Can I use Hibernation as an excuse?

Hello!


Just popping in to share some of the photos I have taken over the last month, to let you know I'm still around. I'm having a bit of trouble at the moment keeping all my 'balls in the air' as they say, so blogging has been relegated to the back burner. I've mainly been re-photographing my Etsy inventory these last couple of weeks, not out in the garden as much.


 I'm trying to update the expense tracking spreadsheet we have set up. I let it fall into the pit of neglect way back at the end of Jan though I have kept all of the receipts; well, it might be more accurate to say most of them. So I'm going back through everything and reconciling it all. Slowly.


On the home front, it's the folding I'm neglecting. I am fairly up to date with the washing but haven't been folding, in effect making things more difficult for myself in having to deal with the 'I don't have any undies/socks!' and 'can you find me some pants!' types of daily dramas.


I'm crocheting baby hats for my little niece and having some fun playing with different patterns and techniques. I'm not crocheting as much as usual and think it's just symptomatic of the mental clutter I've created through my own procrastination/s. So many 'shoulds' weighing on my mind rendering me overwhelmed, not knowing where to start and so, not doing anything.

Now that I've got a few little goals happening, as noted in this post, actioning these will eliminate a lot of the negative self-talk I have happening and help to create more positive internal dialogue.
It's a merry go round! :)

I hope you are happy and healthy, be kind to yourselves sweet readers.

Crochet Hexagon Blanket - Update




Last Month I got the itch to go back and do some more work on this Blanket. I ordered the rest of the yarn I think I will need to finish it and started working up little hexagons. I created a half hexagon to fill the gaps on 2 of the sides. I've yet to work out how to fill the triangular spaces on the other sides, I'm not making all of my sides flat yet. I still need to add some size, it almost fits across my bed now, I think two more lengthwise rows will make it a nice size for a topper and two or three rows added to the length should finish it.  plan to do a simple border of some sort but haven't thought too much about that yet.


While I do love this project, I feel my interest waning again. Though I have no doubt it will be my 'go to' project once winter hits. It's lovely to have over my lap as I work on it. 
I started a sophies universe and while the pattern is stunning, Ultimately I don't think it's a design that reflects me, so that has come to a standstill momentarily while I decide if I should push forward or let it go. I did make myself a gorgeous chunky cowl which is waiting to be washed so I can wear it.  I feel that it will be something much smaller gracing my hook next, who knows?
We are still in School holidays here and lit our first fire for warmth this week. Leaves are still falling and I'm very busy in the front garden, there are lots of gorgeous birds migrating at the moment and it is wondrous to watch the honeyeaters come to bathe and feed on their way through. 
 


Autumn!

If Autumn were a place I would without a doubt be a native, it's the season that makes my soul contently sing and my heart happy.



It's when the garden calls me. The days are warm and golden, at the moment the mornings are getting very crisp. I can smell smoke from people's wood fires beginning to tinge the air early when I let the dog out. We haven't lit ours yet, but there's been at least one morning where it would have been lovely.



These beautiful days draw me outdoors and have me trying to accurately capture, using my evolving photography skills, the simple beauty that lives in my garden. The fallen feathers delight me, the wildlife intrigues me, the colours fill me with wonder and the limited flowers are like rare jewels.



Those grey days are perfect for sitting snuggled with crochet projects in hand, I pulled out my hexagon blanket again and am feeling inspired to finish it. I've set my Sophie's Universe CAL aside for the minute while I work on hexagons, I've started Part 5 of Sophie, and will come back to it in moments I feel the need for challenge and have time to concentrate. Maybe she's a winter project?

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2015

We were up Early this morning and off before the sun was visible above the horizon, headed for this year's Balloon Spectacular
 


If you have followed my Balloon photos over the years you will notice a few differences this time around. I have put what I've learned about perspective into play with my angles and cropping, I've also chosen to keep lots of the crowd in the images, while they are visual clutter, they do add value as a reference point for size of the balloons and popularity of the event.
The other main key difference is that you will not see Balloons in flight here!


No Balloons in flight was not a conscious choice on my part. The wind conditions were not suitable for flight today so a handful of operators inflated and tethered their Balloons on the lawns of old parliament house. Scouts, RAAF and Capital Chemist loyal regular every year participants and the notable favourite fancy participants this year were Yoda, Dodo ( internet ) and an angry bird.
Yoda had an Entourage of Stormtroopers and Emporer Palpatine in tow, We saw lots of people posing for photos with the costumed team. Dodo towered, above the others and was quite an imposing figure.






 We headed home at about 7.30 am the sun was up then. We are at the mid-point of what seems to be a perfect long weekend here. I hope you enjoyed my photos and have a great weekend wherever you are. x

Mating Hawk Moths

In the golden afternoon light, something dropped from the willow blowing in the wind and hit my Daughter on the head. "Mum" she called "Something just fell on my head, it's a bird's wing, or maybe a baby bird, it has feathers."


It took me a while to work out it was two large moths Mating. They eventually parted company and I bought this stick near to them, they both instantly climbed on, at a distance from each other and I propped them up in the olive tree as their best camouflage option.


I love the distinct black and white band on the bottom edge of its wings! I think this is the male and the slightly warmer toned one on the underside of the stick is the female, though I am just basing this on what I know about the colouring of birds, I have no technical knowledge of anything to do with Moths.






 I hope you have enjoyed my picture heavy post of these two prettily patterned insects, I had a lot of fun photographing them, I haven't been a very good photography student in my course these last few weeks and it's almost over.