Thursday, 30 December 2010

A Hot New Year...

...well, that's what they're saying, hot, hot, hot for new years eve in the city, high 30s ! At last, summer seems to have arrived, but in the meantime here's my girl in Minneapolis yesterday...



...you can tell she's a proud Aussie, she called the snowman Bruce. She's loving the snow although she says this layering clothes business is hard work AND she thought at one stage her nose had fallen off!! It hadn't of course, just very cold :o)


Anyway, back to our heat. It was a beautiful day today, sun shining and a slight breeze, just right for some photo's of my garden....



The rose on this arch is called Apple Blossom, it's a one hit wonder, only flowers once, but what a wonder it is. The flowers last for about four/six weeks I guess and it's just magnificent...



...it's very photogenic...



I wish we had smelly computer, you know, scratch and sniff type thing, then you could enjoy the heavenly perfume of this....



...Philadelphus or the Mock Orange Blossom, it's perfume is heavy in the air all around the shrub, gorgeous.



this is a little Penstamon, I can't remember which variety. We've got quite a lot of these around the garden in different pinks and purples, good colour dotted around the place.



Pierre de Ronsard, the showy princess of the climbers, blooms so heavy and tight they have to hang their heads...





..and a lovely quiet corner, no showy flowers here at the moment, just quiet greens and an old pakoda ornament.


This is no garden ornament though....



..just a little trouble maker who had her day at the vets yesterday for her desexing and microchipping, she was a bit sore and sorry last night but back to normal this morning. Guess the man will need a new pair of slippers...! She's found her voice too in the last few days and for a little ball of fluff she's got the deepest, funniest bark. We just crack up laughing when she barks, she's like a teenage boy with a breaking voice..!


Nothing much bothers Miss Martha on a warm day though...





..she knows the best place to be.....!!

Monday, 27 December 2010

Looking forward to ...........

............great things in 2011. More quilts, more sewing, more puppy kisses, more days with special friends and more time with my gorgeous family..!
Did you all have a great Christmas? I did. Two fabulous days full of family and great friends, great food, good wine, great company...perfect!! Mum and Dad didn't make it for Christmas or Boxing Day this year, Dad had a fall a week ago and cracked a rib so is still sore and stiff but improving everyday..thank goodness! Mum finds it hard to cope when Dad's not making the decisions and she's had a rough week too. She won't leave the house without him and can't even write a shopping list anymore, Dad had to do it so that Bec could do their shopping for them. We saw them twice on Christmas day though, once in the morning then later in the afternoon when we took their Christmas dinner over to them, can't have Dad missing out on his turkey and pork..!


This little girl had a fabulous time with the house full of visitors yesterday....





...and the games you can get up to with bits of fancy wrapping are endless...





These.......





..were greatly appreciated and loved..!


I can't show you the top one yet as it's still waiting to be given (Sarah is in Minneapolis for the next two weeks having a white Christmas) and won't get opened until the end of January, but I can show you the others now....


Bec and Tony were thrilled with this....





...Chris and Anastasia loved this one too....





..and David adored this one..





Elaine look, I love this block...!!


The big guy in the red suit was pretty generous in our house too, he left me a nice little bundle of cash for fabric shopping (you've gotta love a man that knows what you want..!) he also brought me the Hairy Bikers, well.... not them actually, which is just as well as they're a bit big for my lounge room! The DVDs of their shows which is just as good..
The man in my life got a new laptop and some tickets to see Dr Zhivago, the new musical starts in April in Melbourne with Anthony Warlow (you'll know him if you're an Aussie) so we're looking forward to that..


Just to finish off here's a photo from the Christmas breakup up lunch with the Thursday patchwork group, left to right...


..Lin, Eileen, Debbie, Norma, Gudrun, Brigit, Pam, Vicki, Me and Karen...
xxx

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Merry Christmas............



I can't see that there will be much of this over the Christmas holiday, it's raining again and the forecast is for a wet week to come.


I won't be back here until after Christmas and possibly the New Year, there are things I have to deal with, things I have to sort before they take on titanic proportions and become too big to put right. I'm fine and my family are all well and healthy, it's something personal to me and it's sucked the spirit of Christmas out of me...


From me to you, wherever you are, whether you're battling the cold or the heat, the rain or the snow, thank you for being with me this year, your friendship has blown me away..!


However you say it Merry Christmas from my house in the country to your house in your country....


xxxx

Thursday, 9 December 2010

I told you she wasn't innocent didn't I..................

..but I don't think you believed me..



..well, here's the proof....



..decided that we really quite like the rain, especially when it's dripping off the trees onto the garden and we can try catching the drips as they hit the ground.....!!!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Getting there.....

Slowly, but definitely getting there. I've been locked in my sewing room this last week trying to get these four quilts finished. These two are finished except for hand stitching the binding down...





...this one is ready to start quilting....





...and the fourth, well that's another story..!! I'm still working on that one, but I don't really have to have it finished until the middle of January so I have a little grace on that. I'm still not comfortable with machine quilting but I do see the advantages, I at least have a chance of getting some quilts finished as opposed to hand quilting and still having them as UFOs. I'm reasonably happy with the way the first two have turned out, nothing fancy, just outline and a bit of cross hatching, but hey, they're finished...!! That's good right..?
I haven't even started Christmas decorating and the rain, well, we're not talking about that. At least we're just very, very soggy and waterlogged, we're not stranded and flooded out like a lot of my blogging friends, with more rain forecast for this week I think we're all over it. Yes, I'm complaining about the rain, I don't care how terrible that is, I just want it to stop for a while..!!
What else have I been doing do I hear..? Well, yes, this little lady has been keeping me very busy.....





..hhmmm, I see my mug coaster behind her, honestly this isn't the face of innocence! This is the 'what mischief can I get up to now?' face...





...this is the only time she's quiet, sheer exhaustion makes her stop, usually she drops where she is and we have to step over her. If I'm sewing however she chooses the bed next to the computer desk, you can see she's taken it over, placed her belonging in it too..!


OK, enough chatter, gotta go sew..! I'll see you when I've finished these quilts...sigh..!!
xxx

Sunday, 28 November 2010

It's that time of the year again......

...you know, lots of secret stuff happening. Lots of 'I can't show you just in case someone is watching.....!' stuff, you know don't you, we all do it don't we..? So anyway I can show you these blocks for one of the online bees that I'm part of. This one is eleven Australians and a lone New Zealander and is on Flickr so I always forget to post the blocks on here. Anyway, December is my month, actually it's Dec/Jan to give everyone a bit more time over the Christmas holidays. I'm making another 'grown up' quilt for another granddaughter's birthday so I decided that I would have this as my bee quilt. Edie (Eden) will be 12 next May and appropriately I thought it would be lovely to use 'Eden' by Lila Tuella for Moda.....





Of course it's such a gorgeous fabric anyway, so there will be 12 blocks like this one in this 'Charming Stars' pattern from the Moda Bake Shop. I haven't quite decided yet what else I'm going to do with it, but I really love this pattern, so for my second block I had the bee girls make me another one but this time in this...



(excuse the terrible photo, it's really Kona Ivory, not pink in the middle. The weather is so horrible here right now, not good photo weather at all)


..Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda, it's just that isn't it...Bliss!! I love it and it's for me, me, me, me..! Did I say that the Bliss quilt is for me?? Hehehe. love it..


Remember the other day when I took you for a walk around my lovely sunny garden..? Hmmm, well, since then we've had huge amounts of rain, one of the driveways is still flooded, the shed/garage is flooded, much to The Railway Mans disgust as all his timber is now wet?? The dam is full, both the little pond in the house garden and the big pond are overflowing, the courtyard is under 6" of water and the garden areas have so much water in them that it oozes out when you walk on the grass. My lovely fluffy poppies are now bowing their heads with the weight of the water...





...and lose their petals with the slightest wind..





..of course, all this rain does make for some great shots of raindrops on roses



...and whiskers on puppies





Isn't she gorgeous..? Of course she is, and settling in very well too. Sleeping, eating, playing and you know what else constantly...! She's adored and adoring, she's made her place in the house and our hearts. She plays and rolls around with Miss Martha and we spend a huge amount of time watching them while the TV plays to itself. She's just started to give little barks when she's playing but if Martha barks she runs and hides under the chair, just peeping that little black nose out to check it's all clear...!
I'm off now to do some more secret sewing, I can't wait to show you what I've done..! I'm ridiculously pleased with myself because I've quilted a whole quilt on the machine, don't laugh, it's a huge achievement for me. Nothing fancy, but it's quilted and ready for binding and it only took me two days...........Wow, I'm clever :o)
xxx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Do you have a heart....

....I know you all do..!
Can you make a heart..?


Shirley is asking for healing heart blocks to make quilts for the families of the 29 miners who tragically died this week in New Zealand. She has a specific size and type, so go visit her blog here for details, she also has an address to send them to. I saw your compassion, love and care when you sent blocks for Sue's quilt, can you do it again?? Just one heart block sent with love will fit in a small envelope, no customs declaration needed. The price of a stamp will bring 29 families into the quilters hug, you can do it, we can do it............

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The sun's been shining so come for a walk in the garden with me...

The weather has finally warmed up here and with all the rain we've had this year the garden is looking really green and lush, so grab a cuppa and come for a wander down my garden paths....



This garden bed is next to the verandah and is what I see when I'm sat at my computer in my sewing room, I love watching the changing seasons through this window...

..right now I'm really happy that the sun is shining, the wind is from the north and warm..

..and all's well with my little world..

..oh look, the new assistant gardener (please ignore the large prickly weeds..sigh)

..turn around the corner and the May bush is lighting up the shadows...

..the Dogwood is in full bloom..

...tiny Geraniums....

...and Seaside Daisies line the paths...

..Catmint catchs the early morning sun..

..bright yellow Geum's...

..and lurid pink Cistus flowers..

..are calmed by the quiet and majestic beauty of the California Tree Poppy, just getting ready to open it's giant 'fried egg' flowers.



Hmmm, here she is again, she's just learnt to get up the two steps by herself, not bad really, it only took her two days..

Seduction...

..and a tenant..

..inside the creamy freckled flowers of the Foxglove...

..a bright, brassy Paeony flower..

..an Australian rose from Alistair Clarke, I can't remember the name but it's amazing in the shade. (Edit: It's Lorraine Lea, thanks Vireya) Here it's climbing up the trunk of the Curly Willow beautifully...

Miss Martha and her new shadow, and finally.....

..the view from the gate into the house garden looking back to the house. As you're looking at it from there, the garden I can see from my window is to the right, the one with the snowball tree. The window of my room is just to the left of the pots you can see on the verandah, that's where I'm sitting now, looking out to the gate and thinking how lucky I am...





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