Friday, February 9, 2018

Shibella's 14th Birthday

 Happy Birthday to me. You can see I am almost a new cat! I have been to the Vet. (again) and had most of my fur shaved off because I refuse to be groomed. I had my teeth cleaned as well. While I was there I scratched the Vet's hand and made it bleed so that was a bit of good news..
 Every night after dinner SHE insists we have a walk around the Estate together. That should take about 5 seconds max. but she makes it last about half an hour. The only good bit is rubbing my head on this spiky plant.
 So first I go this way.
 Then I go this way.
 Now I am ant watching.
Now looking longingly up the stairs and wondering if SHE will notice if I escape and hide. It is my birthday so I might get away with it. No, I didn't get any gifts. I don't like gifts or surprises.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Australia Day and A Great Australian

 This is a book written by a very brave Australian. Carl is pictured with his younger brother on the cover of his book. Carl grew up in the slums of Sydney with an unstable mother unable to cope after a divorce when Carl was 5. From then on he was badly neglected and in and out of boys homes where he was badly abused. Carl should be mentioned in the Australia day awards for his bravery in speaking out and giving evidence at the Royal Commission into child abuse.
 A keen genealogist Carl has also written about his family history which includes convicts and bushrangers. For a man with such little education he is a very clever man. I hope he will write a book now about the convicts we share on my side of the family
 This is Carl's Great Grandparents. Eliza Jane French and Fred Beauchamp.
 My Great Grandparents Amelia Louise French and Joseph Mason. Amelia and Eliza are sisters and Carl and I are distant cousins. Our Grt Gandparents  were themselves Grt Grandchildren of convicts. While I had a safe, happy and protected childhood Carl,s was unsafe and monstrous. But Carl did get lucky as a young man, Married young to a very supportive wife and is now the patriarch of a large family.
 An old photo of one of the Boys' Homes.
Carl's book was launched by the opposition leader Tanya Plibersek

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Stingray Excitement

 I love Stingrays, the bigger the better. They glide about so quietly and do no harm unless frightened then they do have a sting in their tail. There were 5 altogether on Saturday, one of them was very large.
 Now there are 2.
 Then 3. I didn't manage to get all 5 in one pic.
 Google tells me Stingrays are friendly and inquisitive and this man wants to be friends. The Pelicans aren't worried by them. They are hanging around the boat ramp hoping a fish might be tossed their way. Not sure what Stingrays eat. They have eyes on the top of the head and a mouth underneath the head.
 Yes, that big dark shadow is a Stingray.
 And the man managed a pat on the head.
Going under the jetty.
 Except for 3 men at the fish cleaning tables the crowd! are watching the Stingrays. Grandson A  is at the end of the jetty in a white T shirt with his father next to him in an orange shirt. I am standing in the shade with daughter S.
This is the famous Kiama Blow Hole, very popular with tourists when it is blowing. Not today though, the sky is blue and the sea calm. To the right of the pic you can just see a dark patch where water spurts high in the air through a large hole in the rock. Kiama is only 20klms down the coast from where I live so I hope to visit and check on my five new friends soon.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Elizabeth and Philip Platinum Anniversary

 Congratulations to Elizabeth and Philip on their 70th Wedding Anniversary. I admit I am a bit late with my good wishes but I was waiting till I had this rare piece of fabric in my hands.
 This is a piece of cotton fabric and would have been on sale in the shops at the time of the royal wedding in 1947. You might want to make curtains or a skirt to wear as you watched the wedding parade in 1947. My piece has a few small holes so is a bit delicate, I have hemmed it and displayed as a cloth on my table.
 This small length of coronation cloth came in the same parcel. It had been made into a bag but I opened it up, washed the fabric and haven't yet decided how best to display it.
 Another Charles and Diana wedding tapestry I finished in the 20th year since Diana's death.
 Very interesting embroidered sampler which is now on my wall. Stitched in the Coronation year 1953 it has almost every Australian flora and fauna stitched, including a red back spider above the house and a platypus top left. Under the map of Australia there is a crown with 'long live our Queen' stitched. The year 1953 is stitched under the boomerang. In the middle there is a Welsh dragon and an Irish harp with initials above. Was this stitched by British migrants settling into their new home but just a little bit homesick???? I will never know.
 I have now finished this cross stitch Diana. Another of Sheena Rogers great designs which I have framed.
Yes I'm still here, look under that green seat, I am hiding. Every evening SHE says come on Shibella and we will have a walk around the Estate together. The so called estate is the size of a postage stamp and I can see it all from my hiding spot. Boooring!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Charles Diana Wedding Tapestry Finished

