Tuesday, December 08, 2020


 While out in the garden on Sunday, we checked out the grape vine.


ABOVE:  We are gunna be inundated with grapes!

Stew will need to get some netting to cover them, so the birds don't get more than us.

NOW, who knows what you can do with excess grapes?

I can give some away of course (and will), but is there anything you can make (not wine!) with them?

I'd like to think we will have less wastage this year.  Last year we simply couldn't eat them all, or give them away.

This morning I'm going out to find a couple of things for this evening's Card Night.

We are supposed to look 'festive', so I'm going to find something to wear, like flashing earrings or similar.

And of course, I will grab some yummies for our shared supper too.

Then I will come home and carry on with my sewing.

ABOVE:  We have to watch this one like a hawk.  Every chance she gets, she shoots out the door and takes off down the road.  She's a worry.

Luckily she's only managed to escape once since we moved here.

Right, I'm off to start me day.

Catch ya later.  


12 noon... and I've had a good morning shopping for this evening.

I found a few options for my 'festive' cheer for tonight.

But am thinking the best option is the coloured lights on the two little christmas trees on the dining room table!

Derrr.  Already had them.

Never mind.  I managed to grab a few things for a 'Family Christmas Box', so I'm happy with my shopping trip.

Once home, Lacy called in for left overs.  She ended up having to make a sandwich cos we don't have many left overs now days.  I'm finally learning how to cook JUST ENOUGH.

About bloody time!

And now... I'm in the sewing room.  Will be here for the next 6 hours, then off to cards.

ABOVE: These are the lights and baubles I did find today.  Not quite enough.

I will show you the finished result later on, once I have me face on!  ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰

2.02 pm: And I'm going well here in the sewing room.  I've just finished another Heart runner, and I'm thrilled with it.

I used a border fabric I wasn't too sure about, but now that it's done? What do YOU think?

ABOVE:  I think it's neat!  While there isn't a lot of blue in the hearts, it picks up what's there.

I'm going to do one more like that.  Mostly cos I only have enough of that fabric to do one more (let's be honest!).

My mind is going around in circles today.  Mostly good circles.  I hug close to me some things me and Mum talked about when I first arrived in Australia, things that eventually I will be able to act on.  It's going to give me so much PLEASURE to do exactly what she wanted me to do.

Until that days comes, my lips are sealed.

Right, back to me sewing.

ABOVE:  And there we have a little video of me Card Night get up.  Brylee did a good job of securing the fairy lights on my head.

ABOVE:  The full outfit.
I'm now ready to go out... having closed my little shop early so I could get myself dressed and decorated.

Card night is ... NEXT WEEK!

I arrived at Sue's house, walked in, all lights flashing to find Sue and her husband on the couch watching TV.
I thought I was early...
Sue said "Hi Chris, how lovely to see you, don't you look lovely!".
And I said... "Thanks, I decided to do the lights and baubles well".

Then she told me Card Night is next week.
I felt like a right twit.

So... I left them with some donuts, and headed home.  But not before stopping in at Steve and Bex's, to show the little boys my flashing lights.

I knocked on the door and the boys ran to open it.

Dante said "Hello Gra.....(shocked silence) ... OH WOW!"  The look on their faces was priceless!

I left the remainder of my donuts there and got home in time to watch Coronation Street Bloopers.  To be followed by Coronation Street, 60 Years.

Loving the Coro Street binge!
Signing off now so I can keep watching.
Catch ya tomorrow.


  1. Anonymous6:47 AM

    A local food bank might be happy to get them.

  2. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Oh. Emm. Gee. That vine is blinkin' out of this world. You could hold a photo shoot with your vines as a backdrop...am thinking along the lines of gladiator/roman emperors! Am sure you could run up a few togas and then you and Stew could pose :) Totally amazing and I've never seen anything like it!
    M from the S.I.

  3. Anonymous7:31 AM

    I would put them out the front with a sign saying help yourself but leave some of others. There's not a lot you can do with grapes. We freeze some and use them like ice cubes and what we don't eat we leave outside our house for others.

  4. Anonymous7:32 AM

    Have you got a juicer.? Grape juice is nice and fresh for long summer drinks. I use a few in salads too. Frozen grapes are good to use as icecubes in drinks. Roasted grapes with pork is nice too. They go all 'jam like'. I miss my grapevine. Also make grape jelly jam?
    Have a good rest of your day. KarenAK

    1. Anonymous8:03 AM

      Love these ideas.

    2. Anonymous8:04 AM

      Wish I lived closer at grape time lol.

  5. Jam, juice, sorbet.
    Put them at the end of your driveway with a "FREE" sign.
    This sort of tasty weirdness:

  6. When's the next market? Maybe you'll have some to take to the markets with you?

    1. Yep.. that might work out. Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. I loved the Xmas lights where is the blue background light coming from? It’s very pretty

    1. From the blue star lights hanging in the doorway and around Richard the Reindeer.

  8. Ohhhh I forgot to add friends of mine when landscaping took before photos scratched trees out to see what it would look like before cutting down

  9. Well, that was quite the blog "cliffhanger". What are you contemplating???...... That fabric goes perfectly with the hearts. Can't wait to see your entire Holiday Get-up for tonight! haha. Love the "teaser".

    1. Cliffhanger... well I suppose it is. It's going to take months for it to eventuate ... but it will be worth it.

  10. Love, love, love the heart runner. I think this pattern would be perfect as an oblong pillow cushion as well.
    As for the grapes, they do freeze well and make a nice snack. Have fun at cards. :)

  11. Anonymous3:29 PM

    Love the border Chris. Its beautiful and enough. Cant wait to see you in your Christmas dress up. Kj

  12. Cute that is very festive nice job girls

  13. Haha... love the decorations. Will you have them 'going' when you drive? You might get some interesting looks :)

    1. No, they could be deemed a hazard.

  14. Very cute and imaginative outfit for card night.

  15. Sooo funny! Good thinking, stopping to see the boys. They will remember that for darn sure! hahahaha

  16. I am so glad someone else does things like this!!!

  17. Omg dante answering the door was priceless. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ he loved all your lights tho the both of them did. X enjoy your coro

  18. Anonymous9:59 PM

    I was going to say that I thought it was only last week you went to card night - wish I had now might have saved you a trip. At least the boys got to enjoy the Xmas lights on your head. Audrey

  19. Haha too funny - obviously your card playing friends don’t read your blog otherwise they would’ve told you that card week is next week. Maybe give them your blog address lol

  20. Love the grapes. I did giggle at you arriving for cards a week early, you know you will forget to go next week now. Super head gear!!!

  21. Oh bugger and you looked so great with your lights etc in your hair...shame u didnt get video of the boys reaction so cool theybr so close to just pop in

  22. Oh gosh all dressed up and flashing lights and no where to go ๐Ÿคฃ Oh well at least your outfit is sorted for next week and it looks so cool!

  23. You look gorgeous all dressed up with your fairy lights and nice frock. At least you know what you'll be wearing next week lol

  24. I really love your new heart runner with the blue border. What a terrific idea on the flashing lights in the hair. I will have to remember that. Did the flashing lights run on battery? That's what I think. Your story of showing up a week early for the festive card playing night is so funny. Still, you were able to give your friends and little grandsons a display that I'm sure they won't forget. ha!

  25. Wow your grape fine is lovely. Your outfit looks great hope it's a hit!


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