Flying geese with rabbits and ducks and kittens

I have managed to get a bit of quilting done recently and the quilt I made was a cot quilt.

I already had the fabric so it was good to make something useful with the pieces I had.

constructingThe wadding that is there is only so I could get the size correct.  It was wadding taken from an old shop bought quilt.  I bought new wadding for this quilt.

The finished result.  The quilt pattern is called Flying geese, for those of you not acquainted with quilting terminology.


Finishing off a few things

I have finally got around to making the bee to put on the tea cosy I made quite some time ago.

felted beeOn our return from Canberra we called in at Cooma and there was a delightful craft meeting place which I took the time to visit.  It was there that I got the idea to felt the bee as previously I was stumped as to how I was going to make it.

A project completed at last.beehive tea cosy


Finished but it wasn’t completed in time

I posted about how I had run out of wool for the baby shawl I was knitting for the arrival of our new grandchild. Well, as events turned out, the arrival of the baby was early and the arrival of the wool was late so the shawl wasn’t completed in time but it is now finished.

Shetland ring shawlI have it pinned out in the study and just waiting for it to dry.  Considering I had issues with the first few rounds I am rather pleased with the end result.  Any imperfections just add to its unique production! :-)

cobweb shawl

Jack Reacher is to blame.

Regular followers of my blog will have noticed that I haven’t posted any historical fiction for quite some time.  I think the last one was Miles off Course in early October. The reason for the lack of historical fiction is I have discovered Lee Child.  Yes, I realise he has been around for a while but I have only now started to read him.  I happened upon him as I read a post from Book Riot.  They were discussing heroes in movies that lived up to the hero in the book.  I had never heard of Jack Reacher and I liked the sound of the story.

So…..The first book I borrowed was the introduction to Jack Reacher,  Killing Floor.

The Killing Floor


Jack Reacher novels

This gives a list of the books in Chronological order.  I have raced through the first half dozen of these and am currently reading Nothing to Lose which is #12. This one is out of order as it was the only one available at the library at this time. Obviously I am hooked on the Jack Reacher series.

I have also been reading Lynda La Plante and have recently finished Bloodline and Blind Fury, both of which were terrific reads.

Lynda La Plante

As you can see there has been no time for historical fiction so I will need to remedy that in the near future as we are rapidly approaching the end of the year. I had planned to reach 50 but so far have read 28.  I don’t think I will reach fifty by the end of the year.


Gardening. . . .pass it on.

Gardening Bonavista TJust look at those industrious children.

I remember as a child enjoying the fruits of his labour.

blackcurrantsDelicious raspberries, blackcurrants, strawberries and apples. (Don’t know who my hairdresser was!)

The house next door played a part in our childhood and my siblings and I have many fond memories of the next door neighbours.  They also had a beautiful garden. This is the next door neighbours’ garden.

Mrs Afflecks

My dad was a very keen gardener and he obviously passed on to his children this love.  Our garden was a very productive one and when we moved to a larger house it also had enough land for him to have a “decorative front garden” as well as the productive garden out the back. The garden was in total neglect when we moved and I remember the hard work involved in turning the garden into the garden that he wanted.

Our children are all very keen gardeners and it is a delight to see them passing this love of gardening on to their children.