Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mystery Quilt - Part 1

Step 1 of the Mystery quilt has been released.
I am "home alone" today, good chance to get the first step started.
 Gave the machine a cleaning and extracted enough fluff from the bobbin area to stuff a thin futon.
Filled another 2 bobbins and a new blade in my cutter.
All ready to go...
After breakfast began cutting the strips to be pieced.
A break at lunchtime to watch a movie.....and then...at 3.00pm,
.....I realised I had sewn a group of 10 with NO thread left in the bobbin, enough for today. 
Managed to get 90 blocks done. A long way to go but I think I may only do half of what is required and make it a smaller quilt.
Can always do more and make it bigger later.....
now time for a cup of tea....

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Has Come to Melbourne

In the city yesterday I stopped by the Myer Christmas Window display.
The story portrayed this year is based on the new children's book "One Christmas Eve" by author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall.
 The book tells the story of Bella on Christmas Eve in 1968 when she visits her Grandparents in St Kilda for a typical Australian BBQ.

 Bella and her grandfather head to Luna Park and she is given the choice of one ride so she chooses the magical carousel. 

 She jumps on the horse and lets her imagination take hold as she daydreams about the ‘Majestic Horse’ taking her high above the clouds over Melbourne and being greeted by Santa’s sleigh and his reindeers.
 Once the ride ends, Bella’s dream fades back to reality and she heads home with her grandfather. When Bella wakes on Christmas Day, she is delighted to unwrap a rocking horse that her Grandfather hand-carved for her to resemble the ‘Majestic Horse’ she rode on the carousel.

 After visiting the windows I sat in 333 Collins Street to listen to the "Hallelujah Chorus", this stunning building is one I visit regularly to look up at the ceiling dome.



Mystery Quilt


Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt starts Friday 25 November (late this evening Australian time).
I have my fabrics ready, all I had to purchase, was the Magenta, all others were from my stash.
I have not done a mystery quilt by Bonnie before, so pleased that I have 2 friends to call on if I get stuck and need help. It will be interesting to see the difference between the 3 of us.
Wish me luck.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Bit of Gardening on a Weekend

 My Sweet Peas. The more I pick, the more flowers I get.
 At Rose Garden, if you have cuttings of anything, they are brought along for swapping each week, 3 geranium cuttings I picked up are now flowering.


 Technology - our clothes line is under cover, great when it rains, but unfortunately the sparrows love to leave their calling cards. Hung the discs yesterday, didn't have to re wash the sheets, it worked, for how long, I don't know!!
 Salt and Pepper love digging the vegetable garden. We would plant a seedling and they would dig them back up. Sorry girls, you are are now banned. Put a plastic mesh border around it.
 Zucchinnis, capsicum, snow peas on the trellis and left the spinach growing through the mesh for the chooks to nibble on.
 Tomatoes, basil, spring onions, finger eggplant with marigolds to keep the bugs at bay.
 Harvested the garlic.
 Salt and Pepper.
Picked a huge bunch of rhubarb. 
The poor blueberry in the pot was destroyed by Harvey.
Only a stick left, will see if anything emerges from it.
Harvey came yesterday, took him for his first walk along the beach, not fond of water!!
 Apart from the roses and fruit trees in the front, majority of the garden is self seeded.
 Self seeded lavender. 
White Iris, another swap from Rose Garden.

Bearded Iris are so easy to grow. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Goodbye Seoul, Hello Melbourne

Dashed up to the Nam Market for a quick last minute browse. Bought a couple of things for 2 Kris Kringle's. All the bags were packed, checked out and a short walk to Seoul Station for the Airport Express train.
Thank you for reading my blog over the last week and commenting. 
We hope you enjoyed the week away with us on our return to Seoul.
 Greeted each morning with this smiley face as we came out of our hotel
 One section of the market were stalls of only ties, nice and bright.
I know someone who was given her Father's ties, unpicked them and used the fabric to make a quilt.
 Our hotel had unusual windows, which we could open. Thank goodness!!
Every time we came back the lady had turned the heater back up to 26 degrees.
 Our plane had an outdoor camera on the nose wheel....
just about to touch down at Hong Kong Airport.
Sat by these pots of Singapore Orchids, wish I had a spare bag, they were beautiful. 
Good morning Sunday, over South Australia.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

DMZ (Demiliterisation zone)

A day spent on a tour of the zoned area between North and South Korea. Interesting.
So far they have found 4 tunnels leading underground from the North to Seoul, one of them being 110 Km long. They say there could be many more not yet found.
The DMZ is a 4 km area with the border in between.
 The river that flows from the north towards the south, the edges are razor fenced with outlook posts, people have tried to come down the river and illegally enter the south.
 Korean War Veterans Memorial
 
 

 Branch of the Prayer Tree.

 Along the road edges are these signs to show that there are still millions of landmines undetected in the area.

 Looking towards North Korea.

 This is the last railway station in South Korea. There is only one train a day.
Pyeongyang, the capital of North Korea, is sign posted on a platform in the hope that one day the train will be allowed to travel to the city and beyond.
 
 "Grandmother's Letter"
An exhibition at the station using water wheels.

 Ribbons of Hope along the DMZ border.

 Inside the United Nations meeting room where the 2 parties come together as neutral.
You are only allowed to take photos in these 2 areas, the camera has to be pointed to the North.
You are checked for clothing, no bright colours, no torn jeans, no scruffy hair, no phones only for the purpose of photos, no handbags etc. Passports are checked with regimentation 5 times on the bus.
 Facing towards North Korea, one guy took a selfie with his phone, he was facing the South, and was told very quickly it was a no go. If there are North Korean soldiers standing on the other side, they are forbidden to speak to each other across the line.
We were allowed to take a photo of the actual border line, the camera had to face the North out of the window.
The old Unification Bridge.
Mr Jeoung Jnr, started the company Hyundi as a thief. His family was from North Korea. His Father sold a cow to pay for his Daughter's Wedding, Mr Jeoung Jnr stole the money and went to Seoul to build his future. He became a billionaire but sadly the war started and the borders were closed.
One day he rebuilt the Unification Bridge and took 1,000 cows across it to return to his Father. One of cows was pregnant and gave birth on the bridge.
The have been a few tines where the border has been opened and some families have been allowed to meet for a day.