Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Craft day follow up

The Christmas Craft day we had at Wolston House last Sunday was a great success. Lots of people came and spent lots of money which will be used to improve and maintain the property.
Some photos taken on the day.

All of our home-baked goodies were sold.

Our Trash & Treasure stall is always full of bargains.

We have had these dancers a few times before and they are great to watch. I didn't envy them dressed like that when the temperature was around 33 degrees Celsius!

This is a group of re-enactors who set up a bushranger camp and entertained us with mock thefts as well as children playing colonial games and damper baking. I must hasten to add that the thieves were apprehended by the very diligent troopers, although, sadly, one person was "injured" in the cross-fire!
All in all a good day, in spite of the heat!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Craft day

I have been very busy today making goodies to sell at the Christmas Craft day at Wolston House tomorrow.
I'm sorry the photo is a bit blurry, that is how I'm feeling at the moment. I have made passion-fruit butter, date loaf, apricot balls (a bit like rum balls but with apricots), and Anzac biscuits. There is Banana chutney too, made a while back. Our Home Baking stall is always popular.
If you're in the neighbourhood tomorrow, drop in and say hello.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A bit of sewing...

After a very hot and steamy few days, the rain came yesterday to cool things down and I finally got into the sewing room. You may remember the delicious oilcloth I bought a few weeks ago; this is what I made from some of it.

I'm off to lunch today with some of the "girls" I caught up with at the school reunion I went to a little while back, and needed a bag. It is interesting working with oilcloth - I've not sewn it before.

I also made some new curtains for the dining room - something on my to-do list for ages. The fabric is some I've had stashed for years... bought for use in another house in another time but never made up. I will post pictures when they are hemmed and hanging.
It felt good to be sewing something at last.. it's been a while. Now maybe I can move on to some more creative stuff... as long as the weather stays cool!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Treasures

As summer is well and truly with us here in Queensland, my treasure today is something that represents that season for me more than anything else. What else but the Mango!
Image from here

Growing up on a small farm on the Sunshine Coast gave me a childhood of wonderful experiences. On our farm we had five mango trees, and my brother and I spent most of our summer holidays climbing the trees or gorging on the fruit. Surprisingly, I still love them and look forward to the first fruit of the season to tell me summer is on its way! 
Don't forget to visit Melody to see who else is sharing today.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday treasures

I'm back for Tuesday treasures with Melody after a bit of a break. By the end of Blogtober, I was totally 'blogged out', but it's good to be back.
Last weekend I travelled to Toowoomba for the National Trust conference and would like to share as my treasure the fabulous B&B where my friend and I stayed. It is called Vacy Hall and was built in 1899 after a previous house on the site was destroyed by fire.

This is the room we stayed in. You could practically dance the tango in here without bumping into anything.

Image found here

The garden was delightful to walk around in, and there were all sorts of little touches to make you feel like a very welcome guest.

Our breakfast was delicious, served on the verandah just outside our room. Bliss!
Vacy Hall is a real treasure- as is Toowoomba in general - with lots of interesting places to see and things to do.
Don't forget to drop in on Melody to see who else is sharing today.