This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue to have coffee...sip a glass of a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

~Some Stitching...Wool...a Carnival and a Book~

I haven't really done much stitching at all this January but I thought I would try out the addictive thread catchers that a lot of people are doing throughout blogland....I made 2 and they are certainly contagious!!!  I've cut out another 4....

Even tried out a fancy stitch on the top of one...

During the month I washed some homespun wool my Son and partner bought back from Argentina for me...

Mr Armchair took JoJo to a local carnival for a ferris wheel ride and they saw a Fairground Organ there...

Here she is on the top of the wheel

Looking at north over Corrigans Beach

I received this book and I'm soooooo looking forward to starting it and seeing Mr Lincoln the film when it starts...

On the knee front I've had accupuncture and am amazed at the result
My friend had some too and she's amazed
Can we be lucky a 3rd Son goes today

Now I better get my act together and do those threadcatchers for OPAM (One Project A Month) which I have joined again this year
OPAM is hosted by Peg and Kris and there is still space to join...

Happy Stitching......can it be February already?!

Monday, January 21, 2013

~New Farmers Markets on Trial~

Early this month our area began trials on a Farmers Market run by SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Gardening Eurobodalla)
I'm really really hoping that these markets are successful enough to keep going!!!

Above are Purple Carrots grown by Queen Street Growers
Old Mill Road was there also with produce and fresh organic chickens

At the start of the market looking down towards the Moruya River

Backdrop...The Moruya River

Fresh Basil in the pot

The most beautiful produce......



Garlic strung up

A fantastic first market......if sales are anything to go by these markets were a huge SUCCESS!!!
And dinner that night......Basil Pesto Pasta and Garden Salad

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

~Stitching Update and a Surprise Gift for JoJo~

The front of my A Gardener's Journal

I'm still working on A Gardener's Journal as part of Stitch-a-long hosted by the gorgeous Chookyblue 
 I have done a pieced back with some of the fabrics used in the quilt...
I'm very happy with it and hope to get this sandwiched real soon...

Thanks so much to Chooky for running this fabulous quilt in Stitch-a-long and to all the gals who drop by and leave comments of encouragement!!!!!!!!
~I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey~

Meanwhile over Christmas JoJo received a surprise gift from Lynn who was my partner in 2011 in Chooky's Christmas Swap

The card

The message to JoJo

and.....a lovely bright pillowcase
Thank you so much Lynn......JoJo just absolutely loved it and is looking forward to seeing it again and using it in July when we celebrate 'Christmas in July'

Meanwhile my New Year's project is this 'Welcome Home Door Stop' by yep, you guessed it, my favourite Designer Anni Downes of Hatched and Patched

The fabrics are from Anni's 'Some Kind of Wonderful' range
I bought this as part of a kit and now ready to get into it!!!

I'm very excited also as I have just joined an on-line swap group (Friends-in-Stitching) and a lot of the gals I have met last year at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair so this will challenge me in a lovely way to get more stitching done......and I'm a bit nervous about it as well

Sending Love and Prayers to everybody affected by the devastating bushfires around the countryside and to all those brave firefighters out there
and especially to our own Chooky who is in amongst the most frightening time out there
Stay Safe.........Dzintra

Sunday, January 6, 2013

~2012...the ones that got away~

For the start of 2013 I thought I would do a post on pics that just didn't 
make it to a post......but never say never, some of them still may!!!
We celebrated New Year's Day by having fish 'chips at the beach
The little shoes belong to my little Grand-daughter...

We took a trip up to visit my Mum...

'The Vale of Moura'

In February a local boat "The Vale of Moura' sunk in the Clyde River...
For a little history on this boat have a look here

In March we paid a visit to our dear Friends Geo and Lloyd and I fell in love with this doll


and blow-me-down Geo offered her to me!!!!!!
I have called her 'Gina' and here she is in her new home...
Thank you so very, very much Geo.......this is sooooo very generous of you!!!!!!!

I went to the 'Southeast Harvest Festival' and met Julie Goodwin, Australia's first Masterchef winner

and also met Costa from ABC TV

In April JoJo and I went to see a Wiggles concert

Lucky enough to meet Yellow Wiggle Greg Page

and Blue Wiggle Anthony Field

The 'Vale of Moura' was refloated

moved to the Marina

she sunk again...

and then chopped up......deemed beyond recovery

In May we headed off to some of Australia's High Country, the Snowy Mountains
Here a beautiful sunset

We left as snow began to fall

Came back and built a snowman

Iced over wire fence.

In June we headed off to the Good Food and Wine Show in Sydney
Here I am at the stall of  Maggi of Australia's most loved Cooks

We paid a visit to The Queen Victoria Building and saw these magnificent tiles

In July Mr Armchair and I had a night out (with Respite Care for JoJo) and had some Mussels...


 JoJo discovered a walking track with Danelle in August

In September we went on a cruise on the Merinda
They had an Assistant called JoJo who had 2 badges and one was given to our JoJo

The Captain...Matt even let JoJo steer the boat

The cruise is so peaceful you'd think you were miles from anywhere

In October we paid a visit to our Daughter and caught up with Lidija...
here is Lidija with me

In November we celebrated our Wedding Anniversary and bought ourselves this lantern...
and Mr Armchair came home with these pretty roses

On our Anniversary evening at Mogo Village celebrating a wrap up party for Pirates of Penzance

In December The Wiggles held a final performance and of course we had to go
Here JoJo laid out her Wiggles t-shirt the night before

and the concert in action...

Looking back what an action packed wonder it went so fast!!!

I've got JoJo home with me for a few weeks and she is keeping me busy...
I've been doing blog hops to see what everyone is up to but haven't been able to comment everywhere
A big thank you to everyone who calls by......leaves a few words
I appreciate you taking the time to do this

Happy New Year......Peace, Love and Contentment for 2013 ~Dzintra~

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Hello, my name is Dzintra Ingrid ... have been known as Ingrid and since our Sea Change I have started to use Dzintra ... pronounced without the D ... (but still known as Ingrid, I know, it's confusing ...)

Welcome to my world ... a journal of our Sea Change ... Mum to three wonderful children ... bringing up a daughter with a disability and seeing life through her eyes ... being a new Nanna ... photos ... inspiring quotes ... taking on a cookery course ... the odd recipe ... and trying to get some stitching done amongst all this ...