Saturday 8 June 2024

where did the week go???

 Well I am not sure where the week has gone...............

But here its Saturday afternoon again and the week has whizzed past once again...........

No sewing.........

BUT it's a long weekend and I just made my Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken which I know Janet @ Rogue Quilter has made a few times..must have been someone else so tell me if it was you..........It's been ages since I made it and the weather has been perfect for slow cooker cooking...........

I just added a few bits to the recipe and you can find the link here for the recipe............


Also while I was at it I finished my Fried Rice recipe and posted to Chookyblue's Cooking.........I don't know anyone who makes it like me but it was the way I was taught at high school............need to get a better photo but hey it's the taste that counts.........

Let me know how you cook fried rice.........link here for my recipe it on Chookyblue's Cooking...........

It's been a cold wet week...........after all the rain Friday into Saturday we got more rain on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday...........50-59mm here for the week and the road has been interesting to say the least....more slippery...........couple of huge fogs in the mornings which we rarely get also to make driving to work interesting as visibility was 50-100m.........


very quiet long weekend here so who knows if I do a spontaneous zoom...........I have a few other things to do and just enjoy some down time...........maybe some friends might drop in but no one staying.........was thinking an evening bonfire but the night dew if way to heavy for that.........
Who loves the magic of a milk thistle at this stage above............such a fleeting moment, one breeze and it's blown away..........
Great excitement when I found a few bits of oats had shot...........Lots has probably been way too wet as some has had water on it for the week......I'll have a look at it again on Monday........
The creek looked pretty tonight..........and it was perfectly still so lovely reflections......
Big old trees............πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

I've nicknamed this one the dragon log......can you see that or maybe I should call it the croc log..........
Anyway I best go............
Have a great weekend.......
Catch you later......
Chookyblue.......
PS I got distracted and hadn't finished proofreading this post and now its a few hours later........cut some wood with Mr Chooky as we had none left for the fire...........I have started a new secret project............OMG i'm having so much fun...........so I am stitchin'......shock to the system......lol......

Saturday 1 June 2024

Chookshed 12th Birthday........

A nice crew came thru the door for a washed out Chookshed party.........

I was pretty disappointed I had to can the real visitor plans once again so thanks to those who dropped in  today........sadly that's 3 years in a row..........39mm of rain all up.........

Maybe next year the stars will align.............wet, mum sick, wet!!!!!!


A photo I snapped this morning.........
Technically it was still May at Deana's so I worked on the kiwi birds that I was to make for May's Chookshed Challenge............
To say I had a few challenges is an understatement............
my brain was not even working today so that was not helping at all............
there may have also been some curse words..........

So for now it will only be 2 kiwi's.............
they are pretty cute........and yes you know I needed to make them blue........
Thanks Louise for the pattern and inspiration.........
Will be an earlier night today..........
It's been a bigger week.......
Catch you later.........
Chookyblue......
PS next year i'll crack out the decorations again too......

Chookshed's open..........

 Come and join me for a cuppa............The Chookshed is open so come join me..........

its rained and I had a terrible time getting home last night.........good thing I cancelled the Chookshed Birthday pending the forecast..........
Those are my tracks on the left............I got pulled down and could not get back up on the road..........
I had to phone a friend to come to the rescue............


This is what it looked like out the car door...........complete slop..........
So THANKFULLY I do not need to go anywhere until Tuesday........
Grab a cuppa and pop into zoom............
if you want to join and don't have the link let me know.......
Catch you later..........
Chookyblue......

Friday 31 May 2024

Zoom?????

Anyone want to sew with me tomorrow in the Chookshed?????

Sat morning my time..... Friday arvo/evening on the flip side.......



Leave a message.....

Catch you later.....

Chookyblue.......


Sunday 12 May 2024

Friday night drinks in the Chookshed............

 a fun night.............I worked on a attaching the stripe to some more blocks..............no joining blocks  yet..............
Saturday morning I worked on binding a quilt.......I think I have about 1 side left to do..............
sorry no pics..........
Just some random ones..........
Friday before the rain I mowed and mowed and mowed everywhere...............I did some whipper snipping also and I am still paying for it but its so nice to see the outer outer garden yard all neat............even got carried away outside the fence............
And no aurora pics as we were cloudy...........
another inch of rain overnight Friday night.............It's pretty wet in the paddocks.........
not good for the other type of sowing........
good weather to be tucked up inside and its nice to be a bit cooler.............

This little bird decided to test out the glass door on the Chookshed...........I did check to see if it was stunned but no its dEaD.............opps.........
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best start planning the Chookshed's birthday............
or should I to get disappointed once again........
the last couple of years its been pretty sad...............
2022 cancelled due to rain....tooooo wet for my friends to get in........thank goodness I had a zoom version.......not the same as the girls here in real life............
2023 I had the online version a week earlier and then I had to cancel the girls coming to stay as mum got seriously ill.............
What will 2024 hold...........it will be the 12th birthday.............not that shes got to celebrate the last couple properly.............
2021 was a full house........see here......

Maybe it's 3rd time lucky???

Keep the love of bloggin' alive.........
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue........
PS happy mothers day........

Thursday 2 May 2024

tid bits...........

