Monday, May 30, 2016


For the first time, the temperature dropped to zero degrees overnight.

A touch of ice on the remaining pile of logs, before the sun hit it.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

More Toadstools

Over a month ago toadstools appeared under some nearby oak trees. They were probably Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric. But now, just around the corner from the oak trees, a new crop of toadstools has emerged under some pines:
They look like the same species, but if so, why didn't they come up at the same time? They are about 100 metres apart, so everything in the environment is the same except the species of tree they are growing on. Why might that make them fruit nearly six weeks later?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Waverley Quilt Show

It was a bit of a trek from here, but well worth the journey
to the Waverley Patchworkers quilt show. Due to work happening somewhere on the line, trains are being replaced with buses on the Ballarat line this weekend. That meant free travel for the whole trip, including the suburban trains:
That was a nice bonus!

The quilt show was up to Waverley's usual high standard. Lots of quilts, lots of variety, and all arranged thoughtfully. (Well done, Jeanette!) I didn't take many pictures of the quilts, and I'm not sure if is OK to show the ones I did. But the award winners can be seen on Waverley's blog here, for a taste of the more amazing of the quilts on display.

The challenge theme was "Carnival", and the tables in the cafe were decorated appropriately:
I ran into several people I haven't seen for a while, which was an extra joy.  So it was a wonderful day all round.

And now photos of the viewers' choice winners are on Waverley's blog here.

Friday, May 27, 2016


I was out for a lot of the day, but this is what I came home to:
Cement poured and smoothed on one side of the garden.

And on the other side:
Pour just starting.

Unfortunately one of the pavers that people noticed in my last post didn't survive being run over by a cement mixer:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Builders Are Back

Our friendly builder, Dan, and Ben the apprentice, are here
preparing the foundations of the garden wall:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Geelong Quilt-In

Spent the day with quilting friends at the Geelong guild's annual Quilt-In. The entertaining guest speaker was Irene Blanck, who also showed lots of her quilts. One of her messages was to make quilts you love, and not "give a rat's" what other people think.

I compared binding tools:

Won a door prize:
The purple coaster was one of the gifts given to everyone who attended. The rest of the goodies were my door prize. That makes two door prizes out of three attendances. Not bad!

And I stitched down about two thirds of this binding:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Productive Day

Another use for the tractor!
Digging foundations for the wall which will surround the back garden.

Window seat taking shape:
It will be my job to make some cushions for it once it's done.

Meanwhile I was busy with my bias tape maker:
Although that is not actually bias tape, the fabric has a diagonal stripe.

Three small quilts finished with machined binding: