Saturday, June 25, 2016


Can you tell I'm excited?

After the disappointment last night, when we thought the satellite service wouldn't start until some time next week, this morning it worked!

Speedy internet! Hooray! I let my computer download updates. I watched a couple of YouTube videos. And then tried this:
"Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine" is a Craftsy class I bought in a recent sale, in anticipation of soon having an internet connection to watch it through. And it worked!

There is some really useful information in the lessons I've watched so far. I didn't need to know about getting a ruler foot for my machine, as the Sweet Sixteen's foot is already a ruler foot. But after that introductory chapter, Amy Johnson gets into some really good info about rulers and what you can do with them.

How fantastic it is to have good internet access again!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Another Dish

Early this morning, an eagerly-awaited installation began:
I have been looking forward to this day since last October when we were told there was no signal from the NBN tower at the end of the road, and we would have to wait for the satellite to be commissioned. (It had just been launched then.)

After a bit of testing:

It was time to point the dish at the Sky Muster satellite:
But we couldn't start surfing the internet immediately. The installer said it could take up to 5 hours for the service to be activated. That was disappointing.

Six or seven hours later, we were advised by our ISP that it might be some time next week before NBNCo do whatever they need to do to activate our internet. Much more disappointing!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Today I met up with some quilting friends. As we were showing each other the projects we were working on, we found this:
Three colourways of the same fabric. The blue and yellow fabrics are mine, the purple one is Fran's. That might not be unusual if this was a current fabric. But this design was produced 16 years ago, and we have both had it in our stashes since 2001!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pink Heath

Victoria's floral emblem, growing just around the corner from here:

Epacris impressa. There are three varieties growing close together; some this pink, some white ones, and some hot pink ones. But I haven't seen them growing anywhere but that one little patch of roadside.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Two More Doors

Two more doors were installed today!

Cavity sliding door to the walk-in wardrobe:

The first of two cavity sliding pantry doors:

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Four Seasons

On a walk through the Ballarat botanic gardens, there were remnants of autumn
although most deciduous trees were bare and wintry.

A surprising sign of spring:
Apricot blossom.

But no signs of summer except in the conservatory, where the Craft Council of Ballarat's exhibition "Four Seasons" was open.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Christmas in June

This is the cute little decoration I received in the "Christmas ornament swap" today:
The first one I received as an embroidered pinecone shape, which was also very cute, but it was stolen from me in a subsequent round of the game. I then stole Rudolf from someone else, and managed to hang on to him until the end.