Thursday, October 17, 2019

Small Town Attractions

Coonalpyn in South Australia has invested in some art projects to get passing traffic to stop and hopefully spend some money in the town. The biggest is the 30m tall silo mural, painted in 2017 by Brisbane artist Guido van Helten.
The mural features several local children,
to express the theme, "Hope for the Future".
If you click on this picture it should enlarge so you can read all about the mural if you wish:

Another of Coonalpyn's art projects is this gorgeous mosaic mural:

Designed by artist Mike Tye, and assembled by a team of volunteers, it depicts local flora and fauna.

All the info:

There are some other art projects in the town that we didn't see, so we might have to stop there again on the way home.

A bit further up the road, the town of Tailem Bend has a rhinoceros to make you stop:
It turns out to be an advertisement for the Monarto Zoo, but just near it are some steps down to the river and a lovely picnic area. You can watch the ferry cross the Murray:
And check out some local bird life:
A pelican and a cormorant apparently waiting for the ferry. But if you get too close,
they'll take to the air.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


I've finished quilting my temperature year quilt. Hooray!

Now for the binding:
I had planned to use the one on the right, with a full rainbow of stripes. But I have some left-over strips from the binding on my Bloom quilt (which I just realised I haven't photographed yet). That's it on the left. It is mainly aqua with touches of green, yellow, and blue. And now I think I like it better than the stripy fabric. The stripes look a bit harsh to me now.

Which one would you choose?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pops of Colour in the Garden

Plants all around the garden are bursting into flower. Here's a few that caught my eye today.

The first of the roses is this rugosa:
Many other roses have buds, so we should have plenty of flowers soon as long as we can keep the rosellas away from them for a while.

I noticed this iris had started flowering a couple of days ago;
I was completely surprised by this one on the other side of the house today:
It is actually a much deeper purple that it appears in the photo. It looks great against all those red tulips in that part of the garden.

And speaking of tulips, the final layer of flowers in the layered tulip pot are opening:

They look pale pink from the outside, but the inside is vivid orange.

For the last few months I've been posting pictures on the 15th of everything in flower. But this week our internet connection has been incredibly slow, uploading photos is a painful process! On top of that, it seems that just about everything is in flower, so there would be dozens of pictures. So I might have to give the full catalog a miss this month.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

More Blossom in the Orchard

Cherry blossom:

A hoverfly in apple blossom:
Maybe a common hoverfly, Melangyna viridiceps.

My favourite blossom, the quince:

Friday, October 11, 2019

Quilting Progress

Lots of back and forward squiggling going on here:
I've quilted about half of the background between the hexie rosettes.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Blooming Trees

Redbud Cercis canadensis "Lavender Twist":


There were even some bees in this crabapple, which is surprising given how cold the day was.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

More Basting

Today was the temperature quilt's turn to be sandwiched:
It is much smaller than the last one, so hopefully will be quickly quilted.
Just over 3 weeks to the quilt show...