Donate and Win…I don’t normally do this

March 21, 2011

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This is a short post but I felt I needed to do it.  For those who have been following for a while you will remember that I took part in a monthly quilt club last year.  I got to know a lovely lady from Japan who lives locally that I have stayed in contact with.  She is currently running a giveaway on her blog where if you donate to the Red Cross to help Japan you will then be entered for a chance to win 1 of 4 beautiful small quilts.  They will be shipped anywhere in the world!

Here is the link:

http://pleasentreeus.blogspot.com/2011/03/giveaway.html

Please follow the link for more information.

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Back Yard Finished…Almost!

March 16, 2011

  So it took 4 weeks give or take a few days to be completed.  We still have some patio furniture to be returned that we were having the fabric replaced on  together with some canopy blinds still to be added to the kitchen windows outside and last but not least the spiral staircase.  During the course of yesterday and right now we are having some additional landscaping rock added as what was there had significantly thinned out in both the front and back yard since the house had been built almost 12 years ago.

We don’t use a landscaper very often but he swings by once every other month just to trim back a few bushes.  He is due to come round this Saturday morning and add a few date palms to the back wall behind the spa.  We had 4 there before the work  began but due to the harsh winter they really suffered so I just had them removed.  I should be getting 3 x 2 trunk date palms.

What you can’t see from these pictures so I’ll have to take more and create a different post is the 15 mosaics we decided to add into the pool.

We tested out the BBQ and the fire pit on Saturday and had a couple of friends over for dinner.  We had a lovely evening and finished it off by roasting marshmallows over the firepit.  Kirsten couldn’t eat them fast enough!


Tour De Cure Phoenix, 2011

March 16, 2011

This is just going to be a short post as I wanted to say congratulations to my husband, John, and his 2 work colleagues, Steve and Simon from Infosol Inc, who all completed the Metric Century ride for the 20th Anniversary Tour De Cure that took place here in Phoenix on Saturday, 12 March.  They hadn’t done as much training as they hoped but the completed the just over 60 miles in just under 4.5 hours.  I could never do that!  As a team they raised just over $1000 and it is all going towards research to find a cure for Diabetes.  Congratulations!

All looking a little exhausted