Sunday, October 23, 2011

And This Little Pig said No Stitching Weekend

Firstly I have had no internet since Friday night, currently on my laptop with limited wireless, so will have to report first thing Monday morning, but thanks to my very good friend Sue I have been kept very busy to really notice and have had a weekend of absolutely no stitching. None. Nothing. Nada! And I am completely exhausted.
Weekend started Friday night, when I went out to Sue’s to check one of her beef cows, too much milk for her calf. Ever tried to milk an eight year old beef cow? No? Well she was excellent, didn’t move, didn’t kick, brilliant. Not so brilliant mastitis in one quarter, so milked out as much as we could, and decided course of treatment, which meant a trip to the Vet’s on Saturday morning. Out again to Sue’s milked as much as we could, inserted (lovely tech word there) some ‘dry cow’ up her teat to help treat the mastitis, then three injections later ‘Pretty Face’ was starting to feel like a pin cushion.
Sterling Silver

So while there I was like better bring Polly in as well, her calf isn’t touching that front quarter either. Polly is only three, and again she was a little trouper, even milked her into a bucket. Went back again this morning, and milked her again, just to keep on top of it, her heifer calf is only four days old, and of course silly me forgot the camera. She is such a little sweetie.
Gourmet Popcorn - Yes I know it's sideways... tomorrow, I'll fix tomorow

Now why was my weekend so exhausting, because Sue and I attacked the Wilderness! And I am happy to say it is no more. All my bins are full and the neighhours offered me their trailer as they were going to the dump, and we filled it too. Still more to rake up, but at least I can see all the fences and hopefully deter any snakes that thought my yard was a good place to hang out. No photos of non-wilderness, maybe tomorrow.

But I did take time out to photograph some of my roses, the first two roses are the same flower, a Delbard (French rose) France Libre, taken with sun shining directly on the rose. No adjustments to the photo, that is it, nearly incandescent. The next one is taken right on dusk, no flash, again no adjustments to photo. The other roses have their names under them.

I did say my weekend was busy, Dad came down today to pick up ‘Alan’ the cow, he dropped me off some goat manure for the roses, and another visitor for me to take care of for a couple of hours, until his new owners came to pick him up… Lando, and he is a boy.
Laying on the ground, looking up, he was such a good boy, he had just had his bottle.
Being inquisitive, in other words trying to stare down the camera.
Strange photo I know, but I couldn't resist, half his face was blurred, so cropped out the blurry bit.
And a very unique way of looking at the carport and pot plants.
Lastly it was a beautiful weekend, just look at that sky. Gonna be a hot summer, if this weekend is anything to go by. I'm exhausted the dogs are exhausted, they are in bed, and I'm heading off there right now. So good night, or good morning, and seeya soon.

LiBBiE in Oz :@

Thursday, October 20, 2011

And This Little Pig said Cow-Day Wednesday

OK I know it's Thursday, but it still must be Wednesday somewhere in the world? Right? OK just :@
Exciting day yesterday, I brought a cow for Mum, yep you heard me right a genuine cow, of the milking variety. A young Jersey girl, who will now be known as Alan! Maybe Alana. She was destine to go to the big cow dairy in the sky, but the local buyer (Alan) allowed me to take her, so she is staying at a family friends farm until the weekend, when Dad will come and pick her up.
The silly thing none of the Jersey's pictured above are her, they were in a different pen, and I just didn't see her until after she sold. Ever tried to pick a cow out of a pen of 50 or 60 cows? No? Fun with a capital F.
I did get to photograph a real superstar, I suppose he doesn't look it, does he?
First thing I noticed was his whiskers.
Then he started to come closer...
Reaching out to sniff the camera...
Actually kissing the camera!
Before giving me the classic pose for a young Angus bull, the come hither ladies, "I'm all bull!"

Yep as you can see I am just a little crazy :@ at times.

Seeya soon, with a stitching update.

LiBBiE in Oz :@

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

And This Little Pig said Pride and Prejudice

I love Pride & Prejudice, especially the BBC mini-series from 1995, starting Colin Firth............... oh sorry Mr Darcy was just walking through the trees after taking a dip in the lake, white shirt, wet... you get the picture, and the wonderful Jennifer Ehle as Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

One scene came vividly to life just recently, it is when the Lady Catherine de Bourgh, comes to confront Elizabeth on her engagement to Mr Darcy. The following quote will make perfect sense, once you have seen the pictures.

