Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mingling with the Stars (of the 60s) JO'K & Co

Old photographs, memories, my little bit of the story ....... The following photos were taken during the exciting rock'n'roll era when the Australian music industry was in its infancy. Johnny O'Keefe was mentor to many of the stars who were commencing their careers at the time and as a friend of JO'K, I also became friends with many of these people. A few of these pics were taken at my 18th birthday party.

This first one is of Robie Porter (Rob.E.G), myself, Dig Richards and my Mum. They were singing Happy Birthday at the time - can't you see I'm so happy !! Robie went on to form an Australian record company and also managed Marcia Hines and Rick Springfield. I read recently where Robie is now living and working in the US. He breeds horses and in 2006 formed another recording company.

Here's another one with Digby. Digby Richards continued to record and perform throughout the 70s. He died on February 16, 1983 of pancreatic cancer. He was only 41 years old.

This one with Johnny was taken in 1960.

Finally, here's one of my friend Joan, Lonnie Lee and myself. Lonnie is still doing shows and as a matter of fact I saw him a little while back - he's sounding as good as ever - probably much better than in the early days !!
Check out Lonnie's website for lots of interesting stuff.

Anyone for a "Blue Suede Cruise"... brochure here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

This Little Piggie went ............

Kingsford is just too adorable for words. Have a look at this little guy. Don't you want one ?

Since last posting here I've managed to finish a UFO and have done my partners 7 inch square in the AustraliaCrochet exchange. In one of my wool crates, I discovered a piece of knitting - no idea what it started off as but it finished up this afternoon as a baby's hat which will be donated to charity.

Here's the square drying on my blocking board. For this one I used Cleckheaton 8ply wool in a soft grey colour. I hope it fits in with my partner's clour scheme.

Hey, does this remind you of Kingsford ??????

Hmmmmm - I DON'T THINK SO !!!!!!!!!!

MOTHER PIG: What did you learn in school today? FIRST PIGLET: Oink! Oink! SECOND PIGLET: Oink! Oink! THIRD PIGLET: Woof! Woof! MOTHER PIG: What? THIRD PIGLET: I m taking a foreign language.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Crochet Comedy Courtesy CWA

I was going through some old CWA magazines the other day and came across these two little 'stories' which I thought I'd pass on.

Comforting quilt

After Sunday school a mother asked her small daughter what the lesson was about. The daughter answered "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt," Needless to say, the Mum was perplexed.
Later in the day, when she met the minister, the mother asked him about it. He explained, "Be not afraid, thy Comforter is coming".

Telling the Truth

An elderly couple, childhood sweethearts, married and settled down in their old neighbourhood, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They walk down the street to their old school. They hold hands as they find the desk they had shared, where he had carved, "I love you Sally".
On their way back home a bag of money falls out of an armoured car, practically at their feet. She picks it up but they don't know what to do with it so they take it home. There she counts the money and finds it is fifty thousand dollars. The husband says, "We've got to give it back," but she says, "Finders, keepers," and hides it in the attic.
The next day two FBI men go from door to door looking for the money. They show up and say, "Pardon me, but did either of you find any money that fell out of an armoured car yesterday?" She says, "No." Her husband says, "She's lying. She hid it in the attic." She says "Don't believe him, he's getting senile."
The agents sit the man down and begin to question him. One says "Tell us the story from the beginning." The old man says, "Well, shen Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday ..." The FBI guy looks at his partner and says, "We're outta here."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mothers Day

I hope mothers everywhere have had as lovely a day as I've had today. My doorbell rang just after midday and I was greeted by a very nice lady who said "somebody has sent you a surprise" .... she was holding this beautiful tub of 'flowers' which was from my youngest daughter and her husband. The red hearts are chocolate but I don't think they'll be getting eaten for awhile as they're so pretty. Same daughter and son-in-law gave me a box of Darrel Lea hard centres which I love and am actually enjoying one as I write.

My other daughter and my grandson arrived soon after laden with more goodies - as always a beautiful bunch of flowers with a balloon attached and a cute little carry-bag. I love the colour of these flowers ....

Oops .. nearly forgot - here's the balloon that was tied to the flowers

Inside the little bag was a 3CD pack of Andre Rieu called "Masterpieces" - I plan to do a bit of knitting and listen to a few tracks later tonight. I really enjoy his music so I'll have fun picking out my favourites to put on my iPod.

It was a lovely afternoon with my two daughters and my little grandson. Meanwhile, son-in-law who had been fishing at Lake Eucumbene was making his way home with his haul of rainbow trout ...........

He's such a keen fisherman and any excuse to go fishing is good enough !! The total weight of the catch is 5.6kg - my daughter now has the job of packing and freezing. Here's another pic with the biggest fish.

Australiacrochet had the Mothers Day Exchange again this year and my partner was Maria from the USA. I've had the package for a week or two but wasn't allowed to open it till today - I can tell you, the suspense was awful and I was tempted more than once. However ...... this afternoon I opened my gift. Maria sent me a complete 'kit' she'd put together with everything required to make a handbag - two big balls of Red Heart Soft yarn, a pair of handles, a light-up crochet hook, the pattern and a really neat card that plays 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.

If you're reading this Maria, thank you for this lovely gift and I hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day too. We are ahead of America in at least one thing - time !!

On motherhood, I like these quotes "A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car for ever after."- Peter De Vries. And this one "We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves." - Henry Ward Beecher.

I miss my Mum.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Post with No Name

Uninspired regarding a name for this post but I wanted to show you the scarf I finished last night for a friend who is visiting on Saturday. She is from Texas in the US and will be visiting (with her husband) various parts of Australia for the month of May. With the weather so cool here now, I thought a warm scarf might come in handy.

The pattern was from the latest "How To" Lincraft magazine. If you want to make this scarf I would recommend buying more than the 2 x 50g balls of Entice listed in the materials required. I had to break into the fourth ball to finish mine. I had the correct tension and followed the pattern as written except it needed to be more than 85cm long which was specified in the pattern, otherwise it wouldn't have been long enough to go around the neck and through the slit.

While on the subject of soft and cuddly things, here's a pic of my daughter's cat Oscar. Isn't he a handsome fellow ?

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Sound of Music

As if I had nothing better to do !!!!! Here are two videos you have to see - this first one is at Central Station in Antwerp, Belgium. I love the looks on the commuters faces.

we have a different approach in a similar setting - the other side of the world at Grand Central Station, New York.

Enough time wasting for today !