Adding Gold to Our Rainbow

A little reminder of Autum in Winter


One of the things I love about living in Hill End is Autumn. On the coast it’s never much of a season. Summer runs late and then it’s Winter. Here we get golden leaves and wood smoke and deliciously cool evenings.








One think I love most about photography is that flowers can last forvever.







Ruth had picked up this gorgeous 2ply colour-way at Spotlight and decided she wanted to knit a shawl with it.


It’s mostly acrylic but has some wool content.


It’s not been blocked yet, which should open up the lace.  The pattern is the Aeolian Shawl from Knitty

The Garden


A couple of months ago Ruth’s Step Dad came up to help us get a vegetable garden going. Things sort of spiraled far from our original request but we do have vegetables growing now so we are happy.

The jonquils came out early this year. It’s been a funny year so far. Summer was awful hot and dry and this winter has been really mild. Much colder than the coast but a lot warmer than our previous winters here.
Thanks to Ta clearing out all the garden beds we may get a lot more bulbs coming up this year. For a long time they were covered in Morning Glory.
Here is a photo of the garden bed once the seeds started to sprout. Things have got bigger since then and as soon as I can find the card reader for my camera I’ll post an update.

Newtown Part 3 and BuzzzBar


While waiting for the NRMA guys to come and get the car started we needed to find some food. We were not far from BuzzzBar so we dropped in there


It really is a gorgeous cafe




I wish I’d got photos of the art on the walls inside so I could share it. It was really gorgeous and at great prices. I’d have loved to have bought some.



By this point though I was struggling with nausea and heart burn as it had been too long since I’d eaten and my meds are not kind to my stomach.



Unfortunately their gluten free selection was really poor and the waitress didn’t seem to be very helpful. We were told to pick something from the menu and they would tell me if they could make it gluten free but when we chose a couple of things they were not certain about them so we gave up and ordered a flat white and a piece of carrot cake.


The coffee that we got was a strong macchiato in a tiny cup and really not a flat white (and so I couldn’t drink it while my stomach was as bad as it was) and the carrot cake was pretty tasteless. Our friends who didn’t have to eat gluten free seemed to enjoy their meal though. It’s a beautiful cafe with great atmosphere but, if you have to eat gluten free, there are many other, much better places in Newtown.

Newtown Photos part two


I really would have loved to get some photos from Vivid Sydney so I think we’ll have to plan a trip for it next year.


Newtown has some really interesting art works and graffiti though so I had plenty to take photos of.



It could have been an awful, frustrating day. It was meant to be raining and cold but the weather was great.


And the company was fantastic. It’s always great to catch up with best friends. We talk online but it’s just not the same.


I have always loved this building. There is glass sculpture around the top of the wall and it always looks amazing.



Finally getting to photograph it properly was almost worth all the things we missed.




Our little monsters

If you visit or live in Hill End I’m sure you’ll probably end up with these guys shouting at you at some point.
They just get bored.
Dougall, the little one is probably telling you to get away from his yard like the grumpy young man he is.

But Pippin, the poodle, is probably just excited and wants to say hello.



While down in Penrith for my birthday in June we headed in to Sydney for a day to check out some stuff. Initially I wanted to go to Morris & Sons to look at their embroidery stuff and check out the Doctor Who pop up shop. Found out that Vivid Sydney (a festival of light, music and ideas according to the website) was still on so I packed my camera and we decided to get to that.


None of this actually happened. We ran out of time for Morris & Sons and the pop up Doctor Who shop had popped off again and the shop front was empty. We decided to walk back to the car via a bunch of shops and grab some food then park somewhere we could leave the car for a few hours and catch the train to go see the Vivid stuff.

When we got back to the car though, it wouldn’t start. After a fair bit of waiting around  in Newtown and some rather disappointing carrot cake the NRMA managed to get the car started but given there was a problem with the starter motor there was no guarantee that the car would start again once it was stopped so we had to head home instead.
As frustrating as it was to not get to any of the things we planned, the company made it a nice day out. 

Sunday Link Post



* Article about the amazing Holterman photo collection and it’s rediscovery in a Sydney Shed”Discovered by chance in a garden shed in suburban Sydney after being lost for more than half a century, the Holtermann collection is Australia’s most internationally significant historical photographic archive. Taken between 1870 and 1875, the collection of 3,500 glass plate negatives has recently been digitised by the State Library of NSW, unlocking fascinating stories hitherto hidden in the blurry background. Capturing nineteenth century Australia with extraordinary precision, the photos document life in gold rush towns such as Ballarat, Victoria and Hill End, NSW. Spectacular promotional shots of Sydney and Melbourne also feature alongside portraits of Australian citizens. Viewing the collection you are taken into their world.”
These are fantastic. When you look at them on the computer you can see so much detail. Loads of photos of Hill End in the collection. Including one of our cottage.

