Happy Monday everyone. Thank you to everyone who sent there best wishes on our "Storm Cell" as they are calling it. Apparently it had nothing at all to do with Cyclone Bianca. Though people are saying that they have been in cyclones up north and this was far worse. Winds of 130km were reported so no wonder the rain was horizontal instead of vertical. It was interesting to hear that the weather bureau reported on the news last night that they warned people of this. I hadn't heard of anyone getting a warning. Listening to the boss of FESA (Fire and Emergency Services) on the radio this morning he said they had no warning of it. I think a bit of cover up may be going on. Oh well, that is bureaucrats for you. Yesterday afternoon we went for a drive around town. There were still plenty of streets blocked of and power lines down. Laying in bed on Saturday night I couldn't believe that people were driving around,there were no lights on anywhere and these people would have had obstacles across roads,idiots is the word that comes to mind.
There is a massive amount of damage done to trees. The funny thing is we have a dead Tagasaste on our verge and I would have loved that to have been blown out.
As we had no electricity until Sunday morning, we had to meet our own needs into regards to what was happening around us. We don't have a radio in the home but there were plenty up in the shed. Ian attached a battery to this one we could at least listen to some music and news on Saturday evening.
The only thing I wished we had was one of those little battery operated fans. I really could have done with one of those on Saturday evening. Oh well a wet flannel did the trick. One other thing we realised is that you must keep your phone charged and I know that I should charge my battery camera on a more regular basis. It went flat after I took the first few photo's yesterday. I hope these few things we found out may help someone who may go without electricity for a while. I know there are still thousand's of homes and shops in the Wheatbelt without power.
On the quilting side of things I have completed the quilting to the edge of all the blocks that needed doing on Lisa's quilt. I will work on doing a design in the centre of these blocks now. I found a wonderful book at the library last week called "Quilting Designs from the Past 300 plus designs from 1810-1940" which is written by Jenny Carr Kinney and published by C&T Publishing. This book has history about the designs and a great selection of patterns to choose from.
Once again this year I was able to be included in the OPAM Challenge that is run by Kris and Peg. I have two finished items for this month. Next month I will be able to include the tablecloth and quilt I have sent to the quilters. Thanks to Kris and Peg for taking on the paper work involved with collating every one's finishes.
I would like to pass our deepest sympathy to my sister-in-law Laura and my brother Geoff and family on the passing over the weekend of Laura's Father Ray. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
I have noticed that a lot of bloggers out there in Blog land love getting a bargain either at the local op-shop or garage sale. I have been after something for a little while and found some at the local op-shop the other week. You don't get to see what it is yet. You will probably laugh when you finally do see it. Everyone is after something they want that is all I am saying. I thought it would be interesting to see what everyone else has purchased recently at a op-shop or garage sale. I will do a post on Friday morning this week on the 4th February and will get friendly with "Mr Linky" so you will all be able to join in. I hope you can.
Thank you once again for all your best wishes. I have some pumpkin and corn soup on the stove I want to blend up for lunch. I know making soup in Summer but over the last week or so I have felt like soup and today I decided to "just do it".
I hope to see some of you on Friday with your op-shop/garage sale purchases. I will be back tomorrow with Tuesday's Treasures.