Wednesday 30 August 2023


Middle of this month we went away north toward Sydney for my young brother, hence why I've been so quiet.  Just some paperwork to sign, catch up with carers and his yearly review.

On our way early one morning, the stopping for a tea break at Bairnsdale near the river.

Next stop was luchtime at Cann River where there is a beautiful sculpture of Lyrebird.
Across the rod we have a lovely old timber church.
Finally arriving in Eden at the caravan park, where this local lot call home too.  Biggest problem here is looking out for all the kangaroo poo.😊
After spending a few days doing all we had too, seeing brother, then two of my cousins the next day & visiting both sons on the next two days, there wasn't much time for photo stops.  The above is a gorgeous view from Jamberoo Lookout near Kiama.  You can see so much bushland, farming country & the sea.
Heading towards home on the Monday, a comfort stop was needed in Ulladulla, where I snapped the harbour.
Further down the coast towards Batemans Bay, we always look out for this derelict old barn.
An afternoon break was wanting, so a quick cuppa was had at the Tuross Heads turnoff, where I took the above photo.  Below we have a row of Illawarra Flame trees, which are in flower August/Sepember.

Nearer to home lunch was needed and while at Lakes Entrance I too some time to snap the black swans.

Then we had a little walk along the foreshore, then back to the car where there were many Corellas on the grass.  Someone disturbed them and they flew into the trees.  Looked quite spectacular if you click to enlarge the photo.

Short and sweet for today, so I'll  end it here so I don't overwhelm you with photos                                   We've been uber busy since we got home, but I'll try and settle down a bit and catch up with some posts of what else we've been up to.

Thanks to all my lovely blog pals for my cards and birthday wishes too.  What would I do without you all.

Take care all and big hugs from Susan.


Wednesday 2 August 2023


 We'll start with apologies for not blogging lately and that is just due to my mood, weather and so many changes going on in our world.  Now let's see what we've been up to during winter so far, though it will be mostly quilt stuff, as I need to link with Meadow Mist Designs.

A couple of finishes and photo shoots have finally happened in July.

Two photos  taken outside in a local town park of THE VILLAGE quilt I did as QAL with Sandra from mmmquilts and now it has taken up residence at our towns Special School.  More about that later.

Deco Delight
Now quilted and bound & photographed sideways on a friend's stationary tram.
It's been hard to take photos outside due to the weather.  One of my own designs.

This is another of my own designs, made after my first Whimsey, which was made to replicate colours in a crocheted rug by the lovely Lucy at Attic24 blog.
Photo taken yesterday inside due weather constraints again.
So good to have these out of the tub of shame & finished.

I'm also participating in a book blog hop with Cheryl, again from Meadow Mist Designs and am showing my progress on Snapdragon Cove from her latest quilt book, called Just 2 Charm Packs.
It's not working out as well as I'd hoped and that is my own fault with the Layer Cake I chose to use up.
It has been hanging around on the shelf for a long time and if I remember rightly was a thank you gift from someone from long ago.  I'll persevere and hope to finish the flimsy soon, get it quilted and bound. I'm thinking of gifting it to Windgap Foundation for the Christmas Raffle they run at the end of the year.
What has happened so far.
HSTs done & sorted.  Quite a lot.

Starting the placement of a few, then sewing together.

This is how far I've progressed up till yesterday.

Now for a quick update on the Great Southern Rail Trail.

We started off at Meeniyan & walked back to where we finished our walk last time, then of course had to walk back to Meeniyan and think in all we did between 8-9 kilometres.

Just as we left that signage above we discovered a gorgeous community garden, which I'll do a catch up post later this week.  Below is one of the quirky sculptures in the garden, which I love.
Next a photo of the bridge we crossed with the old rail bridge beside, as you can see, has deteriorated over the years.
OK, I'm finishing up this post for today and will hopefully be back with more this week and must keep my blog up to date, for my own pleasure/sanity and hopefully others who enjoy seeing wacky bits of our life.  
Take care all and big hugs from a cool, but sunny day from down under.