I think I will buy this one anyway :)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I think I will buy this one anyway :)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
A quiet day for Robert and I. We don't go to any services or parades - Robert has been there and done that during his Navy days and does not feel any need to go back and experience as a civilian.
Running out of time to get ready for our New Zealand trip. 9 sleeps to go and we are off. I see that some stores are open after 1:00pm today, I think I need to buy some warmer clothes.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
In another swap I was to put together a green biscornu - my partner for that swap liked deep greens so I chose a dark green aida and used a DMC variations floss. I used a bead in the centre rather than a button as I found a great one with gold scroll work around the bead.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Robert didn't like the look of any of the fishing options on offer so we limited ourselves to a few driving day trips.
Day 1 was a journey south of Cooktown to explore the hidden bays and jungle about. Robert really wanted to visit Archer Point as it was written up in the guide books as worth a visit and wow it did not disappoint. Archer point is an exposed headland with not one BUT TWO cute little light houses! One light house is located on a small island just off the coast and the other is on the headland. You may notice in the background of the photo below the haze - well that's actually a squally storm making its way straight towards us!!
I won't make this post too long but I thought I would also share a photo of the crossing over the Bloomfield River which is on the way back to Cairns (via the coast road). There was only about 15cm of water over the causeway but even a simple slip if you walked over could be dangerous.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
We plan to do a bit of fishing, exploring and relaxing over the weekend.
Everyone else in our office is doing the real camping bit - hopefully the rain holds off for long enough to get tents set up at least - its really too much to hope for a completely dry Easter weekend :)
Happy Easter everyone, stay safe on the roads and don't eat too much chocolate (your own body's weight is enough).
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Green matchbox sent to Helen in Canada. I used a metallic finish paint which reflected the light from the flash when I took a photo. I also sent Helen an unactivated geocoin as her Swapbot profile says she is a geocacher. I got to use some excess DMC floss for this creation - its so handy to have stuff leftover from finished cross stich projects laying around.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Meetings are meetings...generally very dull but afterwards we had a "shed run" to Brian's place. (A shed run is a convoy of cars converging on a members home to check out his shed, contents thereof and any good cars he may be hiding).
Fortunately Brian's lovely wife Joy was aware of our planned arrival at her home and had put the kettle (urn) on and had organised an early lunch for us all.
Brian's son, Matthew also turned up with the fantastic truck in the photo - its a 37 Chevy hauler (car carrier) - part hot rod, part truck, part American and a fantastic vehicle to see. All of the club members were totally blown away to see it as well as Matthew's El Camino (click on the link to Flickr photos).
All in all a great day out and there were some fantastic cars out and about too.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Next I have the fantastic parcel received from Liz, an Aussie Swapper who went to a lot of trouble to put together a selection of papercrafts, handmade items and craft items for me all in the colour red. Opening this parcel was like stumbling into Aladdin's Cave as each item emerged from the parce I was increasingly shocked and gratified at Liz's generosity and care.
Christina in Portugal. Included was a fantastic handmade felt pin/brooch with sequins and beads. Christina makes an stunning collection of handcrafts and she has an etsy shop loaded with heaps of great things. This inspires me to have a go at covering my own buttons.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Breccamerie created this masterpiece and she has a fantastic etsy store.
Close up of the matchbox itself.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Jullie has received the parcel now and was very pleased with it.
Monday, March 16, 2009
rating: 5 of 5 stars
The dilemma that Declan faces is made clear at the beginning of the book however how he is going to achieve his goal is less clear.
However while the climax to the story is quite thrilling the final chapters reveal a number of new twists introduced in the final chapters are the real highlight.
I enjoy the dry wit of the author as seen through the banter between the Immortals and especially in the "one liners" that are part of the conversation whenever Kentravyon is part of the scene or discussion.
This series does not deliver predictable conclusions or twee happy endings. I was left with the tension of wanting to know more after each of the first three volumes. The fourth volume winds this tension to a conclusion and then twists the story onto a new tangent.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
Another fun swap was themed "You are a Star" and was to swap stash items. The photos below set out the goodies that Joan sent me. In particular look at the little square buttons - they match the fabric very well so I will have to look at my projects to see what is crying out to be finished with star fabric and buttons.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Below is the path of TC Hamish over the past day or so -he is just playing by himself out to sea.
Disaster averted, for now.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
rating: 3 of 5 stars
Hmmm, what a funny book this one was - there is another volume after this so its another situation where the plot marks time while the players set themselves up for their next big move. While there were plenty of twists and turns for various characters the story seemed to work itself into a circle and the status quo at the start was not a lot different from the status quo at the end.
However I still enjoyed the exercise of reading this book and have now started the fourth volume.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009
The satellite map also shows just how big the storm is and you can distinctly see the eye of the cyclone. The last time we saw a Cyclone with such a defined shape and eye it was three years ago when Cyclone Larry (category 5) crossed the coast at Innisfail.
Looks like the Whitsunday Islands might cop a direct hit this time - here's hoping for a sharp turn out to sea.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
rating: 4 of 5 stars
Even though a large part of this book was spent setting up the scene for future volumes and hopefully and epic finale I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot towards the end. I liked the fact that its not certain that the good guys are, in fact, the good guys and maybe there might not be happy endings for all of our favourite characters.
An Aussie author I enjoy.
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Now I am not allowed back for weeks!!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Year Long Prairie Schooler Exchange - sent round 1
Originally uploaded by Jacinta H
Drum roll please...
A magnificent biscornu from Jenna in the US for a Swap-bot Valentines Day Biscornu Swap. Love this one - especially when Robert also bought me a cute cupcake to enjoy with my lunch today also.
...but wait...there's more...
This is from Round 1 of the Year Round Prairie Schooler Exchange - a decorated Altoids Tin. I have always wondered just how big these tins are because we don't get Altoids in Australia. Well know I know how big this one is - its perfect for a needleholder (need to pop a magnet inside). Thanks so much Julianne for stitching this for me.
Don't go away...there's more...
A matchbox shrine from Niss in Brisbane. Another Swap-bot exchange - Niss picked up on my thing for shoes and made this magnificent piece of mini-art. I can't stop playing with it, opening it up and smiling. Thanks so much Niss.
I have also received other things - will post more in the next day or so.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I am so pleased that Jenna is happy with the piece she received - I also included a book on Australian rainforests for her family to enjoy.
Detail on the underside of the biscornu.
detail on the upper edge of the biscornu - I was pleased about how this turned out - it was an adaptation of the original Blackyrose Creations pattern.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I thought that this tropical look would brighten my day up - its been constantly raining here for weeks now so I can guarantee that the water does not look blue and lovely now. Picture brown and filled with debris washed down the river. During the past week our outrigger paddling coach has fished out three large empty drums out of the inlet while we have been training.
We went for a big paddle again this morning - Tuki, our coach picked out 6 of us who he thought must not have worked hard enough during the week and sent us off on a paddle around Admiralty Island - about 18km. He took the remainder of the gang (12 paddlers in two canoes) for a lighter paddle and the idea was that they travelled around the island in the opposite direction to us - when they saw us they were to turn around quickly and it was our brief to try to catch them on the way home. We sneaked up on the other two boats and overtook one of them but the one that we would have liked to catch stayed about 50m ahead of us all the way home. I was wrecked at the end of that paddle.
I have now paddled around the island three times this year. Only three of us have done that - which while is not bad going - is exhausting!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I sent off four swaps today - three to the USA and one to Europe. Heres hoping they get to their destination without any dramas.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I was happy to hear that Julie received the shrine last week and it was a good fit for her interests.