Thursday, July 25, 2013

So, since my last post we have been on a little family holiday to one of my favourite parts of the world - Cairns, North Queensland. 
This was the view from our balcony one morning.


We did alot of this, 


and this,

Green Island has certainly changed since I last snorkeled here almost 15 years ago. 


It was such a startling reality that this reef has deteriorated to an almost unrecognisable state since my last visit. It was still beautiful but there was so much coral gone and what was left in this particular spot, was bleached terribly by the sun.


This was my five-year-old's first snorkel. We had to retrieve her a couple of times from the shipping channel as she would just swim off chasing reef sharks.

And this is Winter! Miss 8 loves her swimming as much as the rest of us.


It wasn't all fun and games, Master two got his first bout of asthma with a visit to the doctor at 4am,


shortly followed by Miss Five at a more respectable hour of 10pm, the sugarcane had just flowered and we were told this could have sparked the reactions 

And since we have been back we have had some Autumn school holiday fun in the Botanical Gardens


Ocean beach walking


and a three-year-old birthday


And now, I am making a baby quilt in a chevron pattern using strips, not half square triangles as most are constructed.





I'm hoping this is a neutral looking quilt, yes there is a flower but boys can have flowers too - anyway, it may be a girl.......

this is cute



The cute piggy fabric translates to something about the sky being scattered with stars  


and in keeping with the french theme I have chosen this fabric for the back, little bit of pink and a little bit of blue......


Each alternate row of the quilt has a solid colour. I had originally chose this light grey but unfortunately had not purchased enough. I went back to purchase some more and wouldn't you know it - it was all gone. So I got the darker grey and now that I am constructing the quilt I think the lighter grey would have suited more......(insert sad face!)...hopefully once it is quilted in a light coloured cotton it will detract from the dark colour.


Now its time to finish putting it all together.

Happy Stitching all

Susie

2 comments:

laurajane said...

Lovely pictures Susie.Your daughters looks completely at home in the water.Looks like you all had a lovely time.
Love all the fabrics.Have a great weekend.xx

Fiona said...

Cairns is great this time of year ... so sad to hear that about the reef deteriorating....
some gorgeous fabrics to play with...
Hugz