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It had a bit of an apocalyptic flavour yesterday afternoon. This is the view from the front of my building at 4.30pm. It shouldn't be that dark for another 3 hours. The darkness is caused by smoke from bushfires both local and many hours drive away. Note the outside automatic lights have come on. There was so much smoke in the air it was making me cough.
This is what it normally looks like at 5.30pm.
When I left for the day, I got to my car and it was covered in ash. I am definately going to have to wash it now. Then on the way home, I hit the island I have to drive over everyday and stopped just over the first bridge. Traffic was at a standstill. I found out via the radio that some power lines were down. Then I saw a fire engine behind me and I had to pull over. Luckily, while there is only one road across the island, there is a loop that services some of the industry. The powerlines were down on the main corner, but after the turnoff to the service road. So they were able to block off where the lines were down and divert around the service road. It's been years since I've been down there. Just about everyone from my suburb has been around that loop of road as it is the traditional "first driving lesson" area.
22 November 2006
Did some reading. I can't afford new books so I've decided to utilise the library at work. Got out a heap of Asimov both novels and short stories. Unfortunately, the library doesn't have a full collection. I'm thinking of then working my way through the Evelyn Waugh collection. Then maybe some more Sci-fi.
21 November 2006
20 November 2006
I was feeling virtuous and put my new wipper snipper together as well. I followed the starting instructions for a cold start (being female, I do that). However, it didn't work. So I tried doing a hot start and it worked. But the last time I stopped it to detangle the grass from around the cutting head, it wouldn't restart, so I gave up. But the place looks alot better. Especially down the narrow side passage that I take the cats down. Let hiding spots for spiders now.
19 November 2006
15 November 2006
Another project using the Vogart patterns. This will be a pillowcase when it's done. Materials are white linen ground fabric and DMC stranded cotton. It looks a bit horrible because you can still see the red of the transfer behind the bit that is already stitched. That should go away when it's washed.
13 November 2006
I also got some 400 count colour ready made pillow cases. I am going to put designs on them as well. I know a higher thread count is meant to be better, but I think these feel rather hard.
12 November 2006
So I went to Spotlight yesterday. I was going to get some heavy duty fabric to make a new door hanging. But when I checked the curtain section again I was able to find a curtain the matched the new couch covers I got earlier. So with a minimal amount of sewing, I have a new door hanging, that not only better matches the new colour scheme, but that also matches the couches! ;-)
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Also, I've been wandering around Flickr the last couple of days. I've never really used it as I usually host my own images, but it does have it's uses. I've joined a few groups, including Embroidery. This group tends to be more free form embroidery oriented, so alot more of the sort of stuff that I am interested in.
I also found some nice images of embroidery from museums and other places, that people had uploaded as part of their holiday snaps.
1 November 2006
I want to put up a gallery on the web, showing all the patterns that are available. I think it would be a useful reference resource for anyone interested in these patterns. There seems to be very little information out there on them.
So, below is the list of patterns that I need to complete my collection (of images, not patterns, it would be a much longer list!). If you have a scan of these covers, I'd love a copy. Email to: email@example.com :
Other parts of the campus, just a couple of hundred metres away were hit much worse. Lots of damage to the main Uni Admin block and people with smashed windscreens. Bad news is that there are supposed to be more storms on the way. We haven't had a hail that big in years. The sky didn't even look that green, but in other parts of the city it did according to the news.
I tried to get the last tea towel, still none at the shop. I will have to try another supermarket on the way home tonight.