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Slouchy hat bonanza

I started off making a hat for a friend who was feeling the cold. He has a serious lack of hair and the onset of autumn was making his dome turn blue and we couldn’t have that now could we? So I found a nice easy crochet pattern and I shared it with you all a couple of blog posts back. Since I shared that pattern I have made 13 slouchy beanies and have decided that I enjoy making them so much I am going to keep doing it. If you live anywhere close to me or are an immediate family member you are not safe. My beanie fetish reminds me of this book from my childhood called “Caps for sale” penned by Esphyr Slobodkina where a hat salesman wears a lot of caps and they get stolen by monkeys and he has to work out how to get them back. Early problem solving 101 apparently.

By the time I get bored of making slouchy beanies, most of upper Launceston will be wearing them.
By the time I get bored of making slouchy beanies, most of upper Launceston will be wearing them.
Earl the dog on the table
“Oh EARL!” You would think he would have learned by now to stay off the table. Unlikely apparently…sigh…

Autumn has finally decided to rock up and it would seem that as soon as El Nino decided to head north for the winter, the flood gates opened and we Northern Tasmanian’s couldn’t be happier with the week of rain that we have had. We lost our phone and internet for a few days to a tree falling over the line in Tuesday’s storms but we didn’t care because the rain that accompanied it more than made up for the inconvenience. Brunhilda is back at the fore of ambiance enhancement on Serendipity Farm and Bezial and Earl have taken up residence on either side of her wafting warmth and are currently fast asleep dreaming of chasing chickens and running in their sleep as I tap away here.

My recent button haul
I went hunting for buttons at the thrift shop in Exeter yesterday and look at the gorgeousness that I got for $3. I gave my last button tin away oblivious to the delights that are “button” but consider me hoarding these beauties mercilessly.
Closeup of pretty pastel buttons
Aren’t the pastel colours of these buttons scrumptious? Consider me hooked!

I have to admit that I am really enjoying TAFE this year. We are working through tutorials to learn our course content and that’s my perfect way to learn. It’s still hard to travel 100km a day to attend but our lecturer, who lives just around the corner from us, has to drive it as well so I should probably stop complaining. The neighbour behind Frank has decided to sell his house. We thought that we might have finally gotten to Frank and it might be him selling but when we got our internet back (on Friday) we found out otherwise. If you would like to be our neighbour and have a stray half a million dollars Australian to throw around feel free to buy the property and we will most generously allow you to cut down a few of the trees on our back block that limit the view.

Dog tomato inspector
Once we killed the rats we actually got a bit of a harvest this year. Here Earl has taken it upon himself to become a tomato inspector. Apparently this batch needs to be inspected.
Spring raspberries in autumn
Our topsy turvy weather has seen the plants confused. These raspberries are spring raspberries and really shouldn’t be producing fruit and we also had cherry blossoms on our cherry tree in autumn.
Mr Deak the short rooster
I don’t know whether Deak is clever or just crazy as Paxo still hasn’t picked him as being a rooster despite his regular plundering of wayfaring hens on the peripherals of the flock. Maybe Paxo figures he can’t deal with all of the hens and Deak is welcome to the stragglers. Whatever the reason, Deak is now a permanent fixture in the hen house as 2IC rooster.

Its funny how autumn hit and suddenly Steve has a cold and I am overcome by the desire to sit by the fire and read and crochet. I haven’t even looked at Sanctuary for over a fortnight now and I really should water the glasshouse (note to self “water the glasshouse!”) but it has been lovely to move indoors and take advantage of the blissfully cool and damp weather after such a long hot and dry season. I have been saving seeds like a squirrel hoarding nuts and will be attempting to grow as many of our own seedlings this coming season as I possibly can. I am doing a swap for some chilli seeds (slouchy beanies rock!) from a lovely lady called Debra in Hobart. She has some interesting varieties that I didn’t know you could get in Tasmania and has most generously offered to share them with me. Our new gardening system is just a whole lot of effort away from reality and chillies will grow well in our new garden beds.

