Tuesday, October 31, 2006


0610 salad
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Corn fed chicken cooked with lemon, black pepper, wild lime and chilli. Salad of potato and green beans (cooked) with Spanish onion, red capsicum, pear and yellow grape tomatoes. Dressing: honey mustard spicy citrus black pepper.

Monday, October 30, 2006

daisy hook

0610 hook
Originally uploaded by rooruu.

A domestic detail from the house of friends - blue and white are colours all through the house, even in small details like this. I like the offset of the hooks

It also looks like a figure, with the shadow - but I didn't realise till after I'd taken it and loaded it on the computer. They be the purtiest boxing gloves I'd'a ever seed! (!).

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Fruit & Veg 2 mosaic v.2

0610 Fruit & Veg 2 mosaic v.2
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
I was there today again and decided to get a few more photos so this could be a satisfying 6x6 grid. While the seasonality of some fruit and veg may timedate it, the Halloween pumpkins make it pretty precise.

How to fix a punctured tyre with fabric

0610 inspiration
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
It was just a triffle spooky how the M&Ms (Pirates of the Caribbean Pirate Pearls) worked with this selection of fabrics.

Had to get a puncture repaired yesterday, and golly gee, picked the tyre place which is oh, three minutes from a patchwork shop... well, I'd rather spend three-quarters of an hour in a patchwork shop than in the tyre place with a bleating out of focus telly and well-thumbed car mags.

And sometimes fabrics just follow you home, you know? The oriental fabric bottom right was the starting point.

No, I don't know quite what I'll do with them. Make a quilt, will that do for now? (Must remember next time I get a puncture to budget for the fabric purchasing as well as the tyre repair!)

Saturday, October 28, 2006


0610 radishes
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
I went to the big well-lit, don't-bother-with-a-basket-take-a-trolley greengrocery/market yesterday. I never emerge with just one or two things - there's always a nice brie, or particular fruit, or cold meat for weekend sandwiches, or an unusual bread, or their consistently excellent plain yoghurt , or the generally needed fruit/veg- or a combination of the above. Thus I skip the basket.

Late on Friday, it wasn't so crowded, and I couldn't resist pulling out my camera as I did earlier in the year.

Here's a set of the photos I took yesterday

and here's the March set.

How beautiful are fruit and veg? Wonderful colours, wonderfully individual shapes even within the same type or family, wonderful texture - AND you can eat them!

A few more of these photos may creep in as daily ones - I love the sense of cornucopia, fruit and veg filling the lens with colour and light.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Architectural observation

0610 blue building
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
So is there a building at all, or just a screen with windows to the sky?

Thursday, October 26, 2006


0610 grevillea "Superb"
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
This one is "Superb", I think - it's a bit more pink/yellow than the redder "Robyn Gordon" variety.

Isn't it elegant and amazing? They're easy to grow and they flower and flower (or are they bracting and bracting? - who cares, they're noice either way).

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Vintage quilts and knitting needles

I have a bunch of old coloured knitting needles like this, pairs and orphans, in a blue and white striped jug. Makes a great arrangement of colour - no water needed, doesn't go off, charms my eye each time I look at it.

I love the repetition in this picture - knitting needles, rolled quilts, folded quilts.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Vintage cups and saucers

0610 vintage cups and saucers
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Tea, anyone? (or in my case, since I don't drink tea or coffee, hot chocolate anyone?)

Fine china has something so graceful about it.

Australian photographer Olive Cotton's photo, Teacup Ballet, captured a wonderful view of cups and saucers.

Monday, October 23, 2006

White clematis

0610 white clematis
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
White clematis, celebrating spring and reaching for the sun.

A Year of Color: Salmon

A Year of Color: Salmon
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Not that I had any photos tagged 'salmon' - but pink yielded a few candidates. The quinces may look like a fudge, but it's the salmon tissue paper that critically defines and separates them...

They're a vintage quilt I saw at a show, dollhouse, quinces, sunset.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Reading: children's picture books

0610 children's picture books
Originally uploaded by rooruu.

I was reading some favourite children's books today with children I have known for most/all of their lives, who will soon be living thousands of miles away, the chance to share books like this gone.

These ones have been favourites:
The Elephant and the Bad Baby (Elfrida Vipont & Raymond Briggs), Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak) and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Mordecai Gerstein).

I can recommend them all wholeheartedly - story and imagination and space for aha! which is so valuable in children's books.

The Elephant lulls them with delightful repetition, then does an abrupt about face to catch them out.

I have seen, over and over, Sendak's book transfix a child aged between about 4 and 7 in particular - something about it makes tremendous, compelling sense to them.

Gerstein's book is the newest of the three, chronicling in spare words and at times vertiginous illustrations Philippe Petit's dangerous, extraordinary walk on a tightrope between the almost-built World Trade Center towers in 1974.

And there is, inarguably, something about curling up on a couch with a picture book and children that a computer, with as many bells and whistles as you like, cannot capture.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Cannoli (no gun)

0610 cannoli (no gun)
Originally uploaded by rooruu.

In You've Got Mail, Tom Hanks' character quotes from The Godfather - "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."

I didn't do either today, although there was, as you can see, PLENTY of cannoli, and as it was in a RSL club, one of the returned services league displays of militaria was bound to feature a gun or two...

Friday, October 20, 2006

Racing car

0610 vintage tin toy racing car
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
It's been a madly busy week, I've driven hundreds of kilometres - maybe I would have been faster in a sleek speed machine like this one!

Isn't it amusing how your eyes can be opened to noticing different things when you're interested in something new? The films in the DVD player in the last couple of weeks have included one of my all-time favourites, Life as a House (in which there is a multitude of architectural models at the start of the film, before the full-size house-building begins; and Suddenly 30 (known as 13-30 in the US, I think - Jennifer Garner & Mark Ruffalo) in which the dream dollhouse made by one of the characters for another of the characters is a critical plot element.

Is there a theme here? I wasn't trying to create a list of dollhouse films (I did a list of films featuring quilts years ago), let alone select viewing choices based on dollhouse content!

Thursday, October 19, 2006


0610 balloons and quilt
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Farewelling a colleague today. The quilt stays (it's my farewell from another workplace and lives on the wall of my present office) but the balloons were presented to our colleague, who will be much missed. (Oldwhatsisface, we'll say - remember that one?!)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


0610 croquet balls
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Today I'm trying to keep a whole lotta balls in the air.

I'm not sure I'll manage without dropping some.

(at least they're pretty colours...)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


0610 shabby chic lampshade
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Judging by the quantity, these are probably reproductions or new, rather than originals. There is something about them I find immensely appealing - the slightly mottled cream, the open wandering roses, the fluting, the scalloped edge.

We have such a cornucopia of choice in decorating styles, and yet it's fascinating how one item like this can conjure an entire room. Gentle colours, age-worn furniture, comfort. Not necessarily cluttered, but with the evidence of lived lives in the room.

I can not comprehend how anyone lives in a streamlined moderne box of a room as illustrated in some magazines - don't they own books, the bric-a-brac of daily life, any kind of nod at who they are beyond clean lines and a spartan emptiness? Or have the stylists emptied anything that would evoke humanity?

As I make progress with the dolls' house (more pics soon) I'm observing how I think about that space, those rooms, how I am creating, in miniature, rooms that will tell a story.

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Year of Color: Tan

A Year of Color: Tan
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Tan being a rare brown, I've interpreted it a tad liberally. But at least two of these are particularly favourite photographs, so it's nice to be able to share them.

Vintage homemaking and needlework books

There's something delightful about the confidence of these, that all necessary knowledge can be gathered between stout covers by ladies with capable names like Beryl, and even the odd Lady this or that, and made available at modest but not insignificant cost to those wishing to do things as they ought to be done, with propriety, skill and orderliness.

And this style of book is far from dead - there are always new versions. Shannon Lush has had a huge hit with Spotless, published by ABC Books - there's still a hunger out there for old fashioned stain removal (and I believe she's doing one on other housekeeping matters). In fifty years' time (if not less), Spotless will be on shelves like these.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Country church

0610 country church
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
There's a Sunday picture! This was taken in late afternoon - I rather liked the shadows, some leaves lit to lime by sunlight, others not, the harmony in the greens and greys. This is the only church in the village, so the service welcomes all, Protestant or not, who would rather worship locally than travel further afield. And it seems to work happily.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There's pink everywhere! I bought a pink light globe today, but it will go in a lamp in the window, rather than the porch light.

At a friend's 50th - she fought breast cancer in her mid thirties, and wondered if she would reach fifty - she talked about this fight in her speech, and said that through it, her son had been her hope, her daughter, her joy, and her husband, her strength.

