Friday, 25 November 2005

Collins Street 5pm

I went to the NGV at Fed Square at lunchtime today for a quick wander around. As always, I seem to be drawn to this painting.

I walk along this stretch of Collins Street most days and the Zeitgeist (wow - big word Paisley) captured in this painting really hasn't changed in the 50 years that have passed since Brack put brush to canvas in 1955.

I must set aside another lunchtime or perhaps come in on the weekend and see the Margaret Preston exhibition. I haven't heard of her before, but her works look familiar. Looks like she did quite a lot of wood or lino cut prints as well as paintings.

Wednesday, 23 November 2005

Gardening on the weekend

It's now Wednesday so it's taken me 3 days to get around to blogging about my weekend gardening efforts. What a lazy blogger I am. I do apologise.

My trip to see Aunty M got cancelled so on Saturday afternoon I took advantage of the fine weather and started pulling out the ugly bracken/ferny things in the back yard (no pics - I'm a disorganised blogger as well as a lazy one). They appear to spread by runners so I'm not sure that I got all of it, I may be pulling more of it out down the track. C'est la vie.

That particular garden is in a rain shadow created by the house, so it relies totally on my remembering to water it which is a slightly precarious situation to be in. Hence I went hunting for some succulent type plants which will tolerate dry conditions.

Plant Number 1: Sedum Purple Blob, which I bought for the name as much as for its features.

Sedum Purple Blob

Plant Number 2: Sedum "Assorted Variety" - No idea about this one, but I liked the look of it.

Sedum Unknown

Plant Number 3: Jade Plant - apparently this is meant to bring good fortune - or money. I put it in because Mum tells me that it grows in very poor conditions - her Jade Plant grows in a little corner of the garden with almost no light, very little rain and crappy soil.

Jade Plant

Plant Number 4: Daphne - not a succulent, but it likes a shady spot so I just have to try and remember to water this baby. It will be worth the effort - I love the smell of Daphne.

Variegated Leaf Daphne

The end result: The attacked garden bed is in the foreground - you can see the Purple Blob right at the end of the garden bed. I'm looking forward to watching this stuff grow.

My Backyard Garden II

Wednesday, 16 November 2005

A traditional princess

I really should do some work now.... this quiz is worth doing just for the pictures though....

The Traditional Princess

You are generous, graceful, and practical with both
feet planted firmly on the ground. You tend to
be a little on the old-fashioned side. You
value home, hearth, and family life and love to
be of service to others.

Role Models: Snow White, Maid Marian

You are most likely to: Discover a hidden talent
for spinning straw into gold.

What Kind of Princess are You? brought to you by Quizilla

20 Random Things

I've been tagged by Genevieve to give you 20 Random Things....

  1. I did a Body Pump class last night. The instructor is nice but it looks like she's taken an overdose of fake tan AND peroxide - it's a strange mix - skin must be as dark as possible and hair as light as possible.
  2. I really want to buy the box set of Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter audio books but part of me thinks I should wait until the last book is out and I can get all of them together - so they match.
  3. S picked up my sari blouse for her wedding the other day - I've tried it on and it looks pretty good - when you take into consideration my spare tyres teamed with the cropped, close-fitting (prerequisite) style of these garments. The colour (dusky, tea rose kind of pink) is really pretty.
  4. I'm making my bridesmaid dress for C's wedding - when I get the time...
  5. I've never been a bridesmaid before.
  6. Our office Christmas party theme this year is the Roaring 20's. I can recycle an outfit from the last 20's Christmas party I went to 6 years ago.
  7. When I was a kid, I had an imaginary friend Terry, an imaginary triplet brother Hector and an imaginary triplet sister Euphemia. I am an only child.
  8. I am a great procrastinator when it comes to writing and posting Christmas cards. They quite regularly get posted in January. Oh dear...
  9. The big Christmas tree has just been put up in the atrium of our building. Piped Christmas music in the entry lobby is on a loop until the tree comes down in January.
  10. TV ratings season finishes this week. Now we brace ourselves for pretty much 8 weeks of cricket (lots of cricket - test cricket, one-day cricket, domestic cricket), recycled Christmas movies, the imported US and UK comedies that weren't "good enough" to show when ratings counted and tennis (lots of tennis - Hopman Cup, Adelaide Hardcourt, NSW Open, Kooyong Classic, Australian Open).
  11. I prefer a latte to a cappuccino - less froth.
  12. I listened to Billy Joel (Stormfront and Turnstiles) followed by The Divine Comedy (Casanova) on my iPod this morning.
  13. Speaking of Casanova - David Tennant seems to be popping up in a lot of shows at the moment - him and Andrew Lincoln.
  14. I'm thinking a lot about paint colours (greens?) and window treatments (Roman blinds?) at the moment.
  15. I slept in this morning and didn't do any quilting before work.
  16. I bought The Village on DVD the other day. I like Joaquin Phoenix.
  17. Sometimes, in the course of my employment, I have occasion to toddle up to the Supreme Court library where all who enter have to go through the metal detector thingy - they're friendly enough so it's no great hassle and today, for the first time in recent memory, I managed to NOT set the damn thing off! Usually something like my watch or (get this) the little metal loop on the shoulder strap of my bra sets the alarms off - look out boys - these bazookas are aimed at you!
  18. 17 down, 3 to go... I haven't finished a cryptic crossword in a while - too much quilting and knitting going on.
  19. I'm planning to buy the new Ben Elton book The First Casualty - set in the trenches of WWI - sounds like it will cheery stuff (tongue is firmly in cheek). I'm waiting till I finish reading at least one book that's currently sitting on the bedside table.
  20. I'm planning to visit my Aunty M this weekend and have patchwork show-and-tell (she's the only other quilter in the family).

