Monday, March 31, 2014

The Melbourne Flower Show

 Last Friday I attended the Melbourne Flower Show
 These are a small sample of the lovely flower arrangements that were on display

 A lot of the displays were the work of Colleges

 The above is the rare Japanese banana plant
 This is a close up of its lovely flower

 There were a few mannequins dressed for the occasion the above dress and wings were made of popcorn.
 There were a lot of stalls to see and buy plants etc.
 and a display of sculptures

 It was cloudy day and the sun did not come out until late afternoon
I enjoyed the show and did so much walking!

That's all for now,


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy St. Valentine's Day

 This is a bag I made for myself using a pattern by Rhonda Thornley  called 'Sam's Tote'.  It was featured in a recent Handmade Magazine.  I put different handles on the bag and increased the depth by adding a piece of fabric across the top of the bag.

I decided to jazz up the back of the bag by inserting a piece of the heart fabric I had left over.

That's all for now,


Wednesday, February 12, 2014


 Early yesterday morning we had visitors in the form of a couple of cheeky cockatoos.
 One was inquisitive and gave our place a good inspection.

 My husband suggested that they were looking for more of the almonds to eat.

Later that morning we took a drive to Grants Picnic Ground in the Dandenong Ranges.

 There are lovely trails to walk along and the trees are so tall.
 There are plenty of cockatoos here and there is a area for people visiting to feed them
and as a result they have no fear of humans at all as you can  see from the pictures.

 The colour of the inside of their wings are great to see.
 There is of course a cafĂ© for people to visit.
The cockatoos are flying away to nearby trees in this picture but I am sure it will not be long before they came back!

That's all for now,


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jacob's ladder blocks

I enjoyed making these blocks.  I will be giving them to my quilt guild as a contribution to the gift quilt effort.  It will be interesting what block they ask us to make next time.

That's all for now,


Friday, January 17, 2014

It is just too hot!

 Our new rose (Blue Moon) has given us some lovely blooms to enjoy.
 Our summer weather does not affect our cactus plants.

 We have enjoyed seeing these fuchsias blooming
 as well as the lavender.
The above is an Australian Native Yellow Hibiscus.   Lovely pleated petals.
Needless to say this flower did not last in all the heat!

We in Victoria have experienced a very hot week with temperatures in 40cs.  We expect a cool change very soon and it will be very welcome!  Our thoughts are with the people threatened by fires at this time.

That's all for now.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

This is the first sunrise for 2014.  A few moments after I took this picture of the sun rising behind the Dandenong Ranges  grey clouds came down and it has been a mostly cloudy day since!

Wishing every one a happy and peaceful 2014.

That's all for now,


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Greetings

 I could not resist this card of owls representing a Christmas Tree.  They are so cute!!
I wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas with family and friends.

That's all for now,