Up a Mountain – Bogong Village…

While we were at camping, on the day called Good Friday, the Humans took me for a tour around the area and we went up a Mountain…

About half way up the Mountain in the Alpine National Park is a little place where humans live called Bogong Village…

Bogong Village

The Village is on the part of the river where the Junction Dam is built, part of the Kiewa Hydro-Electric Scheme.

While Larry had a rest in the car park we went for a walk…across the dam wall to the other side…through a tunnel…

It was a loonnngggg tunnel...

it was very high but I was brave…because it was like a cage and I knew I wouldn’t fall out…whew!…

I climbed up and down lots of steps…I am a good step climber…

Up I go..

We just had a little explore around the dam and the lake formed by the dam…the village is quite small and when you drive in from the main road down to the lake you’ve pretty much passed through the whole village but it is very pretty there…

What we saw…

Below the dam wall...

The dam lake...

Autumn colour...

Mosses and lichens make rock walls pretty...

Then it was time to go back to Larry and keep going on up the Mountain…

To be continued…

Licks and Tail Wags…Jindi…

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Kiewa Kelpie…

The Human and I went camping for Easter…I hadn’t been camping before…I liked camping…Larry drove us North East for a long time…then we came to a really big creek called a river…the Kiewa River…we went to a friend’s place and there was a house there just for us…

The Taj Mah Tent...

Can you see the river there right in front of where we were staying?

A closer look…

View from the Verandah...

I checked out the river…

Looks OK so far...

Mmm...what is this?....

All OK over here too...

Once I’d checked everything…

Camping is hard work...

I’ll come back later and show you what else we did…

Woofs and Tail Wags…Jindi…

I Am Easily Amused…

I must be…’coz I put one of the bookcases that are no longer required for the sewing room up on the Ebay…after it was on the Gumtree for like a month (mainly because I completely forgot I had it for sale!!!….oops!) and while nearly 80 people viewed it no-one bit…anyway, it’s not that the bookcase is for sale on the Ebay that amuses me…it is that has 13 stalkerswatchers…

…the picture in my head is of the bookcase going about its daily business with those 13 “watchers” following its every move…hiding behind trees…slowly driving along streets…sitting in the park across the road from the bookcase’s workplace with a pair of binoculars…

…it’s the first thing I’ve ever put up on the Ebay…I only got brave enough to even start an Ebay account and buy a book from it last year…yes, it takes me a while to catch on…and while there are no offers (yet, I’m still hopeful) the notion of “watchers” is something I find highly amusing…

I really must get a life!…

(I started this post nearly two weeks ago…each time I tried to get it up and running WordPress wouldn’t play nice with me…not uploading photos or the day that it wasn’t there at all *sigh*…of course, then I forgot all about it…and it has been languishing as a draft ever since…)

Not much of an update but I need to note what I’ve done…

I have a short hallway…passageway…call it what you will…it’s short…5 of my normal steps takes me from the start to the bedroom door…so it is five steps long and at each end is a one step square bit to the left or right depending on which direction you are coming from and which end you are at at the time…so you’d think that it wouldn’t take all that long on a Sunday to give it a spruce up with the wall/ceiling mop thingy, the vacuum and the Bissell…you’d think that…but you would be wrong!!!

Why? Because why would anything ever be straighforward in my world…that would be too much to ask and it just wouldn’t happen…first off move the “excess stuff” that has moved from the sewing room into the hall because, well, that was where it landed really and what should you do when you are moving said stuff (read small wardrobe/cupboard arrangement)….bash the corner of said piece of furniture into the corner of the wall and remove great chunk of plaster…

Exhibit A...

Aaaaggghhhhh….I wasn’t planning on playing with cornice cement but now apparently I will be….

Oh well, move along that can wait…wash ceiling, wash walls, wash skirting and architraves…forget that in said small space there are 6, yes 6, of these…

1 down, 5 to go...

…takes longer to wipe down skirting and architrave in small space equal to 7 of my steps than for either sewing room or bedroom…*sigh*…

Mix up carpet shampoo stuff, take two sweeps of carpet with the shampooer and…the safety switch trips…bugger!  Out to switchboard, reset and away we go…back inside the shampooer is humming away with electricity again pouring into it until…I move it…at all…just the action of releasing the handle cuts the power again…repeat 5 times…give up…go do something else…

An hour later…have another go…and it co-operates…why? what the?  the only thing that was different was the washing machine was not doing its thing at the same time…so, note to self…it appears washing machine and Bissell do not get along and refuse to co-operate and work together…oh well, easier to deal with than having either one of them go to the electrical appliance doctor…

End result for day…one clean hallway…finally…yay!

Also put up two more sticky hooks in sewing room and hung a couple of baubles that are much prettier on the wall than in their boxes…re-organised cutting table sans tele…cutting mat no longer partially obscured by wooden ruler holder do-dads (technical term there)…all good 🙂

Catch ya!

