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The power is back on and we have weathered the storm here.  Quite a few boats snapped their moorings and will have to be recovered.  No leaks in the house or damage either.  Can't say the same for the garden.  It is a mess.  Nature has got too and trimmed all those high trees.

How about this Bull shark left high and dry?  Makes you think twice about going into flood waters.

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Brisbane seemed to get hit worse than us.

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Now it is the turn of The Northern Rivers south of the border.  Be safe down there.

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I like this sign out at Ipswich.

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The end of Tropical cyclone Debbie is coming our way.  The radar images just look a mess.  Let it be said there is lots of rain headed in our direction.  It is Thursday here and I thought I would get Friday's post written in case the power goes.  We are pretty exposed out here and the winds are expected to be over the 100k mark by this afternoon.  Our new Telstra tower is as yet untested.  All the schools are closed, people sent home from work and already there are limbs falling from the trees. 

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So what do you do when this kind of thing happens?  Well I have all the emergency stores ready.  I might have to put the smaller flower pots under the house.  We cleared all the gutters but already there is a lot of water on the ground.  We have checked that all the family is safe.  So now I sew while I still have power.  Lots of reverse stitching on my Assisi Sampler.  I miss counted that border.  When the power goes off I knit. 

I bought a small kit at the Stitches and Craft from Prudence Mapstone.  It is from 'The Loom' in Bangkok and is all silk.  It takes a bit of adjustment to knit with the yarn but I have unpulled it once and seem to have got the hang of it now. 

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The Loom have a shop in Bangkok which is on my list of places to visit.  For now we just sit it out.

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The mind is willing but the body....

I am going to have to recognise the fact that I am not the young fit woman I used to be.  It is a very painful admission to make but I have been painfully shown that I might have to employ someone to help in the garden.

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I have nearly got the garden to where I want it to be.  Just a couple more garden beds to lay down.  I now have bought my citrus trees and got two of them into the big pots.  It was these pots that were my undoing.  (Those pots take 100 lts of potting mix each.) I wanted to place them onto large concrete pavers so that the roots wouldn't get down into the soil.  They are really heavy and whilst moving one I tripped and fell and hit my head. I was knocked unconscious for a couple of minutes, I recovered myself, feeling stupid and kept working.  Bad idea.   I have kept moving and even got to the Stitches and Craft Fair but my mind is addled, still.  I think I must have a slight concussion.  If I took the time to go to the Doctor he would charge me to tell me to rest, so I'm just going to rest without spending the $75 fee.

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So no gardening, my vision blurrs every so often so not much stitching.  I just want to lie there and watch the light shows in my head when I move it quickly, so please excuse the lack of posts.

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The weather here is picture perfect. Very calm with a few clouds in the sky.  I fear it is the calm before the storm.  Up north cyclone Debbie is pounding the coast with 265km an hour winds.  Here people just drift on.

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That cyclone is the size of Western Europe so I think we will see some dirty weather heading our way in the next couple of days.  I have got all the washing done and out to dry.  Made sure I have access to candles and lamps.  Checked the cyclone cupboard to make sure I have food and topped up the gas bottle so we can cook on the BBQ.    Having done all that it is sure to stay away.



Mary's Bag

Mary from my cottage patchwork group is a great vintage and op shop shopper.  (That was a mouth full.)  She came to the meeting the other night with a carry bag she had picked up from St. Vinnies.  Boy it took me back.

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This type of bag was popular in the 1950's and 60's but from the photos on the outside it must have been made in the 1970's and I would say it was made in New Zealand.  The Moaris in the pictures kind of give it away. 

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But just look at these old prints of the Royals.

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I remember as a small child the first visit to Sydney.  We came down from the country specially to see the celebrations.  The Royal Yacht came in through the heads and the place went mad.  You could hardly get another boat on the water in the harbour and the love and respect shown was genuine.

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And it is lined with old wall paper.  I haven't seen that print since my Grandmother was alive.

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We dismissed this kind of thing as old fashioned and cheesy but it does have a certain charm.  I always wondered how thy got those holes so even for the crochet?


Heads. (These ones don't talk.)

There is a Pottery business here on the island that has been here for years.  Wright's Pottery.

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I have often bought plates and other odds and ends but they also makes flower pots and bird baths.  I would eventually like one of the bird baths but for now I have a new collection of flower pots.

 I want them for my upstairs rear balcony. 

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It is very bland at the moment and I have to be careful with pots in as much as there can't be too much water used up here.  (It will rot the balcony timber over time.)  These pots will all be planted out with succulents that need little water.  I am going to have to design a special stand to put them on under the window.

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I couldn't decide which ones I wanted so I bought the lot.

