Friday, October 20, 2017

Warming Up

Week 21 looks a bit different:

I thought this might be my first week without aqua, but at the last minute (today) the temperature dropped back to winter again:

20/10/2017    13.3   aqua/teal
19/10/2017    22.5   yellow
18/10/2017    28.2   orange
17/10/2017    27.6   orange
16/10/2017    25.8   orange
15/10/2017    22.1   yellow
14/10/2017    15.9   green

Those warm days got things moving in the garden. Here's the first of the regular roses to open:
 Fragrant Plum.

Post linked to Sarah's Weekly Weather Report. This week there is a new participant, who has added her own terrific touches to the concept.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Edith Head in Bendigo

The Bendigo Art Gallery's latest exhibition is The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood.

I used my phone for photos inside the gallery, as photography is allowed but no flashes. My camera would not have been able to take shots like this:
Costumes worn by Dorothy Lamour (the tiny sarong), and Barbara Stanwyck (the black one and the white one). All those actresses seemed to have been very tiny - particularly around the waist!

As well as about 70 costumes (and not all of them are women's), there are photos and movie clips showing them being worn, sketches with fabric samples, an Oscar, and documentary films.

I was very interested in these items:
I had read that Edith Head had done some Vogue pattern designs, but I'd never seen any before.

Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt has a regular series of posts called "Seamstresses in Fine Art". I'm always amazed by her finds, as I don't remember ever seeing a painting in that category in a gallery. Until today! This painting is elsewhere in the Bendigo Gallery:
Amalie Colquhoun, Australia, 1894 - 1974. The Bridesmaid, c1942.
Not a great photograph of it, as it is very high up on the wall.

This wonderful shady flowering tree grabbed my attention:

The shade was inviting as it was 30 degrees in Bendigo - higher than expected, so I wasn't dressed for the weather. The tree is a horse chestnut. There are a couple of smaller ones in the adjoining park:
 Just gorgeous!
 And bees love them, too:

The Edith Head exhibition is on until January. Worth the trip if you are at all interested in movies or costumes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Not accurate colour, in reality it is a warmer purple.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stitching Stars

Back in September I started sewing these stars together:
I've worked on them at Sit & Sew days since them, including today. But if these stars are going to fill this hoop in time for our quilt show (4th and 5th November - only 2 and half weeks away), I better get stitching at home as well as at sewing days:

Linked to Sarah's Hexie Linky-Party, even though there are no hexagons in this project.

Monday, October 16, 2017


Here's one I missed when I was running round photographing flowers yesterday:
The lilac tree in the back yard.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Explosion of Flowers

Everywhere I look in the garden flowers are popping open!


Rugosa rose:
Other roses have buds forming, but I was surprised to find open flowers on this rugosa already.

Babiana in several colours:



Red hot poker:

Lewisia in various shades:

The very last of the daffodils and jonquils planted in the "lawn" are these double-somethings:

And here's a photo taken with my new phone, which uses very different proportions:
This is Hypocalymma angustifolia, a cute little native plant I bought at the Willows Quilt Show last October.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Week Twenty

Last week I mentioned that the 7-day forecast didn't include any aqua/teal days, but look what happened:
Three teal days!

13/10/2017   13.9    aqua/teal
12/10/2017   14.4    aqua/teal
11/10/2017   19.7    green
10/10/2017   18.9    green
9/10/2017     14.6    aqua/teal
8/10/2017     22.8    yellow
7/10/2017     19.8    green

Should I mention that the forecast for the coming week also includes no aqua/teal days? That in fact it has two green days and the rest yellow or orange?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cinema Discovery

I've been wanting to see the film Ali's Wedding, but the cinemas in Ballarat are not showing it. I was planning to trip to Melbourne until I became aware of this little cinema:
The Pivotonian in Geelong.

