“There’s a hole in my wallet dear Liza…”

 

Well there WOULD have been a hole in our wallet if we hadn’t been such cynical Mainlanders who could smell a scam a mile away. Stevie-boy has a lot of guitars. Most of them he plays regularly, some, not so much because he wants to keep them in good nick. One guitar that he bought many years ago he hasn’t played hardly at all. The fact that it is a left handed guitar and Stevie-boy is right handed might have something to do with it but it, too, is one of those “keep for good” guitars. The other day Stevie-boy decided that what point was it to have “keep for good” guitars if you want to play them and are lusting after a 57 reproduction Strat and after seeing a friend sell their old clunker of a tractor within days of listing it on Gumtree, he decided to give it a go…I mean “what have you got to lose, it’s free to list”…

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When Stevie-boy trundled up the driveway yesterday late afternoon he had something in his bag addressed to me…now what could this be?

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OOOOH! Its my organiser from Ms Pauline, queen of teal and most talented lady of Dunedin who pens the delightful exploits of a crafty ma’am and her trusty sidekick Orlando and young Siddy-me-lad who has just joined the fray at The Contented Crafter. I won this organiser a little while ago and now it is just about to be revealed in all of its glory…

Seems you have a LOT to lose if you don’t have your finger on the pulse of the scammers market. The acceptance of the internet as a particularly good way to communicate, educate and engage in commerce has allowed the scammers to move indoors, stop hawking stolen goods out of the back of (stolen?) trucks and having to frequent bars to shiftily waft the allure of hidden treasure at strangers from the hairy confines of their armpits. They can now sit in a computer chair in their underpants eating a doughnut and quaffing a coke while they go about their nefarious ways and ply their trade in other people’s misery. Just a small aside…I wouldn’t want you to think that I was a criminal. I have been known to sit in a computer chair in my underpants eating doughnuts and quaffing the tea equivalent of coke but that’s where the similarities end…just clarifying that…

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“TA-DAAAA” πŸ™‚ Isn’t it beautiful? When I won this beautiful organiser it was just a twinkle in Ms Pauline’s eye, a gem of an idea that was about to be born. This journal was created with me in mind. It is SO pretty…so very pretty that I have postulated on other blogs that I may just have to put it in a glass case and mount it in the lounge room only to be fondled by special guests. Ms Pauline will be rolling her eyes about now but whatchagonnadoeh? Serendipity Farm is very plain compared to this most beautiful creation. I am not sure that my thoughts are something that should grace these gorgeous pages πŸ˜‰

Stevie-boy listed his guitar and sat back to wait and see what happened, after all, “nothing ventured, nothing gained” and “you can’t be any worse off (aka “minus one 57 reproduction Strat”) than you already are?” can you…can you? Seems its not only EBay that is prone to the old scamarooni trick whereby someone texts you (our texter was strangely unable to be texted back and we had to send them an email to contact them…first alarm bell sounding…) about what you are selling. It’s usually about something high end (like Stevie-boys Strat) and easy to fence. Next he said something along the lines of “What’s your firm price?” (said to make you think that this is a genuine buyer and garner a degree of conversational acceptance, getting you “on side”). Next came “I can’t get there to see it and will be sending it out of the country” (“DINGALING-ALING-ALING!!!”) and then added “let me know your bank account details so that I can put the money into your account and will get my courier to pick up the guitar” and BAM we knew instantly that this person was attempting to scam Steve.

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This is what a wet dog looks like when it gets up and moves on…

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Earl surveying his kingdom from the deck and that red thing is one of the blueberries YES they are tall aren’t they?

How did we know? It’s the oldest trick in the internet book. You contact someone about their guitar/high ticket item. You may or may not have access to someone elses credit card that you pinched and they are probably not even aware that you have their details because they have been sleeping on it and waiting for someone like Steve to list something that they want. Next they contact the seller and appear genuine. They then ask for bank account details or Paypal details and the next part is truly clever if it wasn’t so immoral and outrageously horrendous to bear the brunt of . They transfer stolen money from the bank account that they have been monitoring to the sellers account. They always put MORE than the amount that they paid and pretend that it was an oversight and ask the seller to refund the difference. Most sellers are just happy to have made a sale and have money in their account so they are happy to transfer that money back to the buyers account, after all, they paid didn’t they?

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In the spirit of honesty, this is “Sanctuary” the name of my fully enclosed veggie garden…although fully enclosed would mean that “things” couldn’t get in and this isn’t quite the case here… lets just call this photo “Winter decline”

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This was once a mountain of pumpkin fecundity and now the nasturtiums are making a play for supremacy. A good play by the look of it!

Happy in making a sale, the seller sends off the guitar to the buyer and happy days, everyone is happy…but not for long. Pretty soon the seller finds out that they are being investigated by the crime squad about money taken from someone’s account, they have to refund said money…all of it…even the “excess” money that the scammer creamed off the top before they hightailed it away over the hills and dales with both your item AND a few thousand spare dollars for spending cash leaving you without your item AND in the hole for more money than you would have gotten for it. A HUGE double whammy and so many people must fall for this because the scammers just keep…on…doing it. It seems legit, how the heck would you know if someone was scamming you? Well the best way, especially on Gumtree where you have NO protection at all, is to only accept cash for your item and to only deal in person, face to face with the buyer. That’s IT that’s all. That’s the best possible way to make sure your sale isn’t shonky.

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I think that my yacon might be telling me that it is time to harvest the tubers…what do you think? πŸ˜‰

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This is Anakin. He is a British (racing) blue rex. Stevie-boy fed him corned beef and he kept Stevie-boy company while he was painting. This picture doesn’t do him justice as he is HUGE and gorgeous and boofy and wonderful and talked to Stevie-boy for ages on his tea breaks…almost like I was there and he couldn’t get a word in edgewise either πŸ˜‰ (just like me but I don’t eat corned beef πŸ˜‰ )

We sent back an email saying “we only deal face to face and with cash as there are SO many scammers out there”. Funnily enough we never heard back from the “buyer” after that ;). It really is both buyer AND seller beware these days folks and just because somethings “seems” legit, doesn’t mean that it is.

