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: