December 14, 2017

Flying Geese

"A Group of Geese on the Ground is a Gaggle
In Flight it is a Skein, Team or Wedge"


So, until they can Fly in their Quilt, I would presume that I have a Gaggle of Flying Geese Blocks on my table.

Any way you look at them - there is a lot!


And all these Geese need to be trimmed to size -

So I have been eagerly awaiting a Special delivery.



As my Father was fond of saying -
If there is
"A Tool for a Job"

USE IT!





From Frayed to Fabulous

It certainly made the 
task of trimming the blocks

a lot easier!







December 13, 2017

On Ringo Lake - Part 3

Just Checking in -
There has been so much going on in my part of the World this week that I have only had time to cut about Half of my required Coral Pieces for this Clue.

And I haven't even started on the little Squares that will complete this block!

Hoping to have SOME completed before Friday.


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It is never to late to join in the Mystery - 
The Clues can be found at Bonny Hunter's Blog

And to see what Other Folks are doing? 



December 12, 2017

It is Really Good to have your Own Bee Suit

I have been helping DD with her 'Girls' for a while now and I have had to wear DSIL's Suit, which is WAY too big for me, and far from comfortable.
So, I finally decided If I am going to do this I have got to get one of my own.


And just as well I did!

With DD in France and DSIL Visiting her, we went over to check on the house and discovered the Girls had not been tended since Late May/June when I helped pack them down for the Winter.

Other Bee Keepers have been reporting bumper Honey Harvests during Spring and we are already 2 weeks into Summer!



I do not know enough about Bee Keeping to manage a Hive on my own -

but I do know that THIS is not what you want to see.






Time to get the Flow Hive Super on top and Give the Girls some More Room!


And it did not take them long to find their new Space.

5 minutes later and they were already moving in.





I think they will 'Bee' a Lot more Comfortable now

And we can look forward to a Harvest -

If we are lucky ... by the New Year.







December 11, 2017

Congratulations are in Order.

Today, it was a Glorious Day and I returned to our Stunning Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne.

This time - not for a Craft or Quilt Show
nor a Garden or Any other Exhibition for that matter.

Today we came to Celebrate.


Along with many other Parents, Family and Friends.

Each and every one of these Grandaunts have already completed at least one degree.



But we were only interested in 
THIS One!

DS#1 - 

now has a Masters Degree in Education.


He has been encouraged and supported all the way by his Beautiful Wife.

- Who also has her own Masters in Music and Education.





Twin Brother (DS#2) Came along to 'Do His Thing' and get some Family Photos.




In about 18 months time,
the Roles and Robes will be reversed.

A different Son, 
A different University 
A different Subject

And so it starts again.




I am so very Proud of all of them!
and
A Perfect way to Celebrate my 400th Post





December 5, 2017

On Ringo Lake - Clue Two.

This week we were asked to Pull out our Coral/Sunrise Fabric.

So, I asked the resident Colour Expert (DS#2) for some help with choosing these.

Many wonderful discussions ensued about what Colours actually make up an Australian Sunrise. We got SO sidetracked, but eventually my Pallet was chosen.


And the instructions said to make Flying Geese.
Lots and Lots of Flying Geese. Many more blocks than we made last week.

I have not made all that are required for the project, but there are enough for this week's photo.


There are many ways to construct this well known block, But how to do them efficiently and accurately AND with no waste OR drawing lines across the fabric?

 Foundation Piecing! and I was able to String sew them as well!!

I would much rather sit watching the Cricket and pull paper out than draw lines on fabric any day! Or I may just leave them in until I know how they are going to be used in the quilt.

And This Week's distraction was - RAIN, and lots of it!

I live in the Northern Parts of Melbourne and are fortunate to have TWO Lakes Close by - and This week they were Far from Tranquil!
And with the rain came cooler weather
- To sew or To Bake?
Ah, decisions decisions.....


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It is never to late to join in the Mystery - 
The Clues can be found at Bonny Hunter's Blog
And to see what Other Folks are doing? Head over to the Link-up Party!



