Tuesday, August 06, 2019

My Street Library coming to fruition

Macleay Island 

So my venture into a Street Library became real today.

I sat down with Ian Kirk from the Renegades Men's Shed Inc. and we drew plans for my library, they will build me a library, I can tell you it's going to be awesome....I'm stumped for a name now for my library...HELP!!!

This wonderful band of men on the Macleay Island build other things for the community as well. One of them is the Heritage Trail Viewing Seats alot of them are dedication to people who have given so much to the Island and have passed on.


This is where my library is going in, I was clearing up the space and this beautiful Christmas tree  shape stared at me challenging me to get rid of it hahahaa. I will be keeping it and putting lights on it, isnt it a gorgeous tree.

It's a beautifully shaded spot but I will thin out the trees to bring a bit of sunlight in and turn it into a nice garden. My neighbour said it looked beautifully manicured 14 or so years ago but now its abit overgrown so a cleanup is long overdue.

Little Library in the Woods just came to me now as a name...so if you have a quirky name I could use please feel free to share it with me. Here's my email address.

Watch this space!!! 

Little Libraries was founded in 2009

For and Against and the founder of Little Free Libraries










How to keep your little library stocked - Karina Glaser

The day my little free library came home

How to keep people coming back to your Little Library

Building library mistakes

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fallen Tree limb - Widow Maker


Hubby and I were sitting in the office at about 11.30am yesterday when we heard a loud bang/crash, I thought it was the workmen on the building site across the road so I walked over to see if they were ok. They said the sound came from our way so I walked  back home and took a walk around the house and checked the roof but no sign of where the noise came from. 

At 4pm I noticed an sms from my neighbour to tell me a tree from our yard had fallen in the duck pen.  I went to investigate and sure enough there was a huge branch down right over the duck pen.  Not sure what it hit on the way down to make such a racket.

A few days ago I moved all the ducks into the duck run which is secure. They always sit where the tree fell to keep cool and I always feed them at that time when the tree fell. So someone was watching over us all yesterday otherwise we would all have been crushed, by the sounds of the noise there was no warning.


The duck run is to the left of the tree and the green container is in the neighbours yard.

Made me think about how life is so precious and easily snuffed out by a falling branch. No wonder they call this tree a Widow Maker. Will have to get rid of the tree now as we can see more limbs about to break off.

Luckily a tree lopper on the island could fit me in the next day and chopped up the wood for me so I could mend the fence so the dogs from next door couldn't jump over the fence to terrorise my ducks.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

WOYWW 520 10th Annniversary cards for soldiers


Who would have thought that a photo of a desk all those years ago would create this extraordinary following.

Well my desk is featuring creative card making for the soldiers. I do cards for them every year.
It is very gratifying to know that we can help them send something from home and they can then send a greeting  back to their families.

As well as cards we make other stuff to send as well, we are also making little stockings to put candy cane or life savers in it.

I had help from Dayle and Faye who kindly offered to lend a hand, we had a fun day.

I do love my new craft area for visitors, my own craft area is a huge mess at the moment, maybe I'll share it next week

 Desk of cards
 Room view
 Desks set up all ready to go
 Dayle and Faye colouring their hearts out
 Stockings knitted

 Take a trip over to the Stamping Ground where it all started and visit more desks if you wish

T Tuesday R U OK

This is a cup I bought for a charity called R U OK. 
In 2009, Gavin Larkin chose to champion just one question to honour his father and protect other families from the pain his endured.  

The extraordinary story behind R U OK? was brought to life by Australian Story in 2011. In 2017, six years after they first aired the story of Gavin Larkin, they returned to his family to see how Gavin's extraordinary legacy has helped sustain them through their grief.

He started this as his graduation project called Landmark 

 I love this T2 tea maker. You brew the tea in it
 Then you pop it on your cup and it drains away

 You've got to know the capacity of your cup, as you can see its abit short, so I just top it up with water

Again our local cafe does lots of yummy dishes, this one is one of my favourites called Singapore Noodles, I like to eat it with a chilli and soy sauce that they make, I need to make some more of my own as I've now run out. that will be a hot affair and I have to cook it outside or risk choking myself on the chilli fumes

 The same cafe serves Yum Cha on a Sunday andn for $15 its value for money, I certainly cant eat it all.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Postcrossing Meetup Macleay Island 27 April 2019

I organise a Postcrossing Meetup today on Macleay Island Waters Edge Restaurant 
that is situated at the Bowls Club.

We had a great time. 11 in all attended, a great turn out to say the least.

They all arrived by ferry, well except 2 who had trouble finding parking on the mainland and missed the designated 10.30 ferry that the others caught, no hard feelings they managed to catch the island's SMBI Little Bus. The courtesy bus from the Bowls Club picked everyone up and delivered them to the restaurant.

It started at 11am and ended 3 hours later. Everyone enjoyed their meals, at least I think so as no one complained.

We signed 1070 postcards, kudos to those that didn't have stamps and had to write on every card. Here are some wonderful exercises for your fingers for the next meetup.

Our story will be featured in the Friendly Bay Islander June Edition

Table all set up ready to go

Busy, busy, busy writing and stamping their Postcrossing ID's onto postcards

From left to right:
Sumayah (Sumayah787) the youngest postcrosser in the group, Bridget (BridgetLarsen) hostess, 
Russell (Russell_Turner), Robert, Duncan and Michael (ring ins), Fiona Mirfi), Jacqui (j4c7), 
Lisa (Ozeeyore), Vanessa (nephthys51), Joanne (Bayaan_Brisbane)

Isn't she absolute gorgeous? Sumayah is holding her troll which she brought on the trip

My lunch was prawns in caesar salad

My favourite dessert Creme Brulee

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Street Libraries - The Hulk

It's gorgeous that this kid came dressed to its namesake library, THE HULK, kids are gorgeous. I can't wait for my Street Library to start up.

I need your help in naming my street library, here are some things to think of in naming:

  • I live on an island
  • Our house is brown wood with a green roof
  • I believe the library will be made in the same colours as the house
Now my brain has stopped working. 

The other two existing libraries on the island are named REVAMPS and ROBBIE's. and another link to ROBBIE's

I don't mind zany names

Friday, April 12, 2019

Weekly reading - DIY campervan, Little Street Libraries

I love this detailed DIY of a conversion of a van to a camper van

We go on walks every Thursday night with the local Bay Islands Hash House Harriers, it was pretty scary to see the bushfire on Macleay Island Christmas 2016 and what damage it did, not too far from our  house.


Local Macleay Island writer Robbie Kirk and her Husband Ian Kirk  are helping me build a Street/Little Library Robbie won an award in 2012 for her story On the Edge

Little Free Library

Street Library

Street Libraries around Brisbane

What a great idea this is that has been done in the US. I live in a hot climate so it would not work here. We'd have to give out frozen water bottles.

I saw the original teapot tree when we went to look for a house to buy, the house was very artistic but not suited to us, I fell in love with the teapot tree though. I want one of my own LOL. Madeleine Ekeblad was the originator of the teapot tree on Macleay Island. HERE are some of her works of art

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Tea for Tuesday - Brookfield Stamp Camp 2019 - food

Last weekend I went away to a Craft Camp in Brookfield Queensland. I have been before three years ago and loved it. Just driving up to Brookfield was so tranquil and gorgeous.

I have some pictures of the craft area in THIS POST.

Fruit and coco pops

                                                                  Poached eggs and bacon

I loved the fruit and yoghurt and had it everyday for breakfast

Canadian Pancakes, never had them before. 

 Lunch and dinners, cajun chicken was very nice

 I cant remember what this was

This was my favourite, Nachos, the meat sauce was so yummy. 
I kept running out of cheese, then avocado then nachos lol

Dinner, honey chicken and beef in black bean

Dessert: Trifle pudding, was too sweet for me

Pudding and ice cream

Hop on over to Elizabeth's Blog to see other beverages and what everyone is up to

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

WOYWW 513 - Craft Camp Brookfield QLD

A new Workdesk for me this week.

As I mentioned last week I went to a Craft Camp, this is a yearly event. I have missed the last two years as we moved house and I had to get my act into gear this year to start crafting again.

So this was my desk, I loved how we all got a table each, everyone was piled high with their walls of stuff. I had to spread mine out so it looked like I was there to craft. I think this was day 2, those gingham thingys are the kusudamu flowers I was making. I never got to use the Stampinup Pens. Only ate one piece of chocolate. They fed us too well.

It was quite humid so thats what the green fan was. We had aircondition and ceiling fans but it just didnt come my way. My ipad sitting beside the chocolate was used to google something I needed to know. We were swapping ideas

This photo was of all 5 desks, we all shared the same 3 roomed apartment

I tried to roll what I thought was gingham paper from SU but it was card stock and made it hard to roll so I turned them into flowers instead.

I also managed to knit two mini stockings for the Soldiers programme I am coordinating this year via the Lions Club. Each took about 20 mins but with chatting and everything else it took me a few hours to do one hahahha.

And now to the food, oh my they never fail us and give us so much sustenance, I had to stop eating morning and afternoon tea. Brerakfast was 7am, morning tea 10.30am, lunch 12.30, afternoon tea 3.30, dinner 7pm, supper anytime after that.

 This is the dining hall, its bigger than this to the right with another room off to the right.

Dinner Friday night was honey chicken and beef in black bean sauce....and guess what!!! My lovely hubby said I could go there again in August to another craft camp run by another group I belong to 

WOOOHOOO I love craft camps

Now hop on over to Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground to see more desks

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Tea for Tuesday - Beef Bourguignon

 I wanted to show my friend that my glass cup washed in the dishwasher over and over again did not make it cloudy like hers did. We dont know why some dishwashers do that and some don't. Does yours?

Macleay Island has some awesome places to eat. Last week you saw what we ate at the Fish and Chips shop across the road from our house. This meal above was from the Boat Club, the meals are cooked by volunteers, the whole club is run by volunteers. Every Friday night is meal night. 1st Friday of the month is Fish and Chip night and its always packed to 100+ members and friends. All the other Fridays is only open to members. This meal above was Morrocan Beef, I didnt like it as the meat was tough but it was tasty.

Last week was Beef Bourguignon, I helped prepare but unfortunately I went away to craft camp so I wasn't able to eat the food i helped prepare. I did come home and make it myself yesterday and it was scrumptious. You can see the camp food that they made for us in future posts.

I used this recipe from Cafe Delites. This is the Julia Child's recipe she talks about

We have some wonderful talented artists on Macleay Island. We went to an opening of the Fired Earth 2019 Pottery Exhibition on Friday 22nd March 2019 and saw these wonderful creations.
I cant find the photos I took lol.

Hop on over to Elizabeth's Blog to see other beverages and what everyone is up to


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