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Earl gets freedom inside Sanctuary when there isn’t anything in the gardens and here you can see both Earl and Bezial eating their weights worth of oat leaves. Neither of them is ill, they just both love their “salad”

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There is an amazing array of water tank accouterments that you can buy these days that assure you that each and every single one of them is MOST important to use with your water tank. Back when I was a kid you just had a galvanised water tank that may or may not have contained frogs (in our case …did) and that was usually leaking in several places and if you were foolish enough to climb up on the tank stand and peer myopically into the hole in the top you were rewarded by purest algal green…we drank that. Might be part of why I am the way that I am today πŸ˜‰

I have been cooking up a storm lately but have conveniently forgotten to take any pictures. I found a wonderful chocolate cake recipe that I baked for a friend recently and then again for another friend as it appears it was “friends birthday month” for the last 2 weeks. This cake is quick, easy, vegan (but you wouldn’t know it) and scrumptious. Its the result of one celebrity chef, Mr Georgio Locatelli’s daughter being profoundly allergic to just about everything. What an irony! Having one of the most famous chef dads and not being able to eat almost anything that he cooked for you. The cake is yummy. It’s still moist and tasty after a week but good luck keeping it for a week. Have it with icing (frosting for you Americans), cream (whipped coconut cream for we vegans), a dusting of icing sugar (confectioners sugar for you Americans) I am tired! All of this translation is blowing out my word count and goodness only knows I don’t need ANY help to do that! I will give you the recipe. Even if you are a card carrying, dyed in the wool carnivore it never hurts to have a cake that doesn’t rely on eggs, milk and butter to make as you just never know when you might be out of them and need to make a cake. Here’s your answer, tuck it away someplace you can find it again (and again…and again…)

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2007/jan/27/foodanddrink.recipes

This one is in tsp and ml for people who don’t like to weigh

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-383002/Fighting-food-allergy.html
Just scroll down this article to find the recipe using weights (which I prefer) for all of you OCD bakers who love their kitchen scales

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As you can see, “something” has been scoffing the silverbeet and anything else that takes it’s fancy in Sanctuary. Where on earth could it be getting in?

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I think I might just have found the entry point…sigh…if this IS the entry point the little sods won’t be getting in tonight because I just sewed it shut! “You will have to try a bit harder tonight possums or go hungry!

Stevie-boy and I headed into the city yesterday and were a bit late coming back so Steve decided that he would like pizza for dinner. I haven’t had much luck with him and pizza bases as he is very fussy and doesn’t like them too crunchy or thin so I went hunting for a deep pan pizza base and found a doozie. This base worked amazingly well. It’s quite soft and sticky so I will warn you that once it has proved it will be a bugger to remove from the bowl and then stretch into place in your oiled tins but the results are awesome if you like a nice thick pizza base. The recipe said that it made 2 pizzas but I reckon you could make them a bit thinner and get 3 out of this recipe because even for Stevie-boy they were a tad too thick and resembled focaccia more than pizza bases. He ate half of the pizza and has a spare half in the fridge and a whole unbaked pizza in the freezer. Pizza heaven! If you would like to have the recipe, here it is…

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/270606/deep-pan-pizza-base

 

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This little garden was completely covered with a thick carpet of climbing geraniums (those sticks are ancient ruinous remnants of them) and nothing much grew here but all it takes is a bit of effort and suddenly nature can recover. It would appear that “nature” in this case is bulbs πŸ™‚

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Gardening doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if you don’t end up with something to harvest after all of your hard work and effort. This folks, is a tiny hill of beans. At least I have SOMETHING to remember the harvest by πŸ˜‰

To top the pizzas I first made a lovely thick tomato sauce with a chopped onion fried in a little oil, when translucent add 2 cloves of chopped garlic, a teaspoon of Italian dried mixed herbs, a tsp of veggie stock powder and then a regular can of chopped tinned tomatoes. I then cooked this mass down till it resembled tomato paste and let it cool while the dough proved on the proofing rack over Brunhilda, a most excellent place to do this over the cold winter months. We had bought some bocconcini in brine on our fortnightly shopping trip and they were duly sliced and scattered over the top of this base with sauce slathered over it. Next came crumbled feta, fine sliced hot salami, a half a large cabanossi cut into rings, a few handfuls of bacon, half a red capsicum and an onion thinly sliced, some pickled jalapeno’s, some Parmesan and a good grating of cheddar later and a good hot bake in Brunhilda’s hot oven resulted in exactly what the doctor ordered for Stevie-boy with the promise of leftovers and another pizza event whenever he feels like it.

DSCF1031Most of the plants on this table were grown from cuttings or tubers collected on our walks. Most of them have survived admirably, indeed, the wormwood was just shoved into a pot and it grew. That’s exactly the sort of plant we want living here, it will grow happily with minimal care. You just have to think a bit prior to planting a garden…what will grow well in your area? What doesn’t need too much water? What will handle your temperature variations? What grows easily from cuttings and seed and quickly? After a few questions you have yourself a hardy beautiful garden…oh I forgot one question…”What do the possums and wallabies HATE to eat!”

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There might not be any foliage on this little potted Japanese maple but the it still looks quite pretty thanks to all of the peripherals that grace the pot

Remember how we installed our rainwater tank a few weeks ago? Well we have a little problem Huston. The only place that we could install the tank was near our bedroom under a down-pipe that was responsible for the teeniest bit of roof drainage known to man. A caravan would have more roof drainage than this bit of roof and we have had some decent rain lately and there isn’t a lot of water in the bottom of narfs happy tank. My happy dance had Β tailed off into a sort of shuffling semi-sad dance right up until Stevie-boy the wonderful had a brilliant idea…he has worked out an ingenious way to get water from the large part of the roof through a series of pipes into my tank. It will require the installation of another first flush device but that’s a small price to pay for me being able to slip my feet into my happy shoes and tap-dance the old happy dance shoe shuffle all over again!

DSCF1033Its heading for mid-winter here in Tasmania and the critters are starting to look for tasty things to supplement their diet. Not content with ALL of that green grass out there they have started sampling my potted plants. This is an ornamental bamboo grass. It has effectively been pruned. I take that as a warning and will only plant it somewhere “safe”

I have been attempting to bulk up for winter with excellent results and have put on 10kg. Can anyone tell me why my thighs are the very first place that I put on weight, but the very last place that I lose it? I would be most interested in the science behind that! While I am pondering science I am also removing food items that seemed to have snuck into my repertoire without me noticing and that are most probably the reason for the increase. I added coconut cream to my diet, and lots and LOTS of dates. I was also eating potatoes again, and bread…the more I think about it the more I know why 10kg have snuggled up to me and are hugging me for all they are worth. I know how to lose the extra weight, I just don’t want to ;). Seriously folks, who wants to lose weight in the winter? I am living on delicious soups now and steamed veggies and my morning buckwheat porridge sans coconut cream and dates and with grated carrot for sweetness and bulk narf filling power. Narf SHALL fit back into her size 10’s πŸ˜‰

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What’s this in the chook coop…all the way over in the far right hand corner…

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“CLUCKY CHOOKS!” Hardly fair that they have only just started laying and they are now clucky. We worked out that at the rate we are paying for food and by the amount of eggs we were getting that each egg was costing us $20. That’s a bit steepΒ for a humble egg, even a free range egg methinks!