December 2, 2017

'Tis the Season to ...


Share a Meal

Celebrate the Year Past

Enjoy Company of Others
you have worked beside



and ....
      Learn Stuff!



Today was the
Cake Decorators Association of Victoria
Christmas Celebration and Demonstration

Today we didn't DO
We Watched and Learnt how to make
"Missy Mince Pie"

Isn't she a Cutie?
Looking forward to making her!





November 29, 2017

On Ringo Lake - Part One

This year I have decided to (try and) keep up with Bonny Hunter's latest Mystery.



There has been a lot of sidetracks,
distractions and....
unmovable obstacles
which have kept me from getting started on this new project.

And when I finally sat down to sew,
I found I had to blow the Dust Bunnies out of my 'old faithful' Pfaff Synchrotronic 1229, and give her a much needed Service.

When I need "Little Miss Reliable" this is the one I go to.


NO fancy Computer programming, I can turn her off - go have a cuppa
and when I come back - She is ready to roll!


So today, with the temperature outside hitting 37C (That's 98F), the errands done and Spike hiding in the coolest part of the house,  I buckled down and got the first clues completed.

All the Nine Patch Blocks - DONE!

Looking forward to Part 2.

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Click HERE to Go to Bonny's Monday Mystery Link up
 to see what others are doing
On Ringo Lake!




November 27, 2017

It's beginning to feel like Christmas . . .

Strasbourg Christmas Market 2017

For many, Christmas Time starts when the decorations come into the stores

Or the Christmas Markets Open





Or when the Christmas Tree

Soaring above the Plaza

Lights up the Night Sky for the first time.



But for our Family the cry of Christmas is Coming happens when we see the First Blossoms burst from the Jacaranda Trees.

A Vision of Purple and Green on the Horizon.


Today I saw the first Colours of Christmas -
Time to Decorate!




November 24, 2017

Getting back into the Groove. .

Cricket on the Telly
a new Mystery on the Cutting Table 


Happy days!

Now - Will I be able to keep up
with
Bonny Hunter's 
On Ringo Lake



Happy Thanksgiving

For all my Friends and Readers in the USA
I hope you have had a very Happy Day.


When I look at this piece of fabric, 
a remnant of the first ever Quilt material I've bought.
 I am thankful that it took me into a Fellowship that spans the Globe.  
One that cuts through the barriers of Race and Colour and Language
 of Age and Experience.  

And I am thankful for the friends I have made.



October 24, 2017

Where else did you Go - and you did WHAT ?

Continuing on from my last Post with a Photo a Day . . . .

HELLBRUNN PALACE

Famous for it's connection to the 'Sound of Music' movie it is somewhere you can have a Beautiful Day out.

But be Warned -
Make Sure you stand on Dry Ground
because Otherwise you WILL get Wet.

Hellbrunn Palace is also known for it's Trick Fountains that spurt water on the unwary!


EIS REISENWELT
That Circular hole in the side of the Mountain is the Opening to The Biggest Ice Cave in the World!

We climbed for 45 minutes to get there and then 70 minutes INSIDE.

700 steps in to explore just 1 km of the 40 km Cave then 800 steps out again! - AWESOME.


After testing my Stamina and Phobias in The Ice Cave, our next day was much more restful.

Five and a Half Hours in a Train.
Travelling from Salzburg to Zurich
The next day it was back on the train.
This time a trip to BRUNNEN and Home to the Swiss Army Knife.

I love the Ominous Mountain Peak behind the Victorinox Factory.





Another Day -
Another Mountain

And a Cable Car ride to FELSENEGG Lookout
and Chocolate Cake - Yum !



Exploring Zurich

Inside BEYER Watch and Jewellery Store is a Clock Museum.

From Stone water jars to the latest Wrist watch for a Racing Driver.

And this beautiful Crystal and Gold Pocket watch made in 1855.

We wandered though even more Museums and marvelled at intricate work done without modern equipment.

And then, It is always a "Special Moment" when you see something you actually own!

