Pearls Mother

Lindy is the mother of two spoilt cats, Pearl Phyllis and Miss Puss. I knit, cross stitch, drink wine, read detective novels and pluck weeds from my garden.

Monday, November 27, 2006

A Christmas F O

this is a cable scarf and hat set in Bendigo Alpaca,
it's part of my friend David's Christmas present.
I know that it's strange giving winter knitwear as a gift
when we are heading into summer,
it will be fabulous for next winter.

now it's time to finish the three knitted 'baby bobby bears'
and two cross stitch ornaments that are also christmas pressents
and do some baking, i will share a gluten free macaroon recipe with you tomorrow!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Do you have........

an overwhelming urge to collect things?

I have to confess that I'm a Collector of all sorts of treasures,
knitting patterns/books/magazines
cross stitch patterns
fabulous knitting wool
edinburgh crystal (in the thistle pattern)
royal crown derby paperweights (the kitty cats)
thistle jewellery
disney classics collection figurines
cookery books
sherlock holmes books
christmas recipes
christmas ornaments,
just to name a few of my passions


I'm becoming a new age woman!
I'm having a clean out.
Yes, the 6 or 7 years worth of food and house magazines,
are going, but first,
I need to go through them and tear out the things I want to keep.

So I'm flicking through magazines, tearing out recipes and recycling the remnants
Then, I'm going to scan the recipes I want to keep and they will be available at the press of a button.
This is greatly amusing my friends and neighbours,
who have all been warned,
that piles of magazine parts will appear in the recycle bins in the coming weeks!

In drought news,
We go to stage 4 water restrictions 9th December,
which means no watering the garden, unless it's with recycled water.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


A finished object or even two!
A hat and scarf in DK Alpaca from Bendigo Woollen Mills.
The Alpaca was soft and yummy and a delight to knit with.
Tha pattern is a simple 6 row cable.

Here is Peter, the birthday boy, modelling his new hat and scarf.

Now it's time for gorgeous kitty photos.
Today was the coldest November day in 50 years and we got some rain.
So Pearl Phyllis has spent the day in direct line of the heater,
She has snuggled in a ball, stretched to get hot air on her tummy and had a big stretch and yawn.
Yes, it's a tough life being one of my kitties!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

I love my garden

these pretties need water
Saturday is one of my watering days (along with Tuesday)
I set the alarm for 6.30 AM.

yes, I was outside watering by 6.45
ok, I was still in my dressing gown
I was clutching a cup or tea
I was assisted by two bleary eyed kitties.

if I fertilise and mulch today
I can water again tonight between 8 and 10 PM.

yes, I am committed to my garden
and to water conservation.
I suspect that we will soon be going to stage 4 water restrictions,
which means NO watering, unless using recycled water.

how many of my neighbours were also out watering?
just Bert next door, he was also clutching a cup of tea,
so I had someone to chat to!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wednesday's random mumblings

* the Reserve Bank of Australia has just announced an Interest Rate increase of .25%.
so, my bank will now want me to increase my mortgage payment by approx $60.00 per month!

* yesterday was Melbourne Cup Day
I didn't have a bet
I love looking at the gorgeous clothes and silly hats.

* the ructions of last week are over,
I won't be bothering with petty, malicious people,
the 30 year friendship is stronger than ever,
I didn't need to reach for the 'happy pills'

* yes, after 3 years I have weaned myself off the 'Happy Pills'

* I now have over 7,000 songs
117 podcasts on my Itunes.

* I have finished the alpaca scarf and hat
that I was knitting for a birthday pressie.
The birthday is Sunday, photos then.

* we have changed brands of kitty litter.
I like the crystals sooo much better.

* I've joined lacevember
more details will follow in a later post.

* Santa comes to my house in 46 days

* yep, the christmas shopping is almost finished.

* still no rain,
I love using my watering can

* Why do people on infomercials have such irritating voices?

* I've never bought anything from an infomercial!

* Pearl Phyllis and Miss Puss send everyone purrs, purrs and more purrs.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Rain, Rain, Please Stay

Rain is a precious commodity in Victoria,
We are experiencing a drought and Summer hasn't arrived yet.
But, it rained overnight and is still raining now,
Ok, it's not heavy rain, but, my garden is loving it!

Why am I sooo excited?
We commenced 'Stage 3' water restrictions yesterday,
which means,
I can't use my automatic watering system
I can water with a hand held hose between the splendid hours of
6 and 8 AM or 8 and 10 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays,
or I can use a watering can at any time.

It's times like this when I'm glad that I live in a townhouse
with small front and back yards.
And I'm learning the fine art of water recycling,
yes, I now have a bucket in the shower and I'm using the rinse water
from the washing machine.

In other news,
there has been knitting, but nothing really to show,
the cats are well
I've had a really ordinary few days!

Why is it that we let the peripheral people get to us,
or is it that we can't stop them?
Yes, my best friends brother-in-law is causing ructions
and a 30 year friendship is being greatly tested.
But as he is fond of telling me I'm not family,
so the depression demon is knocking and banging at my door
--- it had better not need any of my precious water!!

My next post will contain, photos, happiness, kitties and knitting.