If you'd like to use a pink ribbon image on your blog for October, FD's Flickr Toys has a page of ones you're free to use (like the one I've used in the right hand column).

Click here for the link.

Vintage bread bins

0610 vintage bread bins
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Visited a shop with a cornucopia of vintage home wares this afternoon. There are more photos in this Flickr set. I could wander in this shop for ages, just looking and wondering and turning each corner into each room and noticing something else - vintage bread boards and washing boards, quilts, buttons, silverware (hard to photograph, poorer light), doyleys and cups and saucers and vintage lacrosse sticks and - and- and-

Among all the big stuff, there were a few miniatures. So I photographed the big stuff and invested in a couple of things for dollhouse use. As you would.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Op-shopping finds.

0610 op-shopping finds.
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Including: books from my past (I've read Chocolat but must have lent my copy to someone and never got it back; haven't read this Geoffrey Household, but enjoyed his thriller Rogue Male; and I'm sure I had this Ladybird book as a child!), a trophy sugar bowl (tennis, 1950s) and a ?pewter tankard-to-become-pen-holder, decoupage boxes, chest for a dollhouse, brass cups for dollmaking (but not for the dollhouse, rather larger in scale), Better Homes book from the fifties (spiffing moderne rooms!), a magazine rack....and an old school desk.

A good day's thrifting - we enjoyed ourselves.

(An op shop is an opportunity shop = goodwill/oxfam/charity shop with second-hand goods)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Coming soon...

The first croquet photo ever for this blog! (Bitacle's dastardly ways haven't stopped transmission).

Maybe I'm the only person excited by a croquet shot. But that's OK - it's my blog!!!!!



0610 croquet lawn
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
And what would a civilised afternoon on the croquet lawn be without afternoon tea at the ready? I was a mere observer of the U3A learners (and enjoyed the shade).

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

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Moving house

0610 moving house
Originally uploaded by rooruu.

It's all got to go somewhere when the electrician and wallpaperer are at their work. Although the removalists could have been a tad more careful.

My favourite blog entry of the day is this one!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Victorian cottage

0610 cottage
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Not that I'm currently besotted with aqua or anything, but this was so pretty in the sunshine - the freshness of aqua and blue, and the white Iceberg standard roses tossing in the light breeze.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Flannel quilt

0610 flannel quilt
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
It's all made from quilter's flannel, front and back, and how good does it feel?

- well, except when the weather's warmed up and flannel is suddenly heading for at least six months of being irrelevant.

It's NOT a Christmas quilt (flannel? for Christmas in Australia when it's usually over 30degC? Puhleeeze!) - the fabrics I had came together like this, what with the redbird fabric and the house fabric. I'm sure it will still work next year, midyear, midwinter.

I often use flannel for the back of quilts, particularly when they're for a child, but it's a while since I made a flannel-front-and-back-and-binding. As we're coming into summer, I won't be making any more for a while - too hot to wrangle through the sewing machine.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Reading: white + Christmas

0610 reading
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Yeah yeah, I know to some shabby chic is a much-bandied trend, but I've not read (as opposed to browsed) any of the books before. What I liked most about this one was her give-and-take attitude. Some things HAD to change, but others she found were liveable-with - she bought a house and through the book shows the renovation of it.

There are a couple of places in my house that could do with some white paint, or lighter paint. The wider world attaches 'shabby chic' to all sorts of frizzy-frou-frou, when she is often enough more likely to assume less is more, rather than a roomful of stuff letting nothing be seen properly.

Did a big spring clean of the living room yesterday, and it was good to have had this book in my head. I'm not sure you could have seen the difference - but I did, as I dusted and vacuumed and put things in the rubbish or the opshop box.

The Christmas issues of craft magazines, which come out in October, are starting to lob in. This one includes the results of this blog entry and this one . So I don't really have to make any Christmas craft - I was stitching and quilting months ago!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Reading: a favourite magazine cover

0610 favourite magazine cover
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
It's not the latest issue, but it's nice to revisit a favourite. Isn't that cover quilt a corker??!! ;-)

(I didn't blog about it at the time, and wanted to work it into this ongoing blog narrative).

My quilting/craft to-do list includes a flannel quilt, an applique cushion, a two-colour quilt and something entrancing in the craft line involving old wooden egg cups. Variety! The spice of life!

