Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Dear Nanna
departed this world

in the early hours of

Wednesday 10th November 2010

I will miss her more than I can express.

photo - my Nanna's mixing bowl and apricots from her orchard

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Block no.3.....

Block no.3 in my
I made block #145 Chocolate Box
from the book
by Jan Eaton
I really love this block.....
it's a very clever twist on the traditional Granny Square
and works up really quickly and is very easy.
I am trying to finish off the striped cushion this week,
it seems to be taking a lot longer than I thought it would to complete
and because of this I am easily distracted from it!
But I must get it finished as Jacob is keen to claim it for his room :)
I also wanted to show you these lovely little
Noisy Miner Chicks
Manorian melanocephala
This nest is very close to our front verandah, it has been a joy to watch the adult birds build the nest and then to watch these sweet little chicks grow, I've been trying for a bit over a week to get a good photo of them to share with you all and finally today I managed to get one, it helps that they have grown a bit and are now easier to see :)

And here is one of the adult birds back with a little food for them.

I wish I had a big zoom lens so I could really photograph them properly and study them a little more, they have nested in one of our melaleuca trees.

I found this interesting info in -

The Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds

Only female builds a nest, but males occasionally carry materials - although not necessarily to the nest site. As many as 10 or more males visit a single nest while it contains eggs and most of these participate in the feeding of the nestlings. In a single nesting season, one female may been helped by as many as 24 males.

Thank you so much for visiting today
I hope you are having a great week.

~ Gillian ♥

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

my second block......

I am really enjoying my
Block of the Week Project
I am starting on some of the more simple blocks in the book
which I think will be a good way to work up to some of those
pretty tricky looking ones ;)
I loved hooking my Block no.2
#101 Into the Blue
Starting off with a circle in round one and then turning into a square,
Stitched in Treble (UK/AUS terms)
I really liked the corners on this block, although in my photos they don't show up as clearly as they do in the book (as you can see in the photo below) but I think they will be more clearly visible when the blocks are joined.
It was quite easy to hook and worked up reasonably quickly as well.

A Big Thank you to all of those who visit my blog

and to those who leave comments ♥

I hope you are having a happy day!

~ Gillian :)