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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Out and About

I have been missing my daily  dose of nature since we got home. So we got up early and Hubby and I took ourselves off to a wetland we had been wanting to visit a little drive from home (*** side note: however silly me missed Sunday Stitchers today.....thought it was next should always check the blog ) That aside we have had a very nice day......Mr.R. was wanting to try out the new lens on our camera. Encouragement came from yours truly as there is always the chance of a future art project!  I have my hopes up for a great egret! Whilst we wandered and he did that I snapped a few pics of our day.
Very peaceful, wandering these paths between the waterways....
The main lagoon which was heaving with ducks, swamphens, coots, jacanas and egrets. It really drove home the importance of our wetlands for our wildlife. Not to mention the benefit to your health just to wander there and experience them.

 Beautiful reflections!
Some pretty blossoms to admire along the walk to the waterways.
Lots of side pools to investigate. Loads of Waterlillies but my tablet couldn't pick them up.
We were there for quite a while and when we decided we were  finished we drove to the bay for some sustenance.....I had made a picnic lunch, very enjoyable looking at the bay.

After lunch another wander. Even though a smoky haze still hangs over us the view was still lovely.

We arrived home weary but very content.
And SURPRISE I do have some stitching to share. Another Postcard block for the pile.
And a bit of needleturn applique is keeping me out of mischief.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend too.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Back in the Groove

I am slowly getting back in to gear and am enjoying a little stitching.  This is a little secret sewing project I am working on and I am sorry but this is all I can share for quite a while lol!
Another Postcard is also in the hoop but nothing to show yet .
I had a birthday whilst I was away and still lovely mail came to my house.
Some beautiful fabrics from dear friend Shez.....right up my pretty I don't know how I shall cut them....
My friend Sue knows I love this artist....ohhh and Wombats! The sweetest little dish! Thought it might fit ONE TimTam but I think that it will fit TWO *wink
My lovely mate up on the mountain  Fiona made me a wonderful see through project it! Particularly as I hate sewing anything with a zip....haha.
And a new project to work on to go inside.....
Thank you gorgeous friends ❤❤ I feel very spoilt!
With all of our garden very dry and crunchy at the moment, it was such a joy to see another of my orchids starting to is such a beauty!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, September 7, 2019

FNWF September

It was very nice to join in with other blogging friends for....
Our hostess CHERYLL from Gone Stitchin' magicked us all together from the other side of the world.
I got all enthusiastic and made a cut out a couple of these to play with.
But ALAS! My iron decided to cark it! So I couldn't press my chosen fabrics.....sigh*
So Plan B.....back to my neglected Postcards. I ended up quite pleased as I had not done a lot on this one and managed to complete it before bed.
So I had a nice relaxing night of quiet stitching.
On a scarier note our South Eastern corner and part of Northern NSW are experiencing terrifying bushfires at the moment, with homes already lost. Praying for friends and those in the pathways stay safe and loss is minimal.
Big shout out to our incredible and courageous Firefighters.......amazing heroes!

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Stitching on the Road

I didn't get to do a lot of stitching.....too many wonderful things to see and do! However I did take my Clamshells away with me as they have been my Roadtrip project. I began them in 2016 in Ballarat after a fantastic shopping trip with friend Shez after seeing another friends beautiful completed quilt......I was smitten! They have been all over this great land of ours with me.
Happy to say that I finished the last row in Woodgate.
47 rows alternating 20 clamshells and 19 clamshells across. I chose the border fabric ages ago....looks much better in real life! Wasn't easy with so many scrappy pieces....I wanted to stay with the vintage look but not take away from the clamshells.
So that's the next job!
I did manage a little bit of secret sewing.....ssshh!
And tried out some EPP stars.....seduced as I was by my friend Sue's gorgeous stars over at Kiwi kid. Mine however are quite large but as I have cut out loads I shall be having BIG stars kids lol!
I now need to find where I left my sewing mojo along the way......I did a wee bit on my very neglected postcards yesterday so maybe that will help!
It is amazing how plants can lift your spirits. I was thrilled to see my King orchid out in bloom when I arrived home and that I didn't miss it. It had 3 flower spikes this year....I seem to be getting an extra one each year since it decided to bloom!
That's it from me......get well Bev xx Off to fill the bare pantry now!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Adventure is Over

Good morning people. Some of you may have noticed that I have been missing in action. Hubby and I were busy ticking off some things on our bucket list. Parts of Queensland untravelled to us was the goal. If you follow the blue dots....left...up....left...up....right and then down again you will see our route....over 7,000 kms in total. There are a few pics, so beware!
The experiences and amazing landscapes will stay with us many contrasts......outback dirt sprouting gorgeous wattles, and native blossom....
We saw amazing waterfalls.....
We went on trains....the historic Gulflander and Kuranda scenic rail.....we went on boats across the mighty Daintree River and glided silently up the beautiful Cobbold Gorge.
Made new friends along the way.....
We climbed things.....

And went underground at amazing Undara Lava Tubes.

 Beautiful rainforests made us just sigh.....
Pristine beaches......
Where we left only our footprints....
Sat quietly in serene Mossman Gorge and breathed in the silence...magic!
Indulged in lots of special local treats....
We marveled at Mother Nature....quirky and stunning lady that she is.
Experienced so many splendid sunsets!
Enjoyed some man made objects as well.....
We caught our breath before travelling home at Woodgate a favourite place of mine......from childhood to present day!
We are now home once again. I have caught you all up with a vengeance lol!
As always after a trip loads of washing the dust and dirt out of everything!
We have seen some humongous homes on wheels on our trip but we wouldn't trade our little "Goldie".......she deserves a bit of a rest and a nice big bath!
It seems as if we have experienced many worlds in these last few weeks from the dry and dusty outback through rugged ranges, silent lakes and dangerous and beautiful coastlines. All this in our own home state.
I am sure I shall regale you of other tales and photos as time goes on.

So.....back to much blog reading and catching up to do.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx