Sunday, March 31, 2019

Was 12 and Now it is 6

After seeing Becky and Scott's tour of the 12 Apostles, we decided a visit for our Sunday drive.
Haven't been there for many years.
Driving down the Great Ocean Road, my stomach was doing back flips and would have loved to have stopped at various points for photos. Unfortunately due to traffic it was not possible.
 Mid morning breakfast at Anglesea.
Leafy Sea-dragon installation.

 Beautiful colours of the rock formations eroded by the sea.


 Sandstone walls, wonderful colours.
This little sparrow was holding on, the wind was blowing a gale.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Change of Beds

What we have been doing this past week. 
Our front garden is 40 years old and looking extremely ragged and tired from this past summer. The lawn is brown from lack of rain, we decided not to use up our precious tank water on it.
I love cottage gardens but we have decided at our age to keep the new garden simple with some colour. 
Pulled up 120+ daffodil and jonquil bulbs, then sat on the front step and cleaned them.
I am hoping by doing this they will be alright and flower this spring.
Bearded Iris trimmed, roots cut back according to a volunteer at Rose Garden who is in the Iris Society.
 Also pulled up many bulbs from the Amaryllis family (Amarcrinium Howardii).
They were originally from my parent's garden, not sure if they will re grow and flower.
Doesn't hurt to give them a try!!!
 3 new standard roses and creepers. "Double Delight", "Seduction" and "Gold Bunny"
I have re-planted the Bearded Iris' and 100+ bulbs in this bed. Need more bark to finish.
Bed number 2 being cleared out.
Didn't get as many bulbs as the other bed.
Easter project - The front garden and lawn will also be re-done with a new retaining wall built.



Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Stitch Meditations

Torn paper images added to fabrics.
 SM 77
 SM 78
 SM 79
Coral
 SM 80
Image of a vineyard turned on side to represent a leaf.
 SM 81
Image of Autumn walk between the trees.
 SM 82
Image of Olympic swimming pool
 SM 83
Image of bridge trusses.
SM 84
Silk fusions from Becky added to Chiffon scarf fabric.
Torn image of iphone screen.
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John and I had a wonderful meet up with a member of the Stitch Meditation group that I belong to. Becky and Scott are from the USA, who have been holidaying in Australia.
I made Becky a book and a SM.
 Front cover
Back cover
SM depicting Melbourne overlooking the Botanical Gardens,
wattle our national flower and a stitched gum leaf.
I was given a beautiful hand dyed scarf, scraps of silk fusions/papers and handmade tyvek beads.





Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Glass

Viewed the Venetian Glass exhibition at the NGV.
We have visited Morano Island and the glass factory, Venice, to see the beautiful Monaro glass being blown and made.

Venetian glass, or cristallo, as the Venetians referred to it, became famous throughout the Mediterranean region fro the 13th century onward.  It was prized for its remarkable clarity, technical facility and transparent watery fineness.
The exhibition shows glass ranging from the 16th to the 20th century. 







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SO-IL Viewing China



Sunday, March 17, 2019

Stitch Meditations

 SM 70
Wine label, placed wonky and I had only had 1 glass!!
 SM 71
Torn image of building facade with lamps.
 SM 72
Image torn, the head of a geisha's hair decorations.
 SM 73
Railway tracks.
 SM 74
Torn image from a Target catalogue, pairs of jeans hanging on a corrugated tin wall.
SM 75
Desert image used as a rocky outcrop. 
SM 76
Torn paper serviette designed by Marimekko.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Colours

Called in to the Ballarat Begonia Festival at the Botanical Gardens.
The colours of the blooms were beautiful.








 There were several garden beds of Dahlias.






 Children's play area.
Floral decked out tram.