Box of figs
I was recently given these figs by a very kind fig benefactor. I am too ashamed to tell you how quickly I ate them all but needless to say they are now only a distant fond memory.
Tree Chilli (Capsicum pubescens) fruit
This is one of the Tree Chilli (Capsicum pubescens) fruit. As you can see they were quite big and quite hot on the Scoville (chilli heat) scale as well. I am looking forward to growing some interesting varieties of chilli next growing season.
Arty shot over the bird bath to the river beyond
Steve taking an arty shot over the bird bath to the river beyond

I harvested a couple of large chillies from a small tree chilli (Capsicum pubescens) that has been growing in a pot. I got the seeds from a fruit a friend gave me before her tree chilli shuffled off due to frost. The seeds are black and I now have quite a few and will be growing them as swapsies at seed swaps as they are one kind of chilli that will take quite a bit of cold and they are perennial as well which makes them doubly as useful. They also grow to quite large shrubs and yield a decent crop of hot chillies that I am gleefully contemplating in future years to turn into gochujang and make me self sufficient in chilli powder.

Steve wearing a cardboard beer hat
Steve prior to me making him a slouchy beanie…
Steve gaming and wearing his slouchy beanie
Steve gaming and wearing his slouchy beanie oblivious to me taking his photo. I think he looks like a pirate in his beanie. He doesn’t care what he looks like so long as his head is warm (and it is).

Autumn brings lots of fun on our dog walks. The boys love rustling around in the fallen leaves and the cooler weather is a lot more comfortable than racing between trees and trying to drag Bezial from the shade. The holly berries are out in the middle of the year in the southern hemisphere and I am tempted each year to freeze or dry some to be used at Christmas time when its hot outside and holly berries are long gone. I guess that’s why we Aussies celebrate Christmas in July, in a vain attempt to harness the feeling of a Northern Christmas. If it really caught on it would be another string in the marketer and advertising bow to make a grab for mid year cash when not much is going on aside from the odd financial end of year/stocktake sale. Best of luck marketers. You might need to get the hipsters on board to sell that one 😉

Holly tree in fruit
Holly in Australia bears fruit in autumn so our holly is a mid year thing, not for Christmas.
Holly berries
I am seriously contemplating drying some so that I can have them at Christmas time.
One of Steve's dahlias actually flowered
One of Steve’s dahlias actually flowered. He got the tubers (free) from the plant lady up the road as they reminded him of his grandad who used to grow dahlias.

Steve went through serious withdrawal over the few days that we were internet free. He couldn’t play his online game and took to twitching in the lounge room in the ad breaks whilst being forced to watch “normal”  TV. I, however, really enjoyed my time away and have decided to limit my time online to my early mornings. After 7am I am staying away unless I am looking something up. No more trawling Facebook and Pinterest for this little black duck. I accomplished so much in the 3 days we were offline that I realised how much we have become addicted to living online. I have plans for autumn and winter that involve getting seriously good at baking awesome bread and have some excellent tutorials to follow. Brunhilda is going to be my faithful sidekick and together we can joust at bread shaped windmills to our hearts content. Much like my slouchy beanie hats, anyone in the immediate vicinity is likely to be inundated by bread as soon as I throw myself into baking it.

Bezial and Earl frolicking in the autumn leaves
Bezial and Earl frolicking in the autumn leaves
A miracle. Telstra gave US money
A miracle. Telstra gave US money. We finished our contract and changed contracts and were paid out. I am documenting this pay-out here for posterity 😉

I read a wonderful book by Neil Gaiman called “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”. I read it in a day and wished that it had lasted longer. It was delicious and I will be heading to TALIS to order more of his books from the library as soon as I finish this blog post. I took a couple of Stephen King books out yesterday and am wallowing in horror. As soon as I finish ordering the Neil Gaiman books from TALIS I will be sinking into a comfy chair and immersing myself in the sequel to The Shining – Doctor Sleep. I am truly enjoying reading fiction again. I read constantly as a child and can’t believe that I have allowed myself to drop reading from my daily repertoire. Consider it firmly back on the menu.