* Pin up girl clothing. I can’t afford this stuff but it’s reasonably priced and I love the look. Wish I could try some stuff on. I don’t like dresses and skirts and all but I’d love to see what these look like on. They are gorgeous.

* The High Cost Of Cheap Food. Great article about food security, ethical food and how the big supermarkets are screwing people over. Often ethical food is placed too far down the list of spending priorities. I’d rather eat free range and chemical free than go to see a movie. I prioritize my health an animal welfare above expensive clothes and the newest electronics. We get very little money a week between us but we buy local, ethical and as chemical free as we can.

* The Mudgee Project Mudgee is a town near(ish) to us. They are known for wine and honey. We shop their occasionally but with our doctors, hydo, more gluten free options and later shop opening hours, we tend to go to Bathurst much more often. This project is a photographer taking a photo of Mudgee once a week for a year. It’s a stunning collection of photos. I couldn’t make it to the exhibition as I had pneumonia but you can still look at the photos online.

* Easy Chain Stitch post on Sublime Stitching “The “chain stitch” is the one everyone has heard of, but hates to do. Why? Because it’s laborious. It doesn’t always come out nicely and it uses up a lot of floss. But, chain stitches create a nice thick, textured line. It’s one of the most embroidery-ish embroidery stitches there is. This technique will guarantee they always come out perfectly.”
I’d actually started doing them this way myself because I couldn’t get the other way to look right. It’s good information to have.

* How Fast Is The NBN This page shows in real time the difference between what Labor are going to implement (fibre to premises) and what the Liberals want to do (Fibre to the node and copper to premises). Liberals plan is ridiculous and we wouldn’t be any better off than we are now, possibly worse as we wont get subsidised satellite. The further from the node the more the signal is degraded. We’re a long fucking way from anywhere.
How are Australian businesses located anywhere other than the middle of the capital cities meant to compete with the rest of the world? Optic fibre all the way would allow rural and isolated schools and students to connect with other schools for projects it would allow people in rural and isolated areas to use skype services to consult with specialists in the city without having to drive for a day or more.

* Visual Art Resources From Accessible Arts NSW (disability and arts but useful for anyone starting out) Developing your exhibition plan, Presenting your exhibition, Documenting artworks, Photographing live performance.
Except I still don’t understand them and can’t really do them myself.

* Sandra Dieckmann’s illustrations She draws fantastic animals

* Pipecleaner sculptures Using nothing but pipecleaner. Animals. How??

* Cake Wrecks: Sunday Sweets – 80’s Movie Night theme. I love them.

* Bathurst photos from the Vault The Western Advocate has combined with the National Archives of Australia and Bathurst Library to bring you these hidden treasures.



Sunday Link Spam



* Novelist David Mitchell looks back on the heartbreak – and joy – of learning that his son had autism. And an extract from the book ‘The Reason I Jump’ by Naoki Higashida, translated by David.

* Meet Thelma… and Louise, the Baby Two-headed Texas River Cooter Adorable turtle that seems to be doing well.

* Fibre Art Specimens a look at some gorgeous science based fibre art compiled by Magpie & Whiskeyjack.

* Five must see tutorials for getting started in Machine Embroidery I’d love to be able to get an embroidery machine. I’d like to digitize my own art but I also love the designs you can get at Urban Threads. I don’t have the space or the money though so for now I dream.
I’d love to stitch these gorgeous butterflies on the back of a hoodie

* These Photoshop and Illustrator tips on Threadless are really useful

* I wish I could afford a blog/webpage designed by Bakercourt

* The needle felted art by ex-soldier Kiyoshi Mino is amazing.

* This tutorial on making a screen print from an embroidery hoop and water proof glue by Reasonably Gumi has given me loads of ideas I want to try out.

* This Peacock Dragon art by David Revoy is amazing

* A gorgeous crochet Mario Bros blanket

* A Toy Maker Makes A Toy Maker by Doktor A. “It is glorious! Just look at the intricate detail of this robot toy maker making more toys at his trusty workbench with a plethora of spectacles. The tiny details, from the miniature glass dome to the tiny bench clamp are absolutely fantastic.” Gorgeously steampunk as usual from Doktor A. I love his stuff.

* Cake Wrecks: Sunday Sweets – Video Games theme Not sure I’ve played all of these but the cakes are amazing.


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