The wet season is well and truly here, and our little town has certainly taken a hiding in the last few days.
On Friday night the rain flooded parts of Kezzie's house, and she lost power for hours. A number of trees came down and a neighbour down the road lost their roof.
On Sunday Mr E and I went for farewell ride with a teacher friend who is leaving town, and though it was fine when we left home, by the time we'd ridden 70 klms the rain bucketed on us. We stopped in Townsville for a while to enjoy hot cuppas and good Aussie meat pies, hoping to dry out a bit before the return trip.
It doesn't really show, but our friend Adrian is saturated up to his waist. He was wringing the water out of his shirt, and later emptying his boots.
Heading home we rode through even worse rain and wind. Mr E was still squeezing water out of his wet-weather jacket on Monday! We all discovered wet weather gear doesn't always do what it's supposed to.
The upside of the rain is the greening....
I took this photo today when it looked as though the sky was clearing, but an hour later the wind and rain tore through town again. Kezzie rang to tell us that our Vet Surgery had a huge gum tree come crashing down through the roof. I think that a lot of trees and houses here will experience troubles over this summer. In February when Cyclone Yasi tore through town it weakened a lot of structures and trees - I imagine we'll find out how much as these storms increase over the next few months.
I can't show you the gifts I have been making because I have nosey children and friends who will come snooping on my blog, however, I can show you some Christmas stitcheries I've been enjoying.
A while ago I found this pattern in an old issue of Handmade and I knew it was going to end up on my wall this Christmas...
The designer is Lesley Purdon.
I found some pretty blue frames for $2 each at a garage sale, so chose to stitch it in blues and pinks...
It looks gorgeous on our dining room wall!
Bronwyn Hayes has generously shared some beautiful free Christmas stitchery designs on her blog the last few weeks, and as soon as I saw this one I had to scurry to find some nice backing fabric and my trusty DMC 347 red thread!
Visit Bronwyn's blog HERE. She is always showing lovely ideas, and sharing her unique talent!
The lovely Gail Pan has also shared a gorgeous free Christmas stitchery!
Head over to her blog HERE to download. It is only available this month.
Another special lady who is sharing her talent is Kaaren from The Painted Quilt. She has a redwork Woodland Santa, and as soon as I saw him I thought of St Nicolas!
You do know that today is St Nicolas Day don't you??
Now while I am a redwork roll, you must visit my sweet friend, Allie! She is sharing a set of seven redwork Christmas stitcheries.
They will stitch up quick and be perfect for decorations!
With no children in the house anymore, we've decided not to put up the big tree this year.
I wasn't sure what we'd do until I saw this on Marg Low's blog the other day...
It sits on a table.
Marg made the tree skirt and added ornaments of her own design. Isn't it pretty?
You can visit Marg's blog HERE. She has such lovely designs!
Today I tell Mr E I need a little tree, and he finds me one at Overflow that is barely 6" high.
Not a tiny tree, a little tree, I say.
I hope we have luck with finding one.
If you're new to my blog this year, you will have missed this free design I shared for last Christmas.
I made it into a door hanger for Kezzie.
With storms around today I've been sorting out my sewing room, so I'd best get back to that.
Miss Sophie on the other hand has not been working...
The perks of rainy days.