So this humble Wednesday in the middle of the year finds me caught up with my RSS Feed Reader (an anomaly that probably won’t last out the week I can assure you πŸ˜‰ ), up to date with studies and just about to embark on a BIG secret plan for my Christmas gift for my eldest daughter. I can’t tell you about it because then I would have to kill you all plus she reads my blog (to keep tabs on how many times I mention her and if I can be sued for slander πŸ˜‰ ) so this plan has to remain under wraps, and lock and key for now. I am just about to start researching for our next study unit that involves creating a flier for a design event in Melbourne and a coloured postcard both created in InDesign. I have some great ideas that I am going to create in Illustrator but we have to do a fair bit of the dry research stuff before we can get to the fun stuff. That’s where narf comes in as Stevie-boy is conveniently AWOL earning a bit of a crust at the moment leaving narf to do the research. He has all week off next week and we are going to do all sorts of things including create the dogs large new dog compound and knock our studies out of the ball park. I just need to wade through the research stuff first…”anyone have any washing that they want folded and put away?” πŸ˜‰ See you all next week and remember not to take any wooden nickels…

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Some of my wool stash. When wool is cheap and your husband is asking you if you want more…you say “YES PLEASE” πŸ™‚

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This big granny square is just using up all of the spare wool I had laying around and giving me something to crochet while I contemplated what the heck I was going to crochet next. I’ts on our spare bedroom queen sized bed here so methinks it might be almost finished. I am just about to start on a most delicious Bavarian crochet pattern that Ms Teddy/Tottie shared on her blog called (coincedentally…) “Teddy And Tottie”Β if you want to have a go yourself she has painstakingly created a pdf of the pattern and you can get it by clicking here…

http://teddyandtottie.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/bavarian-crochet-tutorial-pdf.pdf

 

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  1. thecontentedcrafter
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 18:28:08

    I didn’t tell you it was coming as I wanted it to be a surprise. Apologies for it taking so long – I’m blaming Siddy! I was so pleased it only took a week to get to you too – the oarsman must be bulking up πŸ™‚ Glad you like it – please use it!

    Starting your Bavarian Rug – how cool is that! You are back on the crochet horse without a doubt – congratulations! If I had a husband who asked me if I wanted more wool I would be saying ‘yes please’ too – you are indeed a blessed narf!

    Your scam story was quite enlightening – I have never had anything like that happen to me – but then I haven’t ever sold a left handed keep for good guitar either. Just as well you two are so on the ball about scammers! And possums – do you think they will respect your sewn shut meshing, throw their little sharp claws in the air and scuttle off to the neighbours garden? I’m quite keen on keeping a couple or so hens if I ever get my cottage by the sea with a decent size garden – but really – $20 per egg – what are you feeding them on? It makes me very happy to pay $8 for a dozen organic free range πŸ™‚

    Weight is a strange thing isn’t it – I spent years eating next to nothing and getting bigger and bigger. Eventually I found out I was ‘highly sensitive’ to sugar in all forms and also wheat wasn’t doing me any favours. I cut ’em both out and changed my diet and started to eat more and more and the weight fell off. Strangest thing! But winter is comfort food time! I discovered the joys of potatoes mashed with milk kefir and spring onions and salt and pepper and could live on it – not so good weight wise πŸ™‚ But hey, Siddy drags me round the streets of Dunedin these days and it has to be doing some good! Siddy is doubling in size every other week, goes like a jet engine for half the day and is still all round and rotund and waddly on his short little legs. πŸ™‚ Just as well you are out of that tank is all I can say!

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 03:44:27

      We have 60 chooks thanks to our hen’s ability to hunker down and sit on HUGE amounts of eggs. I think nature was trying to help us out by sending that quoll but the quoll only at the mothers and left us with 40 babies that are now mid-sized grain guzzling non-producers of anything aside from narf angst. I can tell that we have more than our fair share of roosters so MORE narf angst. We spend $84 a fortnight on chook food as we have to buy 4 20kg sacks of it and even then they are STILL hungry! They are allowed out all day where they free range and dig up EVERYTHING they can in order to irritate and enrage me. I spend a lot of time peering over the deck waving my fists around at small, most determined chooks digging up my blueberries and shovelling horse manure back around their poor exposed roots. The rest of the time I am yelling at roosters to shut up. At least my vocal chords get the exercise that the cold weather has made me loath to do in my days πŸ˜‰

      I know why I am bigger. I have a HUGE appetite and eat like a proverbial horse (except not just grass πŸ˜‰ ) and if I allow higher fat foods to creep in and starches to join the party I start to put weight on. LOL on that tank ;). I agree, best I didn’t get stuck inside or that would have been a VERY good diet. Stevie-boy would probably have remembered to feed poor captive narf every second or third day if I was lucky and the weight would have fallen off me…when I got out though…I would probably have to flense him! πŸ˜‰

      Little Siddy is full of promise and delight Ms Pauline. Stevie-boy and I both agree that our naturally lazy bollocks tendencies would have had us missing out on a wonderful free form of exercise, delicious fresh air, communion with nature and we get to see gorgeous sunrises, the changes of the seasons, plenty of time to think about things and bonding time with something other than each other. Owning and walking a dog is a privilege not a chore. Walking them every day is a seriously good way to get exercise and I love my walks now and wouldn’t miss them even if Earl DOES pull me like a freight train whenever we walk with anyone else. Curiously, when it’s just me and him, he is an angel! Must be that “pack mentality” thing with the emphasis on “mental” πŸ˜‰

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      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 05:45:06

        I agree about the walking thing – this was a big factor in my decision to get a dog again – having a reason to walk. I’m not a good solo walker – a dog gives the walk purpose and meaning and as you say you get to enjoy the wonders of nature.

        I have to ask have you not considered selling or giving away some of your chooks? You could advertise them on the site you write about here and maybe a non-scammer will come by? Think of the angst it would alleviate…..

        I think it is natural to put on a few pounds over winter – it is natures way of keeping us safe from harm while we hibernate. It will come off when you start thwacking those blackberries in the spring!

        Have you thought about which posts you would like me to highlight? Or is it going to be down solely to me?

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 06:20:52

        Knock yourself out Ms Pauline. Once a post is outed it belongs to the world πŸ˜‰ We need to deal with our chook problem and soon. The thought of all of the rigmarole that goes with advertising them, dealing with “people”, trying to catch them (they are free range) and the fact that most people think the word “free” means that you are going to deliver them as well, and it is a big…fat…headache. Stevie-boy is going to deal with the roosters and we have a few people who want a few hens but we need to work out just what is a rooster and what is a hen and they aren’t quite there yet so we are stuck with them for another month at least. Just thinking about thwacking those blackberries has me twitching enough to lose a few kilos πŸ˜‰

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 06:54:39

        Twitching has its up-sides! πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 10:01:23

        Especially when you employ it when in conjunction with being dragged around behind Earl for 5km a day πŸ˜‰

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 10:08:37

        πŸ˜€
        5K is pretty impressive – how long does that take you?

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 10:36:55

        Just over an hour but don’t forget, I am Earl assisted the whole way apart from when I am hauling him out of ditches and off smelly green dead kangaroos, dragging him away from rubbish bins on rubbish day and preventing him from being squished by log trucks on his never ending need to sniff every bit of roadkill that he sees so there might be a bit of an aerobic workout going on in the process. I know I have pretty good biceps, especially in my right arm from all of that HAULING that I have to do and a fair bit of anticipating as well…sort of like “defensive driving” when you aren’t driving a car but have substituted a furry little most determined tank πŸ˜‰

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 11:14:21

        Oh Lor’!! While mine might be one eighth the size of yours there is an alarming similarity…….Are you sure Earl hasn’t been in touch with Siddy?

