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Archive for September, 2009

Children Playing

According to the sounds in my lounge room, Jackie French is coming to swancon, and bringing her wombat—who’s going to be dressing up as a robot! And then they’re going rogaining, and then, her wombat is the first wombat going into space! (He’s a remarkably literate wombat, too… spends a portion of the time reading to Jackie French!)

(They’ve been playing ‘Jackie French and Wombat’ for about a week or so… always ‘Jackie French’ to distinguish from the Jackie we know:-) I’m not quite sure why they are so taken with them… we have a number of her books, both gardening and children’s picture book… that includes Diary of a Wombat—which explains why they associate her with Wombat… but still… I didn’t think we’d talked about her that much:-))

Actually, it’s a text book example of improvisation, of offer and acceptanc. They both ‘lead’ the play, and make suggestions, without saying ‘you do this’… it’s very cool to listen to:-)

Virtual Quilting Bee

We finally began Virtually BeQuilted at the beginning of this month. The fabric arrived the day after posting, and I got to work:-) (My mum was the first to send her fabric, so I’d had a sneak peek, and had already chosen my design:-) )
I blithely cut it all out—only to find I was a little short of one of the fabrics:-( My design was mostly green, and with all the seam allowances necessary, it just wasn’t going to make it:-( Fortunately, I was able to aquire sufficient extra, but that held me up a bit, because I hadn’t considered the possibility when cutting, and some key pieces were left uncut until a couple of days ago.
Geese block for mum

I had seen the circling geese pattern some where on Patchy Work of Mini Grey‘s blog, thanks to a pointer from Feebeez (or at least, I think that’s where I found it). The version I saw only had eight birds though, so I was all set to draft up my own pattern, when Redbraids posted a link to this collection. The very first image was a picture of exactly what I had planned to draft—and a link to the pattern! A few minutes fiddling with the printer to get the size just right, and I was set. I printed four copies (one for each quarter of the block), and one more just for the record… Oh, how glad am I that I printed that extra copy!
I had originally planned to use English Paper Piecing… but realised I was avoiding basting the pieces (narrow seam allowances, and points far away from each other meant I really was going to need to iron them). I finally decided to revert to Foundation Piecing. So I retraced my steps, to print out extra patterns to use for the sewing. I thougt it would take me the first couple of minutes of this month’s Craft Sunday, and then I could start sewing…
I have no idea what the problem was, but nothing I tried would allow me to get anything like the same size block! Printing it at 94% of the original was a couple of centimetres too large, at 93% it was a couple of centimetres too small… even scanning my correctly sized copy and printing that didn’t work, even when I adjusted the print size of that as well:-( In the end, I reverted to tracing my correct copy! At that point, I was able to get half of it done by the end of the afternoon. Another small block in the evening, and all the sewing was done. I was rather dreading trying to remove all the paper, as I’d seen comments that it could be difficult, but I’d followed the instruction to use a very short stitch, and it pulled off really easily. A touch of ironing, and it was ready:-)

Bonus Block for Mum
And just because I could, (and I rather liked the look of the wonky trees here) and I had some material left (the green in this is all that was left from my original green! I cut about five very narrow pieces for the geese from the extra that I got). A Bonus Block, a Wonky-ish Tree:-) It’s not the right measurement, but I don’t know that it’ll be used for the tablecloth… (although, if I’d been a bit more thoughtful about cutting the white bits for the tree, I probably could have made it the correct size!)

I couldn’t wait to post it, so we dropped it off at dinner last night:-)

And Another!

Bonus block teaser for mum
Just because I can:-)

A Teaser for Mum!

teaser mumI’ve finally (almost… just need to remove the paper, and iron) finished my block for the Virtual Quilt this month. I thought I’d let you have a peek as I get ready to post it:-)

Food Post Friday

Friday: Leftovers.
Saturday: Wine Dinner, we’re on main, so we’re making Gnocchi (I’ve never made them before) with a Roasted Tomato and Capsicum Sauce.
Sunday: Roast Pork with Roast Vegetables.
Monday: with Granny and Grandpa.
Tuesday: Red Beans and Rice.
Wednesday: With Grandma and Grandad.
Thursday: Lentil Soup.

