Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Damp Roses

After yesterday's heat, this morning was damp underfoot after the rain at the Rose Garden.
Every time we deadhead a spent bud on the weepers, we were rained upon by the wet branches.

 Looking down the avenue of "Brass Band"

 Over the weekend the Victoria State Rose Garden Show was held.
The attending crowd were asked to vote for the best smelling rose.
1st "Pope John Paul" (white rose)
2nd "Mr Lincoln" (red rose)
3rd "Papamillion" (red rose)
An interesting fact that these 3 roses did not need to be replaced in the vase over the weekend.
All the others did, only lasting one day.

The bees are enjoying "Gentiliana"

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


I came home from my week away to the clothes rack with sheets of my handmade paper drying. They were then ironed flat.  Pleased with the effort, though the onion skin paper did as I expected, dried much lighter in colour. I may be able to trim and cut the sheets in half to make a miniature book from them.

 I was given, by my friend, miniature ginkgo leaves, which were dried and placed on the pulp. 
 After the sheet was ironed, they fell off, though left an impression on the paper.
 Various flower petals and leaf matter cut up.
I placed a strawberry raspberry tea bag paper on the pulp, wondering if the pink would bleed into the paper. It left a brown colour instead, "all in the name of experimentation".

Class 6 this evening, wonder what will be on the agenda??
No class last week due to Melbourne Cup holiday.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Morning in the Vegetable Garden

We spent the morning turning over and planting our summer vegetable seedlings. 
A little late this year. 
 Melbourne Cup is the date for tomato planting in our garden, missed it by a week.
Zucchini, 6 tomatoes, snow peas, cucumber, spring onions, basil, eggplant and capsicums.
 The beds have been prepared after the onion harvest.

 An early Christmas gift for John. We have noticed after watering the bed, it stays damp with the hut over it. Santa is bringing him a 2 dome hut.
I was given 4 Dahlia bulbs at the plant swap at Rose Garden, they have emerged, no idea what colour and have never grown them before.
My Hydrangea died, I didn't pull it out, cut it back to the base
and it has regrown.
 A new tree was bought today.
 I always plant a hanging pot of Impatiens for Christmas.
Petunia in the hanging pots outside the kitchen window.
These flowers remind that summer is on it's way.
...and brown Iris has flowered.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Stitch Meditations

I took a small bag of fabric scraps, 5 different threads, a previous hotel sewing kit and wanted to also use what I could find in the way of paper etc reflecting on my week.

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QF 35 Melbourne to Singapore.
Cut out the symbol from the inflight magazine, background using paper towel from Business class lounge.

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 5 lines of stitching to represent the 5 points of the Islamic beliefs and the Moroccan tiling, brown for the river, blue and white for the mosque. Background using paper towel.

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Colours representing the Hindu temple and steps at Batu Caves, background using plastic bag from Concorde Hotel, their symbol represents the Petronas Twin Towers.

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National Orchid Garden

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Wandering through Chinatown.
Papers cut from information map and Chinese restaurant where we had dinner to finish off the day.

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Walkway above the Ecco Forest park at the KL Tower
Paper cut from a magazine to represent the bridge and green plants.

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Deepavali (another term for Diwali) display at our hotel. Paper from a Sudoku book.

The Festival of Light, is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

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Orchid display at Singapore Airport.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Orchids at Changi

Flew in at 6am this morning and at the Post Office by 9.15am for John to renew his passport, he is back to Zurich before Christmas for work.
I never fail to fall in love with the orchids on display at Singapore Airport, beautiful and delicate.
 Wooden pattern on one of the walls.

Another pattern on another wall.

Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog this past week, we hope you have enjoyed seeing this part of Malaysia, a first time for us.
Jenni and John.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Final Fling

We have had a great time here in KL, a very cheap, easy to navigate, happy city with loads to do.
The heat and humidity is sort of tolerable but the North Pole or Antarctica would be nice!!!! 
Our flying A380 kangaroo.
 I have noticed patterns all around.

 National Mosque clock.
 Go KL, the free bus cris-crossing the city.
 Limited addition Tiger Beer glass as it has a blue stripe.
I commented to the man at the hawkers street food place that we have been eating most nights, that it was beautiful, he gave one to me for John.
 Wandered through the Iskian Japanese store, this is a wine bottle cover.
 More patterns.

The national flower of Malaysia is the red Hibiscus.
Drink bottles.
View from our room.
I seem to notice weird bits and pieces.