I do plan to do the lighting in the dolls house this weekend, though. Just because.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

No bull

0610 no bull 1
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Not in this china shop, anyway.

Did you guess that it was dollhouse scale? That's one inch=one foot, if unlike me you haven' t been studying the subject with notable intensity in the last month or so...

I visited a dollhouse shop today. The blue house now has a white table to go with the pine chairs, and a white mantelpiece containing a fireplace that will light up. And I've had instruction in how to go about wiring up lights, so that should happen soon. A lit fireplace seems kinda corny, but also kinda nice. Still waiting on some skirting and cornice pieces.

Some old metal furniture pieces arrived today courtesy of eBay, and I'm so glad the photo was overexposed - they weren't white, but my current favourite colour, aqua. Probably 1950s. I don't think I'll use them as a suite, but separately.

A favourite monthly email came today too, the Quilt of the Month from the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska. Always a great glimpse of quilt history - you can sign up for the email on their site (which has lots and lots of lovely quilts to see in the archives).

Another view.

0610 no bull 2
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
The other angle of the dollhouse china display.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Sandstone wall

0610 sandstone wall
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
The foundation stone of Sydney is sandstone, its warm colour magic in sunlight in some of the older buildings in the city, such as the Education Department building in Bridge St.

I've also seen cliffs of it alight in the late afternoon in the Cudgegong valley between Lithgow and Mudgee.

I only truly realised its warmth and light when I'd visited other cities with different stone as their foundation - granite, for example, which has its own noble beauty but not that warmth and light.

I once lived in an 1850s cottage with random stone walls like this. Very thick walls - you stayed cool for the first couple of days of hot weather, but then, once they warmed up, the house was an oven.

Even though this photo was taken as the light was ebbing, the stone still shows its wonderful variety.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

New sheets for spring

0610 new sheets for spring
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Much as I love putting on the flannelette sheets for winter, knowing they'll take the chill off even on the coldest nights, it's equally a small, important pleasure to change over to cotton sheets in spring. The old set of these gave up the ghost after years of faithful service, and so I bought new ones (half price in the winter sales, a rare and happy bargain!). They don't have the highest thread count - their pleasure is not thin silkiness, but the firmness of good hotel sheets, the slight and pleasant rasp of cotton. They are longtime favourites.

Aren't our lives an accumulation of such small things? Some are gifts, and some choices. The way you take your coffee, the cushion on your favourite chair, the dancing heads of flowers in your garden, a garden, the endless variety of a cloud-painted sky, the fall of sunlight through leaves?

Monday, October 02, 2006


0610 49up
Originally uploaded by rooruu.

The series remains (intrusively) brilliant - it is a gift that these people, who had no say in being chosen, choose to participate so many years later. Thank you.

Seen in a cinema (I hate chatty people in cinemas - it's not a DVD IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, FOLKS) it was nevertheless fascinating to hear the (nonverbal) reactions - gasps of recognition, amazement, pleasure, laughter at the humour to be found in the everyday of life. However intrusive it is in these people's lives, others, every seven years, feel as though they're catching up with friends; and having a chance to measure their own lives, achievements, failures, their own journey over the seven years.

Brilliant, inspiring, thought-provoking. Recommended.

Read Michael Apted, the director of the series, interviewed by film critic Roger Ebert here.

September mosaic

0609 September mosaic
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
A summary of September, with rather a lot of S things, when I look. It's quite inadvertent. Serene water, strawberries, swishing carwash, spring blossom, soda bread, a September 11 film, sassy picture book, strings of beads, more serene water, um .... salad, sunset, serviettes, sweets/lollies, strong winds....and so it goes.

Which is my favourite picture? Probably the soda bread, for sentimental reasons and because I'm happy with the light and the cloth cradling it.

Which is your favourite picture/blog entry from September?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Dolls' house attic renovation in progress

From the bare attic, with its redundant staircase access, to an underfloor of sueded box board, with cotton woven carpet, two walls papered with scrapbooking paper to a possible version of the room.

The white block represents the not-yet-arrived wardrobe. A false wall behind this will conceal the wiring board for the lights (which aren't yet installed). There will also be skirting board, and a wallpaper on the flip-up roof (not visible here) and some sort of window solution (still thinking on that one).

The 'bed' is a Carlton Ware ashtray which has recycling potential as a dolls' house bed. Or so I believe.

Plenty to go, but progress made.