Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Scented Sundew. I showed this carniverous plant a couple of weeks ago before it flowered. now there are
Early Nancy [ about 1/4" across ] This one is REALLY hard to find as there are only a few of them spread over the 10 acres and they bloom for about 2 weeks of the year. Last year I missed them completely. This one is a male flower and the female is similar with a slightly different centre and often only a single bloom. Apparently they occasionally throw up a hermaphroditic form as well. Who knew? Kinky floral sex in Central Vic!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Yes I'm talking about the cat yoga again.
You may remember that Suki is the one responsible for introducing Sophie to this esoteric eastern art
so I was rather happy when in a nice piece of serendipity, I found THIS waiting for me at my favourite second hand book store [ and before you ask, Val, not the one at Campbell's Creek ... Soldier and Scholar, the smaller one in Barker Street opposite the Library ]
Ms Caramel was seen practising what looked very like the cobra pose yesterday so obviously it's catching on. Currently Oakley is the only holdout Chez Catsmum.
HE says it's because yoga poses are not conducive to the gravitas required of the more 'mature' purrson.
Sophie and Caramel just think it's because he's too fat.
Sophie has pointed out that I am in error. She has been doing yoga for years and was originally taught by Swami Smokey [ sadly no longer with us ]
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Being a thoughtful and dutiful daughter, and needing no encouragement whatsoever for the wielding of the camera, she duly obliged:
My grandson is now blonde apparently and no curls. Completely takes after his mum, that one.
In a showing of great restraint, I've just pinched this one photo from his besotted aunt so if you absolutely need to see more baby photos, you can follow over there.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Meanwhile Caramel would like to introduce you to the new love of her life: BBB [ big brown bear ] She's currently spending hours a day giving him back massages. How do you feel about interspecies relationships? Do you think they have a future together ?
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
beautiful ceramic buttons ?
blue and white ?
japanese motif ?
locally made ?
reasonable price ?
yeah I thought so too :]
Found these buttons at the Central Goldfields Gallery, Maryborough for $3 a card of two. The maker is Jean Taylor from Bendigo. No email or website details but there's a phone number.
I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with them but I don't really think that's relevant. They are beautiful objects in their own right. For the time being I'll probably just add them to my bowl of japanese blue and white beads and balls.
ETA [again] well there weren't any more at the Gallery on Wednesday this week but I've just come back from an event there tonight where I met the button lady herself. I've ordered another two cards and she's also okayed putting the phone # here for any of you aussies that might be interested. So :  54418070
Monday, August 20, 2007
This morning's minimum temp was minus 1.9 C for the second day and it was a bracing .1 [ yup point one ] when I went out to chop firewood before breakfast in an attempt to resuscitate the fire which had almost, but not quite, expired during the night.
Once the sun came out it turned into the perfect [almost] Spring day, so after dance class this morning and a timely migraine tablet, I spent the afternoon milking Rosie, pulling umpty-gazillion weeds and admiring the new colours in the garden.
The irises are just days away from opening, the jonquils are out, and today I found the first of the daffs.
I may have put Sophie's nose a wee bit out of joint the other day when I enthused to her about how limber her 'niece' Suki is. I caught her surreptitiously practising her own version of feline yoga this morning. Not too bad for a middle aged moggy... and stretch that paw ... arch that spine ... and hold ... and
and this is what I knitted over the weekend when I should've been doing other quilty related stuff.
Hand dyed 4 ply [ fingering ] machine washable baby wool from Bendy.
started off with a vintage Patons pattern and then sort of went my own way - mainly because I wasn't paying attention - and repeated the lace pattern row an extra time and then decided 'what the hell' and just made the rest up as I went along.
Friday, August 17, 2007
the Duke of Cornwall Engine House
Some years ago I was told, apparently in all seriousness, that the Fryerstown Cemetery is the 'most haunted' in Australia and that the temperature drops by ten degrees as you enter the cemetery gate... I haven't as yet had reason to check that out for myself. Colour me somewhat sceptical!
Monday, August 13, 2007
- After I spent Saturday morning murdering what seemed like a few thousand coffeebush seedlings, Nadie arrived at lunchtime and after curried veggie soup and homemade bread, there was the baking of bikkies [ cookies ] while we settled down to await the arrival of Val . I exercised supreme self control and didn't immediately dive head first into HP and the Deathly Hallows that Nadie had brought up with her. See. I WAS brought up correctly, all other evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
- Caramel obliged with some purring and chin nuzzles to be duly videoed for her real mum in Melbourne who is currently not well and in need of some positive news about her baby's relocation.
- The lovely Val arrived mid afternoon with a CD from Meow aka Connie. Some time ago Meow asked all her blogging buddies to suggest favourite songs and she compiled an mp3 album with absolutely HOURS AND HOURS of eclectic music choices. In the interests of saving her postage, I suggested that she pass mine along to Val. I figured that way we would finally get around to meeting. Cunning, yes? I'm currently listening to it... some familiar stuff to revisit, some new to discover. After that it it will be back to one of the David Hobson CDs from Alice. I will confess that my contribution [ Sara Evans: Born To Fly ] is a favourite clogging song. It's the track playing at the moment and my mind is half on what I'm typing and at the same time I'm mentally cueing the dance. Multi tasker, c'est moi.
- It seemed like Val had barely arrived before she looked at the time, nearly had a heart attack and had to depart. We will definitely need a longer visit next time.
