Creating, Crafting, Christmas Time

Musical Nativity box, Pin Board Christmas Tree.
 The best Honey Mustard, blackberries as floral display.
 Traditional flourless sponge (recipe from Frankie magazine) with vanilla cream and lemon curd filling.
Cotton crochet table runner.

 Our wooden pallet easel has been transformed into a notice board/calendar.
Wooden make and paint robot fun.

Painted Plates



 The boys and I went to paint some pottery before Christmas to give as presents and I think they turned out quite nice.
Christmas with Nanny and Poppy.

The Christmas Table


 This year we are using what we have at hand to do a little decorating and that includes old ginger beer bottles, brown paper rolls and crochet cotton garland.


 I made two garlands of half circles in cotton to hang by the windows.



A little bit of Christmas

 A little branch with a bird perched amongst some twinkling lights and a star has   added a little something to our new house.

To Market to Market...

 to buy some fresh fruit and vegetables and plants for the new portable garden.
One of the things we are loving about the Sunshine Coast is the availability of fresh home grown, reasonably priced and organic produce. 
There are markets on all week long, Farmers Markets, Second Hand markets, produce markets, plant markets, craft markets, night markets etc etc. 
Everything grows well here especially our favourite fruits. I was very excited when I saw a bag of large sweet passionfruit for $2, yes we can't get enough of these sweeties and will be planting some seeds very soon.
These organic spuds and chemical free ladyfinger bananas are splendid. 
The goal is to reduce our trips to the supermarket and eat more fresh home grown food, so we have started collecting some potted herbs and plants, that we can take with us when we find a farm with our name on it.What we can't grow we are happy to buy from the markets.

We have a $5 lemon tree and a whole variety of toms along the fence.
Now I just have to remember that I have these herbs when I am cooking!

Rolling in the Grass

 Now that we have grass, the boys are enjoying sitting, rolling and even mowing it (we purchased an old style push mower and they love it).
In the morning we have breakfast with the birds, listening to all the sounds and smelling the "green air" (when there aren't bushfires).

 We have managed a light bushwalk, with the dog of course to scare off those wrigglers!

Painting Plates


This morning we painted some vases and plates. Unfortunately it was very hot and under a tin roof, however we finished what we set out to do and pick them up on Friday.

Reading


The boys have been doing quite a bit of reading lately with all the travel and driving we have been doing. They are really enjoying some of the classics...

 By J.
By H.

Things Around Us...

 We have been enjoying the wonderful things that QLD has to offer...
The lush and colourful flora, tropical fruits, sweet singing birdlife, long white beaches, balmy evenings and creatures that stop by and say Hi.







Some things we have been doing...

We have been busy trying to find somewhere to call home on the sunny Sunshine Coast and most of our time has been spent driving and looking at properties, however we have been to the beach, the markets, Ginger Factory, and Christmas Tree lighting.




 (view from the Noosa Surf Club)
 Puzzle time.