Friday, November 24, 2017

Warming Up

This is week twenty-six of my temperature-based year quilt:
This was the warmest week so far, but there hasn't been any really hot weather yet:
24/11/2017    29.7   orange
23/11/2017    32.6   red
22/11/2017    30.9   red
21/11/2017    30.5   red
20/11/2017    28.8   orange
19/11/2017    27.2   orange
18/11/2017    27.4   orange

And here's how it will look when I finish stitching it and join this completed row to the previous ones:
Half a year already! Started on my birthday, and the first half completed on my son's birthday.

Today our first two water-lily flowers opened:

This warm weather has brought a need for some summery clothes. Today I finished sewing this tunic top of a very light-weight cotton lawn:
I'd make a few adjustments to the pattern if I make this again (those sleeves are a strange length), but it is light and comfortable and is sure to get a bit of wear through the warm months. According to my records I bought this fabric from a 2nd-hand store in Tyabb in Dec 2010, so I think after 7 years in my stash and who knows how many in someone else's, it is time it was used!

Linked to Sarah's Weekly Weather Report.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Around the Garden

Things are happening in the garden as the weather warms up.

My sweetpeas have started flowering:

I was late planting them (I put them in in early August, instead of in March), so they haven't grown as tall as they might have if they had been growing all winter. It is nice to see and smell them again.

Penstemons:


Salvia:


These graffiti geraniums , which were a Christmas gift last year,  are filling out nicely:

And this is something new:
Buddleja globosa, orange ball bush (although it seems more yellow than orange). The bees like it!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Horizontal or Vertical?

Today I finished stitching down the binding on my "What's in the Box?" mystery quilt (designed by Susan-Claire Mayfield of Gourmet Quilter).

But one question remains: Should I hang it with the wavy lines running across the quilt:
Or up and down?



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Storm Casualty

We had a huge amount of rain over the last day or so, and sadly the giant echium collapsed as a result. Last night it was lying flat on the ground. The stem wasn't broken, but the roots had pulled out of the mud. In an attempt to keep it going, it's been tied to a stake:
The leaves are looking quite droopy though.

The flower spike looks not too bad, considering.
I hope it keeps flowering. The bees love it, and it is quite spectacular.

Friday, November 17, 2017

No Aqua!

For the first time in 25 weeks, there were no days where our top temperature was in the range of 10 - 15 degrees. No aqua required!

And if that wasn't enough excitement, this week is also the first appearance of red:


Two red days:

17/11/2017    22.4    yellow
16/11/2017    19.7    green
15/11/2017    25.8    orange
14/11/2017    31.0    red
13/11/2017    32.2    red
12/11/2017    25.3    orange
11/11/2017    27.3    orange

 I think that means summer is around the corner. Here's more proof:
 Today was my first Christmas break-up do.

Linked to Sarah's weekly weather report. Not surprisingly, everyone else's weather is getting cooler as ours heats up.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sail

This is what yesterday's posts were for:

Providing a bit of shade to the front windows. The windows are designed to stop the sun coming in on the longest day of the year, but now, and later in summer when the sun has some heat, it is at a lower angle so does come in.
This shade sail is a temporary one - if it seems to do the job we will get one made to fill the space between the house and the poles. The sail and poles are removable so when they are not required they'll be packed away out of sight.

Little Trees

Last year our TreeProject trees were forgotten by the landholder, and didn't get collected until 3rd November. I don't know what happened this year, but until today we still had these:


There were meant to be 14 boxes of seedlings, but the germination rate was very low on several of these species, so we ended up with only about 8 boxes.  And now it is way too late for them to be planted out this year. The landholder came and collected them today, but she is planning to re-pot everything and keep them alive until autumn to plant out then.

Good luck, little trees!