- As well as the CD I scored a gorgeous little handmade book from Val. She knows of my love of all things Japanese so she used a ginko punch on the cover. Little did she realise that my quilt that's in the current issue of Down Under Quilts is called GINKO. I think I'll be writing some of my favourite quotes into it.
- Nadie was terribly tired so I packed her off to bed for a nap when Val left. The fact that there was HP sitting on the coffee table had absolutely nothing to do with my insistence that she needed to rest. Nothing at all. I did put HP down when she resurfaced for tea and only picked him up again when I went to bed around midnight. Needless to say at that time of night, and after a rotten night's sleep the night before, I didn't get terribly far.
- Potter reading resumed when David got me up at the crack of dawn and continued until DD surfaced late morning. After lunch we went into town for shopping and coffee and to see Nadie back off to Melbourne so I got back to reading at about 5 pm and finished the book at 10 pm. One does have to stop for dinner and a modicum of housework occasionally.
- Nadie's comments [ spoiler free ] are what I would've written if she hadn't done it first.
- Milked Rosie again this morning and got about half a litre this time . I'm pretty sure there's more there but she'd had enough, so I'll have another go tomorrow. At this stage until she actually kids in four weeks, she really only needs milking about once a week assuming the person milking knows what they're doing, whereas I'm still learning. It's so not like milking a cow! For those of you that commented on the disturbing colour of the first lot, you can rest assured that today's output was a pale lemon colour rather than radioactive yellow.
- Nearly didn't go dancing this morning at Fryerstown because I was feeling a bit creaky from gardening and woodcutting but then the meds kicked in so off I trundled. At least it was a way to warm up. Clogging tonight at Daylesford will probably require a top up of pharmaceuticals ... and for those that don't know, the run to Daylesford is 45 km each way over the spine of the Central Highlands over frequently foggy, winding, narrow country roads - glorious in daylight but a bit hairy at night.
- It was bloody cold this morning. 1 degree when I went outside to feed the girls and retreated in very quickly. Minus 2.9 overnight. Very odd too. We got rain late yesterday and yet there was a heavy frost. Not here so much but I could see silver all the way up to and along the highway.
- finished object [ apart from weaving in the ends ] - a variation on a [no longer available] seamless top down baby raglan from Knitting OnTheNet, 4.5mm needles, 4 strands of laceweight held together [ handyed in Landscape 'sasparilla' over vintage dusty pink laceweight to produce a heathery purple/mauve ] Usually I put buttonholes in both bands until I know the sex of the baby but this is so obviously a girly one that I didn't bother this time.
- What colour buttons do you think? White? Navy? Purple?
Friday, August 10, 2007
The lovely Linda has nominated both Maz and I for the
How cool is that?
Anyway I'm supposed to nominate a further seven. Maz would've been on my list, so now who else?
and can I nominate
Good Yarn karma ? [ which is my sneaky way of nominating Donni, Jae and Nora ]
Moving on :
this is the wee hat I've made for my new great niece Olivia. Is she cute or what?
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I am pointedly ignoring the fact that this apparent serenity was shattered shortly theafter when Sophie and Caramel had a rather loud and pointed exchange of opinions as to each other's anticedents and habits which culminated with Caramel bolting under the spare bed and refusing to come out for four hours.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Meds on board and into town to drop off David followed by a trip to the Post Office where my head duly exploded.
Okay, so not literally 'mess all over the post office carpet' exploded...BUT
there was just SO much STUFF that my poor old foggy brain couldn't cope. There was:
count 'em: one, two, three, four, five, SIX David Hobson CDs from Alice [ currently listening to 'J'ai perdu mon Euridice' from The Live Album, thanks for asking ]
There was David's Licorice Allsorts quilt safely back from DownUnderQuilts [ project in next month's mag !!! woo hoo ]
There was a copy of THIS month's DUQ with a photo of Stephen and Christina's wedding quilt plus another japanese one done in one of my classes by Wilma Ladiges.
There was my first delivery from Unique Stitching
I signed up for their Art Quilt Collection where you get a little bag of goodies every month along with product notes, etc. There was extra in this first delivery because they were having a promotion when I signed up so my freebies included a silk hanky, cocoons, throwsters waste, and seracin fibres. You get to choose one of four colourways and it will probably come as no surprise that I went with the sea colours. This month's offering was a decent sized hunk of hand dyed silk tops and some fine tulle for the making of silk fusion/silk paper which Felicity and I have already had a play with but that's okay. Now I've got extra supplies to add to what I bought at The Wool and Sheep Show. I have to say that the cocoons freak me out a bit because they have a dry sort of rattle so one assumes there's a dead silk moth in there. Erkkk. Yuck.
...and in a piece of flawlessly seamless segue: here's what I did with the first piece of silk paper that I made with Felicity's help when she was last up. It's only a cheap $20 frame and I probably should've glued it in just a wee bit higher but I think it looks pretty damn good. I could see some more of these being birthday/chrissie pressies.
and there's another FO to be admired:
Ripplicious Crochet Baby Blanket
20 hours of labour [ love job for a friend to give as a gift ]
roughly a metre square [ 40 x 40"]
Not too damn bad considering the yarn I was supplied with was ACKrylic from S*******t [ big souless craft chain that shall remain nameless]
Now what do I do with the half dozen balls left over?
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Drum roll please Maestro:
Robyn in her Silk Garden jumper [sweater ] does the honours
and the winners are Mehitabel
Elspeth. I was the recipient of E's largesse earlier in the year. How's that for a coinkydink?