Saturday, June 25, 2011

Self portrait

We decided to do self portraits for a challenge.

Self portrait

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Another painting…

Lesley - pomegranates


Kaye - pomegranates


I go to Kaye’s house and we set up easels in the dining room. We set a task – try and be loose with our painting. We did a “Masterchef’. After two hours – brushes down and step back from the bench, but we kept fiddling.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A momentous day

Today I turned 55 and had my last dose of chemotherapy. Yeehaa!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I can paint…

I may sound like a tosser but I have discovered that I can paint. I have dabbled in watercolours before without a huge amount of success. I always thought I may be able to paint but haven’t really had the time or opportunity to have a go.

Here is my first attempt at using acrylics on a canvas.

Garlic 1


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Basket making

Basket by Kaye 2

How lucky am I? Kaye made two baskets and gave them to me. The one above is from our local cushion bush picked when they were out in bud and the one below had kangaroo grass added for a sculptural effect. I love them

Basket by Kaye

And this one below I made myself at our basket making day at Rocky and Margy’s. I know there is jasmine and honey suckle vine as the main components. I was very impressed with myself but I had a lot of help.

Basket by Lesley

Monday, April 25, 2011

Big tides and big waves

Generally around Easter time we can expect the sea to put on a show for us. During the Easter break I spent time sitting on the foreshore watching the action.

Port Campbell pier 4

You may notice at the bottom of the crane a surfer is hooking his surf ski up to get it onto the pier. Big surf this day at Two Mile Bay reef but if any local surfers happen to read this I could get my tyres slashed. They are very touchy about keeping this a secret. On this day Kelly Slater, ten times world champion, was surfing the secret spot. We have been graced with his presence before.

Port Campbell bay

This was the same day. The local people generally like to get out in the midst of the bay and get tossed around. It is quite safe within the bay and great fun.

Diving through waves - Madey

Here is my niece, Madey, pushing through a wave.

Port Campbell pier

A couple of days later and a different scene. Beautiful autumn sunshine and calmer seas.

Port Campbell pier 2

Early evening and the tourists are making the most of the beautiful environment.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Basket Making

There were a few of us. More than in the pictures. We gathered at Rocky’s and Margy’s place. A great shared lunch to get the creative juices flowing and then outside to make baskets from various vegetation found there on the farm. And we didn’t let the drizzle hinder our progress. We were lucky to have four very experienced basket makers – Margy, Kaye, Rocky and Jill.

Jill Georgie Kaye and Annie

Jill, Georgie, Kaye, Annie and sorry but I forget her name.

Kaye making a basket at Rocky's

And here is Kaye amongst it all – her favourite place.

I was feeling fairly crap by the end of the day because of chemo side effects so didn’t get the images I would normally get – like the finished products!

But I have ended up with a basket that I will treasure. I can still take a photo of that and post it in the future.

Monday, March 28, 2011

New year new course

ex 2 Filling in with straight stitch

I have undertaken to do a Creative Machine Embroidery course for 2011. Once again this course is through SWTAFE Warrnambool with Karen Richards being our teacher. The course is available on campus and off campus and I have the opportunity to do a bit of both, so I don’t have to freak out if I don’t get to classes. Just hope the self discipline part of off campus studies doesn’t do me in. The above image is a sampler that was required – FILLING IN WITH STRAIGHT STITCH.

Our weaving group was hoping to continue this year but due to TAFE restructuring their fee schedules, this became way too expensive for some. I am still hoping to weave in some way or other this year.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Life’s little surprises.

I was all over the place for most of January. Discovering something lumpy in my breast and then getting the diagnosis of cancer.

February was the month of tests, scans and surgery.

March has been quiet, getting ready for April and chemotherapy. I have no idea what that will entail.

However, I do want to get back into blogging so we will see how that goes…

Wednesday, January 5, 2011



Hay bales - Annie and Fuzz's ©


Hay bales at Annie and Fuzz’s farm.

Monday, January 3, 2011



cushion bush baskets and Freckles

Before Christmas got in the way of life, I was making baskets from cushion bush, a plant which is prolific in this area of Victoria. I had never seen baskets made of cushion bush and even when googled nothing appeared. And of course it wasn’t my invention…it was Kaye’s.

Kaye's head


cushion bush baskets

They were intended for Christmas presents but of course that never happened.