Saturday, September 17, 2011

Our Holiday

Hubby and I have just enjoyed a lovely spring break over the last two weeks which included a visit to our nation's capital city - Canberra.

A visit to the Australian War Memorial shows soliders on parade at the Pool of Reflection

Looking across Lake Burley Griffin to Old Parliament House in the foreground with New Parliament House behind. On the LHS is the High Court of Australia and on the RHS is the National Library.

A closer look at those blossom trees along the promenade of the lake with the Carillion off to the left.

A visit to the Botanical Gardens felt more like a walk in the rainforest in Far North Queensland. The vegetation for a cold climate area was a real surprise.

On the way home we detoured via Bowral for a quick tip toe through the tulips.

After a day a or two at home catching up on the "domestics" we took ourselves off to the city to enjoy the annual spring flower display at David Jones Elizabeth store

The next day found us wandering around the Blue Mountains enjoying the spring blossoms in country lanes

And on a clear day you can see forever.

Only an hour across the Harbour Bridge heading south we found ourselves heading for a day at Botany Bay. Looking at the colour of the sand and the water we could have been on a tropical island.

I did manage to do a bit of stash building.

I also found time to get some sewing in but more on that later as it is "secret squirrel" stuff.

Well all good things must come to an end and it is back to work for me next week.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A finish at last

I cannot believe that I have not blogged for such a long time. Where does the time go to??????? What have I been doing - I always seem to be on the run but not much to show for it.

At last I can share with you a "finish". Several months ago my quilting group was given a mystery quilt to complete and I decided that I would be strong and use only fabric that I had in my stash in case I was disappointed in the mystery pattern chosen. And am I glad that I stuck to my decision as I am not a fan of the pattern called Turning 20 and of course as luck would have it that was what the mystery turned out to be.

I finished the quilt last week and even though I am disappointed in the pattern - I think that the blocks are too big for my liking - it will come in handy as a throw on a cold night as I snuggle up to watch some TV.