Thursday, January 29, 2009
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.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Well Australia Day has come and gone - we did nothing to celebrate as both Robert and I had normal weekend commitments to deal with and I had a few swap-bot things to finish this weekend. It was nice to enjoy a quiet day at home however and both of us were out and about on Sunday and took the opportunity to fly the colours of our flag!
Outrigger padding training is back in full swing and for the past two Saturdays I have taken part in a marathon training paddle around Admiralty Island here in Cairns. The round trip is about 18km and we have been able to do the round trip in record times both weekends because we had the tides working with us.
I now have four new finishes to send off to swap-bot recipients - I will start packaging them up tomorrow and hopefully have them in the mail by Wednesday.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I sent out a biscornu that I stitched over the Christmas break - this one was sent to Marion in Melbourne. Marion won a Handmade Heavenlies Group WTA and while she isn't a stitcher I figured that a biscornu is something a bit different and quirky. The pattern is an Aurelle freebie which was a quick and easy to stitch up and I added selected parts of the pattern for the back.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
The cyclone quickly deteriorated into a rain depression and what a rainy depression it has been! Cairns received over 300mm before 9am this morning (that's a foot of rain if you measure things in the old scale) and then another 250mm since (its 9pm now). I took these photos of the rain overwhelming the guttering at our house this morning.
the pool nearly overflows as the rain pours in faster than the overflow pipe can remove the excess water.
It took 45 minutes to travel the 4km from the house to the office - perhaps this method would have been quicker.
(Brown Street, Westcourt)
Saturday, January 3, 2009
We must have had quite a bit of rain while we were away - the water level in the pool is up to the overflow outlet and the garden has gone mad. Mum's Garden at the front of the house is looking good despite the fact that Mum is not here to look after it and the plants are quite small still. Mum planted this area while she was staying with us last year (2008) and I expect that it will take off over the wet season and be totally established by the time Mum gets back next year for another instalment.
The gingers in the back yard have gone mental and are all flowering at the moment - it was difficult to get a good photo of them as the space that they take up is quite large. However there are at least 3 full blown flowers and another 3 or 4 budding.
We dont really spend a lot of time in the garden except to do a major cut back and tidy up once or twice a year. Mother nature takes care of the rest.
Friday, January 2, 2009
First there were two post cards from swap-botters in the US. These will be included in my ever growing collection received via swap-bot.
Next I unwrapped this fun biscornu from Cathy in Canada - it was for the winter newbies biscornu. Cathy included some extra little buttons as well - always handy for stash. The photo doesn't really do the biscornu justice as the grey stitching you can see is actually a sparkly silver snowflake. There are also sparkly bits about the edge. Well done Cathy.
Next there was an envelope with three ATC's (artists trading cards) sent from autumnrain another fantastic swapper. The idea of the swap was to make up three ATC's, two with set themes and one with an open theme. The two set themes were "Fruit" and "Nature" and the photos below show the results of the artists interpretation of this theme.
The third ATC was an open theme and my swap partner checked out my profile and noticed that I have a bit of a thing for shoes. This is her interpretation of my fixation on footwear which makes me laugh every time I look at it.
For the love of shoes.
Thanks postal service and my swapping partners, your parcels were a great treat to return home to.