Melbourne Flower & Garden Show 2014

Today, I spent a lovely day with my daughter Miss C, at the annual Flower and Garden Show.

It was a beautiful Autumn day, perfect for the show.

It is held in the Royal Exhibition Building and the adjoining Carlton Gardens.

They were completed in 1880 for the first International Trade Show to be held in Melbourne.

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Turtle spitting water at boy. A sense of humour.

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Loved the train track and toy train going around the garden bed.

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French lunch anyone ?

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Plastic drinking cups poked into wire, make pretty flowers.

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We head inside to the beautifully restored Exhibition Building.

I love the beautiful murals and high domed ceiling.

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Jacket and skirt.

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Popcorn Dress

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I hope you enjoyed your tour of the show and some of my favourite photos.

There are many, many more beautiful displays that I was unable to photograph.

I think next year may be a 2 day trip.

I am heading off to bed for a well deserved rest.

Cheers.

Linny

An explosion of colour-Holi.

I am sharing the celebration of the Hindu festival of colour, joy and love called Holi.

On the weekend, I saw a picture of Holi in the newspaper.

The photographer had captured such joy and gaiety in his photo of women celebrating Holi.

The joy on the faces of the adult women made them resemble excited children.

It made me curious to learn more about what Holi was.

Googling Holi, I was met with an explosion of colour.

What I found were images of such brilliant colours, that my mood was instantly lifted.

I experienced the extraordinary power of colour on mood.

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Imagine every part of your body being coloured in brilliant pink, purple, blue ,green, orange and yellow powder.

What an amazing experience it must be, to be coloured and waterbombed, whilst in a crowd.

The photo below shows American students celebrating on campus.

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Above Photo source  : kennydavisdesign.wordpress.com

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It is so rare that grown ups get to act like children.

The human face is indeed truly beautiful when ecstatically happy.

I can’t help but smile when I see such beautiful images of joyous people.

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Photo above and below source: Getty images Au.

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What a wonderful idea to celebrate joy and what an amazing way to cut through barriers and unite people.

How brilliant would it be, if Holi became a universal day that all people and nations celebrated?

What if Police sprayed demonstrators with riotous colour instead of pepperspray and teargas?

For the world to be happy and at peace for just one day a year.

How powerful would this celebration be?

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I hope that I coloured your day today.

I wish you happiness and joy.

Happy belated Holi Day to you.

Cheers Linny xxxxx

 

Sailing the old way.

On Sunday, at 2-25p.m Hubby and I stumbled upon the good ship “Enterprize” . It was due to sail at 2.30p.m.

There was a storm brewing and the usually flat Bay was very choppy.

It took us two minutes flat to decide to throw caution to the wind and go for an hour long cruise on this lovely ship.

How often do you get to sail on a tall ship?

For us it was a first and it would make us step out of our comfort zones.

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 The Schooner is a replica of the ship Enterprize that sailed in from Van Diemen’s Land or Tasmania as it is known these days.

The original Enterprize carried the first white settlers that started the City of Melbourne.

She is now crewed by volunteers and they were very keen to go for a sail.

Hubby and I were the only passengers on board., making it a very special experience.

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I was enjoying the sailing experience and not in the least expecting to be put to work.

Neither of us have any sailing experience. I thought all I would be required to do was duck at times.

Not so, we were put to work.

Hubby had to help hoist the mainsail.

My allocated job was to hoist the smaller of the sails.

As I was wearing a skirt, I prayed that the windy conditions wouldn’t result in me wearing my skirt up around my neck.

In the event of this happening, I could see the crew jumping overboard and abandoning the ship.

I was surprised at how much energy is exerted in this process.

I confess, I had to ask for help to complete the hoisting of my sail.

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Hubby was sent up the rigging and had to sit on the spar.

The view was great from up there, though it was a bit blowy.

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I begged not to be sent up there as my recently eaten lunch was perilously close to coming back up.

We both prayed that we weren’t made to climb out onto the bow, to strap the sail down.

This female crew member was young and sprightly .

She did a great job under the windy weather conditions.

