Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday's Treasure

For Melody's Tuesday Treasure I have chosen a locket and tiny book that has been handed down through my family. The locket was handmade by my Great-great-grandfather for his wife. Her initials have been engraved on the front - 'LEB'.
The little book is 'The Morning & Evening Monitor - containing a text from Holy Scripture and a verse of Sacred Poetry for every morning and evening of the year'.
It belonged to my Great-great-grandfather's sister. His daughter was my great-grandmother, and her daughter was my paternal grandmother. I have two daughters to hand them down to.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Rainy Monday

It has been so wet and windy here over the past 24 hours that we have battened down the hatches. I did not venture out this morning, except to dash to the car to go to work. The wind has been gusting at 45 klm per hour and the rain is torrential. The house was struck by lightening this morning. The second time in about 12 months. Fortunately the heavy duty circuit breaker did its job and nothing was damaged. Unlike the last time.
I did go for a walk at lunchtime in between showers. It wasn't quite as heavy on the North Shore.
The photo is taken from my window at work just after I came back.
More of the same is predicted for tomorrow. There have been quite a few serious accidents reported in the news tonight. I can't understand why some people do not slow down when the weather is this bad. My thoughts go out to those effected.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I just love Saturdays! The beginning of 2 days off work; being able to sleep past the alarm; 'me' time etc etc.
The man of the house works on Saturday so I can do all my 'me' things without feeling guilty of taking away 'our' time.
The tempation was to avoid the walk today but the sun was shining and the clouds building from the south, so I thought I had better make hay while the sun shines. My grandmother used to say that quite often when I was young and had my head in a book.
The first photo for today is taken from my half way point, looking south.
The second is looking north with the sun shining on the cliffs. Just to the left of where I was standing are a number of playing fields with a hundred or so small boys playing football of various codes along with their noisy supporters. Don't get me wrong, I love to see kids playing sport. It's just that I am normally there as the sun comes up and it is very quiet.

I am off to the Theatre tonight with one of my gorgeous girls to see the grand old men of the Buena Vista Social Club. These musicians are amazing and well worth the price of the tickets!

Friday, May 27, 2011


I struggle with commitment. It effects so many things in my life. I accept change too readily sometimes and am always starting something new. I do need to commit to improving my health though so I can continue to do the things I love.
I have been following Dr Happy aka Dr Timothy Sharp, and his ideas on positive psychology. I am basically a happy person and try to see the positive in most situations. The theory is that if you are in a happy space then the other things should be easier to obtain.
Baby steps - I am committing through this blog to go for a walk in the mornings at least 5 days of the week. To keep me on track I will take a picture from my back door and publish it here. If there is no picture, then I haven't been on the walk.
Here is today's picture.

You may be able to spot a bright spot on the horizon on the left - it is a ship at anchor and the sun has just lit it up. In real life it looks as though it is on fire. The time is 6.30 am AEST.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Teddy Bears Picnic

Doctor Bear is ready for the Picnic. He's the latest addition to my collection of charity bears and supports the Oncology Children's Foundation.

Rainy Thursday

I intended to write this post yesterday as a prelogue to WOW!
I setup my blog site a while ago but hadn't got around to writing anything. Esther's idea inspired me to get going.
I am privileged  to live in one of Sydney's historical homes perched on top of the cliff. My view to the East is over the Pacific Ocean to the horizon and up Sydney Harbour to the west. Normally I enjoy watching the sun come up over the sea but today I can't even see the water as it is covered in a fine mist. We experienced gale force winds yesterday, but today it's just wet and miserable, and cold. A great day for quilting in front of the fire except I have to go to work!
Yesterday I received a parcel of items I had ordered from Michelle of Raspberry Rabbits. It was beautifully wrapped and tied with a ribbon bow and contained little 'extras'. How thoughtful! I will certainly be going back.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I have a number of WIP's around me but this is just one. A Christmas quilt started last year but will be finished for this Christmas.

It's a pattern by Teddlywinks.