Friday, 21 February 2014

The best laid plans...........

I was all set to post nearly a week ago, but it was not to be.There were lots of distractions on Sunday, so I thought I would wait till Monday morning, when all would be well.....BUT.....we had an early morning doctor's visit, partly to assess Bill, who has been very poorly lately, lots of aches and pains, lethargy and general lack of the ability to do anything physical.  He ended up in hospital for three days - the quickest way to see the specialist!  Lots of tests later, he is at home again, actually feeling a bit better.  Of course, he had an enforced rest for that time, definitely not something which would happen at home.  There are still more tests to happen in the next week or so, but at least I am back to a normal (?) routine again.

 We had a Friends' function at the Gardens last weekend and I took this photo of a yellow eyed whip snake eating a lizard on the deck.  You will need to click to enlarge to see it properly.  Of course I didn't have my camera in my hand so I only got the last bit by the time I had fetched it.  The snake is supposedly poisonous, but they are very docile - we had quite a job to persuade it to remove itself to the nearly Cloud Garden.  I think it was enjoying digesting its food in the sun!
 Then later on I took this photo, just with my little Nikon and no special filters - it has turned out quite well.  The smokestack at the local sugar refinery was smoking well and I was looking directly at the sun.

 We have had quite a bit of rain since then, but Jock and I went walking yesterday afternoon in the very light mist - the lagoon is looking very peaceful

 My abelia shrub is flowering profusely at present.  The bees and the honeyeater birds love it, but I am never fast enough to catch them.  This was one of the first shrubs we planted in the garden after our marriage.  The bromeliads are climbing all through it now, I probably should remove them, but they look attractive.
 Of course, my felting has come to a temporary halt - maybe more tomorrow.  I hated this piece when I finished it last Sunday, but I am beginning to see possibilities for embroidery on it now, so maybe the halt was meant!

Also during the week I received these beautiful wool and silk fibres, also a couple of packets of nepps.  I had never heard of them till I saw Jackie demonstrating them.  They add wonderful texture to the pieces.  Maybe I will have something to show you early next week.  Have a lovely weekend.


  1. Do hope Bill will continue to feel better. I'm not sure how I'd cope with visiting snakes! Wonderful photos as usual - the grounds look beautiful. Love your felting piece and looking forward to seeing what you do with it next.

  2. Yes I too hope Bill will soon be feeling better it is wonderful what a good rest can achieve.
    Eeooooowwww....dont like snakes at all am terrified of them. Glad it was at the gardens and not your house.
    I like abelias they always put on a good show. H
    The gardener here has a fettish for square shrubs so he is forever trimming all the tips that flower off so we never get to see them at their best.

    Love your felting i can see cactus stems flowering. Will look forward to see what you do with it.

  3. Great photos-yes, even of the snake as I don't mind snakes as long as they're not on me! Love the lagoon shot-- so peaceful. Hope Bill is on the mend and will be well soon.

  4. I think all work like your piece of felting benefits from being left for a few days so that you look at it with new eyes. Hope all is well with your husband.

  5. Hello Robin, I've just discovered your blog, and ... isn't life full of amazing coincidences ... I think we're doing the same course! Are you doing From Felt to Fabulous?? I am behind everyone as we had a visitor from San Diego for three weeks, so I"m still making felts. Yours looks very interesting - it will be wonderful once you've stitched it, I'm sure!

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  6. Do hope Bill is feeling better and they know what the problem is. Like the snake photo. Cooler here, glad you got some rain

  7. I hope that Bill is recovering well. Stitching is going top make all the difference to the felted piece.

    So glad we don't have snakes around here.

  8. Thanks for your comments on my blog Robin. For some reason I don't seem to be able to get a reply through to you.


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