It's a lovely little cinema. The seats are comfy and have a huge amount of leg room. And the cinema seems to show the sort of film I like to watch. It reminds me of the Kino 30 years ago, or the Nova 25 years ago. I'm sure this won't be my last trip to the Pivotonian!

And another handy thing is that the cinema is literally around the corner from a fabric store - the Bellarine Sewing Centre.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Phone

I ordered myself a new phone a couple of weeks ago. My old one wasn't capable of running apps I need, such as the Vic Emergency app which notifies you of fires in your area. I thought the new one was coming from Melbourne, but apparently it had to travel a little further than that.  A couple of days after ordering the phone, I ordered a cover for it, which arrived 5 days ago. I've been checking the tracking details for the phone several times a day, but it hadn't moved anywhere since its initial despatch. Until today! When I got up this morning I checked the tracking again, and found that the phone was at my local post office, ready to collect.
Old (5.5 years) phone on the left, new phone and pretty cover on the right. Next step is to choose a carrier that actually has coverage at my place, so I can re-join the mobile world.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tiger Tulips

Another clump of tulips are looking gorgeous, and this batch seemingly predicted who would win the grand final this year:
 Yellow and black tulips. Although strictly speaking the black ones are more of a very dark purple:

Sunday, October 8, 2017


This weekend has been the Ballaarat Quilters' "Stay at Home" retreat. "Stay at Home" because it's not a sleep-over retreat, just all-day sewing sessions. This year there were no classes; the focus was completing items for our upcoming quilt show. I missed Saturday morning because of the trip to Mount Macedon, but yesterday afternoon I attended and did some hand stitching. Today I brought along my machine and my "What's in the Box" mystery quilt, and made and attached the binding:
I'm trying a new (to me) binding technique. I sewed ricrac braid down first, and once the binding is complete the ricrac will peep out from behind it.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Garden Lovers' Fair

Our destination is somewhere behind the dust cloud:
The parking area for visitors to the Mount Macedon Horticultural Society's annual fair. It is seven years since the last time I went to the fair, and in between it has changed venue. Now it is held at Bolobek, a historic property at Mount Macedon. And as an added bonus, visitors to the fair get to wander round the Bolobek gardens as well.

The gardens are very green and white:

And seem to go on forever:
Not the best time of year for the walled rose garden:
But the rhododendrons were beautiful:

Meanwhile, back at the fair:

There were all sorts of plants to buy, although no daylilies this time. (That's all I bought last time.) There were lots of peonies, but I don't need more of them at the moment. The only purchases were some dwarf bearded irises and a small selection of perennials. But the highlight of the day was the beautiful Bolobek gardens.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Third Row

Week nineteen completes the third row of my year quilt:

Although it is definitely spring, this week was still more than 50% aqua, the colour of most of my winter.

6/10/2017    14.0    aqua/teal
5/10/2017    16.7    green
4/10/2017    23.8    yellow
3/10/2017    21.2    yellow
2/10/2017    14.9    aqua/teal
1/10/2017    14.2    aqua/teal
30/09/2017  12.1    aqua/teal

However the forecast for the next week doesn't include any aqua/teal days. Maybe winter has gone away?

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Everywhere I look, spring is happening.

My Japanese maple leaves are popping out:

Apple blossom:
This one's a crab apple in the charbagh, but out in the orchard blossom is opening on the regular apples too.

Flower in the fish pond:
This plant was a bonus growing in a waterlily we bought last year. It is Aponogeton distachyos, or water hawthorn. And in the fishpond, there are some baby goldfish! Very hard to catch sight of them, much less photograph them. But it seems our goldfish are happy in their big pond.

My redbud buds are opening:
The flowers look like funny little animal faces.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hanging Pots

Planted up the rest of the hanging pots:
Two have trailing nasturtiums, as seen in the greenhouse last month when the seeds germinated. I've bravely put them outside now. In the other four pots I've planted petunias; two with Dichondra "Silver Falls", and two with a couple of trailing sedums (Cherry tart and Lime).