Friday, July 22, 2016

holiday time

 I have been sewing.... here's another splendid block.  I'm hoping that I might actually do abit more sewing and maybe take some photos and post a few things here in the next 3 weeks as I am on annual leave YAY!
 Last Saturday the fisherman/mamil did an epic ride.... he rode 200km  yes you read correctly he did 200km.  It took him a very respectable 10.5hrs of riding time.. he rode up to Yea and then back down through Broadford and back home.  I'm very proud of his achievements as a cyclist, we are now both working our way forward to our next big rides later in the year for around the bay in a day.  He is going to do the 250km and I'm doing the 160km to Rosebud and return.
Here's my newest socks from Italy!  the Froglet brought them home for me. We are going up to Brisvegas in a few weeks to set up the apartment for when her soldier boy returns home in a few weeks time.

The noisy one is on her first placement in aged care, she seems to be enjoying doing 'nursing' rather than reading about it.

I'm also about to join the 50 club!  eekkkkk.  

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sewing some blocks

 I have been sewing in between my riding!  I'm doing the splendid sampler.... I wasn't going to as I really don't need another project but after looking at other peoples blocks and seeing colours I saw a chance to use my black and white collection.... I have also thrown in some colour.  I made a mistake on the above block... thus a few extra flying geese.
 This is the quilt shop.... have to do some embroidery.
 And the friendship block.  I haven't tackled the paper piecing yet....
 Now I didn't do this event.... this is called cyclocross.  For those who don't know what it is, its basically cross country on a bike!  you get to have fun in the mud and tackle obstacles and a massive hill.
 A few people I know did the course and made it look really easy, but I know its not.
 It was mothers day a few weeks back... the noisy one made me some yummy pancakes for my dinner.  I also got some beautiful flowers from the froglet, who is in Italy at the moment with her soldier boy.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

riding, sewing and a long weekend

 been awhile!  Ive been busy riding.  Did Lake Mountain 113km ride about a month ago.  Rode around King Lake a few weeks ago, was bit over 90km from memory... then last Sunday I took part in the first ever women's only ride.  We were blessed with excellent weather and had the most amazing route.  We rode from Wandin cherry farm through the 1 in 20  which is from the basin to Sassafrass... then through to Monbulk.... I rode past Mrs Martins!  I wanted to stop and take a photo but was on a time line!

I know that many locals were not happy about the event due to the road closures, I was very surprised at the amount of closures that we had (I was not upset personally, it was great having no cars up my butt).  The event went so well and we didn't want for anything,  we had challenging hills and the last 25kms were the hardest of the entire 100km event.

Tomorrow we are off to Euroa for ride the ranges..... my bestie and I did this last year, but only did the 85km route.... tomorrow we tackle the 130km... and we are taking with us another 8 people!!
 Sewing wise?  I have been doing the noisy ones best friends 18th quilt... she loves capt America so this is the back.  and theres the front below......
 I have also been doing the splendid sampler..... I am well behind in my blocks.... thought i would get some done today... nope.  Ended up going to a cat adoption day (oh my I nearly came home with 2 more beautiful kitties!) and then to westies to spend more of my money and not on me!
We are having a long weekend down under.  This is for our ANZAC day.  The froglet and I went to the spirit of ANZAC earlier in the year.  She is going to the dawn service at our nearby Army barracks on Monday as she has a pass to get into the base due to the boyfriend.

I usually ride and think about those who have served our country and those still protecting us.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

new projects

 so my vegie garden is growing.... and the fisherman is going to extend it!
 We have harvested all our lettuce and have planted some more.  along with leeks, cauliflower, broccoli and Asian greens. We actually have had to plant some of them in our regular garden beds!
 I have a new project.  The noisy ones bestie is turning 18.... what to give her?  A quilt of course!
 She loves captain America so she is getting that on the back... but she likes purples, greens and black.  I found this jelly roll when I was in Queensland it fit the bill perfectly.
 Lil decided to make herself at home on my material.... cats like doing that.
 So I sewed the strips together and then cut them as you do......
This gives you an idea of whats coming......  I hoping it looks as good as its supposed to!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

brisbane trip

 So another trip up north, this time to bring the froglet home for 6 months while solider boyfriend is in Kabul.
 I took some photos of the local plants and flowers.... some I know the names of... some I'm not sure.
 I love flowering gums.... such stunning flowers.
 I got some stitching happening on the balcony in the late afternoons while the light was good.
 This flower was amazing, so pretty and delicate... looks like a bottle brush.
I also finally went to this shop!  I realised it was on the way home from our trip to Mooloolbah so I plotted a detour.  The froglet is so good with my little detours, she finds a chair and sits and waits and comments on my finds.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Special birthday

Sorry for the sideways photo... but here is my last basket full of home grown lettuce and rocket... its been lovely having my own lettuce in my lunches, even the fisherman/mamil is happy to eat his rabbit food!
My mum turned 80 this week... we had a lovely high tea party for her yesterday and the cake was really yummy... came from Greensborough cake shop Pelligra.  Was a strawberry sponge as mum dislikes mud cake, so I wasn't about to buy her one of those!
Today I went out for a ride, went and did 3 repeats on this road in Whittlesea, just around the corner from where I had my accident.... after I did the repeats I turned left at the exact spot and about the same time I reckon.. 12 weeks to the day.  I survived.  I also had a bit of fun taking photos for a change!
This cannot be said for my hubbys inner tube..... we cruised down Plenty road together and all of a sudden he pulled over.... this little sucker was embedded in his rear tyre.  the little bit was just poking out of the tyre.... I tried to pull it out, ripping my nails to shreds... then he took it off and discovered the rest of this piece of nail hidden....  he is getting faster with his tube changing!

Friday, January 1, 2016

happy new year

My year started with an outing with my family and my besties family to a great venue!
                          this is actually a chocolate frog.... a very large one too!
We took a  visit to the yarra valley chocolatiere.  I went there last year on the last day of the great Vic bike ride and didn't eat as i was feeling a tad under the weather, so finally over a year later i got to return!
 these aren't books they are blocks of chocolate!!  such pretty wrappings... sure to tempt overseas visitors
 The froglet loved it all... specially all the chocolate frogs
 this was a salted caramel tart with vanilla bean iceceam and a pot of melted chocolate... I can highly recommend the icecreams!
 this was one of their icecream sundaes!!!  honeycomb... in the background I just noticed the fisherman's.... pavlova!!
 I got a bit spoilt this Christmas.... this is a small (hahaha) mug from the froglet... she saw it in London on her travels and said she had to buy it for me.  she broke her no breakable rule for her mummy :)
 This year I got a chook from mum for Christmas... Her 80th birthday is next week and we are having a party.... she has asked people not to give her gifts but to donate to the flying doctors instead.  so we will have envelopes from the flying doctors for ease of donating.