Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Good-Bye, Old Car

After 14 years of faithful service, it is time to say good-bye to our old car:
It is no longer registered, and not road-worthy due to a cracked windscreen, but today, (with a special permit) it left our property, and drove down the Midland Highway to Geelong. This was its destination:
YouTurn is an educational establishment for kids who are disengaged from regular schooling. Here they learn literacy, numeracy and trade skills.
Donated cars are used to teach skills such as servicing and repair, panel-beating and spray-painting. Some cars are fixed up and given to needy families, others are used for parts and recycled as much as possible. Whatever happens to our old car, it is better than it sitting here rusting away.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dot and the Kangaroo

Not just one
But two kangaroos
Hopped past our windows this evening.

Dot kept a close eye on them until they hopped away:
(Note that the Monstera which took seven months to grow one leaf, now has ten of them.)

When the movie of Dot and the Kangaroo came out, I wanted to see it but didn't have the confidence to go on my own. So I took along a young girl I used to babysit. But if I'd waited until now, I could just watch the whole thing on YouTube!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Making a Start

I couldn't really put it off any longer:
Celtic Solstice finally under the needle. It's a bit of a handful. I have the ironing board set up beside me to take some of the weight, and the suspension system is helping too.

For starters I am just doing this design through all the four-patch units:
Once that's all done I'll work out what to do with the rest of it.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Chain Rows

Started assembling my Carolina Chain blocks:
Rather than sewing them into blocks of four as per Bonnie Hunter's pattern, I'm making diagonal rows, then sewing those together.

What I'm avoiding doing, apparently, is quilting the selected UFO for this month. With only about a week to go in March, I haven't quilted one stitch in it yet.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trip to Town

Today was my regular trip into Melbourne to meet up with some quilting friends. My wait for the train was accompanied by the screeching of a huge flock of corellas in the tops of the tall pine trees beside the station:
I thought they were probably eating pine seeds, but all these ones seem to be grooming themselves. So maybe it was just a nice place to stop and have a noisy gathering.

In the city, one of our number sewed an embroidered label to the quilt we all contributed to, and then it was finished and ready to present:
(I should have photographed the label.) If you enlarge the photo you might be able to see the cute elephant design it is quilted with. The recipient was surprised and touched, I think. Her baby is due in a couple of months, so we all hope the little one will enjoy our quilt for years to come.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rain Casualty

Ten days ago I posted this photo:

Here's how that crepe myrtle looks today:

Heavy rain added so much weight to the branches that the trunk split. Fortunately there is one small branch below the split, as there was nothing that could be done to save the top of the tree. That's been removed and is now in a vase inside so at least we can enjoy some of the flowers.