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We both had a great time and were really happy that we made the spontaneous decision to try something new.

My stomach was very glad that we reached dry land.

Maybe sailing shouldn’t be done on a full stomach.

Have you done anything spontaneous or out of the norm lately?

Cheers Linny xxxx

P.S.  No craftwork happening here in the last two weeks. Those works in progress have seriously stalled.

I am hoping that the Autumn weather of cooler days and nights will inspire me to pick up the needles again.

Painted Elephants. Colours of India.

I haven’t been to India yet, so I was totally unaware of painted elephants .

That was until today, when I read Pip Lincolne’s blog “Meet me at Mikes”.

Pip had posted wonderful photographs of painted elephants by photographer Charles Freger.

The bright colours of the painted elephants instantly drew me in.

 I followed her link to the National Geographic MagazIne , to discover more about this fascinating topic.

Charles had gone to India to photograph 25 decorated and costumed elephants.

He used the elephant as the model rather than the man ( mahout) on the elephant.

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The photographs are absolutely stunning don’t you think ?

I hope they bring some colour into your day, like they did mine.

You can’t help but feel happier after looking at this photo exhibition.

Source of photo images. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/painted-elephants/freger-photography#/07-india-elephant-painted-rainbow-floral-curled-trunk-580v.jpg

PS. I found a great free resource and would love to share it with you.

Free colour wheels and colour charts which can be printed out.

Follow the link here to ” Just something I made” a wonderful blog.

Cathe Holden shares lots of ideas and crafting resources.

Have a colourful day.

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Week’s end.

I have limped through this week. My whole self has protested loudly about being dragged back from holidays last week.

As such, there has been minimal crafting happening here.

In fact little of anything has been done by me.

Maybe it is the change of seasons and the transition from heatwaves to cooler weather, making me slow down.

Maybe it is the thought of another 50 something birthday in a month’s time.

I am really hoping to be more productive next week.

In my hexie factory, I managed to make one hexie flower this week.

I have managed to reduce the number of little plastic bags down from eight to two.

It was a great motivator to be organised and  a challenge to whittle away at my pile of little plastic bags.

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The current bloom of roses is spectacular.

This mixture of purple and burgundy roses, from the garden is stunning.

I got home from work today to find that my daughter had placed them on the dining table.

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I hope your week has been good so far.

Cheers Linny xxxx

Weaving in a traditional way.

This blog is especially for Lucie. The photos are taken at Mystery Island in the South Pacific Ocean Nov 2013.

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 Local woman weaving headbands for tourists from Cruise Ship in port at Mystery Island.

Fresh flowers are added to make a floral halo.

They are given out as a welcoming gift to the Island.

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This is the view from where she is working. I wish I had this outlook at my work.

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Home from holiday.

For me, the two most depressing days of any holiday are the day of returning home and the first day back at home.

Today is my first full day back at home and I am at a loss.

There is so much that I could/should be doing but I am avoiding. I have post holiday flatness.

There is nothing like avoidance, so instead I am writing today’s post and hoping that looking at the photos I have taken around the house today, will bring me back to my everyday life.

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Hexies are coming along slowly. I managed to make 3 whilst on holidays.

Once I got new glasses the process went together a lot quicker.

I was pretty much blind while threading a needle.

I am really loving working with these reproduction vintage American Jane Fabrics.

It is such a happy selection of colours and I get so excited as I complete each flower.

Very glad that I chose 2.5 inch templates, rather than smaller ones.

To give you an idea of the size, the hexies in the above photo are sitting on 2 sheets of A4 size paper.

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Harvested the fairy eggplants today. The heatwaves have affected their size, despite watering daily.

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Saw these adorable chicken napkin holders up in Sydney a fortnight ago.

Just had to have a dozen for casual lunches.

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The red delicious apples have really turned red, whilst we have been away.

As this is our first crop, we are not quite sure when to pick them.

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We got some much needed rain but the poor dwarf conifers are looking very frazzled by the two heatwaves we had.

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Someone was very depressed that he got left at home.

Only 3 members of the family went away and the other two stayed at home.

