Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Garden in June

The garden looks a bit bleak at this time of year, but there's still a bit of colour here and there. As well as the plants that normally flower in winter, there are autumn-flowering plants still going, and spring-flowering plants just starting.

Tree dahlia - not completely flattened by the storms

Salvia still going, because we haven't had much frost yet this winter


Hellebore "Cinnamon Snow" looking gorgeous


Rose "Bonica" flowering on bravely into winter

Blue chalk sticks - not really grown for the flowers, but they are cute in a way



First of the yellow jonquils.

Another salvia enjoying the lack of frost



Forsythia is meant to flower in early spring. This is quite early for spring

Bethel sage doing OK in its new position


Viburnum tinus


Orchid looking a bit the worse for wear. Not sure what is eating the flowers

Flowering quince


Parrot's beak (Lotus berthelotii)

More spring flowers - white jonquils and ranunculus

Sunday, June 13, 2021


My father was not a gardener, but he planted a couple of fruit trees in the backyard of my parents' unit. He made a note on the fence when he planted each of them:

Neither of them have thrived. I'm not sure either of them have actually grown since they were planted.  But the cherry produced a couple of fruit last summer, for the first time.

Rather than seeing them dug up and thrown out when the unit is renovated, I wanted to rescue the trees.

I forgot to take a photo before, but here's a progress shot:


Some roses and an unidentified succulent were also removed. The last photo in this post shows the full haul, but I just cannot get blogger to put it here where I want it.

Cherry in its new home in our orchard:

The lemon tree in a large pot:


I cannot get this photo where I want it.

I hope the transplanted trees will be happy here.

Thursday, June 3, 2021


 A few critters seen on long walks during our week of lockdown:


Close encounter with cattle

Captive emu

Alert guardian of sheep

Monday, May 31, 2021

May WOOFA Report

As May draws to a close, it is time to report on my WOOFA (Working On Or Finishing A ... ) progress. In fact I didn't even set a goal for this month, due to the circumstances occurring at the end of April

However, I did manage to finish my April WOOFA project during May. Hooray! So now it is time to pick a project for June.

This is a quilt my mother made, I don't know how long ago:

She has another of her quilts on her bed, but it has to be washed quite frequently. I offered to bring her this one so they can be alternated through the wash. You might be able to see that this one has no quilting in the borders, and if you look at the close-up photo below you might see that there are loose threads in places.

So my plan is to quilt the borders, and add enough quilting to the pieced section to allow it to withstand washing. I think perhaps just stitching in the ditch between the blocks might work? This will be my project for June.

Linked to Cheryll's monthly WOOFA link-up. Thanks, Cheryll!

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Who Could Ask For More *

 It's that time of year again:

I had been planning to spend the day with quilting friends in Melbourne, but our new covid outbreak (after 3 months of no cases) put an end to that idea. Then came today's announcement of a 7-day lockdown starting at midnight tonight. Here we go again. At least this time, having had my first vaccination, I don't feel quite as worried about catching the virus. It would have been good to be fully vaccinated before winter, but I've still got 9 weeks until my 2nd dose. Hopefully the first one gives at least a bit of protection.

Other much more welcome gifts included a welded rusty metal creation :

A rosebush:

"Elizabeth of Glamis", named after the Queen Mother.

Some gifts arrived by post yesterday and I saved them to open this morning:

Thank you, friends! You made me feel very special.

After lunch I went to visit Mum, as I won't be able to do that for the next 7 days. Sadly, she wasn't too well today. My sister and a niece arrived while I was there, and I came home with a few more goodies:

The glasses case is from my sister, and the scarf that everything is sitting on is from my mother (courtesy of my sister buying and wrapping it for her). Thank you sister!

The book is another story; that was my present to myself. When I was recently asked if there was anything I wanted for my birthday, I nominated the companion BlockBase+ software that allows you to print out patterns for the blocks in the book.  And lookie, here it is!

Screen shot.

I have been spoilt today!

(* - line from a relevant Beatles song)

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Plaid-ish Top

 In January I posted about cutting pieces to make Plaid-ish at some time in the future when I wanted some simple piecing to do. That time arrived this week! On Sunday and Monday I sewed all my cut pieces into blocks.

Today I took the blocks along to a sit and sew day, laid them out, and shuffled them around a bit,

then sewed them all together into a top:
I can see a couple of places where the "medium" fabrics are a bit too light or too dark, but in general the plaid-like effect is visible. It works best where there is a clear difference between the darks, mediums and lights. It's an exercise in value! It was a good project for a time when I just needed something simple to sew. I'm so glad I cut all those pieces in January.

The pattern is a freebie from Kitchen Table Quilting, available here.

Friday, May 21, 2021


Today I had a lovely sit and sew day with a bunch of quilting friends at Millrose Quilting in Ballan.

In the course of the day I finished the binding on my Trail Mix quilt. Someone held it up for me to photograph:

I was going to crop the photo, but decided to leave the background so you can see a little bit of the shop. It is in an old hall, and the high ceilings allow the display of various quilts around the walls. 

I was quite taken with this one:

There was no information as to the designer or name of the quilt. I searched through the patterns for sale, and couldn't find it. Does anyone recognise it?

PS: Many thanks to thornberry who identified the quilt in the comments. It is Emma Jean Jansen's "Daisy Quilt".