Friday, June 14, 2019

Last Bloom!

Bloom block twenty:
Attached to nineteen which I made last week, and completing the bottom row:
Not yet attached to the rest of the quilt, but that will give me something for the next Bloomers Party link-up.

Meanwhile, this post is linked to Cheryll's current link-up for everyone making Lori Holt's Bloom. Thanks for keeping me sewing, Cheryll!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Afternoon Coffee

Today is my sister's birthday, so I met her and her family here
 for coffee decorated with a swan:
It was a bit wet for a walk around the gardens, but the Craft Council of Ballarat has a display in the conservatory
 With everything from jewellery to beautiful furniture made from old fence posts.
The quilt on the right was handy. One of my nieces had asked me earlier if I would teach her to make a quilt, so I used this one as an example as I explained what is involved. She said, "That sounds like it would take a long time." So maybe she has changed her mind about making one.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Out of Season

Last year this wind-flower didn't bloom until July, but it has started earlier this year:
Strangely the pink one which bloomed in April last year doesn't even have buds yet.

A touch of colour elsewhere in the garden:
Berberis developing nice autumn colour now that winter has arrived.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Fungus Foray

After a training session on using the iNaturalist app, and particularly the Fungimap Australia project, lots of keen folk went in search of fungi:

From the teeny-tiny on the ground:

To the enormous up a gum tree:

Fungus growing on live trees:

Fungus growing on dead trees:

And even fungus that grows on animal dung!
It was a fun day among the fungi.

Saturday, June 8, 2019


At Sit and Sew today I got the heading traced for my temperature quilt:
First letter stitched:
By the end of the day:
I think this will keep me busy for a few sit and sew days.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Productive Day

Inside I finished block 19 of Bloom:

Outside some gravel was spread:
This area at the bottom of the back garden has been a bit of a wasteland, but now it has a little retaining wall and gravel. The next step will be some large pots along the garden side, and something nice at the far end.

Dot checking out the new gravel:

Jack hiding in the undergrowth:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Agile Antechinus

Captured by the wildlife camera earlier this week:

It might look like a rodent, but it is actually a carnivorous marsupial. The agile antechinus (Antechinus agilis) eats insects and spiders. I've never actually seen one, so it is amazing to discover that we have them on our block.

You can see some daytime photos and read about them here.