16 April, 2017

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.

Love Christine

That's us in our camper.
Although our camper isn't as cute as this one!

09 April, 2017

2017 Football Season Starts!

Today is the official start of the 2017 NFL junior football season. Unfortunately for Nelson, we weren't able to get an Under 17's team at Yarrambat. Nelson made the decision to finish his final year in junior footy at Eltham JFC.
Still can't get use to seeing him in red and black!
So Nelson is now an Eltham Panther. 
Noel and I are still at Yarrambat, me as Secretary and 
Noel on Committee and a life member!

Have a great final season Nelson!

Two posts in one day! I think that's a first for me!

YJFC Sportsmans Lunch and FNWF

Friday saw Mitchell and I up at Yarrambat Junior Football Club for their 2017 Sportsmans lunch. 
I was an invited guest as Secretary of the Club and 
Mitchell was helping out in the bar.
 One of the guest speakers was former AFL player, Brendan Fevola. Mitchell was pretty excited to meet him.
Brendan was a very entertaining speaker. 
I didn't get home until after 8pm as I ended up working 
in the bar. After a long day up at the Club, I really 
wasn't up to doing any stitching. So I joined the girls in the 
Northern Hemisphere for FNWF on Saturday.
 I managed to get some more binding stitched down on my large Vintage Modern quilt. It was put aside as I had a special project to get made so I could get it to my quilter 
as it is for a wedding gift in early June.
Thank you for being such a lovely hostess Chez. 
You see can what everyone got up to here.

03 April, 2017

Stitching Day With Gail Pan and Bonnie Sullivan

Saturday morning saw Mel and I head off 
to Narre Warren for a fun day of stitching 
 Bonnie is from Oregon and her website is All Through The Night. Bonnie's projects had wool applique, something 
I have only done once before.

We were given four beautiful projects.
 Gail's "See My Sewing" project bag.
 "Bountiful Bees" table runner.
 A close up of Gail's bountiful bees stitchery.
Bonnie's "There's No Place Like Home" . This is one of her new patterns with preprinted backgrounds.
"Cherry Ripe", Bonnie's second project.
 Just to show you that I actually managed 
to get some stitching done, along with all the 
chatting, eating and shopping!
Thank you Gail and Bonnie for a fabulous day. And thanks to my lovely friend Mel for the great company.
It's always a fun day when Mel and I go out.

01 April, 2017

March OPAM

My little dolphin for Baby C.
My small Vintage Modern quilt. Haven't finished 
the binding on the large one yet.

So two finishes for March. 
Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.

19 March, 2017

Friday Night Sew-In

 I finished stitching the binding down on my 
Vintage Modern quilt for the smaller couch.
I think Molly approves.
Here's the back. I decided to use the off cuts from the backing to make the binding. I really like how it turned out.
 A close-up of the quilting.
Then did a little more calculating for a special project I have. I must admit I am very out of my comfort zone with these fabrics. It is going to be a modern quilt!
Thank you for being such a lovely hostess Wendy.

18 March, 2017

Nelson's Last Athletics Carnival

 Yesterday we had perfect weather for Nelson's last Athletics Carnival at Plenty Valley Christian College. 
He finished off with a bang!
 Nelson came first in the 100m. He was relieved as the boys had made a bet that whoever came last had to shave their arm! Nelson definitely made sure it wasn't him.
He came second in high jump. Not bad considering he hasn't done it since the Carnival last year!
 This was a personal best for him - 1.7m.
Meers House came first in house/teacher relay. 
He also came third in the 4 x 100m relay.

So the end of an era for Nelson and for me.
After 16 years of attending Athletics Carnivals, that's it for me! In fact, it's the last time I officially help out at school.

14 March, 2017

A Dolphin!

The little girl who used to live next door is now all grown up and expecting her first baby in a few weeks
Both Hope and Tim love the beach and I thought a dolphin would be perfect for their soon to be born baby boy. 
Now to wait for his big entrance!

13 March, 2017

Nelson's Debutante Ball

 Saturday night saw us head to the Luxor Reception Centre in Taylor's Lakes as Nelson was partnering Jordyn in the Debutante Ball. You can tell I wasn't home when Nelson got ready to go. I would have made him do up his vest!
 Nelson bowing to Jordyn as they met on the stairs.
 Phew! That's part one over with!
Time for the fun dance!
 Our three sons!

It was a wonderful night and I know 
Nelson really enjoyed himself.

04 March, 2017

Friday Night With Friends

Last night I finished my Splendid Sampler 
block by Gail Pan.
Then I spent time going through my button jars to find 
the right little button for my Splendid Sampler 
block by Jenny. Found the perfect one!
My sewing came to a stop when I had to do some cleaning up. I was carrying the two jars back to my sewing room when I knocked the both of them lightly together. The bottom then fell out of the smaller jar. Lucky it wasn't the other one. It's a bit hard to see but the jar is actually a bear.
Thanks to Cheryll for hosting us last night.

28 February, 2017

First OPAM Report For 2017

 I've signed up with Peg and Kris for OPAM again this year.
 My first (and only) finish for January 
was Mel's Tree of Friendship.
For February I've just managed to sneak in with these two bunny rugs for a special little person who is on his way!

Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.

26 February, 2017

Sydney - Before And After Our Cruise

 Our cruise left from Sydney. 
We flew up early Sunday morning, checked our bags in 
and then had a few hours free to look around.
My brother Neville came down to Circular Quay to spend time with us until we had to board the ship.
 Nelson having fun.
We looked around the harbour, the Rocks, Botanical Gardens. I think Noel's pedometer read about 25,000 steps that day, not including up and down the stairs on the ship when they did the safetly drill before we left.
 We went to look at Government House and it turned 
out to be open to the public that day which was a bonus.
 Mrs MacQuarie's Chair.
 Returning to Sydney.
 Unfortunately, it was raining when we got back. It turned out to be the wettest day in Sydney for six months!
We headed off to the Barracks Museum but as the rain started again, we went into the State Library of NSW.
 What an amazing place.
The rain had eased so we headed off again. Only for the skies to open up again and it poured, along with thunder and lightning. There was a coffee shop across the road so we headed there for a cuppa to wait for the rain to ease. In fact, it only got worse!
Nelson had a little doze. He had been partying late each night on the ship. They have Club 02 which is for 15-17 age group. That is why we hardly saw him! After about an hour we decided we would just have to go. The thunder and lightning had stopped. We found a chemist a couple of doors up and bought some souvenirs, umbrellas!
Finally made it to the Barracks Museum. 
This was wonderful and so interesting. I think we spent about two and a half hours here.
 Nelson listening to the audio commentary.
We also went to the Queen Victoria Building. It was then time to start heading back to the airport to fly home.

Well, that's our holiday. I hope you've enjoyed seeing what we got up to. Now to dream about the next cruise!