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My name is Kaye and I am 57 years old. I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Christmas is Coming, 2016 .... Part Three

Hello lovely bloggers, 

I must say that I had the best Melbourne night last night. We do indeed live in the world's most liveable city.

First up, we attended  "The Age" newspaper's 2016 in review at The Peninsula at Docklands

We started with the yummiest canapes and delicious wine ...

And then the serious part of the evening began. It comprised a panel of some of Australia's most respected journalists reviewing the big stories of 2016.

It was a most interesting and enlightening evening.  When we came out, the night was still balmy and there was some great urban landscapes for me to take some pics of.

Then we trammed down to the Bourke Street Mall to see the iconic Myer Christmas windows.

"Excited children and their parents lined up in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall to be among the first to get a glimpse of this year’s spectacular Christmas Windows, based on the new children’s book ‘One Christmas Eve’ by author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall.
The book tells the story of Bella on Christmas Eve in 1968 when she visits her Grandparents in St Kilda for a typical Australian BBQ. Bella and her grandfather head to Luna Park and she is given the choice of one ride so she chooses the magical carousel. She jumps on the horse and lets her imagination take hold as she daydreams about the ‘Majestic Horse’ taking her high above the clouds over Melbourne and being greeted by Santa’s sleigh and his reindeers. Once the ride ends, Bella’s dream fades back to reality and she heads home with her grandfather. When Bella wakes on Christmas Day, she is delighted to unwrap a rocking horse that her Grandfather hand-carved for her to resemble the ‘Majestic Horse’ she rode on the carousel.
This year’s theme features 3D adaptions of some of Melbourne’s most iconic sites including Luna Park, The Palais Theatre and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Brought to life once again by the incredible John Kerr and the talented team at Stage ONE, this year’s windows feature over 10,000 festoon lights, 120 individual 55cm characters, 5,000 miniature figurines and took over 30 artisans 17,000 hours to create."
Oh, they were so wonderful!


Afterwards, we went for a bit of a walk and I couldn't resist taking some pictures of the yummy chocolates in the Haigh's window.

Hey, this is my 120th post for the year - so I have met one of my big goals for 2016 - Yay!

Have a great day everyone, 


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas is Coming, 2016 .... Part Two

My dear friend, Linda, has lent me this book to read for Christmas:

How Mrs Claus saved Christmas by Jeff Guinn

Doesn't the book cover look so pretty with my red and yellow roses?  Together, they make a lovely Christmas display.

On a further Christmassy note, I had a lovely seafood lunch on Sunday by the Yarra River at Waterfront Restaurant with my "Tennis" Group or Mother's Group.  We have been meeting for over twenty-six years now.  We don't really play tennis, we just used to meet as a playgroup in the club rooms of a tennis club - hence the name - but we do get teased a lot about our lack of tennis prowess and playing!

.... and to continue the Christmassy theme, I finished-finished my Baby's First Christmas Ornament - as you know, I am always very anxious about my finishing ability but I must admit, I am pretty pleased with how this one has turned out.

What do you think? Will it past muster?

On another note, we have had the 'cat wars' here as DS1 came home on Friday night (yay!  So lovely to have him home) with their cat, Nobu (DDIL is due to arrive this Saturday).

Best to say that Furio and Milo are feeling a little put out and Furio and Nobu are duking it out for who is Alpha Cat! lol!

Now, guess who is trying to get close to me whilst I am doing some authoring for a publisher??    Furio, of course!



Ooops! Mum has got cross with me and pushed me away.  Okay, I will go stick my head in under the monitor - that should be comfortable! lol!

Okay, that is it for me for now, 


P.S. Sorry, no pic of Milo this post, he is very skittish with the new cat in the house - next time, I hope!

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Alphabet Club_Saturday Detention for Q


Which is actually not always so sunny!

As actually the other day Queensland experienced a hailstorm with hail the size of tennis balls - you can read more about it here.

Queensland is the pointy state in the north-east of Australia, it is one of the biggest states (much bigger than Victoria where I live, as you can see).

It is so big, that the distance from Melbourne to Brisbane (the capital of Queensland) is almost exactly the same distance as from Brisbane to the last biggish town in Queensland, Cairns!

Quensland also likes to celebrate its large size by having lots of Big attractions...

Now, for some more serious information about Queensland....

European History of Queensland (named after Queen Victoria, of course, just like my home state of Victoria - she was a bit greedy or vain or both, really, wasn't she? lol!)....

Queensland was first seen by Europeans in the 1600s. Dutch explorer Willem Jansz landed on the Cape York Peninsula in 1606, and in 1623 Jan Carstens explored the Gulf of Carpentaria. An Englishman, Lieutenant James Cook, is acknowledged as the first European to encounter Queensland's east coast in 1770 in HMS Endeavour.
Europeans settled in Queensland in 1825 when Brisbane was selected as a penal settlement for the more difficult convicts. The penal settlement was officially closed in 1839 and the land was prepared for sale for permanent settlement.
Queensland was originally part of the British-administered colony of New South Wales. This occupied a large part of the Australian continent.
A desire to separate from New South Wales began to emerge as Queensland's economic significance increased and its productivity and population expanded. The people of Queensland began to realise the importance of Brisbane as a port and urban centre.
The physical remoteness of Queensland from the centre of government in New South Wales and concern about the maintenance of public infrastructure, contributed to a desire for independence.


In 1851, a public meeting was held to consider Queensland's separation from New South Wales.
Queen Victoria granted approval and signed Letters Patent on 6 June 1859 to establish the new colony of Queensland. On the same day, an Order-in-Council gave Queensland its own constitution.

Queensland became a self-governing colony with its own Governor, a nominated Legislative Council and an elected Legislative Assembly.

Of course, one of the famous places in Queensland is the Gold Coast....

... and the Great Barrier Reef ...

It has spectacular scenery.... 

But you do have to worry about these fellas!  

Where is Crocodile Dundee when you need him?

Whenever I go up to Queensland, I look out for the beautiful old Queenslander homes, built high up on stilts (for the flooding) and with wonderful verandahs which surround the whole house (to catch the breeze).

Unfortunately, a lot of these houses are disappearing now....

Anyway, that is all from me for the Letter Q but let me explain what The Alphabet Club is all about ....

  It is the brainchild of Chiara from The Grey Tail and Jo from Serendipitous Stitching and is loosely based on the premise of the movie "The Breakfast Club" - you can see the button for The Alphabet Club on my right sidebar.

On the first Saturday of each month, members of the club have "detention" and have to post about something that will enlighten others about their culture (as blogland is so diverse).  Of course, there should/could be something stitchy in there, if possible (although I seemed to have moved right away from that premise as the months have gone by, instead focusing on boring you all with quirky facts about Australia - lol!)

Each month will be a different letter of the alphabet - hence the club's name - and, of course, we started with "A" and now we are up to "Q".

The Alphabet Club


P.S. If you want to see what the other detainees got up to this month.  Please click on this link here.
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