Saturday, 21 February 2015

FNSI and Cyclone Watch

Considerable time was spent online last night watching the path of Cyclone Marcia as she came through our region on her way south. Thankfully downgraded to a Cat 1 by then but still plenty of wind and rain.  We measured 105 mm (4") in the gauge this morning but some wouldn't have made it in the gauge with the wind factor. Towns further west of us measured up to 8 inches and lost power while Yeppoon and Rockhampton to our north bore the brunt of it.

So back to my sewing ... I managed to prep and needle turn one more block for 'Natures Journey'. Thank you Wendy for getting us all together for another Friday Night.

This morning called for a drive down to the creek for a look see ...

With the road in the other direction also cut, we'll be staying put for a little bit ... more sewing time.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Weather Update

Tropical Cyclone Marcia - Category 5

She's starting to cross the coast just north of Yeppoon this morning ... watching the updates on TV and Internet ... keep safe everyone. Waiting to see what impact we experience in the pathway south.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Whether the Weather

Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

At the end of last year we were out feeding cattle to keep them alive through the drought. Good rains December and January grew the grass and I found myself stuck at flooded creeks driving home from work. Now this is knocking on the door!

Tropical Cyclone Marcia

On the sewing news, I managed another finish earlier this month but just haven't had the time to share. The block was from our groups Christmas swap and our challenge is to make the block into an item by July ... big tick for me ... I'm done!

Also needle turning my way through the February blocks for 'Natures Journey'.

Last Sunday night our area experienced a 5.2 earthquake ... I somehow managed to sleep right through it even with hubby trying to wake me ... thankfully no major damage reported. So now I'm taking my tired body to bed and listen to the wind howling outside ... see what tomorrow brings.

Night Night     >^..^<

Sunday, 25 January 2015

This and That for 2015

First is my recap for finishes in 2014.  Dealing with drought had a big impact on my sewing mojo but I did manage a few small finishes.  There are still a couple of quilts waiting to be quilted so all in good time I guess.

My first finish for 2015 is also my first mini quilt ... with another mini almost finished.

A finish for January also puts me on track for OPAM 2015 hosted by the lovely Kris and Peg ... and also a count for 1 Xmas Item A Month and CTTY over at Anthea's

This week was back to work in town and wouldn't you know it!  I will never complain but with the recent rain event for Queensland I was faced with this 3 afternoons on the way home. I've begun taking an overnight bag and pillow to work with me just in case. I should have some stitching in the car with me to work on while a wait for them to go down.

Preparation for 'Natures Journey' and 'A Merry Christmas Garden' took precedence over housework yesterday. These are going to be my 2 main projects for 2015 as well as finishing off a couple of quilts and ... did I mention DD has set a wedding date so best make that 3 main projects!

Happy Australia Day for tomorrow.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sewing In A Storm

This has been much of today. 27 mm of rain with lots of bad lightning, thunder and small hail.

After the heatwave of the past few days I can't believe I said I might have to put a coat on. So with 'back to work' tomorrow it's time for some last minute (first for the year) sewing.

This year I've joined Chooky's SAL and my pattern for 'Natures Journey' arrived last Friday. Our target for January was a little Christmas stitchery which I finished stitching Thursday ...

This sweet angel now has borders ... been sandwiched ... and binding machined on ready to hand stitch down.  Also another Christmas block I received at our local patchwork group's breakup last year. We've challenged each other to finish the 12 1/2" blocks into a project by July so I'm well ahead for once.

We are so thankful to have received good rain through December. Now that the grass has grown some, the cattle are finally back in their paddocks happily grazing ... follow up rain is still needed but for now the pressure is off.  It's so lovely to see some blooms back in the garden too.

Time to get 2015 rolling.


Wednesday, 31 December 2014


It's just way too hot and steamy to feel like doing much at all.

Farewell 2014

Hello 2015

Monday, 22 December 2014

Green Hills and Dam

Now that title is sounding a lot like someone's favourite story.  Computer is also charged and operational ... so much nicer all round. What a difference some good rain can make.

Beautiful red from the poinciana tree and the mock orange tree's white blossom has the most lovely fragrance.

We've fenced off some of the house yard so the horses can have a treat.

Still busy moving cattle about so that they all get access to some new green grass. There's not a lot of it yet ( a long way to grow back) so some have gone back to their paddock and the others are rotated about to give the grasses a chance to rejuvenate.

So time to get organized for Christmas with a few last minute chores around the house before family arrive in a couple of days.

To all my lovely blogger friends and visitors, I wish you a Merry Christmas full of love and laughter with those near and dear to you. 

May 2015 be everything you hope for and the weather be kind to all.

Thursday, 11 December 2014


Lightening isn't good for electrical things ... even when you think you're being safe.  When I went to recharge my laptop battery, it appears the ac/dc adaptor has fried (yes, it was all disconnected but not pulled out at the wall) so until I can get my hands on a new one, I'm struggling at slower than snail pace with an oldie but still faithful laptop. So for now it's only the bare minimum.

We're expecting more storms this afternoon and tomorrow ... it's soooo hot and steamy at the moment. After the fall of 44 mm we had on Sunday, we measured another 33 mm on Monday and 10 on Tuesday ... you can hear the grass growing (biggest grin).  I do hope everyone is having their turn of the wet stuff.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Oh The Excitement!

It's our turn ... woohoo!  Under today's storm .... 44 mm of rain over the front half of our property ... hubby went for a drive after and still dusty over the back paddocks.

May everyone get their turn several times over.

Like Rain Drops

My posts have become like the rain drops ... too few and too far between.  Yesterday started off looking good ...

only to measure 4 1/2 mm  while neighbouring areas were receiving between 40 and 80 mm (happy for them and hoping it's our turn next).  We've been forecast a wet week so everything is crossed that it delivers widespread soaking rains to all...and them some follow-up rain.

Two weeks ago I took some leave from work, swapped my playground duty hat and summer sandals for an akubra and riding boots to saddle up (after 20+ years) and help DH with the cattle. There's no feed left in most paddocks, so we take them out each day to find something to eat while still feeding hay to our breeders. My parents have been coming over each week to lend a hand also. Myself, hubby and dad... even my poor old pony has had to come out of retirement.

Needless to say, anything sewing related is non-existent and blogging has taken a back seat although I do a quick skip around a few favourites each night just for some 'normality'.

Over the last few years, we've been from flood to drought, broken by more floods and straight back into drought ... isn't it time for a regular, normal, reasonable season?