Monday, October 14, 2013

Outside my Front door.

G'day, friends and followers,
Some happenings over the last 2 weeks  and  some things that have occurred outside of my front door over to the bush and creek.
Also my sewing friends "the lovely talented ladies" have some shows.
Myself  I  have 4 on going projects nearly  finished to show next time.

I have staying with me my 2nd eldest Grandson Jacob (18yrs January) who is here studying for his end of school exams the HSC (High School Certificate) Too noisey at his house around the corner as it is busy with 3 other teenagers (other Grandchildren)  and this is the exams that get him a place at University. A very stressful time .The end of 13 years of schooling.
 It is really quiet here just his Grandad and I. Although I can be loud sometimes banging and clanging things. So dear husband tells me. haha  We have to be quiet and I have been doing some handwork and traceing some embroideries and pinning a quilt instead of using the machine as it is next to his room where he studies. I have had a lovely time having him here and fussing over him.


Barbara is always giving quilts to the little children near her.

Outside my front door.
First our front lawn has been top dressed. It has been watered because our Spring weather has been so hot and it is starting to go green already. The Murraya hedge is looking good and is easy care and starting to blossom with a little white flower.

A kookaburra has been visiting us and sitting on our light post most days

The Grass tree in the centre is an Australian native and has 28 species .

It has produced 2 large flowers over the last few weeks nearly as high as the gutter.
The birds love these.

The Cycad is quiet vigorous and drought tolerant and is growing well. It gets a lot bigger yet.
We had a drama in the bush across from us when a Magpie was caught by its neck and was flapping around 30feet up the tree and the other birds were attacking it. The wild life animal people said to ring the Fire Brigade Rescue and they arrived to get it down.

 It is in the top right hand corner hanging and they tried to pull the branch closer so they could free the bird and they did catch it and untie it.  but!!!
It was inhumane to leave it there suffering. The Firemen tried to take the wire from around its neck but the bird died of shock. These big tough men that fight our fires in our country are heroes.

The wattle has come into flower across from our front.
Also the New Zealand Xmas bush has come to flower.
Our Spring weather in Australia is very hot today being 33C and fires continue to control about 1 hour from us north in Port Stephens and Sydney 2 hours south and winds are 90Kph to 100Kph. It is still only 1/2 way through Spring !! Not looking foreward to the summer heat. Lucky we are near the beach and we do get some cool breezes from the ocean when they come.
Happy sewing to everyone.
Till next time.
Jen x


margaret said...

some lovely quilts you have shared. All the best to your grandson with his exams. My granddaughter is 15 and takes her English GCSE on nov 5, she is doing it early and takes the rest of her exams in may, these are done 2 years before university ones and they have to get grade A to C if they want to do the subject at a higher level. A stressful times for our kids so best of luck to them all.
Your garden is glorious, the flowers up to the gutter, well i have never seen anything like that before.

Gudrun said...

Always nice to see what you have sewn. Lovely quilts as always.
Your garden is so beautiful.

Hugs Gudrun

Frances Leate said...

I think your weather is hotter than ours but that will change very soon. Love the look of your blog. Take care.

*-* said...

Hello Jen,

The quilts look very bright & colourful.
I hope you GS does well for university entrance.
Sorry to hear of the sad outcome for the magpie, I do miss them,
along with the beautiful warble.
Love the grass tree & cycad.

Dianne said...

Lovely photos of your garden and plants, Jen. Wow, your grass is beautiful considering it has been so hot and dry.

Roosevelt Franklin said...

Don’t you think about dressing up your doors too, like your lawn? Don’t get me wrong, it looks pretty, but it could use some wreaths using your lovely flowers for some occasions. =) Roosevelt Franklin @ Clear Choice Windows and More