Friday, March 31, 2017

Another 15x15

I have done another 15x15 cm for Ballarat. Shopping this morning and getting ready for tomorrow. I will see how I go with posting for the next few days. I think I will probably be too tired but then again maybe not. Off to pack the car.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Very stirred sea this morning

we walked the cliffs this morning, quite cold and windy and the sea was certainly stirred up. One of those days where I spent a lot of time cleaning the house. Such a boring job. My back doesnt really like it either. Getting ready to do my 3 day class with Sandy Webster on Saturday.Looking for ward to it.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Walking this morning

We walked along part of the bike/walking track this morning near the mouth of the Inman River. It was quite windy and this was a bit protected. Havent walked that way for ages. Loved the colours in the vegetation in the swale area behind the low sandhills and the sea. We went to look at the mouth of the river and as we suspected there was quite a sand bank there and no out flow to the sea. Although I would imagine some flows through the sand. I think it might take a reasonable storm to open it up again. We came home and this afternoon had quite a squally bit of rain in the front that came through. 4 mm which at least means no watering for a day or so and it is now quite cold. My body doesnt much like the changes like this whatever the scientists say. (they seem to think it has no affect on arthritic bodies, well I say it does.) It is rather nice to feel cold and not hot and muggy.

More flowers.

I haven't posted my daily stitch for a while. So here is the update today. I am doing more flowers. Once I run out of thread there will be no more of these. We had a lovely walk this morning, photos when I down load from the camera later. We have just had a squall down pour of rain and the gutter by the back door is over flowing, more leaves have dropped than we realized.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A tale of a camera and other things

Yesterday I rang one of the camera companies to see about repairs to my camera. Firstly I was told it was 8 years old, the cost to repair was probably not worth it, so I looked and looked and using my Qantas frequent flyers settled on a newer model. Akk ok. then John came out and said he had fixed my camera. I had done all the things he had done but to no avail, the magic fingers of a husband. So now I have a super dooper new one coming, and my old one. Not sure how I feel about this especially as the new camera probably has so many things on it I wont know how to use. Any way the photo at the top is of this mornings walk, another bit of a disaster as we walked quite happily for a while and a sudden surge came up the beach and my shoes were filled with water and I was wet to the knees. Not a happy chappie, a walk cut short as the shoes felt awful to walk in and the beach was wall to wall sea weed. Still its better than being in north Queensland with cyclone Debbie creating havoc. I am glad I do not have to cope with cyclones. I have been ding a bit of silly stitchery, have to do some 15x15 cm stuff for Ballarat, so they can raise money for something. Its a fun idea and we can get nice pieces of art for very little. The weather has changed, cool nights and pleasant days. All I need now is some rain.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Morning walk on the beach

I think maybe I am getting my head around my phones cameras. We walked on the beach this morning, odd drips of rain coming down but I doubt if there is enough to measure. There were huge numbers of bees in the gum tree that is right on the entrance to the beach, it doesnt seem to mind being on a sandhill. The rainbow lorikeets were there too but they were too quick for me to catch them. Very noisy. Quite a lot of movement along the edge of the beach, when I took the piece of sea weeds photo it was relatively still then suddenly it moved, but I liked this shot best. I think I need to make a case for my phone to carry around in and hang around my neck. Always a worry when walking beaches if they get sand in them. I am going to resurrect an old camera and see what I think (I wont like it, not a big enough zoom!)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

More from around the garden

Quite warm and sticky although the sound of currawongs calling this morning certainly meant that it is autumn, they only come down when there is fruit in the orchard. I went into the market while John went fishing, he tells me they didnt have a very good day at all which is sad. I wandered around the garden with my phone taking a few more photos, I have found a couple of old cameras but they need to have batteries. I did find a couple of rechargable ones but I think I need new ones. we will see. those cameras are ok but rather old. The colchiums are out in the garden. Our first Womens football premiership has just been played and the local Adelaide Crows won, this is the first AFL womens team to be recognised a bit of a feather in their hats as they come from near and far. John is home, the animals need feeding. Supposed to be very hot tomorrow. Horrid.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

This and that.

After my fall in the sand yesterday has messed up my camera, sand in the lens. I can't get to Adelaide for a while to see if it can be fixed so I will have to learn how to work my phone camera, not happy as I love my camera. I have taken a few photos on my tablet which is OK around the house but... any way another of my daily stitch, yesterday I finished the purple tri chain stitch and today a running stitch.The last photo is one of the flowers in the garden.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This morning

In the vegetable garden, the sweet corn will be ready soon. On the beach, at last, these two fellows were having so much fun and I had just taken their photo when I fell flat on my face, having tripped on a piece of embedded sea weed. Poor John had a struggle getting me back on my feet. Must admit to feeling a little shaken. It was a bit damp while we walked, fine drizzle. I am back up from having lunch with Sarah and Tweetie Nimmo, it was lovely to catch up with Tweetie again, a while since she was last here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2 more days of daily stitching.

