Friday, December 2, 2016


Yes, the little Canadians and our DD have arrived for birthdays and Christmas.
Life in the Cardinal Nest is full of excitement and the happy sounds of children...

We have been decorating the tree...

playing in the pool..

visiting the Muttaburrasaurus at Queensland Museum...

and going to the zoo to meet Australian animals...

I had the best birthday, with the whole family here in our home for the first time in years..

went out for High Tea..

and partied at home.
Mr C gave me red roses...and they are still going well despite the heat..

New linen party dress..

Sewing Sisters Christmas lunch by Delightful D.
The Sewing Sisters met for Christmas lunch..

Secret Santa has been busy...

Our daughter is very happy that the Jacarandas are still in bloom in our local area.  We love their purple gorgeousness!

Absurdly high temperatures of 41c have been threatened forecast...

Thankfully, so far it has not happened.

However, we are all in summer gear, and our visiting daughter has adopted the casual Queensland uniform of lots of white, bare legs and sandals.
It really is the only way to cope...

Have a great weekend, and keep cool..


Thursday, November 24, 2016


The first snowfall, and a wind chill factor of -12c at our daughter's home in Canada.  That was yesterday...

But now, they are winging their way across the world to join us for a few weeks.
Of course, my favourite cross-stitch is up on the wall for the Christmas season.

Mr Red Cardinal and I have been mighty busy these past few weeks.
I found these cute stacking chairs for little people at our local Cheap Shoppe - only $7 each...

Star Wars plastic tablecloth - seems essential..

Years ago I bought this tin tray at a Thrift Shop for 50 cents.
I still love it.  Old Christmas pictures have a charm which seems missing in much of today's festive decor.
Nativity scenes and angels are increasingly hard to find, and even Santa Claus is becoming rare.

I searched everywhere for an Advent Calendar for the children, including online.  The only ones I found in Australia are completely secular, with themes from movies and popular culture.  Surely the whole point of an Advent Calendar is the lead up to the Christmas feast of the Nativity of Christ?

I made some Goodie bags for arrival, including Summer pyjamas ...
It was 38c hereabouts today, a November record for heat.
The little Canadians are really going to notice that!

Little Aussie will be here too, to welcome them to Australia.
It has been many years since the whole family has gathered together in one place.

I am so thankful to be able to celebrate with them, including my birthday next week, a 'significant' milestone...

I've been working on a pure linen, pink and white floral birthday dress, using a Butterick nostalgic reprint of an early 1960s style...

Our agapanthus garden had to be cut down, in the interests of child safety.

This garden now looks like a field of stubble.
But it will grow back again next year... 
and we have to be mindful of the brown snakes which can lurk in there.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers.
Enjoy your festivities, and those delicious pumpkin pies.
I join you in gratitude for my beautiful family.

Stay well, and be cool.


Monday, November 14, 2016


A Super Moon is shining brightly tonight...

It must be a spectacular sight for people flying in a clear sky.
Can you see it at your place?

In other sky news, we have had a series of Summer Storms.
Dark clouds roll in during the afternoon....

The winds start to blow, and the thunder and lightning flash and boom.
Usually, there are power blackouts in various areas.

It has been dry for months;
 the grass and garden will be happy with the extra watering.

A rare King Parrot visited our garden today.
They are shy birds, with beautiful brilliant red plumage..

Usually they travel in pairs.  Perhaps he will bring a mate tomorrow...

We have been watching 'Victoria', and loving it.
What a feisty young Queen she was.
Eventually she gave her name to an Era..

I would love to be watching 'The Crown', but we cannot get Netflix as we don't have highspeed internet.  Roll on National Broadband Network....

Have you watched either of these?  Enjoyed?

Poor New Zealand. 
 Another bad earthquake has hit the South Island.
We visited Christchurch in early 2011, shortly before the big quake which devastated much of that beautiful city.
The Cathedral (above) was largely ruined.

Thinking of you at this time, my friends across the Tasman Sea..

Christchurch had the most gorgeous hydrangeas - everywhere!

Stay safe, and have a good week.