Boy 9 is performing with legendary horsemen the Double Dan’s in Waga Wagga tonight. He’s been attending one of their horsemanship clinics in the big indoor arena on the Churles Sturt University campus, they took a shine to him and brought out their miniature horse “Please” and got him to do some tricks in today’s session – inviting him back to join them in tonight’s performance. He even went out and purchased a white polo shirt to match the Dan’s.
We recently added 4 new horses to our stable. These ones were comparatively inexpensive and require no care or vetinary visits. We got them at an auction just before Christmas put on by Mulwaree High School in Gouburn at the South Hill Gallery in Goulburn, located in a spectacular homestead on a hill overlooking the city. They’re beautifully made in the schools metalwork studio and sit wonderfully with the landscape.
I’ve mentioned before my love of Heidi Swanston’s food blog 101 Cookbooks, she inspired me to make some toasted muesli and I freelanced a bit adding wattle seeds and passionfruit syrup to the honey/maple/canola oil mix and will add dried cranberries and figs after it’s baked.
Husband borrowed a jack-hammer to get through the rock on the farm to erect a new clothesline. Timely as the summer winds are here, the dryer (unethical and costly) is on the blink and we have a tsunami of washing. Equitana next weekend (a horse expo that is Easter Show meets Disneyland for horse lovers). And made this banana bread over the weekend from my most favorite food blog in the world, wholefood writer Heidi Swanson from 101 Cookbooks – using wholeground organic flour. How pious.
After our sons Fairy Godmother AWW Editor-in-Chief Helen McCabe estolled the virtues of our new life in this month’s edition, I’m making cherry pie for dinner tonight to celebrate. Recipe from my favorite (US, vegetarian, wholefood) food blog, 101 Cookbooks. Bought that ‘mini’ loom, it’s so cool and you can travel with it, it has its own bag, that the summer holidays project. And almost finished this Quince & Co pattern and feel so clever, my husband, surprised, said it appears ‘perfect…just like the picture’.
My London spinner friend Gigi from Londonhandspun pointed out that my yarn addiction is quite acceptable (and in fact saving me money) and is (quite astutely of her) “cheaper than champagne”. Like her thinking. Gigi is very clever and spins nettles, linen, recycled plastic and hemp as well as wool.
My latest obsession is shawls. I’m working on these at the moment, all found on the excellent global site for similarly afflicted wool addicts, Ravelry.
Love this last one, think I’ll do it again once I’ve finished the first one. It’s the Blackcurrant Shawl by Finnish designer, Veera Valimaki.
Ignoring pressing world issues such as the disintegration of News Limited I’ve become knitting obsessed during the winter, and like a squirrel have been gathering wool and knitting scarves, bed throws and shawls. Latest is shawls from fingering weight yarn and bulky weight squares for bed throws.
And we have a new arena, sand arrives soon!