Tuesday, September 27, 2011

And This Little Pig said Crazy Finish No 13

Whoo Hoo! A short but very sweet blog Crazy finish number 13, Little House Needleworks Ornament 2010 Frosty Flakes, so that leaves two to go, Little House Needleworks Ornament 2010 Under the Tree, and Gracewood Designs Northern Nights, which is just under halfway done.
Doing a little happy dance, I really didn't think I would get anywhere near the 15 done, but I have finished an extra four charts as well this year. Makes me start to think about next years Crazy January Challenge 2012 we will see.

Seeya later LiBBiE in Oz

Saturday, September 24, 2011

And This Little Pig said More Show Photos

This is how you really win Champion Rose at a Show, you get the Rose Faeries to weave a special spell, a magic wand and faerie dust. My good friends Lyn and Michelle.
Better photo of the Champion Rose, more natural light, Mr Lincoln has stood up so well.
A view from the top.
Winning "Christmas Cake" in the decorated cake section, so cute.
Sat and watched some ring events, Pleasure Horse in Harness, I think my friend Sue took this photo, she had left her camera in her car, so we were sharing my camera :@
This one was mine... I think. Then we wandered off to the poultry pavilion, there are a lot of chook photos to come, but these are a couple of favourites.
Bonnie and Clyde... it just suited them.
Life Behind Bars
Does this guy look like a criminal, I think an Enforcer :@

Well off to bed, have to be up early in the morning, to do breakfast for Horse Day at the Show, hope to get a chance to take some more photos.

Thank you for all the comments, love comments :@
Talk soon LiBBiE in Oz

Friday, September 23, 2011

And This Little Pig said I WON!!!!

Ok people time to get excited!
Yep that is Champion Rose in Show, this is the second time I have managed to win this, can you do the happy dance :-) Will take better photo tomorrow in better light.

So up early this morning to go down to the showground, to help with the horticultural and produce section, in other words bookwork. I have been sweating on my Mr Lincoln rose all week, well the last three weeks actually, and he was the one and only rose I had any chance of being out, all the other are still buds. Wasn't the biggest line up of rose, but was not the worst either. I left before judging, work can be a bother sometimes. And I knew the very worst I could do would be win the red rose section as I was the only entry in red rose, and I truly didn't think I had a hope of winning the Champion, as I did not think he was open enough.
So after work this afternoon, I went back down to help out in the bistro, again more work. I thought I would pop in and see the girls in the horticultural, you know not one of them rang me, evil friends. As I was walking into the pavilion, I thought that championship ribbon is about where my rose was this morning... Oh! My! God!
I also entered photography, a Highly Commended, with "1921" this was a dog I photographed while on holidays in Tasmania, we also called her the fish and chip dog, as she quite patiently sat with us while we had fresh fish and chips for lunch one day, and when we were finished moved onto the next lot of people. I sure her owners don't have to feed her.
And I won my class with the photo of Mum's hand, the steward told me I was in the final three for Champion Photo of Show, just blown away.

Cross Stitch, second in a big class with LHN Pumpkin Hollow Farm, and Highly Commended with Pumpkin Cottage. I think they were both a little too 'American' for the judge. Will get a photo of them framed, when they come back from the show. The winning piece was beautiful, but a very old fashion pattern.

I have had a great day all round, helping again tomorrow and on Sunday, so busy weekend.

Seeya soon LiBBiE in Oz

Thursday, September 22, 2011

And This Little Pig said Crazy Finishes No 11 & No 12

Well Crazy January Finish No 11 and No 12 done and dusted! Oh this is a long post.
I finished Little House Needleworks Ornament 2010 Red House in Winter on August 15, it was around this time that my old Boss was having surgery, and then the unthinkable happened, and he passed away, so these two ornaments will always be Neil's ornaments.
Little House Needleworks Ornament 2010 Pear Tree, was what I was actually working on, when he passed. I love all of Diane's patterns, but this one from the moment I put the first stitch in all the way back in January, never gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Every time I picked up my unfinished Crazies, this one was always shuffled back into the dwindling pile. What made me pick it up to finish it, I will never know. It will hang on my Christmas tree this year, but I think it will be tucked around the side only just in sight... poor Pear Tree, it has never done anything wrong.

