Sunday, February 18, 2018


I cannot believe it has been this long since I came to post on this blog, something that has sadly been rather neglected and really not that I wanted it to be that way at all, but I guess sometimes life throws curve balls and sometimes you just get busy in life that you don't have that many hours in the day to complete it all, I know you get what I mean, we all have those days, weeks, months and even years..

Today, was my day to finally come past here and post a little something, not much I guess but something to update this blog..

I will be tweaking the look to this blog and hopefully that will inspire me to write more..

So the weekend has been a rather relaxing one, for me they are few and far between these days, so when they do come along I cheerish..

Saturday, was a day to catch up with friends, they live on the most perfect spot along the river, on an orchard and hazelnut farm, work harder then anyone I know to make a life for themselves, these past few days for them their hazelnuts have been ready for picking and sorting...

We of course arrived to have a cuppa and afternoon tea with them and ended up helping as that is what friends do right?  We sat for a couple of hours and helped them sort the hazelnuts ready for cracking and selling, it was quite enjoyable and I came home feeling relaxed..

This of course rolled on into Sunday morning...

Whilst the house was quiet or should I say almost quiet, there was some snoring coming from a certain bedroom, but it was quiet, so with coffee in hand I picked up my knitting and did a couple of rows, more on my Knitting in another post...

Next, I pulled out my sweet Kitchenaid and made a batch of butterfly cakes, they are a hit in this house and I know they won't last long...

The afternoon, brought in nanny naps and surfing the internet...

My last post here I wrote at the end that I would be back soon, Ha!!! what happened to that was a couple years later I returned, so I am not going to write that as you just never know...

Joy x

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Hi there

Yep, been ages, been lots happening in this life of mine, but I at least don't feel bad not being here on this blog every day or every other day, as I told myself when I first started this blog, it was a place I could come and go whenever I felt there was time and I felt that I needed to write something..

At present if you follow me on my other blog HERE, then you will most likely know that I am currently on leave from work looking after my poor Mum who took a fall and broke her right wrist, sadly she is right handed, so of course she needs all the help she can until back on track again..

So being back at home on the farm has had some benefits, I miss being here at times, the quietness that surrounds me and not hearing the traffic, barking dogs, music blarring and lots of other things that seem to happen when you live in a town, this has been rather welcoming..the cons of being here, Mum, love her as I do, she is a person that usually never sits still, she wants things done like yesterday and at times has me running around all day long LOL, I also am missing my boys and seem to only get to spend one day a week with them both, so this at time is tough, but I cherish every moment we get..

I am enjoying time spent with Mum and I know that I will look back and know I made the right decision to help her out and spend the time making sure she was healed properly..

In having time at the farm there are some moments where we both sit in the sun on the front verandah and so I have been looking for something to read, my friend Teresa shared news with me that the new Grey's book was out..

I know this series was not for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and so when I found out the writer of the originals was writing the book now in Christian Grey's eyes then I was happy to download and read..I am almost finished and I still find this book a great read as much as the originals..

Anyone else reading or read this? Would love to hear what you thought..

I will leave you with a beautiful capture of my Mum and our newest family member Bentley, as most of you know we lost our dearest boy Roly last year and it broke our hearts, but we have opened our lives and hearts to a new little one and one that is keeping us on our toes LOL...he is very loving and I just know as he grows he will continue to be more and more nurturing..

Will be back soon..

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Summer Garden Crops!


Finally, time to leave some love on this blog again...

Summer is here full force at the cottage and so are my plants...

Just before Christmas I planted 2 tomatoes in a pot and have watched these grow and grow, they have gone from little babies to large plants that are now fruiting..

Each day I go and look to see if I see any colour changes on the tomatoes and I am still waiting patiently for the day I get to pick my own and know exactly where it has come from, when I cook my meals, the bounty these plants will give will be so good and I cannot wait to do this again this year..

