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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

New Fabrics Recently Came to Live at My Home.

 I mentioned in a previous post that I purchased a lovely piece of fabric while visiting a great patchwork store up along the Mid North Coast, on a recent visit. 



About a week prior to that trip North, we ventured to another great patchwork store to the South, where a few pieces of wonderful fabric, also came home to live at my home.  

At this stage, I don't have a project in mind where any of these fabrics will be featured, although that could change at any time.  On both occasions, we had a delicious lunch while visiting and an enjoyable trip both there and on the return. 

At present, I'm working on EPP with a clamshell pattern, it will be a cushion, eventually, along with a monthly, smalls, ornament cross stitch piece. Photos in a later post. Enjoy.

                                                                                                           

Thursday, March 11, 2021

A Trip to the North.

 We had a very enjoyable trip north last Saturday, to Coffs Harbour. We hadn't been that way for at least 18 months, so way back during drought times. The Pandemic had curtailed our explorations, last year. The countryside was freshly washed in much rain and the forests, bushland and pastures, along the way, were lush and bathed in vibrant greens.

It was a lovely day with a very slight shower, as I ventured into a lovely Patchwork and Quilting store and brought home a lovely piece of fabric to live at my home. After that, we ventured to the wharf for a seafood meal, checking the menus before committing to any establishments. We were disappointed with what was on offer, so moved to another venue, near the beach, to the north. We had a delicious luncheon and a cold white wine, while overlooking the board riders and folk walking the breakwater. 


We then moved to the south side beach for a delicious coffee, along with a treat each. DH chose a Chocolate muffin, while I chose a white chocolate and raspberry muffin. They were served warm and were scrumptious.


After our afternoon tea, it was time to turn for home.  Enjoy.



Wednesday, March 10, 2021

A Special Parcel From a Very Dear Friend.

 You can guess that a parcel from a dear friend is something very special. My parcel was indeed, such a special gift. This first photo shows, two very comical cross stitch charts, from Petal Pusher, designs, several small, mostly unattainable, different frames, along with a couple of magnetic photo frames. The top cross stitch pattern called "Bat Pig, "  reminded me of a time when my very DH had placed a pink pig with wings, hanging from the ceiling of his office where he worked. I asked why it was hanging in his office when visiting one day? He said, the folk he was designing for, proposed  ideas that equated to "Pigs might fly." The second chart also made me chuckle. It is titled  "Heavenly Hog" depicting a pig with wings, wearing a very cute expression, looking very demure. The name really appealed, after all, "Heavenly Pig" would have hardly gained my attention.



In the second photo, there were delightful Halloween buttons, cross-stitch needles, along with gift tags with pretty ribbon ties. I was thrilled with my gift parcel.  Many thanks to my very dear friend, of many years, hugs to you dear Karen.  Enjoy


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Started a New Book.

 


I started reading a new novel by Australian Author, Natasha Lester. 78 pages in, light out at 12:45am and  I am captivated once more.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Stiching Completd on February MOSC.

 I completed the cross-stitching for this month's ornament challenge, last night. This morning I couldn't find it anywhere. After searching the washing load, the bins, pulling furniture out and lifting cushions, I was a tad stressed. Thinking about it after a few hours of frustration, I wondered if I had taken it into my sewing room to check on suitable Christmas themed fabric,  for the finishing. Yes. It was there, thankfully. Stitching another lacks the original appeal unless of course, one plans to do several the same from the outset. Here is the photo. It is stitched with DMC Varigations on cream linen. Now to finish into an ornament. Enjoy, K






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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Finally a Photo of January Monthly Ornament.

 I remembered to take the photo today, of the January MOSC i.e. Monthly Ornament Smalls Challenge.

So here it is,  a patchwork effort for a Santa, I did make one of these ornaments once before, as a gift, in 2016 for a fellow stitcher, in one of my Stitching groups. The recipient was thrilled, so way back then I did promise myself one, for me. It has taken a wee while to have one of my own, all ready for next Christmas.  Enjoy.


Saturday, February 20, 2021

February Update.

 I've managed to keep on track with my expectations for both January and February, although I haven't kept up with photographing all items. Below is my progress for the February, Monthly Ornament Smalls Challenge as at February 17th.  I still have a few days to get it completed, I just haven't been able to comfortably settle to stitch over the last few weeks. Hopefully, it will all resolve itself this week.

 We have been promised more rain over the last few weeks, although not a drop eventuated, until Thursday this week. Yesterday and overnight the heavens opened and it fell all day, today. The garden looks refreshed, lush and delighted, not quite so clear through the insect screens, however too wet to venture out to photograph.

Better luck tomorrow in between showers, perhaps.



Late this afternoon, my Very Dear Husband went out nearby on an errand. Along the way, a Koala was sitting in the middle of the roadway and it appeared to be confused.  He stopped the car and picked the little one up from the roadway, walked it over to the forest, with close by Eucalypts.  The Koala was content to be collected in his strong arms and when released, away from the road, ventured up a large gumtree. DH said the Koala appeared to be distressed, with two bite marks on its'  back. Maybe it had been attacked by a dog. Unfortunately, he could not place it in his vehicle as he had

nothing to restrain the Koala. They are such sweet little creatures, I love how they scamper up the correct tree trunks, when up far enough to feel safe, they stop and look back at you, before moving further up the tree. We are certainly blessed to live where many of these engaging animals dwell. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Happy Australia Day.

