Friday, February 24, 2017

The ripple blanket

The ripple blanket is progressing beautifully.  I love this ripple stitch.  This is a little knee blanket that I started in November.  Just a few more rows to go, then many many loose threads to stitch in, and a few pompoms on each corner and I'm done.  In my busy world, that's another few months to go...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Walking with Elephants

My friend Bridget treated me to a walk with elephants as my birthday gift - totally fabulous!  She fetched me early on a Sunday morning and we went out to the Magaliesburg for the elephant encounter.  There are 3 elephants, a mom and daughter, and then an orphan who is now part of the group.
Bridget, her daughter Boo and I on the game vehicle,
driving out to meet the elephants.

As I stood with my hand up against the elephants, my heart broke for the many elephants who are killed by poachers for their tusks.  We heard their low rumble a few times during the encounter - it was magnificent.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The sweetest little cat and a total hooligan

After 6 weeks in her new home with Ruby and I, little Malaika is settling in well.  We had a few health challenges in the first 3 weeks but she's now a healthy little girl who loves nothing better than chasing and harassing her big sister.

She is both the sweetest little cat and a total hooligan.  My beloved Ruby wants to lick her and snuggle, but Malaika prefers to jump, play and bite poor Ruby.  I usually let them sort out their own arguments, but occasionally have to stop Malaika from harassing Ruby.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Remembering Granny Mary

I have wonderful memories of my paternal granny - Mary Drysdale.  She was a very competent homemaker, she baked beautifully and was very skilled in terms of handcrafts - she knitted and crocheted all our jerseys when we were children. 
After my grandfather passed away, she travelled overseas extensively until she was almost 80 (hmmm - thanks gran for passing on the travel bug!).  I have a very real comforting sense that she's with me in spirit in my home. 
I recently got gifted granny Mary's original chest of drawers from my cousin Owen.  It is gorgeous; I just need to replace the drawer handles.  I've replaced the old pine sideboard (donated to the SPCA charity shop) in my dining room with my Gran's chest of drawers. 
Out with the old and in with the (even) older

I also have my gran's cutlery set and kitchen utensils in the original cutlery box.  My connection to my beautiful granny Mary is now even stronger.

Such great memories...miss you gran.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Scrapbook layouts

Here are some of my recent scrapbooking layouts...

Page designed by Lara Hanna 

Page designed by Lynn (I think!) 

Page designed by Lynette 

Page designed by Lynette  

Original page designed by Lynn 

Page designed by Lynn 

Page designed by Lara  

Page designed by Lynn

Friday, January 13, 2017

Meet Malaika

As many of you know, I have the perfect cat - Princess Ruby is kind and gentle and loving and the apple of my eye.  She is perfectly behaved and is no hassle at all.  But 6 months ago, I made a decision to provide a home for a disabled kitty if the opportunity ever arose.  And it did.  On 4 January, I adopted Malaika, a disabled kitty with 3 legs.  We estimate that she's about 18 months old.

Malaika lived with a family in Virginia in the Free State Province, who were unable to care for her properly.  She apparently had a broken leg for an extended period of time, and when she did get medical care, the vets were unable to save her leg, so they amputated it.

Despite having only 3 legs, miss Malakia gets around really well.  She's limps when she walks slowly, but runs really fast and can jump up onto high surfaces.  She does occasionally fall over, but she's coping really well with 3 legs and her spunky attitude.  We're still dealing with a few complications from the amputation, but she's getting great care from the vet.

Miss Ruby is obviously not happy about the new 'intruder' but apart from some hissing and growling, she's given way for little Malaika.  I'm praying that they become friends, or at least learn to tolerate each other.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

As has become tradition, I walk with the Gladwin family at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens every New Years' Day.  This year, the weather was beautiful, and we were there bright and early.  My friend Gisela joined us at the last minute; it was great to catch up with everyone as we walked.
 Love this photo!  Richard, Lynn, Connor, Steph, Gisi and I

After the recent rains, the gardens are looking gorgeous and lush.  Love this place!