Friday, 7 March 2014

Reasons to be cheerful

I crocheted this cushion for my best friend Dace's birthday in December. 

Then, during the summer, while we were at Eagle Bay, I imagined crocheting another one in sea colours. The sea down there is so beautiful, and sometimes the range of blues, greens and blue-greens in the water is unbelievable.
Pillowslips and cushion covers are the best projects for me right now. Small projects that are easy to finish! I've sorted out all my fabrics scraps and might make a couple of cushion covery quilty things this weekend.

:: In other news, Lily will be back next weekend, for two weeks, to help us celebrate a couple of big birthdays. And this time, when she goes back to Japan, I'm going with her.! Yee ha! Just for five or six days - perfect. DZ will be working in Hong Kong from mid-March and when he's finished, he'll hop up to Osaka to join us - I can't believe it! the bonus is that it'll be cherry-blossom time.

Monday, 24 February 2014

For Dad

Been a bit of a gap, but I felt like writing about this quilt I've just made. 
It's called an economy block quilt - no idea why. 
I'm slightly embarrassed to say I made this single-bed quilt entirely out of fabric I already owned. I had to buy a little, just for the back.
I wanted something cheerful for Dad, who's a bit poorly and confined to a single bed in a separate room from Mum, so he doesn't disturb her. I thought the mix of blues and greens would be safe, and I tried really hard not to get too flowery. There are a lot of dots and stripes.
Um, blogger has changed things about quite a bit since I've been away. Hope I can remember how to do all this!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Reasons to be cheerful

It's Sunday. Will's at the beach (so many sharks around these days that we see him off with "See you, Will, have fun! Don't get burnt! Don't get eaten!"). Dave's been occupied all day writing reviews. It's stinking hot – 41 today and 41 forecast for the next two days with rain and thunderstorms – so I'm staying inside, in the cool.
I'm listening to Philip Glass on Pandora and I'm making my mother-in-law a quilt for her birthday in a couple of weeks.
Saw Life of Pi yesterday with my best friend Laura. Though some of the images were breathtakingly beautiful, on the whole I was ever so slightly underwhelmed, as I was with the book. But I'm glad I've seen the film and read the book.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Indian Ocean Gods

City Beach Bodysurfing from will sheridan on Vimeo.

My very clever son Will made this short film a few weeks ago, with his new teeny-tiny video camera. He's in it with Lily (back from Japan for Christmas), two of their best friends, James (with one arm straped to his waist following shoulder surgery) and Pelham, and our grandson Mack (towards the end, at about 4:20).
It's a lovely summery video, shot at the very best of our very beautiful beaches, for all you northern hemispherians up there in the snow and the cold!

Friday, 4 January 2013

My best friend Shelley gave me the Jerusalem cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi, for Christmas and I've already made three fab dishes from it: a chicken and cardamom rice casserole, a syrup-laden orange, coconut and semolina cake, and a kick-arse hommus. It's a brilliant inspiration: almost everything in it I'd love to try.
How was your Christmas? We had ours down south on Boxing Day so we could be with eldest son and the grandkids. It was all very merry but the start of the heatwave, and as successive days got hotter and hotter, we felt quite glad – unusually – to leave the bay and head for home and the air-con, where we rode out the worst of it in quiet comfort.
:: Lily's been home for two weeks and I'm already thinking that in just over a week she'll be back on a plane heading for winter and Osaka again. No! Does her mum's heart good to have her here!

Monday, 3 December 2012


:: The annual craft fair at Fremantle Arts Centre (above) was on yesterday.
  It looked wonderful, and there were lots of colourful stalls, but OMG, some of the prices! And so much jewellery. I went prepared to buy lovely things for Christmas presents, but just enjoyed a browse in the shade of the lovely old trees with my best friends Dace and Jools.
:: I am reading escapist literature: the first of Joy Dettman's Woody Creek novels. Thoroughly engrossing and well written, set in a Victorian (as in Australia) timber town in the 1930s. Well-drawn, believable characters; lots of dark deeds. Do not be put off by the naff titles (Pearl in the Cage, Thorn on the Rose and so on), or the equally naff cover art.
There are three or four books in the series, so that's a fair whack of my summer reading sorted. Books one and three are on the Kindle and book two is a print copy I found at home and used all winter to prop up a coil heater which had lost a foot.
:: I am going to teach myself to make coiled baskets like these:
They were on display inside the arts centre, made by Aboriginal women who had been taught the craft by an African master basket maker – absolutely stunning.
:: I didn't do any Christmas cake making yesterday because I was having too good a time and the day just went.    

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Reasons to be cheerful, part 3

:: We have assembled all the ingredients, even the St Agnes, and there will be Christmas cake mixin'n'bakin' in the morrow.
"Mixing" with the Adorables.
:: We went shopping at the Re Store this morning, and I wore my op-shop dress and felt like a real nonna. Which I am, of course. But I looked the part in my black frock. Especially as I approach my fabulous new almost-spherical shape -- attributable entirely to menopause and a desk job. Luckily, I had dealt with the moustache earlier in the morning.
:: Three weeks from today, Lily gets home. 
:: I have not one but two (2) brand-new pairs of thongs. I wore my new best, going-out ones ($7) to the shops this morning (which helped the nonna thing I had going no end), and now I'm home and I'm in my new everyday thongs ($3.50). Life is special.