A house in Beaconsfield Tasmania
This is a house in Beaconsfield Tasmania. There isn’t anything special about this house that we saw on our early mornings walk this morning aside from we noticed the curtains were twitching as we walked past…
Dog looking out of a window
It would seem we were being observed.

Well the cuckoo shrikes are calling me to cut them some more cheese. They are joined by a bevy of blackbirds, a salon of sparrows, a whoosh of wrens and a couple of Currawongs who have returned to the fold for their biennial breeding event much to Earl’s disgust. He sees them as king sized freeloaders and takes every opportunity to remind them to “BUGGER OFF!”  in no uncertain terms. Life is never boring (or quiet) on Serendipity Farm. I hope you are all having a lovely week wherever you are and whatever weather you are having. Catch you all soon and till we meet again, I can be found feet up near the fire reading a book with a big mug of tea at any given time.

Red sky in the morning
“Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning” and it certainly was. This was the sky last week just before the storm front went through that took out our phone and internet.
The first fire lit in 2016
The start of Brunhilda’s return to the fold for 2016. A month later than last year but “better late than never” is what I say.
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  1. Littlesundog says:

    It is always difficult for me to think of you heading into the cool/cold season and we are just warming up here. We just ordered a storm shelter to take cover when tornadoes threaten. So far we’ve had some close calls! That shelter can’t get here fast enough! Of course we’ve lived here eight years and are just now getting around to installing one.

    I love dahlia’s. I think they’re the happiest flower! Just be thankful Earl has no interest in posies. I hope he limits himself to tomato inspections only.. and doesn’t venture into checking out the rest of the harvest?

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    1. narf7 says:

      My grandma used to say “better safe than sorry” and I tend to adhere to that saying. Buying a storm shelter is a really good idea. Installing it is an even better one ;). Did you know that dahlia tubers are edible? Same with day lily tubers. Always a good thing to know. Earl took one of those tomatoes and carried it around in his mouth for a while and then surreptitiously laid it on the ground. I think it was his attempt to plant it for next season. We will make a farm dog out of him yet! 😉

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  2. Wow, you have lit Brunhilda and I am still wafting about in 24 degree sunny days and warm nights! No heating required!! Apparently global warming is focused on the south of NZ 🙂 Or the weather gods are just trying to appease me after having served up such a s**** summer!!

    I am searching the web for a particular style of hat for the cooler days and still haven’t yet found the one I want – you are most fortunate to have found one you like.

    I keep my button collection in one of those giant oversized wine goblets that were popular in the 90’s and enjoy trying to find just the right button that I know is in there somewhere. 🙂 Despite the heat I’ve been knitting like crazy and have finished my super long sleeveless vest and am about to launch into another crochet vest and a scarf……. not enough hours in the day to hook or ply those needles is there. I bought a lotto ticket expecting to move into the cheapest house in Tasmania but lucked out. Maybe I should concentrate on the cheapest house in NZ? There is a town somewhere down here that is practically giving away its properties…… see where you make my thoughts go!! [I’ve had a glass of [Australian merlot] wine can you tell?] Anyway, nice to catch up. 🙂

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    1. narf7 says:

