Saturday, February 23, 2013

54/365 twin baby shower

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
An afternoon of babies and little ones, the anticipated fraternal twin boys (clever cake decorator!) and the array of little cousins and friends awaiting them.

Guernsey's children return after WW2

A photo from the book in the last blog entry.

So much to read in those faces.

53/365 a favourite book

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
Love this book. Loved it the first time I read it, loved the audiobook version. Sad that Mary Ann Shaffer never really got to see how her first novel, written later in life, would find so many friends.

There's a film being planned, with Kenneth Branagh directing and Kate Winslet as Juliet, and location filming on Guernsey. All good. I think I'd like Clive Owen as Dawsey.

One of the most touching moments was based on a real event, one of the characters talking about the return of the children at the end of the war. This edition of the book has photos of Guernsey in wartime, including one of this. I'll put it in another blog entry for you to see.

52/365 stripey scarf

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
I saw this scarf in the top patterns on Ravelry.

Love it. Love the thin stripes and thicker stripes. I went cruising on Etsy and found some mini-skein bundles of sock yarns.

But at some local markets I came across these. They're intended for tapestry, or embroidery. I think some are 4 ply-ish. Others would need two strands to be so. The market lady and I did some back and forth bargaining, and I ended up with these skeins for a price that made us both happy.

I'll start with the thin stripes. Might need more yarn when I get to the thick stripes, but for right now I have exactly what I needed: small quantities but many colours, all wool and some hand-dyed.

The crochet project is finished and given; my photos aren't great so I'll wait for better ones when the twins are out and about using their stripey blankets. (The twins aren't born yet.)

I seem to be in a stripey phase.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

51/365 shelfscape

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
The Laura Ingalls Wilder books are the ones I read so avidly as a child. Maple syrup. Nine patch quilts. The wonder that was a treadle sewing machine. The challenges of starting out as a teacher. I can trace lots of things back to being mentioned in these books.

The Diana Gabaldon books are ones I have read avidly as an adult. And listened to Davina Porter's excellent audiobook renditions.

There are other books on this shelf: all are keepers. I've come to realise that some books are in transit in this house, and I haven't missed any that have travelled on. But these are keepers.

The softie figure I found in a craft gallery in Victoria on a road trip a couple of years ago. I'm not sure exactly what it represents, apart from itself. But I like it, especially the simple, effective machine-stitched face. It looks like it has stories to tell, too.

50/365 progress

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
Fifty! I'm one seventh of the way in my Project365! Which is your fave photo so far? I'm a bit smitten with the tyre weave (43).

This photo is of crochet gift I've been working on for a while and that is nearly finished. My own pattern/ idea that's working out nicely.

49/365 watermelon hearts

Isn't this a delightful way to serve watermelon? A sweet shape, a neat mouthful of a serving in each heart and easy-as.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

48/365 rue canister

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
Found at a local weekend market. I have a minor collection of Bakelite and aluminum mid-century canisters on top of the kitchen cupboards. No real plans to buy any more, as the space is full. I like their vintage charm. Up till today, my favourite label was Lemon Peel.

This one caught my eye as the label is a short version of my name. But also - rue? Not flour/sugar/tea? And it's a reasonable size, not a little herb/spice canister.

I went hunting online. Pest eradication, some medicinal applications, and dried and powdered, a tea. Hmmm. I can't think of the last time I used rue, if ever.

But I'll cheerfully keep this container (empty).

Thursday, February 14, 2013

46/365 share the love

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
A sign for Valentine's Day.

45/365 wonky daisy

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
You know you're a wee bit P365 desperate when you're scouring the car park on your way out of work, late, to see if there are any photo prospects.

This wonky daisy looked like I felt. Still blooming, kinda, but drooping round the edges, a bit on the wonky side. Just the one flower on the plant, as though that was the best it could do.

P365 done for today.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

44/365 trees, grey skies

A welcome relief from the hot hot days, a week to come of temperatures in the mid-twenties (celsius).

Near day's end, the skies are grey as they have been most of the day. There are birds calling, individual and different calls, not a cacophony but single sounds, from chattering to several-note songs to single notes like a bell. It's peaceful, day drifting into evening. Time to slow down and rest before the busyness of the week accelerates tomorrow morning.

Monday, February 11, 2013

43/365 tyre weave

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
I couldn't park where I normally would for the stationery store, so I had to park further away, near the tyre store. And I saw this stack of tyres, criss-crossed in a way that combines efficiency and a plaited, woven beauty. They all look the same, till you look again and see the individuality geometries of the treads.

This is the sort of photo that is an ultimate Project 365 image: something I might never have noticed without the nudge of a daily photo to find. Glad I did.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

42/365 pink & glad

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
Awkward things to photograph, glads. Long, thin, harder to fill the lens with in focus using Hipstamatic (ooo, a fave app - Kodot Grizzled and John S are the combo used here).

