Around here….

~ This week started with some truly lovely Spring days. I was beginning to think we were doomed to have grey skies for the rest of the year. Sunday was just perfect; blue skies, loads of sunshine, warm but with a gentle, cooling breeze. After lunch I took myself out to the deck with a cool drink, my hat and a load of books from some of my favourite quilting people, including lots of Kaffe books.

Cecile and Corrine have announced the theme for their 2021 QAL which is “Curves” and I was looking for a little inspiration. I think I’ve decided what to do and spent the rest of that afternoon buzzing around drafting up a block, sourcing bits and pieces from my template drawers and drawing up a rough quilt……..we shall see in January whether it comes about or if I change my mind between now and then!

~ Over the weekend I started appliqueing the first round of Judy’s BOM, managing to bend a needle in the process! Thank goodness I had more in the packet tucked neatly away in the beautiful hexagon bag that Maree gave me.

~ Monday was another stunning day and I took my walk in the park reveling in the sunshine, and being “in the the bush”. It’s so refreshing for my soul to be out amongst the trees and shrubs. There were not too many other people either, so I felt I was almost on my own. I’m walking twice around the park path now and coping better with the uphill slog home.

The moon was still up, just a half moon, and I caught this pic of it

~ I rounded up some leftovers in the fridge, picked a few herbs from the pots on the deck and made a frittata for lunch. So delicious and healthy too.

~ Yesterday was hot! Bit of a shock to the system when, just a few days ago we had the heater on, to needing a fan and even the cooler. MyWalkingFriend and I just couldn’t sustain the pace and our walk was very slow. Arriving home I noticed the Blueberry
Ash had suddenly flowered. Truly, it seemed to go from just leaves to full bloom! I do wonder if the hit of heat helped.

The flowers are so tiny, but oh so delicate and pretty

~ Today’s walk was also a slow one after a very warm night – it was 24C when I got up at 7.00am! I plodded slowly around the neighbourhood and managed just over 8,000 steps; couldn’t face a park walk today after such an awful night. The bees were very busy in amongst our geranium this morning

Can you see them? Their heads are buried deep into the flowers

~ After such a hot and unsettling night I decided fresh sheets were the answer and a change – finally – from winter woolen blankets to the summer cotton blanket and also a different quilt. There’s a free pattern for this one which you can find here. I honestly don’t know if we’ve ever had woolen blankets on the bed this far into November. Our Spring has been surprisingly cool and damp. Fingers crossed I haven’t jumped the gun!

~ Downloading my photos I saw I hadn’t shown you one from last week, so going back a little, I had a lovely time on Melbourne Cup Day when Maree asked if I’d like to go with her to NunoNuno for an Actual Visit to a Quilt Shop! We were warmly welcomed by Trudy and had a delightful visit, catching up on news and wandering around her beautiful store. So exciting to be able to physically see and touch fabric again. And I scored these lovely purchases (including a mask kit – it seems they will be around for quite some time yet). We even had lunch out afterwards – such decadence!

How’s your week been so far? Hope you’re enjoying yourself. I have some more loveliness coming up at the end of the week – some things I’m REALLY excited about. More on that later. Better get back to my applique, in front of the cooler!

Meredithe x

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11 Responses to Around here….

  1. Carrolyn v says:

    We are really sisters in spirit! I spend most of my leisure moments with Kaffe and Quiltmania books! True eye candy…….as today’s flower pix are especially as I look outside at eight inches of new snow. Snow is its own beauty but so much coming so soon makes me fear a difficult winter.

  2. Cynthia says:

    Your fabrics are so beautiful, and your nature photos are too. I’m contemplating the curvy sew along too – I have my idea, and like you, will see how I feel in January;). Frittata- a great idea for a wholesome meal.

  3. yes, curves! have a look in quiltmania magazines is a good idea!

  4. Juliann says:

    I am so happy I popped over here today. Your posts are always so lovely and that QAL using curves sounds very fun. Now that I am retired, I am excited to get back into my fabric stash.

  5. A quiet afternoon with some inspiration is always good. One of our friends in Canberra told me this morning it got to 26 there – when he was out orienteering! – and here we are expecting more gales..!

  6. Cécile says:

    Oh Spring has sprung in Australia !!
    Thank you for jumping again in the QAL dear Meredithe !!
    Your fabrics are beautiful !

  7. acityquilter says:

    oooh all those lovely kaffe books…plenty of inspiration for sure! gray and rainy today so loving these sunny outdoor pix!

  8. Shasta says:

    That looks like a wonderful selection of books at your disposal. The blueberry ash tree is so pretty – I don’t think I have ever seen one.

  9. audrey says:

    Reading about your walks in the weeks past definitely helped inspire me to get out and walk a bit myself. Definitely needed it for the mental recharging! While you are headed into beautiful spring, we are headed straight out of a gorgeous fall. My daughter and I have been walking now for close to a month, several days a week and I’m crossing my fingers we’ll stick to it throughout winter. We’ll see! Love seeing all your gorgeous fabrics and quilts as usual. Good luck with the circles challenge!

  10. mandymunroe says:

    Always lovely to see what you’re up to 🙂

  11. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    So much to enjoy every time I visit you! You have a knack for picking lovely fabrics and projects. And I enjoy food photos too…sigh.

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