Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts

17 Apr 2017

Autumn April

As Autumn is finally here - weather wise - there’s been a few things happening around the garden and household.


propagation and planting,

harvesting - along with a little home produced craft and

the last flush of blooms.

Last Saturday we visited Murrumburrah/Harden and stopped by this place for lunch.

Some clever person made this to commemorate the cottage’s decade of trading after repair and refurbishment.

I spent much time looking at the handmade items there and even purchased one. A very nice lined and quilted sewing machine cover with a side pocket. It fits very well on my Janome Decor.

PC was very interested in the building itself and the original architecture.

Thanks for visiting!
Robyn Louise XO

28 Mar 2017

A bit of this and a bit of that....

MrHM made a request to know what's happening on the 'farm'. To this end I'll be doing a daily update for the last few days of March. It also gives me an excuse to play with the photo arranging :).

After the rain last week these began popping up. The huge ones on the left are some kind of toadstool I think as they are completely enclosed. The centre is a regular mushroom and on right is the underside. Shame the rain was so heavy it impregnated them with sandy/clayey dirt as there were enough to fill a 2 litre ice cream tub.

The dwarf beans also benefitted from the rain by shooting up about 15cm and flowering. The difference in sizes is due to staggered planting times....and an ant bean seed eating invasion...grrrr.

My worms are breeding up nicely and making lots of fertiliser. The bottom tray (left) is worm cast and some adventurous worms, Middle tray (centre) is filled with shredded paper to 'catch' those who venture down from the top tray. The shreddings are also damp from worm wee so they can be used as compost for the garden. Right picture is some bedding from the top tray and the, hopefully, worm free bedding/cast from the top feeding tray separated into the box to be used to either make worm tea or as compost or a potting mix addition.

I had begun to remove these  a few weeks ago as we had no idea what bulbs they were. Now that they have flowered I think I'll keep some and plant clumps of them in various places as they are so cheering to look at. I will research what they are as well. Anyone care to help by naming them for me?

The end of the day today and my two "assistants" are having a rest. They are good mates to each other as well as to us.

RobynLouise XO

20 Oct 2012

Camera Experiments - Apertures and Shutter Speed

I topped up my rose vinegar jar this morning and noticed the way the morning sunlight made patterns through the liquid. Definitely deserving of a photograph....and then I thought I'd take the opportunity to muck around with apertures and shutter speeds.

First I set the apertures and here's a sample of my results

The angle the photo is taken from can also affect the outcome. No yellow in the colour behind the jar.

Then I fiddled with the speed for some interesting results

I should have been trying this a long time ago instead of using auto most of the time and I haven't even tried playing with the white balance yet. In the future I'll use the tripod as I want to photo moving objects. LOL, I must find the "safe place" I've stored the operational CD for the camera and study it a bit more.

My thanks to Saffron Craig for the link in the inspirations section of her newsletter to Bijou Lovely's tips for better blog photos and also to Holly of bijoulovelydesigns for the link to The Pioneer Woman's  easy to understand, and sooo funny, posts on aperture and shutter speeds and how to use them.

I should be able to post much better blog photos soon and my scrapbooking layouts should also improve :D

Robyn xo

16 Sep 2012

First rose of Spring!

This smells as pretty as it looks! I'll have to collect the petals this year for potpourri.

Robyn :D

16 Aug 2012

Seasonal change

Now the weather is warming up everything is bursting out in bloom.....

Though there are still frosty mornings when you need to fluff up your jacket.....

and it's nice to welcome back some seasonal visitors, even if they aren't keen on some of the locals!

 Is that a cat?

Squark! Let's get out of here!


14 Feb 2012

Slow month

I've been posting at least a couple of times a week on my 2012 - Through a camera lens blog and as I've also been trying to set up for market stalls, including sourcing business cards, trying to find reasonable public liability insurance (!) and other stuff, I've neglected all my other blogs.
In the other stuff category I'm participating in another Soul Scrappers challenge. This one is called "Shop Till You Drop" and celebrates the 2nd anniversary of the Soul Scrappers website.

For STYD1 the challenge was to decorate a frame - you could design your own or alter an existing frame. The decorations had to include 3 flowers, a title and a tie or ribbon to hang it with. I decided to design my own. The flower paper on the frame is the top layer of a serviette (thanks to Kerryanne and her Embracing the Passion course for giving me this idea!). The dragonfly is a shiny metal embellishment that I've coloured using Sharpie permanent markers. This will be a gift to my daughter.

The STYD2 challenge was to use 9 flowers on a floral patterned paper with a cluster of flowers somewhere on the item. Being short of cards lately I decided this would be a good opportunity to add another to the collection. The fact that I have many blue items decided the colour choice and I can always add a sentiment later when I decide on its receiver. I've kept it 'flattish' so it can go by mail without incurring extra costs. The flowers at top right were added after submitting it to the challenge as I had an afterthought that it needed something to 'balance' the design.

Thanks for looking!,

14 Jun 2010


I've decided to keep the background as it looks sort of like our farm and it's not a fussy background with lots of items in it.

Lately I've joined a group called the Soul Scrappers and I've joined in with 2 swaps and a challenge. The swaps were ATC's  (Artist Trading Cards) and having never done a paper ATC I was quite pleased with my first tries.

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