Friday, March 6, 2015

AUTUMN THOUGHTS


Hello,

While the first week of my favourite season, Autumn,
 has been a battle with Mr Global Warming and another of his record-breaking hot days..


I've been off stitching with the Sewing Sisters, and did a bit more on my French themed quilt - 


finding a good use for a piece of that special chocolate ribbon from Paris..


Coles have those $9 bunches of roses again -

and I'm dreaming of some cooler weather in Canada...



and the excitement of Springtime:




H & M have finally made it to Queensland, and opened in our local Mall.
I have visited their shops when overseas, but never bought anything.
Popped in today to have a look.  The 'Made in Bangladesh' tags worry me..
but I did like the black sequin pencil skirt.
Nice for the Opera.



And look who's back:


Mr Pesky wild bush turkey, infernal nuisance and destroyer of gardens.
I can hear him outside my window as we speak, scratching and marching about, systematically wreaking havoc as he goes..

He is lucky he is a  Protected Species...


My old father likes to tell us how they shot and ate them back in the day.
Hmmmm


Little Aussie is coming for the weekend.
Goody.

I feel a Lego fest coming on...


Have a lovely weekend

XXXX



28 comments:

  1. Hope life cools down for you soon. We love lego in this house. x

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    1. Lego rules around here, Katharine!

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  2. We can still get those turkeys to eat, but there is a specific season for them. We are looking forward to some warmer weather here as the changes begin. Hope you have a cooler day today...I'll send some of this unusual cold....where is global warming?

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    1. Global warming is alive and well in Queensland, Linda. This Summer has broken many long-standing temperature records. Can't wait for a bit of a cool change :)

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  3. You enter Autumn, we enter Spring. Yesterday was in the mid 70's here which is pretty warm for March. Maybe we are skipping over Spring and heading right to Summer. Have fun with Little Aussie.

    Darla

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    1. Happy Springtime, Darla. Eventually the seasons will turn around, probably quite suddenly. Aussie was a delight over the weekend, such a cute and wise little guy.

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  4. It still takes me some time to get my head around the fact that as we head into spring you are entering autumn, albeit a hot one.
    I know the youngsters are fond of H & M. It is only recently that I discovered that it is a Swedish company.

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    1. I think in Australia we grew up knowing the reverses of climate between the hemispheres, Rosemary, only because our education system was very much that derived from our British heritage. Our reading lessons were replete with 'Oh to be in England, now that April's there', and so on. Perhaps these days, as our country has become very multi-cultural, these ties are not so strong for the young. I went back to H&M with my DIL yesterday, and faced a long queue to get in - all very definitely youngsters!

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  5. I found it such a buzz going from late autumn to late Spring last November. Almost like magic. I wonder what Autumn is like in Queensland, I imagine it almost the same weather all year round.

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    1. Autumn can be really lovely in Queensland, Jenny, when the humidity of Summer finally abates, the skies become a brilliant blue and we enjoy the cooler nights. We do get a change of season in the Winter, albeit usually a short burst of about 8 weeks when the minimums go down close to zero. I love it!

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  6. So..No nice recipes for Stuffed Bush Turkey with Apricot? ;))
    I am looking forward to cooler weather too. It's been a relief to have slightly cooler nights here and by that I mean below 20 celcius!
    H & M and all the stores that use poverty-line labour worry me too and even if you make all your own clothes how do you know the factory conditions in the fabric mills? It's a difficult situation.

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    1. Now you are giving me naughty ideas, Val. Turkey with Apricot, could be good.
      That is a good point about the factory conditions. None of our fabric is local these days, and generally comes from the same countries as the assembled clothing. Strange that we grow both wool and cotton here, but send it overseas for processing and manufacture.

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  7. I hope that you have been having a great time with little Aussie! Of course we are hoping for warm to come soon, but not your temperatures, I imagine you will be very glad when it cools down. The roses are lovely, as you are buying roses we are buying spring flowers, so it is great to see what we all have to share isn't it! xx

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    1. Little Aussie was a real sweetie this weekend, Amy. Yes, we are sharing much the same flowers this time of year - nice to be synchronised! xx

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  8. I feel about the rabbits here what you must feel about that turkey. I'm happy to live in peace with our local wildlife right up until the moment they threaten my garden! And I know what you mean about hesitating when you saw the Made in Bangladesh tags. I feel the same when I see labels saying clothes were made in places overseas where the workers are treated horribly. The problem is, almost everything now is made in such places.