"There seemed to be a prettyish kind of little wilderness on one side of your lawn, I should be glad to take a turn in it."

This is not
a prettyish
kind of
little wilderness!
It is actually a kind of biggish wilderness! Can you see Meah?
But I can apparently grow magnificent Scotch thistle, as in some of them are over five feet high.
Love the little cobwebs on this one.
For those of you who couldn't find Meah, there she is, she was sort of impossible to find.
Now Lady Catherine de Bourgh would definitely not take a turn in my garden, but in my defence, we have had wonderful spring rain, which meant it was wet every weekend, and I was unable to mow, but now that daylight savings has started, I am finally getting on top of it! And soon I might just be able to let Meah and the Long Dogs up the back and be able to find them before Christmas :@

Seeya soon... LiBBiE in Oz

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

And This Little Pig said Cow-Day-Wednesday

This girl was the first cow that took my eye when I was walking the lanes this morning. I think it was her ear tag that took my eye.
"So Good" there is nothing like a little shameless promotion, to tell everyone just how good you are!
This lady has such beautiful expressive eyes, and the horns just topped it off, showing all those age rings, bit like a tree.
Not a great photo, and probably should have done a close up of the nose and all the glorious little water beads.
Halloween came early with the long faced 'vampire cow' she did assure me that these were not fangs! Really!

So a very quick, short and sweet Cow-Day-Wednesday, and I think it's time I wandered off to bed.

Seeya soon LiBBiE in Oz :@

Thursday, October 6, 2011

And This Little Pig said Stitching Update

Yes I know I said I was doing a stitching update, but I was home last weekend, helping Mum and Dad, and most importantly taking photos of Anglo Nubian kids to be sold overseas. We are very excited this is our first 'private' export, there are two adult does, and their three kids, along with another three kids. So here is Mum doing a bit of 'spit and polish' on one of the girls. (Pssst don't tell Mum I put her photo up :)
My progress on Gracewood Stitches Northern Nights, over halfway. I have altered this a little, I've used 4 blues, 3 golds, and 3 greens, and also left out three bigger bands, and changed around some of the smaller separation bands, but I do like how it is going. Here's hoping I don't get to the end and think... ohh maybe I should have...
County Cottage Needleworks Pumpkin Cottage, all framed.
Little House Needleworks Pumpkin Hollow Farm, back from the framers as well. I received a 2nd with this at my local Ag show, and Highly Commended for Pumpkin Cottage, very please all round.

Seeya soon... LiBBiE in Oz :@

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

And This Little Pig said Cow-Day-Wednesday

Yep it's Cow-Day Wednesday DJ. Who is having a Breast Cancer Awareness giveaway, and I can assure you DJ that this girl really was wearing a pink ribbon :@ she also assures me that she was very comfortable, cause this is what horns are really for, hanging ribbonss and a prop for your head while you are sleeping!
By now I'm sure you have notice my slight obsession with Brahman cattle!
This girl was divine...
...even thou she really did not like having her photo taken...
... and I just couldn't catch her shaking her head at me. Notice her brisket (neck wrinkles) swinging to the side.
Kevin wanted to say "G'day"

Well I'm off to bed, watch a bit of TV, and stitch on Gracewood Stitches Northern Nights. This pattern has really gotten under my skin, can't wait to finish it! Literally working on it night and day. Update you with a piccie tomorrow.

Seeya soon... LiBBiE in Oz :@

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

And This Little Pig said I've Been Spammed!!

I go away for the long weekend, and come back to a blog full of spam, some idiot, trying to sell Nike Air Jordan or some such rot! Not the shoes just the divine individual who left me 59 comments all saying the one thing!

Will not put my comments on moderation... at the moment, if it happens again will have to seriously think about it.

Oh can someone tell me, do I have that word verification thingie, can't remember if I ticked it!

Had a great weekend, will post tomorrow or the next some pictures from "The Farm" along with some cross stitch progress, and my framed LHN Pumpkin Hollow Farm and CCN Pumpkin Cottage.

Seeya soon... LiBBiE in Oz :@