Saturday, April 13, 2013

Scatterdays S

I'm late with my Scatterdays today because I didn't have any ideas but I have been thinking (always a bad sign!) and I have come up with creativity and poetic license and not exactly photos of A's.

Scatterdays A

 and the catagories are house;bird;junk;art from /in your sewing room

A house

Blackdown is one of New South Wales most significant properties and one of the finest examples of Australian Heritage Architecture. The residence is an exceptional single storey home surrounded by 17 acres approx. of established and manicured lawns and shrub gardens. The estate was designed as a self-sufficient village complex with farrier, gardeners, groomsmen and domestic servants.
* 139 Acres (56.47ha) approx. of outstanding balanced country with high performance perennial pastures, exceptional Lucerne, flat and beautiful undulating country.
* Excellent location only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney and 4km from Bathurst CBD, the oldest and the first established inland city.
* 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 cottages, drawing room, library, guest accommodation, 2 study's, veranda's open plan kitchen with marble island bench top, stainless steel appliances adjoin large family and dining area. Ducted gas heating under floor and hydronic heating.
* External Groundsman's office
* Magnificent established gardens, some with original plantings.
* Stable complex, stallion boxes with bunk house over
* Underground parking for 8 vehicles
* Extensive outbuildings and work areas
* Recently constructed Art studio with full amenities
* Swimming pool, Tennis court & dressage arena
* Excellent water - 3 licenced bores, 2 wells and large dams
* Olive grove
* Orchard with a variety of species
* Green house, vegie garden and potager
In April 1822, Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins, Naval officer and pioneer settler, was appointed commissarial store keeper at Bathurst.
With his wife, mother in-law, 7 children and nine convicts, Hawkins travelled from Sydney to Bathurst a journey of 18 days.
On arrival in Bathurst Hawkins selected 2000 acres on the Macquarie River and and named it "Blackdown". He built a fine brick house, cleared and fenced the land, formed gardens, built a Mill and planted crops.
Hawkins went on to be a foundation member of Trinity Church Kelso, a member of the legislative assembly and a founding trustee of All Saints College Bathurst.


  • Swimming Pool
  • External Groundsman's office
  • Magnificent established gardens
  • some with original
  • Stable complex
  • stallion boxes with bunk house over
  • Underground parking for 8 vehicles
  • Extensive outbuildings and work areas
  • Recently constructed Art studio with full amenities
  • Tennis court & Dressage Arena
  • Excellent water - 3 licenced bores
  • 2 wells and lar
  • Olive grove
  • Orchard with a variety of species
  • Green house
  • vegie garden and potager
  • Domestic vineyard  

   Just in case you have lots of money and would like to move to Bathurst there are three historic homes for sales within  the area the other two are Restdown and Blair Athol , just google them to see the homes on Domain.The Vendor of this house is the artist Tim Storrier who won the Archibald Art Prize in 2012.


This is  Ailuroedus Melanotis  or a spotted cat bird a bird from the Bowerbird species from North Queensland (therefore only likes tropical which is why he doesn't live in Bathurst!)

A box of Junk

One man's junk is another's treasure, this box is sitting in my garage waiting for me to drop it over to Vinnies or the Salvos.


This hangs on my sewing room door and has done for well over 20years


Thursday, April 11, 2013

2 quilts finished and another on the way

I have recently finished two quilts from my pile of UFO's , one I pieced at least 15 years ago but sadly there are some that have been there longer.

This quilt is made using a Moda charm pack and a little extra fabric from the same range very simply sewn together with a heart quilted in each square.

This design was in a book I had borrowed from the NSW Quilters Guild library years ago ;I loved the way the log cabins were made then chopped in half diagonally.

I am calling this one William Morris goes to the Blue Gum Pennie and Ruth issued a challenge and I decided I would take it on;mind you I did have some doubts! My challenge to myself was to use my collection of William Morris fabrics that were accumulating in my stash.It is getting rather large so I might have to double up some rounds and put two months into one, I'll decide when the next clue is revealed.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Orca Bay

I started this Bonnie Hunter designed mystery quilt in December 2011 and in January following year I packed it up and put the whole project in cold storage until 25th March this year.Yesterday I finished "IT" except for the borders and I don't think I'll do pieced ones (even though I have all the pieces) as the quilt is already too busy.

I laid it on the lounge room floor to photograph and one by one the dogs walked across it and in the end I had to take a photo with a dog or I would have been standing there all day.So Millie gets to star with this quilt.