A short post before the next work trip. Seems like two previous to this have blurred into this departure--tomorrow !
Meantime, the garden is looking beautiful, though it will take another two years to get it where we truly want it. Here is a quick peek at what spring has brought us.
Stunning broccoli and broad beans. We have heaps of broccoli and have harvested some already, as shown here. Broad beans we tried a few weeks ago, but they were not yet ready. Now they are. Lovely and very tasty. Though a fair bit of work to remove from pod and then shell ! The bowl below shows them out of the pod, but before coming out of their soft shell casings.
The roses are putting on lots of buds after their big winter prune (chop ! way! back !). The early blooms are shown here, collected in a trug basket, which is perfect for harvesting flowers and veggies. Many colours and beautiful flowers. I made up a couple vases of the flowers. Multi colour and also reds+pinks shown. Also some pretty white ones called Glamis Castle, a David Austin variety I just planted this winter. Lovely big flowers, with a delicate scent.
All the roses arrangements turned out stunning and lovely. Though they had to go out on the front verandah table, to keep Winston from over enthusiastic rose grazing.
More in mid spring, when I get home from this last biz trip of the year.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Practicality says I don't need 12 or more vintage quilts. Surely 6 and a bit will do ? Bravely, I started going through the stack of them to decide which should go. It is a difficult task--they are all lovely and unique vintage pieces. I had started collecting them when I moved to Australia, maybe 2 years after coming here, most obtained online (mostly on eBay). They are mostly 1920s - 1940s era American patchworks, all with hand quilting and many also hand pieced. In fact, I used to have many more. In the course of finding ones I really was after, there were a few extras or not-quite-what-I-was-after that got acquired. So a couple years ago I let some of the least favorites go, selling them online. But I still had over a dozen that came with us on our interstate move.
|Rising Sun quilt, ca 1930s,|
pattern by Hubert ver Mehren
How to choose which to keep and which not ? I decided I would keep ones we would use and let others go. This produced a small pile of 4 or 5 that should go. I did a photo shoot of them, hanging each in sunshine on the clothes line, measuring them, and preparing to write a lovely story on each for its online auction. I wanted to research and pin down the age of one, as I recalled it was made from a 1930s pattern and I believed it was made in that era. But I wanted to find the original reference to confirm that, as such info would be good for the auction storyline.
|close up of Rising Sun quilt|
|Ocean Waves quilt, ca 1930s|
|detail of Ocean Waves yellow, reds, and pinks quilt|
|Close up of Multi colour Pinwheel quilt|
|Multi colour Pinwheel quilt, ca 1940s|
So, my decluttering effort has only be partially successful this week. But I am happy with the ones going and the ones staying. Though even the ones going give me a twinge. I hope their new home and owner like them as much as I do. Meanwhile, I am looking for other decluttering "targets". I want to keep this small collection of amazing quilts.