Monday, June 1, 2009

Wedded Bliss

Next Thursday my Aunt and Uncle in Wagga Wagga celebrate 60 years of marriage,now is that an achievement or what? They were married on June 4th 1949 at St Joseph's Church Yenda New South Wales and have lived in Wagga Wagga since then most of those years at Macleay Street opposite the Botanical Gardens.When Uncle Ernie built the house it was almost out of town but now it's almost the centre of Wagga.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Today I had a big trip down memory lane or perhaps a wake up to reality I was reading the SMH and in Domain was a house for sale.Now just because it was listed at 6 million shouldn't have given me palpitations but it did for many,many reasons.I loved this house as a child for many reasons and today it bought it all home to me,not all the reasons were good but many were so I am going to share these with my friends.

I have a very deep and long love affair with Frangipani's and their fragrance and this is one memory this house can claim, in my childhood years (the 1950's) this tree was outside the kitchen window as I stood on a stool helping Auntie Dolly and Auntie Jess wash their dinner service.With hindsight and knowledge I shudder at this memory because it was a Clarice Cliff dinner service they were allowing a 4/5 year old wash up in a Belfast sink(deep and porcelain).

The very large bathroom almost to the left of the front door off the large hallway and both had black and white tiles ( I think marble) and was perfect for practicing my ballet on,the bedroom I used to sleep in was next door to that.

I know they were the safest and friendliest people in my life and no one on earth knows how often I escaped there away from from my parents disintegrating marriage and their frequent abuse(physical and verbal)of me, thank God they spared my younger sister and brother a fair bit probably because of their age.

Out the back of the house they had a huge bed of nastursiums where now the terrace stands but the view was the same and I have many happy memories of that.I was allowed as a big girl (probably only 6/7/8 years old) to ring and ask could I stay the night and then I would be allowed to walk to their house,not that far from our home.Oh boy I am drowning in memories tonight and the scary thing is those 2 women had more influence over my life than either of my parents. The last time I stayed there was in 1965 just before one of them died and I have racking my brain trying to remmber more about them.

Many nights in my dreams I go back to my happy days at this house and when I spotted it in the Domain today it has rekindled so many emotions I am almost swimming in them.
I hope this will get you the link to the house please look at all the details bu the front of the house has remained the same and that is all but memories are memories and you can't take that away from me just like I can't afford to buy this house or even dream about buying it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

It's already February

The year is just running away already but I have been busy,I did start the Bonnie K Hunter mystery quilt and in fact I am half way there.I had to put it aside because I was making the centre of a quilt that is to be raffled soon,it goes off to Belinda Betts in Orange to be quilted next week.Then I decided to do my Siggy squares for the Adelaide retreat,the weather has been so hot here I just sat in the sewing room between 2 fans and worked on them whilst watching DVDs of Midsomer Murders.I have 87 which I hope is enough they are different from any others I have done.The housework has been slack for a week or two so I thought I might get up about 6 AM tomorrow and have it all done before the temperature hits the roof again.

Here is the quilt I gave the Tim Tam's for a wedding present

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Well so much has happened in the 6 months since I last visited this blog and where do I start?I have had an addition to my family with another dog a rescued maltese cross dog called Murphy,he wants cuddles more than anything in the world but he regards himself as a quilt sitter rather like a cat.My friend Judy calls him the Quilt Police because whenever a quilt gets near him he has to investigate and then sit on it.
To summarise my life since June 2008 my holiday to the states was cancelled when my cousin's son died and they came home so I went to Adelaide for 4 weeks to stay with them.Then I was made redundant at work which has made me poorer but for the first time in my life I have time to sew and use my rather extensive stash.
My son Tim married his beautiful bride Tamara in November at St Brigid's Church in Marrickville and the reception was held at at the Royal Cruising Yacht Club,they delayed their honeymoon until Christmas Eve and they had Christmas in Paris and New Year in the Champagne region of France.They are now in the UK, a bit cooler than we are here in Bathurst.
In the meantime I have made them a quilt,worked on lots of other projects got all my UFO's out of storage and then decided to take on the Doubledelights mystery quilt from Bonnie which I am enjoying.
Trish is coming home this weekend and I looking forward to spending some quality time with her,all my visits to Sydney have been rather rushed but I am learning how to slow down and enjoy not working full time ,for the first time since I left school this is the longest time I have ever had without working,but no work no income and my money is about to run out.


Mr and Mrs Timothy and Tamara Colley