We always have a great quilt "show and tell" at Scrub Stitchin'..... This year i said no folding up between each quilt.....Takes to long...... Look at the mountain on the table behind me.............
Sue has a lovely quilt too by the way...........
Having something finished is a great motivation for some to get a few more things over the line..............
One night near the full moon the moon and clouds looks pretty cool.............
Phones are pretty amazing now days............
earlier in the week scuds were around..............
I finally had a count up on zoom how many Chapel Street blocks I have...............well believe it or not this in 260..............I have another 40 with the stripe on also and the quilt size 66x66 says you need 288............I have another large pile of pieces cut and that is great as I want a big quilt.............
So mine will be big..........
It was a nice small group on Saturday morning/Friday evening on the flip side............
It was a cool, cloudy, WET Saturday.............
We've had 2 inches this weekend..........wonderful..............
ok best go...........
busy watching the grass grow............
Catch you later......
Chookyblue......

Saturday 27 April 2024

Friday night Chookshed zoom........

Cracking sunset here on Thursday..................
Trying to get a few different shots............


last night I decided to do a  Friday night Chookshed zoom...........
I worked on my Chapel street blocks.......another 46 to add to the pile..........
probably should do a count now and see how many blocks I have cut so far...........
need to cut some more B&W pieces as I have another pile of fabric cut that needs the BW attached........
Had a great roll up..........there were more then here.........
but I missed taking a photo then.......
opps found the missing photo.......
Another couple from Thursday evening..........
playing with grasses again.........
Yes I know this flower is a bad weed but it looks so cheery........
And we all need a bit of cheer........
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.....

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Playing catch up........

The upside of family being your shearer is you know them very well.........the down side is when they play hairdresser with my pets......Bridget is sporting a "new do".........this happened just before we went away............but I didn't have a good pic so took this one last week.........

I was speechless when I saw her..........lol

Lucky they are coming back to shear more ewes so we can get this one tidied up...............lol

The keets are growing well..........heres a little video of them...............

We had some rain a few weeks ago and I forgot to show you some pics............but it was the best sight coming home to mostly full dams...............Especially my house one..........It waters the garden and I had cut right back on watering.........we were lining up a couple of dams to start desilting..........empty enough to start pulling the mud out of the bottom of the dam so that we could increase water capacity.............
It was so still so the mirror image was working well...........
Such a calm feeling in these photos.............
a hereford baby............
I cut these while we had a gathering of the Chookshed Stitchers on zoom...............some bits from Susan @ Susan's Sewing Patch
more blocks for Chapel Street.............
need to have a count up I think to see how many I do have..........
Playing the other afternoon I was trying to capture the sunset thru the grasses..........didn't quite get what I wanted but I really like this one..............
Ok that's it for me.............
Extra long weekend as tomorrow is ANZAC Day and I have taken Friday off.............
Lots to fit in but will try and find some sewing/zoom time somewhere........
Catch you later...........
Chookyblue.......

Sunday 21 April 2024

Goodies and the project...........

Last report......onto the goodie bags............
Floral mug - I always try and find something floral, bush, birds or stars..........
chocolates........
Cherish Each Day Sewing Case by Hatched and Patched..........
thanks once again for the amazing kits Anni..........
Brenda made us each a bag of coconut ice - to die for
also the smiley faces..........thanks heaps Brenda
Di made the Scrub Stitchin' mug rugs........
Deb @ The Crafters Cottage gave us all a Purple Thang
close up of the kit..........
it's got some lovely wool applique on it also..........
Here are the mugs for this year........I got a yellow one............
Each year we have a swap and I got a gift from Brenda........
a beautiful 🌟star🌟 coaster........and a lovely soap......
Mixing it up by Making It and Faking It......
perfectly thoughtful given our dinner theme.......
Trish very kindly gave me these bed socks..........Oh my goodness I have needed them the last few nights.........snug and warm.........
Betty gave me a lovely Chooky casserole carry bag full of the yummy jars below..........
there may be no quince paste left now...........
we had to make sure it tasted ok..........not sure what happened next but it disappeared..........
I had asked Lianne to bring some of her pickled cucumbers if she had any.........
OMG she did they are the best........thankyou
Stephanie gave a demo on how to make these coasters and this one found it's way to my sewing table.........thankyou Stephanie.......
Finally a little bit more shopping..........I need to baste a quilt and it's only small so will try this spray adhesive.............
the cute birdie pins were a must and I liked this sashiko...........
also a little addition to Chapel Street.............
after finding I have a couple of these already once home I am now trying to take some pics of what I can find and have them a little bit more organised............never mind they will be used in something else........
AND finally I split a fat 1/4 pack.............so a nice bundle of fat 1/8's...........
Annette made me do it.............
SO that's it.........
I know Scrub Stitchin' makes my heart sing.......
It's a great part of my "tribe", "community", "social connection" but I know it's important to me and I appreciate the distance those who attend travel to get here..........
Thousands and thousands of km's...........but we all come for the special time with like minded people..........friendships are made, strengthened and deepened.........
I always breath a big sigh of relief once I know everyone is home safe and sound..........
see you all next year.......
who knows what's next on the blog......
Catch you later.........
Chookyblue.........