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Christine
Queensland country.
Currently a daughter, sister, wife, mum, nan, cousin, niece and friend
Interests: Family, home, cattle, horses, sewing, cooking, gardening, the welfare of little children all over the world - lots of interests not necessarily in this order.
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There is a certain charm about fabric patterns from the 1930's. The colours can vary from very lights to very brights, but my preference is for brighter in the case of this project. From the first moment I saw Aunt Grace, I was smitten. I love this design and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at There comes a time ...
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After much deliberating...will I continue or not...I have decided to continue my blog. Life takes strange turns leaving little time for photography. Technology is not always my best friend. Time spent with grandchildren is much more important than time spent on my frivolous pursuits...but not every skerrick of time. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at There comes a time ...
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Set high on the North Cornwall coast, we wondered at its enormity. Although I had been there before, I was never-the-less stunned by the ruins that remain clinging to the steep cliffs. How did they ever get them to stick there in the first place, an area that has been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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Iron Age settlements, (dating from 800BC to the 1st century AD) dot the landscape on the lowlands of Cornwall and Devon. The people who lived there probably used the land for pastoral or agricultural purposes because there were usually springs or the remains of river beds close by. Land used... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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After leaving the Torrington area behind, we headed to the southern reaches of Devon to our cousins Alan and Susie, for a few days of R and R!!! They proudly own a beautiful listed cottage in a village near Honiton. It is predominately a farming area in a beautiful part... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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We actually heaved sighs of relief when we found the road leading towards Torrington, Devon. Our friends Lee and Gill were in England for the shearing, on the farm where Gill grew up. We had previously arranged to visit them there, say hello to Gill's Mum and her sister Helen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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After arriving in London for a second time, we hired a very modern but never-the-less beautiful Vauxhall and drove west to Bath, Somerset, for an overnight stay. To say Bath is an ancient city, is an understatement. It took us quite some time to find our accommodation because we couldn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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Our leaving was inevitable, so we tried to fit as much as we could, into the time we had left. Sofie's and Hans' wedding reception was held at this castle, so we returned in daylight to visit the grounds and the gardens and found them to be really spectacular. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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Bruges is the capital city of West Flanders. It is also the largest city in this area, situated in the north-west of Belgium. Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) includes a section off the coast known to Belgians as Zeebrugge, Bruges on sea. The city of Bruges first became known as Bruges... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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The big day finally arrived on 1st June. All sorts of primping and preparations took place in the house in the village of Willebroek, marked by this beautiful shrub in flower. These two wonderful people are Sofie's parents, Sonja and Benny. We were welcomed into their home as great friends,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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After finding Uncle Henry... ... we (Sofie, Hans, Les and I with Hans at the wheel) drove back to Ypres (the English spelling of the French term for Ieper, which is the official Dutch name for the city) to see beautiful buildings. These were very visible from the town square... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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Many of us have lost dear relatives in wartime. My Grandad lost his only brother, killed in action in Flanders. The fields of Flanders, poppies and war graves stir deep emotions in me that I was unaware of until I began looking for my relatives on Ancestry.com. Every time I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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Our walking tour of this part of London was so unplanned. That's what was intended and we are glad now. Guards came and went as we walked along towards Buckingham Palace (the Queen's place, as the kids call it) presumably taking their turns at practicing and upgrading their skills just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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Has been a couple of months at least since my last blog. I have a lovely new MacBook Pro to continue my blogging, (my old computer is nearly ten years old and well past successful blogging). and as many of our friends have asked to see pictures of our trip,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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Summer flowers are coming to an end, but the butterflies still love them, and so do I Red zinnias and yellow marigolds are favourites of mine and of the butterflies. This lady was very happy to pose for a few pictures before flying to try her luck elsewhere. There have... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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I've been to many flea markets, garage sales and closing down sales in my time. I can't resist beautiful wools, threads and laces so I collect them until I have "enough". Most often, a plan will come to mind, as one has with these lovely tapestry wools. I have a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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It's getting to that time of year when an extra layer is welcome at 2 o'clock in the morning! Over the years, I've finished many sewing and stitching projects, keeping the leftover pieces of fabrics I particularly love. In recent years, I've discovered that squares (with their variations) put together... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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Dear DIL asked for a special needle-keep for her birthday, so I happily obliged by putting her favourite colours together... ...to make this to hold her cross-stitch needles... ...with a personal touch. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at There comes a time ...
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As our children gather their own children, inlaws and outlaws, it becomes more and more difficult to gather as one big family, around one Christmas Tree. Because we are a family of families, we decided quite early in the latter half of the year that we would all (well, as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at There comes a time ...
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Our American cousins celebrated Thankgiving last week with roast turkey and trimmings. They gave thanks for what they have and truly appreciate within the realm of today's economic climate. Apart from the family that I dearly love, my own good health and that of my family, and my beautiful happy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2012 at There comes a time ...
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Much to the astonishment of many country people around us, we still milk a cow (sometimes cows) for our household needs. We once separated the milk and made butter from the cream, and I would love to get back into that, but that's another story. There is a management issue... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2012 at There comes a time ...
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I love October. It brings the promise of rain and early storms and there is a definite change in the seasons all over the world. I love to walk around the garden early in the morning, probably because the flowers are at their best and I will make discoveries, good... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at There comes a time ...
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Each October I look forward to hippeastrums popping up in my garden. Mum always called them October lilies and they largely looked after themselves in her garden. Nobody used sprinklers on country gardens back then. I am the daughter of a dairy farmer. We considered the water intake of our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at There comes a time ...
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The fun began when Nan and Pa, with horses already loaded on the truck, drove off into the early morning light. Excited children greeted us at the venue, and so the primping and shining began in preparation for the march past... checkerboard rumps ...and... ... shiny hooves for everyone ...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at There comes a time ...
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Today is my Grannie's birthday. She would have been 129 years old. I always remember her on her birthday because it was something we always did as children, living on the farm.....We remembered our Grannie who lived many miles away, sometimes arriving on the train with Grandad to visit us... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at There comes a time ...