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!!!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

~Happy Easter 2013~

This lovely egg was decorated by JoJo last year......absolutely beautiful!!!
A quiet time this weekend after our trip to Nundle last weekend
a busy one next weekend with a little grandie's birthday bowling party

Planning on a Roast Pork and vegies tonight
Floating Islands for Mum used to make this all the time while we were growing up......
Poached Egg White floating in Custard

Hopefully some (secret) sewing today and that about sums it up

Meanwhile now I've just seen this verse in Homespun I will probably be singing it over and over again seeing we used to hear it in school every year

'In your Easter Bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade.
I'll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter Parade'

From Easter Parade by Irving Berlin

Happy Easter.....Prieciegas Lieldienas everyone.......Dzintra xo

Friday, March 29, 2013

* S I N G *

Here's a pic of the 'Sing' bag I saw at Steph's recently
The bag is by Anni Downs and is from her latest book 'The Simple Life'
On the back it says 'Sing and the world sings with you'

Oh my goodness I'm so excited!!!
I think I have had 5 singing lessons for all of which I have been doing 'excersises' and yesterday I was given my first song......totally unexpected seeing I didn't do any practice whilst at Nundle...
I did think about it though Girlfriends (maybe JoJo may have started something here LOL by calling the Nundle girls Girlfriends)

My first song is 'Sweet and Low'  (Wind of the Western Sea)

It's a little Folk/Ballad Nursery Rhyme......Sweet and Low
to listen to it go over here

  I have read that it was originally written as a poem by English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) and set to music by English composer Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)."

My version is from the book 'Jacky Dandy Song Book'
compiled and illustrated by Deborah Niland
Music by Patrick Niland

I must admit that I had a little tear as the words are so beautiful
My teacher said that's all right as Maria Callas apparently once said
I cry when I hear it
I cry when I sing it
and I cry when I rehearse it

How perfect is this bag now for me now that I have 'music and words' in a folder along with my practice CD!!!

So now it's off to practice I go......and start choosing fabrics for my SING bag...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

~Show and Tell at GDITC~

Friday afternoon saw a Nibbles on the Lawn along with Show 'n Tell......and what a fabulous show it was!!!
Here's Googy Girl (Trish) with her quilt with Deb looking on....

'Some Kind of Wonderful Quilt' by Anni Downs 

one of them had a personalized beach block...

and here's Chooky's version, 1930's style

A Hexagons Quilt

'A Gardener's Journal' quilt

another version

and the back of it

A Bronwyn Hayes design


and a pieced back

'In Full Bloom' shown by Susan

with a pieced back

and another one by Susan this time in French General Fabrics

and of course my bag in person!!!

all the Bloggers together on the lawn

with Trish still working on her binding!
Great Show 'n Tell Girlfriends!!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

~The Start of our Trip to Nundle~

Mr Armchair, JoJo and me started off our looooong trip to Nundle....(12 hours) with a break near Newcastle at our old friends Bob and Viv's place
Bob has the neatest little 'shed' just down from the backyard

and a little 'campsite' further down....

and the most beautiful Paper Bark Gum Tree on the property

We arrived for the Annual Girls Day in the Country at Nundle and headed off to Kerry's Cottage on the Hill

Kerry's Patchwork Shop near her farmstead

the view....

3 little old sewing machines make up part of the garden in the front of the shop

As soon as I walked in I saw this gorgeous repro fabric and had to have it....

Some of the quilts on display there...

A quick walk down to a particular shop which turned out to be shut....(but went back the next day for a good look around).......By this time I'm loving the feel of this town...

 I had run into some of the Girls and it was so lovely to meet up with them......
Met lots of new gals but very familiar at the same time due to blogging......

After that it was back for Nibbles on the Lawn and a Show and Tell....
I'll be back with that post!!!

~GDITC 2013...and a celebration~

After leaving the "Girlfriends' (as JoJo calls everyone now) at Girls Day in the Country at Nundle this is what I was doing....

celebrating a B I G upcoming birthday of mine with my family
My Sister put the feathers on for me and Mr Armchair came back with a blue cocktail to continue the theme!!!
Once I get all my pics up and organized I'll be back..........

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Girls Day in the Country

My first Girls Day in the I am with Cheryll and Lea having a wonderful time. Back later...

Thank you Susan for a great pic!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

~A Country Drive...the Beach and Pics at the Movies~

Back in January, whilst driving back home, there was a bushfire just outside of Canberra and we had to turn back and go another way home.  This was a real country drive...

We passed through Captain's Flat, an old mining town...
What a lovely little place this turned out to be

It was all so golden!

Then coming home by the Clyde River was such a contrast to the fields we had just been through

The next day I wandered down to the beach

I was going to go and see Les Miserabless at some stage but during the holidays when JoJo asked to see Russell Crowe I had to take her LOL!!!
A rather strange request from her as she doesn't speak of Russell Crowe at all!!!

We had a bit of fun taking pics outside the huge posters at the Cinema
Here I am with Russ

and here's JoJo in front of a movie poster!!!

A great drive....lovely beach....and a top movie!!!

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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 ...