Tuesday 28 June 2022

Glen Innes

 We have just had 4 days in the Glen Innes area in Northern New South Wales. It was very cold and crisp but I loved it and our caravan is well equipped for the cold. We did some trout fishing at Deano's trout farm near Guyra. You get to fish but you have to buy the fish you catch. I had a delicious trout for breakfast today.

Trout fishing at Deano's, our catch

Rainbow trout for breakfast 
Many small towns are painting murals on silos and public buildings to attract tourists. This art work is on the toilet block at Yetman Sports ground.  You can stay there with your caravan , every bit of income helps these small towns survive. 


The area has a strong Celtic heritage and almost everything is named after somewhere or something in Scotland. 
The Celtic Stonehenge look a like is the introduction to the town, the little lake is a part of the trout farm and the building is a retired "Red Lion Inn"
Sorry about the double up here but the other two photos are typical of the area. The balancing rock and some of the many poplar trees.

A very Frosty -5 C  morning at the Glen Innes showgrounds. This is where we camped. 

Sunday 19 June 2022

 It's been a full weekend of projects for us. Hubby is home and cooking up a storm. He got a new camp oven last weekend and we had a big stew cooked in it. This weekend it was home made bread rolls and roast pork from him and I stocked up the freezer with chicken soup. 

A friend of mine asked me to make a memory quilt for her sister in law. They had collected squares of fabric from her mum's clothes and tried to put it together without much luck as all the fabric was knit fabric or jersey... not for quilts really. So this is how it landed in my lap. I didn't know what type of fabric it was when I said yes. I opened the bag and really did think oh dear what have I got myself into....

After some thought and time this is what I have come up with. Not finished yet of course. I used fusible to firm up the knit fabric and went for simple hexies.  Pieces of black lace were also in the bag so I'm going to stitch them on.

Chicken soup 

Roast pork with perfect crackle

Home made bread rolls

Camp oven cooking 

A good hearty stew 

Friday 10 June 2022

Vietnam Veterans Quilt for John Toohey

 This quilt was very important for me to make. Gail is a very good friend of mine and her husband is a Vietnam veteran who has supported our school by speaking on ANZAC day for many years. He was the RSL( Returned Soldiers League) Goondiwindi  president for many years and conducted the ANZAC Dawn Service in our town for many years. Recently he has undergone the most horrific surgeries due to many facial cancers possibly due to being drenched in agent orange in Vietnam  He is now missing half his face. No eye, no nose on the left side of his face. John continues to go on never complaining. He has now developed other malignant cancers in his body and is having immunotherapy treatment.. He deserves this quilt. John loves it and has it on his bed every day. It was coincidence that the campaign mentioned in the border of the quilt was the actual one he was involved in. 

In appreciation, thank you for your service Pte J.C.P Toohey B Company 4RAR/NZ Bn

Wednesday 8 June 2022

Pretty in Pink

 I've used my stash to put together a baby quilt for my great niece. I found this embroidery I finished ages ago and added lots of pink in a simple design and this is it. I hope she likes it.

Protea and Banksia Quilt

 I just love these wild flowers and so needed to make a quilt with this fabric. This is the last quilt I made at Cottage on the Hill. I have finally had it quilted and now the binding is on and its forever home is on my couch.