Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Rainbow Bunting and Herbert Peabody

Joining in with Yarn Along at Small Things.

Wow, I haven't been Yarning Along for ages - I have missed it!

My reading at the moment - well, my read-aloud with Whirlwind - is this wonderful book, Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch. My sister found this gem for Whirlwind for his birthday. I don't know how I hadn't come across it myself!
We are taking turns reading a page each aloud. And I am loving Herbie. How could you not love a book with quotes like these:
Herbie always has 'tea with real tea-leaves, because tea tasted better when it came from a teapot.'
'Herbie like the rich dark colour of the soil. It was like a crumbly chocolate cake.'
'He had built the kitchen himself using an old timber shop counter and a wooden filing cabinet. They were both dented and cracked, but he liked them exactly as they were.'
Are you loving Herbie as much as I do?!

Knitting wise, I have been making this rainbow bunting to put along the front fence. Yarn snob that I am, I have to say I am using acrylic as I think it will stand up to the weather better and it is cheaper. I don't like knitting it much as the feel isn't that nice, but it looks good. I will make an I-cord to hang them from.

And these are some seed packets Whirlwind made for one of his friends who wanted to start a garden a few months ago. Aren't they lovely? He has such a kind heart, my Whirlwind.

So looking forward to seeing all the Yarn Along posts, especially as most of you are in winter - perfect knitting weather - while we struggle along in the heat and terrible bushfires. It has been a sad Christmas this year here.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

We Met Oddball!

Today we went to Warrnambool for a swim and Cuddlepie insisted that we go to 'Penguin Island' (actually Middle Island). He absolutely loved Oddball  - you may remember me talking about the movie here - and wanted to go to Oddball's island.

He was swimming and didn't notice the ranger and the two Maremmas enter the water. The ranger walks them across to the island in the afternoon and picks them up in the morning. Cuddlepie was so excited when he saw them!

'I got to pat Oddball!' he yelled.

We were pretty thrilled with our brush with fame!

You can read about the Maremma penguin program here.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas To All!

Wow, I disappeared for quite a while there, didn't I?!

I am just popping in quickly to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. Have a lovely time with family and friends and I will be back next week to show you what I have been up to.

Here's a little sneaky peek!