Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sweet (Sweltering) November


























The jacarandas have been beautiful again this year, spreading their purple haze all around our town for weeks.
Another generation of Australian Wood Ducks are walking our streets. We watched during one dusk walk as an oncoming car stopped to let them safely cross the road - much to our relief!
16 year old Miss N has had two games of first grade night cricket with our local club. She is decidedly dwarfed beside her fellow team mates.
For my birthday this year I requested gifts of service from our children - which were given, as well as chocolate.
My husband seconded one of my organic fabric orders to serve as part birthday gift - isn't it beautiful - Wildwood by Cloud 9 - just what I wanted!   ;)
One of the best birthday treats was having Miss E (6) wear a dress which I made in 2011 for Miss V (which she never once wore!). She didn't last the whole day in the dress but I enjoyed every minute of seeing her wear it. You can just see where she has lost a top tooth too.
I completed my Ginger Blossom pinwheels quilt late Wednesday night and gently tucked it around a sleeping Miss O straight away. It is a delight to see her enjoying this quilt, one long enough to keep her toes warm too!
Today is not quilt weather! The cucumbers were struggling to manage at 11 am, despite me giving them a long drink around sunrise. The gazanias seem to be loving the sunshine. Now noon, it is already the hottest day of the year at 39C (102 f) and the mercury is still climbing (update:it reached 43C at 2.30pm, and was over 40C for several hours). Master J is leaving right now to play cricket in the heat, all afternoon. We need to attend a function elsewhere in town which hopefully will be air-conditioned......
Sweet and sweltering.  :)


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23 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful, warm, lovely captures, Karen, and they look even better since here in Oregon we're having snow, rain and a few mildly sunny places!! Interesting the vast difference in seasons across our world!! Hope you and your family have a lovely weekend!!

Erin said...

Love the dress:) Miss O has glasses!:):) Miss N is playing with the men's! Hope they appreciate her!

Patchwork and Play said...

I'm thinking it is going to be a long, hot Summer Karen! Your daughter looks gorgeous in that dress- lost tooth and all! Stay cool...

Julie said...

That avenue of Jacarandas is a beautiful sight. Definitely not sweltering here in NZ at present.

Jette Hollesen said...

Dear Karen

Wonderful pictures of summer in
Australia! Here in Denmark it is
dark and rainy....
Hugs
JetteMajken

✿ chica said...

Sempre lindo por aqui! Gosto muito! bjs, ótimo fim de semana! chica

s.c said...

While we are entering the harsh and cold end of the year you can walk under a beautiful purple gate of the jacaranda's. Nice summer shots here.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What wonderful photos of flowers, ducks and family. Love and joy fill the air.

Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

SarahZ said...

Happy Birthday Miss Karen! We were lucky to make 0 degrees yesterday...does that make you feel any cooler? My sister wrote a poem about jacarandas while in Argentina...I will dig it up and send it to you...your pictures of them always make me think of it :)

Ruby said...

Your Novembers are so very beautiful. I loved the purple tree in the first picture!

Joyful said...

Gorgeous trees! I love that you make time for so much sewing and that your makes are so pretty and useful too. Enjoy the rest of November. xx

DeborahGun said...

The jacaranda trees are my favourite thing about Australia! The Ginger Blossom quilt looks wonderful - so nice to see it being loved :-)

Kim said...

What a captivating sight is 'your' avenue of gorgeous Jacarandas. Breath taking really. Gorgeous fabrics there, Karen. Tell me is there a lot of variety with the organic fabrics? My goodness, that cricket team looks gargantuan!! Your Ginger Blossom pinwheels quilt looks a picture on your daughter's bed and how sweet does Miss E look in 'her' dress. Oh...and happy birthday, Karen. It looks as if you were thoroughly spoilt!

geanina said...

very nice images!

Dorothy Adamek said...

Beautiful photos.... that Jacaranda pic is truly breathtaking. None of those trees my way, unfortunately, but there's plenty of Melbourne blush and flourish to take in right now. So thankful.
Blessings,
Dotti :)

Erica Sta said...

I enjoyed again reading this post, seeing the nice capture sofort your childs, dear Karen .... You have 39 degrees, and here we getting wintertime. It's not really cold for November, we don't awaiting Snow yet

Wish you a very good time!
Heidrun

Sarah Fredette said...

Oh the Jacarandas look gorgeous!!! I grew up with the kind of temps you're talking about in the summer...bleh. I'll take snow any day instead. Stay cool and hydrated!!!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful series of nature shots, beautiful fabric and such cute girls surrounded by gorgeous handmade times ~ Great post of your serene looking world!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol
www.acreativeharbor.com

Photo Cache said...

love jacarandas.

Worth a Thousand Words

Felicia said...

the jacarandas are fabulous. I've never seen them before.

ladyfi said...

Lovely shots. The first shot is stunning!

Preeti said...

Happy birthday Karen! Such a pretty, pretty street with the purple canopy! Boy you've been having some warm (yes, sweltering!) weather and I'm reading your blog with a steamy mug of cocoa!!

Mary Huey said...

Hard for me to imagine such heat -- I've been traveling for a week and almost missed your lovely photo of the jacandara!! A belated Happy Birthday!!

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