Sunday, March 26, 2023

Catching up again

Some finishes have happened recently, labels are being sewn on, that is a good feeling 😁
I was given this quilt to finish off, 8t is nor finished, quilted, bound and labelled, it will go to Oncology.
this quilt was made by Heather, at Bellarine Quilters, quilted and finished off by me, it is also going to Oncology.
this is a little cot quilt, I was asked to make it for a soon to be new Mum. Quilted by Joan and finished off by me this weekend.
Thought Bubbles is nearly finished, just needs the label sewn on. Lots of hand sewing in this one. It will hang in Finns room.
and here is Finn, happily playing
we had the fur grand babies here today
they enjoy running in the back yard and relaxing inside.
Finn sleeping under the blanket his proud grandmother made 😁
and the label is being sewn onto the hearts quilt, Joan quilted it for me this week, the binding has gone on today and now the label. Very happy some finishes are getting done. This is also going to Oncology.

Right I had better go and finish that label.
Happy stitching.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

last day in Tassie

We stayed our last night in the Tamar Valley in a really nice hotel, our cabin booking at Swansea was mucked up and we had to leave quickly. Nearly every bit of accommodation in Launceston was booked, so we were lucky to get this room. They also had a great restaurant and we had dinner there. The football started Thursday evening 🙄 so I got a lot of stitching done.
the view from our room
sloe gin for me, special treat! 
Friday we headed off to visit a penpal in Longford,  we had a great cuppa and catch up before Kath had to go back to work.
We did an Adventure Lab in Longford based on the historic buildings
horse trough, fancy isn't it?
lots of amazing historic buildings all beautifully looked after.
From there we went to Deloraine for another Adventure Lab, this one was along the river, where sculptures were placed. There were also little animal sculptures around the park.
How cute is that?
not a sculpture  there were several of these by the side of the rivet
this gave me a 😃 
one question  here was if a man has a glass of milk with a shot of rum in it, what is he doing? The answer was on the metal strip, he was going out to look for cattle strays. The things I learn!!!
We got to Devonport very very early, we thought the ferry left at 7.30 but the proper time was 9.30. 
All along the foreshore at Devonport are geocaches, placed for people who have time to fill while waiting for the ferry. David has a sleep in theear and I wandered off. It was very windy, I found the first cache but had no luck with next three.   David came and found me two hours later, just before the battery on my phone died. I left the charging cable behind at the hotel. Not the best!
Launceston beach front.
We sat in the car  waiting to get onto the ferry for the best part of 4 hours, lots of stitching happened on tea and toast. The ferry was running late,  we finally left about 10pm, we pretty much went to bed in our cabin. 
We got into Geelong about 8.30 this morning and we're home by 10am. We are a bit tired today but had a great time.
Off to my bed soon
happy stitching.

Sunday, March 12, 2023


Yesterday we drove up the coast to Bicheno, it was very busy, lots of people enjoying the beach, the life saving club was having a competition day
there is a lot of granite rock here and sparkly quartz
and red lichen
we walked along a path that was called something like the Whale trail, but then we were told you only see the whales in September 😒 dolphins had been spotted earlier in the day, but we didn't see them either. 
We followed a sign that the Lobster Shack to get some lunch
the seafood on offer was amazing
David got a crayfish roll and I had the chips that came with it
roll has gone and was enjoyed!! The shack was over the road from the sea, built into a cliff, they had outdoor tables on the deck, it was very busy. The view to the water was stunning.
I went to look at the blowhole but couldn't catch a good photo with the phone
the blowhoke was just to the left of the big rock
from there we drove into the Freycinet park to go to Wine Glass Bay, not realising it was one and a half hours hike from the carport and a $20 something fee to entertaining the park. So we drove back to Coles Bay and had a look there
you can go on a boat trip to Wine Glass Bay from here.
Back in Swansea I went for a walk to the PO and then back around the Bluff.
this house had a peppercorn tree and a fig tree in the front yard
meal deals at the Horny Cray takeaway
back around the Bluff.
quilting continued on Thought bubbles in the evening.
Happy stitching.

Saturday, March 11, 2023


Yesterday we had a quietish day at Swansea, I went for a bike ride in the morning and did an Adventure Lab,  there are some wonderful old buildings here
this is a B& B I think
a nice view to the beach
now part of the IGA supermarket
now the museum
Anglican Church 
the back of a house
Once back at the cabin I decided to go for a walk around  the Bluff
along this track
Mutton birds are supposed to be still in residence,  apparently they smell really fishy, but I didn't hear or smell anything just saw their burrows
some part hidden , some quite obvious. 
The track went around the edge of the golf course, this sign made me laugh
someone is very clever!!
Then I wandered out to the boat ramp, had a chat to a couple from Hobart and saw these lillies
there were heaps of them growing wild here.
I passed this tree at the edge of the cemetery,  there were parrots and other birds in it feeding on the flowers.
We spent a couple of hours by the water with David trying to teach me watercolour painting- now there is a challenge!! We had a relaxing afternoon. Lets see what tomorrow brings.
Happy stitching.