Too many children have been lost in our beloved Australian bush. This is one of the most poignant stories of love and loss. How tragic there was no Little Bo-peep to find these little lost sheep.
Ponchos come in all sizes and colours, and shawls also. Here's a different look at both of these delightful accessories.
'One man's trash is another man's treasure' - some say. The beauties that follow have never been trash - but have always been highly treasured and deeply cherished. Antiques of the world - UNITE!
'Young ladies must understand that preservation of the species is the primary object for the institution of marriage. .. most certainly not to simply gratify the 'animal' passions.' said J.H. Kellogg.
Dogs have owners and cats have slaves. That's the saying. Until Missy came into our lives I doubted this. A couple of years down the track, I must admit - Cats Rule!
I wasn't inspired by the TV series of a similar name, it's true. An influence most certainly, but my initial inspiration came first-hand over 40 years ago, when two city slickers made a tree change.
Knitting and crocheting, stitching and beading - for countless years my fingers have never stopped. Less stitchery today, but a whole heap more tip-tapping on my computer. It's called Progress...
Picking out your best dog is like choosing your favourite child... nearly. We have loved each and every one of our furry kids, but this one was extra special. See if you disagree by the end.
Once it was my fingers loudly protesting, and when you see some of the tools I've used, you'll understand. Now it's my fingers and my eyes as I slave over my hot computer, eternally writing.
I am Christine and I am Australian - and what follows are a few scintillating and significant statistics about myself - everything you always wanted to know (NOT!).
He lived and worked on Earth for 62 years. He shares the warmest place in my heart and soul with my dearest mother... for as long as I live and love on this same Earth.
'Aussie Beers are the Best'. Well-ll-ll, who am I to argue? I certainly wouldn't pick a fight with someone her size. Some larrikin must have been as game as Ned Kelly to give this upstanding Lady an armful of...
And these crochet and knit creations are my version of patchwork creations. The first of my patchworking problems is that I just cannot visualise patterns or even several materials together. And then I can't imagine a...
Beading AND Knitting - and Beading AND Crocheting? Yes. All of these are possible and beautiful. Read on and make your own decision.
Extraordinary actually. If asked what she 'did', she would usually reply - "Oh, I don't know. Nothing much really. I'm just a housewife and mother". Nothing much? Really? Well, no Mum...
Raggedy Ann and Andy insisted on being first...what can I say? (I'm basically a 'pushover' for kids...and words...I really had little choice)...and they are extremely cute in their personal wall-hanging. Since our...
But the famed 'Taffy' was a Welshman - and the old-time rhyme goes a bit like this - 'Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief, Taffy came to my house and stole a leg of beef! I went to Taffy's house, But Taffy...
Once upon a time my fingers were eternally click-clacking some kind of craft needle to create yet another knitted, crocheted or beaded pattern my brain found challenging. Then came the Eternity scarf.
Recycled calendars? But of course. All that's required is a little patience and an empty drawer to store these treasures. But if they're not the Far Side variety, you could be disappointed.
Meth-who-sela? This is the name of the Grandfather of Noah, the man in the Hebrew Bible, reputed to have been 969 years 'old' at his death. Much speculation and few satisfactory conclusions have been found to explain...
Some visualise angels floating amongst the clouds, playing harps and things. Others see angels hovering and making all good things happen. Maybe... but here are the ones I've met so far.
Years ago, as a trainee telephone counsellor, I was reminded we are born with two ears and one mouth - a sign that we should listen twice as much as we talk. Good listening is SO effective.
Christmas looked like this! Well, in 1948 it was a black and white happening . . . but only on film. How about this Father Christmas? NOT one of the best of the friends and helpers of the 'real' Father Christmas I've...
I wish there was an unforgettable moment of my first day at school in 1950. Apart from the obvious pride in finally being big enough, this first remains mainly a kaleidoscope of remembered smells .
The ancient Chinese proverb wished this, and I have certainly lived in the best of times so far. After the Great Depression, and between World Wars, life has been most kind.
My hands were the first and last Gypsy knew. Holding her with the greatest love - at her birth - and at her death, 17 years later. The first time I saw her, she was still in her umbilical sac. I had to clear her mouth...
Ten years can seem a lifetime when you're a dog lover - and you don't have a dog of your own. This was the life of the sweetheart I waited for, the dog I called Candy.
He was one of Australia's best-loved 'sons'...the only Australian poet to have a Tablet and a Bust placed in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey, London. He was Adam Lindsay Gordon.
The pessimistic Hanrahan, of Australian literature fame, was a much beloved creation of John O'Brien. Farmers everywhere can relate to the poem of those who depend so totally on the seasons.
Question: Most Favourite Pet? Mostly a dog or cat. For years dogs won in my heart… until I raised a young dog and a baby kangaroo together. What a pair – such a love that grew between all of us.
Two eager city office workers making a tree change to the country. Could it, would it work? 40+ years later we're still farmers, so guess it did.
If you're looking for warmth, softness, and prettiness - here is something special. Like all of my creations it is unique - a 'one-off' - never to be repeated exactly the same. As the designer and creator, I can...
Some of our 'furry' children have been kangaroos. One look into a baby kangaroo's eyes, and you're guaranteed to lose your heart. I did... many times over.
...Mothers, that is. This is the story of one particularly special mother - a Woman of Words of the 1800's - Louisa Albury Lawson. Louisa was not the first Australian women's periodical publisher, but her indomitable...
Kim was an Airedale, crossed with something (maybe several 'somethings') and so his features were softer than the usual sharp angles of his breed.What I do know for sure, was that he was the first in a line of great and...
Not all heroism is outstanding, but some of our greatest heroes emerge from the hearts of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations... and react stoically and heroically.
My 'Special Needs' children (alias the Small Knitty Gritty Kids) had lost their love-ability, judging by the way I found them in all types of 'dumped' locations. Now they're born-again heroes.
His reputation is not renown in many circles - he actually has little claim to fame in the public arena. Basically, he's an almost unknown, somewhat shadowy figure in today's technological world .
If you would learn of the Australian Bush - feel it; hear its great echoing silence; almost smell it, then Henry Lawson's words won't disappoint. Even his eyes tell his stories, without a word.
Most times we go to the Kitchen to cook. Sometimes the mind can drift away whilst the hands are busy with the mundane preparation of yet another soup, yet another curry - or cake, or tray of Anzac biscuits to make. ...