      As soon as the cooler weather hit home I started to crochet. It was almost enzymatic! I keep fingering knitting patterns for socks and simple knitting and I know it’s next on my agenda. I have a love of simple knitting and very clean lines that you just can’t reproduce in crochet. I could have cared less about buttons before my button bag score the other day. Someone has been cutting the buttons off their expensive kids clothes. You know those “Oshkoshbygosh” kind and the buttons are beautifully pastel and you can almost taste them. I turned from a “Meh…buttons” person who gave my friend my tin of buttons gladly, to “Don’t take my buttons…I will cut you!” overnight. I think you just have to meet the right buttons (my preciouses…) I am storing mine in a little glass canister with a silver coloured “Tea” label on the front to remind me of how important they are to me now… I can’t wait to see your beautiful creations when you finish them. You got me back in touch with reading from your post where you shared what you were reading a little while ago. When I started again it was like having a mug of tea at the start of the day. Something had been missing and I suddenly remembered what it was. It has slotted right back in and I am now loath to let it go again. Thank you for that :). I have even changed my library so that I can order and pick up my books easier now and just ordered 4 more Neil Gaiman books for when my Stephen King run out. I can’t believe that N.Z. is that warm! I don’t know why I find it that hard to believe as we were basking in that self-same heat only a week or so ago but now winter has decided to land and it seems to like where it landed, much to my joy. I am back where I belong, in the throes of rainy days and cool nights. I think I was cut out to be Missus Christmas. (I certainly have the right shape 😉 ). When I was hunting for buttons the other day at the thrift shop I found lots of knitting needle sets. I think I am going to have to grab some if only to add them to my expanding collection of “stuff”. I found a strange looking craft “hook” thingo that may have been some kind of latch hook thing for rug making but it sort of looked like an apple corer with extra bits. I think I had best buy that as I especially love things that I have NO idea what they are for as I buy them so that when I do know what they are for, I have one ;). We have towns here in Australia where they almost pay you to move there. The other day I found that they are giving away plots of land on an island that probably is closer to you than here (just checked and it IS closer to you than me…) called Pitcairn Island. Check it out. We can dream can’t we?

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/pitcairnislands/11418280/Why-will-nobody-move-to-Pitcairn-the-Pacific-island-with-free-land.html

      Steve’s favourite is Merlot (although he doesn’t care what country it is made in 😉 ). I should send you a bottle of the local “plonk”. I hear it has a good name. We have several decent wineries in our district that do a good drop. Keep on hooking and knitting and keep that oversized jar brimming with buttons. I have a new hobby now. Adding to my preciouses whenever I can, to add to my old hobbies. Big hugs Ms Pauline and its both good and comforting to know that we are keeping up the crafts for the south at the same time 🙂

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  3. Lots of gorgeous photos for us! Whilst we are happily heading into Spring I do recall the feeling of relief at the end of a hot, hot Andalucian summer when we turned a corner into the delicious cool of autumn. Love that chili berry, I need to grow some ☺ and think I also need to make some slouchy beanies….

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    1. narf7 says:

      I shared the pattern for the slouchies a couple of posts ago in a link but there are thousands of free patterns online. That one just looks good (most crochet hats don’t) as it is knitted on the side and when you wear it, it looks like ribbing rather than trebles which is ALWAYS good in my book :). That chilli actually grows into a perennial shrub. There’s one in Hobart that is 3 metres tall and heading for 10 years old now so they have a decent life span and imagine how many chillis you would get off it?! They are quite hot too so well worth growing in my humble opinion. Waving from the warmth of Brunhilda with my first mug of tea of the day on a delicious Sunday where all I have to do is read, bask in her warmth and drink as much tea as I dare (that’s quite a lot 😉 ). Big hugs Ms Chica 🙂

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      1. I need a chili tree like that! Big hugs right back atcha ☺

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  4. brymnsons says:

    So longing for a Brunhilda to warm the cockles of me heart… but alas i only get gas 😁. Mmm love the smell of baking bread. Im looking forward to making pasta again. Homemade anything is so much better. We have had 1.4 degrees in the morning so winter is coming to freeze us again. Beautiful blue sky days though. Unlike Albany,rain,rain and more rain lol. We are now the proud owners of a full caravan and will be ambling up the WA coast in July. I love those buttons Fran! What a delicious collection. See you didn’t know what an amazing gift you had given me. Your sister’s house looks amazing and their hospitality was lovely. I gave her a big hug from you x. We might get rain soon … I will keep you posted 😆. I liked Steve’s arty photo too.

