Saturday, January 27, 2007

Fruit 4 leukaemia

While not up to the unbelievably high standard of needleturn applique produced by fellow bloggers Anne and Judy, I am fairly happy with this effort. (Not so happy with how the photos turned out, but hopefully that can be fixed soon - see below!)

Here are my four blocks for Clare's project (see previous post for links):

Fruit salad!





Not so happy with the banana - it's out of scale with the others, but I guess it doesn't matter really!


We're having a lovely long weekend - catching up with lots of friends and their kids, which is keeping Romily entertained as well as us. I had a very busy week at work, but actually got everything done that I needed to. No more, no less! But it meant that I came to the long weekend in the right frame of mind and I'm even managing to relax a little bit.

Oh and I bought myself a new camera yesterday! A Canon 400D. Can't wait till it arrives. I haven't really used my old film SLR for a long time, as it's now so damned inconvenient! We have a little Nikon point and shoot, but it's no good for inside photos or for rapid fire shots, which you kinda need with an energetic 18 month old on the loose!

Romy is asleep downstairs and I'm hoping she'll have a good sleep, as we're off to a BBQ late this afternoon and I don't want her to tire out too early. We'll employ our two-car strategy again tonight - we go in separate cars so that one of us can leave early and take Romily home if she needs to go to bed. She's not quite old enough to keep up late without paying a huge price the next day! She usually lasts till about 9pm, but that's quite late enough! And I'll probably be ready to come home by then anyway. I may even get started (finally) on baby Campbell's quilt. I have about 80 flying geese to cut and sew!!! Had better get stuck in and stop procrastinating!

No excuses now that I've finished the red and white blocks - my fingers are starting to get itchy for some more sewing!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Nothing to show for it


Just exhausted here. Nothing fun either. Just work, very little play and not enough sleep.

And no sewing to show you either. Although I have been doing some applique - I am making four blocks for Clare's Quilts 4 Leukaemia challenge. I slipped into her last round of contributors and was most relieved when she said there was no rush!

I'll be able to post a photo of the finished blocks over the weekend. It's a long weekend here - Friday is Australia Day. I usually really look forward to long weekends, but not at the moment - it just means I have to fit five days worth of work into four. Grrr.

So I feel like I've been doing a lot of work, but have nothing to show for it.


We have had a little time for fun - Carl and I took Romily to the walk-in aviary in Canberra the weekend before last. She loved it - there was an amazing number of different parrots, finches, budgies and galahs. There were also quail, doves and lots of other birds. Romy loved it - she could run around to her heart's content and she also fed some apple to the gamer birds, some very experienced and noisy lorikeets. We had a lot of fun.

This little bird has obviously worked out what new humans into the enclosure means - fresh apple. He landed on Carl's shoulder within seconds of us walking in!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Budding artist

I give you ma petite Picasso!

Actually she prefers taking the crayons in and out of the container to actually using them to draw. Unless it's on the floor when Mummy is not looking. Then she seems to enjoy it very much! So far the walls are safe :)


I am still sick. It's on-again, off-again and driving me a little bonkers. I went to see the doctor on Friday and he said it's either some bacteria eking out a living in my intestines after an initial bout of food poisoning (apparently the bacteria can get into your blood stream and stick around for a while), or giardia. Gross. He prescribed a 4-tablet dose of a pretty strong antibiotic, which I took last night. I was still feeling nauseated today, so I was also doped up on Stemetil. I'd better have some yoghurt tomorrow to put some of the good bacteria back in my system I suppose.

I was feeling a little down last night before I went to bed. I should have been happy. Sleepless in Seattle was on the telly and I watched the end of it. I don't much like either Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks usually, but I do like them in that movie. I should have felt uplifted at the end, but I felt strangely sad. So I thought I'd pop in and watch my sleeping angel. Unfortunately just the moment I stepped into her room she was moving around in a semi-sleep mode and she spotted me and immediately stood up and said "up"! So I had to pick her up for a cuddle. She took about 10 minutes to go back to sleep. I felt much better after that. How did she know Mummy needed a midnight cuddle?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Movie time

Not a lot exciting to report - but I have been to the movies twice in the past two weeks, which is a real luxury. With a one and nearly a half year old and no family in town you don't tend to get out very often.

