Wednesday, 26 July 2017


My daughter Camilla married the man she loves.

A few relatives were visiting us at the time for a separate occasion, so this seemed a good time to add to everyone's happiness.

It was a No-Fuss wedding at the Registry Office. They wanted no flowers, no photographer, no white dresses, no gifts, no music, no reception, and no silly nonsense. That evening they went down to the Surf Club with their dog, and many friends congratulated them.

Her wedding ring is the engagement ring she inherited from her great-grandmother. She had it cleaned and resized. His ring is silicon because he is a mechanic and he did not want it to be caught in machinery.

I am delighted to have Kevin as a son-in-law.

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Is it possible to grow hyacinths in the tropics?
I did.
Our daytime maximum is around 30 degrees Celsius, but it is usually cooler inside because of the thermal mass of the building.

I'm not a skilled photographer so it may be a little difficult to get a true idea of how lovely the flowers were.
These flowers had a surprisingly strong perfume that did not fade away in the heat. That was an unexpected bonus.

There were three bulbs and eventually there were six flower spikes. The tallest flower reached about 25cm, that's all.
The leaf and flower stage lasted for about a month.
I have saved the bulbs for next year. Happy days in the fridge.

The hessian shape slips over an ordinary black plastic pot and looks neat but casual. An extra layer of cellophane helped with waterproofing.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017


I saw this clever cartoon on a Facebook page about grammar. I hope you are amused; obviously, Queen Victoria is not. I like simple puns and grammar jokes.

For the history purist, this cartoon does contain some inaccuracies. (The grammar nerds are busy with guidance.) The animals should all point the same direction. The skin tone should be a little darker; although I find it more engaging this way. Maybe the stool is an anachronism??

I appreciate the joke and am not really concerned with the faults. Happy smiles to you.

At the bottom of the cartoon are the source, the artist, and the date. The artist is Dan Piraro.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Keanu's quilt

Another quilt for a little baby.

Keanu has been waiting since March, but, at last, his quilt is finished.

It looks a bit better than this.  The gentle tropical breeze(!) would not cooperate and be still while my hero took the photo.

Quite a few dramas along the way. I have such a lot to learn. I am pleased that my quilting is improving. There are parallel lines, one set following the strips and one set at an angle to those but not at 45 degrees. The corners are still not as neat as I would have liked, but the important thing is that the child receives a gift made with love.

Keanu is a dear little boy, very happy and calm. I'm sure he will use this quilt for years and for many purposes.