Saturday, May 30, 2015

End of May...Already!

Tracy's purple Evergreen Socks are finished, washed and mailed off to her.  Hope they fit, and that she likes them:

Several new knitting projects have jumped on my needles, too.  Not sure how THAT happened!  Finished one little scarf (that was supposed to be significantly bigger).  It will be a nice little neck warmer, but I'm always disappointed when the sizing doesn't work out.  Also working on a green sweater for myself, and a pair of red soon.

It's been pretty chilly in Mittagong (down to minus 1 C. a few times already) but still fairly mild during the day, so we decided to attack the garden here at the new house.  There was a huge old tree rose, Crepuscule, that was so overgrown and top-heavy it was in danger of blowing over.  We selected individual branches to remove, then tidied up what was left.  Hopefully we haven't killed it entirely, but Spring will tell...

About halfway through the pruning, here's how the poor thing looked.  Those guy-wires anchoring it were a huge trip hazard, and the steel rebar sticking out of the ground was extremely dangerous.

When we finished the clean-up, here's how the pile of clippings looked.  Took Ross hours to cut this debris into small pieces so it would fit into a Council green bin, but he succeeded, at last.

The finished pruning job makes the poor rose look pretty sparse, but I'm hopeful it will come roaring back, come spring.

We had already begun to attack the driveway plantings, which were also extremely overgrown and rangy.  Here's how that work is going:

And between-times, we managed to fit in a few walks around our new Mittagong neighborhood.  Lake Alexandra is nearby, and very beautiful.  Nice to walk over there, and then around the lake...

In other news, the Oakland condo has sold...closed escrow yesterday.  One of the rental properties in Pioneer also sold in May, so we are achieving our goal of simplifying.  Well, at least a bit!  Everything is relative!

Only a month before we head overseas again.  It will be summer in Glen Ellen by the time we arrive and I'm looking forward to the warmth!  Guess we'd better try to finish the garden clean-up here before we leave.  When we get home again in early-mid August it will be full winter here!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Decisions, Decisions

Found some lovely MadTosh Merino Light at Knitterly in Petaluma yesterday, to start this gorgeous pattern for sister, Tracy:

Evergreen Socks

Can't decide between these two yarns:

The top one is more purple (the color is called Flashdance) but also has more variegation, which might distract from the pattern.  The lower one has more of a red-violet cast, and also has subtle variegation, though not quite so much.  Sigh...I guess this is one of those cases where you need to do a swatch, huh?  I'm always so anxious to jump right in and get knitting.  Patience, Dianne!

Friday, April 03, 2015

There's No Place Like Home...But Where Is It?!!!

Yes, Australia is still home for us, but we are continuing our peripatetic lifestyle, making about 4 trips to California each year for a month or so each trip.  Over the last 8 years, we have made do with a very small one bedroom condo in Oakland that we viewed as a sort of hotel-room-away-from-home, and it served us very comfortably and well.  Still, after 8 years, and realizing that our back-and-forth life will continue for some years, we realized we'd be a lot more comfortable if we had a bit more space to live in when we are in California.  And so, a few months ago, we bought a larger condo in the small village of Glen Ellen, in Sonoma County.

This trip to California has been about getting the Oakland condo cleared out and ready for sale, and getting the Glen Ellen place set up as our new U.S. pied-à-terre...a comfortable place with room for occasional visitors, still near enough for Ross to visit clients in Silicon Valley when needed.

Wednesday was the final trip from Oakland to Glen Ellen, with the car loaded to the rafters.  As we drove into Sonoma County, we were greeted with such lovely scenes that I wanted to capture them, even from a moving car!  The vineyards have a long, continuous row of yellow banksia roses, with the occasional white one tossed in for good measure, and this rose hedge runs along for miles land miles.  

As you look across Sonoma Valley to the east, you see the beautiful Mayacamas range -- Napa Valley lies on the other side of that range.

Such a lovely part of the world!  We are so lucky to be able to enjoy it when we are here!

Today was about a visit to Petaluma, to visit Knitterly, a really nice yarn shop, where I managed to find some beautiful MadTosh Merino Light to make a pair of socks for my sister, Tracy -- by special request, which makes it especially fun, and she wanted purple, too!  Found two gorgeous purples -- of course, I couldn't decide between them, so I bought both.  I know this NEVER happens to you!  Tomorrow I will need to make a choice and get soon!

Knitterly is definitely worth a visit, should you ever find yourself in Petaluma:

Oh, and next door was a very cool old brick building that was so picturesque I just had to take a few pics.  I think a couple of these would make very interesting paintings...or quilts!  Can't draw or paint to save my life, though...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Oh, Boy, What Happened to the Months...Make That Years!

So, it's been yonks since I've posted anything.  I can't imagine where the time went, but there you are.

A lot has happened:  We sold Devon Farm, moved temporarily to Lynwood Farm, and finally bought a place in Mittagong.  Moved there last week, barely got settled, and then hit the skies again for a trip to California..again.

We continue the back-and-forth cross-Pacific life, though it is taking a little toll on us by now.  Maybe one day we will be all together in one place again!

This post will be a trial to see if I still know how to do this, since it's been so long and I don't know how/if Blogger still works.  Should I be migrating this blog to another app?  Maybe someone will give me a clue...

Just to try out the photo function, here are a few things I've worked on lately:

First a pair of purple socks for DS, my own pattern, now completed:

 And my first Hitchhiker scarf, in gorgeous Seasilk from Handmaiden Yarns:

And here is a look at the new living room, in progress (paintings still needing hanging:

Finally, a sad farewell to an old friend...Cloudy was 18 years old, a lovely fellow, and sorely missed:

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Posting, Posting...Does Anybody Care?!!!

I think bloggers who don't post for ages are lame, and I plead guilty as charged.  It's been ages since I posted anything.  But!  Tonight's the night...

I've started a new quilt for little Rory, who lives in London and is about 1 year old.  Every little boy loves dinosaurs, right?  And when I found this amazing fabric at eQuilter, I decided it was just the thing for Rory's quilt.

So, I made a start, and here are the first two blocks:

And I got inspired, and made all the star points, put together the first 12 blocks, and have the remaining 8 laid out, ready to sew together:

And just to give you another little taste, here is a close-up of 6 of the blocks -- can you tell I LOVE these?

Still working out the setting, but I'm thinking a simple horizontal setting, with 2" sashing, maybe in a wild print, with a contrasting color for settings squares.  And then either a triple border using some of the star point fabric, or maybe I'll find another print I like.

So that's the news from me.  Is this the start of blogging for me again?  Not promising anything...

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Joe Made Me Do It!

My cousin Joe reminds me that I haven't posted for ages!  Thanks for the little nudge, Joe...

I think this photo says it all about why I haven't been on here:

Yes, there's a jumbled up pullover on the left, with only the sleeves left to be knitted.  In the center are two books written by another cousin, Jeff Maulhardt, about my family's roots in Oxnard, California.  In front you see a stack of file folders, organized by my family's various surnames, and some the obligatory cup of coffee to keep me going.  Yes, thanks to Mary, I've been bitten by the genealogy bug!  So engrossing, entertaining, fascinating and obsessive.  Just what I need, one more smart cracks, OK?!

Meanwhile, out the window, winter is leaving us and spring is trying hard to arrive.  This morning is still very chilly, but here's how things looked a couple of days ago:

Cloudy was ready to start his around-the-hard prowl, under the Manchurian Pear blossoms.

Then he decided to visit the horses in the adjacent paddock...notice they are still wearing their rugs.  It's still down into the mid-30s at night.

Patch decided to join his brother in a prowl around the yard, oblivious to the fact that Chloe is perched on the limb directly above his head.

Doesn't Chloe look smug, having gotten away with escaping Patch's less-than-welcome attentions?!

OK, enough schmoozing...back to the family tree!

And thanks again, Joe, for getting me back to Blogger, and also for sending the GREAT family photos!  You are the best!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Done and Dusted...and Modeled!

So I did get this shawl soaked and blocked and dried in time to wear it out for dinner last night.  First up, here's a picture of it blocking:

It was BIG...ended up 80" x 45".

And here's how it looked when I wore it:

And the back view:
Glad this one is finally finished, but I feel a little bereft!  Of course, I do have the pullover I'm working on, plus another shawl that's underway...

We took a 2-hour walk today up into Mountain View Cemetery at the top of Piedmont Avenue.  This is the cemetery that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.  It was a glorious summer day and I took zillions of pics.  I think they will deserve a separate post.

As Yarnivorous Lynne would say...anon!