Some clever carpentry by a clever granddaughter

This lovely little table was made by our granddaughter.  She made it at school and it was being kept secretly so that she could give it to her mother as a surprise for Christmas.  It is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship made with beautiful wood.  This granddaughter is the one that made me the lovely flower vase containers.

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It is so good to see girls being given the opportunity to pursue these crafts at school.  I often wish that I had been given the chance to do woodwork when at school but I guess I wouldn’t have gained all the needlework skills I now have.

Make Believe. . . .Alice in Wonderland

This strange photo is my attempt to catch the caterpillar on the toadstool in Alice in Wonderland.

When we were in Melbourne during the Christmas period we were lucky to be able to get to the Museum and view this exhibition on Make Believe which is the story of the creation of the Christmas windows at Myer store in Melbourne.

It was a fascinating exhibition with many of the automated models in operation.

The exhibition closes on 3rd February 2019.

A Long Way Home. . . . it has taken me a while to get around to reading it. I’m glad I did eventually.

Wow! What a story. My sister had recommended this book to me quite some time ago but I hadn’t got around to reading it. I am so glad I have now read it.  This story had particular impact with me as our son is adopted, not from India but from the Philippines.

“A moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, celebrating the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.

When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.

Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.

Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.”

What an amazing story this is.  I kept looking at similarities in the adoption process when we adopted our son but fortunately for him he had not had to survive living on the streets at age five as our son was adopted when he was eleven months old.

If you haven’t read this book I suggest you do so.  The book has since been made into a movie called “Lion”.

Christmas Mangoes, no, these are for chutney.

Before the Christmas holiday period I purchased a tray of mangoes.  I probably should have waited until after Christmas as mangoes are now considerably cheaper than they were then.  Anyway I bought the mangoes to make mango chutney particularly for one of my granddaughters.  The eldest granddaughter loves my mango chutney and I only had one jar to give her when she was visiting at Christmas.

The mangoes that I bought I cut up and packaged in 3lb lots as that is what is required for the chutney recipe.  The lots are now frozen and now that Christmas is over I will have some time to make the chutney.

The recipe for the chutney is one that my sister gave to me.  When we both lived in Canberra she would buy a tray of mangoes to go halves with me.  She and I no longer live in Canberra so I will be making chutney throughout the year using the frozen mangoes.

A surprise parcel.. . . .an unusual advent calendar

I walked down to the post office to collect the mail earlier this week.  I was assuming there would be very little there, probably only a letter if anything.  I was wrong.  There were several parcels along with a couple of letters so I had quite a bundle to carry home.

I had been expecting a delivery of books but knew they would only come in dribs and drabs as they were from various sources.  Two of the parcels were books but the third parcel was much larger. It was an early birthday present from one of my daughters.  It is an Advent calendar produced by L’Occitane.  My daughter must have been watching me when we last visited her in Canberra and we were shopping.  We stopped at the L’Occitane shop and I had remarked on what a terrific idea this was to get to sample various products from their range.  I already use one of their handcreams and have used a couple of their other products.  My daughter obviously took note of my comments and has sent me this wonderful gift for my birthday.  It is ideal as it leads all the way up to my birthday which is the day after Christmas.  I love it.

New bedsocks as a replacement

One of my granddaughters sent me a text message that included a photo of the bedsocks I had knitted previously for her.

As it was I found the pattern I had used and had recorded the wool I had used so it was an easy matter to make her a new pair.  I will still teach her how to patch the old socks when she comes to visit at Christmas time.

Darning was one of the skills we learnt at Girl Guides.  I wonder do many people still darn items.