Friday, October 24, 2014

Lemon Threads

As you walk towards this spot, the footpath appears to be covered in a pale yellow substance:
There are drifts of it on the road:
And cars parked nearby have quite a sprinkling of the thread-like substance:

Can you tell what it is?

Here's the source - a street tree in flower. It is a melaleuca of some variety:
The stamens are dropping from each flower once it is fertilised, coating everything in the tiny threads. By day the tree hums with bees, and last night I discovered that it attracts bogong moths after dark. It's an insect feast around the clock!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Surprise Package

The postie brought me Jane Monk's Tangle Stitches book today:
I won it in a giveaway on Jane's blog, but it had to come from the publisher in the USA.

I first heard of zentangle when this DVD featuring Jane was included with a Quilters Companion magazine a few years back:
I loved the look of some of the zentangle patterns, and actually tried out one design in the green squares on this quilt:
I'm not sure where that quilt is at the moment (in a box somewhere!), so I've had to just enlarge part of an old photo. Sorry it's a bit blurry! Obviously I need a bit of practice stitching this design, because I didn't quite achieve the spiral effect I was going for.

The book has lots more patterns than the DVD had, as well as a few stitching projects using the various designs:

I should have some fun exploring the possibilities!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wild and Goosey Times Ten

I now have ten completed "Wild and Goosey" blocks:
I've also made a few sections towards the next couple of blocks, but need to make a few more with different colours before I can assemble them into blocks.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hexagon Update

It seems like weeks since I touched my hexagon Flower Ball, (Geta Grama's pattern) what with all that house moving and everything. In fact I just checked, and the last time I showed it on my blog (which is probably close to the last time I touched it) was two months ago!
This afternoon I had afternoon tea with a couple of quilting friends, and stitched a little bit more together. In the photo I'm attaching one flower to a section I've already joined. The whole ball is now in six large sections. Click on that "two months ago" link above to see what the whole thing will look like, if you haven't seen it before. Maybe I can get it all together before I meet my friends again in a month?

I'm linking this post to Sarah's Help for Hexie-aholics, which this month is a special link-up because it also includes cats, and we all know that the internet is made of cats.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Seedlings Update

These are the TreeProject seedlings which weren't ready to be planted out in July:
Some were transplants, and some didn't germinate until winter. Some germinated in winter and then were transplanted. But now most of them are about big enough to plant.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jeweller's Shop

A few weeks ago I noticed this sign near a unit I was inspecting:
"Blacksmith's Hole" and "Jeweller's Shop" didn't mean anything to me, and Google let me down on this occasion. But I guessed it had something to do with gold.

A week or so later the explanation was found at the Sovereign Hill lookout. Here's the marker, pointing to both localities, in the ESE direction:


A near-by historical panel about the gold-rush days states:
"...near the Canadian Creek were the famed 'jeweller's shops' which yielded up to 500oz (14kg) of bright nuggety gold for every foot (30cm) mined. This was perhaps the richest patch of alluvial gold the world has known. The crudely-sunk 'blacksmith's hole' nearby produced more than a ton of gold from a claim only 24 feet (7.2m) square."

I remember in primary school having to learn, "From wicket to wicket in cricket is 22 yards, 66 feet, or one chain." (And who would have guessed that was worth remembering? Last week I used the same memory to help me calibrate my step length on my Vivofit by walking and running up and down a nearby cricket pitch.)

So five chains makes 110 yards, or 100 metres. I've marked the rough position of the sign on this map:

Using the scale, you can see that 100 metres is pretty close to that property coloured orange on the map.

It seems I've just bought myself a gold mine!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vireyas in Flower

Of course I didn't leave my vireyas behind at the old house. Here's two of them flowering happily in their new surroundings.

Chayya has three or four open clusters of flowers:


Princess Alexandra has at least open clusters, with more on the way: