A creative blog hop down on the farm

Hi All,


I have been asked to do the narf7 equivalent of free-form expressionist dance by Ms Pauline over at The Contented Crafter. Ms Pauline is a star. She shines like a star. Her words are wise; her comments enveloping and comfortable like a warm hug with an edge of humour like the sun coming out on a grey day. How could I resist when she asked (implored) me to take up the baton of this Blog Hop and do my bit? Well you see I was never very good at baton races at school. I was never very good at hopping or any kind of sport really. Ms Pauline is a natural born crafter. She is one of those amazing artistic types who can pull beauty out of a squeezy tube of tinted goo and something that was once on the nether regions of a horse, now glued to a twig…magic happens when she puts horse stick to paper and that has me a bit worried…

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As you can see, I have problems keeping hold of anything that I create here on Serendipity Farm

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I went hunting so that I could show you that I do have a teeny bit of creativity in my bones (and to make it so your journey over here was not entirely wasted)…I made these danglers and Steve made the bed that both he and Bezial are laying on

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We made these insect hotels…

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And this is Stevie-boys little Christmas rum-ball man…

You see Ms Pauline took the baton from Ms Boomdee who lives in Canada and who is ALSO a dab hand with the horse stick but takes it a step further and likes to take another preparation that used to be made of old horses (g.l.u.e. SHHH!) and sticks little things onto just about everything. I bet Ms Boomdee’s house is eclectic. I bet there are curlicues on the fridge and danglers from the ceiling and little rolled up pretty things on the dog door all in gorgeous shades of teal blue. This baton race has a stellar pedigree. It goes back into the eons of crafting and echoes through the echelons and great halls of crafting fame. You can almost feel the wondrous wafting’s of the act of creation every time you open up a crafty blog taking part. They are coaxed and buffeted along as if by coefficient drag and therein lays my problem…I am just not that crafty!

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As penniless student type middle aged hippies (emphasis on the word “penniless”…) we tend to have to come up with ideas for how to create our own pretty much everything from scratch. Making things yourself usually costs you less. We made these gates using small saplings from Serendipity Farm when my dad was still alive. They served the purpose extremely well


I re-covered this book in leather from an old leather jacket that my daughter had given me after Earl ate the spine of it. Bad enough that he ate a book spine but it was a library book…a new library book…a most expensive library book…so I had to cover up the damage and his shame.

“So” (I hear you say) “Why would Ms Narf7 of Serendipity Farm join in on a crafty blog hop?” because Ms Pauline asked me of COURSE sillies! Now I just have to dredge the annuls of my abilities (such as they are) to find something worthy of your (brief) attention span…(I know…I will check Ms Pauline’s post and see what I am meant to do…Ok, so I missed the quote…I was supposed to make a quote!) “Err righteo folks, here is a wise piece of narf7 wisdom that echoes my ethos and runs parallel with who and what I am. It comes from a very wise sage Mr Monty Python, and goes something like this…


Always look on the bright side of life…


And that folks is my secret. That plus “42”. Don’t tell anyone! Now, back to brass tacks, what am I supposed to be doing? OH Answering questions. Right…I can do that…so here we go…

Our babies

This is where Steve and I excelled “creatively” for a few years. Here are some of the plant babies that we brought with us from our last house in the city. We counted and worked out that we had just on 300 potted plants and at least half of them we grew from seed and cuttings.

More babies

Almost all of these plants were grown from cutting or seed. Its a great way to be both creative and save a lot of money at the same time

How does my creative process work?

Well…when I need to be creative I call on my inner muses. I need to point out here that my inner muses are all very much antisocial recluses, lushes to a tee and very bolshie. There is NO reasoning with them. If they want to create, they create. If they don’t want to create, good luck pulling a rabbit out of the creative top hat. Most of the time they play ball because I have learned to (plead pathetically) harness them to the wheel. I guess my creative strength is in the written word. Does anyone really write anymore? Maybe my strength is in the typed word? Whatever the medium, I am drawn to share my thoughts with others and learn from them as well. I studied horticulture so I can rattle a few sticks in a can of water and end up with the odd struck cutting to plant out. Stevie-boy and I are attempting to grow and plant out a food forest on Serendipity Farm but not sure that is all that creative…I might stick with the writing methinks…

more babies still

These were my cactus and succulent babies. I say “were” because our ducks ate most of them. I used to be very creative about pots and little bits of washed beach glass and stones etc. but after the ducks plundered my spoils my creative muse flew the coop. I still have a few cacti and succulents but most of them are well and truly duck digested

