Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hello from QBTB -- Quilting by the Bay

I have been working on the BOM Civil war quilt. Month six is finished!!

Here is a room full of happy quilters!!

My little corner. I have moved on to the Morris Garden by the lake quilt now

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Friday, January 28, 2011

A couple pictures from my walk with Jenny

Jenny and I quite often go to Cypress Falls Park to walk. There are lots of trails and paths to discover. There are also waterfalls but we don't usually walk to them. They are really pretty though. I will take some pictures of them next time we go. I took a few pictures with my phone.

The trail becomes part of the Trans Canada trail as well as the Baden Powell trail.

Usually we walk for about 90 minutes. It took a little longer as I was stopping to play with my phone!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Do you want to get some prawns?


We went out this afternoon to pull the prawn pots – so I brought my little camera along – so lets go get some prawns.


First we need to get the prawn boat – look here – it is on a lower rack this year – Much better!!




The boat is on the beach – oars put in place and we are ready to head out to sea……



Oh wait – don’t have enough prawn bait in the bucket – Jim heads back home to get more bait so here I am sitting on a log waiting…….


This is my seat in the boat – the stern.  Jim has put the bit of plastic tubing over the end of the boat to make pulling the rope over the side of the boat easier – so the rope slides over the smooth plastic instead of burning out a rut in the wood like it was doing last year……we will see if this is an improvement.



This is the captain’s chair – the captain gets to row – the first mate is just there to pull..




Now we are off…… out to sea – the Captain is happy today because it is not raining and the sea is calm.  That makes the first mate happy too.



Here is a view of part of our little village and the marina is off to the far right.  IMG_7573


This is a picture of our house from the water.  The houses in the foreground are on the water – our house is the one in the middle of the picture with the hedge in front and the tall trees behind.  Last year it would have been much easier to spot because it was White!  Now it looks so much better. IMG_7567


Oh – there’s our buoy……………





The first pot is pulled up – only a few prawns  and one fairly good sized cod…




If you look closely you can see the cod has been enjoying the prawns – you can see the prawn antenna sticking out of it’s mouth.



And so it is -- that you must kiss the cod before you throw it back… not sure why but that’s the rule.  Last year I was kissing all the cod but fortunately I had the camera so Jim got to kiss the cod. 




The next pot had very few prawns and a  starfish – who is also a big fan of prawns and loves to crawl into the pots and eat themselves stupid.




The last pot had lots of prawns – well a good number – enough for a meal or two and since the Captain is married to the first mate he gets to keep the entire catch.



The prawns go into the bucket….. the traps are re-baited and returned to the bottom of the ocean.




Prawn salad with home made Thousand Island dressing for dinner tonight.



And Mr.. Starfish is sent back to sea  to enjoy his happy life eating prawns – just like us ………………..


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Civil War Chronicles and Fund raising for the Floods in Australia

Civil War Chronicals

Carole from Quilting  Adventures  is doing a fund raiser for the Flood victims in Australia.  She is auctioning off this Civil War Chronicles  BOM kit.  Pop over to her blog and find out all the details.  I am working on the Civil War Tribute BOM this year and it is just wonderful.  The fabric is beautiful and the instructions are so clear and perfect.  I highly recommend it!!  And it is for a good cause – the devastation from the flooding has been terrible. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A new iPhone App

I am playing around a bit with my iPhone. I found this nifty app that records videos like old movies. Now we are going to see if I can post it on my blog - after I promised Jim I wouldn't!

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The camera has a few different lens -- 1920 - 1970 - etc.  Very fun!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Civil War block and a few more Morris Garden blocks.


I have been back to work this past weekend – two night shifts!!  So today I finally got to sew up the second Civil War Block – yay! 

I have also been working on the Morris Garden quilt and I made 15 more blocks last week.  I quite like the new ones!  That brings me to a total of 50!  So I am half way there.


A couple of Christmas pictures….. I didn’t take a lot of pictures and my sister’s son Carter got the camera and took a few – good thing for Carter or we might not have any Christmas pictures! 

This is the three sisters  -- together for Christmas dinner for the first time in 20 years or more – probably more.  It was certainly a fun time – we haven’t lost our ability to consume a few bottles of wine.  Pretty informal bunch aren’t we!!


Pam – Sandra – Sharon


Here is a picture of Jim and Jenny on the way back to Vancouver after Christmas – the roads were pretty bad on the way home – this spot is the highest highway in Canada.

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Jim is busy right now – he has decided he needs to make Caesar Salad dressing from scratch so he is Googling and planning – so I have a bit of free time before dinner!  I am not working until next weekend – so more sewing …………………oh he’s calling……….

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Photo - A bit of a test post.

I have been working a bit on the Morris Garden quilt as well this month.  I have about 35 or so blocks completed and I think I have decided I need 98 or something.  Somewhere I have written down the number of blocks I need because I keep forgetting...... oh that reminds me I need to go to the Alzheimer's website and do the test!!  

I order a bit of the new Barbara Brackman Morris Tapestry fabric today.  I sure hope she stops bringing out new William Morris fabric lines because it is cost me a lot of money!!  I am trying to save for retirement now and it is not really working.

Part of this post is from my iPhone.

I have been trying to post from my new phone and I was having trouble uploading pictures but now it seems to be working.   This is a picture that was on my phone of Phoenix at the wedding.... so cute!!

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Monday, January 03, 2011

The Block -- a few small issues in uploading!

A picture of the block I made today.  I was trying to post this picture - which I took with my new iPhone - but I was having a few problems......

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This is from the blog Civil War Quilts from Barbara Brackman --  of course if you follow my blog at all you know I am working on another quilt from fabric by Barbara Brackman -- the Morris Garden quilt.  Barbara Brackman is going to post a new block each week - they are 8 inch blocks and each block will have a little story and history lesson to go along with the block.  Thanks to Tazzie for the inspiration!

My New Years resolution is to do a bit more quilting and a bit more blogging this year - and I think this is a good start!!

Sounds like Canada has scored another goal.......better go see what's happening in the World Jr. Hockey game against the U.S.  I will be back.....soon....I promise!!

Civil war block

Happy New Year!!!

I have been away for Christmas.

I have a new toy -- an iPhone!! I also have discovered a new Blog - thanks to Tazzie and a new project!! I did the first block today.

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