I seem to have fallen into a deep hole lately. I finished these souvenirs - going back to some of my old techniques. I do like the effect of colouring cheap panne velvet with disperse dyes and working over that. There is a subtle sheen behind the work which I find very lush.
Somehow since then I have been bogged down with other stuff, appointments, meetings, housework etc. I have also spent hours at the computer booking accommodation for our trip the New Zealand in November - that is all done now, thank goodness.
I have found time to take Jock for a walk in the Botanic Gardens occasionally. The lomandras are in full flower at present. They are good for cut flowers and they last forever as dried flowers. There are huge clumps of them planted along the edges of the lagoons to give the water birds hidey holes for their nests. The snakes like them too so I don't let Jock anywhere near them if possible.
The cycads are shooting out with all their new season's growth. I love the different shapes, some short,
and some very tall.
I am hopeless at linking to a previous post, but the post where I announced the giveaway for my 200th post had a photo of Syzygium Australe in flower. Well, most of the flowers have gone, leaving these lovely pinky red bases (calyx's?) My botany is non-existent, I don't know the proper term, but they are very pretty anyway, whatever they are.
I have received my copy of the new book by Maggie Grey and Isobel Hall, I was so looking forward to it, now I am very frustrated - the book was very wet when it arrived here. I have it on a table in the air conditioned office and I am turning (very carefully) a page every so often to try to dry it out so I can read it. I have complained to Australia Post to no avail, I have no idea what they managed to do to it, but I am NOT happy.
At least I shall be able to play with the versa-tool which I ordered from Dale just as she was leaving for London. I really want to see if I can transfer an image to cloth with it as the instructions say. Watch this space - I will sho you if I am successful. Only three more post to go after this before the giveaway so don't forget to leave a comment.