredibly resilient woman.

Reviewing books is not really my forte so I have included a link to  reviews on Goodreads.



My foray into non-fiction has led me down some interesting paths.  I mentioned that I was now interested to find out more about America and its links to Britain during the Cold War. The book that I ended up reading was one about the assassination of JFK, called The Smoking Gun written by Colin McLaren

the smoking gunIts argument is that JFK was killed not by a bunch of nefarious conspirators (the grassy knoll, the magic bullet and all that) and not by Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone, but by Oswald acting independently and a Secret Service agent accidentally firing the fatal shot from his AR-15 automatic rifle as he fell backwards inside the vice-presidential car behind the car in which Kennedy was seated. And, naturally, it has been covered up ever since by the good old US government.(Goodreads)

The book was compelling reading and seemed to make a strong case for this theory but the theory has been ridiculed in many quarters. There was a television movie of this book which you can find it on the internet. I found the book was an interesting read and has prompted me to continue further reading on the so called JFK conspiracy theory.


A dolly’s nightie

A while back I posted about a nightie I had made for my granddaughter and I said I would be making a matching nightie for her doll.  I finally finished the doll nightie and now my granddaughter can match her dolly to her own nightgown.

nightie and doll's nightieI was worried that the doll nightie would be too big for her dolly but it turned out to be just the right size.