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    1. narf7 says:

      Pasta has been hanging around my peripherals as well (blush 😉 ). I have been finding all kinds of pasta, dumplings, noodles etc. on the Polish food blogs that I have started following recently. They rely on a lot of noodles etc. for the bulk of their diet and there are some seriously scrumptious thing that they do with a bit of starch and some flour. I am looking forward to testing out some of their very interesting recipes. Your weather is colder than ours is but we have had it so warm, dry and hideous this year that 5C overnight feels delicious. Congratulations on becoming semi-grey nomads (ducking 😉 ) I am reading a Stephen King book at the moment about a collective of soul vampires that ride around in caravans, harvesting the essence of children. Might be a good idea to stay away from groups ;). I KNOW with the buttons! Now I “get” it. I would rather tear off my foot and feed it to a crocodile than give away my preciouses. I think I just had to meet the right buttons to activate my passion. The ones I gave you were not my preciouses. The ones I found the other day were. You went to see Pinkiii? Excellent! 🙂 You are a conduit between sisters. I will be sending your hats and your bud badge this coming week. Hopefully it will get to you before Christmas with the way the postal system runs now. I think it took 10 days for the hats I sent to Pinkiii and Jason to get to them where it used to take a week. At least you will have them for if you still go to Eagles games ;). I hope you have seen the movie “UP”. That’s where Steve got the idea for the badges. If you haven’t seen it, you really must. You will cry and cry and fall in love with it. My girls watched the first 10 minutes only. They stopped watching because they said “How could you watch any more after the love of his life up and dies in the first 10 minutes!” But the story is incredibly beautiful and Pixar did a splendiferous job. I think I would go as far as to say that it was one of my top 5 movies of all time :). Stevie-boy likes to take arty shots. I see that there is a theme starting in my images that I use to be header images each week so I am going to have to coax him out to get me some kind of arty nature/plant shot every week. Might need a ladle to get him off Destiny as he feels like he has to play double now as he missed out for 3 days when the net was down ;).

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      1. brymnsons says:

        Ha ha ha blokes have that catchup kind of thinking… I’m looking forward to the hats and the pin! Who needs christmas to be spoilt eh. It was lovely to catch up with your sister and her hubby. Lovely time chatting and the tour of their new bits about the house, spectacular! Mind you it was bloody freezing on the upper deck lol. Typical Albany. I love “UP”. We have it on DVD and often throw it on when the TV is boring. I think we might be throwing a few DVD’s on until the election guff is over. Not looking forward to that… Enjoy your button obsession and welcome to the dark side 🙂 x

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      2. narf7 says:

        I have never been happier to subscribe to Netflix as I am now! It’s a double dissolution election which means that all seats are put up for grabs and so there will be some singing and dancing and pork barelling going on for the next 90 days that will make “Spamalot” look tame! I haven’t seen Pinkiii’s new extensions or deck aside from in photos. It’s lovely that she has been able to adapt her house to suit her. If I lived closer I would help her plan out her garden how she wants it. It’s lovely and cold here as well but you wouldn’t know it as Brunhilda is doing her level best to turn the inside into Florida 😉

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  5. Fran, it’s nice to read your update. I always read with a smile on my face. You have a great sense of humour and it shines through in all your writing. I’m glad you’re getting some wet, cool weather. We also have wet, cool weather today, quite unusual for our May. No complaints from me though. I love it.

    I crocheted a chain for a project earlier this week and was immediately reminded at how relaxing it is to work needles of any kind, be it knitting, sewing or crochet. It’s nice of you to warm so many heads as you head into cooler weather.

    Enjoy those cozy days in your future.

