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oh at the marvelous wonders in nature :: and the gifts she gives.

our mango trees are heavy with fruits, and we are picking some early to ripen inside (dark dry spot). on the sunnier side of our trees the fruits toward the top are starting to yellow, then they go pinky red. then the fruit bats eat them…..

when you pick a green mango it immediately gives this forceful crazy sticky squirt from its stalk, and the kids said it was a bit itchy. i picked a few, and the smell is so sweet and tempting. .. but i must wait. i remember when i was last home and picking persimmons with daddy in the woods behind our house {technically soon between our houses!!} the fruit smelled so sweet and i just couldn’t wait – oh dear.

have you ever had an unripened persimmon in your mouth? its fairly undescribable. and its quite funny to watch, when its not you. so i think i’ll just wait on these here mangos…come on pink!

mango smoothies, mango icecream, mango and chicken kebabs on the barbeque, mango muffins, mango and beef schechwan stirfry, mango in the bath. mango mango mango !!


Fast fingers


YARN USING :: lovely bamboo by sarah


My my those little goblins of mine sure did block it well

More lovely knitting at ginny\’s place.x

ps. i’ve got some lluuuuvvverly YARN heading my way, and some new needles too ! Ahh… a beautiful spring project in my head. Hints? Lets just say… tosh. yellow. knitpro. and maybe some Wollmeise too? Don’t worry… I haven’t forgotten you ms. olive …. i’m picking out the yarn right now.

Pockets of joy

we’ve been on the move.. my cria and me. My little stash basket works great for carrying my knitting round! Did i ever show it to yoU? I just love how the garters and purls and (the last ball of ) the Malabrigo yarn peeks out at you. Alot of stitches go into making an adult sweater let me just say. As I make this I realize as the years roll on each time I wear this sweater I know I will think back to where I was when I knitted it :: here in the Kimberley.

I am now down the the pockets. Based on several other knitters experience with Malabrigo and the Cria’s they have finished – I cut my Body part shorter than the pattern instructions. I did the 37 rows, the increase, then the 27 rows, then another increase. 10 rows into the next and final 27 rows, I binded off for the pockets.

Under each arm is a faux pearl seam, marked by a single stitch marker. The pocket you see here is the left pocket, marked by a stitch marker at both ends. The other side is the same, except between my faux pearl underarm seam to the beginning of the pocket has a problem. One side counts 17 stitches, the other 22. This is rather significant, but luckily I am pretty happy go lucky and have not screamed or had a panic attack. I have no idea how this happened, but i’m sure nobody will be standing on their head with their rear end up in the air counting my pocket to side stitch. (Will you?)

Front look. See the little pockets? I’ve never done pockets…. cute ! 10 more rows and it’s finished!!! Boy am I excited .

This is the back. Based on my calculations , the sweater pockets should sit right at my hip bones. Perfect. (This is before blocking,, however. I hear Malabrigo grows quite a bit.) We shall see just how much ! Anyone with a Malabrigo blocking tip or experience to share?

regatta day

With some leftover planks of wood, some clay, and sticks and fabrics and paints …. we made BOATS. We combined our Art class with our Design classes in Homeschooling this week to make our model boats for our friday Regatta Racing Day. We gave our boats a coat of paint, cool clay figure drivers, fabric stick sails, and each a name (our favorite things). See me, I’ve got the All American Attitude just before racing.. (i’m gonna win!!!)

So we filled up the mudhole , made the start and finish signs , and otherwise declared a few rules. {All of which were broken// My sister would have been beside herself = she once wrote the badmitten championship rules on a huge whiteboard and made us all read them aloud together before we could begin. :) And this was in our adulthood!!}

That is dear hubby and myself miraculously afloat the USA. His beanie is a Canadian Oak Acorn cap, and I am looking marvelous and very granny in my beehive hairdo and old lady shawl. Perhaps we will hit the seas in our retirement? (The USA struck a mudbar and did go no further.)

As you can see, I do believe Ben10 was the winner,, with black spidey closely behind! After lunch, we are going to prepare a ‘report’ of how our race went, things to improve upon in the future with boat design and racing. The kids are great, they enjoyed it, these boats will see heaps more playing with ! (Our finish sign is made with bamboo sticks and a Coconut Palm frond. I love it when nature provides.)

Have a great weekend !

End of August

Hello dear friends. What a week it has been. News of an earthquake and hurricane overseas, which is still on my mind and affecting my friends on the east coast. Sickness here in our household, of various sorts. I can say I have the utmost respect for the amazing discovery of Penicillin, and would be long ago deceased without it. Aren’t we lucky to live in this day and age.

We have mango trees, and boy are they fruiting. Soon, we will have mango delights ! It is such fun to live in a tropical climate, so different to anything i’ve ever experienced before. It has now been ‘dry’ for 6 months, wonderful cool weather. In the next few months it will heat up and bring the rainy ‘wet’ season with it. During the exchange, we experience 8 full months without a single drop of rain. Marvelous how the trees and plants and people adapt.

Due to our illnesses of sorts we’ve had some downtime from the homeschooling, but we have managed to complete our newspaper Biology man, turning it into a fun game to boot. This was super fun for us all….. Moving on into Roman Numerals in our Maths.

I myself having revelations of sorts as I continue reading “Art of zen” as discussed before. So many things I could post from it, but I won’t. Just read it sometime, won’t yoU?  It has helped me become more rooted – in a foreign country that isn’t easy to do I had thought. But aren’t you the same person wherever you roam? Perhaps life throws little tests at us ; intervalls of teaching and learning. The world keeps spinning around and around.

( I’m glad to be on it. )

crochet week

silk trifoil crochet blanket edging

popcorn crochet motif :: silk aster flower

 Hi guys ! Some snippits of my crochet happenings of the week. I learned the ‘popcorn’ stitch, and made a bedside trivit.
Also have begun tortuing myself with a silk aster flower motif from the book ” The New Granny Square” , which is probably a book for the most of experienced crochet folks, which i am not.
Most exciting to me….is the blanket edging!! I totally love the trofoil crochet edging….it goes so well with the pastels of this blanket. It is going to be a nice little heirloom piece I am thinking.

Windjana Gorge - Western Kimberley

 We camped here this weekend. What a magical place. We saw :: ancient sea floorbeds and fossilized remains. Slept under stars surrounding these rock formations. Truly beautiful : a place you’ll not forget. More photos here.

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