Craft bread

I spread my “creativity” around…I might not stick with one thing and get really good at it but I like to dabble. Here’s a few loaves of bread that I “created” from scratch

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Good question. Other writers take their craft very seriously. They hone their work. They spell check, they use the correct vernacular, they conjugate their verbs (they know what a verb actually IS)…you get the picture? They are the true craftsmen who harness those muses and make them work for them like a well-trained team of horses. I guess what I am trying to say here is that I am like a wild salmon. My writing doesn’t live inside a specific genre, it doesn’t have me chained to a desk or flicking through dictionaries (obviously πŸ˜‰ ). Where people actually get paid to write, I prefer to splash around in the shallows where I can jump out if the sharks start to circle. One day I will write a book but that would make me the same as others in my genre so perhaps, for now, I will just splash.

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This is Stevie-boy in his surfer phase. He is holding a large piece of wood that we sourced from the property and turned into a “Serendipity Farm” sign at the bottom of our property to announce to the world that we had arrived. We are still waiting for our key to the town…

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Stevie-boy is a very handy lad. Especially with wood. Here are some of his gorgeous wooden creations that he made. He occasionally gets the desire to make more and you just never know when he will want to create some and I will have another blog giveaway, but I wouldn’t hold your breath at the moment πŸ˜‰

What am I presently working on?

Well I am fulminating over my next blog post but I am also working on a secret project…I can’t tell you what it is because then, I would have to kill you and I don’t even know most of you so that would be a shame and if I am not mistaken, a crime. My adult daughters, sick of receiving the equivalent of a gift card at Christmas time have issued a challenge this year. It’s sort of like when the prince in the Cinderella story wanted to find a bride but in this case, it’s a Christmas present with thought. They are even offering a $50 voucher from a local purveyor of alcoholic beverages (that got Stevie-boys attention I can tell you!) as a delicious dangly carrot. I don’t need that to hook me, I am competitive by nature and this is a 4 way Christmas-gift-off and narferella wants to go to the ball! We have each been given one daughter to purchase/make something for and the winner will be drawn at Christmas time (natch). I was stumped…Moi, of little talent…what could “I” do that would land me that $50 glass slipper eh? Well suddenly it hit me! I knew what I could do! I felt like Mr Blackadder when he said “I have a plan SO cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel”…I can’t wait to share with you what I am working on but that is going to have to wait till after Christmas and if I play my cards right, I will be dead drunk for the entire month of January!

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Bezial modelling some of my creative hooky genius

If I am not mistaken that should take me SO far into the realms of “real writer” that I should meet myself coming out the other side. Mr Hemmingway, Mr Tennessee Williams, Mr Dylan Thomas, Mr Edgar Allen Poe, Mr Oscar Wilde, Mr Noel Coward, Mr James Joyce and Mr Stephen King, all esteemed writers were also hopeless alcoholics.

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Everyone is a critic…

So now that I have answered all of the questions asked of me, “are there any questions?” I didn’t think so! I am left to nominate a couple of other bloggers who have been unable to get me off their tail and who (finally gave in) have agreed most magnanimously to continue this Blog Hop of great esteem. That leaves me to contemplate my navel and bang my head on the table because I couldn’t come up with a delicious, wonderful, thought provoking quote like Ms Pauline or Ms Boomdee…but wait a minute…should my devious cunning succeed, I could adopt an entirely new quote to stick at the top of next year’s Blog Hop (because seriously, who is going to ask me to take part in another blog hop this year after this eh? πŸ˜‰ )…


β€œAn alcoholic is someone you don’t like, who drinks as much as you do.”


And therein…I rest my…hic…case!

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Earl making snow at Christmas time out of someone’s creativity…

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Evidence that it isn’t only Earl who is out to foil our creative urges…and now I think that you all know why I tend to reserve my creative energies for things that don’t interest our boys in the slightest

I managed to coerce Ms Jessie of “rabidlittlehippy” fame to do a blog hop post for me. I had approached a few other people but it just wasn’t the right time for them so I am hoping that you will all find something most interesting in Ms Jessies blog post all about how to create a rocket stove. I am SO excited about this post and can’t wait to see what she has come up with next Monday. I am assured that Ms Jessie is trying for a few more than “uno” follow on’s for the blog hop and that my serious lack of normalcy is just a hiccup in the fabric of the time space continuum…

Here are some images that I pinched from Ms Jessies blog. Hopefully she doesn’t mind…perhaps I should have asked her?

