Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Birthday and the Fat Quarter Birthday Club

I celebrated my 6oth birthday yesterday. Age does not usually worry me, but seeing the 60 written down was a little bit daunting. I am not a party person and chose not to have a party as such, but there have been many mini celebrations with family and friends. The first started on Saturday, cake and coffee after my walk yesterday, dinner last night, dinner tonight, lunch on Friday and lunch again next Tuesday. I hope my clothes still fit me after all those meals!

For the first time, I joined in the Birthday Club, hosted by Cheryll. The parcels started arriving from 2 weeks ago-- and I kept them aside until yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed opening the gifts, one at a time. Here they are:

from Chooky

from Sue B.
from Tarnyia
from Ondrea
from Claire
from Dzintra
from Simone H.
My Special gift from Simone
Thank you Chooky, Sue, Tarynia, Claire, Dzintra, Ondrea and Simone for the lovely fabrics. Simone-- I adore the special gift-- a beautifully embroidered cushion. The wording reflects my sentiments exactly.
I received a card from the local MP and it said that  turning 60 means I could be eligible for a Senior's Card. Therefore I must now be a Senior!

Friday, 15 May 2015


I joined in with the girls for a night of sewing  in the FNSI hosted by Wendy. I sat and managed to get the wording all sewn and finished the hearts today.

Stitchery in Blue
Will have to add pellon and quilt it and then turn it into a cushion. A few blue stockings will be added-- all ready for Santa on Christmas Eve.
I had made a redwork one as a small wall hanging.

Stitchery in Red
Thanks, Wendy, for hosting another FNSI.
( By the way, I popped over to Wendy's for the list -- only to find that my name was not there-- I was so sure I saw it come up when I signed in on Wednesday or Thursday).
Enjoy the weekend


Saturday, 9 May 2015

Victorian Holiday-- Part 2

The next stop was Bendigo. It is a great town built with the wealth from gold mining years ago. We went on the tram that runs through the old part of town-- well worth going on the ride.
Fountain in Bendigo
Tram in Bendigo

I found a patchwork shop in Bendigo. It is called Lil Blokes in View Street. I thought it was a delightful shop-- carried the sort of fabrics I love. I have added it to my list of favourite patchwork shops. I was so busy buying up in the shop, I forgot to take a photo-- very annoyed with myself for doing that.

A pennyfarthing in a café at Eaglehawk, decorated with poppies for Anzac Day.
In a shop window in Healesville
Marilyn, from The Patchwork Teahouse , has been stocking my brooches and buttons for years, and when we found ourselves in the Yarra valley, of course I had to go and meet her and visit the shop too. We arrived and had such a warm welcome and were given homemade scones with homemade jam and cream. They were delicious and I found out that Gary, Marilyn's husband, had made them that morning. We chatted and chatted, and of course I had to browse and needless to say, found lots of fabrics there. It is a real pity that it is not my local shop. It was fabulous meeting Marilyn in person. After that we found a delightful walk just behind the shop, called The River walk-- along the Yarra River. So if you do visit the Patchwork Teahouse, make sure you have either morning tea or lunch there, give yourself lots of time to browse (as it is a large shop with lots of goodies) and then take yourself for a walk behind the shop.
View inside The Patchwork teahouse
The Patchwork teahouse
The Yarra River behind the shop

Wildflowers growing on the river banks
 The next day we visited Mandurah Reservoir near Healesville, and did walks in the area.

Mandurah Reservoir in the morning with lots of cloud cover

Reflection in the Mandurah Reservoir

Donnelly's Weir

The autumn colours

We stayed in a B+B in Healesville. Every time we were home, we had this little visitor. She wanted to stay there the whole time including sharing our bed! We had to put her out at night-- felt bad as it was cold, but I am sure she had a lovely home nearby-- as she was well looked after.
A cat visitor

We drove to Avalon to catch our flight home to Sydney. As we had some spare time, we drove to Geelong and had fish and chips along the shoreline. There were lots of these carvings along the promenade.
The bollards on the promenade in Geelong
Here are the things I bought whilst in Victoria.
From The Village Patch in Maldon

From Lil Blokes in Bendigo

My goodies from The Patchwork Teahouse
 Wishing all mothers a Very Happy Mother's Day.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Back from our holiday in Victoria

We have had 12 days away on a holiday in Victoria, involving the Great Ocean Road, The Grampians, the Goldfields and the Yarra Valley. We were very lucky with the weather when in Victoria-- whilst Sydney and NSW got battered by storms and rain.

We started our holiday on the Great Ocean Road-- staying at Wongarra and then at Port Fairy. We tried to do as many walks each day as we could-- especially in the National parks.

Koala in the Otways National Park
The Otways Light House
The 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road
London Bridge
Prior to 1990, this piece of rock was connected to the mainland. But in 1990, a piece collapsed and formed this island. 2 people were stranded on the island when it collapsed and had to be rescued by helicopter. Reminded me of the child's nursery rhyme "London bridge is falling down".

