Thursday, December 31, 2009


I have a good friend who travels to Antarctica regularly as part of her work in studying penguins at The Antarctic Division here at Blackmans Bay.  This year Barb will be away for three months, two of which have already passed…how time flies.

They have quite a comfy base down there and the staff work hard to keep everybody entertained in their offduty hours.  Christmas is always a huge affair, and Barb sent me some piccies of the day this year.  They chose a tiny little Santa with big strapping guys as his elves.  And as you can see, Santa arrived in style in his ‘sled’.

Santa is coming

Santa's ride

Santa & elves

A few days earlier a bit of a snow storm was starting to happen.

window view

This is one of the penguin colonies at Amanda Bay.

Amanda Bay_29 Nov 09

It’s been as hot as hell here today (35) which doesn’t happen too often in Tassie.  So I’ve been entertaining myself looking at all the snow photos Barb has sent me.   During the afternoon she phoned me and told me it was about –2 degrees…sounds pretty good to me!

Happy New Year everybody!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lunch With A Visiting Scquilter


Yesterday I received an email from Anne Saunders who is currently travelling around Tasmania with her husband Bob, letting me know she had two more days in Hobart and could we meet up.   Well I don’t need to be asked twice to go and have a chat with a fellow scquilter, so we arranged to have lunch at The Dome Cafe at Sandy Bay.

I had previously met Anne when she still lived in Buderim and hosted a Scquilters lunch that we both remembered vividly as it was such a fun day.  But it was only weeks after that day that Anne suffered an aneurism and we nearly lost her.   After that we both moved interstate and life took us in various directions, but here we were having lunch today and having a great time reminiscing, sharing stories, discussing our quilting sagas. 

Anne had with her the 140 hearts she received during her recovery time, and I have to say, I had chills down my spine looking at the truly beautiful hearts that so many wonderful women sent to her.  Anne is still deciding how she wants to assemble the hearts, but they sure are going to make a beautiful quilt.

Lunch with Anne

The View From My Sewing Studio

As promised to my friends on Scquilters, here are a couple of photos of the view I enjoy from my sewing studio. Actually 'studio' sounds a bit grand doesn't it...I usually call it the cabin.

I took one photo yesterday evening and the other is taken this morning. If you look closely at the one taken this morning you can see some of the smaller boats in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race sailing up towards the finishing line. There has been a constant procession of them this morning which has been lovely to see. Though they have been sticking to the far side of the river, which is a long way away, making it impossible to see which boats they are. Every year I tell myself I will buy some binoculars...hasn't happened yet.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

How Excitement!

As many can attest, I am rather technically challenged. Others would say I am challenged in many more departments than just the technical one. But I digress.
The reason I changed my blog back to the Blogger site is that it seemed easier to make changes to the appearance of my blog than on the Typepad site.

For some reason, when I transferred my Typepad blog to this one, I can only see half of each photo, but I'm not too concerned about that. Especially when I have just succeeded in making my blog look pretty....clever me! And, I just put up a new photo in the About Me section...explaining where the name of my blog comes from. See here..

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Successfully moved House

Thanks to daughter Rhyll, all my entries on Typepad have now been moved across to Blogger. Now to work out how to make my blog pretty.

I thought I would show you an oil painting that Rhyll has completed this week..I love it to bits!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful friends, I hope you truly enjoy your day tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I've decided to move my blog to Blogger. You will find me at my new address

I hope you will come and visit me there.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Moving to a New Address

I've decided to move my blog to Blogger because I've spent so many hours knocking my head against a brick wall in an attempt to make Typepad work the way I wanted it to. I realise I'm a bit of a dummy when it comes to computers, but at least if I'm using Blogger, and I can't do something, then I can ask somebody who does know. I have my fingers crossed that this idea will work for me. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Flaunt

This week I completed Block 4 of my BOM from Material Obsession by Sue Ross.  Lot's of set in seams, but I found it went together really easily.

MO Block 4 

Amazing fabric choices, and would never have chosen them myself, but I actually do like it.

I've also been working away on my black redwork stitchery that I wrote about in the last post, as well as doing the next block of my Kim McLean quilt that I also mentioned in the previous post.  And as though all that wasn't enough, the fabric panel from Folklorique jumped out and grabbed me yesterday, so I've begun working on making a fairly simple wallhanging with it.

Aside from stitching, my world has been full of good news this week.  First my younger daughter and DH found rental accom in Melbourne where they can take their 4 pets, so that they can get down to the business of buying a home after their house building dreams came to nothing.  I was quite convinced they would never find a rental that would allow all their pets, but it just goes to show that there are some understanding landlords in the world.

Then eldest daughter has now had two approaches workwise.  Her old boss wants to hire her to work remotely cos nobody else can do what she does...and a new employer is also interested in her.

Then today...went to the doc for my 3monthly diabetic checkup.  He is my new doc cos my regular doc left to have a baby.  He has a very good reputation and I was keen to have a more experienced doc.  I walked in, sat down, he looks at me and says that I don't have diabetes and I never did.  At the worst I have a mild case of insulin resistance.  Halla-bloody-lulia!!!!  It's what I've been saying all along.

My numbers have been too perfect for somebody with diabetes.  So no more 3 monthly visits, and a million other checkups.  I'm just a normal person now...and that feels so good :)