NAH! Live dangerously is my motto πŸ˜‰

Ms Jessie is one of those amazing people who make soap AND cheese!

Check out this Mozzarella…

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And this amazing hard cheese that Ms Jessie made from a kit…

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And she is incredibly good at knitting…


AND she can even do cable! I bow to your creativity Ms Jessie, you are indeed a true crafter Β and a most worthy person to carry the baton next πŸ™‚




75 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rabidlittlehippy
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 15:32:30

    Permission smermission right? πŸ˜‰ It’s ok Ms Narf. I know where you live!!! πŸ˜‰

    Just to correct one thing (yep, you stuffed up albeit only a tiny bit πŸ˜‰ ) the first picture labelled as mozzarella is actually ricotta, drizzled generously in honey, made from the leftover mozzarella whey. I do make mozzarella (sometimes) too. πŸ™‚


  2. thecontentedcrafter
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 15:34:55

    So, once again I snorted, sniffled, giggled and chortled my way through your post. You are a master with the written/spoken word. You use language most excellently and weave amazing word pictures that drag us at break-neck speed behind your thought path. ….. What is that, if not art!

    You also write the most amazing load of tripe about what you can’t do – lookit all those things you make and create and grow – it’s all art you know! Life, as someone is sure to have said, is art. It’s not confined to, as you so elegantly expressed, just wielding a bit of horsehair on a stick. And you didn’t even mention the stuff you make on ‘Illustrator’ it’s all forms of artistic expression. The fact that Earl and Beziel and random feral creature destroy your works is beside the point. Siddy ate one of my latest creations yesterday ………. I’m still including it in my next post! πŸ™‚ [Bloody Earl has been emailing-mentoring him, I’m sure – that was proof!]

    I am most impressed with the bed that Stevieboy has made – but I am pretty much impressed with everything Stevieboy gets up to. He is after all the person that Robert Downey Junior has modelled himself on as was covered in one of your previous posts [I mention this as president of his fan club, which may only have one member at the moment, but I am sure that will change any day now – I am ready for the influx of fans that may erupt as a result of this post outing him for his surf-blonde locks and carpentery whizz skills and spoon making skills and that amazing bit of flungdungery with the roof water tank]

    I am also most impressed with your dangling things. I want to make some dangling things and for months, maybe a year even, have been trying to collect beads, shells and myriad suitable additions to match and add into the dangly thing as it currently is residing in my imagination and needs to see the real world.

    As I am privy to the Christmas present [obviously I am a special person to be allowed to be privy πŸ™‚ ] I am fairly sure you will be drunk all of January – creativity par-excellence [say that with a French accent please as I don’t know how to make those accent marks the french so like in their spellings].

    Every time I look at that photo of Earl in whatever it is that’s on his head, he reminds me of something – but I don’t know what it is. It is most unsettling!

    Now I’m off to meet your Ms Jessie, whom I have been meaning to meet for some time but somehow have never quite gotten round to – you certainly mention her often enough, and I feel we should be introduced. I like her fingerless gloves very much and as I have also been thinking of making some of those she may be a most helpful person for me to get to know πŸ™‚


    • narf77
      Jul 21, 2014 @ 16:49:04

      Earl says “10 points Syddy, the check is in the mail”. I just had a great idea…it is almost as great an idea as my cunning plan so as I have already claimed “weasel” you will have to make do with cunning as a fox. I am Squeeing with happiness I am that bleeding clever πŸ™‚ Hows this for an idea…you do a blog post and you ask all of your dear constant readers to send you one small “special” item for a worldwide dangler of great happiness. It would cost bugger all to send something small (or a couple of small somethings) and we could all send you something to add if you wanted. Imagine how amazing your dangler would be! Christi could send you a lovely shell from Hawaii, Boomdee could send you a lovely teal bead, I could send you all KINDS of things because I live in Australia and I can just put them into a bottle and float them over to you ;). Steve says that he will make you a tiny wooden heart for the bottom of it and will give you one of his prized guitar pics for being his number one fan πŸ™‚


      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 21, 2014 @ 18:14:18



        AWWW AND BLESS THAT STEVEIEBOY TOO A HEART AND A PIC – SPECIAL πŸ™‚ and tell Earl I’m watching for him…….