 We were up and away early today for Australia Day celebrations with company.

 We celebrated Australia Day by the beach with the surf behaving well on this special day. So many folk were at the beach and many people were at beaches along the way as we drove down the coast. At Lake Cathie, there were few parks left at 7am. On our return, four hours later, the parking was all along the roadside, beyond the designated car park. The beaches were packed, within restrictions and many families were enjoying playing in the shallow water between the surf and the bridge.

We returned to the beachfront cafe, we visited last Thursday for afternoon tea. We enjoyed Champagne and a delicious breakfast overlooking a calmer scene. However, this morning, the temperature rose to 34C. Even though it was very hot, we had a wonderful, cooling, sea breeze, blowing in over our very long tables. The restaurant was decorated appropriately with light blue balloons, featuring our beautiful flag, small toothpick flags, small flags in the table foliage pots and Australian decorated plates and napkins.


Today, the restaurant was closed for our private function with 51 of us commemorating and enjoying our National Day.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Afternoon Tea at the Beach.

 On Thursday after Quilting group, we drove down the coast a wee way to check out the location for our Australia Day Breakfast gathering. The restaurant had recently changed names and we were not sure of the exact address, not that we had been to visit under the previous name. It is an early start tomorrow, so now we can go there directly.

It looks like any beach however, there were marine warnings issued for large swells, for all of last week.


This is how it changed very quickly, as a new set arrived. The waves were breaking from well out to sea, to the edge of the car park road, at the shoreline. We haven't visited this area before, although on calm days, one can see the beach from the roadway south, from here right up to Lighthouse Beach, several miles to the north.


Just white froth all the way for this very long beach, approximately 8-10 Klms from Tacking Point Lighthouse. 

We sat on the balcony overlooking the seashore view, with a delightful afternoon tea of carrot cake and white chocolate pecan tart. K.



Saturday, January 23, 2021

Two Birthday Gifts.

 Two stitching friends celebrated their birthdays in January.

They are members of my Quilting group and have been supportive friends during my time as a member. On the day I joined our group, one of these friends was also a new member. I have relished her quick,  dry wit, on quilting days, ever since. Amazingly it is very similar to my very dear husband's sense of humour, which I am blessed with, several times a day.


           Both friends were thrilled with their gifts.  Making such items gives me great joy, with a few more of these items to make as the year progresses. 












Monday, January 4, 2021

Welcome 2021, A New Year Beginning.

  

We ushered the New Year in with relish. A different celebratory meal from last week, although we did have the delicious pudding for sweets, for the second time. The pudding turned as superbly as the very first one. Extremely scrumptious and moist. It was served with Brandy Sauce and fresh pouring cream.

It is almost time to dismantle all the decorations, it makes the house look really bare for a day or so., then it all seems normal once more, till Christmas this year.


We are looking forward to a year ahead of much promise and joy. It has been rather wet so far and it is only the third of January. Our garden is loving all the rain and the plants are dancing.

I'm stitching Initials for birthday gifts for friends, two are needed by the end of this week. Then back to another piece half finished. A photo of the first two, later this week and the third, after it is received. I have been contemplating returning to a larger Sampler,  Long Dog's "Virtue," started mid last year. I lost interest because the pattern was so very difficult to read. Trust I'll be able to decipher the symbols when I pick it up next time, here's hoping. Until next time, enjoy.




Saturday, January 2, 2021

                                                     Celebrating Christmas 2020.



In spite of the year we have had, our restrictions allowed us to have guests in our home so we made the most of that situation. We welcomed friends to celebrate Christmas lunch, enjoying their company, the festive food, along with much chatter, lots of laughter and beautiful gifts. I love Christmas time with all it denotes, the decorations, music and special food. It is usually hot in the southern hemisphere, thankfully we were very comfortable in air conditioning.  I also chose to limit hot food preparation apart from the Christmas pudding, steaming away for most of 4 hours from early morning and roasting turkey.. Considering it was the first Christmas pudding I have every made, it turned out superbly. So much so that I have another prepared, for our New Year's Eve celebratory dinner.  My Mother used to make me one every year, then my MIL and then SIL.  In subsequent years I made deserts that were delightful, looked spectacular for this special occasion, along with being more suitable to our hot climate


                                                 

                        A Prawn and Avacado salad above , a Beetroot and Citrus salad below.

 
                                 A mixed Tomato and Dill salad, below followed by Ham and Turkey. 






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Before Christmas I made several gifts for friends and family, those below I remembered to photograph.


I made 16 of these , which are phone rests and decorated the gift bags with Christmas themed fabric.



Soon it will be time to dismantle the Christmas tree, the lights and all the decorations. However, for me, not until after New Year and twelfth night.

I hope you have enjoyed reading a little about our Christmas Day lunch. With 2021 only a week
away,  I hope this coming New Year for us all,  will bring wonders and joyful times, once again to our lives.