My father-in-law kindly offered to babysit one night when we were in Bendigo and Carl and I went out to the cinema to see Casino Royale - the new James Bond flick. I have to say that both Carl and I were hugely impressed - we thought the film was excellent and loved Daniel Craig. Those piercing blue eyes are mesmerising! We look forward to the next instalment.

Last week, two nights before I returned to work I took some time out or 'Lily time' and went to see The Holiday - a romantic comedy with two of my favourite actors Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. I thought it was fantastic! It was what Love Actually should have been. It was a little corny and a little contrived, to be sure, but for lovers of romance it was excellent. I would have to say it's one of the best films I've seen for ages!

I really enjoyed going to the movies by myself. I might have to do it a little more often (but remember to arrive early enough to have time to buy an ice-cream!).

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Romy's quilt is finished!

I can hardly believe it, but I managed to get the binding onto Romy's quilt while we were away! I have finished my second quilt. I am very happy to have finished it - after all, I started it in May (now last year!). There are some problems with it, if you look closely, but I'm not! :)

One question for you lovely ladies though - I washed it on a cold delicates cycle in 'wool mix' and the chalk I used to mark out my quilting lines hasn't come out completely. Any tips? I guess that it will wear off eventually/come out with a couple more washes?

Anyway, it was my first major quilting project and I learnt a great deal from doing the sampler.

I am about to embark on the next one - yet another cot quilt for our friends who just had a baby boy. I am taking inspiration in terms of colours from Patti's Stars for Sophie quilt - I think purple and green is a beautiful combination - but don't worry for those of you who wondered about my 'babies love brights' comment - I have bought brilliant orange flannel for the backing! I will also bind it in something outrageous and it may yet have some bright highlights...we'll see how it turns out. I am planning on doing a tonne of flying geese and setting them in a sort of spiral. Again...we'll see how that turns out!! Now I just have to dig out my instructions for cutting and sewing the blocks :)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy 2007!

Happy New Year!!

We're back from our trip down south, and taking it relatively easy over the next few days before I return to work. I am trying very hard not to think about going back to work and all the headaches I'll face then. I haven't turned on my BlackBerry the whole time I've been away and I don't intend to until Thursday morning. I want to stay relaxed for as long as possible.

Two days before Christmas - and it was hot!

We had a lovely Christmas, although it was coooooold on Christmas Day - brrrr! Fortunately I'd taken some cold weather clothing for Romily and for me - poor Carl had neither a jumper nor a jacket, so he was a tad chilly, but he's usually pretty warm all the time so he didn't suffer too much.

With Carl and Granddad in Bendigo

Unfortunately I was sick on and off for most of the time and Romily came down with a cold. I lost about two days of my life after Christmas - I'm not sure whether I picked up a bug or whether I ate a dodgy oyster on Christmas Day, but whatever it was I was very ill indeed. I am on the mend now and will, no doubt, be all recovered just in time for my return to the office.

It was wonderful to catch up with our families and some of our friends - we never have enough time to catch up with all of them, which is hard, as we only see some of our friends every two years.

Romily on Christmas Day with cousins Darcy and Cody

Romily really enjoyed having other kids around - she loves playing with them and I think the stimulation of having other people her size to be with has really spurred her development. She seems to have really changed over the past week - she loves going to the playground and has mastered the slide! She loves swinging and throws her head back so she's horizontal in the swing - it scares me but she thinks it's hilarious! She can walk over the rickety bridges without holding our hands (she has to hold onto the rail though) and beetles about the place having a great time.

She has also started babbling non-stop - my mum tells me I did exactly the same at around 18 months and haven't shut up since!! Carl and I think the babble will soon become sentences. She already has about 20 words. Including "Mummy", which I adore!

She's a big girl now in many ways - she's very independent, but still loves snuggling (which I also adore), she has four molars through and one eye tooth (with the others coming down any day now), her hair is just about long enough to put in a pony tail, and she now goes up and down the stairs holding onto the railing - no more crawling for this little girl!

I'm a big girl now

We had a very quiet night last night to bring in the New Year - we watched a DVD (The Libertine starring a very untidy Johnny Depp among others - I didn't like it very much, disappointingly) - and then we stayed up to watch the Sydney Harbour fireworks show on telly. What a pair of party animals we are these days! Not!! Ah well, we had bubbly, chocolate and each other - what more could you wish for?

So Happy New Year to all - I hope 2007 is good to all of us!