Saturday, 18 October 2014

Trunkey Creek Show

Last weekend was the busiest of the year in Bathurst with the car races at Mt Panorana.  On the Saturday we usually head off to a calmer part of the world – Trunkey Creek. However, on last Saturday even Trunkey Creek, population about 60, managed to have a traffic jam.  The reason was that the local show was on.  I have shared our previous visits here and here.

This is a typical country show and it is thriving.  First stop after our drive was coffee and cake.  Rather stylish cup cakes at that.

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While we sat and ate we listened to the Canobolas Highland Band.

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Now that we were refreshed we were off to explore. Come along for a walk.  These two gentlemen looked resplendent in the carriage.

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Pavilion entries were up on last year.  Lots of beautiful irises.

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The Spinners and Weavers, including my Mum were there in force.

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Check out this dress made from men’s ties.  Very clever.

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This section of the pavilion is new and so wonderfully light.  There were some lovely quilts.  No, I didn’t enter anything this year.  The show crept up on us before we realised, so I didn’t have time.

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Now that I’ve sewn some curved seams this one doesn’t look quite a daunting, but it was oh so very effective and a great use of scraps.

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I loved this wall hanging.

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The next one was gorgeous.  The fabric selection, piecing, appliqué, embroidery and quilting were all so beautifully executed.  I don’t know who the designer is, but it does look rather like the work of Red Brolly.

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Let’s look closer.

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Sheep and wool are a big part of the show.

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As are the sheep dogs.

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Of course, the kids have to be kept happy.  I’m sure every kid wins a prize on the clowns.

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I’m amazed at this old merry go round.  It is so very basic, but you know what?  The kids were having a ball.  It just goes to show that you don’t need the biggest and the best of everything.

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Then it was on to formalities.  The entire school got up and sang for us.

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The Scots School Pipe Band played. 

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Yep, lots of bagpipes this year.

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And we were entertained by a local band.

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All in all it was a lovely day out.  The weather was absolutely glorious – getting up to the low 30s and there were lots of people enjoying themselves.

As you can imagine, we didn’t travel home on the same road that we went on in the morning.  We had to do another little explore down a dirt road that we haven’t been on before.  It was lovely and quiet and we discovered a pretty little creek crossing.

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Now look up to the right as we cross the creek.  I could quite easily sit and have a picnic here, but we had to head on home.

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Another nice day to add to the memory bank.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ta Da!

I can’t believe it.  I actually have something to show for One Project a Month after a two month drought.

Here is the little quilt I have made for a friend’s baby that was born recently.  I started it a while ago – back here, and finished sewing on the binding on Sunday.  It took me a while longer than it should to finish off and yes, there was enough of the giraffe fabric for the backing.

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I had planned on taking some nice photos outside, but got sidetracked and now it is after nine o’clock on the 30th, so I will do that another day.

It is just a simple little quilt that I hope will get used lots, thrown on the ground as a play mat, washed and used all over again.

Hopefully, I’ll get to visit the little man this weekend and deliver his quilt.

Now to report in to Peg and Kris.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday Morning

The weather this morning is glorious.

Unfortunately, Mick has to work but I have just been sitting on the verandah working on this.

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I do love it now the days are getting longer.  Even though Mick had a relatively early start, we had a nice breakfast together and I was then sitting outside stitching at just after seven o’clock in the bright sunshine.  I could justify this as we normally aren’t even out of bed at this time on a Sunday.  We had another frost this morning, but it quickly melted and the sun was warm on my back. 

Joey was also quite contented, sitting in the sun.

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One of our crab apples is the latest plant in our garden to wake up.  You can hear the bees humming in the blossoms.

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While I stitched there was a background soundtrack of early morning bird calls.  I think the whole bird world was celebrating this lovely day.  I either saw or heard all of these:

Magpie, currawong, chough, peewee, kookaburra, butcher bird, sulphur crested cockatoo, crimson rosella, eastern rosella, noisy miner, crested pigeon, willy wag tail, blue wren and robin.  Not too shabby for only about an hour.  I saw my first robin on Friday and there are a pair of them flitting around.  I do hope they nest. No, they won’t sit still long enough for a portrait.

OK! Now the binding is finished and a fresh little breeze has picked up, so I should get dressed, do the dishes, hang the washing and do a little tidy up so that I can enjoy the rest of the day.