My Large Charles and Diana tapestry 18x22 inches is finished and on the wall. The wedding was in 1981 and Diana died 20 years ago. I bought the tapestry on eBay about 8 or 10 years ago and am so pleased with myself for finishing it, once I started it only took about 5 months.
 Even the back doesn't look too bad. I bought the frame from a Salvation Army shop, always a good place to look for odd sized frames, and framed it myself.
 Still a bit of space up near the ceiling so took my life in my hands, dragged in a tall ladder and there it is.
 More space up there though I do like some samplers a bit lower so they can be admired by me.
My very small TV. I am a compulsive royal stitcher and only glance up now and then at TV shows. I can watch a whole movie that way. Sometimes I come home from friend's houses thinking I would love a large TV but I have no space as you can see.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shibella is Afraid

 That's right, I am so afraid I spend most days now on the bed or under the bed. I dare not set a single paw outside or that awful noise starts up. Read on and find out why!!!!!
 These birds look harmless enough here but I know they are plotting against me. Note the guards in three of the corners. This is a very secret meeting.
 And screech loud they do.
There's the evidence. They are plotting against me to screech louder than ever
This is only the first wave of those wretched cockatoos. There are a few hundred more coming behind them squeaking and screeching. I hope you now understand why I cannot leave my bed. SHE will have to bring in food and water. I am a prisoner.

Thanks to Ashley at Aussiebirder for allowing me to use her very funny but true pictures.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

1902 Edward VII Coronation Sampler Reclaimed



Reclaiming my Edward VII sampler which has been on my wall and in my collection for a few years now. Sadly a photo of this has been used  without my permission or without credit to me. Now my sampler comes up under another name on any Google search. I don't mind my photos being used if mention is made of Linens and Royals.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Coronation and Jubilee Souvenirs and a Warning from Shibella

 I wish someone had warned ME about the type of house I was being adopted into. It's a Museum I tell you People. I dread days like today when SHE comes back happily from the Post Office with parcel tucked under one arm and starts rearranging everything to display the latest purchase. I would run away but I don't like to be too far from my dinner dish as I am now on the 3 meals a day diet with dry food left out for midnight snacks.
 But look at this amazing swimwear Shibella, made for the Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee. It's a Speedo design made under licence in Britain. Speedo is an Australian label but this one was made for the UK market. It is a child's size but I managed to squeeze it onto this model for display
 Matching swim trunks for the young man at the beach. I've teamed it with a Charles and Diana Wedding beach hat and Royal Visit 1954 Tee Shirt. The swimwear looks like it has never been worn. There seems to be no end to the very unusual souvenirs waiting for me to find them.
 Another pretty hand embroidered Coronation 1953 sampler I managed to find space for.
 A length of fabric from the Coronation of Edward VIII 1937. The souvenirs were already made when he abdicated. Top left hand corner is a small bag made from the fabric that I already had in my collection.
 A porridge plate also for Edward VIII. I try to only have fabric or embroidery in my collection now but some items turn up that I can't resist
 A Coronation Duchess set, I have lots of coronation doilies but this is the first duchess set. It came beautifully starched and I want to know the sellers starching secret.
Now for something completely different. The young man playing the piano is a concert pianist from Romania. He is the son-in-law of a member of our Senior's club. He played our old piano which has not been tuned for years with no music and stunned us all into silence. His talent is amazing and just to watch his hands fly over the keyboard was a treat for us all.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Princess Elizabeth and Phillip Engaged 70th Anniversary and More

70 years ago today in London the Royal Couple were about to announce their Engagement and in November this year they will celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary. A family member had saved this newspaper and though a bit yellow and fragile it is now in my collection. The date on the paper is 10th July 1947 and price is tuppence. The weather forecast for 70 years ago,top left hand corner is exactly the same as the weather today.
Twenty years since the tragic death of Diana. So this is the year I must finish this tapestry.
Found this little cross stitch in my Unfinished stash so it was easy to finish and make myself feel good about completing something.
Another tapestry for the Coronation found on eBay. Worked in tiny Tent tapestry stitching it had been made into a cushion but I like it in a frame. I've never seen this design before so how many more Royal tapestries are out there waiting for me to find them?
Now a new just released book. Full instructions enclosed for all the designs, no knitting involved only winding yarn around.
All royal family members are there waiting to be made.
The Queen with grt. grandchildren included. I somehow think I would not be any good at making these dolls but it is a fun book to have in my collection.