Saturday, October 28, 2006






The Quilt top is done.

Thanks to you darling girls out there I had a whole new lease on life with this quilt and have the top done. What a fabulous thing a blog is!! I hope I have accomplished my task with your approval! I took everyone's comments on board then had another look at it and came to a few new conclusions. I saw it as being a little bit like that really pretty girl, who we all probably went to School with, that never saw a need for developing a personality! My quilt was like that, it had good bones, but was lacking character! With the help of your ideas and a bit of pink,(To borrow from Steel Magnolia's "my signature colour!")I think I've just about done it. It is certainly looking alright on the Wonderwall, I hope you agree.

As a 'Thank You', I have posted a picture of today's efforts. It was time to shift the chook dome to a new area, fence off the miserably dry vegies that my boy had planted in it and let some of the chooks with chickens out of their more cramped cages. As you can see, they were very happy and there are some unusual ones. All the ones that look like their feathers have been ruffled with the blow drier are frizzle crosses. The kids and I love these. The kids and their sleeping over neighbor had a fine morning helping me fence, weed and catch chickens. They were so keen on this that some of the chickens were probably caught 6 times before they got to the dome! The actual idea of the dome if you are wondering, is that it is permaculture gardening. All the lawn clippings, food scraps and weeding would go in there for 6 weeks, the dome would then be moved, and that area planted out. It requires no digging, is all weeded, manured and naturally mulched. Because it's dry and I have other chook pens, I tend to use it at this time of year to save the chickens from hawks and crows, then plant straight into it after the chicks are all grown and save the vegies from the birds and chooks.
Did a few interesting things this week. Went off to that most male of domains, the cattle saleyards, yesterday with one of my quilting friends. She was looking for 4 bargain cows for her little hobby farm and thought I may know what I was doing. Well I 'm certainly keen on breeding cows and have sold them enough but buying was still a circus. Will we, wont we????We did! She bought four 6month old Angus for $80 each. Great if you are buying but a drought tragedy if you are selling. Anyway we were so happy (and proud) that we went and had coffee and a brownie. I though seeing I have lost the equivalent of 7 of your pounds this month that one brownie was the least I deserved!Only a few more for that bikini?? Maybe just in our pool...after dark...
Talked the local accountancy firm into funding 100 books to be given to babies at the new mum's group. (That also deserved a Brownie!) Also went to a great Breast Cancer luncheon, never won the prize for the most pink on though-one woman had 23 pink items! Finally got back to School after week's missed with sick children and interruptions to do story time; 10 children from the 4 combined classes get to give me ideas and I then incorporate all of them into a made up oral storytelling session. It is the proudest moment of my son's week amd I think his sister enjoys it too but is not so forthcoming! I love it too, it's nice to still get to do a few of the teaching things I enjoy even though I have chosen to stay at home. Oops, I've raved on a bit, you have probably swithched off. Here's cheers...

10 comments:

Nancy said...

Your scrappy inner border and pink accents are PERFECT to accent that lovely top. MUCH better than the plain borders you auditioned below. You remind me I have a very lovely top from this fabric line that just needs the borders and I really need to get it finished.

Tonya R said...

A frizzle cross eh. what a great name for such a cool looking chicken. love the pics.

Angie said...

Yes!!! That's it!!! Love that scrappy inner border. Just lovely!! And look at those chickens...I want some chickens!!! LOL

Libby said...

I like the way the dome works for your 'chooks' and veggie garden too. Sounds like a fun way to tend to many things at once. The quilt turned out great.

Cynthia said...

your quilt top looks very nice. The green floral certainly was the better choice.

Cynthia said...

Tracey you were asking about how to list goals in the sidebar. If you go to my blog and right click on the right hand side you should come up with a box. Click on "view source" and a box willl come up. This is my template. Scroll down until you find where i have listed my November goals. You will see < > and whatever else is there and you need to copy that with your own list.
You need to go to your blog the same way as when you going to create a new post but click template instead. Scroll down and add it where you want on your sidebar. Always check the preview to see if it has worked. If it's correct click "save"
Hope this makes some sense to you. If not email me privately.

Sue said...

Hi Tracey,
Thanks for stopping in to visit me!
I knew what "chooks" were as my SIL is an Australian (now living here)
Nice to meet you and hope to see you again!!

Patti said...

The finished top is lovely! Love the scrappy squares border.

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your chooks also - such interesting varieties!

Gattina said...

I red in Susie's comments that you don't celebrate Halloween in Austrialia. That is strange. I was reading so much about Halloween in american blogs, that I looked for some documentation and put the result in my blog. When you consider that Ireland and England started with this long before the christian area and immigrants brought this to the States it's amazing that in Australia it doesn't exist. Here too it didn't exist and only started a couple of years ago.

Dawn said...

Oh I want that chicken! What a beautiful chook! and the quilt is really beautiful too.