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 11:16:31

        Remember that Facebook page? πŸ˜‰ Seriously, you and I seem to be welded to the PC these days. I am “supposed” to be studying but am finding some mighty fine crochet patterns at the moment for slippers and you are no doubt procrastinating your way out of something as equally nefarious as the research about Typefaces that I am “supposed” to be doing and studiously ignoring πŸ˜‰ Doncha LOVE the internet? πŸ™‚

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 11:45:05

        [Blush!] I’m on hold – waiting for the NZ Government to deign to speak to me as they want me to apply for my pension – Which is hilarious to me – and a long and possibly inappropriate story why that is so! Any hoo – I’m mindlessly playing spins while listening to their mindless music interspersed with a recorded voice telling me how very busy they are and to keep holding. Siddy is chewing on a pigs ear – which keeps him really happy for about an hour – and I should be looking at things on the desk of my art room or at least crocheting my flower mandala ……. And yes I do remember that face book page 0 I was referring to that – Earl is not quite as unable as he makes out I think!! Opposible thumbs indeed!!.

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:06:33

        Sounds like your NZ equivalent of our Centrelink is a bollocks as well. Stevie-boy was on the phone for 90 minutes the other day waiting to talk to someone… ANYONE! No wonder people get grumpy these days. Good luck with the pensiony thingo, if “they” want you to apply, best get in quick before they change their mind! Our government here would be MOST happy to dump anyone attempting to be given a pension 😦

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:47:48

        Bollocks! They made a crochet pattern of me! πŸ˜‰

        http://crochetknitunlimited.blogspot.nl/2012/02/crazy-crochet-flying-fatties.html

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:59:46

        Guffawed so loud it frightened the puppy! Hilarious! I love it!! Must try and make one……

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 13:02:51

        Gorgeous aren’t they? BUT you will need to ask my permission you know… πŸ˜‰

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 13:03:33

        If you do manage to work out how to make one please let me know how you did it πŸ™‚ I want to make one of these gorgeous babies for the fairy on my Christmas tree πŸ˜‰

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 13:14:18

        No – I was just rummaging around and there isn’t a pattern and I have no clue how to make one – She is very clever and would like us to purchase one I guess – fair enough. They are wonderful!! You could just make an ordinary tree top fairy/angel and add extra stuffing πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 16:31:32

        A whole LOT of extra stuffings πŸ™‚

      • rabidlittlehippy
        Jul 11, 2014 @ 16:17:09

        Given the scrumptious fare your husband enjoys he would have starved you for sure to get the weight off as fast as possible to get you out of that tank and back into the kitchen cooking up gustatory delights for him post haste. πŸ˜‰

      • narf77
        Jul 12, 2014 @ 03:08:09

        Nah…he would just live on frozen supermarket pies, oven fries, baked beans, sausages etc. He LOVES supermarket food…lived on it when he was a bachelor in the U.K. πŸ˜‰

  2. The Snail of Happiness
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 18:41:09

    Ah guitars… Mr Snail seems exactly like Stevie-boy in that respect. He did just sell three (to a legit shop, with real people, real premises and real money), but they were a friend’s, so there has been no real drop in the number of guitars chez Snail. Still, if I can have wool (nice stash sample by the way), he can have guitars πŸ™‚

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 03:47:03

      We seem to be living parallel lives ;). Stevie-boy has 13 guitars, a lap steel and a banjo and several peripheral musical instruments that he has collected on his way. He used to be a guitar teacher in the U.K. (in Liverpool) and sold his HUGE collection of guitars to help fund his new life here in Australia. I am learning the delights of wool stashing. I have started cheap but on a recent visit to Spotlight I did see some scrumptious real wool on half price and might be going to add a bit to my stash…just for savings purposes…can’t be letting delicious wool sit in the shop unloved now can I? πŸ˜‰

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  3. quarteracrelifestyle
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 19:34:38

    Your journal is very pretty, I wouldn’t want to write in it either πŸ™‚ I still have all the cards I won of Pauline’s and don’t want to give them away lol.

    Our national internet auction site uses a feedback system so we only trade with those with a good history – but then that’s buying and we sell very rarely nowadays and only locally. It’s scary ay, so many get ripped off by people through some way or another. Many are alot more naive or vulnerable than you guys.

    Love your crochet, I can’t crochet but wish I did – one day maybe.

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 03:51:21

      Yeah the scammers have learned to work that good feedback history thing as well. They make multiple accounts and then give themselves excellent feedback via the other accounts. Watch out for “one day” auctions with high end things as apparently they list a stack of high end things at pretty low prices for what the item is (and is actually worth) and people read the positive feedback, think that they are safe and buy but the seller scams them all and closes up shop and that account and buggers off with the money. EBay is rife with it and can’t stop them as they just keep opening up new accounts over and over again. The only way that you can know you are onto a real seller is to meet them face to face and to sell for cash. I can only crochet a few stitches but am determined to learn more. It’s all practice when it comes to crochet and knitting etc. The more you do it, the better you get. I intend to “do it” for the foreseeable future and get as good as I can at it πŸ˜‰

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 05:55:41

        I guess we have been really fortunate, haven’t been ripped off once in 12 years but a friend of mine paid $400 for a custom cabinet that never came and I got my son who lived in that town to check out the makers advertised address and they didn’t exist. We really only buy local stuff and pay cash on pick up. Such a cruel thing to do and it’s so common through so many different ways now.

        I will learn one day, I love crochet. I used to knit alot but haven’t done that for years, the price of wool put a stop to that really but at least with crochet you can use up smaller amounts. For a few years I made knitted lacy layettes for antique dolls with crochet cotton and sold them online – I stopped when I met Roger, he talks too much for me to focus on patterns lol

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 06:22:03

        Roger talks?! I think we just found the difference between Stevie-boy and Roger. I was beginning to think that we were living with a ditch crossing bigamist! πŸ˜‰

      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 06:29:10

        lol, yes, they are terribly alike πŸ™‚ Yep, Roger is a talker (unless there is sport on TV) and I never undertake anything needing any amount of focus when he is around.

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 10:00:47

        Roger sounds more like ME then πŸ˜‰

  4. brymnsons
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 20:19:19

    Ah pizza bases, will give that a go, and the cake. Will have to wait until I go back to Norseman. Will have to buy the ingredients here in Perth though πŸ™‚ . So glad you were on to that sheister! Have to be careful and keep your sneaky feelers out for those low lifes. Your journal is gorgeous!! I would be loath to use it too… such a dilemma. The blanket looks great and must be huge to fit on that bed lol. I’m going to get that bavarian crochet pattern too and you never know I might be back into it… wish I had more time, sigh. Good luck with your roof plumbing, hope your tank is soon full to the brim ❀

