Friday, October 31, 2008

Exploring the garden

BOO!! Spied these tiny pair of 'eyes' looking at me. (it is halloween after all!)

The ducks are now exploring more of the garden "Hey guys, look at this pool, how do we get in?"

Happy ducks in the cool shade.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Stitchers' Angel project

Yesterday I posted off my stitchers angel gifts to my secret partner in America. I've included a couple of extra treats - (Australian made of course) a macadamia bliss nougat bar and a Newman's ginger truffle bar (a personal favourite). She should receive the parcel early next week. I haven't heard anything yet from my stitchers angel partner.
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Catbird

Just lately, we are being visited by a catbird. This bird lives in rainforest areas and has a very unusual call. First explorers thought that they were hearing a crying baby in the forest - it turned out to be this bird. (it doesn't really sound like a cat though) Catbirds are very hard to find in the trees, as they are green and blend in. It was a bit tricky to take a photo of him, as he is very shy, so I used one from this site: www.anhs.com.au/catbird.htm
Cheers,
Sandi xx

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tracks nearly finished

Our railway tracks are nearly finished now, just have to wait for the plates to be made (this week). (plates join the tracks to the sleepers). DH and I oiled the sleepers yesterday. Once the plates are in, we can transport the railway carriage over. yay! nearly there!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

English Paper Piecing

The quilting group that I belong to, are putting together a quilt for a raffle. It is going to be very colourful when it is finished. We are using the English paper piecing method (all handstitched) to make the blocks. Everyone was given two blocks to complete (I think there are 80 blocks in total to do) . I have finished my first block. I am going to bring the second block pieces with me on the train to sew tommorrow, when I go to the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair.
Happy Stitching everyone,
Sandi xx
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blondies

I did some baking today, and made blondies - they are the white chocolate version of brownies. These ones also have raspberries and macadamia nuts in them. Nice with a cuppa.
What is your favourite slice to bake?
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Monday, October 13, 2008

They're huge now!

Do you remember our little ducklings, bought at the end of August? Well they're huge now! The two darker ones are girls.
Duck line-up. Introducing Chockky, Cinnamon Bun, Kip, Winkie (only has one good eye) and Pepper.

They love swimming in their tub. Only enough room for three though!

Cheers,

Sandi xx

* Postnote. Am very sad to report that a carpet python has taken Cinnamon Bun. He was a lovely drake. I will miss him :(

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Giveaway at Drucilla's Stitches


Head on over to Drucilla's Stitches for a wonderful giveaway. There are some fab goodies to be won, including a handmade decorative pumpkin bag. Drucilla is participating in the Fall into Fall Quilt giveaway, so do drop by and enter her comp.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Railway track fabric

Look what I found at Spotlight - railway track fabric. I bought two metres of it. Don't know what I'll make with it yet (something for the carriage, maybe cushions?) , just thought I'd better buy it now as it may not be there next time I visit.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Railway carriage arriving soon!

Very exciting news. Site work has started in preparation for the arrival of our railway carriage. (which is going to be my studio).
Here the boys are placing the heavy timber railway sleepers into position. Underneath is two poured concrete anchorage blocks - one under each end to secure the carriage. Not that it would ever blow over - the carriage itself weighs 13 tonnes - no lightweight.
Next they packed in lots of road base.

After the road base, and placing the sleepers on top, the boys filled between the sleepers with big chunky gravel.
The rail lines are still being organised. (you just can't buy them anywhere, they are very hard to source) we have found some at Mundubbera - about three and a half hours away. Just have to get them here now. And then bring the carriage over on a super-tilt truck. The carriage is about ten minutes away on the other side of town on a bush block. Can't wait till it arrives. There will be a bit of restoration work to do. We will also repaint the carriage its original red colour.
No doubt the lawn and hedges will need lots of TLC after all the work has finished.
Cheers,
Sandi xx

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