Monday, September 24, 2012

Blue Haze

We have a large Ceonthus hedge bordering one part of the garden and at the moment it is covered in flowers and full of bees. I will give it a good cut back this year and take a few cuttings to plant more. There are Forget Me Nots, Violets and Grape Hyacinths growing nearby and I can see a lovely blue haze from the kitchen window.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pour la table

I made this set of placemats using the fabric I bought earlier this year at the Craft Depot in Sydney. They are for my farmer son and my (very soon to be) daughter in law.

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Friday, September 21, 2012


We had some Yellow Tail Black Cockatoos in the trees around the house yesterday. They are very entertaining creatures with their squawking to each other and their lazy flying action. A visit from them usually means bad weather and they were right. We are back to cold and wet and stoking up the fire.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"It would appear Spring is a little late this year"

(Sgt Wilson, Dad's Army, Episode 2, Series 3, )

The daffodils have been blooming for a few weeks now but I always rely on the trees to let me know Spring is here. Our Weeping Cherry and Golden Elm have only just started to flower. Winter was very wet and cold, so some warmer weather is very welcome My other farmer tells me we may be heading into another El NiƱo which is quite worrying. Hopefully we will all be better prepared this time.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Homemade Muesli

I find bought cereals far too sweet so I make my own muesli. The ingredients are:

1 bag rolled oats
1 small box allbran
1 box low salt cornflakes
1 bag puffed wholegrain rice
1/2 box weeties
2 cups natural bran
1/3 bag raisins
1/3 bag dried cranberries
1/3 bag chopped dried apricots
1bag toasted coconut flakes

This makes quite a lot and fortunately I have a very large stainless steel bowl to mix it in. Store in airtight containers.


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Friday, September 7, 2012

One Hundred Lines

A glorious bundle of fabric arrived in the mail today and I am itching to dive into it. The colours are a new departure for me, being orange, lime green, chocolate brown, aqua and a bit of yellow. I have a quilt in mind but "I MUST NOT START ANY NEW PROJECTS" until I have finished another two I have nearly completed. Perhaps if I write a hundred lines I won't be tempted?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

All my sons are getting married

We are having quite a year for family events. Our little Grandson arrived in January, our younger Son is getting married next month and our older Son's wedding is in January, 2013!

This Quilt has been quite a while in the making. I always intended it for our older son and his partner, but I couldn't get any further than the middle. Eventually I realised the thought of quilting it was putting me off. So I did a bit of unpicking and changed to "quilt as you go" and managed to finish it in time for their birthday's this month, (which are only 4 days apart.)

The fabric is the Serenity range from Moda

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lamb Tales

One of the Orphan lambs has died. Although it always drank its milk, it hadn't grown very much and developed a weakness in it's back legs. The injection we always use didn't help and what was wrong is a mystery. The other smaller lamb is poorly now as well. When this happens, I always wonder if the ewe that abandoned the lamb knew instinctively it would not survive.

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Modern Baby Quilt

I finished this quilt in good time for a new arrival thinking it was a neutral pattern and colour scheme. It is a Disappearing Nine Patch B...