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 03:56:26

      You and Bruce would love that pizza base. It was nice and easy to make, apart from being sticky to work with after it proved but you get round that as the end results are SO worth it. That vegan chocolate cake was nice and chocolaty and moist and only calls for flour, cocoa, sugar, bicarb soda, baking powder, vinegar, oil and water. Most people would have all of those things on their pantry shelves anyway so if a cake was needed at short notice it would be easy to run something delicious up even if you were out of eggs, milk, butter etc. A great thing to have on standby “just in case” and it probably makes nice cup cakes as well. Haven’t tried that yet and am going to experiment with the recipe to make things like orange a poppy-seed etc. Nothing like a good repertoire of cakey goodness to win friends and influence people πŸ˜‰ The tank will be full to the brim once Stevie-boy gets around to hooking up all that plumbing pipe that he has laid out all over the ground. If he leaves it for too much longer the grubs will move into it. The chooks are already perching on it in the day! πŸ˜‰ Hugs from 3C Sidmouth, probably less than that in Norseman ;). Hope your hols are going well. Ours are work as usual πŸ˜‰

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  5. teddyandtottie
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 22:39:49

    Thanks so much for the lovely mention, Mrs Narf! Your granny square rug is so lovely – can’t wait to see your Bavarian (sounds a bit rude doesn’t it?) I love your journal. That Pauline is a true talent! I hear you with the weighty issue – winter means comfort foods for me. I love soup, but must have bread with it etc, etc. I reckon if I lived on Serendipity Farm, I’d be putting on way more than 10kgs, though, because dear Narf – YOU are an amazing cook! First, Stevie-boy’s pasties and now pizza made from scratch that sounds absolutely so delicious I could cry! I seriously think you should go on the next Masterchef. And that cake sounds magnificent, too. Lucky Stevie-boy. He has his very own personal chef – just like Oprah! Huge hugs to Earl and Bezial and good luck with the studies. xoxoxoxox

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 04:13:04

      One woman wanting to see another woman’s Bavarian…hmmm! I am going to have to watch you closely now Ms Teddy/Tottie! πŸ˜‰ Ms Pauline has awesome talent and I can’t bring myself to touch my scrumptious new journal let along reproduce the chicken scratches that I call “handwriting” onto its hallowed pages. I don’t CARE if Ms Pauline is snorting and huffing like a wounded bull, its HER fault for making it so very pretty, ornate and gorgeous! I trained as a cook back last century when being a cook was an honorable profession where now its slave labour. I love to cook and food is my best mate (that 10kg will attest to that πŸ˜‰ ). I use food as comfort and know exactly why that 10kg has slathered itself over my nether regions. I too adore bread, pasta, ALL of the delicious stuff and I have been a bit like a fish out of water lately as Stevie-boy has been AWOL for quite some time now and I really don’t know what to do with myself. I can’t do a lot of what needs to be done on our 4 acres by myself so I get frustrated and a frustrated narf tends to shove things into her pie hole and the fact that she can make REALLY good pies doesn’t help said pie hole ;). That pizza base is buggeries-bollocks easy to make Ms Teddy/Tottie and MOST delicious if you like deep pan pizza. Even if you don’t, I would have a go, get Teddy and Tottie into the picture and get them to bash it out for you, stick their pointy little children’s fingers (the best kind for focaccia) all over the top and dust it with parmesan, herbs, rosemary (I know its also a herb but its a pretty delicious one when fresh on focaccia and whatchagonnadoeh? ) whatever you like and serve it with that scrumptious soup. Easy PEASY. I would be a nervous wreck if I was to ever go on Masterchef. The funny thing is that Stevie-boy would be MUCH better than I am on Masterchef. He can sail through crisis after crisis with minimal fuss because he is built that way. The man drove in London traffic for 15 years and didn’t end up in a mental asylum where I would be huddled under my bed twitching. I am a bit OCD about things. I always try to do my very best with whatever I attempt which makes me a right royal pain in the derriere to be honest and if I was to go on Masterchef, I would probably burn myself out on the first day. I would be a twitching nervous wreck that produced something AMAZING but had to be shipped off to recover for the rest of the year ;). That cake is the bomb. Keep that recipe Ms Teddy/Tottie. Whenever you run out of eggs etc. you will thank me for it because no-one knows it’s vegan (or cheap πŸ˜‰ ) and it is really delicious and easy PEASY to make. Dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in another, mix the 2 bowls together, pour into a greased and floured tin and bake EASY! Works every single time (so long as you put the right amount of bicarb in and don’t think your half a teaspoon left in the box will do…it WON’T! πŸ˜‰ ) and is very easy to dress up and behaves itself and is still as moist and scrumptious a week after you bake it if you have hidden it under the bed and away from other people’s greedy fingers. Its the little black dress of cakes and if you give it a go you will find yourself making it over and over again and it would make scrumptious very easy cupcakes. Again, get the kids onto making it and you will see how happy a cake can make you πŸ™‚ Earl and Bezial send slobbers and Earl sends a lick to each of the cats (DON’T TRUST HIM! πŸ˜‰ )

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  6. christiglover
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 04:28:45

    Lovely journal, and food and granny square rug! I agree with Teddy, you are so good to Lucky Stevie-boy. Such variety and so many flavors. I love the picture and name of Anakin, the huge cat. I am really ready for a kitty-cat. πŸ™‚ I can’t believe you have so many chickens! 60! We are contemplating whether to go the chicken route again…they are hard on gardens, as you know. By the way, the Sanctuary looks pretty darn lush for the middle of winter. And please don’t sweat a bit of weight. Round is beautiful, so much more so than super skinny. Just sayin’. Some wisdom from the natives. πŸ™‚ You are BEAUTIFUL. Love you. xxoo

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 04:33:59

      My problem is that “round” creeps up to “OH MY LORD!” in a very short space of time with me. I am a BIG eater and love to eat and whenever I get bored or frustrated I tend to embrace eating with both lips ;). I need to keep an eye on weight gain as my poor knees suffered my obesity for many years and deserve to be given a happy and pain free old age. Our chooks are out of control and goodness only knows how many of them are out there sitting on eggs in the bush…starting to think that we might give them ALL away and start over. Problem being that giving 60 chooks away is NOT easy ;). Steve isn’t a cat man but adored Anakin as he sat there talking to Steve while he ate his lunch. Steve gave him corned beef and he smooched on Steve and won his heart. I must say he didn’t like sausage rolls though! ;). Steve has a way with animals. You can tell a man with a good heart because animals naturally gravitate to him and Steve has a good heart so they flock to him. Still UBER jealous of that coconut by the way. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Chica Andaluza
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 05:09:44

    Phew – lots ot take in here ms marf! So…I take it you didn’t get scammed (or did I misunderstand)? Do hope you didn’t lose money 😦 The pizza sounds good – do you eat it too or is it not vegan? And can you tell me how to make whipped coconut cream icing…sounds wonderful! Have just discovered dried coconut milk powder. Love the journal, and the cat!

