Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Lot of Purple

Purple in the garden includes the Chinese ground orchids:
Purple daisies:
Purple salvias:
Queen Fabiola bulbs:

And in the sewing room, a bunch of purple 4-patches for the third instalment of En Provence, this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery:

On Monday I'll add a link to Bonnie's weekly link-up, where there is sure to be a lot more purple!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Scenes

A lovely Christmas lunch with a group of quilting friends involved:
Gifts, chocolates, gingerbread people, and even some stitching. The binding on the never-ending apple-core piece has less than a quarter to go now.

Seen on the way back to my car:
Creative Christmas "tree" and two "snowmen" made of tyres.

Back at home tonight I felt so cold that I was wearing 3 long-sleeved tops and still shivering. That doesn't seem right for the middle of December.
But it seems I wasn't the only one to be grateful when the fire was lit!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Playing in the Mud

After yesterday's rain the fishpond-to-be accumulated a bit of water. The water attracted some insects. The insects attracted Dot, who spent ages trying to catch them or chase them off:

Getting very muddy in the process!

Just after lunch I noticed water flowing away from our water tank, out to the street. That shouldn't be happening. Somehow a pipe underground has developed a leak.
That's the pipe, although we can't see where the hole is. The water blew up to the surface, and we lost thousands of litres before we noticed it. The water pump was turned off before this picture was taken. Unfortunately our plumber is away, and won't be back until Monday morning. So we have no water until then!

Because it is a warranty issue, we can't just get another plumber out. So it is going to be a fun weekend. At least our plumber is only away for the weekend and not off on a round the world trip!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Runner Done

Binding done:
But it was too wet to take it outside to photograph in daylight.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Missed It By That Much

Quilting the table runner:
I filled the body of it with dogwood flowers, then did leaves around the border. Look how far I had to go when the bobbin ran out:
I just needed to squeeze in one leaf on either side!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Productive Day

Started making a table runner using a free pattern from here. Half sewn together:
It went together very quickly. It is easier than it looks, because it is strip-pieced. Here it is all sewn together, with a border:
Neither of those photos show the colours very well. Once it is quilted I'll take it outside to get a better picture. And then I will probably throw a few more together as quick gifts!

Outside, the fence between the carport and the garden is taking form:
There will be a gate in the part closer to the camera.

This rose was just a bud when I was out in the garden this morning. But tonight here it is:

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Arrivals

Another new rose open today:
"Vienna Charm"

Two new chooks arrived:
Blue Andalusian behind, Silver-pencilled Wyandotte in front.

The four older chooks:
On the left the Barnevelder and Australorp cross who arrived almost exactly 2 years ago. On the right, an ISA Brown who arrived in October 2010. I'm not sure how old the big Australorp cross in front on the right is, but I've got a picture of her looking just as big in August 2010, so I think she is at least 8 years old. She's older than my blog, anyway!