Saturday, July 23, 2011

a drive through the hills

This morning we decided on a whim it was time again to drive up to Mt. Hamilton and enjoy our picnic lunch there. We never seem to get enough of that place.
It has the best little spots to take pictures, never mind how many times we have been there, there is always something new to see.
I just wish I could be there once at night during a thunderstorm, now wouldn't that make for stunning pic's??
Not to mention looking trough one of the telescopes from the Observatory

We took the long road back at the other side of the hill and counted the cattle guards on our way.
Once home of course the black and white tiger was already waiting in the back yard for her daily cuddle.

Friday, July 22, 2011


After watching some cooking shows, I got inspired and made a big batch of Mango Chutney.
The idea was to make enough so we could save some. Sounded great at the time, but there is enough left for one more meal. As usual I did underestimate the eating power of teenagers.
On the other hand if they eat until there is no more room for desert (not right after dinner, we talk again in an hour) than it was good.

We also enjoy our daily visits with Shamu. I just can not resist taking pictures of her sweet face.
She sits outside the door, and talks until one of us comes out to cuddle and scratch her. But DH or me is not enough, she won't stop until DS comes out and plays with her.

The look tells it all "what are you looking at, I am being scratched on my head"

Sunday, July 17, 2011

playing with beads

The beading addiction continues, I discovered how to cover beads with beads! Maybe a little overkill but so much fun.
I just love the earrings!

I just have to make more now!!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wickie de Viking (Dutch intro)

Wickie de Viking, child hood memories!

Sock Summit Helmet

My version of the Viking hat we all knitted to wear at the Sock Summit in two weeks. It reminds me of the cartoon Wickie the Viking we watched when we where kids and I can not stop singing the tune.

To Market, to market

Saturday morning after a cup of coffee and a "Happy Birthday" song for DH we went of the farmers market for fresh veggies and fruit.
We eat a lot of veggies and what better way than buying them fresh and local!

Of course I just had to feed the men in my house Broccoli and Cauliflower. One of them doesn't like cauliflower and the other one does not like Broccoli. Me on the other hand I like them both.
And who can not resist orange Cauliflower??

And I just loooooove Apricots!!

We also bought fresh bread and pastries. The pastries did not even make it home!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Daily visits and beads

Every day we get a visitor (blogged about it some time ago). She is cute and she knows it. She announces her visit at the back screen door, and usually she does not have to wait long until one of us comes out for cuddles and playtime. Even DH who is allergic to cat hair loves her as long as they can play outside.
If we happen to sit outside she comes and sits underneath the table or takes up a spot in the grass.
I wish we could have an indoor cat or dog, but for now we have to settle with daily visits from Shamu.
In between dentist visit and cleaning out closets and old toys from DS, I have spend some time beading and knitting. I started a Cardigan, tried to lengthen it and ended up frogging the whole thing. Starting over with this one and adding long sleeves instead of the short ones.
So besides the freshly printed out pattern there is nothing to show for yet.
The beads on the other hand, there is something to show.

twelve little segments,
turn into this
I don't really know if Shamu loves it as much as I do.

But she might think I am a little "weird".......

Anyway, now I need to figure out a neat way to make this into a necklace.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It is July already!!

Time flies, but not if you are waiting for the fireworks to start....

The weather is warm, a bit to warm for my liking. I have trouble sleeping, my joints hurt. The warm weather is not for me. In the morning and in the evening when it is still cool, or cools down I sit in the garden and knit.
Of course I had to start a new pair of knee highs in my beloved Noro yarn. Who doesn't want to knit warm socks for winter when outside it is even to hot for the birds to fly?
This is my third pair of Noro knee highs, the other two pair where made two years ago, worn a lot by both me and DH, repaired a few times but they need replacement.

Oh, and look I found a bug on the window, perfect to pull out my macro and make some pictures.

Isn't he lovely??