Friday, September 20, 2013


It's been a month since I sat down and told you all the goings on here. Spring has arrived and everything is budding up and looking fresh and beautiful. At the beginning of the month we had some really beautiful sunny days which was very much appreciated after the cold foggy winter. It's still cold enough to keep the fires burning though.

 A couple of weeks ago I helped my son move to the town he is now working in as a Town Planner. It is only an hour away but he got sick of travelling to and from everyday, dodging kangaroos and deer on the road.  Everyone else was either working or busy so it was just the two of us and he was most impressed at what his mother is capable of when she has to be. My body wasn't too impressed for a couple of days after though. I'm not used to lifting fridges, beds and all manner of furniture. I have Brownie points to use when I need them now!!

Typical of Spring we have had over 2 inches of rain in the last week or so. My yard had only just dried out enough to mow it, now I will have to wait a couple of weeks for it to dry out again.....if it ever stops raining!!!!

But on the other hand, the rain has helped the gardens along and they are looking amazing. A friend in the US said she was looking forward to some photos of my garden to get her through the Winter and I realised they have been few and far between lately. 
I am slowly working through another course, which is far more involved than the other ones I have done. It is really pushing my poor old brain this time. My sewing has been badly neglected and I think for sanity's sake I need to get up to the sewing room and create a few things.  I have been very involved with volunteer work at the local hospital, sitting in on committees as a Consumer Advocate and helping put together next years Calender. All very interesting and I am learning heaps about how our health services work. 

I have celebrated a birthday in the past month as well. I was very lucky to get this gorgeous spray of orchids from my dear old friend, last year she gave me green ones. I think I like these ones more. She gave me a very old Jug to add to my collection of Violet china as well.  I had a lovely Birthday with lots of gifts and Nicky came home and cooked dinner for me (all healthy stuff of course) and Dave cooked me a birthday cake of which I was allowed a small piece.  My healthy eating plan I talked about a while ago is paying off and to date I have lost over 8 kilos. 

Just when I though my birthday was over, this arrived here last night. No more pushing the mower around my very large yard for over 4 hours. This little beauty will see it done in no time. I just have to wait now for the rain to stop and the yard to dry out. Don't you just hate getting something new and then having to wait for ages before you can use it?


Burgundy Primettes said...

Oops sorry Jackie, l am a week late etc, wow that mower will be great, you will be find the guys will volunteer instead lol. Sandra xox

Pam said...

Yup, my hand's up for getting in late for your birthday wishes too Jackie! I knew it was there, but just kept forgetting to look at the calendar for the correct date. So glad it was a lovely day for you and you got to spend it with your fav people.
Loving your gardens too, they look fabulous.
Take care. Sorry I've been a tad(!?) slack with emailing and commenting. But I do miss it all. :) ♥

Becc said...

Happy Birthday for last week, your garden is looking fantastic & it will actually be fun now to mow the lawn!

Barb said...

Happy belated Birthday Jackie! Oh, what a lovely orchid! I hope the rain stops for a while so you can use your new pressie! All the best with your next course and your volunteer work too. I hope you can find some time to sew/craft, whatever you do- Enjoy! BTW, your garden looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely pics! :)