Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ducks and roses!

Something I love about spring are our roses. They had a good pruning this year and loved it so most of our rose plants are covered in buds ready to burst into colour! I particularly love this plant, they are small and baby pink but oh so cute!
We have also had a flock of ducks wandering up and down our lawn all day! They can be seen, just, in the background of this photo... :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veggies are going to be awesome this year!

We have managed to get the veggie patch organised in time this year! My husband has been busy working hard on the veggie patch. He has turned it over and even has lots planted! Carrots, leeks, tomatoes, spinach and zucchini are all in and thriving! Potato plants are popping up everywhere! The drip watering system is working well. This year's project has been to set up a frame and bird netting and we are rather pleased with the result!

Friday, October 12, 2012


I love the crazy seasons we have here! After it warming up enough this week for shorts and t-shirts, today we have snow! Ground is too wet and warm for it to settle but the snow flakes were large enough to be seen in a photo!
The view outside my boy's window...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Alpaca treats

The alpacas all came running when we put out some alpaca mix as a treat this afternoon. There was quite some tempers flaring over who got to eat first!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Adagio Alpacas

Well, its been a long time since I last did a blog post! It has been crazy around here, I've returned to work part time, my baby who has just turned one (more a boy now than a baby!) has been seriously ill and constantly sick (ear infections, mastoiditis...) since starting daycare :( and we have been relearning how to balance life!

We have finally chosen a stud name for our alpacas! We are adagio alpacas.

In the meantime, another cria was born to Gedalyn and we named Lass's cria. Just two cria for us this year. They are so cute! The below photo has from left to right, Gedalyn, her new cria who we have called Silhouette, Lass's cria who we have called Tuxedo Junction (Tux for short) and Lass.

Tux received his name for dual reasons, he looks like he is wearing a Tuxedo and we love the song Tuxedo Junction as played by Glenn Miller. Silhouette is so pretty and petite that it took us quite some time to find a name that suited her. Tux is so pleased with his new friend, they can be seen playing and chasing each other around the paddock! 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

First cria of 2012!

Our first cria of 2012! Born to lass (brown alpaca in photo) so new that it hasn't got a name yet!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Play mat quilt for my baby boy!

I started this quilt for my baby boy when I was pregnant. He is now 5 months old and I have finally finished the quilt! Just in time for when he will find it interesting! He is not quite sitting and not quite crawling so hopefully he will have some fun with it for tummy time before he learns to crawl and everything "over there" will be more interesting!!!
I was inspired and followed most of the instructions from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings but I decided that instead of coloured fabric, I would have raw edge applique images under the flaps. I love it! Hopefully my baby boy will too! Will find out tomorrow! :)

Raw edge applique of the car. This shape was from one of Kellie Wulsohn's patterns.

Applique plane that I drew from random images.

Flaps shut
Finished quilt! Unfortunately the lighting doesn't do the quilt any favours... I really should have taken this in daylight but I just finished it and wanted to post a photo up immediately!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Our veggie patch is starting to produce! I just picked about a punnet of strawberries and there is more left for tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Healthy but yummy muffins

My husband usually loves my home cooking but he hasn't been able to have any for the past couple of weeks as he is on a diet. To make him feel better I decided to bake something he could eat! I had baked healthy muffins before and had been decidedly unimpressed with the tasteless results! So I set out to create something that was healthy, somewhat diet friendly but still tasted nice. Here is the result! I was really quite impressed with it, they need a better name though as the best I could come up with so far are honey fruit yoghurt muffins. Hope you like them!

1 1/4 cup wholemeal flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2t cinnamon
1/2 cup bran (I used all bran)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 banana
Lots of berries (I used 3-4 handfuls of frozen silvenberries which are similar to blackberries)
1 egg
1 150g tub of yoghurt (I used vaalia strawberry low fat yoghurt)
50g butter
1 1/2t baking powder

Preheat oven to 200deg
Whisk egg
Melt honey and butter together
Mix all ingredients
Spoon into patty cases in muffin tin, I used a cupcake size muffin tin.
Bake until just cooked through when tested (I cooked for 12-15mins then used the grill to just brown the top so that they didn't dry out)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Veggie garden

My husband has been busy over the last couple of weeks setting up our veggie garden! Last year we trialled a couple of ways to set it up including bed size, watering plan and how the veggies were planted in the garden beds and we have put our learnings into the first of the beds for the vege patch and this is the result! It looks fabulous and I can't wait for the corn and potatoes!