There have been breaks in the weather, but then more rain. Thunder several times!
Anyway on to other things.
From juice kept last year, we have been making Guava jelly. I will spare you the details but some of it had to be reboiled to get it to set. Now we have just 22 and a half of these jars full. This year we are not collecting any; we will let the birds particularly these fellows have it.
This is a NZ native pigeon - a Kereru. One of my photographic challenges is to get a really close really clear photo of this fat greedy bird.
During one of the breaks in the weather I walked up the quarry behind us and took this shot of a distant Mt. Our property in in the middle of this photo. ( click to enlarge ) Can you see the straight hedges? The white spot in the middle is the surround of the extra vegetable garden R planted this year. Kumara and Yams are still in the ground there.
When I took this next photo it reminded me of something.
These Autumn fallen leaves are off the Liquid Amber tree. When I was just 11 for one of the first sewing projects we had to do at school was make a tray cloth by hand. It had to have a design embroidered on it. I clearly remember using the shape of 3 Liquid Amber leaves on mine. In red and orange and yellow. It turned out really well. It was on cream cloth with 2 little raised threads in pairs on it. What was that called? I'm darned if I can remember now.
My camellias are really nice at the moment.
This is a favourite. Camellia japonica frimbriata.
The one with the best fragrance and lots of pickable flowers is Cinnamon Cindy.
This one is just a seedling that grew and was good enough to keep. The bee likes it anyway.
Raindrops on the tiny buds of camellia Trans no konesisi ( a scented Taiwanese species )
My pattern for my Kim Mclean class arrive. It is for a huge quilt. I think I will just get the needs for one panel to start with. It said get 9 yards for the backing! As it is just a one day class I know I won't get much done by hand in that time.
How have any of you ladies who have made her quilts gone about this? Totally committed or piece by piece?