Monday, 15 July 2019

Capturing the moment

Quilting to me is not just pleasurable but also therapeutic as it takes one's mind of any worries that might be lurking in the background. One of the other pleasures that I get is taking photos and when my late Mum died over 10 years ago years I bought myself a digital SLR camera with some money she left me. We have always been a Nikon family and this camera has rewarded me with many memorable images but it is so jolly heavy with the macro lens that I use.....
Inevitably when we go away Larry is often left carrying the jolly thing so I've been thinking of our journey to the UK next year and wondering if I dare consider a new smaller point and shoot camera that weighs way less than mine. But would it give me images like these that I took in Iceland in 2016?....









Iceland was such a great location for photos and even the Reykjavik hotel we were staying in gave me this reward......
But cameras have come so far since purchasing mine 10 years ago with some far superior and for half the price!  Even my mobile phone rewards me with images like these that I took this morning......


 And these same shots were done on my Nikon DSLR......


And again an image from my phone on the left and the camera on the right.....
So there lies my dilemma......I'm not a professional so surely a much lighter point and shoot camera would work just as well??! The photos that I see from the family are all taken on their mobile phones......this was last week when Beau and Maisie met their newest cousin (on their Dad's side of the family).......




 Hard to believe that Beau is now seven and a half and Maisie will be five in two days!.......
 So I might start doing some online research and reviews about cameras and see where that leads me. Meanwhile the phone captured a very special 90th birthday last Sunday. Dear Barbara is the widow of one of my late Dad's WW2 Bomber Command mates and it was very special to be able to share in this memorable occasion........
 There have been a few late nights on the TV in the Hill household as Larry flicks between the Tour de France, the tennis and the cricket with a bit of reading in between. Larry's passion for cricket came from his late father who sadly died when Larry was only 27 and just a few weeks after our first daughter Emily was born in 1982. But Larry has all of his father's cricket books and I noticed he dragged one of them out yesterday. And I'm currently reading "The Land Before Avocado" that is all about growing up in the 1960's and 70's and written by an Australian journalist Richard Glover. It was sure different back then and it is a great read with lots of humour (thanks for lending it to me Raelene x)....unbelievable back then that a wife would need her husband's permission to get a passport and that you couldn't work and be married at the same time in some professions...it was certainly like that when I started nursing!
 I've always been proud of Larry's cricket achievements and I am sure he could have been a test player any day with his skills as a fast bowler. I tried to capture my pride many years ago in this frame with photos but forgot his best score of 6 for 16!!....


 And below with his team back row second from the right and he gave up playing when he was just 36 after team mates starting calling him veteran! Larry recalls back in February 1982 (after being up all night while I was in labour), he went off to play and had an innings of 24 runs after no sleep...the next week he tells me he bowled 5 for 20 from 21 overs. They needed a run to draw and Larry bowled the batsman out so they won!......
 What amazing scores but the best is last........

 Well that's it for another week...take care wherever you are.........

Saturday, 6 July 2019

May Morris Inspires

It would seem every time I think about posting on the blog I start by lamenting about how long it is since the last one, so clearly life is busy! But I am very excited to share these images of the beautiful new collection - The Melsetter Collection from Morris & Co. It would appear that the name comes from a house on the Orkney Island of Scotland where I found a little information HERE. But first lets enjoy this stunning collection inspired by the designs of May Morris.....






 I love them all especially in the room settings......



 I found even more about Melsetter House HERE and was interested to discover that the owners were great followers of William Morris. May Morris visited the house and stated that it was "A sort of fairy palace on the edge of the northern sea, a wonderful place, remotely and romantically situated, with its tapestries and its silken hangings and its carpets; for all its fineness and dignity it was a place full of homeliness and the spirit of welcome, a very loveable place. And surely that is the test of an architects genius; he built for home life as well as dignity." So of course most of the home furnishings were from Morris - sadly the house is not open to the public anymore but I hope those furnishings are safe. But how wonderful this new collection is......I hope one day I can afford to have some of it somewhere in our home! May Morris has inspired me as well with my small sampler reflecting some of May's drawings......
And a wallhanging I completed last year with the original inspiration of a May Morris embroidery beside it (image from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston)
 And a cushion that I made inspired by an embroidered book cover from May Morris (Book cover image also from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston)
As I continue the Morris theme I must share some very exciting news from Lynne in Florida. She messaged me to tell me she had won an award at the 2019 Vermont Quilt Festival last week. She received a very special Judge's Award and it was exciting to watch the awards ceremony live. The judge was Kathie Beltz so an incredible honour for Lynne....I feel chuffed as well as the quilt design comes from my second book "More William Morris in Appliqué". Lynne used many beautiful Morris prints and the quilt has been enhanced by some beautiful quilting from Sally Terry .....Congratuations to both of you! And thankyou Lynne for sending me all the wonderful photos. Lynne is seen here with Kathie Beltz the judge........

 and here with Lynn's proud husband......


 I too have been quilting but by hand and progress is being made with the centre almost complete.....

We've also been busy with little Wade......

 and with school holidays over the next two weeks I am sure we will see more of the other two as well........

I also thoroughly enjoyed a concert in the Adelaide Town Hall recently with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. It was wonderful to hear over 50 performers in such a beautiful setting.....

Larry and I have had some lovely walks in the winter sun when the days have allowed us in some of our most favourite places.....




 Here at home the trees out the back have finally lost their leaves but I managed to capture the colour just before the winds came yesterday (and we are hoping for more rain soon)........ 
The Dalai's words this week about trees seemed most appropriate........

 So I will say farewell and thank you once again for visiting and leave you with a news clipping I found about another recent William Morris adventure of mine! Take care till next time x