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Well I got through the first procedure without too much trouble, still 3 more to go.  The next one is a couple of weeks away and my eyes need to rest until then.  I thought I would knit but even that caused me trouble and I ended up with blurred vision so I took a walk.  The weather is fine with a real chill in the air.  You have to rug up if you go to the mainland on the barge.  There is no protection from the wind and weather so one feels like an icey pole when you get to the other side.

But on the island the weather is beautiful, as long as you can get out of the wind.  It is very dry and the skys are clear. It shines through the trees in the middle of the day making the trees throw great shadows.

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When it is shining directly overhead you can see all the spiderwebs that have been flung up in the trees.

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Some of them are very impressive. 

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There are lots of bugs around at the moment because some of the trees are in full bloom and they swarm around the flowers.  Then the birds come in to get the bugs.  Which is great, as long as they are not interested in biting me!  My neighbour, in the house behind, is an elderly gentleman and I wish he would have some of his trees trimmed back.  My garden isn't getting much sun at the moment.  I walked around to have a word with him but found that he is having a stint in hospital.  His garden is invading his lawn and the lawn needs some work along with the trees.  He lives alone so I know these things will not be easy for him.

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He does have a beautiful bouganvilla growing, which is also getting out of control.  But the variagated leaves really set off the colours of those flowers.

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I do like this cooler weather.


Beautiful Weather

I do like it when the days are not so hot.  It has been a long hot summer and then we had a cyclone to finish it off.  Now the island is awash with flowers.  That doesn't sound right, flowers are for spring and summer.  Summer saw most of the flowers burnt away but this Autumn all the flowers have exploded.

The boganvillia is spectacular.  It has got up high into the trees and over the balconies and the colours seem extra intense.

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Some people even have rose gardens blooming.

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The camellias are now putting on a great show.

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And in my own garden the Azalia flowers are covering the bushes.

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The pots have put out another flush of flowers.

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And I still have extras to fill vases throughout the house.

Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 9.14.43 pmEverywhere you walk gardens have flowers.

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And that is just what people have in their gardens.  The bush has also flowered.  Some shrubs have escaped into the bush and bright bursts of yellow are everywhere.

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Plus the dreaded Lantana.  I can always smell it long before I see it.

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The pinks and reds of the bottle brush is a magnet for bees and butterflys.

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Then there are the flowering gums.  The flowers always remind me of ballet dancers in TuTu's.  Even their leaves are interesting.

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The parrots are all yelling to each other "it's mine".

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And this lot will eventually join last years seed pods.

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There are also several varieties of Banksia in bloom as well.

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The back of the leaves would make great prints.

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The bush grasses grow high.

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The ferns are green and dense.

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And the sun sparkles on the water.

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What a great time of year.






Update on ANZAC Day

It wasn't one of the grand ceremonies that you see in the cities.  It was just a simple service down near the beach.  There was some seating but most people just stood  under the trees through the whole service.

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This year some of our younger residents decided that our ANZAC nurses needed to be honoured, so they put together a small piece in which they dressed in period costume and read from the diaries of some of those nurses who were at Anzac Cove.  I hadn't realised that there was only one hospital boat.  Those poor young women, the carnage that they saw.  They had so many wounded that they had to leave soldiers to die on the beaches.

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One nurse managed to get her diaries home and have them published against all odds so that the public would know what was actually happening.

There were also readings from the letters of one of the stretcher bearers.

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And then there was the story of Simpson and his donkey, starring Lollipop.

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She was a very reluctant star and it took some pulling and coaxing to get her down there.

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Yesterday she was washed and groomed and a poppy put behind her ear.

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When it came to her big moment she was a star.

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And then she stood quietly till the end of the service when the Last Post was played.

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Yesterday I bought some flowers to lay in memory of my father.  Both of my little grand daughters wanted to carry them and would have liked to have been here today to put them on the memorial.

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Their great grand father would have liked that.  He always felt that serving in WW2 was the most important thing he had done in his whole life.

