Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Farewell, Little Trees!

Loaded up and ready to head off to central Victoria:
Most of this year's batch of TreeProject seedlings, looking more than ready only 5 months after the seeds were sown. They will have a couple of weeks to acclimatise to the lower temperatures in their new home before they are planted out. Meanwhile there are a few boxes of transplants, and some others which didn't germinate until winter, which will stay here until they have grown a bit more.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This May Require a Re-Think...

The birdbath from the backyard of my house has been moved to the front garden of my temporary home.

This morning as I left the house, this is what I found:
A neighbour's cat making itself at home! That's not going to encourage any birds to stop by for a drink or a dip.

The "catbath" may have to move to the backyard, where there are some canines on hand to chase off any feline intruders.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I was given some packs of hyacinths for my birthday this year. I planted them in a couple of small concrete troughs, and then immediately had to cover them with wire to protect them from a certain little dog who thought they made a good place to lie or dig.
A few plants have appeared so far in each trough, braving the cold to tell us spring is coming.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Flower 16

Progress so far on the Flower Ball quilt:
In case you haven't see it before, this is my interpretation of Geta Grama's pattern. The layout spreads over nearly the full width of my table now that I am past the half-way mark. I've made it in sections, but the sections won't be stitched together until after I've made all the bits.

Here I am preparing another flower:
I have already made the green pieces. They are sorted into five envelopes according to value. In this picture you can see the medium, medium-dark, and darkest envelopes. I have my "petal" fabrics sorted into piles of the same values. Selecting which ones to use in each flower involves consulting my coloured-in version of the pattern (you can just see part of it towards the top right), another version labelled with values (seen in the gap between the fabrics I'm considering on the right), and looking at what I have already done to make sure I'm not putting the same fabrics too close together.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Anyone for a Cuppa?

Would you prefer it from the "Make Tea Device" or the "Whishing Kettle"?
Seen in a local shop window today.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Flower 10

Still chugging along making flowers:
This is flower 10 in the pattern, but it is the eleventh one I've made. It marks the half-way point as there are 22 flowers in all.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


After lunch with my father for his 85th birthday, we popped down to Lal Lal to check on the block.

Something has been digging a hole at the base of this tree:
Maybe an echidna looking for ants?

This cocoon looks like the one an emperor gum moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti) makes:
What ever it was, the moth has made its exit hole and flown away.

But these holes are definitely man-made:
I think there's a hole under there:
Definite hole:
Ten or so holes like this have been drilled around our house site. That means the soil engineers have visited, and their report must be in progress! Once it arrives, we will be ready to submit the planning application. Hooray!