Thursday, July 18, 2019


It is a few months since I did any quilting, so to get myself back into practice I will work on some of the charity quilt tops that have been sitting round in my sewing room for too long.

Today I got a couple of them basted:

Both these tops have been waiting for me to quilt them since April last year, so it really is time I got them out the door.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Garden in July

Winter this year has been milder than previous ones (so far). We have not had any frost yet, so a few autumn-flowering plants are still flowering. There are lots of winter flowers, and the beginnings of spring as well. Warning - That all adds up to a lot of flower photos!

The tree dahlia is just about finished, but at least this year it is finishing naturally, not because the frost destroyed it:

Salvias have usually been knocked down by frost before now, but they are still going strong.
And even the red one is flowering again after having been stripped by crimson rosellas last month.

The white Japanese wind-flower still has lots of buds to open,
but I have given up on the pink one flowering this year. No sign of a bud anywhere.

Plants normally in flower at this time of year include the bergenia:

Flowering quinces (Chaenomeles), pink
 and red

Red hot pokers:


Correa "dusky bells":

A grevillea I couldn't find the tag on:


Senecio blue chalk sticks:
Other plants currently flowering include lavender, rosemary, abutilons and euphorbias.

I thought the cyclamen wasn't going to flower this year, but under the leaves the flowers are almost ready to open:

The first flowers are appearing in the orchard. This is the catkin, or male flower, of a hazelnut:
 The female flower is very hard to photograph. It is a tiny red tuft:
I hope this means we will have some home-grown hazelnuts!

Jonquils, yellow
 and white:
are signs that spring is coming. But the ultimate sign of spring is this:
A little spot of pink which is my newest peony, "Lady Bird" beginning to emerge.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Morning Visitor

This large male kangaroo spent an hour or so this morning eating grass out the front of our house.
He looked at me when I went outside to take this photo, then went back to the grass. However he hopped off when we took the car out.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Temperature Top

The third quilt top completed in four days, and another dash out to the clothesline between wind and rain to get a photo.
The real colours are probably somewhere between the slightly bleached out version above, and the shadowed one below.
Now I really have to start doing some quilting.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Bloom Top

Borders on, ready for the next step:
Actually sewn yesterday, but it was too dark to get a photo by the time I finished. I was lucky to get a little bit of weak sunshine this morning. The whole quilt looks brighter in real life than it does in photos though.

I picked this border fabric up at Spotlight last week. It had been originally $25/m, but was on the clearance table for $10. However that day all the clearance fabrics were marked down to $5/m, so I grabbed this one and bought everything left on the bolt.

Thursday, July 11, 2019


Yesterday I finished assembling my cut-down "Sew Many Strips" quilt, but I didn't get the chance to photograph it until this afternoon. I dashed out between the wind and rain squalls and managed to get this shot:

Today was a sewing day with a few friends. I took along my Bloom with a couple of border fabric options, and we spread them out to see how they looked. Once I'd seen the options it was obvious what I needed to do, so I hope to have the borders on that quilt very soon.

The heading for my temperature quilt, which I started over a month ago, is just missing one "Lal" after today's sewing:
Hard to see the details in this poor lighting, but I think it will be more readable on the actual quilt.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Four Falls

Our July field trip was to visit five waterfalls. All the falls were created by lava flows in our volcanic past, and each features basalt columns. We made it to four falls before heavy rain made walking around outside a bit less pleasant. We will have to visit the fifth another day.

The first stop was Corinella Falls, near Eganstown. The internet doesn't seem to know much about this waterfall, but I did find this mention, and this photo which is much better than mine. The falls are a bit of a walk from the road. Getting there involves walking through a cemetery, climbing through a barbed wire fence, walking through some bush,
then around a large expensive-looking house in the middle of nowhere.
The falls are in front of this house.

Creek leading to the falls:
 Actual water falling:
There wasn't a lot, and you have to look hard to see it. You probably get a better view from below (as did the photographer who I linked to above). But it was a lovely walk.

I didn't know mistletoe grew on acacias, but can you see the lighter grey patches in this tree?
There are about five mistletoes visible in this tree. Here's the mistletoe flower, nothing like the yellow balls you would expect to see on an acacia:
 Grey mistletoe, Amyema quandang.

Have you ever seen a grave and wished you had known the person whose grave it is?
Amongst all the grey slabs in the cemetery was this grave decorated with painted pebbles and possibly a little birdbath. The headstone has the name, dates of birth and death, and the song title, "What a wonderful world".

Our second waterfall was Dyer's Falls at Glenlyon. This time we had to cross an electric fence, then walk through a rock- and cowpat-strewn paddock to reach the falls.

The creek at the top of the falls:
Intrepid photographers for scale:
But not a lot of water was falling, and it is very hard to see from the top because of the trees and the general lie of the land:
There really is water falling in the centre of that picture! Very difficult to see. However you can see a much better photo here of the falls with more water, and taken from the bottom rather than the top.

Our third waterfall was Loddon Falls, also at Glenlyon. This time there were no barriers to overcome. The falls are a short walk from an actual carpark, and there is even a sign explaining them:

I can empathise with the locals about wallabies destroying their re-vegetation efforts!

Tree growing out of those basalt columns:
 The actual falls:

After lunch at the Glenlyon Recreation Reserve we headed to the fourth waterfall of the day, Trentham Falls. The forecast rain was just beginning as we arrived. The carpark was full and despite the rain there were many people at the falls.

Now that is a waterfall:
That's a 32m drop if you want some idea of scale.

The rain became quite heavy as we got back to the car. Some of our fellow adventurers were proceeding to the fifth falls, but we decided to save Sailors Falls for another day.