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Lest we forget.


After the storm

There is still a very strong wind blowing here and I am being careful just what trees I am walking under.  Things seem to be falling from the sky all the time.  The other disturbing thing is that many large fish are drowning.  That sounds stupid but the amount of soil being washed down the rivers is so thick in the water that the fish are drowning.  We are taking bets between each other about how long it will be before the water is clear again.  My husband has his money on August I think May but if we have another big storm it could be even longer.  Still, it is school holidays and there are lots of people out fishing.  I don't think they are catching anything.

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The electricity suppliers sent their trucks over to the island this week to clear trees  away from the power lines.  After the storm.  Would have been better before the storm I think.  Anyway, it was interesting to watch them get that long arm up into the trees.  Some of the trees are just way too tall and my heart was in my mouth a few times as that rotary saw spun near the power lines.

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Looking up, lovely blue sky, through the trees, brown sea.  There is some interesting moulds grown on the tree bark as well.

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Going over to the mainland I noticed that the channel markers don't mark the channels any more.  Oh boy, that is going to be a big job for someone.  All the maps are going to have to be re-drawn.


Out with the Old - In with the New.

I don't know about you but I have a variety of containers on my desks to hold stuff.  Tins, glass jars  holders from desk sets.

The middle desk

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It wasn't until I started to photograph these that I realised how much stuff I have around the place.

The computer desk

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The cutting table.

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What I had been looking at was the end desk where I sit and embroider and do my hand drawing.  Here I have been using the plastic water containers I use when doing water colours.

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Everytime I want to paint I have to put this stuff somewhere else and I loose it.  So, I decided I needed a new container.  Something that spoke of where I live and I found it in a hand woven basket by Jackie Cresswell.

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I often run into Jackie out in the bush.  She goes into places I wouldn't go to collect her vines for weaving.  I'm too afraid I will run into a snake. 

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So now I have a new container.  I really must look at rationalizing all the others.


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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I am stitching but I just can't show anyone what I am doing at the moment.  Secrets, secrets.

But I am doing other things.  I went to a book launch in which I am one of 50 women featured in the book.  That was exciting.

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I also attended An International Women's Day event, where some one questioned the day's relevancy.  That had be be spoken to and now I have quite a sore throat.

A magpie also turned up and started singing "where is my coffee?"

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I hadn't realised how loud that bird song would be in an enclosed space.  He certainly got everybody's attention. It has been very windy here with a 30 knot wind blowing in.  And during this time the raggy lillys have bloomed. I don't know their botanical name but they are a bit more ragged after the wind.

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I have been trying to work out how they could be stitched.  Not easily me thinks.  I think I need to go back and get some more close ups of them.







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A month before Xmas I planted out some pots with the aim of having flowers to display when I had everyone staying.  They grew nice and green but no flowers.  I also planted some herbs which looked as though they had turned up their toes.  I quite despaired of them.  Then I had to clean the path so I moved them onto the back downstairs patio and put them on top of up turned pots.  Guess what.


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I might have to thin out this pot.

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  I am going to re name these herbs Lazarus.

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My gardening skills are very hit or miss.


Thank goodness for the aircon!

It is very hot and humid here.  The humidity is so thick it makes me feel sick on the stomach.  Thank goodness for the air- conditioning. 

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My husband soldiers on but the dogs have all moved into my sewing room with me!

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I have been stitching away every spare minute I get but I don't seem to make much progress.  I am bevering away at teaching samples but I keep getting all these other ideas that keep saying "stitch me, stitch me."  Then there are the pieces that I have half finished but am not pleased with. I can't just nick out to the shops to get some more fabric, that requires a full days planning for the travel but I have in my mind what I want.  I know the shop to go to but will I be able to park the car?

But looking at the pieces again I think that the 'busy' fabrics I used are the problem.

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The ones that I used Toiles in don't look too bad.

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Where is that quic-unpick?