Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's been awhile!

Well, I've been a bit slack in the blogging world havent I?!

Life has just gotten hectic around here in the past fortnight or so. My mum and dad were here for a week, hubby has been working crazy mad hours and I've been holding together a house with the cleaning, cooking & general chores.
I have found a quiet moment this morning to spend some 'me' time. I am enjoying a quiet cuppa, heading to clean the kitchen, hang out some washing then the sewing room is all mine!! I will have to spend 10 minutes doing a speed clean in there as all the odds & bobs have been dumped in there (again!).

We've had rain for the past 2 days with some more threatening clouds around today. Fingers crossed that it does not rain today as we are all itching and champing at the bit to get the headers chomping away through the crops.


Helping hubby move gear during swathing.
The rows are freshly swathed, hence why they are so green.

 

Swathed canola rows. At this point they are starting to dry out
quite well and are nearly ready to be picked up.

This is a video of the swather. Hubby was doing 12hr shifts so I quite often joined him for dinner. The swather cuts the canola crop and lays it in rows that sit on top of the stubble to allow the crops to dry & ripen, ready to be picked up.


I couldnt resist. Had to share a photo of my Red rolling in the dirt on the dam bank.
He gets so excited when he's been in the water!!



I did have a two day "break" in town for the local show. I helped a friend with her saddlery store and babysitting duties of Miss 1mth old and Miss 2. I was the lucky one to share a room with Miss 2 who woke at 5am. No wonder I'm so tired! I normally enter some of my photography in the show & I had plans to enter my Happy Quilt however I missed the entry cut off for the photography & I am still working on my Happy Quilt. However, I did take some photos of the quilts created by the very talented local quilters. I will pop up a post on those later on!


Works in Progress:
-Happy Quilt
-Owl Cot Quilt
-2 cheaters cot quilts.

Project Wish List:
-Christmas Table runner
-Rainbow Log Cabin quilt
(there are more but they are stored way back in my mind somewhere to be dug out at a later date)



Monday, October 8, 2012

That time of the year again!

Yep! It's slowly starting to get busy. Hubby was out the door by 6am and is not expected home till after 5pm. We have started swathing the canola. Swathing is when you cut the plant and lay it down so that it can dry out. You then come back about 14 days later and pick it up with the header. I love to watch the colours change over the two weeks. It goes through too many changes to list!
Here are the swathed rows around lunch time today.....


Monday, October 1, 2012

Drover

I'm a part of a travelling stash page on Facebook. Basically, someone gathers together a pile of fabric (generally fat quarters and charm packs) and chucks them in a parcel. They place a document on the Facebook page asking for people who wish to be involved. Once there is enough people, say 10 or 12, the parcel then gets posted to the first person on the list. They look at the fabric and take out what they want. However, they have to replace it with something from their fabric stash. Great idea I think!
One of my good friends who lives in Melbourne decided that she would package up a travelling stash and call it Drover.....I put my name down and was pleased to be third to receive Drover. I was so excited when Lara let me know he was on route to my house!! But, as it always is, disaster strikes! Because of my location, I have a roadside rural mailbox which only receives mail twice a week. It's a huge mailbox - I have heard a story of a backpacker sheltering in it from the rain one day. Anywho, we've had terrible bee problems this year and the bees made a hive in the mailbox around the time Drover was due to arrive. I was devastated as this means that Doug the Postie won't deliver the mail for fear of being stung (this I understand). Anyway, after a few mail days and a chat with Doug Drover arrived safely! He was promptly picked up, taken back to my place where I proceeded to unpack and admire him. I was in looove!
I touched every piece of fabric. I looked at them all from every angle. I sorted them into piles then I resorted them again and again until I came up with about half a dozen fat quarters that I wanted to be mine. Then I headed to my sewing room to my fabric stash. This was going to be difficult for me and I knew this from the moment I put my name on Drovers list.....I love my fabric stash and parting with any of it was going to be hard!
I sat in front of my desk and went through my FQs. I pulled out the ones that I thought would suit Drover. I pulled out the ones that deep down I knew I could part with and I pulled out some pieces that I would need to cut into FQ size.....eventually I had made my decision.
The first photo is Drover on my dining table having a rest...the second photo is what I kept (rainbow stars) and the third is what I put back in.
I have repackaged and posted Drover on his way again. He's headed further west to visit Amanda.
I'm very sorry this post has taken so long to be published but I've been super busy and its about to get busier here with the canola pretty much ready to go. I hope to get a post of that up real soon for you all.