SeaBreeze, if you feel like it, you're tagged, si non, ├ža ne fait rien.

Tuesday, 15 November 2005

Drum roll please....

S&T Quilt Sneak Peek
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
Here's a sneak peek at the infamous S&T Wedding Quilt (S knows that the quilt is red, so that's no great secret). The full quilt will be revealed in it's entirety on 24 December 2005 when S & T2 make their vows (again) and they actually take possession of their pressie.
Project Information: quilt is king-sized, machine pieced and hand-quilted. I began working on this one in about March (I think). I put the last finishing touches to it this evening.

One down, two to go.... Sigh.....

I need....

This meme* did the rounds a few weeks ago... but I've only just got round to trying it for myself.

According to the good people at Google, I ...

... need more sleep.
... need new upholstery for the couch.
... need her help, and Lissa would only feel guilty if Maeve came home.
... need that info for the MLA.
... need Handknitter's Handbook
... need Brian's personal details for insurance, btw, do you have his chassis number & suchlike?

*For those not in the know - the point is to find out what you need by plugging "yourname needs" into Google and seeing what comes up.

Wednesday, 9 November 2005

Summer Train Knitting Decision

Decision has been made. I'm making Grace - and maybe I'll have a go a Sigma later in the summer.

Yarn has been purchased. I'm not crazy about wearing mohair - especially in the warmer months, so I've found a cotton yarn (Panda Regal 4 ply shade R18) as a substitute which will probably be a bit drapier and not fuzzy. The colour sample on their website doesn't really do it justice - much prettier in real life.

Monday, 7 November 2005

Opinions Wanted - Summer Train Knitting Project

I need a summer train knitting project. I've not done much summery knitting in the past, but with an hour's worth of air conditioned (most of the time) train travel every working day it seems a shame not to make use of it just because it's summer and knitting is a "winter thing". So I've come up with a short-list of potential projects (are 2 options enough to constitute a "list"?).

Option 1 is Sigma which has a free-wheelin' kind of feel to it in that I can use any yarn that takes my fancy without the need for really complicated maths to adjust the gauge.

Option 2 is Grace which I realised after reading most of the pattern, is by the same designer who created the original Kyoto which I've almost finished - I really like this girl's style.

I thought about setting up a little web-poll like Genevieve to test the waters, but the thought of signing up to yet another freebie webby servicey thingy just annoyed me, so I'll just ask that any opinions or preferences regarding either of these tops be left in the comments field - that's what it's there for right?

Wednesday, 2 November 2005

Cup weekend in the Grampians

We had an extra long weekend in the Grampians, staying in a holiday house in Halls Gap. Highlights included:

A hike in to see the Beehive Falls.
Beehive Falls

looking at Beehive Falls

A day trip to have lunch with my parents - my Mum was game enough to take on the challenge of providing lunch for 5 extra grown-ups plus 2 toddlers, including 1 vegetarian and 1 wheat/sugar/dairy intolerant. We had a delicious meal and the kids had a great time picking lemons from Mum's overladen tree in the back yard. Mum met S's fiancee/hubby T2 for the first time and reported to me later that he was "very handsome". She's a lucky girl our SeaBreeze.

We called in at T1's old boarding school that he attended for a year when he was a "problem" teenager and managed to run into the only teacher left at the school from his time there - not bad going for a Sunday! T1 was stoked to take that little trip down memory lane. We ducked in to my old school too and spotted the vice principal who's been there since at least 1979 and never looks any different. Why are all these teachers hanging out at work on a Sunday arvo?

From our little holiday cabin, we could look up and see The Pinnacle. We did the climb up to the top (took about 1.5 hours from the car park).

Half Way Mark:

Half way to the Pinnacle

View from the top looking down to the township:

The Pinnacle

Arrived back home yesterday, having dropped off Y, T1 and the girls at their little house in the big woods. I listened to the Melbourne Cup as I was driving back into Melbourne, and gave a little "woo hoo" when Makybe Diva won for the third year in a row. I don't think something like that will happen again in my lifetime.

Yesterday was the first hot day of the summer to come (32 degrees C which is about 89 in fahrenheit), so I tried out the air conditioner for the first time (I haven't lived in a house with air conditioning for the last 5 years, so it was a great novelty) and found I could keep the living room cool enough to quilt in which is a relief in anticipation of the mad quilting frenzy that will be the summer of weddings and blasted wedding quilts. Bah humbug!