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Monthly Archives: April 2017

To commemorate ANZAC day (tomorrow) I have posted some photos of Ballarat’s Arch of Victory and Avenue of Honour with my Grandfather in mind.

“Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.”   from

I think I will just let you scroll down through the photos I have taken in Ballarat.  Most of it will be self explanatory.


My Grandpa was an ANZAC and we are very proud of him.


I’m not sure if you can see the plaques under each tree.  Each tree in the 22 k. Avenue of Honour is in memory of a soldier in the Ballarat district who served in the First WW.


My Grandpa’s tree.



Lest we forget…….



As many of you will already know, Ballarat is famous for its ‘gold’ discoveries (see here for a brief outline of Ballarat).  But that isn’t what I would like to show you today.  The streets here are looking spectacular at the moment with beautiful autumn colour.  It seems to me that the golden trees are “leafing” up more quickly than the deep maroons and reds.  If you would like to see some of the beauty look below at the slide show.

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I took these photos while on my travels around town last week.

While thinking about the changing colours of the trees I thought I would do a bit of research (just web surfing really 🙂 ) and this SITE explained fairly simply some of the facts.

Well that is it for today,

Bye for now,


Hello friends,

Quite a while ago a friend gave me a beautiful gift in a gorgeous box.  She suggested that I might be able to make something similar.  Well I have finally decided to attempt it. Here is my interpretation.


The papers and stickers are from Kaisercraft “Dream Big Collection”.


I wish I had taken a photo of the original box for comparison …. no it’s probably better that I didn’t 😀 Mine would definitely come off second best.  I’m still pleased with how this turned out though.

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Above is the first layer of the box which closes with a magnetic catch.


When you open the first layer there is another box revealed.  I used a different but coordinating paper on the inner box.


Inside the second box I added some soap. Unfortunately this block of soap has a piece cracked off the side.  This piece will end up in our bathroom and I will replace it.  I wanted to show you now (very impatient) and couldn’t wait to get another block for the photos.


What do you think?  Should I prepare a template and tutorial to share?  I’ll wait and see what the response is I think.  Hope you let me know.

Bye for now,









Hello all,  Yesterday I was lucky enough to go along to the Melbourne International Flower Show.  We had a lovely day despite the weather that much of Australia is experiencing our day was very cool in the morning but as the day progressed it was perfect for wandering around looking at all the beautiful displays.

No explanations necessary, let’s just take a look at a few of the gorgeous things we saw.


Yes chillies!


Metal elephants!


The Diggers Club display.  This is a quote about the Diggers Club – “The Diggers Club works to preserve the best plants and garden traditions to help Australian’s become better gardeners. Our independence allows us to speak out against climate change, genetically modified seeds and food, industrial agriculture and the corporatisation of our food supply”.


Hope you enjoyed the photos and that you get a chance to go along.