Advice of the day, just revel in it

When I was younger, I was far too concerned about what people would think. Now, I’m much less self-conscious, much to my boys’ embarrassment at times. Sometimes, they’ve even applied the label “weirdo” to me. Oh well.

I still wish though, that I could completely get lost in a moment, just revel in it like my Ruby does. Here she is, fresh green grass, spring sunshine. She just looks rapturous. I would have joined her if we weren’t at the Botanical gardens, with me in a dress, surrounded by people, one of whom was, my sixteen year old son….

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A definite chill in the air

It’s 5.00 pm and time to feed Ruby, my naughty dog. Stepping outside I thought ooh, winter is on its way, there is a definite chill in the air. I quite like winter for a few months, snuggling inside, hot soup and coffee and perhaps a little chocolate too. Of course, I tire of it after a while and long for spring to arrive. For the moment though, I’m relishing the cool change. I’ve spent the day making Wayne the Wombat from a two toned vintage wool blanket. It’s perfect weather for working with wool. I’ve also started knitting a jumper. Sadly, just as I finished the rib band, I discovered I had made a mistake in row two, so I will not be showing you that…. Instead you can see how Ruby enjoys the cold weather. She loves nothing more than snuggling in her bed by the heater.

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Wayne the Wombat is available in Winter Owls Shop


Ruby the snuggler

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Ruby the Pugalier with her thrift shop blanket

Perfect weather for inside

Yesterday we were warned that damaging wind gusts could be expected of up to 100 km. It was certainly windy, doors were banging, loose windows rattled and the local paper blew all the way down my driveway, in separate sheets. I was very pleased I had attached draft stoppers to the doors the day before. It was the perfect weather for snuggling inside. I wrapped up one of my Bunny Rabbits that was going all the way to London for a little girl’s birthday. A bunny also went to New Zealand a few weeks ago. My bunnies are becoming world travellers! I’m quite envious of them, I haven’t been to either country although they are both on my wish list.

Late in the day, there was an amazing view of a tree in a neighbour’s garden that was gilded by the setting sun. Ruby spent the day after her windy walk snuggling. You can see her here, snuggled not in her bed, but in my beanbag where she is not allowed to be….

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Off to London

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All wrapped up.

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As the sun goes, down it gilds the tree with golden light.

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At the very top of the tree is a magpie, can you spot it?


Ruby snuggling in where she is not supposed to be…

Farewell autumn

Today we farewell autumn in Melbourne and tomorrow winter arrives. Not my favourite season. When I think of winter I think of short days and long nights, cold, dreary, drizzly weather, with the occasional wind from Antarctica blowing through town just for a change. But what I love about winter is the excuse to snuggle in bed reading with my hot water bottle, lots of hot soup and baking and making coffee last for ages whilst chatting with friends in coffee shops. Now that I think about it, it’s not so bad really……

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Leaves ablaze with autumn colour.

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The Forest Pansy changes from burgundy to bright yellow in autumn.

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Miss Ruby enjoys the last of the autumn sunshine.

Ruby the hedonist

Sometimes, I think it might be nice to be a dog and live a life in pursuit of pleasure. No bills to pay, work to go to, housework, cooking, no telephones to answer. Nothing much to remember to do, other than finding the most comfortable spot in the house. Can you tell I’m feeling a little tired?

Ruby is always trying to sneak on to the throw rugs on the sofa, especially if there is a patch of sunlight. She loves nothing more than snoozing in the sun (apart from eating of course). I found this lovely crocheted rug in a charity shop for $4.00. Someone has put a lot of work into it and I love the bright sunny colours they chose. It’s too small for me to use so I’ve given it to Ruby; as you can see she just adores it, hedonist that she is.

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Her most important job

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Completely relaxed

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Snug as a bug in a rug


Someone’s amazing crochet work

The reluctant Easter Doggy

There is a hot northerly wind blowing today in Melbourne, perfect for washing all Ruby’s bedding. After wrapping her bed in a fresh pretty vintage sheet, it was time for an Easter photo shoot. Ruby seemed to enjoy our Reindeer shoot at Christmas (see here), so props were gathered from the dress up box. Ruby sat patiently whilst I focused the camera and then looking rather disgruntled, she threw off her ears and proceeded to eat her bunny tail with glee.

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The reluctant Easter Doggy.

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Hmm, I eat everything else so I ‘ll give these a go.

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I’ve put my foot in it now…

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Is this where my bunny tail is supposed to go?

Dogs’ day out

We have been on a little holiday on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour from our home. One of the best things about going there is that Ruby gets to have a holiday too. We stay with my Parents in law who have a very doggy friendly home. I thought I’d show you a beach where dogs are able to run free. It’s not the most beautiful beach on the Peninsula but it’s so nice to see Ruby running free!


Beach huts at Mount Martha


Making friends

Rolling Ruby

Sheer bliss

No such thing as too much rolling


A group of wags


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Wait for me!

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Ha ha, you can’t play cricket now!

A leisurely stroll

A leisurely stroll


Solitary peace