Saturday, October 31, 2009

Quilt Show

Went to the Ballaarat Quilters Exhibition.

The building is the Ballarat Mining Exchange. It is an amazing space. There are little alcoves off each side where smaller quilts were hung, and the huge centre space was filled with the large ones. It was lovely.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bees Arrive

Drove 40km with a hive of bees in the car. Can relax now they are safely in the backyard!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Finished Top

Finished this top after work.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Don't seem to have as much hair as I used to:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Testing 1, 2, 3

Unorthodox slash-and-spread alteration to the muslin shows that the shoulders are too narrow. What's going on? I've never had to add to the shoulder length on Burda patterns before.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Testing 1, 2, ...

Ran up a quick muslin, which confirmed 2 things I suspected about this pattern.

a) it doesn't need a zip - easy to pull on.
b) it just doesn't sit right. Glad I didn't waste good fabric.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

After the Aphids

This is the rose which was only a bud covered in aphids on 29th September. The outer petals have a little damage, but nothing too bad. The rest of the buds are looking fine.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tram Line

Visited a few old haunts, including a trip down what is probably Melbourne's prettiest section of tram track - route 109 along Victoria Parade.

Friday, October 23, 2009

On the Bus

The traffic noise was getting to me, and I didn't have my noise-cancelling headphones with me, so I took the bus to work instead of walking.

(How about that for an excuse?)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Getting Warmer

Enjoyed the shade of an occasional street tree while walking to and from work in the sun.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another Callistemon

Now the red callistemons are starting to flower.

This one is covered in buds, so will look fantastic in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


No photos today, so here's one from 2 days ago. An insect caught on a sticky sundew (Drosera species) on the block at Lal Lal.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Found the first hydrangea flower of the year forming.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Open Garden Visit

Lovely garden bed at Kaporiltja in Scotsburn (near Lal Lal).

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Another 40 litres of kikuyu grass removed from my garden beds. (200 litres so far...)

Friday, October 16, 2009


Visit to Plantmark wholesale nursery.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Walked to and from work in the rain.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Too rainy for gardening, so sewed some strawberries.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Silver Princess

Lots of weeding, and some more pretty flowers. These are on my Silver Princess (Eucalyptus caesia).

Monday, October 12, 2009


One of my Callistemons in flower.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Went to the NOTYQ exhibition. (North of the Yarra Quilters).

Of course the Eltham Community Centre is mudbrick.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


A bright spot in a blue day.

Friday, October 9, 2009


Snowballs forming on my Viburnum opulus 'Sterile'.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Locked In

Spent 7 hours in this room.

Minus 5 minutes for a loo break.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Rode my bike to a friend's place for coffee.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pattern Tracing

Traced a Burda pattern and used some dangerous scissors.

The warning on the scissors packet said, "This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects and/or reproductive harm."

Monday, October 5, 2009

Quilters' Circle

Went to a quilters' circle meeting at the neighbourhood house.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mum's Birthday

Gave Mum some flowers for her birthday.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


My favourite thing at the Gardening Australia Expo.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Setting up for a class and discovered it was Gandhi's birthday.

(Bit hard to see, but he is the Google doodle.)

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Planted another ajuga. Will this one survive or be eaten?