Sunday, December 21, 2014

sunday snippets.

the holiday edition. running just a week or so late...

it's been a big couple of weeks since getting back, and blogging has definitely fell by the way side.



watching the sun set over the ocean in robe. bliss.



happy hour. erryday. with free popcorn this particular night.



a +20,000 step day resulted in me destroying my favourite shoes. damn!



there was lots of knitting done, mostly in the car, but some balcony and tea knitting too.



we checked out grapes in the botanic gardens (we spent maaaaaany hours there, hopefully more details on that later...), and then saw heaaaaaaaps more when we drove through mclaren vale.



and how awesome is this blue lake? so many different coloured lakes about!

have you ever travelled to adelaide? or taken a ridiculously long road trip, just because?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

green love.

just a quick round-up of the NEW things i came home to after our little trip away (more about that later...)



POTATOES!
well a ways off potatoes still, but my seeds have started growing.



RASPBERRIES!
this was gone about 2 seconds after i snapped this. still needed another day or two but i didn't want to chance it with the wildlife...



and PRETTY FLOWERS!
i picked up this 'potted colour' a few weeks ago now, though it didn't have any colour on it at all, just greenery, and now look at it! beautiful!

what new things have you noticed in your patch this week?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

green love.

gosh it has been a warm few days in these parts, and i have been struggling a little bit to keep everything happy and well watered.
over the weekend, one of my strawberry plants got well and truly crispy fried, but i'm hoping i can revive it with lots of love.

but otherwise, i've been busy doing lots of little jobs, like replanting all of these tomatoes...



there were quite a few crammed into that one little tray, and they definitely needed to be replanted a few weeks ago, but hopefully they'll all come good again now they've got some room!
i spent a bit of time sharing them out to different friends on sunday too. i planted out wayyyy too many seeds this year ha ha!

i'm in awe of how much this ivy has grown to be honest...



not only is it growing all the way along my side fence, it's making a sizeable impact on this wall, and the back fence too. i LOVE it!

oh and this little lavender plant i grew from a cutting...



well it's going from strength to strength. i have it planted in a planter box with lots of other flowers, so hopefully it continues growing and finds its own little niche in amongst the other flowers.

and i FINALLY got around to planting some potatoes too...



i don't really know if it's the right time of year for these bad boys or not, i just wanted to get them happening. and now they are! happy days!

what's growing in your patch at the moment? how are your tomatoes?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

december.

it is the last month of the year?!? the LAST month? how did that happen?!?!

my goals for november? well, they've not really come to fruition at all!
i was hoping to have some socks done and dusted... but they're not really happening... i have one pair, past the heel, but there's still quite a loooooong stretch of foot to go, and i'm more than a little worried i'll run out of wool to be perfectly honest.
the kris kringle plans i had? well i haven't touched them!
and running? let's not even go there!



and this month? well i'd like to finish off the purple socks i'm working on, and get those kris kringle presents DONE!
i've also got one or two christmas presents i'd like to make, but well, that might not happen... we'll see!

and HOPEFULLY my oven will get fixed/replaced at some point and i can bake up some bread! i whipped up the above loaves while i was at mum and dad's over the weekend.

a small number of goals for a busy, busy month!

what are you up to this month? are you making any christmas gifts?

Monday, December 1, 2014

meal planning monday.

i had a bit of a dilemma today, do i write up a meal plan because it's monday, or a 'december' post because it's the first of the month...?
the meal plan won!



tonight, i've got some roo burgers to use up. pretty sure they were on the menu last week but that never ended up happening...

tomorrow night, i'm out all day for work training and THEN have ballet. slow cooker satay chicken will be ON!

wednesday night, i'll grab some kind of meat from the butchers. maybe some lamb chops. and i'll serve them up with all the vegies in the crisper that needs to be eaten.

thursday, i'll be celebrating being on holidays (woo!) and will definitely be cooking up EVERYTHING that is in the fridge. bb and i are heading interstate for a couple of days to celebrate our anniversary so the fridge will need to be emptied!

and we'll definitely be eating out for the rest of the week!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

taking stock.

taking some time to take stock today. answering a couple of prompts about what's going on around here at the moment.









