Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rose Garden

After a 12 month break, I have returned to volunteering at the Victorian State Rose Garden at Werribee Park. It was lovely, out in the fresh air. Pruning starts in a couple of weeks and I am returning to the Standard Roses. Looking forward it.
Received an email from Emma last night, they are currently in Maun, coming from the Kalahari.
"Just got back from the delta. Had a great time. Saw lots of animals on our walk. Including hippos that tried to charge the boat. We had a traditional dinner with our hands but first we had to wash all the men's hands, dish up their food and then present it to them on our knees. It was very funny and the people cheered us all as we did it."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Scrap Lap Quilt Top

Finished a lap size quilt top this afternoon to donate to Regent Street Quilters.
Pattern  #460 by Bits n' Pieces,
Made with 8 fat quarters (a few bits thrown in as some of the 1/4's had some fabric already used)
It puts that theory into practice of
"cutting up big pieces into small pieces to sew back together to make a big piece".
My computer has gone to cyber heaven, very sick, and currently sitting under John's desk at work.
I haven't got a photo shop program on my lap top to crop and make photos clear.
A new computer will have to be bought.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Emma in Botswana

Having a great time.  Sitting in the bar beside part of the Okavango Delta in Maun, Botswanna.  Had a fantastic afternoon today!!!  Went up in a 6 seater plane and flew over the Delta for nearly an hour.  I sat up the front with the pilot!  Got to see heaps of elephants and lots of landscape. 
We are heading into the Delta tomorrow by speedboat and then by canoes.  Hopefully we will see a lot of animals there.  The water in the Delta is up compared to previous years due to lots of rain.
Have had lots of long drives.  Had to buy a blanket today ($5) as it is getting freezing overnight, but still really hot during the day.  Haven't been sick yet.  A few people have but I'm being careful. 
Even if I have eaten a lot of weird animals - Zebra, Crocodile, Eland, Kudo, Osterich, Springbok and Oryx.  Asked for my Zebra to be medium rare (it was on a stick with other meat) but it came more than rare.  I was waiting for it to run away.  Ate around the edges.  It was good.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Home Alone

No sleeping in for the next 3 days.
Home alone while John is in Brisbane and Sydney for work.
I would like...... to get my book read for Book Club.
More 1 inch diamonds made and pieced together.
Finish off the last of the wool knitting poppies.
a quilt top made for donation to Regent Street Quilters, Geelong.

It might help if it rains for the next 3 days and then I don't have an excuse to go out.....
just remembered, I have Rose Garden on Wednesday morning as well.

Friday, May 23, 2014

AQA Biggest Morning Tea

 Monday, I attended The Biggest Morning Tea at the AQA GTG at Surrey Hills (Vic)
It was a wonderful day, especially catching up with friends who I hadn't seen in a while.
On display, were aprons from the past.
Brought back many memories of my Grandmother's kitchen and her collection of aprons.
She taught me to embroider on one of her aprons.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Photos from Emma in Africa

 The Painted Houses in Bo Kaap, Cape Town
 Windblown and tired daughter after climbing Dune 45, Namibia
to see the sunrise
 Dune 45
 Salt Pan Dune 45
Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Geelong Patchwork and Quilters Quilt In

A happy day stitching with friends at our Quilt In.
Guest speakers were Janet O'Dell who showed us her beautiful collection of antique quilts
Helen Godden with a wonderful talk on how she came to be a quilter 
and a show of some of her quilts.

To top off a great day, 
we had a phone call last night from Emma in Swakopmund, Namibia.
She is having a wonderful time.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Look What I Won.....

I was reading Dijanne Cervaal's blog.....

....and she posted that her daughter Celeste has just started her own blog.
I was very impressed by this young woman's work.
I related to her as when I was in high school I used to do pen and ink drawings, make cards and sell them.
A bit of pocket money went a long way in those days.

Celeste was offering as a give away, 2 of her drawings to those who left a comment.
I was one of the very lucky "commentors" to win one of them.

Thank you Celeste.
She has given me permission to put her drawing up on my blog.
Check out her drawings.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Medallion Quilt

 Finally finished quilting. Labels are sewn on this one and Longbourne.
 Can't remember where I saw this idea, I had an extra embroidery floss box,
works well for my 1 inch diamonds and cut out fabrics etc.
Knitted 4 baby beanies and finished the jacket for Guild donations.
Not enough lemon/green wool left, so adding a few stripes to make up another beanie.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Autumn at Yerring Station

After a lovely breakfast at Williamstown,
spent Mothers Day with a drive to Yerring Station at Yarra Glen.
The trees were beautiful, then on to Healesville for a walk around the town.

Received some beautiful pre-ordered flowers, 2 lovely Japanese cake plates 
and a phone call from Cape Town.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Back to Africa

We dropped Emma off at the airport late this afternoon for her flight to 
Cape Town via Perth and Johannesburg.
Shed a few tears as this trip is something that she has worked towards, 
since her sarcoma cancer was diagnosed in 2011 when she arrived home after her last African adventure.
Her oncologist asked her, what do you want to do, she said "I want to go back to Africa".
28 days camping in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
I miss her already.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weekend of Sewing, Knitting and Football

 I have always admired these rusted seed sculptures on the corner of Flemington Road, down from the Zoo.
One day I will stop the car to see who the artist is and what it is called.
 Nth Melbourne at Etihad this afternoon.
The wind was bitterly cold on the walk to the ground, 
but I am sure our mascot was toasty and warm in his Kanga suit.

 All that is left to knit is the neck and front bands. 
Sewed it together watching a movie last night 
with a glass of red and block of chocolate.
Completed stars for my next piece.
Not sure how many I will decide to make.