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Thursday, September 15, 2022


 Spring has arrived. National Wattle Day also and I for one am glad to have some sunnier always cheers me.

Catching up friends has been a special treat. Something I have been missing so much.....a lovely lunch at a nice Cafe, lots of lovely chat and a delicious gift of plump luscious strawberries from one of  our Bay area strawberry farms from my friend Sandra....oh my the sweet aroma was something else.
Sue (kiwikidstitching) came to town in a flying visit and I was delighted to be able to spend some time with her. I took her to visit one of my favourite spots....the Mt Cootha Botanical gardens.....first stop on our wander was the tropical dome.....I think its beautiful! We even were treated to a swim by and tail swish from the resident fish.
Tropical beauties were popping out blossoms....
I do love a pop of orange! 
Spring was showing its face everywhere....
Sculptures throughout the gardens always delight and surprise.....
This bloke definitely deserved a pat! Water Dragons are everywhere throughout the gardens....we even encounted a couple of amorous males getting snappy trying to impress the girlies.

After a cuppa and sustenance we even managed a browse through a  lovely little art exhibition....sorry no pics..and then a quick drive up to the top of Mt Cootha lookout for some views over Brisbane town.

Sue bought me a delicious brownie to enjoy later.....which I did! I also saved a piece to share with hubby.
She also spoiled me with a lovely tea towel featuring one of my favourite Aussies, our wombats and favourite Aussie designers, a belated birthday gift.....sorry I should have pressed it lol! I LOVE it!

Amazing how much enjoyment you can fit into a quick visit with lovely company......

My sweet  Grandie girls have had some musical fun lately.....Miss E. enjoying her drums at a special musicfest!
And I had a lovely time watching Miss C in her dance concert.....

I love seeing my Granddaughters loving and embracing life! 
Ok sewing? September Tag Roulette is complete....we revisited tags No. 2 Heart, No. 11 Wrapped Rings and No. 36 Straight stitching over a scrap of fabric.
I chose a little linen heart with a crown and date to mark the passing of our Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II this month. I will add a white rose but I have run out of white thread.
I didn't do the wrapped rings but stitched blanket stitch rings instead as I didn't want anything not flexible as my piece will become a spool wrap. A piece of lovely French General selvage was my fabric scrap.
With Postcard stitching done I finished all the little stitcheries for Letter to My Daughter quilt. 
I am also sewing some of them and little hexie flowers in place.

Last postcards are on the finished pile...

Spring has also shown itself in my garden. My Sydney King Orchid is in flower....
Not as many flowerspikes as previous years but I am still very happy to see it always amazes me at the size of the teeny tiny individual orchids on each spike!
My reliable Clivia is beginning to the bloom while the other clumps are ignoring the fact it's Spring. They do the same every year!
Well folks it seems I have written another novella and I thank you for reading it all lol!
I'll leave you with the Clivia envy I had at the Botanical gardens. 

Take care until next time. 
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 



  1. Aw, It's Wattle Day, and what a gorgeous wattle photo Michelle. Even the Queen's wattle brooch got into the picture! Lovely outings with friends, nothing lifts the spirits more, and you have reminded me that it is time we also visited the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Your King Orchid looks enchanting, and happy on the tree and I am always impressed by the Clivea, which we never manage to keep alive.. Dear little talented girls, a drummer and a dancer. What could be nicer. Happy stitching, you are a dynamo. xoxox

  2. The best medicine is catching up with friends, having a good laugh and sharing a meal. Gorgeous stitcheries as always. Spring has certainly arrived in your garden.

  3. Oh my, have been busy! Time spent with family and friends is the best time, isn't it. Love all your beautiful flowers.

  4. How beautiful the wattle looks Michelle. I am envious that you got to spend time with Sue - I love catching up with her when they come to NZ but its been ages now thanks to Covid. I love all your stitchy work & especially love that you noted the date of our dear Queens passing - how special. xx

  5. Always good to catch up with friends and lovely for you to spend time with Sue. Pretty tag stitching and embroideries - good to have those postcards done. xx

  6. Wow! You have been very busy stitching and socialising. I am still very cautious and haven't eaten out for at least 2 years or been with others apart from family so I understand the need to get back into life. Your stitching projects are all so lovely and I love how you have incorporated a crown to signify the Queen's passing. Lovely pics of you and Sue.

  7. I am chasing my tail catching up on comments, but here i am.
    I am so pleased you have been able to catch up with friends and have a bit of time for yourself. Looks like you have had a lovely time.
    Also good to see the grandies keeping busy even though they are growing up fast!!
    I always love seeing your stitching and am glad you have kept it on the go.
    The garden plants are amazing. Beautiful flowers and gorgeous colours.

  8. As I can only comment on your post on my LapTop I seem to get behind.
    Lovely for you to catch up with friends and also enjoy all those beautiful blooms.
    The GDs are doing well .
    So good to have time to stitch too.


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