Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Holiday Experiment

Hi all,

That is what we are calling it. I guess it was a big experiment – first time in the caravan, first long trip for the boys and first time in outback Queensland.

This was the first stop, Possum Park near Miles. Which is a really nice place to visit, with its bush setting it was lovely and peaceful (until we got there).

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We discovered here that the fridge in the van was not working properly. For the whole trip it would get up to 14 degrees every day so we lost most of the food (the freezer still worked) and had to work around the fridge problem. But this gave me quite an anxiety attack and I was ready to come home that night.

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But we decided to stick it out and keep moving. So we drove on to my aunt and uncles property near Injune.

We had a bit of a farmstay experience here. We watched them work on some of their cattle and the boys got to go for a ride in the truck.

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And they got to explore the dozer.

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Hubby also helped them with a heifer that was having a bit of trouble delivering her first calf. We only stayed the one night here, it would have been great to stay a couple more but maybe next time that will be possible.

When we woke up and tried to take some photos of the homestead the camera wouldn’t work. So we had to quickly buy a new one in Roma and didn’t get to learn how to use it properly so please excuse the photo quality from now on.

This is Historic House in Charleville. Always great to get a bit of a feel for the area, and they had a little quiz style search and find game for the kids.

A bit of the Charleville streetscape. We spent two nights here at the Bailey Bar Caravan Park, did some laundry, had some relaxation time in the middle of the day because it got quite hot and got to see some Bilbies.  They are so cute!

Just to give you an idea of how flat it is out here… just goes on and on. This is between Charleville and Cunnamulla.

The Cunnamulla Fella. A song sung by Slim Dusty. The rose gardens in this little town are fantastic, so beautiful. We just stopped here for a quick lunch of jam sandwiches and some play time for the boys.

This is St George, you can just see the weir in the background. We stayed here at the St George Caravan Park for the last night. It would have been great to stay here for a bit longer and explore the area.

We really rushed this trip, mainly because of the fridge. We did it in 5 nights rather than taking our time as we had wanted. We did a few really big driving days, especially the last 2 days which were 550+ kms each. Considering the big kilometres we did, over 2000kms all up, the boys handled it pretty well.

We found lots of great parks with playgrounds for the boys to play at. The towns we stopped at for some playtime are - Yarraman, Chinchilla, Mitchell, Cunnamulla, Bollon, St George, Moonie, Dalby and Blackbutt. All had great parks and clean amenities.

Sorry there is no sewing to show you in this post….I will have something to show you soon.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Babies and holidays!

Hi all,

Here are the promised pictures of the baby geese…

There are 6 little fluffy goslings.

It is very interesting watching the family unit at work, it is like having 3 parents. They really stick together!

Although they are bringing the goslings up around the house you don’t want to get too close….boy are they protective! Which is actually really lovely to see.

It is school holidays here in Queensland. We are heading off tomorrow on a road trip, we will be making our way out to Charleville and back again.

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Just to give you an idea because it is surprising how many people, even queenslanders, haven’t heard of Charleville!

I even managed to fit in some sewing time…

I made 2 matching sets of a potholder and dish soap apron. As soon as I saw the tutorial for the apron I new I had to make at least one!

There is one for my parents caravan and one for ours….we are all heading off on adventures!

I better go and finish packing….catch up later!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bee Blocks

Hi all,

I have a problem….I get beautiful fabric, that I love to look at, love to touch and match it up with other fabric but when it comes to cutting it – boy do I have trouble! Usually I put it back away because I am scared of ruining it or using it for the wrong project….crazy!

This is one such piece – it is a gorgeous Kaffe print. Fortunately or unfortunately, not sure which, It isn’t my fabric so it had to be cut up!

This is what became of it – a Mod Mosaic block for September in the Bee in Oz. It looks really cool with the black and white sashing!

I have also been making extra blocks to go with the blocks that the girls from the Bee made for me…

This is a circle of wonky stars, I love this block and knew if I didn’t make it for this quilt I would really be kicking myself later.

I got the inspiration for this from a block on Flickr and made it up as I went along.

This was made with two smaller stars made by on of the girls in the bee, I wanted a 12x12 block so I filled it out a bit!

I love the little astronaut hiding in the little star! I have the blocks sewn together, 3 across and 5 down, I am really undecided if this is going to be big enough. I will be adding borders. Um, Um, Um….yes, no, maybe….I don’t know!

And because you are probably sick of looking at wonky stars I will show you some new life…

That is a baby goose, hatched yesterday! And see those eggs, well they hatched today. We have six babies! And one more that is hatching…we saw its beak sticking out the egg!  Hopefully I will have some better pictures to share soon.

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