Bronco was so excited to have us come home, that he did laps of the hallway.

Today he is not letting us out of his sight.

Whilst uploading the photos, I have managed to clean the vanity and bath.

Maybe that is the secret, to tackle bite sized chunks one at a time.

Thank goodness it is the weekend, I am tired already.

How has your week been?

Cheers Linny

Summer Holiday

Late summer is one of my favourite times of year to holiday. There is still enough daylight to enjoy at the end of the day and the worst of the heat is usually over. It is still hot enough to take a swim in the bay. At the seaside towns that rely heavily on the summer tourists, there is a sense that life is getting back to normal. There are now car parks available close to the beach, no more walking for ages to get to the water. The shops no longer have queues out the door. One can buy the obligatory ice-cream quite quickly in the ice cream store. No more lining up. It is as if everyone and everything has taken a huge sigh of relief that the craziness of the summer holiday season is over. Here are a few sights we have seen so far.

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Bathing sheds at Dromana.

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The most Pelicans that I ever seen in one place.

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All of them preening themselves at the same time.

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A lot of kite surfers at Balnarring Beach.

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It wouldn’t be a holiday for me if I didn’t bring along some craft to do.

My handy packaging of hexies, made it easy to grab and run.

I am really enjoying the mindfulness of handsewing this project.

I am so excited as each flower takes shape.

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Hubby quickly mastered this jigsaw puzzle on the first day/night here.

This has become his holiday tradition and is not something that he finds time to pursue at home. My daughter usually helps him but this puzzle was too challenging for her.

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Yesterday afternoon, we had afternoon tea at a Bakery and listened to a jazz band. The average age of the band members was 65 but the enjoyment from playing music together was beautiful to see. It was good for my musician daughter and her musician boyfriend, who were with us to see that they can continue to play music into their old age.

I hope you had as great a weekend as I did.

Cheers Linny

Australian grown fruit and vegies.

One of the wonderful things about our Australian climate is the ability to grow beautiful fruit and vegetables. Being a young country, our soils are clean and healthy. I am saddened by the demise of an iconic fruit cannery in my home state of Victoria. The company itself was taken over by Coca-Cola a few years ago and needs a massive capital investment to update their machinery. The importation of very cheap overseas canned products, has seen consumers drift away from the Australian grown products. This really saddens me that for the sake of a dollar or two per can, consumers are preferring a cheaper and often inferior product. If this trend continues we are going to lose this iconic factory. Worse still for the residents of the country town and the farmers who rely on this cannery for their livelihoods. I deliberately purchase Australian grown fruit and vegetables to help our farmers and to ensure that my family is ingesting produce grown in our wonderful clean climate. I need to know that the soil and processing is clean and free from anything that will harm my family.

If the cannery closes I for one will resort to buying fresh fruit when it is in season and stew/freeze the fruit in my deep freezer. I decided to put my money where my mouth is. Yesterday my supermarket had ripe plums at a greatly reduced price, so I stocked up on them. I stewed half of the fruit with brown sugar, soy sauce, all spice, garlic and chilli. I am looking forward to using my savory plum sauce with pork in some asian dishes. The other half of the plums were stewed with sugar and will be wonderful to have with ice cream or crepes.

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In my vegie garden the plants are managing to survive the high temperatures we have had.

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to this.

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How 3 became 1 is a great mystery. Anyone heard of cannibal cucumbers ? 

I am thinking the poor mother plant couldn’t sustain her 3 babies in the heat and killed off the 2 weakest/youngest .

I am expecting a lot from this super cucumber if this is the case.

If I only grow only one cucumber this summer, it better be a good one.

My fairy eggplant bush has 10 babies of varying sizes, on the go,

These seem an easy plant to grow. I hope they taste good when they are fully ripe.

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My miniature pine trees took a big hit from the scorching sun, as did my magnolia.

The grass has turned brown in places that don’t receive any water when we water the garden.

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Lucky my roses are loving the heat and continuing to bloom.

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No crafting going on here this week, so far but I am thinking Friday might be a good day for me to stay in my pyjamas and sew.

What has your week been like?