Clean Up Progress…

The sewing room renovations have been continuing…details take so much longer with nothing to show…so in three weeks…

  • small quilts hung back up on the sewing room wall…

  • new light shade put up (the original one sacrificed itself during the washing of the ceiling…OK I knocked it with the mop and it broke) after returning to the shop and getting the washer jigger than goes on the inside so that when the batten skirt is reattached the shade doesn’t fall down…I could not for the life of me figure out how it was supposed to work when the hole in the top of the shade was considerably larger than the batten skirt to hold it up…turns out I was missing a bit…oh that would be the problem…

  • antenna point and powerpoint installed…while that was happening Jindi and I jumped into Larry and scooted up the highway to get the wall bracket thingy…so glad I didn’t attempt bracket installation by myself, it was much trickier that I thought it would be…all done now and tele off the cutting table and on the wall where it can be easily viewed in the sewing room and from the office (study) room (the doors are in line) as the bracket is one of those move about tilty types…

  • little shelf thingy back on wall and thimbles reinstated…

  • entire (last) weekend taken up with The Great Scanathon Project…scanning all the paper in folders and display books that took up too much space…sorted, discarded some and scanning the rest into an electronic library of notes and patterns that were previously either handwritten or photocopied…it took AGES…but the pile is finally diminished…Oy, the poor trees!!!

  • one bookcase listed for sale…hasn’t worked so far but you never know someone might want it…

The end result of all this is a sewing room space that is SO much nicer to be in…actually it was so nice to be in I spent just about a whole week in there and just shut my eyes to the rest of the house!!!

This weekend I moved to the next room – my bedroom – walls and ceiling washed, carpet shampooed, light shade washed – and it survived the experience!!!  Yesterday I washed/aired all the bedding…blankets, allegen covers, etc…turned the mattress…and put the room back together…pushed the bed slightly across the room so it is closer to the window and now there is a much larger floor space…makes the room seem bigger…I’m thinking of going furniture shopping again for this room…I have two IKEA chests of drawers which don’t match in with the bed and bedside tables but were good enough at the time…time to go shopping for something better suited…the trick will be finding something the right size…

Mmm…maybe I have got a few things done…helps to write it out…it’s easy to forget just how much work…and time!…it actually takes to get the little things done…

Catch ya!

A New Start…

With the moving of quilty/crafting happenings that leaves this blog for recording other aspects of my world…I’ve set myself a goal of cleaning up, decluttering and generally reclaiming control and order of my house and yard…2011 The Year Of The House!…

It is too big a job to tackle all at once…I need to break it up into manageable sized tasks…if I try to tackle the whole it becomes overwhelming…and that is what has been happening…looking at the whole picture and being overwhelmed and therefore doing nothing…a bit at a time is much more achievable…

I started with the sewing room…an obvious choice as it gains me the biggest reward of a more useable space…

So…from this…

Beyond chaotic…unusable…can’t find anything without an archaelogical dig…

To this…

Ah…a useable space again…where basic supplies like table tops and sewing machines can be found without said archaelogical dig…

And all it took was three days of concentrated attention…figuring out how to take cargo barrier out of Larry and put seats down (first challenge) in order to transport flat packs, a trip to Melbourne to IKEA (a challenge for Mistea as I lost all ability to function in Melbourne that day…who forgets how to operate the car park pay machine for goodness sake!), managing to get flat packs from Larry into house (second challenge), moving furniture, washing walls, shampooing carpet, building furniture contained in IKEA flat packs…and then as that worked out so well…doing it all again for other side of the room…including second trip to Melbourne to IKEA stupidly undertaken on a Sunday afternoon, not my best idea that one…followed by remainder of week sorting and fine tuning details…not finished yet, there are a few things to go back up on the walls, some sorting and cleaning out still to be done, but it is a whole lot better than it was and I’m loving having a space that is fun to be in again…
Still to be done – stick up hanging hooks for small quilts…rehang little wooden shelf thingy and redisplay thimbles…have TV antenna point installed…put TV on wall on adjustable bracket thingy (buy adjustable bracket thingy)…sort stuff in baskets…scan patterns and notes printed off web, on class sheets, etc in folders to reduce paper…sort stuff in wardrobe…create better wardrobe storage…sell or donate bookcases no longer required…

Moving….

I’ve decided to put new posts about quilty stuff only on blogger…please visit me over there….follow me!….

Thanks for visiting…hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching…

Incoming…

Handmade goodies wrapped in Christmas have come to live at my house…thank you Mistea

Cute wallhanging ready for next Christmas…

How’s this for a cuppa set…spinning into the night mug rug and matching cup cosy…with it’s very own travel mug…no, it is not a sippy cup, it is a Maxwell & Williams double walled china cup with a rubbery flexible lid…how cool (or should that be warm?) is that!…

And here it is with the box of coffee bags and yummy biscuits it came with…yep, that works…

Guess what else is going to Summer School with me! Pefect…though the biscuits aren’t going to make it, their days are numbered *LOL*…

Happy Stitching…

Round and Round…

Another Christmas present made its way to its new home yesterday so now I can add another finish to my OPAM list for December…Circles Tablemat…

The "top" side

The "under" side

Based on a Moda Bakeshop recipe…I say based because as usual I didn’t follow the plan exactly…I’ve decided I’m pathalogically unable to follow a pattern to the letter…ah, they are just guidelines surely…

So, the recipe called for a layer cake and a backing fabric…I used a charm pack instead, City Weekend by Liesel Gibson for Oliver + S for Moda and instead of a constant backing fabric simply used two charm squares for each circle so that the mat is sort of reversible…the recipe had the circles laid out into a kind of rectangular arrangement but I wanted something more circular as the table it is intended for is a round table…

Another pressie delivered and another finish to OPAM 2010…

Happy Stitching…

It’s A Hard Life…

But someone has to do it…

Hope your day is as stressful *LOL*…

Jindi