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    1. narf7 says:

      I am just glad that my addiction has a useful result/purpose that I can share around ;). Glad you are getting rain and cool weather as well. I know how hard you guys have had it and fingers crossed, that you get more rain over your spring season to fill the reservoirs. Tasmania has been the Aussie version of California over the past year and I now know how very important the simple act of rain is. I try to make people laugh/smile. There is so much going on in the world to make people cry that a bit of a laugh could be just what the doctor ordered. A wasp just landed on my monitor. Hmmm… how to get the wasp OFF the monitor is my next great adventure.

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      1. Fran, I hope the wasp let you be. I’ve been reading about the different wasps in our area; some are aggressive and others not. It’s fascinating. I agree, a bit of humor goes a long way. Laughter is a wonderful thing.

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      2. narf7 says:

        The wasp comitted suicide in my dish water. R.I.P. wasp. The wasps we get here tend to be small native ones or introduced European wasps. They have a reputation for being aggressive but we treat them like other insects and ignore them. They drink from the bird baths, they pinch chunks of the dogs meat later in the season and try to steal anything sweet (fruit etc.) in the earlier part of the season. They don’t bother us and we don’t bother them and the only time I have ever been bitten by one was when I (stupidly) tried to liberate one from the sliding door with only my jumper sleeve as protection. I usually use the old glass with a bit of paper slid under the wasp trick to liberate them. I learned a valuable lesson that day…”don’t be lazy!” 😉

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      3. You made me laugh (again). We have a nifty device called a bug catcher that encases the insect under a little compartment, till they can be liberated into the garden. I used the glass and paper trick for years too, but fell in love with this gadget on a visit to our local wild bird feed store.

        I’m like you with bugs: live and let live. Sorry to hear about the drowning though.

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      4. narf7 says:

        At least it didn’t drown itself in my mug of tea (especially while I was drinking it 😉 )

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      5. See…an upside to everything. Actually, I read years ago that if you are going to drink a sweet drink outdoors, you should do so through a straw. Apparently people have ingested wasps or bees that way and get stung in the throat. Crazy!

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  6. Love the slouchy hats! And Neil Gaiman 😀
    I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a couple of times when he was in Hobart and his books are wonderful ❤

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    1. narf7 says:

      I will be sending that SAE and your hat today.

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  7. Hi Fran, I am glad you are enjoying autumn especially now your district has had good rain. I am sure with autumn warmth and rain, there will be parts of your garden which will surge ahead. You may not get to snuggle up beside Brunhilda with your book or crochet as much as you would like.

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    1. narf7 says:

      I can dream 🙂

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  8. Wonderful post Fronkiii 😍. You always make me feel better for having read them. Xox

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    1. narf7 says:

      It would appear we are both up at the same time. Earl was slobbering SO much I got up at 12.30 (after going to bed at 7.30) so “Thursday” is going to be an interesting day, most likely culminating in me going to bed at 5pm ;).

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      1. Nana naps Fronkiii, nana naps 😂💤😴

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      2. narf7 says:

        I made it till 7.30 and slept till 4.30 so I am now significantly refreshed 🙂

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  9. foodnstuff says:

    Just realised my feed reader had decided not to make the journey to Serendipity Farm so I had missed a couple of posts. All fixed now. Enjoy the winter beside Brunhilda.

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    1. narf7 says:

      The weather has certainly changed for the better and we are getting precious regular rain now. I haven’t had to water Sanctuary in a while now and it is almost time to start implementing that new gardening system I was banging on about. We have School holidays coming up soon and we are going to do it over the duration. For now, I am enjoying reading again (Neil Gaiman) and crocheting and studying. I love autumn 🙂

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  10. Man, I wish I could rock the slouchy hat, but they always look so silly on me. Granted, every hat looks silly on me, but that’s besides the point. I know the tendency to get hooked (no pun intended) on a particularly satisfying pattern though. I made about 2 dozen sets of the same skull-emblazoned pot holders for friends and family back in my “rebellious” youth. Now I regret giving them all away, because I could sure use a set for myself out here in my own apartment. Perhaps it’s time to pull the pattern back out again? I just hope I can stop at one this time around!

