Monday, August 31, 2009

Where did summer go?

It was a great summer and still supposed to be very warm over the next few days so I guess it is still summer but it seems like things change once it is September. Spent most of the weekend canning. Did peaches, plums, crabapples and there are more to do. Started a black and white strip twist I want to have completed as a sample for my fall retreat - got a bunch of strips sewn together so they are ready to cut into blocks. It is such a fun pattern. Will post pictures when I get the top done. Meanwhile back to work at the office all day today, tomorrow and prob most of Weds so not much sewing for a few days.
Victoria(DD) starts working on her BSC in phytotherapy tomorrow. It is a four year program and she is very excited.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

What have I been doing?

I can't believe it has been two weeks since I last posted. Didn't think I was busier than usual but time flies. Starting to pack things up to head back to Alberta for Fall harvest. I did manage to finish a flannel quilt for a friend in Innisfail, it still needs the binding but I can take it with me to finish.
The guys have been fishing quite a bit and I finally went the other day. Here is a picture of the 20 lb salmon Andrew caught. We also caught two smaller pinks.

We have one of the strangest sunflowers I have ever seen. It has about 10 flowers on one stalk and here is a picture of one of the flowers. I don't know if you can tell but it is a double-headed flower, the two heads are attached back to back.

On a final note I also finally quilted a horse wallhanging I made for my husband at our fall retreat last year. I gave him the top for his Christmas present and he got the quilted/bound FINISHED wallhanging about a week after his birthday.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fishing & Quilting - Life is good

Dave and Andrew went fishing again yesterday; it was a bit windy once in awhile but overall they had a good time. Caught one of their biggest salmon yet - an 18 lb. Also caught a 9 lb and 4 nice small pinks. While they were gone I added binding to a couple of quilted items and got backs ready for 2 more ready to be quilted so quite a successful day. Off to see what I can get quilted today. Will post more pictures tomorrow (hopefully).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Dave, Andrew and Butch went fishing while Vicky and I went to the art show. They had a shortened day due to the wind came up and made things quite rough. Before the winds got out of hand they caught 3 more salmon. They also saw a huge pod a whales and some sea lions. I would love to be out there when they see the animals but definitely would not like it when the water gets rough. All around ; everybody had a great day.

Holiday Monday

Had a great day, the guys went fishing and Vicky decided to hang out with me for the day. We decided that we should go to the Sooke Fine Arts show which had been on for a week at Seaparc. It was fantastic!!; I had no idea of the artistic talent in the local area. There was such a range of techniques in this juried art show that it is hard to know where to start. There was a large variety of paintings, sculpture, woodwork, fibreart, blown glass, ceramics, photography and varied mixed media items. The display was very professionally done with nice wide aisles and superb lighting. There were definitely some great objects I would buy if I won the lottery, I don't think they were overpriced for the work that went into them but definitely out of my price range. Well worth going to and I will definitely go next year.
We then went to the fairly new restaurant in town called Nut Pop Thai and it was great. The food, service and atmosphere was great and we had more than enough food so brouhgt the rest home. What I had left from mine was enough for both of us for lunch today as well.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Carrot cake and mystery quilt

I made carrot cake this morning, made one last week and it was soooo good I decided to make another. We have so many carrots in the garden we are going to turn orange soon. While it was cooking I finished the mystery quilt top I am planning for my retreat group. For awhile it was quite a mystery to me but the top is all together now, looks very interesting. Now I have to calculate how much fabric I used so I can send out fabric requiremetns and pre-cutting instructions. Then I have to write the instructions, this should keep my brain working. Hope everyone is having a great long weekend.