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I’ll share the “Ta Da” moment when I have taken some photos.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Shadow Play

We have a couple of lovely little metal figurines.  On Sunday afternoon I noticed the shadow that one made, so Mick and I had a little play.

Let’s start with the shadow I first noticed….

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And now to play….

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Then we swapped it over for the other figurine.

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It doesn’t take much to keep us amused.

Thanks for humouring me.

Monday, 22 September 2014

A Weekend Way to The Far Cairn Rally

In 2010 we attended the “Far Cairn Rally” at Tottenham and had a wonderful time.  You can read about it here and here.  We’ve tried to go each year since, even having paid our entry money one year, only to have life work get in the way.

The rally is run by the BMW Touring Club to raise funds and awareness of M.A.R.I. (Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative), which arranges specialist medical treatment as well as practical support for motorcycle accident victims.  A wonderful cause that could benefit any of us one day.

This year the planets actually aligned and us and a mate were able to run away on “Snubby” the silver side car and camper trailer. 

The morning started out at minus 3.5 degrees C, but warmed up to a balmy +0.5 degrees C by the time we left home.

The scenery as you head west is always lovely, especially seeing all the canola in flower and some was even finished.  It hasn’t even started to flower in our district.

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See how lovely and blue it was.  We didn’t see a cloud all day on Saturday.

Our first stop was for a cuppa in the park at Parkes.

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Then we headed through Bogan Gate, where there is even a gate in the park.

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And headed north through Trundle’s widest main street in NSW.

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We came up to a rather large mob on cattle on the road and the majority of then were looking in fine condition.

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Finally we arrived at Tottenham in time for lunch at the local cafe.  Lots of other rally entrants had the same idea.  It was great to see so many bikes in town all supporting the local businesses.

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Tottenham is the town closest to the centre of NSW, so an ideal place for a rally.

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After we had set up camp we headed further west from the town to the “Far Cairn”, being the actual geographic centre of NSW.

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Off the tar and onto the dirt. We met a few other bikes that had the same idea as us.

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There was only us and our mate out there, which was nice.

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Mick had to climb up on top of the cairn again.

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While I looked for wildflowers.  Last time we were here there had been big rains, so there were more flowers, but they were still lovely this time.

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Most of the  wattles had finished but there were lots of this yellow bush, which I had thought was a wattle until seeing up close.  I don’t know what it is, but it has a lovely fragrance.

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Back at the camp site, which is the local Showground and Racecourse, we had a quick look at some bikes.  We didn’t get to see all that many, but there were a couple of interesting side cars.  Definitely not designed for passengers.

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Check out all the rally badges that were attached to this one, and that is only a few of the badges he has.

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These panniers sitting on the ground grabbed my attention with all their stickers, including one from the Isle of Man.  Very well travelled.

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On closer inspection of the bike, it had Colorado number plates.  Funnily enough, he won the furthest travelled trophy.

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We were taken with this older BMW and have decided to take “Olga” the old girl along next time, which will hopefully be next year.

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Meanwhile, they were getting ready for the trophy presentations and raffle.  This was held in the daylight, which was a great idea.  The number of people attending the rally had certainly grown since we last attended.

Lots of us sat on a lovely grassy bank.

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Later in the evening they ran an outdoor movie and the bank was a great place to watch it from, but the night got rather chilly indeed, so once the movie ended we headed for our camper trailer with our doona and patchwork quilt.

The next morning was lovely, if rather breezy, but that meant that there was no dew on the canvas to dry out.

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Once we were packed up and ready to head for home we played the tourist.

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We came home a different way, travelling through Narromine, Dubbo, Wellington and Orange.  The scenery continued to be lovely.

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Halfway between Orange and Bathurst there is “The Beekeepers Inn”, a cafe and microbrewery.  Well, they just happened to be having their inaugural Handmade Markets.  Of course we called in for a look see.

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It was a delightful setting with some lovely things for sale.  One of our friends had a stall selling homemade cakes and savoury scones and the likes.  Some had to come home with us and didn’t last very long.  I do hope there are more of these markets, as they were really worth visiting.

So then it was home to unpack, wash the disgustingly dirty bike and do some loads of washing.  Quite a reality check after a terrific weekend away.