    I’m glad you’re back in your happy place with autumn on it’s way. I would gladly take all the summer from you! It’s such a thrill to wake up to warmer temperatures every day out here. 🙂

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    1. narf7 says:

      I can’t wear slouchy (or any) hats either. Ah, the things we give away in our rebellious youth ;). Get hooking Ms Hannah. I know your work is amazing and your apartment would be all the more tasty for that handy, but quirky, addition and you could share the results on your blog for us all to admire 🙂

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  11. Lovely to see what you have been harvesting Fran. And yes here too last autumn the weather got confused.. Seems seasons are now getting mixed up and the plants no longer know whether they are coming or going..
    So pleased Steve is harvesting those ‘power drinks, and his hat is very fetching! 🙂 The Beanie more so LOL.. And I can not fault him, about keeping his head warm,..
    This last week has been up and down in temps here.. One day I was in a T-shirt in the allotments and the next day the temps just plummeted .. Out came body warmer, and woollen hat.. I didn’t care what I looked like.. But by noon I had to peel off the layers again as it warmed back up into the 20’s .. Topsy turvy weather wise..
    Love autumn for dahlia’s and we have planted ours now and hope for a good show of them for cut flowers.. Love the colour of yours..
    Love those chilly days to curl in front of the fire with a good book or knitting.. And Brunhilder looks so inviting to sit next too..
    Love and Hugs Fran.. And loved my catch up…
    Enjoy your Autumn days xxx

    Sue xxx

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    1. narf7 says:

      We are home today and even though we have a days worth of working through a fellow students tutorials to help them out with their advanced diploma studies, we get to sit near Brunhilda and that’s certainly worth the effort. People are harvesting raspberries here at the moment so you are absolutely right about the mental weather!

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      1. Yes we harvested our raspberries really late.. So pleased you are keeping Brunhilda company. xxx

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      2. narf7 says:

        The raspberries being harvested here are actually spring raspberries and they have decided to have another crop in autumn. Mad!

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      3. But Yummy 🙂 ❤

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  12. Lissa says:

    Have just realised that you have postings that I haven’t read. I don’t seem to be getting notifications of new blogs :/ Will have to look into that one day. Great reading as always 🙂 Hope you get some new neighbours that you like.

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    1. narf7 says:

      They are way up the back where we never go. If they are nice we might allow them to have a few trees cut down to get more of a view 😉 I haven’t posted for a while. We are in the throes of flu season here and are up to our ears in it as well as keeping up with our TAFE work as our lecturer is going on long service leave soon and deserting us so we need to learn EVERYTHING we can before he buggers off and the wolves start to mass 😉

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  13. Namita says:

    Hello Fran, I keep visiting your blog when free and try to read the blog posts that i’ve missed. Earl inspecting tomatoes and your saying that these tomatoes need to be inspected was hilarious. A farm is always throbbing with life and activities. It keeps one alive and sane. Fran have you read “One Straw Revolution” by Masanobu Fukuoka?
    We are enjoying mangoes and Jamuns here. Do these fruits grow there?
    I loved the picture of Dahlia. Dahlias grow here too and a smaller one called pom pom dahlia grows wildly during winters.
    Thanks for the lovely shares 🙂

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    1. narf7 says:

      I would love your growing conditions Namita but it gets a bit too cold here I am thinking for Jamuns. I have a small mango seedling that I grew from a seed that is still growing so fingers crossed I can grow some here. I have the book One Straw Revolution and it is excellent. We are just about to completely change how we garden in Sanctuary to make it a lot more water wise as we get long dry summers here in Tasmania and we need to conserve water. I haven’t posted for a while as we are hard at work in our latest course at college (TAFE) studying web design. I will be posting about this new garden revolution that we are installing. Very cheap to do and recycles unwanted things at the same time 🙂

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