So in my month long blogging break, I have been cross stitching like a woman processed, Little House Needleworks Ornaments 2010 Frosty Flakes is very close to being finished, fingers crossed tomorrow, if not early next week. And I have really gotten stuck into Gracewood Designs Northern Nights, which I am loving.
My beloved dogs (that's Podge above and don't let the cute and innocent look fool you) ask to be let outside anywhere from between 5am and 6am, so have fallen into the routine of stitching for about an hour before starting to get ready to go off to work. A friend has lent me their Hawaii Five O the original DVD's, which have been fun to re-watch, a lot I don’t remember, well I was young :-) anyway it is nowhere near as corny as I thought it would be, but there is no comparison between Jack Lord and Alex O’Loughlin (pause for a moment, well a few minutes to imagine Alex swimming in my imaginary pool) but it has been great to pop in the DVD's and watch while I stitch.
This is a result of what cute and innocent can do, you know when you are scrambling for something to write on, thankfully I had copied this hastily written note on a proper note pad before Miss Podge helped herself to it, and I have no idea where she found the floss.
Evie and Quincy enjoying the morning sun, while trying to see through the lace curtain to people walking by.
My Meah, Moo has it all figured out, she gets up on top of the armchair (my grandmother would not be impressed) and finds the break in the curtains.
I am still trying to convince the long dog crew that it really is spring, and they no longer need my old coat to curl up in.
It is not working.
Our local Agricultural show starts tomorrow, this is the one and only rose I have anywhere near being ready to enter, photo taken on Monday, this afternoon it looked like a beautiful Valentine bud. Well it's being picked in the morning and entered, I can only hope. No one and I mean no one has roses this year, everyone is complaining how late they are, plenty of buds, just none that are anywhere near ready. Mr Lincoln, he needs one more day! Entered LHN Pumpkin Hollow Farm, and CCN Pumpkin Cottage in the needlework, but have a feeling they may just be "too American". Have photography entered as well, big entry, but one can only try.

Lastly again I would like to thank everyone who sent me messages of support and prayers on the loss of my old employer, they helped but at the time I was not capable of replying. I have been lucky in my working life to have never had a ‘bad’ boss, and have been truly blessed with my current employer and my old boss, both have treated me like family, one a younger sister, and the other a daughter.

So to my little Bossman, a wonderful family man, husband, father, grandfather, friend and gifted surgeon, rest in peace, you are missed by many. On a serious note, Neil you really have to do something about the Rugby World Cup, give our Wallabies a bit of a push will you!
Neil 3 October 1934 – 19 August 2011

LiBBiE in Oz

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

And This Little Pig said Cow-Day-Wednesday

Yes it's Cow-Day-Wednesday.

I know I haven't blogged in over a month, haven't even been looking at blogs I usually stalk oops frequent, just having a total break.

The passing of my old boss, has left me with not much drive to do much of anything, not a depression, just in a bit of a flunk. Funny enough though I have not stopped cross stitching, it has become almost a religion (cross stitch update tomorrow). I suppose it has kept my hands busy and my mind occupied.

So today enough was enough, made sure I took the camera with me to the saleyards, it's Cow-Day.

I would also like to thank everyone for the lovely comments left on my last post, they were a great comfort. Just goes to show how caring the blogging community is!
Love this boys eye, he was very co-operative, and stood very still.
This boy missed having a shave before coming in... can you say more than three days growth. Not very Miami Vice.
This girl was not interested in having her photo taken, but perseverence paid off. 
Not the best photo, with the shadows from the catwalk, and I don't think it shows what an unusal colour he is, a funny chocolate/grey, and he was a good boy who sat up straight and looked right at the camera.

So I'm back (fingers crossed) and look forward to talking to you all again soon.

LiBBiE in Oz