Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas...

...Santa's been already, it's good being one of the early stops on his trip!! Thought I'd share this little Rolf Harris song with you...  


I'm on holidays with the railway man for a couple of weeks, just staying home and doing some stuff around the house, having a couple of grandkids come stay, taking a few day trips to some nice places..... ...hopefully some walking on something like this!!

Have a great and very Merry Christmas and I hope 2013 brings you everything your heart desires..
XXX

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Where have the days gone..?

I wonder where this year has gone, I can't believe that it's nearly december again!! not that I'm complaining mind you, december means summer here which of course means sunshine and warm days...bring it on! I'm so over this long winter with it's cold winds, rain and grey skies, can't wait to walk on the beach and soak up some vitamin D..!
It's been a while since I posted last I know but that's the way things seem to be all over blog land at the moment, everyone's busy so I thought I might do a catch up chat tonight, haven't had a chat for months now......so, where to start..?


I have managed to get some sewing done...
 
 trying to catch up with my sue spargo BoM, this is the February block nearly finished...only nine more months to catch up on before next years starts in January.. ;o) 
not going to make it am I..? hehehe 

 I've also got this one to get finished...

we're doing this one as a BoM at Millrose next year so I'm trying to get most of the blocks done for the sample...

block one
two
and three 


earlier in October we (the railway man and I) invested in some new chairs for our lounge room...you've heard of taste testing haven't you...?

  ..well, this is sit testing.... yep, we can keep this one, it's nice and comfy thanks...!!

but then I don't know why I bother, they own the furniture after all...!! :o)


 I took this shot on October 31st... a fabulous halloween sky, the storm that came with it was a good one too.. 

 our youngest daughter Sarah had her graduating art exhibition on Nov 5th.. 

















see that gorgeous copperplate etching (I think that's right) of the little lighthouse with the 'quilt' of stars in it's beam (#137)?? well that one came home with me and it's sitting very nicely on my sewing room wall now. 









 and this one is... Imagination....

I really wanted this one too but it was sold when I went back after the official opening, I was terribly upset until I discovered that it was my brother that bought it..how cool is that, I can go visit it in his house!! 


 Oh yes, I didn't tell you about this baby did I...? yep, came home with me a few weeks ago. I haven't had much time to give it a good workout yet but I'm in love with it...






 I think that's about all the chit chat around this house in the country at the moment, busy, busy, busy little bees we've been.... 
















but wait...I can't forget to show you our other baby again..... Miss Madeline at two weeks old and just gorgeous :o)

alright, gotta go, happy thanksgiving to all my american friends, enjoy the holiday....
XXX

Saturday, 20 October 2012

I wanted to show you my finished quilt...

...but this little lady was laying on it....


meet Madeline Sofia McMahon....


...our 6th granddaughter......


and 9th grandchild, born 36 hours ago and already a heart breaker...


... she's the image of her Daddy at the same age, took me back over 34 years the minute I saw her..!!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

That golden hour...

..that hour just after sunrise and just before the sun sets in the evening...



















it's the perfect light for photography, well, if it's not raining of course..  :o)


it wasn't raining tonight.......




but it's been raining all day...











there was a gap in the clouds and the raindrops were just glistening on the trees where the sun was hitting them....






















not really golden but never the less not too bad on a rainy, cold, miserable spring evening...











































except that I should have put some gumboots/wellies on to get the shots of the very last daffodils in the paddock....

the ground is so sodden that I ended up in mud to the top of my shoes...















hmm....









freezing cold, soggy mud...

































I don't think we got past 7C today....











that'll teach me to think before I grab my Nikon and head out into the paddock...

maybe ...











but probably not...



not quite the fields of bluebells from my youth is it SB........

but the blue ajuga is pretty just the same...













so is the crabapple blossom......











sweet and light....






















a halo of pale pink in my garden...

time to go, perhaps I'll be able to show you some sewing soon, I have been doing some.. our next grandbaby is due next week, I know Annie is hoping for a baby that's early or on time but we all know how fickle first babies can be... 

I've nearly finished the baby quilt and I'm so looking forward  to meeting her/him with quilt in hand..!!!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Tassie's amazing farewell....

I thought that I could come back and just do one more post from Tasmania but really, I can't choose with these last shots, so I'll put some here and leave a link at the bottom to the rest of them on Flickr.

The guy at my motel in New Norfolk told me I should head out to Strathgordon if I wanted some good photography opportunities and I took his advice and pointed the little red car in that direction, first stop Mt Field National Park.

It was still early and there had been a lot of rain overnight and some really strong winds, the sky was still quite threatening and I thought I was going to get wet at sometime during the day...!





when I finally reached Mt Field the information centre and cafe were open so coffee and some walking maps and this is what I walked into...









jurasic park...!!! 




 the light was amazing, everything was verdant, mossy and beautiful. the peace was almost deafening, just the birds rustling and singing in the high trees and this little fellow...
















looking for breakfast....no way was he going to turn around for me..!






















the trees were amazing, reaching up through the canopy to the sky, tall, proud... ..and majestic..!!







a graveyard of fallen giants returning to the ground just the way nature intended... 

























the further in I walked, the louder the roar became until I took a turn in the path and ...
                                              ..this!!!!





Russell Falls......breathtakingly beautiful.....breathtakingly photogenic ....






















but as beautiful as this was I took the path onwards and upwards to the next level of natures splendour.....


  ..it sure as hell gave my legs a workout...!! this was about a fifth of the way up..sigh, the sacrifices I make for my art... ;o) I valiantly climbed and climbed until I got to this...



the top of the first falls..!












all along the path there were little treasures waiting to be photographed leading to this...

Horseshoe Falls........ 

even more breathtaking than the falls below...!!

I know I've bombarded you with so many photographs tonight but really, I just wanted to show them all to you! just a couple more and I'll leave a link to my photostream on flickr so that you can have a look at the rest if you'd like...



the wattyl was just starting to come out deep in the rainforest...  





sunlight and moss, what a combination.....  













and pink heath closer to the edge of the rainforest.... 























but this is the image that made me think I was in a different world.... 















I wouldn't have been surprised to hear the roar of  dinosaurs long gone...





I never did make it to Strathgordon, there was a tree across the road about halfway there and I had to turn around and head back but my visit to Mt Field was enough...........amazing, peaceful, serene, majestic, breathtaking....!!!
If you ever get the chance to visit Mt Field National Park in Tasmania....take it, you'll never regret it..!!

Flickr link

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Oatlands...

after I left Cataract Gorge and Launceston I drove down the highway to Oatlands. it's a lovely little town about half way between Launceston and Hobart, you can read about it here but in a nutshell...it's a small Colonial town with the largest remaining collection of sandstone buildings in Australia..



gorgeous little houses aren't they..? that dark sky you can see there was the start of the decline in weather conditions...



this was just down the road at Ross, dramatic sky in front of me and sunshine behind..



  Oatlands signature tourist attraction is The Callington Mill...

 
 still a working mill....

 
surrounded by quaint sandstone buildings..



how easily could this be a warp in time and actually be 100 years ago??



beautifully restored and maintained building...



set in beautiful countryside.....sigh!!



oh yes......it was apple blossom time in the apple isle too......sigh again!!

the last full day of my trip is next.....are you bored yet? ;o)
I'll be back later in the week....have a good one my friends..
xxx

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