>With – or despite -the input of various four-legged ‘assistants’ [ and I am using the word in its loosest form ], the festive decorating has been completed in time for the arrival of various crafty friends and relations later this morning.
Even in the face of inundation of near Biblical proportions,
they are braving the water, and the potholes, and I expect these hardy souls to arrive armed variously with their quilting, crochet, knitting, spinning and embroidery … oh and food … lots of food.
David was busy after tea last night, creating his own culinary contribution : mini plum puddings
and in a tenuous water-related segue:
This rare sight is the overflow pipe from my dam doing what it is designed for
With summer only 3 days away, and after the wettest Spring in a dam[n] long time
the dam is full
and thousands of litres of precious water are disappearing down the road
and I can’t emphasize this enough
[just in case you missed it ]
the dam is full
for the first time -or so I am reliably informed by the previous owner – since 1996
did I mention that the dam is full ?
I want to thank you all for the kind words and your understanding of how difficult last week was.
I’m slowly getting used to life with one less furrbaby around, and Bear seems to have stopped fretting.
Isn’t it odd that the one dawg in the house seems to have noticed Oakley’s absence far more than either Sophie or MissC ?
Well, no [ answering my own largely rhetorical question here ] because that is the nature of cats and dogs.
and before I move on … did you spot the common thread in most of the photos of my ginger boy ?
Sophie’s chosen path as the resident feline yarn tensioning device has been well documented. What was perhaps less well known was Oakley’s long career as quilt cat.
… someone-who-shall-remain-nameless has finally gone too far
edited to add another photo so that you can see more clearly exactly what she’s inflicted on me
>Yes my dears
with only 12 days until the last WIP Day of the year [ works in progress that is ]
and also because I can’t cope with the idea of visitors mid-decorate – largely because the house at that point looks like an explosion at the North Pole – I have begun decking the halls a few days earlier than usual
In line with hallowed custom, the Official Annual Chez Catsmum Christmas House [ cyber ] Tour won’t start until the first of December,
but here’s a little taste
and in case you haven’t been watching the Christmas Countdown widget in the sidebar, here’s a small and suitably subtle hint:
>… since Nadie and Chris’ wedding, and you still haven’t seen a ‘finished’ photo of their quilt.
No I didn’t forget.
With the having the flu, and then the recovering from the having the flu and all, it just got put in the too hard basket … or rather, the ‘too damn heavy’ basket.
It’s a BIIIIIG quilt, and it weighs a tonne/ton [ feel free to choose your preferred system of weight measurement ] so I pretty much haven’t had enough oomph in me to hold it up for long enough to pin it to the design wall … and to move the sewing tables out of the way as well.
that situation was finally rectified on the weekend, and Chris [ who has a better camera than I do ] took this shot for me.
and even though it’s pinned at ceiling height, it’s still on the carpet a bit.
Told you it was big!
and just to prove that it WAS finished on time and was indeed at the wedding, here’s the extremely mediocre shot I took of it spread over the couch in the Bride’s Retreat at Chateau Wyuna.
Now you can see why I waited to get a decent shot before posting
>I have tried
I have even come close
but I have to admit that the quest is over
he’s done it
managed to get the PERFECT raindrops-on-roses’ shot yesterday.
look at that drop trembling on the edge
you just know that a millisecond later gravity triumphed
maybe I should try for the quintessential ‘whiskers-on-kittens’ ?