Thursday, July 28, 2016


Goodness me, what a lot can happen in nearly 3 months.
But I feel the need to get blogging again, even knitting and most of all quilting.

I know my dear Scot wants me too, but it takes such a huge chunk out of ones life with the
passing of a Dear One.

He wanted no funeral, so he was cremated and The Princess and I picked up his Remains about one week later.
We choose an Urn to keep them in and now He is my Captive Audience (oh how he said I talked too much),

The first week I cant remember, but then the next few weeks were just a blur. But I knew what I must do.

My children are scattered far and wide, but the two youngest have been pillows of strength, The Scot is proud as am I. But to Seal things, so to speak. We needed to wait for No1 Son to come from Taiwan. Working in the University it was difficult, but at the beginning of the month we all met.

I wanted the Children (and of course Middle Sons Wife who is most certainly part of our family) to write a note to their Father, and we would then burn them. I wanted them to contain their own special words. And place them with him in the urn. We did this on Friday and then we had nibbles and chatted. To me A Perfect Time. And strangely enough since then, I seem to have found that All is Still Well in My World.

Our Wonderful Offspring, of whom I am very proud.  The first time they have met up for 10 years.

My Heart will always be sad but slowly life is returning.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Why are there so many Songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side
Rainbow's are visions They're only illusions And rainbows have nothing to hide
So we've been told and some chose to Believe it
But I know they're wrong wait and see Someday we'll find it
The Rainbow Connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me
Who said that every wish Would be heard and answered When wished on the morning star
Somebody thought of that And someone believed it And look what it's done so far
What's so amazing That keeps us star gazing What so we think we might see
Someday we'll find it That Rainbow Connection
The lovers the dreamers and me
Have you been half asleep And have you heard voices I've heard them calling my name
Are these the sweet sounds that called The young sailors I think they're one and the same
I've heard it too many times to ignore it
There's something that I'm supposed to be Someday we'll find it
The Rainbow Connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wednesday  he was cremated. He liked that, no more cold winds,no service he would have hated that but Richard and I had a lovely coffee but I asked him not to drive past the Crematorium. when we bring them home he will be truly happy. Until he hears all I have to tell. I like a captive audience. Sleep tight my lovable Scot.
And to all of you thank you, I wanted to send you a heart card I woud make but it seems he had tooooooo many lady friends. But he chose me and 56 years together is a long time. My kids are fantastic and so mature. Thank you one and all
I just cant believe the folk he had an effect on.  He will be cringing at all this attention and saying talk to them about quilting or something.  He hated attention    but oh boy I have found he left a HUGE footprint on this planet.

Thank you all

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Tomorrow the cussed stubborn LOVE of my life (56years) will be cremated and the only request I have made is that his Harem Quilt goes with him. Girls from my two online quilting groups plus some who read my blog sent heart squares of love. I made his Harem Quilt and backed it with ladybird fleece. (about 6 years ago) he loved that quilt and turned to it lots this past year. I wont say RIP my love because his ashes will be retuned and are going to sit on my dining room table in the most beautiful vase I can find..HE WILL HAVE TO LISTEN TO ME. He was such a quiet fellow and would say my constant natter made him tired. But now I have a Captive Audience, and my guess is he will agree with everything I say. I LOVE YOU BILL THE SCOT:)

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Let me explain last Tuesday Middle  son and his lovely wife came for a visit (we don't see them often as its a few hours travel). 
Thanks to the heavens he found this lovely lass and she is very artistic, having acquired many skills, at the moment she love dying, but she chooses things from nature as her dye,.

Anyway she gave me a lovely bundle of pieces she had dyed.

Now this one shouts to me,     magpies,   like myself she has  a family of maggies who visit her garden, we talk to them and almost treat them like our children,

This is the piece,   it is made of silk,    not the kind I am familiar with but it has a lovely texture

I would like to add a family of 3, mum dad and baby magpies,  and add a little quilting and then make it into a wall quilt for her.

If any of you have tips about sewing on silk,  please let me know.

Friday, April 15, 2016


Yes indeed, where did 2015 go,,,, were there really 12 months there.
And it looks like 2016 is going the same way.   Mother used to say when I was getting so excited and anxious for a birthday or Christmas...Don't wish your life away, it will go quickly enough" How right she was, I never dreamed I would get older, wiser? but here I am in my seventies and where did the time go.

