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April 2016

No posts for a few days

Those builders are now up to finishing the new wooden floors.  That means I will have no access to the computer for a few days.  I am sensitive to chemical smells and the coating of the floors is going to mean that I have to stay away anyway.  So, I have decided to accept an invitation from my friend Angela to stay with her at Toowoomba for a few days.  What do we have planed?  Why, patchwork, sewing, embroidery.  I hope to have that quilt for Jasmine well on the way by the time I head back to the island.

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The full moon

It is a sad day today as we will attend the funeral of my husband's cousin Margaret.  I always value the way she and her husband Brian welcomed me into the family and made the connections for my husband to become part of the family he didn't know as a child and young man.

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At her passing there was a beautiful new moon and I have tried numerous times to take a photo of the full moon.  I have used a click and shoot, my big Canon camera and numerous shots on phones.  But this one on my Apple S6 is the best so far. I will think of friends past every time the moon is full.


The early morning saw lines of torches lighting the way down to the beach where our little island gathers for our ANZAC Day ceremony.  We only have a few street lights on the streets but down near the jetty and it was bright and the morning was cool and dark.

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There were big ceremonies in the cities and regional towns where people marched and bands played.  We had a troop of sea cadets but the ceremony was non the less impressive for being small.

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I forgot to put my glasses on and stumbled over a rock grazing my knee and was so grateful to land in soft sand.  After picking myself up I found a place near the front and the familiar service began.  We listened to the words of the service as the sky gradually grew lighter as it must have done at ANZAC cove.

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And as the first light broke around us the Kookaburras heralded the rising sun.  Then the sea eagles swept down on the beach to begin their morning hunt.  It was really quite a large crowd for a dawn service.  It was so dark (and I hadn't worn my glasses) I hadn't realised how many people were there.   There was another service to be held at 10am and there would be a lot more people attending then.

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Monique had come home from school on Friday very impressed by her first ceremony they had at school.  I must say that all the ANZAC Day ceremonies I attended when I was teaching full time were very moving.  Now my little ones will carry on that tradition.  My Dad would be pleased by that.

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James Douglass Floyd RAAF WW11

Jasmine and me

Well the day went well.  I had to get up early to catch the 6am ferry so I would get there in time for my daughter-in-law to get to work on time.  Monique went off to school and Jasmine ate part of her Nutella sandwich.  Then we headed off back to the shopping centre near my home, (30 mins away) so that I could complete me shopping.  We saw grandpa, but it didn't look like grandpa because he had on an orange safety vest so we weren't really sure it was him!   Then as we went around the aisles Jasmine needed to buy all these things that they didn't have at her house.  Like apples, pears, biscuits, chips etc and all the stuff we needed to make biscuits.  We made a  stop to have morning tea and a cuddle. 

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Then it was back home in time for lunch only to find the Charlie was limping badly.  I'm still not quite sure what she did to herself but walking for any distance was impossible.  After we watched one of the new videos we made our biscuits.  To watch the video we had to ring Daddy at work to get instructions on how to get the video player to work, it was through the Xbox.  I would never have thought of that.

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Jasmine thought it would be a good idea if I finished the biscuits and she watched the 2nd video.  I just got everything cleaned up when Monique and Mummy came home.  I said goodbye, put Charlie in the car and headed home.  When we got to where I park the car I found that Charlie still couldn't walk.  I had to improvise to make a carry bag out of my shopping trolley to get her down to the barge where she attracted a lot of attention.  Pulling all 13 kilos home up the hill gave me a workout and then she thought she might like to stay in the bag for a while.  It was an eventful day.

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Grandma Duty

Jasmine is sick so I have been called in to do 'grandma duty'.  Jasmine, in her best sick voice, has asked that we go shopping, make gingerbread biscuits, do some painting, take the dog to the park and then go and pick up Monique. Well she does have Grandma to herself so being sick shouldn't get in the way of having a good time.  Oh, and how do you like my new hair style and my new toothbrush Grandma?

Gosh, she's like her father.


I just can't settle to doing any work

All this moving around has really unsettled me.  I can't stitch although I have tried to do some work on Jasmine's 'Peter Rabbit Quilt".  I have only got as far as cutting up the panel and deciding that I need more fabric.  I found a pattern that uses the same patterned fabric that I am using but it is only a cot sized quilt.

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And I know that 'Lellow' is her favourite colour.  I might have to do something about making the borders wider.

Problem is that I have cut up the panel into blocks of 4 images and I think I should have left the panel in one piece.  Why is everything so complicated?


A great big nothing this week.  Moving houses and taking My husband to the Doctors seem to have filled the whole week.  I didn't even do any shopping!

I promise to be better next week.  I did think about doing some work and here were some of my inspiration.





Maybe some time in the future.


An Indian Summer

We are having an Indian Summer here. There is definitely a change in the temperature. Most noticeable in the morning and evenings, but the days are hot with temperatures around the 30 degree C mark. This last 2 weeks past have been school holidays. The ferries have been packed with day trippers and there are a lot more yachts moored off the front beach.

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We decided to take a drive on the mainland from where the ferry docks at Victoria Pt. down to the slipway at Redland Bay. We had heard that there was a cafe there and sure enough above an old boat house there it was.

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image from Peicans Slipway Cafe

When we climbed the stairs we found that it had quite a view over the small harbour.

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The big ferries from the southern bay islands dock here along with the barges.

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This is where the police have their dock as well. The cafe is called Pelicans Slipway Cafe and as we sat there the pelicans flew in and out in a steady stream.  (The land on the horizon is our island.)

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This site sits at the entrance to the everglades that are situated at the bottom of the bay before you come to the Gold Coast which is a bustling metropolis. There were many recreational fishing boats in the main channel and all seemed to be catching fish.

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There were also a stream of commercial boats using the harbour as well.

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It was rather sad to sit there and realise that I was looking at the end of a way of life for a lot of people. Since we first discovered our island 30 years ago we have seen houses taking over the mainland shore. Now it is almost wall to wall houses all the way from Brisbane to Redland Bay. The next big developments are planned from Redland Bay down to the Gold Coast. This is rich farming land that is being covered with houses. This is going to effect those small scale fishermen who make their living in the everglades by catching mud crabs and some fishing.

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One hundred years ago the main industry was oyster farming but all that was wiped out when a ship carrying munitions ran aground on Stradbroke Island. It wasn’t safe to move them so they blew them up and as a result the pacific ocean broke through making 2 islands. This changed the water flow around the bay, killing all the oysters. ( You can read the full story here.)

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images Gold Coast History

As we sat having our lunch we watched the fishermen, who normally work alone, bring their boats in. The boats are wider and more shallow in comparison to other boats in the area and they have very big powerful outboard motors.

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The men would drive them into the ramp and have the motor ticking over to keep the boat in place whilst they went and got the car (usually a big pick up) and trailer. This was backed into the water, handbrake on, back to the boat that they drove straight up onto the trailer.


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So efficient. Not like those weekend boatie's who really don’t know what they are doing.  It will be sad to see all this pass.  When we get settled in our house I want to get a small boat with a motor and really explore all the waterways.  I can't get in there with a sailing boat and the distances are too great for a kayak.  This is a fascinating area to explore.


A touch of comfort

I have spent a weekend in my own home.  I have been able to sit in comfortable chairs and sleep in my own bed.  It has been cool enough to put a quilt on the bed because the breeze off the water has brought the temperature down.  Best of all I have had internet access and not had to rely on my phone, which kept cutting in and out, or have to walk to the coffee shop. The downside has been living in a building site.  The dust and dirt drives my mad.  It is going to take some time to get the house in shape when I move back.

Having the internet has given me the chance to look for new quilt patterns.  My grand daughter Jasmine has a birthday in May and as I made her sister a quilt she won't let me forget that she needs one as well.  I'm still looking for that one.  But in my searching I came across a website, Block crazy, that has a collection of quilt blocks.  It has some free patterns but you have to pay $25 for access to the whole 550 blocks.

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Now I don't need 550 blocks, I have books full of block patterns and I own a copy of EQ quilter but looking through the other patterns for sale I found a set of Dinasour patterns.  I could make them myself but for $6 I could save myself the trouble.  It was just too tempting, they are mine.

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Now, the grand nephew I want to make this for has an elder brother and sister. I made quilts for all of them when they were babies but the eldest is now 11 y.o.  I had better keep looking for a couple of other patterns.  Oh dear, then there are all the grad nieces as well, that will make 6 quilts in all.  And this all started when I went looking for 1 quilt for Jasmine.

On the move again

We have to move house again today.  Our land lady forgot just when she had let our house for the weekend and it is this weekend.  So everything had to be moved into our unfinished home.  I have spent a couple of hours just cleaning the kitchen sink and benches so that we can have breakfast.  I have to return to the cow house to clean out the fridges and mop the floors this morning.  I am praying that the builders do not work this weekend.  As it is I will have to sit in the coffee shop for most of the day after cleaning the cow house.  But now the builders have arrived and said that they are going to be mostly working outside and as it is Friday they will finish early and I can stay here in the quiet.

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I remember reading in a Jan Austen book somewhere, I can't remember which book, but she said,

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." 

How true.

Talking about books I have just finished 'The all Souls" trilogy by Deborah Harkness .  They weren't very good but I couldn't put them down.  I would class this as light holiday reading. 

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She is actually an academic so I am looking forward to reading some of her non fiction.   This is about Elizabethian London and the scientific revolution.  I intend to sit in a shady spot and relax.

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