      • narf77
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 03:03:28

        Earl says good luck catching him Ms Pauline…you know that weasel in my blog hop post? He is even more cunning…It IS a brilliant idea and you already have the promise of a lovely button from Ms Snail who just started following your blog! I LOVE this gorgeous and most uplifting little community that we are forging here full of lovely and most generous people with their time and their hearts. Lets do this! Sort of like crowd sourcing only not for moola, but for bits and bobs, special little “doo-dads” for your dangler πŸ™‚

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 06:16:10

        I’m a little bit overwhelmed that it’s for me – but the idea is fantastic and maybe we can then start a doo-dad collection for another crafty creation……You are #1 cunning creative ideas person in our wee magical blogging community!

      • narf77
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 09:21:43

        I have already amassed the little wooden heart (huon pine one at that) a pic that Steve just took from his guitar that he plays and something from me that I think you might like. I asked Boomdee and Christi as well. I reckon it will be interesting to see what you end up with and even if it isn’t “that” dangler it will be “A” dangler and it will start the apple cart rolling πŸ™‚

    • narf77
      Jul 21, 2014 @ 16:50:15

      THEN you can do a blog post about the wonderful worldwide dangler of great happiness and we can all revel in your joy πŸ™‚ I am off to find pretty and special things to add to my bottle now…I am ever the pack rat and now I am a packrat on a mission! πŸ™‚


      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 21, 2014 @ 18:21:55

        Do you think it would be permissible to say items should be neutral in colour or in any shades and hues of blue or green……… and bling is most definitely allowed……………. Or would that be being unhelpful? Would it be better to let go of all control and see what comes? Mmmm – that is also appealing ………

      • narf77
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 03:05:25

        I reckon let go of control. Just about everyone already knows your predilection for blue and green and now it’s a little drive for finding something special. I guess you could just make “this” dangler a side project to “THE” dangler if you get my drift. This one could be your “Great dangler of international happiness” but you may just find that this side project might blend into your hearts desire πŸ™‚

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 06:17:25

        Yes, exactly where I got to in my thinking πŸ™‚ Let go of all control is a marvelous mantra!

      • narf77
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 09:22:57

        We all have ideas in our heads of what things should be like but sometimes there are things out there that are SO much more than we can contemplate and we are limiting ourselves if we aren’t open to a mid cycle change occasionally. Trying to teach my control freaky brain that HATES change to learn that mantra πŸ˜‰

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 13:48:06

        I KNOW!! My life is a long lesson in this very fact – yet still the wish to hang on to control exists…… I feel so excited now I have entirely let go [in this case] and we will see what we see πŸ™‚ Little drips of wisdom from the great Narf again – thanking you πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 15:16:27

        Oh DEAR! My “wisdom” might not be so wise ;). How are we going to do this ma’am? Are you going to write a lovely post requesting dangler additions and giving people your address through your email? Let me know as I have people wanting your address to send you things already and we only thought it up today! Looks like people want to share and contribute to your dangler of great international happiness πŸ™‚

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 16:10:01

        Wow! Isn’t that amazing! Do you still have my address [it should be in your organiser under ‘Bog Give-Aways’ πŸ™‚ If you don’t I shall email it to you and you can give it out.

        I am feeling a little unsure about requesting through my blog – it seems a little ‘gimme, gimme’ and I have been given so much already! How do you feel about letting it stay here- after all it was your brilliant idea – and if any of our joint dear constant readers want to contribute won’t that be just so lovely and so enough? How does that sound to you?

    • narf77
      Jul 21, 2014 @ 16:51:17

      (By the way…too bad if you don’t want your dear constant readers to do it as the idea is out of the bag now and good luck stopping it…like a freight train my ideas πŸ˜‰ )


    • Born To Organize
      Jul 22, 2014 @ 12:08:59

      Pauline, you do leave wonderful, juicy, entertaining comments. I’m dying to hear about the Christmas gift that will lead to a boozy January. Five months is a long time to wait. Will you be dropping any hints along the way?


      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 14:02:19

        Unfortunately it is not my secret to give away or drop further hints about Alys – I am just privy to it πŸ™‚ [It makes me feel quite special being privy πŸ™‚ ] It IS a long wait, but wait we must and we must inform / expect narf to write a post about it when she sobers up sometime in February. I am most happy to see you back on-line – have the computer woes been seen off in fine fashion?

