Sunday, December 10, 2017


The Red Cardinal Garden of Neglect is doing its tropical best to get into Christmas mode...

But fake berries and snow are still the go around here..

I like to stitch and sew, but I failed Craft 101..
Nevertheless, I have been hard at it with the glue and scissors, making a felt Tree Skirt (with thanks to Dear D, who gave me this awesome kit).

Have burnt my fingers on the glue gun...
Sequins have been falling off everywhere..

Did you know you could get stick-on red jewels which can substitute for felt holly berries?

They fall off too....

Behold the almost finished project!

Now if I can just figure out how to transport it to the other side of the world...

Thank you all for your kind birthday wishes on my last post.
My special friend M gave me a sweet antique silver sugar bowl and spoon -
Thank you, I love it so much.

Very special pink roses from Mr Cardinal

The Sewing Sisters met for Christmas lunch, at V's beautiful pad by the river...

Her hand crafted snowmen are beautiful, made from lots of found jewellery and other sparkles.
She does not burn her fingers when crafting....

We all love her Christmas quilt.

Furthermore, Miss V makes a fantastic Aperol Spritz...

And Happy December, with a look at the last page of Birds of Canada.
I see snow, and soon we will be there.

And so to packing...
Accessories: warm hats, scarves, and a red bag.

One dress.  Red wool.

Long sleeved tees...

Cashmere cardigan and sweater...

Jeans and stretch pants.

Three shirts.
And the wild card is? one is a leopard print.

Otherwise, very boring altogether but it should work for nearly a month.

I have a heavy snow jacket which lives in Canada, and will wear a navy wool coat in transit.

And do I put it all in a cabin bag like so many clever bloggers?

Of course not!  I have a big check-in suitcase, as well as a well-packed cabin bag which includes a beautiful travel rug I bought last year in Dublin.
A flight of about 14 hours requires some comforts.

I take so many other items, medical and precautionary, a little bag with small sewing projects, a kindle, camera, cords and chargers...

And of course, gifts for the family.

And the tree skirt.

and a quilt.

Happy Christmas prep to you all.


Monday, November 27, 2017


This is our grand-puppy, HQ, joining in our early Christmas celebration...

HQ opens her own gifts - such a clever girl..

Little Aussie was here, with our two sons and daughters-in-law..

We had Chocolate Crackles - 
from the cake stand outside the Polling Station when we voted on Saturday.

Aussie arranged the Nativity, in his own personal style..

He says the glass cake stand with the angels is Heaven.
And why not?

Mr C decorated a cake.
It is possible it was also my birthday...

It is always good to be given some OPI..
The long hot Summer calls for much wearing of sandals, and pretty toenails.

So Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged.
Good for them.  They seem to be well-suited and will be very popular, I imagine.

Love a Royal wedding - but lots of pressure when your wedding dress will go down in history, constantly re-shown forever and a day.

I hope they are happy and can't wait to see her ring.

Bye for now


Monday, November 20, 2017


Hello there

and Happy Anniversary to HM the Queen and Prince Phillip, who were married 70 years ago todayAged just 21, she was a picture in that beautiful lace, embroidered gown and veil.

Thinking of our visit to London in 2016, where we saw the Exhibition of her gowns, including the wedding dress.

It was exquisite:

Google image
Photography was forbidden inside the Palace, but this image is exactly what I saw.  The dress has darkened with age, but the embroidery is wonderful to see.
And I loved her satin slippers.

Still together after 70 years.
What a wonderful achievement for any couple.

And speaking of celebrations...
The small boy formerly known as the Little Bebe has turned Five.
Yes, my youngest grandson is definitely a Big Boy now.

Like all good Canadian boys, he is already learning to play ice hockey, and speaks fluent English and French.

Happy Birthday Young Man!

In a rare moment, the Cardinals went to a Charity Ball.
No longer having a 'gown', I wore my blue caftan...
and added my Queen's copy wattle brooch for a spot of sparkle.
It seemed to work.

Especially as the theme was 'Nautical'

Been years since I had a vodka drink, and thank goodness it was mainly lemonade...

Cute dessert featuring bright blue jelly.
And a pansy.

Do you watch Selling Houses Australia?
or its forerunners from the UK, Selling Houses and Selling Houses Abroad?

If not, turn away now, because this will be very boring.

The host Andrew Winter now lives in Australia, in fact at the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane.  And as well as his several TV shows, he does the speaker's circuit.

He is really very nice, and exactly the same in reality as he is in the show.
And he does a highly entertaining version of his career which had the audience rapt for over an hour.

No, I did not ask for an autograph.  Those days are gone...

Going well with your Christmas prep?

Fun combining it with travel plans, is it not?

Happy week