The Scot is still with me..... just......... but its a battle, especially when he is the pessimist and I the optimist......... I try to jolly him but sometimes it just doesn't work.  But one thing that does is this''

He calls  it his Harem Quilt.  The blocks were 'heart blocks' I requested half square triangles,  made by members of my On Line Quilting group, and some from folk who read my blog.     This was about 6 years ago when he had his first round of chemotherapy.   He felt the cold, so I used the extra extra thick batting and tied it.    It received a lot of use that year,   and just on and off since.     But as we all know once the cancer is in the blood,   well.......      so he is now on another different course of chemo.  One injection every day for 7 days then 3 weeks rest,   this is one cycle.   Then we start another cycle.
The other night, I heard him say.... ummm time to get my favourite Harem Quilt out.    And there he sits during the evening, snug as a bug in a rug.   (He even takes it to bed as sometimes he feels the cold).

Well I think that's enough,   tomorrow I want to show you something different.   Middle son and his lovely wife visited on Tuesday and she gave me some lovely pieces of silk, that she had dyed using flora and fauna and I have a lovely idea for one of them,

Sunday, January 04, 2015


I haven't made a very good start with my resolutions, but better late than never.

We have been having some VERY HOT weather here in Mulgrave, yesterday it reached 41 degrees.  Too hot for very much.   But fortunately we don't live in a bushfire area.   There have been some very bad bushfires maybe you can see some of the devastation here  

Last month I had a birthday, think I forgot to mention it.    Middle Son and his Chosen One sent me this card, which I really love and think I will leave it out all year.

Isn't it just the best.

I have been stitching  hopefully photos of progress tomorrow.

Also reading lots, I really must bring my list up to date.    There are some exceptionally good books out at the moment.

The Princess used to read a lot, but since moving to be Country she finds it difficult to get to good book shops.    So the middle of last year I bought her a Kindle, she loves it.   For Christmas I put money on her account so she can buy another as she finishes.  Her choice of reading is completely different to mine, so its best she chooses her own.

Don't know if I told you but I now also borrow digital e-books from our Public Library, well actually we are situated in the position where I have been able to join two.   So that gives me lots of choices of titles as well as the ones I buy from Audible.

The Christmas Santas and Wall Quilts have been taken down and packed away for another year.  December just goes so fast, it makes me think of my Mother, when I would say I cant wait for Christmas, Birthday or some such treat, she would say .... Don't wish you life away, it goes too quickly when you get older.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Do you  make New Year Resolutions ..... I did when younger.... oh that was many moons ago, in the last century, the dark ages, sometimes I even feel before the wheel.

Seriously I have been giving thought to what I need to do.

  1.  Stop stressing , mainly about The Scot.  But just accept life and    -WHAT WILL HAPPEN   -WILL HAPPEN       -  whether I worry about it or whether I don't.
  2. Get my sewing sorted, will also help me keep No 1.    At the moment I flit from one project to another, and consequently get nothing done.
  3. I will post more on my blog.    As I do enjoy this, and it will help No1  and definitely No2 as I cant show you a project one day and then you don't see it again.

Yes that's it 3 New Year Resolutions for 2015.

We have had some beautiful weather over Christmas and here are three photos of The Scots Garden.

I am not allowed to touch his veggie and fruit garden, but don't tell him, as I rise earlier than he does I always take a walk around  'the Estate' and I have been known to have the pruning shears in my hand because he just doesn't  believe in pruning.   Even  Mark my guy who mows the lawns asked me if I could get Bill to cut back a few things.    He did but  I did a bit more whilst he was still sleeping. 
This afternoon I will take my box(es) of projects and sit on the swing seat to sort them out.
As the saying goes..... Watch this Space. 
and just to show how I will continue ...... I even dragged myself away from the Cricket, which was very exciting.
it may look wrong but remember it is a sphere and I am not sure I will still be completely sane when finished.   It even has the Scot baffled at times.


Two more days of cricket, so either more stitching, or maybe I can sort out another project.

Friday, December 26, 2014


or as Middle Son would insist the day we have to do some boxing.   Well ....   its obvious isn't it, the English language is quite strange at times.

I guess most of your are resting and eating yummy leftovers.   We also had a lovely restful day eating leftovers......  ours was turkey breast.   I bought a small one but it still has about 4 more meals left.

The Scot doesn't like sweets anymore, so I avoided those, though I did buy a tiny Christmas Cake (I am very partial to fruit cake) this was a mini mini one about 8ins square, and I had a small slice last night and it was delicious.

The lovely weather called me outside, so I pruned the Rosemary Bush by the fishpond.   The Scot had complained it was overlapping the bbq.

and I planted this delightful plaque, another Christmas present from my cister.

and now to update my Reading List before the end of the year.  I must admit I have been doing rather a lot lately.