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They are not the most beautiful but they are unique.  They speak of where I live and everyone has it's own character.  I have started planting them out and each one is to be named.  I'm testing the names, they may change as I get used to them.

This is a mother and son pair and she looks a bit South American.  He is a Rafael, not sure about her yet, but it could be Carmen.

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A woman with presence.  Agatha?

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This is my sister and I.  One dark one fair. Carolyne and Glenyss.

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A husband and wife pair.  Brian and Margaret.

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That leaves just one. A mystery man.  I wonder who he is?

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Back in the swing of it.

Monday is baby sitting day with my grand daughters.  We are up before the larks to catch an early ferry and home as it gets dark.  That means that within a couple of weeks we will be up before the sun and home well after it is set.  But these days are going to rush by.  Childhood doesn't last very long.  We have to take advantage of every moment.

The little one, Jamine is only 4 years old and started prep this year.  (She looks so like my husband and her father.)

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When I woke her this morning I found some of her treasured toys all in bed with her.  Two dinosaurs and Peter Rabbit.  Love her little heart.

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Pinching things

My daughter came home from her trip to New Zealand and I was so pleased to see her.  It was her birthday and she had invited us to the Bowls Club but I was ill again so her father had to go for both of us.  This is the first time I have ever missed a celebration like this.  So to make amends I decided to steal some of her wonderful photos that she has taken.  (They need watermarks Laura.)

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My tramping days are over and I look at her photos and remember her rushing ahead of us when we walked in the mountians.  She was a young teenager and I was a worried mother but I knew I had to let her do it.

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She took up photography last year and has been taking some lovely photos.  I would still like to be able to go tramping with her but know that she is loving every minute of it as I used to.

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These photos are all so New Zealand.

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So that house is no longer overflowing with dogs.  She came and took Chester home and my son will come today to take his dog, Chopper, as well.  (I can hear my husband vacuming up the dog fur.)

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A year ago we visited Melbourne together.  I think I will have to come up with something for us both to do together this year.

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(Gee I look Like my sister!)





The end of Summer

I know that the cool weather is coming but gee I wish it would put on some speed.  Summer this year has been very hot and tiresome.  Up until this year I have been able to handle high temperatures.  I couldn't sew in them but I could work in the garden and handle a list of other activities.  This year I think I would have expired without the air-conditioning.  I have an auto- immune problem that has been with me all my life but as I get older it is getting more difficult to live with.  My body just can't regulate my temperature very well and I have had a couple of bouts of severe dehydration as a result.  It is getting so uncomfortable I think I might have to visit the Doctor.  I hate the Doctor, he always finds something else wrong.

But, on another note, I seem to be getting the hang of growing flowers in pots.

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And I am experimenting with plants along the side of the house.  The best one is the Rosemary, (my middle name).  I am so pleased that this is thriving in the poor soil and the SE winds that come off the water.  My middle name came from my father's great aunt, who he and my grandmother loved.  My grandmother always used to point out the plant in the garden and tell me it was for remembrance.  She said to me after my Mother died;

"when you crush it between your fingers, the memory of loved ones is carried on the fragrance.  They can always be  with you if you have some Rosemary in the garden."

The best ones were those I bought in the supermarket at $3 each the more expensive ones from the hardware shop at $8 each have all died bar one.

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I have a bundle of old pots that I brought from our old garden and it is time to start replanting.  I know I will lose some but as long as I don't lose more than I plant it will be fine.

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The world and travel

This is  going to be my travel year, or, I hope it is going to be my travel year.  With everything that is happening in the USA what the year will bring is very uncertain and I, like many others, watch unfolding events  there with dismay.  If sane heads prevail, my plans for the year are , Sydney in June to see my family, then onto Japan in August, followed by Huston USA in Oct./Nov for the International Quilt Festival.  Then on to Guatemala in South America.

You might ask why Guatemala?  Well friend Pam is taking a group there and I plan to join them.  I had been tossing the idea around for a while and then I received this wonderful gift from her.

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This is a 'Huipil ' which comes from Guatemala.  It is a vintage piece from the highlands around Lake Atitlan.  The Mayan women usually wear their traje (traditional dress), which consists of a huipol (blouse), corte, (skirt) and Faja (belt).  These designs date back to before the Spanish Invasion.  in the 1600's.

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I am surprised by just how heavy the fabric is. The blouse is made of two pieces of fabric, woven on a back strap loom and then joined with embroidery across the centre to achieve the width needed to make a garment.

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 The embroidery design in then transferred onto the fabric and stitched.

Back of stitching.  You can see how the neck has been scalloped and then faced.

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Front of stitching.

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Close up of stitching.

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I love this piece and would also like to buy one with the bird embroidery on it.

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You can see lots of other examples here.