A little Thumbelina Doll at the Toy Museum which in itself is quite small, but packed with 300 years of Toy History.


Back to Strasbourg


Our time away is almost at an end - so it is back to Strasbourg to have one last weekend with our DD and fulfilling a Promise to see
the Astronomical Clock.

A marvel of Modern technology?

NO - Built in 1574 and renovated in 1669 it is still precisely accurate today!




Just one more excursion left -
DD wanted to take us to BASEL Switzerland
Where she showed us places she had 'discovered' when she had visited on her own.

But her Ulterior Motive became known when she challenged us to Climb the Church Tower!
This is a feat for those of .. Slim build and no Fear of enclosed spaces.

That is no Gargoyle on the rooftop- It is Our DD and she ended up INSIDE the Spire!

As they say...
All Good Things Must come to an End
and so it is time to head home.

Just How far away is it?
Well, according to the signpost, Sydney is just 14,000 km and Melbourne is a few Clicks further on
By Air it will take us 24 hours to get home.

And with that we leave our DD to finish her work in Strasbourg and wait for her to return home -

This year, I can't wait for Christmas!







October 23, 2017

Where did we Go - and What did we See?

Our Return trip to France was to visit our DD for her Birthday, and something we had planned before she left home.  But it is a VERY long way to go 'just for Dinner', so we decided to see as much as we could while we were there!

If you would like to read a more detailed 
Account of Our Adventures it is over on "Myrtle and Me" 
- There is a link on the sidebar ⇘ 

Now that I have been able to get my Photos sorted
Here are just The Highlights - with a 'Photo of the Day'.



Frankfurt Zoo


This Beauty and I 'faced off' through the Camera
and I was very glad there was thick Glass between us - especially when She took exception to having her Photo taken!



Birthday Dinner

The Reason for the Visit
Because we always need a reason!

Strawberry Parfait
with Raspberry Sorbet
and a Candle!




Evening Walks

Strolling back to our Hotel along the Ill River seeing the Cathedrals in a very different Light.



European Parliament 

A Stunning Complex of Modern Buildings sitting on the edge of an Ancient City.






Petite France

The Heart of the Tourist Precinct
- Petite France is Picture Perfect every Day




Notre Dame - The Climb

Climbing the Cathedral was a highlight
Finding the Stonemasons
("I was here") Marks was an unexpected treat.





Sunday Excursion - 3 in 1 Day Trip


The Castle - Haut-Koenigsbourg

Fully rebuilt from Ruins in 1900 as a Tourist Attraction

was our First Stop in our Alsace Adventure.


La Montagne des Singes

Monkey Mountain -
A Sanctuary for the Barbary Macaque Monkeys

I wondered exactly who was entertaining whom!



The Volerie des Aigles

Beautiful BIG Birds of Prey put on a spectacular aerial show.

So many awesome photographs it was hard to find the best one!

This one shows just HOW BIG these Birds are.




Moving On ... to MUNICH

and OKTOBERFEST

An Unexpected and Certainly Unplanned Bonus when we decided to break our trip in Munich.

A wonderful Family event for everyone!






Taking the Tourist Bus was the best way to see the City when you don't have a lot of time -

The BMW Centre and Museum was a very futuristic Building that has been used as a Movie set.



Next Stop - SALZBURG 

That is AUSTRIA
not 
AUSTRALIA


"No Kangaroos in Austria"

I got the feeling the locals were a little 'tired' of being asked where they can see Kangaroos.


The Hoensalzburg Fortress

It has Dominated the Skyline above Salzburg since 1077.
The Fortress now accessible by Funicular has a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.
It also houses what I considered the BEST Museum display ever.

Untersberg
We Climbed a Mountain to stand at the foot of a Cross 
and see this Breathtaking View.  
(Bumping into two groups of Aussies while we were there!)


It was truly incredible
And all we could say was

Oh WOW!

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If you want to 'read ahead' - there is more over on Myrtle & Me
If not - I will conclude our Photo a Day Post - Tomorrow.