Saturday, September 23, 2017

Not a New Project

Some more beautiful tulips opening this morning:
 Anticipating the colour hexagon I needed to make today for my temperature quilt.

A couple of days ago I discovered that I need to make a small quilt to be displayed in a hoop at our quilt show in November. I began working on a design idea for it, but then remembered a project languishing in my sewing box. (Details of pattern and designer at that linked post.) After some quick calculations of the area of pieces already made, and the area of a circle, my decision was made. Today at our Sit & Sew day, I started putting it all together:

A few pieces towards the top of this picture are stitched together, but getting the rest of them done will keep me busy for a few more sewing days. Then I will need to make more pieces to fill the hoop, but it won't be as much work as starting a completely new project. Plus I will get this one crossed off my list of unfinished projects.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Week Seventeen - Yellow!

Before this week I have had only 5 days where the top temperature reached the "green" zone (15.1 - 20.0). Just weeks and weeks and weeks of blue (5.1 - 10.0) and aqua (10.1 - 15.0). Mainly aqua. But look what just happened:

22/09/2017    22.8    yellow
21/09/2017    20.7    yellow
20/09/2017    15.7    green
19/09/2017    10.1    aqua/teal
18/09/2017    17.8    green
17/09/2017    14.3    aqua/teal
16/09/2017    10.3    aqua/teal

I think spring has arrived!

Here's all my weeks so far:

Those yellows are a bit sudden. But I shouldn't get too excited, as the forecast for the coming week includes more aqua. Five days of it.

Linked to Sarah's Weekly Weather Report.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Garden Tidy-Up

The garden beds at the front of the house are looking a bit overgrown in places, and undergrown in others. Overgrown because some things which should have been cut back last spring weren't, and bare because plants which lost their leaves in the frosts have been left as bare sticks:
Western end of the garden bed this morning - all you can really see is the large overgrown scented geranium, and bare salvia branches. I hadn't trimmed back the salvias in case there was another frost. There is lots of new growth at the base of each plant.

The same bed later this afternoon:
Minus a lot of the geranium, all the bare salvia branches, and a few dead or scraggly branches of other plants. It looks much neater, and now several hidden plants can be seen. Tomorrow I will tackle the eastern end.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Grand Day Out

Yesterday a neighbour mentioned that the next couple of weeks are the school holidays. I never know these days! But it reminded me that if I wanted to see Wallace and Gromit and Friends at ACMI, this week might be the best time to do it. I imagine it is something a lot of people might take their kids to in the holidays.

I really enjoyed the exhibition. There are all sorts of sketches, models, storyboards and videos, which were all very interesting, but my favourites were the actual sets.
There are quite a few, from various films. The detail in them is amazing.
Some are quite dark, so couldn't easily be photographed without flash, but these shots are of some of the more brightly-lit ones.
By resting my camera against the glass covering, I could steady it enough to take almost clear pictures without the flash. Not as good as seeing them in real life though!

Now I feel the need to re-watch the films. I think there are a couple of DVDs still packed away in a box in the shed somewhere. Maybe it is time to takle the remaining boxes two years after we moved in.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One Minute More

It is not the equinox for a few more days, but look at the sunrise and sunset times on the weather station today:
I don't know exactly how that works, but today we apparently had 12 hours and 1 minute of day, and 11 hours and 59 minutes of night. What will we get on the equinox, then?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spring Growth

An actual tulip!
First one! And grown without having to spend time in the fridge. Yes, winter is cold enough for tulips here. There are lots more to come (minus a few that the cockatoos got to) planted in groups around the garden, but this was just a single bulb. The colour is quite gorgeous. The camera really has not done it justice.

There are a couple of clumps of these covered in buds. This is the first one to open.

There are a few clumps of these, too. Lots of colour still to come.

This one is not outside:
It's a nasturtium seedling. I've planted a couple of hanging baskets with trailing nasturtiums, but because there is still a high chance of frost the baskets are in the greenhouse for now.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Walk Fun

Scenes from a long walk today.

There's a lot of water lying around.
And lots of frogs. You don't see them, but you can hear them constantly.

Jack and Dot digging for something:

Jack lost interest quickly, but Dot is a persistent little digger.

Later on the walk Jack found a squeaky ball, which he carried all the way home:
Although once we got home and Dot got hold of it, it didn't squeak any more.