Waterways at Port Fairy
A nankeen night heron-- it fishes at night.
Shearwater  (mutton birds) burrows
The shear water birds come to Griffith Island each year to nest. They leave the island to fly back to the Aleutian Islands in mid April. We walked around the island in the daytime-- we saw quite a few dead baby birds-- and no adults. Then I realised that the adults were out to sea in the day time and come in at dusk. The lady at the information centre told us that the adults left the island to fly north approximately mid April and she was not sure if they had gone as it was the 16th April. I was determined to see them and hoped that they would be back that evening. We walked back to the island that evening and waited and waited-- to no avail. The mossies and wallabies came out, but no adult shear waters came back! We must have missed them by a day or 2. There were 5 of us on the island waiting very patiently-- we had a chat instead. The babies were still in their burrows-- they were very quiet-- apparently they do not leave until 3 weeks later and manage to catch up with their parents in New Zealand on their journey north.
The next day we headed off to the Grampians. They were desperate for rain there-- it had been very dry. The waterfalls were dry too.
Southern Grampians taken at Dunkeld
Venus Baths in the Grampians.
View of the Grampians from a lookout
An Echidna
The only other echidna (in the wild) I saw was over 30 years ago. So can you imagine my delight when I saw this little creature trundling down to the water's edge, having a drink, turned around and trundled back into the bush. If I tried to get any closer , it rolled itself into a ball-- so had to keep my distance to not scare it.
Then it was a journey to the goldfields. We stopped at Maldon for lunch on our way to the B+B.
The Village Patch at Maldon
Don't you just love the sayings on the quilt-- all about chocolate-- and I agree with them.
Part of the 5000poppies display at Daylesford.
Cyril's at Trentham-- a delightful gift shop-- it was warm and inviting and Kay who runs it, was very welcoming.
A vintage Singer sewing machine in a shop window at Kyneton.
I will continue the journey in the next couple of days.



Thursday, 9 April 2015

The AQC and an old table runner

I have sent off a collection of brooches and buttons to Marilyn of The Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton, Victoria. She always takes a selection of them to The AQC-- and this year was no exception.  I meant to take a photo of them before they went into the parcel-- but in my haste to get them to the Post Office, I completely forgot to take the photos. Anyway, please visit Marilyn at  Stand 53 at the AQC .

I have been trying to tidy up the house-- it was getting desperate--and washed a table runner which I had made about 2years ago, ( NB I have washed it a few times in the 2 years!) and whilst  ironing it, I realised I had not taken a photo of the poor thing. It is difficult taking a photo of a table runner-- and here is my terrible photo-- again I was in a hurry. ( why I am always in a hurry I will never know).

Blue table runner with elongated hexagons
Sometime ago,I had gone to a fascinating book shop in the city, and here were  some samples of tea cosies from a tea cosy book. They were just beautiful.

Colourful samples of tea cosies

Enjoy the AQC if you get a chance to go there next week.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Happy Easter, and No FNWFs for me

Wishing all the bloggers and their families a Very Happy and Holy Easter.

Friday night was FNWFs hosted by Cheryll.

I had every intention to join in-- but family came in unexpectedly ( which is always lovely) and that was the end of any sewing. Mind you, it was like the loaf and fishes story-- I had 2 pieces of fish for 3 of us, but had to feed 5 in the end-- it is amazing what one can do to stretch a meal.

Anyway, I decided I would join in with the Northern hemisphere bloggers and sew on Saturday morning. Well did I have a shocking night on Friday night with the worse sore throat in a long time. I felt lousy yesterday and achieved very little and still feel lousy this morning. It is Panadol every 4 hours and lots of fluids and rest. Cannot get any inspiration to do anything else. So I am sorry, Cheryll, for doing nothing for this FNWFs.

Hop onto Cheryll's blog ( click on the FNWFs logo on my sidebar) and see what the other bloggers have achieved.

Happy Easter.


Friday, 20 March 2015


Last night was an FNSI night.  Click onto this logo on the sidebar, and it will take to  Wendy's blog and you can then visit the other participants' blogs to see what they got up to.

FNSI, hosted by Wendy
I was trying to work out what I should do--and decided that I should get stuck into the pattern writing for the  "Sew Happy" wall hanging, which I have been putting off for ages. It is so boring, but I did it. Went to print up a couple of copies-- only to find that the printer had run out of magenta and would not print. Of course I did not have a spare magenta cartridge at home , did I? Why it would need magenta, of all colours, I would not know.
"Sew Happy" Wall hanging
Watch this space-- when I do get the printer working, gone to Officeworks to print the photos and painted more buttons---I will have a give away of this pattern, if anyone is interested.
Enjoy the weekend everyone.