The Basil below the tomatoes have served as 2 purposes, one as a deterrent to insects that attack these bushes, but has also given me not just the beautiful fresh smell of Summer but added texture and taste in my meals...some of the plants have almost gone to seed, so I have had to break off the stems in order to keep in flourishing..

One more thing that is flourishing in the kitchen garden, is my Italian Parsley, it is jumping out of the pot, to think the tiny 2 plants I planted has become so large, it is almost too hard to keep up, so nice on salads...

My hanging pots have almost seen the best of their days, so in the next week, it will be time for a hair cut and good feed to hopefully get one last burst from them, but they really have been a colourful spot on our back patio..

The kitchen garden is really making me want a much larger vege patch this year and I think I may need to do some sweet talking to the other half to see if we can :)

Where ever you are, remember there are always ways that you can grow your own and know that getting back to basics of knowing where your food comes is so rewarding..

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Right Now!

Hello peeps!

Back with a more positive post for you all...

Around blog land every now and then I come across blogs that share snippets of what is happening in one's life, these are normally called Currently...for me I thought I would give this a go and share mine, but calling it Right Now..

LOVING:  The rain today, both Darryl and I spent time with my Mum on the farm today and you could tell that we were to expect some rain, as driving home, the skies were beginning to open up and share the first drops of most needed rain.  If there is anything good to the dried off grass look around my part of the world is when the first rains hit them, the smell is so divine and fresh, something I love!

READING:  Although, not currently reading anything but some magazines, I am so looking forward to the next installment of the Crossfire collection written by Sylvia Day, being released on the 18th for this is not for everyone this series, but if you enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey, then you will enjoy this collection of novels too..

DOING:  Taking out my camera and having some playtime taking some photos again, seeing as we were at the farm today, it was the perfect opportunity as I was able to capture these little babies in their nest...we call them Willie Wagtails out here in Australia and my Father would say to me when I was a young girl, listen to the call, he is singing, Pretty Little Creature, a memory I cheerish always :)

ENJOYING:  Funnily enough I am enjoying shopping online for Christmas presents, I love the fact that I don't have to go to the shops and deal with the crowds and the finding of car parks at such a crazy time of the year, this year I know I will have to visit just a couple of shops, but the stress of the whole purchasing of presents and having them delivered to my door is something I am enjoying immensely...

WATCHING:  I am currently watching a show based around an English program called River Cottage, I loved it when first released, now there is an Aussie version and although not for everyone, the River Cottage Australia is something that is inspiring me to do more of.. if you love to cook or enjoy watching chef's then you will love this, this isn't just about cooking though, it is about living a more sustainable lifestyle, growing ones own veg and breeding of animals, basically living off the land, I love this in so many ways, coming from the farm, I have so many of these aspects in me.  I like to know where my food originates and I think with all the big supermarket chains today, we can have a tendency to loose sight of that and in someways become lazy as it is so convenient...I am hoping with a new year next year, that Darryl and I can implement even just the growing of our own vegies in our backyard and knowing the hard work we put in, that we can benefit from seeing it grown then to plate..

THINKING ABOUT:  Right this minute LOL, I have a stack of dishes waiting for me to attend the clean up and yet wanting to ignore it just a little further... future thinking about, I received my December Memories from Gossamer Blue, thinking about attempting another December Daily, but just not sure how this will go, but in order to be prepared, I purchased the fabulous kit and it arrived safely on Friday, I have been oohing over it..

NEEDING:  There is not much I would really actually need right now, but if there was a little something, it would have to be, being able to get my craft room in order so it was a more inviting place to craft..

WANTING:  This week that has to be an easy one, I have been suffering from what I can only put down to right now, some sort of virus that is not making me feel completely okay right now, so wanting it to pass and quickly..


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blog Your Heart!


So as most of my follows here will know I love to craft and so when time is available to me I peruse the blogs around blogging land..

I have read and sadly at times I forget to leave a comment, I am sure I am not the only one that tends to do this, I need to change this, maybe it will be one of my resolutions for next year..