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 05:20:38

      MARF?! Who is this Marf Ms Chica eh? Are you two timing me? πŸ˜‰ Course we didn’t get scammed. If anything we ran that sucker off our “pro-per-tay” post haste and gave him a “flea in his ear” for his troubles. I can’t eat the pizza because my bum has expanded and is reminding me that eating pizza is its FAVOURITE thing to do. My bum and I have a love hate relationship. It LERVES me and I tend to hate it ;). Whipped coconut cream icing? Easy peasy…

      http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/09/05/make-your-own-vegan-coconut-whipped-cream-frosting/

      and if you want it to stay like icing without having to put it in the fridge…

      http://blog.lagusta.com/2010/05/14/the-frosting-files/

      Dried coconut milk powder is excellent and make sure to keep it in the fridge, it goes a bit rancid once you open it. The journal is lovely, too lovely for the likes of simple narf and the cat is just scrumptious. I didn’t get to cuddle him as he was in a house that Stevie-boy is renovating at the moment and just wanted his corned beef sarnies πŸ˜‰

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      • Chica Andaluza
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 07:14:24

        Cats do tend to like corned beef (especially if they can sneak it out of the bread!). Thanks for the links – am looking forward to trying out the icing, sounds great. Shame about the pizza 😦 but don’t get too skinny or I won’t recognise you and may have to look under small shrubs or in your water tank to find you!

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 10:02:21

        No problems there, turns out narfs can’t GET too skinny, something about bones being big and looking like they are starving refugees when they are at a weight that most people would think was fat. Lucky me πŸ˜‰

      • Chica Andaluza
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 07:20:45

        A quick question – what is vegan icing sugar – is all sugar not vegan? Enlighten this sometime carnivore/vegetarian Spanglish-Italian confused person please!

      • narf77
        Jul 10, 2014 @ 10:03:07

        Americans use bone char to filter their sugar (I know WTF?!) but the rest of the world don’t and so this doesn’t apply to the rest of us πŸ™‚

  8. Chica Andaluza
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 05:10:20

    marf..who is ms marf – is she related to ms marfle?!

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  9. teawithhazel
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:06:51

    anyone who thinks keeping hens is easy and cheap hasn’t had them..we only had a dozen..well one was a boy..and they ate and ate..i had to supplement their greens by getting boxes of waste greens from the local green grocer..i’d also buy huge sacks of grain for them..although i think the possums used to get into the hen house at night though and eat a lot of it..and if it was hot i’d have to hose the coop and the run to cool them..and then there was the cleaning out and the collecting of eggs laid who knows where and the ?snake ? lizard that would take them and then sometimes the girls would get a taste for their own eggs and then one got sick and i had to take her to the vet and she had a cortisone injection into her chest muscle and was put on antibiotics..and then the fox ate them all..that was really sad..i loved them..eggs or no eggs..x ps that pizza sounds the bomb..

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:12:01

      I bow to you Ms Jane…your chooks were MUCH worse than mine! And you still loved them? There is NO hope for me! πŸ˜‰ That pizza IS the bomb if you love deep pan bases πŸ™‚

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  10. Littlesundog
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:20:44

    Now don’t rap me over the head, but you know FD and I went Paleo back in December, and can you believe I have lost nearly 3 clothes sizes?? Gads!! Then with all of the summertime work – mowing, trimming trees, gardening, and chasing Daisy deer and the kids, well, I’m in the best shape of my life! Who knew that by getting serious about clean foods, and going organic could make such a difference. I still have Irish cheese though (from grass-fed cows) – I just can’t quit cheese!! πŸ™‚

    What on earth is bone char? Sounds gross.

    Isn’t it rotten about scammers and hackers and all sorts of people who mean ill will and harm? How must they feel about themselves? I just can’t imagine.

    Ah, and Earl’s Kingdom… a little slice of heaven for sure. Ya gotta love that boy!

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:49:50

      Bone char is charcoal made from animal bones apparently. Not sure how it is used in making sugar but it makes the mind boggle doesn’t it?! Well it does if you are vegan anyway ;). I have been sitting in my chair here for about 6 months eating so I really do know why I have put on 10kg to be honest but you are SO right about choosing organic healthy versions, your body can’t help but reflect that health if you eat well πŸ™‚

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  11. Robbie
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 13:15:16

    I thought you said you were not talented/crafty- you crochet! I am all needles when it comes to knitting or crochet-lol…My grandmother could do that stuff, and she tried to get me interested + it was a NO GO! Not my gift:-) Your work is quite beautiful. The only job I ever got fired from in my life was in high school at a knitting store, lol. I just was no good at it , but it was becasue I worked with a girl that wanted more hours , so she told the boss I was not working at night, BIG liar- I was the one doing all the work! So at 16, my first job I was fired-lol…I learned about work and mean girls at a young age!
    It always amazes me that people actually spend time trying to scam..good that you did not have anything happen!
    Pauline is so talented and that “organizer” is beautiful. Her work is magical + I have no doubt you will fill those pages with your beautiful ideas and work!
    You are an amazing friend, to bake cakes…hmmm..wish you lived closer, your food always sounds amazing:-)
    Good to see your net is repaired and your night visitors will no longer sneek in though the hole..or maybe they are out during the day, ours usually do the damage at night. I always planta bit more to share with my visitors, but this year I have fewer night vistors, due to new neighbors that keep them away by being outside often which distracts them from our yard!

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    • narf77
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 16:35:01

      Pauline is the talented one. I crochet because sometimes it is good to have something to do with your hands. My crochet tends to run into making a granny square and letting it take over Manhatten ;). I love baking for other people. Steve is very fussy and doesn’t actually eat all that much. I love baking cakes and making people happy πŸ™‚

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  12. Angela @ Canned Time
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 04:59:57

    The the pizza dough, for my Steve that is, or my Bob I should say. And your Granny Squares are just as fine as could be. I’d hate to have one covering me right now as it’s in the 90’s but you enjoy their beauty. Does it snow there? That cat’s the best too β™₯

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    • narf77
      Jul 11, 2014 @ 05:02:05

      We are right on the river so we don’t get snow but it has been known to snow in the city. There is always snow on the mountains mid winter and they are within 15 minutes of the city so where it might not be white it is cold. That cat is gorgeous. Steve doesn’t even like cats much but this one was more like a big fat small grey dog πŸ˜‰

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      • Angela @ Canned Time
        Jul 11, 2014 @ 05:03:44

        Bet you that coat keeps him warm too.
        Friday there already! Enjoy β™₯

      • narf77
        Jul 11, 2014 @ 05:05:17

        Yup, Friday 5.04am, been up for 2 and a half hours now and wading through my RSS Feed Reader…just about to knock it out of the ballpark…WOOT! Going to spend the day crocheting the heck out of that big square…narf stress relief. Have an excellent Friday when you get to it and an even better weekend πŸ™‚

      • Angela @ Canned Time
        Jul 11, 2014 @ 05:06:54

        You as well.
        Feels like you’re living in my future somehow? Must be something left over from my teen years, hehe!
        Take care.

      • narf77
        Jul 11, 2014 @ 05:09:17

        Yup…I am just SO clever. I have learned to live in the future…been doing it since I was a kid. I reckon they should give me the Nobel prize or something for my efforts to science πŸ˜‰

  13. Namita
    Jul 12, 2014 @ 18:57:51

    Hello Fran, Is Anakin a new member of the family? So cute….we’ve had a lot of cats at home always. In fact generations after generations flourished here. The dogs and the cats always lived in peace except for some scuffles during mealtime where dogs would become very ferocious if a cat peeped into their bowl.
    Loved the heap of beans. We have them here too. We cook them in onion tomato gravy with lots of garlic and garnish with fresh coriander.
    You are baking great stuff there. wish we could get a peep of your vegan cake!
    Your blog posts always have very useful links. Sometimes I get lost visiting them.
    Thanks for all the lovely shares Fran. Love and good wishes!