      • Born To Organize
        Jul 24, 2014 @ 05:18:32

        Thanks, Pauline. Mike worked his magic and so far, so good. He bought a new hard drive, but it wasn’t that after all. He thinks it’s related to a gadget he bought to allow me to plug my laptop into a larger monitor and to charge my phone, etc. What a relief.

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 24, 2014 @ 05:48:42

        What a relief! Those gadgets – pshaww! It seems to me every time you do anything to a computer there is a bad reaction……… I’ve learned to leave mine alone πŸ™‚ Mine is permanently plugged into my TV which gives me a lovely big screen to view everything on πŸ™‚ But then, I don’t have to share my home with a lovely husband and two super-dooper teenage boys πŸ™‚

      • Born To Organize
        Jul 24, 2014 @ 12:59:12

        How fun to view things on your large TV screen. I have a stand alone monitor that I use when I’m not mobile with my lap top. It’s much easier on the eyes. I’ve become a big fan of Ctrl +.

        You’re right about the gadgets, too. Sigh.

      • narf77
        Jul 24, 2014 @ 15:47:55

        We have a big screen for ours as well as then we never EVER have to wear glasses…perfect solution doncha think? πŸ˜‰

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 24, 2014 @ 15:56:38

        Hah – I would have up until two weeks ago when I got myself some new specs that make it so I don’t even have to lean forward to read the tiny print in some of those lovely Mr Leunig things you post on fb! πŸ™‚ I love my big screen laptop πŸ™‚ Did you spot it in the first pic on my latest post? Behind the lovely YD?

      • narf77
        Jul 25, 2014 @ 05:54:31

        I certainly did Ms Pauline :). It’s almost as big as the big telly we use as our monitor πŸ˜‰ It is AMAZING what a vain narf will do to deny that she needs glasses πŸ˜‰

      • thecontentedcrafter
        Jul 25, 2014 @ 06:15:58


      • narf77
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 15:10:33

        NO my daughters both read this blog and are very clever at guessing so no hints nada till after Christmas πŸ™‚

      • Born To Organize
        Jul 24, 2014 @ 05:11:57

        Ok. I’ll behave.

      • narf77
        Jul 24, 2014 @ 05:24:34

        I am the only one that has to behave, knock yourself out πŸ˜‰

      • Born To Organize
        Jul 24, 2014 @ 13:01:10


  3. The Snail of Happiness
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 18:06:44

    What a lovely idea for the Contented Crafter… finally got round to following her blog (I know – about time too). I have a lovely button I could send her!


    • thecontentedcrafter
      Jul 21, 2014 @ 18:23:13

      How lovely – on all counts πŸ™‚ We have many friends in common and I am also remiss in not getting to you. On my way πŸ™‚


    • narf77
      Jul 22, 2014 @ 03:01:19

      I thought that it would be a great idea as a button, or a small shell, or a few delicious beads would cost absolutely nothing to send. They could go into an envelope even and it would be a great way for everyone to contribute to Ms Pauline’s “Dangler of great happiness” and every time she saw it she could think about how many friends she has all over the world. Count your button as numero uno in the process Ms Snail, lovely gesture πŸ™‚


  4. brymnsons
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 19:13:33

    Is there a link to Ms Jessie?? Nice blog, and omg the look on Earl’s face with what ever it is on his head, had me in stitches… πŸ™‚


    • narf77
      Jul 22, 2014 @ 03:07:05

      Yup, she is rabidlittlehippy and I linked to her blog in the post. She makes lots of cheesy goodness, runs 3 prize rugrats and tries her damnedest to live sustainably and is a most interesting Ms Hippy πŸ™‚


      • brymnsons
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 20:36:31

        I meant in your blog, but then I went back and double checked and there it was. I also read the blog hop info again and realised she will be posting next Monday πŸ™‚

      • narf77
        Jul 23, 2014 @ 03:14:34

        She will be posting about building a rocket stove which is something that I want to do here so I am MOST interested in that post πŸ™‚

  5. brymnsons
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 19:14:28

    Oh and yes I would love to send something to contribute to the dangly delightfulness, if that is ok πŸ™‚


  6. Lynda D
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 20:42:22

    Hands down your greatest area of creativity has got to be the written word. It flows so effortlessly and with much amusement for yourself as well as your readers. So, its you i have to blame because Ms Jessie has now dobbed me in for the same task. How does one say no to Ms Jessie? How do i come close to such comedic repartee found above? Well Done Fran.