One of the blogs that I love to peruse is Stephanie Howell, she is as true as it comes and as sweet as can be and I adore her sense of humor and honesty..

She wrote a blog post the other day that was true and honest and I loved reading every bit of it, so much so, I have chosen to do the same on this little blog that normally does not see too much attention.. to view her blog post just click on the icon below.. 

She states to blog authentically, whatever is truly on your mind, to not judge, no rude remarks/comments, no digs and most of all if you feel that blog posts are whining then don't read...just know that it is honest and straight from the heart...she has a link up that you can add your blog post..

So here goes mine from the heart..

1. At present, I feel as though the wheels are going to fall off in my life, everyone has this feeling at times, it is like I want to hide from the world as everyone seems to want a little something from me and I am running out of pieces of me..

2.  I am about to loose someone that I love so dearly and it is breaking me in two, my Uncle who has been so strong and fought rotten Cancer for some years, it is eating away at him and I feel angry and hatred towards a disease that is not just taking him away from me, but his own family and extended ones...every time the phone rings my heart skips a beat, I don't want him to go and I am trying to learn to find peace with what is happens in life I know, but when you are the one experiencing it, it tears at you incredibly..

3. Work at times can be stressful, we all get through, but coming home to more stress is taking it's toll, our family have experienced so much medical issues this year and I have to keep looking past the bad and keep telling myself that someone else out there is having more of a rough time then ours, I am trying but it is hard, I need a new year to start and be a happier one..

4. My mojo for crafting is not there, I sit to craft, I have a heck of a load of product and I just sit and look at it and nothing comes to me to create, I am frustrated, I am hating myself being this way, the more I try the worst it becomes, then I don't try and it still does not happen, I have tried so many different avenues, I want to craft but why is it so hard at present, I am normally a quick card maker and I feel like what I am struggling to produce at present is less then acceptable...

5. With my own medical issues, I am finding it really hard to stay on top of my own house work, not having the mojo to craft is not there, but also not having the energy or incline to clean this house that really needs it is just as frustrating, I look around and feel like it is caving in on me and I am a failure!

6.  I have pet peeves, I email people, I get that we are all busy that things interupt our lives, lots of little things prevent emails being returned, I totally get that, but should I have to follow up with several emails just to get the original answered, especially when I have taken the time out of my day/s to email...

7. I worry, worry a lot and wear my heart on my sleeve, I over think and at times I am my own worst enemy, how do you change a life time of bad habits..

8.  I am not sleeping well, last night I got to sleep at 4am, my mind just keeps going, does anyone else have this issue?

9. My Mum amazes me with her ailments of Parkinson's Disease and Osteo in the back, that she is now so bent over it is cruel to watch and see at times she struggles, but this does not stop her, she gets up each and every day and faces life head on, has a beautiful garden that I am immensely jealous of..but I have pangs in the heart and water in the eyes, I feel with each and everyday she is slipping away..I cry at times and I know that is healthy, but it hurts, I embrace each moment I can with her..

10. I miss my Roly Boy (dog) he was the love of my life, not going on to have children, I feel as though I have lost a child, the heart hurts, I know with time it will heal, but will it fully knowing he was my boy, I have had animals in my life, but he touched me in a way that no other animal had, we had a bond and still now after months down the track I long and look for him...tears are swelling typing this..

11.  I want to loose weight, but don't know where to start, I am not a gym type of person and struggle to walk, paranoid everyone that drives past says look at that fat chick, I know sounds ridiculous, I want to learn to eat more healthy but I am a fussy eater and don't even know where to begin to find recipes, I don't want to do weight watchers or slimming diets, I don't believe in them, I believe in doing it the proper way and on my own...

12. I am almost 40 and it scares the living crap out of me, 30 I seem to handle really well and was like it is just a number, I know 40 is just a number, but it is a scary number, not sure how I will celebrate or if I will just hibernate from it and hope it passes by LOL..

So there we have it, most of you may find this post depressing or negative, but it is what is from my heart and what is going on, what my true feelings are, I know there is a lot of positive too and maybe I will write a more positive blog post..

Read if you will, but please be kind in commenting, this is me being honest and well documenting in some sort of fashion, maybe this will help you too, maybe this is part of healing process, who knows, this is not to be read as winging it is from the heart as Steph says, there are to be no snarky remarks and being hurtful, it is a process for us all and one in which we either do or don't..

I have read a lot of the other blogs and they are all so inspiring, embracing and sharing and hopefully bringing some sort of cheering and compassion to each other, lets face it, we all need to be a lot more kinder with each other..

I hope you will think about speaking from the heart and sharing...

Hugs for now and yes I have decided I will be back with a positive post :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Where have I been?

Hello readers

You may ask the question as to where I have been and why the long absence on this blog??

So, so much in my life has gone from good to bad, back to good and in a lot of people around the world, for me and my family we have experienced health issues to loosing our dearly beloved Roly dog, that broke my heart into a thousand pieces..

I have struggled not having my boy around everyday, but I do know he was very loved and he is in a much better heart will always be with him..and I know that we both have room for another one in our lives, in time..

So it hasn't been the of not wanting to post here, but I was finding it hard to balance life, working, family, design work, health and every day general things...

I am hoping that I will be able to be here a bit more regularly.. I find that I have no pressure on this blog, that I can at times leave long absences if I need to, I need to remind myself of that commitment when I started this blog..

What other things are going on?  Well, lets see..

  • Work in general is always busy and active and I am grateful to have an income that pays my bills and allows me to purchase crafty goods when there is the spare cash :)
  • I have been working through some health issues and it is something that I am keeping close to my heart right now, my trust has been broken a few times, now I am a little more cautious as to how much I share and really this is all about a process of elimination for me and dealing with it, one day I may share that here..
  • Family life is always an up and down situation, but most of all I am grateful that they are in my corner and I am in theirs..I enjoy the beautiful times we all share together..
  • I have been on an organising binge, especially in my craft room and have been sharing sneak peeks of what has been going on, so if you want to follow me over there you can do so HERE..
  • I have an ironing pile that I cannot jump over, because frankly I loath to iron LOL..
  • Keep looking at my house and realising so much needs cleaning and looking forward to, that I can do more inside and outside..hoping to share more as I go along...
  • Enjoying Sunday's when I get to watch cooking shows on TV and relax with a cuppa, whilst surfing the net when ads are on :)

Playing catch up on a new series that is on our TV right now...

Honouring the Centenary of the commencement of WW1, ANZAC Girls is a moving new six-part series based on the unique, and rarely told true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

I have been really enjoying watching this show...

So for now, I will leave you with my catch up with you all and hopefully be back soon with more..

Have a fantastic day!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Camera Bag!

Hi there

Been meaning to send out this blog post for awhile now and share with you one of my favourite places to purchase fabulous and beautiful Camera Bags..

I was on the search early last year, knowing that I was heading away on holidays to Melbourne and really now since owning a DSLR, I wanted a good, functional and yet funky bag that could do everything and hold everything that I needed on outings..

I did a lot of searching around, some of it overseas and some here in Australia and I am happy to say that I finally after days and months of research I came across..

Carla, the owner is so lovely and so accommodating, the original bag that I had requested unfortunately was going to be in stock just after I would be away and knowing I needed a bag I can honestly say at first I was really disappointed, but then she offered me another one that she had not even listed and I was completely over the moon..

This was the bag that I ended up with, a beautiful Kelly Moore camera bag..

What was even better, I had looked at this particular bag at an overseas site, but could not find it here in Australia...she offered it to me at the same price I was going to purchase the original one and posted it off super quick to me..

So if you are in the market for a nice camera bag, then please check Carla's site out..

If there was a rating I would rate it 10/10...