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    • narf77
      Jul 13, 2014 @ 04:14:17

      That vegan cakes is amazing Namita, follow that link and get the recipe πŸ™‚ The cat is on a worksite where Steve was doing some painting and shared his lunch with him :). I LOVE beans and coriander with tomatoes and onions and other veggies. That pizza crust was amazing as well. Steve just had the second pizza that I made and froze uncooked for his tea last night and said it was delicious. Always good to find recipes online that are delicious, easy and that you can add to your menu on a regular basis. No takeaway pizza for US! πŸ˜‰ Hope it’s not too hot at the moment. 3C here this morning brrrrrr πŸ˜‰

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  14. Born To Organize
    Jul 13, 2014 @ 14:01:25

    I laughed and smiled my way through this fun post, Ms. Fran. In no particular order, $20 eggs do sound a bit steep, but the fun of owning those lovely birds and the flavor of the eggs must be wonderful when it happens. I’m pretty sure that I’m growing $20 strawberries…or snail food. You pick.

    Pauline has created a gorgeous journal, and like you, I would be tempted to frame it. I hope you will use it though, as it will give you so much joy. Perhaps you can collect special recipes in one section, quotable quotes in another. Those colors are stunning.

    I’m continuously amazed when I see your covered garden. That must have been an undertaking creating a larger than life enclosure. I should never complain about squirrels and slugs and scale and squash bugs when you have enormous intruders taking away your crops in the dead of night. Woooosh.

    Best of luck with school, baking, gardening, staying warm and living your interesting life.

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    • narf77
      Jul 13, 2014 @ 16:45:12

      I love it when friends drop by πŸ™‚ I hope your summer is treating you well. We had white fly at the end of summer but there is something about large furry thieves stealing everything that moves and leaving tooth mark sized samples in anything that they take a fancy to to put white fly back in the minor category of “pest”. It really does make you a lot more ingenious though. We are about to use some fencing wire to stretch out on the top netting and we are going to sew it all together (rather than the ties that are holding it together at the moment that the possums can squeeze through). We have a stack of manure and oak leaves that I want to take up to “Sanctuary” (the name of the enclosed garden) as well as blueberry bushes that are going to live inside. I am quite excited about the possibilities to be honest. I am an eternal optimist and most things don’t get me down for too long. My angst at the possums has made me most inventive when it comes to keeping them out. I am even contemplating letting Earl run free inside at night in the summer. The only thing stopping me is that Earl does more damage than the possums could even think to do πŸ˜‰ Hope your week is amazing and your garden is flourishing beautifully πŸ™‚

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  15. Linne
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 14:25:51

    Love your beautiful journal πŸ™‚ Funny, I have one just like it . . . but I’ve written in mine a bit already. You could, if you wished, print out your to-do lists, etc., from the computer, then glue them in with a dab or two . . . I like the suggestion above to use it to collect quotes, etc., too. I especially like that we both have ravens. Thought and Memory . . . not sure which one I have, but maybe they switch places when we are sleeping, so we each get a turn with both. It’s a thought . . . 3C there, eh? Poor babies . . . it’s hot here and I wish I could send you a wee bit of that . . . oh, well . . . winter is on its way . . . I just have to be patient.

    I am not going to look up that cake recipe, tempting though it sounds. I hate to waste food, so I ‘waist’ it instead . . . ditto for the pizza recipe, although that sounds delicious as well.

    Sweet kitty; and lovely pups, too. That ‘wet dog shadow’ made me laugh . . . as did the flying fatties . . . I’m eager to see your Bavarian, too. I’ve shown you mine, now you must show me yours . . . πŸ˜‰ I wonder if the heat is frying my brain, or what’s left of it . . . that sounded funny to me, too.

    Well, it’s cooling off a bit, so I have to go find a couch to crash on. But first I’m going to start a post. Nothing like procrastination, is there? Warm hugs to you. ~ Linne

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    • narf77
      Jul 14, 2014 @ 18:15:48

      I am not to the point of complaining about the weather yet, still enjoying this crisp cold air and how lovely it is to come in out of the cold πŸ™‚ I have been “waisting” a bit too much food of late and am going to have to de-waist for the foreseeable future. A sad thing for a narf that loves her food :(. No cake or pizza in my immediate future but at least I can live vicariously through feeding Steve ;). Hope your weather isn’t too hot. I hate hot weather, especially when its really dry. I must have the “thought” raven because I certainly don’t have “memory” ;). Cold chilly hugs to you all the way from frigid Sidmouth, like opening the freezer door on a hot day πŸ˜‰

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      • Linne
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 08:11:54

        I had a thought about Mr. E and the Sanctuary; if you walled in around it (making a sort of ‘moat’) he could run free around the outside, which would also deter the possums, etc., but would keep him out of the veggies. Perhaps his dark friend Mr. B could join him there, or would they scrap and bark? Anyway, just a thought. Wonder where the Memory raven went to; we seem to both have thoughts, but no Memory . . . πŸ™‚ ~ Linne

      • narf77
        Jul 16, 2014 @ 05:48:30

        We will have to blame Ms Pauline for that ;). Earl would just swim through the moat (crocodiles or no…) and frolic in Sanctuary. Earl is an enigma πŸ˜‰

  16. Margaret Griffin
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 22:05:31

    Hi, Sorry to hear you have deleted some of your favourite foods from your diet – date butter has been mentioned a few times in your posts. I can’t remember if I was ever a size 10.

    I am impressed by your collection of scavenged plants. Such finds are more likely to survive the rigours of your local climate. I hope your collection thrives free of the attentions of wallabies and kangaroos.

    I am establishing a new garden in my small back yard. Fetes, fairs, festivals, markets and craft shops are happy hunting grounds for inexpensive hardy plants. I have also scavenged the occasional cutting from plants hanging over walls or sprawling across banks.

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    • narf77
      Jul 15, 2014 @ 05:37:06

      A woman after my own heart Margaret :). I foraged the walnuts that are now my walnut trees from seed on the ground and got my hazelnut trees from seed from our neighbours daughter. Takes a bit longer but if you grow it yourself, it is better able to take your local conditions and the best way to get something you want is to go an hunt for it out there in your local area. I just have to protect what we grow from the attentions of the wallabies and possums which is sometimes quite difficult as they are voracious, especially mid winter (now) as they seem to be bored of grass and want to snip off the ends of things and the possums have made the roses all look like something out of Dr. Suess but roses are hardy. They are constantly being stripped of their leaves but they have flowers just the same, the possums don’t like the flowers so I guess we share πŸ˜‰

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  17. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 01:26:46

    I was looking forward to catching up with this post as I read via my phone a little blackberry which wouldnt show your photos, and the process sometimes of replying via it often runs me around in rings so I waited patiently to log on line today..
    First yes those scammers get very crafty and you have to beware of their little tricks….I make it a rule I don’t buy on line or book on line… A pain sometimes, but I was never a genius and that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it..

