The rains are still here and I admit I really love the tap tap on the roof through the night. There is something very soothing about listening to raindrops make their way from the heavens above to 'plop' softly on the parched earth below.
Of course, not everyone enjoys the wet season up here as it does make the logistics of washing and drying clothes a bit of a braindrain, but we manage to hang all and sundry through the house before bed and as it's still so hot we find the clothes are dry again by morning.
Today I sat at the dining table and watched the students at our school playing softball, taking photographs, picking up rubbish that had blown under the shrubs - and all in the rain! They are so used to it during these late summer months that they just 'get on with things' regardless. Sounds like a good life mantra don't you think?
Tonight Blossom will be swimming in no less than 6 events at the school swimming carnival (it's so hot here that we have our swimming carnival at night), and each afternoon she has been practicing in the school pool. She's a distance swimmer by nature - 20 laps and she's in heaven - but as only one girl from her sports House put her hand up to compete, our dear Blossom felt it necessary to volunteer for the other spot. (4 Houses, 2 swimmers from each house per event)She is not a sprint swimmer and she is quite sure she'll come last in all the sprint events, but she has decided she can handle the taunts afterwards - for her it's all about House pride and 'giving it a go'. I'm so proud of her for her attitude. She has decided to swallow her fear of failing and 'get on with things' for her team.
If you can say a few prayers for her energy levels she's sure appreciate it.
I have listed a few new items on Etsy for my overseas followers - you can see them down the left hand side of my blog page.
All of these projects will be published in Creating Country Threads, and Patchwork & Stitching magazines in Australia throughout this year, so Australian followers may like to wait till then. My 'Katie In The Window' bag will be in the next issue of Creating Country Threads,
... along with Blossom's design "Vintage Simplicity" (a doll quilt and carry bag - it's gorgeous!).
The rest of the designs will be published much later in the year.
Here are some projects made by lovely bloggers!
Janey has entered the February Binding Challenge! She used her scrap binding and new machine quilting skills to finish off some pot holders.
Ruth used the applique section from one of my Shabby Country Roses blocks to embellish some lovely hand towels for her sister.
Doda emailed me with a wonderful late entry idea for my January Tea Towel Challenge - a bread bag! Isn't that clever? I am going to make one myself - thanks for the idea Doda!
Have you made anything for the Binding Challenge yet?