Friday, February 21, 2014

Basil and Sage

Besides the sweet basil we have growing with the turmeric in the veggie patch, I also have this all-year-round basil which just thrives in our garden. I always have a bush of it growing somewhere, this one has really perked up since I planted it out nearly 2 months ago. We also planted some sage that is nearby and equally happy and healthy looking. We haven't used the sage in our cooking yet, but we will have to find a use for it, its growing very well!
flowering all-year-round basil
happy looking sage growing in our herb garden

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Restored Cricket Bat

This is a very special cricket bat that used to belong to my husband David when he was a child, so its over 30 years old. It was white and the paint was coming off, it was in the back of Pa Murphy's shed. For Christmas Pa restored the cricket bat, painting it and wrapping the handle. He also made a matching wicket set to give to Thomas! What a special gift! Thomas and I were playing with it just yesterday and I'm sure its something he'll get a lot of use out of.
an old restored cricket bat with home-made wicket set

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sigora of Nagrand turns 90

While I wait to see a surgeon to find out what he'll do about my swollen ulnar nerve, I've been playing World of Warcraft. I wish I could post photos of crochet I've made, but this will have to do instead. I decided that my old main hunter Sigora needed levelling so I got her from 85 to 90 in less than a week. This game can be a bit mindless at times, but the reason I did it is because there's a chance to play with other people if the old gang returns when the expansion hits later this year. Here, Sigora is on the farm where she is working on Tillers reputation and wearing an Azure Serpent transmorg set, for which I found the shoulders on the AH for half price. I think she looks rather dashing, for an Orc!
Hunter Sigora of Nagrand has turned 90

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sweet Basil and Tumeric

Here's a photo of our veggie patch at the moment, full of turmeric and sweet basil. My father-in-law Brian gave us some sweet basil seedlings so we planted them out around Christmas. Now when it comes to the turmeric, we have a lot of it on our hands. It grows so well in our climate, each year we've planted it produces more than the year before. This lot we had in our pantry and in the cool darkness they had all began to sprout. We could ask ourselves what will we do with all this turmeric? We grow more than we could use, but the little buds wanted to grow so we planted all of them out into the veggie patch with the basil. It looks like there was a little ginger in the mix as well, we'll know for sure when it flowers.
sweet basil and turmeric planted out into the veggie patch

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


This orange coloured grevillea has been flowering for months and months and I've finally got a few photos of it to share. I wish I could get a good shot of the rainbow lorikeets that come and drink from the flowers, they are so beautiful, and noisy too! This short tree is a bit scruffy, we've already pruned it a little, but after this flowering finishes we might prune it back some more.
close up of a grevillea flower
many blossoms attract birds, including rainbow lorikeets

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ladies of the Myst on Feathermoon

In case anyone is wondering where I've been lately, I've been playing World of Warcraft while I wait for my arm to get better. Unfortunately any crochet is out of the question for me right now as my left hand is so weak I can not hold the tension well enough for my satisfaction. So I've been playing on the Feathermoon server in an old guild I started in March 2005 called Ladies of the Myst.
Jadessa and Aylardawn in their Lunar Festival finery on the steps of Stormwind Bank
Because Feathermoon is an RP server, Ladies of the Myst was a light RP guild for female characters. At its most active we would meet every weekend, Sunday mornings for me, Saturday evenings for those in the US as this is an American server. We often held tea drinking ceremonies in the moonwell at Darnassus. I've kept the old guild roster as a historical document, not a single character has been removed from the guild, some names have been offline for 8 years. Its like a silent whisper in virtual reality, a memory of simpler times with beautiful friends.

Lately, my husband and I have been playing there and in about a week we have managed to get the guild level from 1 to level 6. Here are two of our characters, Jadessa a Night Elf monk, and Aylardawn a human hunter.
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