    • narf77
      Jul 22, 2014 @ 03:10:48

      You can’t say “no” to Ms Jessie. She is like a freight train when she gets started and sweeps everything and everyone in front of her when she is “ON” ;). The comedic repartee is just an aside. The real point of the blog hops is to highlight the deliciousness of crafts. If you knit, crochet, garden, cook, create things out of horse hair on a stick, ANYTHING that you like to do…quilt, collect buttons, have a dead wasp collection on your kitchen windowsill, is permissible :). Cheers for dropping by Lynda, good to see you and here, have a nice warm cuppa and a chockie bickie as its buggeries bollocking FREEZING here! πŸ™‚


      • Lynda D
        Jul 22, 2014 @ 19:33:07

        Oh i do drop by all the time, i just dont think i always have something to say. Your comment section is just as entertaining as your posts sometimes. Yes, you must be doubly freezing as it is so so cold here in Melb. Our factory (big tin shed) is frigid and the only one smiling is the powedercoating guy working with the ovens. He’s very popular lately, everyone is dropping by for a chat.

      • rabidlittlehippy
        Jul 23, 2014 @ 15:36:31

        But when I am “OFF” just hold your nose and move away. πŸ˜‰ As for cold, it was -6.5C this morning. YES, 6.5 degrees BELOW zero! Brrrr

      • narf77
        Jul 23, 2014 @ 16:05:26

        I will take your word for it Ms Jessie but as we all know, your recent insulation efforts have your house at a steady 30C summer and winter now πŸ˜‰

      • rabidlittlehippy
        Jul 23, 2014 @ 16:10:27

        It was just under 20C inside but it was -6.5C outside. There was 10mm thick ice on a bucket of water!

      • narf77
        Jul 23, 2014 @ 16:38:11


  7. Boomdeeadda
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 01:07:49

    LOL, that is quite the quote you’ve left us to ponder. A good time will be had by all who dare to arrive in your wonderland Narf. I think you sell yourself way short in the craftiness arena. The bug houses are delightful, the knitting speaks for itself but can’t be any cuter when modelled by your boys, LOL. I also love that it’s a joint ‘blog hop’ by both you ‘Tasmanian Dynamo’s’.

    I must confess, I have NEVER baked a loaf of bread. I’ve done Cinnamon Buns with yeast risen dough but never bread. Those look gorgeous and yummy. I’m afraid I’m a bit of a bread fiend. Buttered toast is the thing I’d miss most if stranded on a tropical island. Sure Banana’s and Bugs might keep me alive, but I would be missing my daily bread.

    I thought I’d pop over to Jessie’s blog but didn’t see where to connect. Did I miss it? I’m so glad you hopped aboard, wow, from Canada to Tasmania via New Zealand….Outstanding my dears. BTW, thank you for the link here and your kind comments too. Cheers!


    • narf77
      Jul 22, 2014 @ 03:20:41

      Come January, Ms Boomdee, Narf is going to have an “out to lunch” sign hung around her alcoholic neck (well that’s the plan…) but I must admit…Stevie-boy has decided to enter the competition running. His initial response, when he heard what my “cunning plan” was, was to say “well that’s it, you are going to win hands down! I may as well not bother…” but he has an inbuilt competitive streak and within a day came up with an idea that was as cunning as a fox. We are neck and neck on the “drunk in January” plan…

      There is a link to Jessies blog under the picture of Bezial running amok with my crochet wool…sigh…

      Stevie-boy and I like to create things. We like to do things ourselves. Partly because we love to learn new skills, partly because we are penniless student hippies by day AND night and if we don’t make things ourselves we don’t have them and partly because we are both tightwads who don’t want to pay someone else to do something that we can do ourselves and the biggest reason we do it is because we are both perfectionists who reckon that we can do it best. Just imagine trying to study with the pair of us… πŸ˜‰

      “Bugs and bananas” eh? I reckon Ms Christi from ex-Olalla should rename her blog “Bugs and Bananas” as she is now living in Hawaii and is festooned with at least the buggy part. Maybe “Bugs and Coconuts” Christi? ;). I am a bread addict. I have been threatened with permenant removal from the vegan confraturnity on many occasions due to my need to eat it with butter…I steer clear of it, and potatoes now as they are my 2 food triggers and I can go for a week on hot toast and chips…truth be known I could LIVE on hot toast and chips with regular intervals of hot tea ;).

