Some odds and ends from the past few weeks.

I didn't post most of the images from my trip to Toowoomba for the flower festival and some of them were interesting.  Like the number of the platform at the Railway Museum.  Even Muggles could see this one.  (This was from my second visit, my husband was miffed that I hadn't taken him so I had to do the trip again.)

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There was also our breakfast stop at the Picnic Point Lookout and the surrounding gardens.


It was a very hazy day.


And all the tables in the park were taken with people who had brought their own breakfast.

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I realised that I had never seen 'Xanthorrhoea plants" in flower before.  There are just there in the bush.

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But on this day they were in full bloom and the parrots were feasting.  I am told they are rich in nectar.

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There were lots of tulips at this years display.

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I always look out for that one flower that comes up as a mixture of the two colours.  And there it was.

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They also had a display of vintage cars and the wonderful old bus was back working again.

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After our breakfast we headed up to Laurel Bank Park to have morning tea at the Croquet Club.  Being that time of year there were warning signs all over the place.

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But the morning tea was wonderful and there were very few spare tables.  They had even put out plastic sets of chairs and tables for the extra customers.

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All the old wooden sets were quickly filled.  (It rather looks like a scene from an Agatha Christie Movie!)

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There was a new recipe for the scone but they were still good and there were proper china cups and plates.  The only plastic was for the jam and cream.

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And every table had that vase of flowers.

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The park was full of children, on school holidays, and visitors and music and flowers.  The bees were very happy.

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Again, there were lots of tulips.

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And native flowers as well.

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Every older woman had an ipad and a pleased smile on their face.

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But the prize for best dressed had to go to this dog.

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What a lovely way to welcome spring.






My stress levels are through the roof.  The only way to deal with this is put on my headphones, get some cross stitch project and stitch.  So I have been doing more of that than working on class samples.  These will be pin cushions for the Guild Xmas sale table.  I am stitching them in wool thread from "Modern Folk Embroidery".  Just heaven to stitch with and his charts are so easy to read.

But just now the stress levels have dropped a bit.  I just got an Email to say although some of my paperwork has not arrived they will print it out when I arrive in the USA.  Now I just have to return the beds I bought that came in King size not Queen and are now reduced by $150 each.  I think I will put the headphones on again and stitch.

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I must say I have been having fun with some of these drawings.  Not sure how they will translate into stitches though.

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Quilt Show - 2

This is another quilt I liked from the show.  It is reminiscent of Sue Sprago and was developed out of a workshop with Wendy Williams by the maker.  I think this was the original quilt.

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And this is the one in the show.

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There is so much detail here when you look into it and lots of embroidery.  Some of the stitches used are quite novel and I have made a note for future use. For example, this tree.

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And this one also.

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This combination of felt and embroidery.

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The flowers.

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and this great basket of flowers.

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Lots of ideas here.



Time to panic

I had a lovely few days away.  The weather was cool and the company good. The mornings were foggy,

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and the clouds as they rose over the escarpment, memorable.

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In the evenings the skys were the most amazing colours as the sun set over the western downs.

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 I was introduced to another woman who is travelling to Houston for the festival and she said,

"Oh yes, I leave in under two weeks".

  I thought,

"She must be going early." 

Now I have looked at the calendar, it is less than 2 weeks before I leave.   It is all shaping up to be a disaster.  My paper work and tickets have been sent to Boston for Guatamala, (I live in Australia.)   No paper work has arrived for my classes at the festival.  I have an email confirmation which says I have to have the paper work for the classes, the email is not good enough.  But they have deducted the payment for the classes from my account so I am hopeful that this might still work out.  I think I need to make some international phone calls and I am not good on the telephone because I have a hearing problem.  I must transfer money into another account just in case the other credit cards don't work.  (My husband has given me another 3 credit cards on top of the 3 I already have.) Stress, Stress, Stress.

 I need to get the samples finished for next years classes and they are not going well.  The drawing are great, the stitching isn't bad but I have chosen the wrong colours for one piece and will have to start again.  That is the one that needs to be finished in the next couple of weeks.

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 The furniture is still being delivered for the city town house and I need to buy a dining room set and my daughter keeps suggesting very expensive ones.  The washing machine has just broken down and as I have had it for some time I think we will have to get a new one.  No one delivers to the island so that means carriers and stress.

 On the upside I do have a new suitcase and I have got all my clothes organised.  I have cleaned out my wardrobe and the back of my car is loaded with donations for the charity bin.  My new ipad is packed ready and my camera is working well.  (Got to find that passport.)

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I finish a dummy run on the crocheted bunny, very cute.

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Look at that fat tummy, and I love the tail.

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(I still need to make clothes for the girls bunnies.)  I used left over yarn from the shawl.  Lots of adjustments to make and the next ones will be white rabbits.  Of course the only crochet hook I don't have is a size 3, the one I need for this wool.

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I think it is time to make lists and start to find some control in all this mess.



I got the crocheting of this shawl finished before I left for Toowoomba.  Still needs to be blocked and it is so big.  I never normally work in 8ply it is just too bulky for me.  But as this is going to my niece, who lives where it can snow, I think it should suit her.  Although I have told her if she doesn't like it give it to "knitting for the needy".

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I changed the border pattern by adding an extra shell edge with picots at the centre of each one.  I will have to pin that out carefully when blocking.  I was going to make this again in cotton but I think I will stick to the animals until next year.  I have some yarn left over so I might see how one of the animals would go?  The yarn does have acrylic in it so it might be good for that.