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All That's Left Of The Dreams I Hold, Is A Band Of Cold.

Yes, a cold front swept through and we are currently luxuriating in a second day of 26*C. Last night it was 8. 8*C!! Peri and Gilly are happy and I am feel so much better. I did some jobs today. I needed the first day to somewhat recover and today I sent the too big boots back to be exchanged for a smaller size, bought Vliesofix and made March's Craftsy BOM and even sewed and posted off a gift. I added some of the books I've been reading to my Typelist and read two more books. I cooked pasta sauce and had a proper hot meal along with the usual salad.

Here's the block. It's not the Craftsy Block. That would have involved drafting my own block and sizing it up from 9 1/2 to 12 1/2 inches. I don't think this year's BOM is really for beginners. Instead we chose a block from a Moda sewalong by Zen Chic. I have made a green one today and I'll partially assemble the aqua one so our Sewing group can see the steps involved.

BOM 2013 3

In other good news I found my lost blocks. They were inside the unbound Spot On Kaffe Fasset JellyRoll quilt. On Monday I unfurled it and there they were. It is amazing how an invitation to afternoon tea with The Dutches can elicit this:

Kaffe Quilt
and this for Baby Zoe.

It's a wombat soft toy, each side is different, from Saffron Craig. I lined it with cotton batting and then some wadding. It will need to be washed, but baby Zoe will only feel the soft natural materials. She is so happy and so cheeky. She is starting to eat real food and almost say some words and crawl about. She's just lovely and gorgeous.

The Federal Government is mooting higher entry scores, Emotional Quotient tests and Literacy and Numeracy tests for Teachers in training. The tests will be in Year 3. By then they have been on Prac. every year, surely they need to be tested and show excellence before they begin?? Way back when I trained, to win a Studentship you needed the highest Matric results, you needed to front a panel and be interviewed and convince them of your passion to teach, and in First Year we all took Literacy and Numeracy and needed to show we were more than just able. In our whole State there were only fifteen Primary studentships awarded and I am very proud that I was chosen. I am sure the teachers who must facilitate learning should themselves have a very high standard of education and be creative and diverse thinkers.

Google Reader is being closed down. Why?? There must be quite a lot of people like me who are not all tablet and smart phone-y and like the organisation and convenience of an RSS aggregator. Bah Humbug. I will wait while other more techy people come up with some solutions.

We solved the sprinkler problem. I placed the sprinkler on an upturned bucket and then the initial spray wasn't in anyone's eyes or ears. It was like rain and Peri and Gilly spent many happy times in the  sprinkler rain, being cool.

Peri and Gilly under the rain sprinkler
When not under the sprinkler, Gilly was improving her digging skills in the paddle pool and getting nice and wet.

Gilly is busy digging the water
Peri had some enforced time under the hose when she rolled in something smelly and grubby. She was inordinately happy to be smelly and grubby and didn't mind smelling of colloidal oatmeal when she was clean!!

Peri is smelly and grubby
I'm turning on the oven and cooking an apple pecan banana cake tomorrow for Friday Food and I'm also having a go at making my own tomato sauce. Not sure how that will go, but I have lots of tomatoes from people's gardens and I love home made tomato sauce.I always choose it over commercial sauce when there's the option. Maybe I'll make some relish too. Yum.

And soon, very soon, I hope to be knitting myself Slow Line and Alight. As soon as I finish Petrea: I just need to sew it up and knit the button bands. Come on the cooler weather.



Oooh, I made tomato relish recently. I must post about it. I was well pleased with myself!

I am Very Cross about google reader too. I have been checking out various options today and am not really happy with any of them, but there is another I am going to try called the OldReader (I think it is, which I've heard good things about.

I am so glad it has cooled down for you and the girls.


haha after seeing the pictures of your kaffe fasset quilt i went and salivated over his range of fabrics (again). i imagined it the human equivalent of peri's rolling in all the smelly things. glee. but.must.use.fabrics.i.own before.buying.more!


That Gilly makes me laugh!

I asked son what to replace Google Reader with and he suggested Pulse. I haven't yet looked at it, so don't know what it's like. I'm seeing him Saturday so will ask about others as well. I did use the "takeout" service offered yesterday and downloaded all my entries currently in Google Reader. It's now a file in my downloads folder and should be useful when I decide what to do next.


I agree with your statements about teachers and their skills, you don't want the least able people teaching your kids you want the most able and working it out after their training is complete seems like a waste of time for all involved :-(

I agree regarding Google reader as well, the buggers, I have put a line of enquiry up on Rav to see what they come up with :-)

Peri looks completely happy with the mess she has made of herself, just like one of my kids after they've been playing in the mud out the back!


oh yes this weather is bliss, let's hope that horrible hot stuff does not return. I have even actually noticed the days are shorter now I am not obssessed with it being so hot, finally a hint of Autumn


ps if you pop over to Janelle Wind's blog her daughter has a quick post about Bloglovin saying it does the same as Google Reader and is easy to transfer your blogs over!!


I'm very annoyed about Google Reader too, I have transferred everything to "Bloglovin" which was quite easy, but the way you use it is quite different to Reader.... erghh! I hate change! I love Zoe's wombat though. I'm so glad she's doing better x


I am very pleased to hear you are getting cooler weather. It must be quite a relief.

I'm quite annoyed about the demise of Reader. I'm trying Feedly instead which is quite nice except no search facility so I'm still looking in a general way for a new way of doing things.

Your quilt looks like fun and I bet that baby will be chuffed to bits with her wombats!


Love those wombat toys - they are gorgeous. I am also upset that Goggle Reader is being discontinued as I used it too. Maybe we are the only 2 people using this service! We need more teachers like you.


I love baby Zoe's gift!

What a surprise to see that Peri is covered in something dirty & smelly!! LOL

I'm so glad you have found your lost's so frustrating when you can't find where you put things isn't it!? I have a bad habit of putting things in a 'safe' place & then not remembering where that 'safe' place was!

Well done on figuring out the sprinkler LOL

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