      What do you think about my idea for Ms Pauline’s dangler…are you in? I think the best thing about my idea is that it would cost next to nothing to send a button or a few beads in an envelope which is completely the opposite of how much it costs to send anything bigger. Having sent parcels overseas before I KNOW how expensive a few hundred grams can be but if it can be shoved into an envelope (hint folks…if you want to do this make sure it can be shoved into an envelope πŸ˜‰ ) then it is cheap as chips to send :).

      Note to self “if it can’t be shoved into an envelope or stuffed into that bottle, get the hammer…” Ms Pauline’s dangler SHALL go to the ball!


  8. quarteracrelifestyle
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 04:44:07

    Lol. I think you had as much trouble writing about what you can/can’t do as I did πŸ™‚ I would agree you excel at writing Fran, if you ever decided to write a book I would be the first to buy it! Great photos of those gorgeous fur babies πŸ™‚


  9. christiglover
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 12:09:10

    You are a writer, Fran. I recognize the signs. I am, too. Our styles are different, but writing is the way we process our lives. The blog gives me the chance to do that each week, and I compose it in my subconscious all week, just as you do. It is what I love the most, not the gardening or the cooking or the house-making. It’s composing life, taking the situations and finding my emotional preoccupation in the little plots. We share this and this is why we are TWINS!

    Surfer Steve would fit right in here in Hawaii. And like Pauline I am a huge fan of Stevie-boy!! I have two of his spoons! He is an official member of the Stickman Party.

    I’m totally on board for Pauline’s dangler. πŸ™‚ 


    • narf77
      Jul 22, 2014 @ 15:13:02

      Steve’s head is SO fat now he can’t get out of the door πŸ˜‰ You are the Vice President of his fan club (nominated and seconded by me πŸ˜‰ ). I think that being a writer is just something that you are born to do. I don’t think that you can stop the words from coming. They just come when and as they will and being able to share with other people who think like me is an amazing thing. It has certainly made me a lot happier to find a little clique of “us” but I sure had to go hunting a long way to find you all πŸ˜‰


  10. Born To Organize
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 12:12:32

    Fran I agree with the others: you’ve got creativity to burn. Thanks for taking part in the blog hop. I’ve been as yet unsuccessful with my cohersive skills.


  11. cityhippyfarmgirl
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 18:49:55

    1. Steve those wooden spoons are beautiful. My grandfather used to carve a lot of spoons and I hadn’t thought of them for a long time. 2. Insect hotels, yes, I’ve been thinking I’d like to give one of them a crack, maybe a little native bee house?
    3. Succulent eating ducks? What is going on there feathered friends? I do love me a lovely succulent…it’s so hard to kill them, that’s why I love them (well except if you have ducks…wouldn’t I be the talk of the apartment block if I did have ducks.) 4. Curious to see what your challenge comes up with Ms Narf- (although, I think it will be awesome what ever you come up with.)


  12. Margaret Griffin
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 20:39:47

    Poor Bezial. Will the silly hats never end?


    • narf77
      Jul 24, 2014 @ 04:35:53

      That was when he was a MUCH younger and more foolish boy. Now he just scrapes anything that we put on his head off instantly and gives us those “SHAMING” eyes reserved for the lowest members of society and cats πŸ˜‰


  13. Robbie
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 15:07:53

    You are a creative soul:-) amazing your collection of creative projects!


    • narf77
      Jul 24, 2014 @ 15:55:19

      Thank you Robbie πŸ™‚ My soul is creative alright but it tends to create things to put into my mouth, swear words to yell at Earl when he is eating my precious crochet or dragging me backwards down a hill, new and MOST ingenious ways to procrastinate my way out of doing ANYTHING at all…sigh…I would swap some of my amazing talent for some normal talent any day! πŸ˜‰


  14. Linne
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 09:35:02

    Not creative? ????? Really? ????? I beg to disagree . . .

    You didn’t even include photos of the Sanctuary, either . . . That Great Netted Wall and Roof is just so impressive!

    Your knitting, cooking, baking, crochet, gardening, building . . . there’s no end, it seems, to the ways in which you exude creativity. I think, too, that for a vegan to bake and cook things they won’t be eating is another aspect of the creativity found in truly loving another human . . . The Stromboli, for one . . . And to crochet in spite of ‘helpers’ who love to eat what you make . . . I hope they are growing out of that stage and will learn to simply appreciate the extra comfort of handmade blankets, hats, etc.

