Thursday, 29 April 2010

Lucky, lucky me............

I received my bag yesterday from Jen, my partner in the 'Snickerdoodle Dreams Bag Swap


...how fabulous is this? But it doesn't stop there................


....this is what was inside! Two beautiful bundles of fat 1/8ths, a gorgeous little purse from the same bag fabric, a pin cushion, the cutest little pattern for a dollie size quilt, a lavendar eye relief bag for tired eyes (smells heavenly) and a lovely card from Jen. Thank you so much Jen, I hope you love your bag as much as I love the one you made for me!

Also in the same mail delivery was this...........


...do you get a hint from the packaging? A few weeks ago, Karen from The Selvedge Blog' had a giveaway and I was one of the two winners... Woo Hoo!!


I love the fabric from Fig Tree Quilts, Karen also sent me some very aromatic flavoured black tea (how did you know I'm a dedicated tea drinker Karen?) and two gorgeous selvedges!! Talk about over indulged, that's me I think!!!

It was really my day for packages yesterday, this arrived by courier early in the morning....


...I've always been a PC girl, for 20 years I've had Microsoft and Windows, but lately I've been really disappointed with the reliability of windows. My life quite simply has been filled with error messages, freeze outs, shut downs and 'not responding'!! So I decided to cross the floor and go over to Apple and Mac..........

We've been an iPod house since they first came out, John is on his second classic and I have a touch and we both love them, so it seemed an easy decision to buy one of the new Macbook Pro's. I ordered it last week from Apple online, they dispatched it from Sydney on Tuesday and it was here less that 24hrs later - awesome service! Now I just have to work out how I do everything??? I still have my desktop, it's not very old, and that's still windows. I'll have to keep that because I bought EQ6 a few weeks ago and of course they don't have a mac version! Such is life.....
So far I love the little macbook, it's light, quiet and quick. Any tips from long time Mac users are most welcome, I haven't quite worked out yet how to get the window to the size of the screen?? Such fun learning though.......

Now I have to get off all computers and finish my April block for GJ stitch-a-long, about 10mins and it's finished, that's tonight after Masterchef.......

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Playing with Sarah..................

I've been playing around in Photoshop today. I really should be sewing, but it's ages since I just sat and played with my photo's.



Samantha took this photo of her mum (my daughter) on Warnbro beach, W.A. on Anzac Day. I snagged it off her facebook page and did a little texture work on it!

I'm just about to load some more onto my photo blog here http://photographsiheart.blogspot.com/ if you want to see some more.......

Thursday, 22 April 2010

zoom zoom zoom...............



So this is what's making my man smile..................



Before Christmas he bought himself a 1973 VW Beetle, a toy to play with!

He loved it, I didn't!!

(that's not a scratch, just a reflection - phew!!)



It was not my ideal drive in the country type car.............



So he sold it and bought this MX5. This year has a couple of milestone dates in it, my 60th birthday and our 40th Anniversary, so when this came up for sale at a really good price, we thought instead of buying things that will sit in a cupboard or on a shelf and collect dust, we'd buy this for both of us.

He still has his ute and I still have my Mazda 3, we have grandchildren to fit in a car and mum and dad too at times, so the little red mazda is just for the two of us to escape every now and then....!!!


Zoom Zoom Zoom.............

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Secret Sewing..............

I've been working on all the swaps that I seem to have signed up for just lately.......



...this is for the Snickerdoodle Bag swap. I'm really pleased with this and I can't wait to show you the whole thing because it's my own design!!! I drew the pattern up based on a favourite bag (commercially made) that I've had for years, I just love it and I'm equally in love with the one I made for my swap partner Jen who lives in Calgary, Canada.



These are for a swap that Cass from Snailblazer has organised for the Sew it Together day that I'm off to in a few weeks.
There's another one, but that hasn't got to go for a couple of months so I can tell you about that later.
I haven't really done much that is blog worthy, certainly not that I can show you. I can show you this little thing I made though............



........there was a name tag swap going on around blog land for Sew it Together, but I came in really late (someone cancelled and I was next on the waiting list) and the swap was well under way. I thought that I would make one for myself as I didn't want to be the only anonymous person there!! I stuck to the same colour theme, I was quite pleased with it and now I won't be the odd blogger out (heaven forbid)!!!

We had a visitor hanging around the garden a couple of days ago...........



.....John (He Who Works) was digging in old mulch and laying new stuff ready for the frosts and (hopefully) snow. He left the new mulching until the next day so that this little guy could get a good feed in the newly turned soil,he stayed around most of the day helping himself to the worms and grubs. I love that we have so many birds, insects and wildlife on our land.

He Who Works is off work today and has taken himself off to the other side of the city, about an hour and a halfs drive I think, I elected to stay home and wait for his return. I can tell you that he will be smiling, he will be happy and he's a very spoilt man ;o)

Photo's tomorrow............

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Yes, more Autumn pictures............

Are you sick of seeing my garden yet? The Ornamental Grape is still filling my heart with pleasure every time I look at it, I'm loving the way it's creeping into the shrubs around it.



I will prune it during the winter so that it doesn't overtake the shrubs but in the meantime, we have some wonderful autumn garlands.....
You can see by the stacked firewood that we're expecting some cold, rainy weather for the next few days, down to 12c in Ballarat for tomorrow, we're usually at least 2 or 3 degrees colder!! Good stitching weather....



I want to show you this tomato bush that just grew in the rose garden, probably from a seed in the compost that we spread at the beginning of summer.



This is just one bush of cherry toms. I think it could be from one of the Diggers Heritage plants that we had last year...
It's about 2.5 maybe 3 metres across..............



...and full of fruit!! All green of course and it won't ripen now, but just looking at how much is on there, maybe 3 or 4kilos, it looks like I'll be making some green tomato chutney. Or a plate of fried green tomatoes mmmmmm mmmmmm!!

I've nearly finished my first block in the Gardeners Journal stitch-a-long so I should be able to show you that soon. I also have my partner for the Snickerdoodle Bag Swap so have to get my skates on making that!! I've also joined a swap with (I think) 13 others going to Sew it Together, so not much pressure going on here then!!! Then of course the AQC is coming up very soon and I'm trying to organise a bit of a get together for some of the Australian girls doing the CWBQ, or at least those that are going to be in Melbourne for the show!!!

Gotta go sew.....................

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The rest of the zoo shots.............

.....or a sampling of them anyway! I took over 400 photographs, some of them inevitably were blurry, out of focus or the animal moved at the last minute. I still loaded over 350 pictures onto my computer ~ I love digital! Lol!

The new Orang-utan enclosure is an amazing playground of swings, ropes, tubes, slides and ladders that makes watching these amazing creatures hypnotic!!

This guy had come up through the opening from a lower level, swung around the outside of the glass walls and literally jumped out into mid air, grabbed the ring and swung himself down to the lower level again...!!!
I had my camera on motor drive but still had 5 blurry shots of a very fast moving, swinging primate, the hand was the only one remotely clear!!

Now I can't tell you what family this one is from but I'm sure he could make a wonderful poster boy for Gillette??

This guy was wandering around the zoo all day reminding everyone that the Orang-utans are endangered..............
...and to boycott foods that contain palm oil (more in the next post).
A serious bit of felting in the little fellow isn't there..??


Lowland Gorilla's, please remember to recycle your mobile phones and save their habitat!!


That's a serious pout happening there.....


The bamboo in the rainforest area's of the zoo is amazing. Tall, straight and strong, wonderful play of light filtering down too!!


The boy's got the right idea me thinks ;o) Myself, Bec and Ryan all took photo's all day, some are the same shots but most have a subtle difference! Same scene, different eye!!


These guys (there are three adult males) had just been fed so were content to sit and eat while we immortalised them......


Say hello to Mary the Wombat, she didn't let anything disturb her beauty sleep, but then she had a rough start to life............
Mary was orphaned at a very, very young age and was being cared for and raised in a wildlife rescue home. The rescue centre was burnt to the ground during the Black Saturday fires in '09 and she was relocated to the zoo where she is contended, well fed and happy to be adored by everyone..!!


...Helllllooooo down there..........



Quick, follow me, this way to the pool............


Brown Bears


Snoozing the day away............


Puma...........

I could keep loading shots that I love but I will have to stop I think, I hope you have enjoyed the trip to Melbourne Zoo, I've really enjoyed taking you with me......

Monday, 5 April 2010

Baby Photo's..........

...........not quite your average baby pics, but oh so cute!!!



This little lady was our first priority yesterday when Bec, Tony, the terrible two (Ryan & Caitlin) & I went to Melbourne Zoo......





We queued for about 45 minutes, not as bad as it sounds because we were walking along the Elephant Trail to get to the Barn Paddock, which is where Mali, her mum Dokkoon and the other pregnant female are at the moment.



Along the Elephant trail are the other elephants, the Tiger enclosure, and the Butterfly house..........





....she's teething and apparently doing what all teething babies do, puts everything she can in her mouth!! The keepers tell us she has 4 teeth (that's all an adult elephant has too) but they will replace themselves four times (I think that's what they said? I was busy oohing and aahhing)...




..........and she's just discovered the joys of having a trunk!!




Move over mum.................



I'm coming through...........!!!

I could show you the other 80 something photo's I took of Mali in the 5 minutes we got to watch her, but I want to show you the other elephants too!!



This is Bong Su, the father of Mali and the new male Elephant calf born at Sydney's Taronga Zoo a few weeks ago..........



He is an awesome elephant, so majestic. It was hard to move away from him and on to the other younger females further down.....



One of the younger females coming out for her exercise session with her keeper....




Having some fun with water.......



...isn't she beautiful, you can tell she's only young as she hasn't yet got her stubby little tusks.....



Elephant aerobics!! All the elephants do exercises and aerobics everyday and this was how the keepers helped Dokkoon (and the female who will give birth in August this year) get through her 22 month pregnancy and stay fit and healthy, ready for a long labour..........



I know that I've given you a mega dose of elephants in this post, but it was such a wonderful experience. I hadn't been to the Melbourne Zoo for many years and certainly way before all the refurbishment of the elephants living and playing quarters. The Malaysian Elephant Trail is really well done, fabulous atmosphere and a baby at the end!! What else could you ask for. I'll have to show you the rest of the animals over the next couple of posts. I think I've overloaded your computers quite enough for one day..........

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