Making: a pair of socks.

Cooking: nothing. dinner should be happening. but i'm holed up in bed instead.

Drinking: copious amount of water.

Reading: blog post after blog post. cleared out my reader this morning, there were posts from over a week ago, oops!

Wanting: the gusset decreases on the aforementioned socks to be done! sooooo slow!

Looking: out for the kitty. he's playing outside.

Playing: episode after episode of anything and everything. netflix has my heart.

Deciding: on whether to get the dishes done or not.

Wishing: there was a dishwasher fairy.

Enjoying: the new edition of pompom. i had a little read of it in the sun. too lovely.

Waiting: to hear from bb. he'll most likely be working late again tonight. poor thing.

Liking: lots of pictures on instagram. all of the hearts.

Wondering: when my oven will be fixed... it's been weeks!

Loving: and hating the fact that it's a month until christmas. scary and exciting all at once!

Pondering: new knitting projects. always and forever.

Considering: plans for the future. working out what kind of house to buy and whereabouts is super tricky!

Watching: new girl. and outlander. and gilmore girls. i can't commit to just one show!

Hoping: my brain plays nice this month, less severe headaches would be lovely.

Marvelling: at how dirty my floors are. gross.

Needing: to vacuum. and mop. and i need some energy to do those things ha ha.

Smelling: the jacket i was wearing last night to rescue the cat off the roof. in the rain. everyone talks about how smelly wet dogs are... wet cats... terrible.

Wearing: pyjamas. it's never too early for pyjamas.

Following: paul west on instagram. swooooooooooon.

Noticing: just how green everything is. the sunny days punctuated by rainy ones are making everything lush.

Knowing: that it is definitely bed time. Thinking: about the weekend after next, heading away for our anniversary.

Feeling: anxious as i haven't booked anything for the weekend away. eep!

Admiring: this blog series. lots of handmade gift ideas.

Sorting: out my ballet schedule. lots of classes to catch up on, only 3 weeks to get them sorted!

Buying: nothing. at this second.

Getting: sick of the facebook app on my phone. it doesn't get on with my phone at all.

Bookmarking: recipes. always.

Disliking: my silly scalp. psoriasis. not fun.

Opening: my new pompom magazine! i bought a subscription a few months ago and every issue is wrapped in tissue paper with a little handwritten thank you sticker on it. so cute!

Giggling: at gilmore girls. i'm really loving that show.

Feeling: a bit full. i popped into the city to have a most excellent lunch with a friend.

Snacking: on leftover cake from the tupperware party i went to on sunday. it was packed up in vintage tupperware *swoon*

Hearing: sampsons little bell jingling as he runs and plays outside. hopefully it keep the birdies nice and safe.

do you want to take stock too? pip has a blank list on her latest taking stock list if you want to play along!

Monday, November 24, 2014

meal planning monday.

so last week, i wrote my meal plan, and that's about as far as it went. there was a lot of toast for dinner last week...

hopefully this week will be a little more successful...



tonight, i have no idea what time bb will be home from work (massive week for him this week!), so i grabbed some bolognaise out of the freezer. i'll cook up some pasta. easy.

tomorrow night, i'll throw together a curry. chicken, vegies, rice, again EASY!

wednesday night, it's ncb night! huzzah! i'll grab something while i'm out and bb can fend for himself. and by that i mean he can have leftovers ha ha!

thursday night, i'll cook up the kangaroo burgers that are in the fridge. soft squishy buns and a whole lotta salad and they should be out of this world. yum!

friday night, i'm off to the country, we're having a family christmas party with close family friends nice AND early and WAY before christmas. it's not until saturday night, but i'm making a bit of a weekend of it and heading down early. i'm so looking forward to it!

what are you eating this week? do you get any of your holiday celebrations out of the way early?