Five on Friday

Hello again. Joining in with Amy from Love Made my Home for another Five on Friday. This week, its catch up time. Yes I have not blogged for…I don’t know, about a month now! Been seriously busy with back to back visitors in the holidays then the most hectic back to school experience ever, with multiple sports days, grandparents day, my birthday, music eisteddfods and my daughter’s birthday this weekend.

My crochet projects have fallen by the wayside lately, but I am hoping to catch up on some this weekend. I am in the middle of making a basket using some bargain chunky yarn on special from Lincraft. I really liked the bright yellow, and have mixed it with white for a speckled look. I am crocheting two yarns together for a studier basket, although its still a bit floppy for my liking. Maybe I made it too big, but anyway, it will be used to store my yarn overflow.

chunky crochet basket

For my birthday we had a lovely lunch at Noosa and watched dolphins swim along the shore while sipping wine. The weather was dodgy but Noosa is always beautiful no matter what. I was spoiled this year when my hubby surprised me by giving me a stand up paddle board!! I have never done this in my life, but wanted to have a go. Now I have no excuse. On sunday I took the board out for the first time down at cotton tree, a calm inlet popular with stand up paddle boarders. I have no pictures to show you as I was by myself, and my wobbly beginner antics weren’t up to coordinating selfies as well. Anyway, I remained dry the whole time and did manage to master standing up and paddling quite a way. I even did a turn!! Below is a selfie of me at Noosa beach after our lovely lunch, very rare to see the beach this empty. There were still a few crazies braving the cool temps and heading out for a swim.

noosa selfie

mum's birthdayMy friend made me this lovely chocolate cake for my birthday. She even made it gluten free so hubby wouldn’t miss out. So sweet of her.

I was treated to another lunch again today. Hubby and I snuck off to picturesque Montville and had lunch at The Edge. It was a gorgeous sunny day, a nice comfortable 23 degrees and we enjoyed spectacular views down to the coast.

hinterland views from montville 20150731_130431

I had to laugh at this sign outside the pub for ‘husband’s creche’, classic!

funny pub sign

I treated myself to some new tea towels the other day. Now I know tea towels are not the most exciting thing, but look how cute these ones are from Bed Bath and Table, couldn’t resist!

tea towels

We have a sick guinea pig at the moment 😦 I went to clean the hutch out the other day and found Fluffy struggling to move and dragging her back legs. She looked awful so I took her to the vet expecting the worst. The vet wasn’t too hopeful at first and suggested an x-ray but if her leg was broken they probably couldn’t do anything. Anyway, her leg was intact but swollen, so maybe she got it caught somehow and had tugged it too hard to break free. We have to take her for daily anti-inflammatory injections for three days and hopefully she will recover. We are keeping her in a laundry tub for now. Its cost us 230 dollars in vet bills so far!! We are crazy but I am such a sucker for a cute furry face.

grey guinea pig

Thats my five for this week. Have a lovely weekend everyone. Do pay a visit to the other bloggers joining in.


Five on Friday

Its that time again, ending the week with five on friday, linking in with Amy from Love made my home. This time, five happies from my week.

1. Crochet coasters

I made these coasters using this free crochet coaster pattern. So easy, I sat making them while watching an episode of Grand Designs. They will go on our bedside tables for our weekend cuppa in bed. No soccer games this weekend, lay in!!

crochet coasters

2. Beachy bunting

I am very proud of my first ever bunting made by my own fair hand. I know I shared this in my spare room makeover post but I thought it deserved another mention. I’m calling it the beachy bunting as it looks very seasidey. It took me 5 hours to make, from cutting the triangles and setting up the sewing machine, to measuring and hanging on the wall, in between making dinner and locking up chooks. Not bad for a newbie sewer. Bunting is a great beginner project.

beachey bunting


beachy bunting3. Churros

My daughter and I went to Eumundi Markets on wednesday and tried the churros. They were sooooo good we went back for seconds. Real chocolate sauce and real cream. No artificial rubbish. The churros were toasted rather than deep fried. Still more calories consumed than I’d like, but worth it!

churros eumundi markets

4. Market purchases

A new scented candle from the amazing crackling candle company. Triple scented and with a wooden wick, these are unique and great quality. My favourite scents are coconut lime and french pear. When lit, you can hear the wick crackling while burning, like a mini open fire effect. I also bought some more cushions from plump homewares, I have serious cushion addiction!

IMG_5497 scented candle and cushions

5. Lemon butter chicken

You have to try this recipe from damndelicious, so easy to make and absolutely amazing. We had this with mash potato and steamed veggies. I was so impressed it had come out of my kitchen!! I used deboned Chicken thighs rather than the recommended legs and it still turned out great.

lemon butter chicken

It doesn’t look pretty, but tastes amazing. Might have to work on my presentation…

Thats my five for this week. Visit Amy’s blog to see who else is linking up this week. Have a great weekend!