    Have a great weekend with your grandson!

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    1. Ah, you have naughty rabbits there! Rabbits were introduced here too, and are a pest in some areas. I think shooting of them is actually permitted still, not that I ever hear about it. Yes, the clothing tags are a bit confronting, now we have all seen the films of the awful working conditions. But, as you say, almost everything comes from these places, and as Val points out above, even if you make your own clothes, that is the source of the fabrics. Little Aussie was lots of fun, and tricked me by finding two of my little Easter bunny ornaments and locking them in a birdcage for fun!

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  9. Oh, those roses are so pretty, Patricia. The Autumn trees are showing their oranges and golds already - it's definitely my favorite season. And the turkeys.....I just love seeing them around here. They are silly special birds.

    Have a splendid Sunday,

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you Sheri, I like those mixed bunches of roses - two of each colour, very pretty. Turkeys are definitely silly; the Australian ones make a huge mound from the garden mulch to lay the eggs in for incubation. Unfortunately for them, that is what we don't like, as the mounds are huge and the garden is trashed!
      Happy Sunday xx

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  10. Oh those roses look great, just love the colours.

    Here in the UK some daffodils are coming through but our roses will be a little while longer.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Daffodils and roses - what could be lovlier!

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  11. Hi Patricia!
    Those Roses look so pretty....I'll bet they smell heavenly!
    Your quilt is coming along nicely....
    I find H&M is more for the "younger" crowd...ha!
    Don't fit me very well.....hmmmm.....time to quit my fattening habits!
    Enjoy your week....
    I should be back in good old Canada by tomorrow evening....
    And hope to see Miss V ASAP!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Hi Linda, Guess what, I capitulated, went back to H&M and bought the black sequin skirt. I love it!
      Safe travels back to Canada, and little Miss V!
      Cheers..

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  12. I'm sorry the summer heat is lingering into autumn. Patricia, but those glorious roses must be some compensation. I'm afraid I don't have a clue who H&M are, but I agree that almost all the reasonably priced clothes in the shops are probably made in conditions we would prefer not to know about. :( I hope you had a lovely weekend with Little Aussie and that your plans for the Canada trip are going well

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    1. Thank you Perpetua, I really knew nothing of H&M until all the publicity surrounding their arrival here. Probably won't go there often. Little Aussie was such a delight, and taking a most serious interest in My First Bible, which Mr C bought for him recently. The heat continues; I do hope we get some genuine Autumn soon!

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  13. Those roses and flowers are just gorgeous. I do feel for you in that heat and yet here I was yesterday moaning about how cold it was. I was a little dismayed when hubs was buying clothes from Seasalt when I saw the labels, and after querying it the shop manager told us that without them being made where they are the clothes would be at least double the price, as they can't be made that cheaply over here. She also pointed out that it does give the makers a good income and better way of life.....good or bad, I'm not sure??!! xx

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  14. Hi Suzy, when the temperature gets down near freezing in July/August, no doubt I will moan about it too...just human nature. I was interested when Rosemary said H&M was a Swedish company, and am trusting that they have some ethics re their production. Ended up going back and buying the sequin skirt anyway. And I love it! xx

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  15. We're so looking forward to sping here, Tricia! Can't wait after lots of snow here in NYC. Too bad you can't come here for six months, then I'd gladly return with you for the following six months. I should have figured out a profession which would have allowed this! Oh, a do over!!

    I adore your French themed quit. And the other photos too. The turkey is making me hungry. :) I could never kill anything more evolved than a bug or snake, so just teasing.

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    1. You have had lots of snow over there, I have noticed this, Debra. Yes, alternate seasons in the best location would be a good dream for me, too. I'd love to do Canada every year, Spring or Fall, either would do. Glad you like the French theme - I love making it, so not in a hurry, it is a nice little project for watching TV. I like a good roast turkey myself, but those wild garden ones I am assured are too skinny and not good eating. Probably just as well for them :)

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