Montessori Giveaway!

Heidi at Work and Play, Day by Day is hosting a giveaway!
Visit this post (where she presents her toddler’s room, most interesting!), and read the details:-)

Food Post Friday

Friday: Leftovers.
Saturday: Home-made Pasta with Pesto (although… after watching last week’s My Family Feast, I’m tempted to go with a tomato sauce:-) )
Sunday: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Parsnip and Peas.
Monday: with Granny and Grandpa.
Tuesday: Curried Sausages.
Wednesday: with Grandma and Grandad.
Thursday: Chicken and Corn Soup.

Smiley + Scar

smiley with scar
Days later, and another birthday cake is required. Cygnet’s had been so succesful, I thought I’d repeat it—just with an extra touch to match the recipient! (The staples were the only fiddly bit:-) )

First Birthday

Smiley
We don’t do much for first birthdays, we keep it simple. But there is always cake:-)
Cygnet is generally a smiley fellow (although, not so much today:-( ) So we figured this was an appropriate choice!
I’m not a fan of licorice as a flavour—but it is invaluable in decorating cakes:-)

A Blinking Baby Boy:-)

He’s one, he’s sick—but he can blink! At first we thought he was pulling faces because he wasn’t feeling well, but after a while we realised that as part of screwing up his face, he was blinking! Later, he was grinning first and then doing it.

So cute!

Food Post Friday

Friday: Thai Green Fish Curry (didn’t end up having it last week).
Saturday: Roast Chicken with Roast Vegies.
Sunday: Pasta Bolognaise, Peas and Beans with Marjoram Dressing, Asian Noodle Salad, Chocolate Simplicity Cake.
Monday: with Granny and Grandpa.
Tuesday: Chicken Casserole.
Wednesday: with Grandma and Grandad.
Thursday: Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Bread.

Eggs!

Today I needed to use this site.

We had a week recently, with no eggs. The last couple of days we’ve only had one. With two chooks, we had rather expected a few more eggs.

Well… we found them!

Eggs!
Bilby went outside and came to tell me that Henny was looking for Blackie, and she (Bilby) couldn’t find Blackie. I went looking. Eventually I spotted her within a lavender bush. Puggle joined Bilby, and the two of them called me back to watch the ladybirds on the lavender, and the bees:-)

After some time, they returned inside and told me Blackie had left. I asked if there were any eggs, to which I was told that she hadn’t cackled (she’s generally a fairly enthusiastic announcer of her laying:-) ). I pointed out that there might be a couple of older eggs there. Puggle went down to check and raced back to tell me there were thousands! He couldn’t carry them all!

In all, there were fourteen! I was a little worried that some of them might have been there for some time, so we tested them as per the instructions. I was thinking it would be a cool experiment—except that it appears they were all laid within the last week, so none of them behaved differently from the rest:-(

But fourteen:-) Just in time for making birthday and Father’s Day cakes and treats:-) Good timing indeed!

(ETA the photo!)

Farewell to Nova Scotia

There’s some history, and a midi here and an mp3 here.

Farewell to Nova Scotia, your sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be.
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

The sun was setting in the west,
The birds were singing on every tree.
All nature seemed inclined to rest
But still there was no rest for me.

Farewell to Nova Scotia, your sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be.
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

I grieve to leave my native land,
I grieve to leave my comrades all,
And my parents whom I love so dear,
And the bonnie, bonnie lass/lad that I do adore.

Farewell to Nova Scotia, your sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be.
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

The drums they do beat and the wars to alarm,
The captain calls, and I must obey.
So farewell, farewell to Nova Scotia’s charms,
For it’s early in the morning and I’m far, far away.

Farewell to Nova Scotia, your sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be.
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

I have three brothers and they are at rest,
Their hands are folded on their breast.
But a poor simple sailor just like me,
Must be tossed and driven on the dark blue sea.

Farewell to Nova Scotia, your sea-bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and dreary be.
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed,
Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?