Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Around the garden.

It has been a very strange start to summer, cool and mild and I must say very pleasant but we are heading for very hot over the week end. I do not enjoy hot weather. My plants have been all over the place but these looked quite nice, I run out of things to take photos of so a wander around the garden sometimes brings out new things.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Some of my dolls

I have so many of my fabric dolls packed away and I thought I would bring some of them out, so lovely to see them and remember why they were made. I went to DollU in California twice,I think in 1999 and again just after 9/11 (first flight out of Australia to San Franziska! ) wonderful times. I made both of the African dolls there, the elegant doll was based on a Jill Maas doll that I drew up and my house elf,was a design by, can't remember but she was an Australian girl. Looking back I made so many dolls, even designed some of my own. It was wonderful time and some very talented instructors came out to Australia to teach. I do wish we could go back and do it again. Thank you Joy Martin for getting us started. My arthritic body makes it harder for me to make very complicated dolls any more but I do enjoy going back and trying some of the simpler patterns. Loved DollU and San Francisco is one of my favorite towns. So many memories.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

More daily sketches

I have really been enjoying doing these little sketches. The tree was something I imagined which was fun, a bit reminiscent of the trees we saw in Japan, the bold bad banksia was adrwn from a pod I had, I always loved May Gibbs description of them in Snuggle pot and Cuddle pie. We walked, a longish one on the beach this morning, we had a cool change last night and it was very pleasant. Lots of the brown jelly fish washed up on the beach, just glad I wasn't swimming as they give a nasty sting. Our Woolworth grocery delivery came this morning and the last of the towels we ordered, no bath mat but have found a toning one. I had hoped for a brown but obviously it is not an in colour. Just sent off to join in with India Flint latest February on line class. Books this time. Sounds wonderful. I am trying to keep busy.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Doing a sketch a day for January.

I am having a bit of an adverse reaction to my new medication. Feeling dizzy so going slowly I think it will pass. I am enjoying doing these little few minute sketches every day. Some are better than others. Suddenly it is hot, I ma not really enjoying it.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Bits and pieces

My new diary cover,I always make a new one every year.Just back from a lovely drive to Parsons Beach, cold and windy but so nice to have this not faraway from home. These shrubs on top of the cliff were such a lovely contrast of colours. I am doing, or trying to do a sketch a day for January,this is one of them. I have started a bit of knitting, a little fair isle boot for next year's tree. I used to do fair isle years ago but not for years. I will see how I go.

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Not the best

I hope that 2021 is better than 2020. I feel as if we have just marked time for most of it, friends have died and we have not been aable to comfort those left behind. I haven't grocery shopped for months, thank goodness for deliveries. I haven't seen the Melbourne family for over a year. My new medication is not agreeing with me. But, I can most days walk on he beach and I can be driven around our lovely area. Summer is here with dried brown grasses but thank goodness the temperatures have been cool and pleasant.I have made my vessel using the materials I painted in Lorna cranes on line class, I had to think about it for a while but now it is done and I am quite pleased with it. Now to stop feeling feeling a bit ill.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Christmas lunch and Parsons beach

A lovely lunch with Tabby and her family, Parsons beach a day or so ago. I am very tired but it has been a lovely day so far.