So I was happy when this photo was unexpectedly and serendipitously beautiful.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

41/365 pumpkin

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
They're sorta kinda rustic flowers, if you squint the right way.

As you can tell, there's something I rather like about photographing piles of fruit and veg. Colours, shapes, the consistency yet variety. Something.

Friday, February 08, 2013

40/365 beet stalks

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
I like the bright limey green of the leaves and the rich purple of the stalks - and both together.

Not a fan of eating beetroot. Although I have stored somewhere a recipe for chocolate brownies that included beetroot, which I found intriguing....

39/365 beans

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
Can't decide if I like the mottled colour of these, or loathe the suggestion of slugs.

I once lived in a very old house which, I discovered, was visited by slugs at night.

You only forget to put on your slippers the once.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

38/365 Swimming pool

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
So it's the swimming carnival today, and I had a couple of minutes to snatch a quick photo. Took a couple of the tiled cross marking the end of the lane underwater, and the bunting shadow... And then moved to where the filtered water was entering the pool. I could see a texture/shimmy I liked, but with the sunlight on the phone camera screen, and the shortness of time, all I did was zoom so there was only water (no pool edges), point and shoot.

I really like this photo!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

37/365 no, not a book (or book book)

It's my new phone case. Fun, eh? The screen is protected in my bag and I am amused.

I could have any colour I liked as long as it was this one. And now I can type the word colour without autocorrect Americanising me. Yay! Thanks, Brenda!

Photographed on a crochet square using Poems wool and destined for a charity blanket.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

36/365 tissues for knitters

A friend gave this box of tissues, with its multicoloured knitted pattern. Because we'd been knitting. And this is colourful, happy.

I've had it for nearly a year, and other boxes of tissues have come and gone at work, and this keeps being my reserve box, the one-day spare. Because I'm still knitting, and it's still cheerfully colourful, and it reminds me of a friend's thought and kindness.

I'm amused to have comments on yesterday's post from fellow Sindy girls. No Barbiefolk have emerged from the woodwork, though. I remember poring over the pink Sindy clothes brochure. I could practically recite some of the descriptions without looking.

PS Dear Mr Jobs (dec),

I live in a world of neighbours and colours, not neighbors and colors.  Please stop trying to 'correct' my correct spelling.  I am not in the US and do not use US spelling.  It is driving me nuts.  Especially when you sneak it in when I haven't noticed, and then my blog entries look less literate than they should.  There are other countries and other ways to spell English.  You sold me my Apple device in a country with neighbours and colours; why is the spellcheck still American?

Yours sincerely.

Monday, February 04, 2013

35/365 Barbie recipient

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
A friend of mine collects Barbies. For the sociological interest, you understand. Like, when did Barbie segue from being a nurse to being a medic?

And every Christmas, she gives me Barbie (with one diversion represented by Twilight's Edward). I had no Barbies as a child - I had Sindy. (English, less tarty. My dear mama had no opinion of that flashy American Barbie).

And now I am not a Barbie collector, but a Barbie recipient. They are on display in my office at work, and provoke conversations and reminiscences.

This isn't all of the Barbies (I've known my friend a while...). There is another shelf...

(And do I still have my two Sindy dolls, and the sets of clothes, and her little sister Patch with the hair i should not have washed, and...? Yes. I do.)

Sunday, February 03, 2013

34/365 Books (and a better world)

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
An order from BetterWorldBooks from last year. Still reading through the pile. It's a snapshot of current interests - quilting, knitting, knitting socks (one of my resolutions for 2013, I WILL learn to knit socks!), renovation and home decor, crochet, collecting....

And buying from also provides funds for literacy. Win-win.

Right now, they have a Bargain Bin deal, 7 books for $35 US.  Used books from BWB (not sellers on there, but BWB themselves, which is millions of books) is FREE worldwide.  Less than $5/book if you buy 7.  What's not to like?  Go and have a browse....

Saturday, February 02, 2013

33/365 Tailor Bird sewing machine

One of these is going to come and live at my house.

Made for only about ten years, from the end of WWII, in Kent, UK. They have quite a clever case. I'll post more pics when I have the machine. It's an attractive decal.  The machine has a long bobbin/shuttle, and is a hand crank.

More info:

32/365 china face lady

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Originally uploaded by rooruu
I find it fascinating to photograph faces in vintage/antique shops. So many expressions. (I got told this is weird. Nooooo, I don't find it so.)

If you click on this photo and look on its right you'll find a link to a set with more of these faces, in china, photos, artwork.

Or just use this link:

Friday, February 01, 2013

31/365 red Spanish onions

Today's photo for three reasons.
1. I like it . All those subtle blacky-purply tones.
2. It was stinkin' hot and sticky-humid today. (Although red onions are less insistent than their brown or white cousins, they still have a fragrant presence.)
3. I didn't take a photo today, and hadn't used this one before, so...