    I do agree, though, that it seems that writing is likely your strongest expression of creativity. You have made me laugh, chuckle, cry, worry and so much more, usually all in the same post. Your photographs, your creativity on the computer (yes, I know you’re not an IT person; like me, you’re a driver, not a mechanic πŸ™‚ ).

    You and Stevie-boy are so creative in acquiring materials and seeds/seedlings for the Sanctuary, too.

    Another area you didn’t mention is your creativity in your marriage; being creative in finding non-violent πŸ˜‰ ways to live with someone do deliciously different and equally creative is a challenge many find daunting, even overwhelming.

    And Stevie-boy’s creativity is nothing to sneeze at, either; that bed is stunning; likewise the spoons. And the signboard, the watertank feeder system; I am always amazed . . . and then to know that he makes music . . . sigh . . .

    I love your idea for Ms. Pauline’s delectable dangler and I am glad you thought of it now; I still have a few boxes of supplies to go through and I know there will be something in there that will suit. The envelope idea was a good one, too.

    So I’d have to say that, next to writing, creativity in coming up with ideas/solutions is close to the top of your creative accomplishments. Thanks for all that you share with us; your posts are worth waiting for and always a treat. ~ Linne


    • narf77
      Jul 26, 2014 @ 10:21:20

      I was too ashamed to put a photo of sanctuary as it is at the moment as the word “creative” connotates good things not barren wastelands where possums roam free doing their level best to eat anything inside apart from the garlic and the kale…they apparently HATE garlic and kale so I am thinking a garlic and kale garden next season…Bezial appreciates extra comfort, Earl appreciates the extra fibre…

      The secret to a happy marriage is to have PLENTY of space to spread out in, the ability to walk (albeit stiff legged and twitching) to another room when you are about to explode, informing your partner that the roof is indeed another “room” of sorts and that it might be conducive to their prospective future health if they took up residence there for a bit…feed them well so they don’t complain, don’t complain if you feed them something they don’t like and they don’t eat it, what are you a fool? If they won’t eat it once, find something they will eat and run with it…no problemo Mr Roboto, give each other space to be who they are even if you have NO idea what that is and everything that they do makes you twitch because one day you are going to need their peculiar habits in order to understand or do something. We aren’t all made equal. God was pretty clever there as otherwise we would all anticipate the other one and nothing would ever…EVER get done. At the end of the day its about learning to live with someone else and accepting them for who and what they are and giving up trying to change them coz they aint’ gonna change for you and you certainly aint’ gonna change for them! Best make the best of it because by the time you have been together long enough to work this out you are both ruined for anyone else πŸ˜‰

      The envelope idea is the BEST bit as its cheap. If you can find something small, button or beadesque, a stone with a hole in it, she LOVES blue and green but I told her to give it up to the world, this first dangler is her special international great dangler of great happiness and its a big surprise how it is going to turn out for all of us :).

      Thank you for your wonderful words Linne (note for once I didn’t say “Linnie” πŸ˜‰ ) you always give me a reason to keep posting, you are constant in your praise and even when you are teasing me beyond belief (you know I love it πŸ˜‰ ) you are a great friend. Hugs from surprisingly sunny Sidmouth where I can hear the slithers of a Stevie-boy on the roof manipulating and scraping special you-beaut gutter gardy stuff around in order to stop the majority of the possum decorations and leaf mould from making it into our tank. They don’t tell you about all of this excitement and danger when you buy a water tank and you think it’s just something boring but Stevie-boy is dangling by his armpits with a view to die for in the sunshine trying to stuff guttering in all of our gutters…hopefully the neighbours aren’t being subject to plumbers crack πŸ˜‰


  15. Littlesundog
    Jul 27, 2014 @ 11:56:41

    Rats! I’m not sure I can save up enough money to come see you in Boozy January! I’ll be broke for months after that trip I just took! That sounds like the perfect time for me to come visit though! πŸ™‚ As for writing… you do it so well Fran. That is just a small part of your creative life. Every post is chock full of things you have created lately. And if it is not something you have created that you can see or hold in your hands… there are ideas and thoughts about things to make and build or problems to solve! Your mind constantly spins out ideas. I don’t think I have a more creative friend Fran.

    Oh I still behold my beautiful wooden spoon created by Steve. And I still adore Earl for picking my nut in the drawing.True kismet, I say!


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