A Day In The A Blue Mountains.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I welcome you to take your time and browse , visiting my bush garden and discovering the wonders of my city within a national park; Blue Mountains National Park. Via my blog you will travel with me through the successes, trials and tribulations of gardening on a bush block. I share with you my patchwork & quilting, knitting, paper crafts, cooking and life in general.

Monday, January 26, 2015


If I could choose any car, any car at all...this is my number one car of choice...

Spotted at the Lady Luck Festival 2015.  Katoomba Street Katoomba.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Today, I got stung by a wasp.
The wasp literally attacked me.  I was in no way intimidating the wasps, which had built a paper nest right above my under-verandah clothes line. I had earlier inadvertently walked into a wasp and frenetically tried to brush it out of my hair. On my return to the same spot I got attacked from behind!  Luckily, the sting was through my shirt and I immediately took apis mellifica 6c and have had little reaction to the sting.
But what to do about the nest? Or should I say nests?  Three of them in fact. 
I know how beneficial wasps can be in the garden but left unchecked the growing wasp population in and around our verandah is getting a bit threatening.  Our Grand Daughter picked up on the first one last week. 
So tonight Mr HP tried a home natural home made insecticide to eliminate the three nests on our verandah.  

In 500 mls of warm water he added 60 mls liquid dish washing detergent and 30 drops peppermint essential  oil.  Decanted into a spray bottle, and waiting until dark the nests were sprayed with the insecticide with excellent results.  

Tomorrow night, he will check the nests and remove them if safe to do so. Ideally the nest should be burned.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fly Lady Fly...

Have you heard about FlyLady? 
In desperation to get myself back on track, along with some herbal remedy to improve my very depressed mood, I've turned to FlyLady for assistance.
Yikes!  This morning I had to discard 27 items from my kitchen!  Do 27 pieces of paper from my mail holder count?  
Letting go is hard to do.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 In Retrospect

For our country, 2014 has been a dramatic year to say the least - to the point that by the end of the year I refused to listen to or watch the news.  I have also found world news too much to bear. I have therefore made a conscious effort to not comment, in my blog, on many current news events throughout the year.
So I sit here, with only minutes left to this year, and, for the first time since I started this blog, I have decided to do a year in review.  I will not do a month by month review but rather pick out what I believe to be major highlights of my and my family's year.

In January, I made a new year's resolution for the first time in decades; to speak less and listen more.  This has been, at times, difficult, and only this morning, during a reflective moment, told myself I need to continue with this discipline, so I will.

In January, I also read Gone With The Wind for the first time when a friend offered to loan me her copy of the book.  I loved the book and regret not reading it a long, long, time ago.

In May my sister visited Sydney and extended family to celebrate her 60th Birthday.  It was a special time for us all.

Mr Honey Pie and I headed off to the desert in July...winter being the only time to spend time in the desert and although we visited some exotic places, it made me feel so appreciative of our home comforts. 

August saw the family pull together as we moved our Mum out of what had been the family home for the past fifty three plus years.  Poor Mum suffered a mini-stroke the week of the handover.  It was an experience we would have wished she never should have experienced. Especially at her age.

In September our second son had a piece of his jewellery selected for a prestigious exhibition called A Fine Possesion at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Mr Honey Pie's side of the family had another addition to the family in November (and so another quilt was created)

I think one of my disappointments would have to be how nature failed Sydneysiders in 2014
each time there was some exciting happening in the night sky by filling it with clouds.
Clouds are not as exciting as an eclipse.
We missed out every time. 

Happy New Year to all my blogger friends.
May 2015 be everything you want it to be.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Wild Weather

Our spring this year has seen exceptionally wild weather and summer seems to have kept on trend with one December week experiencing storms each day.
On Sunday 7th December, Mr HP and I drove through three storms as we made our way from one end of the city to the other and back again.
We had an invite to my sister's partner's 50th celebrations only to receive a phone call early in the day to let me know that my dearest aunt and God mother was seriously ill in hospital.  I knew I would never forgive myself if I had not made an attempt to see her for what might be the last time.  Thankfully she is on the mend but have no regrets that Mr HP and I fought the elements three times that day to make sure we not only visited my favourite aunt, but that we also managed to make it to the 50th party.
Here are some December weather snapshots.

Thirty minutes of hail fell on the 5th December while I was visiting my Daughter and Grand daughter.  Thankfully no damage was done.

When I returned home later in the day, there were some very strange cloud formations in the sky above our house.

Two days later we head into the first rain storm as we head out to visit my aunt in hospital.  

Christmas eve in Leura...a whiteout. (Photo taken by Mr HP).

On Christmas Day, we had a wild electrical storm after lunch. We had to rearrange the tables to keep the wind-swept rain off the food, the children had to hop out of the swimming pool and eventually, the lanterns were blown away into the wind.

The one positive from all this precipitation is that the garden is doing wonderfully and the flowering plants are the best I've seen them for years.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Better Late Than Never

Finally set up the Christmas Tree this morning.
Mr HP helped me, it's not often he helps with the Christmas tree but Little Miss Seven is hard to get a hold of these past few weeks. I've had three days of flu so he helped with assembling the tree and adding the lights.  I finished off the decorations while he set up the fairy lights on the verandah.

We'll have a tame Christmas this year as two of our boys and their partners will not be able to visit this year.

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