Sunday, September 29, 2013

AFL Grand Final - Hawthorn v Fremantle Dockers

My DH is a Hawthorn supporter and were very lucky to given a package for the Grand Final at the MCG.
 Our morning started early at 8am, Grand Final breakfast at Etihad Stadium hosted by my club, North Melbourne
 On each place setting were footballs and The Football Record
 On our way to the MCG in amongst a sea of purple for Freo.

 Tina Arena (in red with the umpires) sang the National Anthem, the crowd was amazing, 100, 007 supporters all singing with booming voices. 
The roar when the anthem is finished, is something you have to hear.
Half time, overlooking Rod Laver Tennis Stadium towards the city.
The rain held off, even though the wind was very cold. We were lucky to be sitting under cover.
John and I sat in with the Freo supporters. When the final siren sounded, I don't know who screamed louder him or me. Brilliant game and day with Hawtorn winning.

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Letter O - Scatterdays

 Discarded - ONION SKINS
Once our 2 beds of red, white, brown onions and leeks are harvested and dried,
there will be a lot of skins to be discarded. 
We don't plait them, keep them in a couple of very large wire hanging baskets so the air can get to them.
The taste of home grown onions are stronger in taste than bought ones.

It was a very hot afternoon 39 degrees, I was being picked up by my DH nearby, so popped into Officeworks in the airconditioned store to wait. On the door was a notice for part time work. I love stationary, so applied. Within 48 hours I had a job, 3 days a week, 7am - 12noon working in the Printworks section.
My job involved copying / printing, binding and laminating etc. Enjoyed this job for 5 years. I decided to leave when it became a chore to serve ill mannered business men and up start young females.
Very rarely did we get a "please" or "thank you". To hand over a credit card, they were "chucked" at us.
When it gets to the stage that you wake up in the morning and say "I really don't want to go to work today", then I say, leave.

My Uncle gave us this oil painting for a wedding present in 1979. 
It is by Max Boyd and I have always loved it.
I love the simplicity of it and the colours.

I am having a big "0" birthday in October.
I thought when I was 13 that to be 21, was so old. 
I also thought that my parents at 60 were ancient.
I am looking forward to applying for a Seniors Card, don't know why, feel that it is the next stage in my life.
I now realise that to be 60 is not that bad at all. I don't feel any different than I did 10 years ago.

Quilts In The Barn

 It was a lovely day weather wise, to visit Quilts in the Barn at Wonga Park. 
This annual event is to raise money for Breast Cancer. 
The quilts on display were Dutch influence and Chinz.
Beautiful quilts.
A sample of some of the quilts on display.

Sentinel Start

I have made a start on my embroidery. 
The edge of the crown, will sew long orange/gold shank beads.
The bright orange on her robe and crown is done with narrow ric rac.
These are not the colours I first had in mind, but after standing at Lincraft last week for 15 minute, found these appealed to me. Still unsure until I finish it, what shade to do her lips.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Medallion Melody by Lori Smith

 1st Border
 2nd Border
3rd Border
3 borders to go.
Now that I have seen it, photo wise, I think I need some red in the next border.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Letter J - Scatterdays

 Holidays - JENNI AND JOHN
I was told by my parents to travel the world, it is the best form of education.
I am very lucky that John and I are able to do this before he retires and we are both well and healthy enough to enjoy it. I love heading to the airport, checking in and then on our way. Hate unpacking when we get home, leave that up to him. He can unpack and have the washing on in quick time.
Later on in life we will hopefully do Australia and see what is in our own "backyard".
(photo, courtesy of Google)
I had one very similar to this and it played Pop Goes the Weasel.
Apparently I drove everyone mad with the constant playing of it.

 Dance - JIVE
(photo, courtesy of Google)
Never attempted this dance. I used to go to Ballroom Dancing with my best friend from High school. 
She was doing competition, I was meeting the boys!!!

Japanese - JIGSAW
Every Christmas I receive a jigsaw and heaven help anyone who speaks to me on Boxing Day.
It's my day to do my jigsaw with a bowl of sickly lolly Santa Mix in front of me , John and Emma fend for themselves for the day. 
Saw this one in Kmart, $3, might buy it and put it under the Christmas tree. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Festival of Tall Ships, Williamstown

HMAS Castlemaine.
Beautiful sunny afternoon spent at the Tall Ships anchored at Williamstown.
The Young Endeavour sailed in, but we missed it as we had to leave.

My Dad taught me, if a ship displayed the flag, The Blue Peter, a ship was to leave port that day.
This ship certainly was not leaving, it will be there for the week.

 The rigging and ropes were amazing on the Dutch ships.

I have just finished reading the book, The Tin Ticket, a story of the Irish and Scottish girls shipped to Tasmania in the 1800's as convicts. Their story of how they were crammed into the ships was why I wanted to see these ships.
 Loved these cray pots, only thing missing were the crayfish.
 This Scottish gentleman once adorned a ship, beautifully carved in wood.
There is an art to weaving nets.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sentinel 2

Softer colours work better.


I purchased one of Dijanne Cevaal's Sentinals to stitch while I am on holidays.
The exhibition of the sentinel panels will be in Palaisseau near Paris from 29 March until 12 April 2014
So I thought, how appropriate that I will will stitching whilst driving through France.
I am trying work out shades of embroidery thread to use.
Now that I look at the photo, what I have chosen, seem far too bright, perhaps they need to be softer.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy Fathers Day John

 The day was spent at Emma's, she cooked her father lunch.
After, we went for a drive and ended up in Yea, afternoon tea with coffee and homemade lemon tart.
What better way to spend a sunny and beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Seebreeze Quilt In

 The Seebreeze Quilt In was held at Williamstown Town Hall.
The Town Hall is being done up. This tiled floor was the entrance to the Ballroom.
 I loved this old style wall lamp.
The guest speaker was Jenny Bowker, 
who gave us a wonderful talk of her postings through out the Middle East.
It was a great day and enjoyed catching up with friends.