Monday, 28 July 2014

Winter Days....

Sitting in my sewing/craft room looking out at a cold, windy and drizzly wet day!  I am thankful for a warm heater and hot tea and I know I'll never be bored in this room!  So much to do!  Best to update some social media and then get down to planning my next fun Stampin' Up! events!  Sad to say it, but there's no time like the present to get organised for Christmas craft and I've recently received the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue for a preview!  Before it's released to the craft-loving public, we demonstrators are lucky enough to be able to pre-order and play with the new products to make up gorgeous samples to inspire your creative spirit!  I can't wait!

We are planning to hold a big Christmas Craft Day at the Bool Lagoon Community Hall, so keep your eyes posted for updates!

In early July I held my High Tea Launch for the New Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue!  We had a lovely day exploring the wonders of the new products and enjoyed a sumptuous High Tea!  A big Thank you to all who attended!  I love sharing this fun craft!
High Tea!

The girls hard at play!

Goodies on Display

Make the prettiest jam jar labels using the 'Four Frames Stamp Set' & 'Decorative Labels Punch'

Spiral Rose Die cut with the new 'In-Colours'

Photopolymer Alphabet Stamp Set!  SO versatile!
Workshop In Warrnambool! 
Then followed by two workshops in Victoria for some of my dear friends!  So what next?
............The HOLIDAY CATALOGUE!!!!!! I have it in my hot little hands and I'm so excited to share the festive creations with you, but you'll have to wait till late August to see the fun!  Till then I'll be busy working on samples to make your Christmas bright!



Winter on the farm is allowing a slower pace at times as it is simply too wet and unpleasant to be outside, but we still get plenty done! Here's some farm pics of the last month!


Charlie takes it all in his stride and has discovered the pleasures of an open fire!

Yes, the day was a grim as it looks and moving uncooperative sheep is hard work!

My boys Malcom & Mickey

I'm having fun getting to grips with some yummy bread-making lately! So pleased with how it turned out!

Wellies are essential now!  Love my welly socks!

Lamby, George and Lewis devouring their calf pellets.  Lamby still likes to butt in and have some!


The first lemons from my tree!

The boys love riding up on the hay! L) to R) is Moss, Cooper, Mickey and Malcom

My beautiful compost bins we constructed a couple of days ago!  Thanks to my brill hubby! Scrap pieces are making up one front board for the time being, and more bays will be added when we get to it!

It's a beautiful world we live in!

I will post some pics of my project life when I get it up to date, but it is seriously the easiest and nicest way to organise and keep your photo memories!  Click on this link to see the beautiful new range of Project Life card kits and supplies and start documenting your life!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Chokito a Day.......!

Makes us work, work (and I get to play a bit!)!
Does life rush past for us all? It certainly feels like it some times! Never enough hours in the day, but still, I try to take a little time to 'enjoy the moment'!
Here's a slice of the last month's moments!!

Mandy, Mick and Jack came to visit so we had our traditional paddock bbq (complete with dreadful weather!).  What great weekend!

 Somehow, Jack looks very at home on the bike!!

 Mickey in Sphynx pose!

 Scott has been very busy sowing paddocks!

Mickey again as 'King of the World'!

 I need a mum!  Thanks to our beautiful neighbour who makes the time and has the biggest heart to look after these treasures!

 George and Lewis are getting real big and still come to get their morning milk when I call!  Don't let them stand on your toe though! They are BIG kids now!!

 Crazy cat lady pyjamas at Peter Alexander!  Think I may need these! So sweet!

The Naracoorte Captured Images Camera Club has been exhibiting some of the members favourite pieces at the Naracoorte Art Gallery all May.  A few of us got into the local paper!

Charlie has adopted this seat as his particular place!  What a nice fit!

Sheep loving their grain!!!  It's getting really green around here now.  Not too much rain sadly, but we have it better than many.  Won't be long till we start getting bogged in the paddocks!

Mickey (again, he's my boy!), so handsome!

Autumn at Shepherds Way!  A lot of leaves to take care of!  Anyone like to become my gardener for free scones and caramel mud cake?

I was lucky enough to go to the Stampin' Up! Convention in Melbourne last week!  If you don't already know, I joined up as a demonstrator last year!  Stamping and papercraft supplies, ideas and gorgeous projects! Check out my web page to find out more!  Harlock Pastoral Stampin' Up!
I've had so much fun and so much inspiration and can't wait to be able to share the contents of the new Annual Catalogue with you all!  Coming out on the 1st July!  Contact me if you'd like to book a workshop!  Handmade is definitely the way to share, inspire, decorate and create! My favourite things!

This week we are marking calves as they are all getting to the size of George & Lewis (yes, they'll be done too).
So I'd better get to bed as we'll be marking most of the day tomorrow!
Nighty nite! Sweet dreams!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Fun Times!

Recently we had the pleasure of my darling cousin and her family all the way from Sydney!  They got to see the farm for the first time and had a look at crutching.  Then we packed up and headed to the Flinders Ranges for a week of camping and sight-seeing!  I had always wanted to go to the Flinders and they didn't disappoint! We had lots of incredible views and went on a great station tour of 'Alpanna' station and the famous 'Skytrek' self-drive tour on Willow Springs Station!  Both involved a great deal of hard tracks so we got a great deal of 4WD-ing in!  We introduced the boys to the fun of Geocaching and found a few in our travels.

 The old Nuccaleena Copper mine ruin

 The weather was beautiful!

 Heysen Range

 The famous 'Cazneaux' Tree

Stunning views from the Stokes Hill lookout

The Skytrek tour at Willow Springs Station



Feral goats are an ongoing problem.  This one looks like his days are numbered though!



We stayed in Brachina Gorge and Parachilna Gorge, did the Bunyeroo Scenic drive, had a look at the Aroona ruins and climbed to a great view of Wilpena pound (I'm really unfit!)! Lots to do and we only covered the central Flinders Ranges!  Our camp fire cake cooking was perfected as we learnt a bit about the night sky sitting around the campfire.

Now we are back into the big workload here.  Calving is nearly finished and we are well underway with our lambing.  However, stock need hay and grain, movements must be made to different pastures, fences must be fixed and soil must be plowed and sown.  Just some of the jobs needed!

This weekend I will conduct my second Stampin' Up! workshop and I'm quite excited about it!  There is so many fun things coming up and wonderful products being released!  Check out my website 
 www.harlockpastoral.stampinup.net to learn more about whats going on!

Tomorrow night the Naracoorte Camera Club 'Captured Images' will open it's second exhibition at the Naracoorte Art Gallery!  I will have two pictures on display and one series.  I hope anyone who is nearby will get a chance to support our local group!  Some pictures are up for sale too!  I'm really enjoying the group and slowly learning about my super camera!



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sheep Work

We have continued with the busy theme and been ploughing through a pile of sheep work lately! Drenching, foot pairing, vaccinating and treating, crutching, moving and feeding out! Phew! 
Mickey & Cooper have benefitted from the large amount of work and are starting to get the hang of their jobs. A way to go yet but a vast improvement from only a couple of weeks ago!

A local beauty at the new farm! Stunning!

Very cool cloud formation over the new farm!

George & Lewis are doing just fine and are great fun to play with! They've accepted a sick lamb into the yard who follows them around and seems to love the company. Lamby is much improved and we'll move her back to her wooly mates soon! 

Charlie remains tolerant of the day time shenanigans on the farm!
Everyone loves riding on the bike even when it's not going anywhere!

A new shipment of ewes in lamb. Funny to see the red dirt on them! They look positively orange in the paddock!