    Love the Wool and crocheting, coming along nicely, and ouch to that Bamboo… I was amazed at how my Bamboo grass shot up this year, like its 9 foot high! … the birds love hoping in it though.

    It seems strange looking at your daff’s just coming through as your Spring is coming into being as we are in mid summer.. the nights closing in and Autumn all too soon will be upon us…

    Smiles at your ‘bulking out’ I also put on several pounds over winter, they are not budging as fast as Id like during summer LOL.. Need to get going quicker with the hoe… LOL…. Up-two-three-four across two-three-four.. Naaaaah…. still the same..! πŸ˜‰ The allotment is looking pretty weed free though! πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy your week… and lovely to catch up again.. xox

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    • narf77
      Jul 15, 2014 @ 05:40:58

      Isn’t that weird about the birds loving bamboo? We walk past an estate that uses bamboo as an accent plant and if we walk early enough (so every day πŸ˜‰ ) we get to see peels of starlings singing and flying out of it… amazing! My pounds are starting to direct the traffic. I am going to have to put them back in their place along with my appetite ;). I can just let Earl run wild up in Sanctuary and he runs all the weeds out. Pity he also runs all the veggies out but you can’t have everything now can you? πŸ˜‰ See you next week and hope you are enjoying your summer to the max πŸ™‚ I am still loving our winter as Brunhilda is doing a sterling job of not letting me feel cold and my crochet afghan/knee rug is Uber warm but I have to wrestle it off Bezial as he thinks it is HIS now πŸ˜‰

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      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 05:44:48

        Yes I am still enjoying Summer.. and I had to go out and buy new trousers today LOL.. I gave in when a button popped off when I bent down LOL… ;-).. And hey just think if you ever get another Tank.. no more crawling in one LOL… I am giving in gracefully to now being 60 with middle age spread LOL

      • narf77
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 05:52:30

        I was seriously tank-phobic for most of my life (110kg at my heaviest) and I really don’t want to go back there. I eat like a horse and if I stuff myself with veggies I can still fit through doors. Winter has seen me slipping a few more slices of bread and pasta etc. in and I am going to have to close the stable door ASAP as the horse is refusing to bolt and is threatening to go to seed! πŸ˜‰

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 05:58:21

        Lol.. well I was always 8 stone wet through lol even when pregnant.. and now I have crept up to shuuuussssh… 10.. don’t know off hand how many pounds that is..or Kg.. Too much home made bread has been my failing I think as I eat loads of fruit and veggies.. ok and the odd choc, and cream with home made scones and gingerbread oh and then there’s been the rhubarb crumble.. And home made icecream.. :-D… no wonder.. xox LOL

      • narf77
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 06:22:47

        I know exactly why my derierre is bigger than a bread basket at the moment and how to make it go back to manageable. I don’t “diet” I just eat lots of veggies and fill the hunger gaps with healthy vegan soups etc. Easy peasy but the toast, the pasta, the POTATOES are so tempting when it is frigid cold outside… πŸ˜‰

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 06:29:10

        Yes comfort food… but those soups I have a freezer full I made.. but its hot out right now.. so salads and yes our home grown new potatoes have hit the spot..

      • narf77
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 06:48:23

        And rightly so to πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 06:23:30

        You do look very skinny in your pic but as they say, middle age is a great leveler. We all start to look the same πŸ˜‰

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 06:31:35

        Haha… Yes…. and thanks… for the skinny bit…. it must be the camera angle LOL… a sideways view shows the posterior and belly bulge LOL.. But you can throw those type of compliments my way any day… And I will lap them up… πŸ™‚ hehe..

      • narf77
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 06:49:21

        πŸ˜‰

  18. Boomdeeadda
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 01:28:57

    Your post was little playing that old Atari game of Pong. A little in this direction, ooooh, now we’re going over this way, noooooo, back again, LOL I feel woozy but love your style πŸ˜€ You’re too fun.

    Good for you to recognize a scammer from the get-go. Some people are just so lazy and would rather make others pay for their slack lives. Coincidentally, there’s been a horrendous story on our news this week. A retiring couple had an estate sale. Lot’s of people, in their home touring the items. Two days later, they’ve disappeared along with their 5 year old grandson. After an extensive investigation, police have arrested a guy for murder. So sad for the family, in fact the killer is someone they knew. So I would also add, only meet prospective buyers in public places.

    On a cheerier note, that’s a beautiful parcel from yours truly. I love the colours of course. It’s fun to get pretty packages in the mail. Lovely.

    In case you’re currently at the computer in your undies, eating donuts I’ll just say, “bah ha ha, crack me up”. When could you ever have time with a covered garden as big as our local park. Gads, that’s massive. The wee visitors are sure to be frustrated by things now. I liken them to a fit Tom Cruise, lowering themselves by a rope until they’re just above that yummy greenery and them stealthy hanging there until some accomplice bounces in to recover them.

    Hey!!! Do you read ‘Hands On Bowie’ here at WP. Bowie lives in Belgium with his dad Herman. He looks just like Anakin and his dad’s a fab photographer. Always one photo per post along with a clever quip. Here’s their Link.

    http://hopedog.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/what-lies-behind-this-door/

    I’m off to work so will bid you a good day……back to the donuts πŸ˜€

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    • narf77
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 05:57:34

      The Pong bit is because I caption my photos with paragraphs rather than just a single sentance ;). You hit the image and BAM you are someplace else…after a few images you are right back with the main post. It takes a dedicated reader to forge a pathway through the rigours of Serendipity Farm posts ;). That’s TERRIBLE about that elderly couple and especially their grandson :(. When people are willing to murder someone for what they possess it’s a very damning statement about society and how we humans are “devolving” 😦
      It is most lovely to get pretty packages but that gorgeous organiser is still tucked away in its lovely mauve pastel tissue paper as I don’t have the heart to expose it to our day to day life πŸ˜‰

      Just checked out Mr Bowie…he DOES look like Anakin doesn’t he! Might well be a distant relative :). I wonder if he likes corned beef? Herman is my very favourite name for giving wayfaring creatures that just so happen to land in my immediate vicinity and stick around for a while. We have “Herman” the elderly dog that bravely barks whilst walking around stick-legged at Earl as we walk past on our early morning walks against the waist…we have “Herman” the crow who sits in the branches of one of our eucalyptus trees and tells me off on a regular basis…”Herman” the cats (yes, cat”s”…) that live at our single middle aged male neighbours house two properties away, “Herman” ANY insect that lands in my immediate vicinity so there can be several Herman’s on the go at any given time. Have a great day and donuts? There were donuts?! I think I was gipped!

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  19. Keely @ Gormandize
    Jul 27, 2014 @ 09:01:08

    Very shrewd of you! I love your blanket, it’s such a great way to use up all your old bits of wool. I have one on my bed, but it’s getting super old so methinks it’s time for me to crochet a new one! πŸ™‚

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