Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Such Extremes

We have had a few weeks of extreme weather here at home with some days reaching 36C (97F) and then a day later plummeting to 17C (62F)! Along with these extremes comes the inevitable topic of climate change and the past few days we have watched with horror the extent of the bushfires to the east of our country. It is devastating to read of the loss of lives and homes along with animals. It is not even summer so it is distressing to see how many fires there are and over such a wide region that you can see here on the maps......

Even more distressing is that several people have been arrested for lighting some of those fires. We are well away from it but still have a sense of guilt that we are not suffering in any way. While temperatures have been erratic we have had lots of lovely blue skies....and dare I say the roses are still blooming??!! Sorry to bore you with them all again but they do bring such joy......

 Even Maisie was impressed!.......
 The front of our home has been transformed from when we purchased it and in just over 5 years........



 I am chuffed to also have some foxgloves blooming after being in the ground for well over a year.......
Our favourite store has been building on their nursery displays and it was looking fabulous when we there recently to buy some mulch with even more foxgloves blooming.....

  When it was time to spread the mulch we saved it for a day that we had little Wade but it is pretty slow going when one is using a toy spade!...but what fun he had......
We are still battling the pesky possum who must have quite a belly ache nibbling on the peaches way before he/she should and we've counted almost 4 dozen half nibbled ones over the past couple of weeks! We are getting someone to cut the tree back as it overhangs the back fence from a neighbouring property, so there will be no peaches this year........ 
 Wade continues to grow and develop his own unique character while enjoying treats (that only a grandparent can get away with!!), and enjoying the shop Christmas displays.......


 The expression below is his tentative look at Father Christmas but he was not impressed when Father Christmas came over to say hello......he was a wee bit scared so hid behind me and clung on for dear life!......
 Last Sunday he had a day on the trains with his cousins Beau and Maisie and the smiles say it all.......
 Sophie had her gorgeous William Morris top on too........
We treasure these photos that Sophie took of Beau cuddling and reassuring Maisie as she didn't like the noise of the steam train......her hearing aid must be such a hassle sometimes........
 I had an unexpected visit to the surgeon 2 weeks ago because of some ongoing issues and that resulted in the cast being removed a week early. I did expect to see it all healed after one month from surgery but each day it is looking better and enjoying the luxury of water! It is now 6 weeks since surgery but I am still not allowed to use the hand for another two weeks and maybe not drive for even more. I am so lucky to have Larry and his patience is way better then mine!....
 So I had better finish this post on that topic of "extremes" as I share these stunning photos that we received from our friends in Canada of their first snow which is now 3 inches thick.......

I will conclude with the hope that the bushfires in the eastern states will soon be over and our thoughts are with everyone affected 💕

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Coming up Roses

A quick search on the internet told me that 'coming up roses' means that 'everything is going well' but watching current world affairs one could question that! On the home front I'm feeling pretty happy that in just over a week this jolly arm cast will be coming off and I am hoping the constant burning sensation underneath will cease. Yesterday was an extra special day as little Wade turned two and he is most definitely 'coming up roses' so we celebrated by having a day at the zoo. It was very warm but thankfully there was lots of shade and he had a wonderful time........

The Adelaide Zoo has the only pair of breeding giant pandas in Australasia but Wang Wang and Fu Ni are yet to produce offspring. Check out Larry's coffee...
and gosh pandas eat an awful lot.....
Adelaide's hippopotamus Brutus is 54 years old and has fathered 6 calves with his late partner Susie who died in 2017. At that time she was the oldest hippopotamus in captivity in the world and we were told Brutus did show signs of grieving having been with her for 45 years. Brutus was certainly slow on his feet yesterday....
 I took lots of photos but none of them were much good as I was using my phone one handed! 'Coming up roses' was on the agenda for us last weekend when we decided to go and see the Australian Rose Show being held here in Adelaide. It was a rather grand affair as it was opened by none other than the President of the World Federation of Rose Societies Henrianne de Briey who had flown from Belgium for the occasion. There were so many beautiful blooms and I took way too many photos (again many were blurred) but these are some of my favourites........







 How on earth one judges them all is beyond me but we enjoyed it immensely. My late Mum instilled my love of roses (and after 9 years I still miss our chats), and I know she would have loved it all. Here at home our roses are now blooming and we have picked our first vases for inside where I catch Larry having a sniff every now and then.......



 The rose arch is not quite blooming but the rest of the garden is......not sure how it will cope with the heat over the next few days.....


 A couple of weekends ago we also 'came up roses' at the second "Seaside Indulgence" with Penny of Pennylane Patchwork. It was less than two weeks after my surgery but we had a wonderful day and thankyou to Penny for having me and for sending me these photos........


 I designed two projects for the participants with the first being a cushion inspired by a chintz petticoat from c.1725. 
 While doing my chintz research for the presentation I came across some Victorian embroidered pinballs on the internet, so I set myself the task of trying to replicate them. It took several versions but this is what everyone worked on during the day. A huge thanks to everyone who came........
 I am missing my stitching immensely and these past few weeks I have been suffering from unexplained fatigue and nausea. I think it may be that I am sitting around feeling sorry for myself too much so I am trying to get back to it cutting with big scissors and all! These donated embroidered blocks will be used for a charity quilt so I've cut the stitcheries into circles and I am hoping I can start the machine appliqué one handed tomorrow......
Originally I was just going to place them on a pieced background but instead decided on simple blocks with petals under the stitcheries........Larry did the rotary cutting for me.......
While chatting about quilts I am thrilled to share some more photos from overseas. First is from Michelle in New Zealand with blocks from the 'William Morris Garden' quilt pattern using her own sashing design......it is beautiful Michelle and thankyou x......
 and Connie from South Carolina with her stunning version of the 'Kelmscott' quilt pattern photographed in this beautiful backdrop. Connie stitched this quilt entirely by hand (appliqué and quilting!). Thanks so much Connie and I hope you receive a well deserved prize for it very soon x

Well I think that is all the news I have for now so I hope things are 'coming up roses' for you 🌹