A couple more days of my daily stitching. Slowly, very slowly I am filling it all in. Started a row of three individual chain stitch. I also filled in using more leaves around the last few flowers. We had to go to Adelaide for dentist appointments. Not really what I wanted today, after a bad night and yesterday's long drive home. I suppose I will eventually catch up.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great week end

I am over tired and have made a mess of this blog post. I had a great time in Halls Gap, having a week end of fun eco dyeing paper and also playing with rusting and Making books. I didn't quite do all I wanted to but enough. It was pretty hot but I and my wonky back survived, now to drive home tomorrow.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Here in Halls Gap, in the Grampian.

I am sorry I didn't manage a photo of the flock of multi coloured hens that just went past my door! Any way a very tiring 6 hour drive, with one loo stop! I left just after 7 am, driving straight into the sun for a long time. Arrived at my motel and had a late sa dwich for lunch and then a collapse on the bed, now feeling a bit more normal but no phone coverage, there is free WiFi. . Oh and another of my daily stitch, I have brought it with me but not sure how much time I will have to do it. Think I am going to be pretty tired. Refuse to be an old lady!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Two more flowers.

Back to very warm and humid again today I find it difficult after the long spell of mild days we have had. We did have a walk on the beach and went to see baby Lachlan and had a cuddle. I am still sorting out things that I have to get done before I head off on Friday morning. Not a lot of time to write this.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From the garden

We have an old garden and things happen, John and I collected seeds from all over but especially when we went up to Queensland and some we had success with and others we didnt, there are quite a few rain forest trees some of which we have no idea what they are, but we do know that this is a Bunya pine but we cant remember if this was a seedling given to us or one we grew. At least 30 years ago any way. Yesterday John was astonished to find this huge cone on the ground and further investigation showed a few more, nothing to be seen on the tree itself. I remember at school we had a couple of huge Bunya trees and at certain times of the year we were forbidden to go near them as the cones fell and I think if you were hit by one would have quite easily been killed. So here we are, all those years later with one that has fruited. It is quite exciting, now we would like a few other interesting plants to flower. Our red cedar regularly flowers and fruits, would love the crow ash to do as well.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A bit of stitching.

Another damp and cool day down here. I finished the string of elephants, still to deliver them, and another day or two of my daily stitch. I am still having good fun working out what to do with it. John cut back the jasmine on the garage, I handed up tools and held the ladder. I am sorting out the stuff to take to the Grampian texture next week end. I am having a bit of a panic about it all but I am sure I will be OK. Sorry this is a bit of a nothing post, I am tired.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Around and about today

It has been damp, not proper rain, the odd grumble of thunder, a short power outage and now it is warming up again. Through the back gate, wish it was a bit greener but it is summer. Then a different coloured succulent flowering, lost its name for the moment! Age. Remembered, its a sedum. The bases of the woolly verbascum (mullein) are showing up in the gravel by the track up to the house, maybe a short trip in the car to look at the sea, things going on in the town and roads closed but we should be ok if we go out the back way.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bit of this and that

My pea hen with one of her chicks, she still has four, a bright flower in the garden, a dreaded gazania but I enjoy them even if they do go a little wild. we walked this morning before the rain, lovely skies again over the sea and this photo I took of water over the reef, to me it almost looks like something taken from a plane. The Bluff and the Island were looking lovely. It has drizzled a bit all day but nothing to speak of in it. We planted a couple of trees today, I just hope the promised rain appears. I have been very frustrated as the three elephants that I have made for Lachlan to be a cot string, all ok except when I strung them together the middle one turned upside down. Very annoying but I think maybe I have worked out how to fix it. String them along a cord. I will see how that works out. Better look to our dinner and make sure nothing burns.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Last 2 days of daily stitch.

A new flower and a few filling stitches, you may not be able to see them but they are there.

Another morning walk along the cliffs

I always think the bit of the Bluff that goes into the sea looks a bit like the remains of a dragons tail. It was cool this morning with low cloud, now its quite warm, I am not sure really how beneficial these walks are, i come home very tired. Not only that but with my woeful eye sight when I went to sweep the kitchen floor I found under the couch 2 old George poos. yuk, I have just had to scrub the floor. sometimes I think it would be nice to be looked after.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Morning walk

We were in Adelaide yesterday, a long day as we started early for our hairdressing appointments and got caught up in traffic, a very slow trip across town, and then up to my friend P's house to set up for my sisters birthday lunch, it isnt her birthday until Thursday but as we were in town a good day to celebrate her 83 years. Lunch tasted pretty good too. Then on the way home I went to a big shopping centre to buy some make up, first the usual car park entry was closed, I know what I am doing from there, then we went up to an undercover park and I walked miles to find the mall entry and then finally got to where I was going and got terribly lost on the way back to find the car. John was in it and what I didnt know was that his phone wasnt working or I would have panicked even more. I did finally find him after walking my feet off.Home both of us a bit cross and tired, then to make dinner, well a pretty scratch meal. today I feel totally wiped out. Nice walk on the beach, the blue crane was looking for breakfast and what you cant see was him wriggling one foot and then suddenly, caught something. fascinating. Back home I had a huge wash up to do, my fault for not having time or inclination to do them yesterday. John had a meeting and, well perhaps a nana nap would be a good idea. I am feeling a bit old, warming up again too.