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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?


An island south of us is on fire.  Russell Island have been issued with a 'watch and act alert' warning and parts of the island have warnings to evacuate.  It is a bit difficult to get off the island if you don't own your own boat.

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Those islands are a lot bigger than ours and have quite a larger population of people and wildlife. We can see the helicopters flying over to water bomb the fire.

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It was only a week ago that I saw a large fire on Macleay Island, which is the island closest to us.  The problem is that if the wind is blowing towards us embers may ignite the bush.  Luckily the wind is in the opposite direction at the moment.

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I went looking for our Disaster Plan but can't get it to open on the net.  That is something I must follow up.  When we lived in the Northern Territory we were very aware of the Cyclone Disaster Plans and had to use them a couple of times.  I hope not too many houses are lost down on Russell.


The surf canival

Well actually we don't have any surf here.  That is all out on the other side of Stradbroke Island.  But we do have a surf club for the kids.  It is a safe sheltered place for them to learn the basics of the surf skills they will need when they go out to the real surf. 

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This weekend we had our carnival.  The kids range in age from 4 or 5 up to 13 years of age.

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There were competitions for swimming and board paddling, all not to far from shore and with plenty of adults for supervision.

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The race I like watching the most with the kids is the sand running.  They all have to start laying flat on the sand.

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Then it is up and off to get the limited number of pegs at the end of the course.

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This continues until there is only one peg left.

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Great fun and very good exercise.  Running on soft sand isn't easy.  It wasn't too hot and this was followed by a BBQ under the trees.

My nephews girls belong to a Surf Life Saving nippers and they love every minute of their time their also. It introduces kids to community service whilst they learn skills and share the companionship of other children. 

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At the moment we are inundated with butterflies.  Everywhere you look they are fluttering. 

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They fly around on their own or in little groups and seem to be most active in the morning or early evening.  But I have been sitting in my lounge chair with my head against the back of the chair looking out the window and watching, mesmerized .

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I looked up the Queensland Museum website to see if I could find out any information about them and it appears that they are going to all fly out to sea a they are migratory butterflies.  They are called 'Caper White - Belenois java' and breed on the Mock Orange tree.  There are so many of them that the birds have given up eating them.  I keep thinking that if they lay eggs before they go we are going to be overrun with grubs.




One day it is cold, the next hot.  It is dry and you have to keep watering the lawn or it turns yellow and dies.  But everywhere I look there are flowers, new bird chicks and butterflies.  Perfume rises from the flowers filling the air.  It must be spring.

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