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Monday, November 14, 2011

"Makes Me Happy Monday."


Happy Monday.

Yesterday I finished this table runner I made with some of the fabrics I got from Impera Magna. It is quite long at 45 inches and it is just under 15 inches wide. I didn't follow a pattern for this runner. I used a cupcake holder as a template for the centre of each block. You can find lots of shapes from the kitchen to use in applique.

Saturday morning we did our weekly shop. Guess what Banana's were on special at $4.99 so we bought a bunch. It was so lovely biting into a banana after going without them for so long. Very happy indeed,even had a banana on my toast with a sprinkling of cinnamon this morning. It has been many months without this fruit after the devastation caused by floods in Carnarvon which is in the north of West Australia and Queensland earlier this year.

There were some markets and displays on at the Old Railway Station on Saturday. One of the stall holders had this moon planting calendar. I was very happy to purchase this. Have been after one for sometime. The lady had some photo's of her vegie garden and a older Dutch lady who lives on 5 acres in York grows all her plants and vegies by the moon. There gardens were flourishing. So we will be following this way to see how things go.

"Many Happy Returns."

Our garden is loving the cooler weather we have experienced this Spring. I don't think we have had a hot day yet. I haven't felt this comfortable at this time of the year for ages. The roses are enjoying it too. The rose above is called "Many Happy Returns." 

"Many Happy Returns."

It is a great ground cover rose. It flowers in clusters. It was bred by Harkness in 1991.It has really taken of this year and filing up the space. Happy to see it growing so well.

I am also very happy that Lucy has started her holiday. She is touring the South Island of New Zealand for the next couple of weeks. Lucy will be seeing lots and enjoying things like Bungy Jumping in Queenstown and I know she is excited to be going to the Franz Joseph Glacier. Enjoy yourself Lucy.

Whatever you do today I hope you have a Happy Monday.

Happy days.
Bev C


Sue said...

That's such a great idea to use things you have in your kitchen (or elsewhere in the house) for inspiration for applique and quilt designs.

Very nice table runner!

Anonymous said...

lovely post Bev and Lucy have a great holiday.

Jeanette said...

Great idea for the runner Bev. Love the rose. It's beautiful. I've been meaning to get myself one of those moon calenders & give it a try. Hugs,kishesin

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What a great table topper Bev and what a good idea...Yes bananas have come down in price here too and I bought a little bunch...I'm not a big banana eater...Enjoy your cooler weather...I think summer has arrived here but it doesn't seem to last for long ha ha...Dzintra xo

chris said...

Love that rose Bev, I have (had) a moon chart somewhere, but can't seem to find it.
Lucy got away OK, Kei took her to Cashell Mall and the city centre on Sat - she was shocked at what she saw!! Maybe she's out watching whales at Kaikoura today.
C xx

Melody said...

Gorgeous post. I'm really loving having a banana on my vitabritsl again.

Maria said...

Great idea to use the cake stand for your applique Bev.
Your roses are looking really beautiful.
I am sure Lucy will have a wonderful time on her holidays.

retdairyqueen said...

Nice table runner and the roses! I love roses

Terriaw said...

That table runner is so lovely. Such a cool shape in the centers of each block - great idea! I can't imagine not having access to bananas - I eat at least 3 a week. So delish! What a beautiful rose. So happy you shared that, since our plants are going dormant for the winter season. Happy day to you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bev, your table runner looks fantastic. Love your rose, very pretty. I couldn't agree more, it has been so nice having such a pleaseant spring and with some lovely rain too! It is so nice being able to buy bananas again, I'm having one everday in my smoothie. Have a great week.

Lynda said...

Beautiful roses Bev. We've been enjoying bananas again too.

marina said...

my grandpa used to plant by the moon. Whatever works I suppose.
It's nice to have a banana without having to think twice about the cost isn't it?
Happy gardening.

Margaret said...

Yes we had bananas for the first time this week too. Nice table runner too.

Simone de Klerk said...

Lovely happy Monday for you again! What always stays with me is your love for roses!!! This post proves it again (o: And such a wonderful name.
My eyes were opened once again, that things shouldn't be taken for granted: bananas. I guess you really start to appreciate them once you can't get them. Next time I will eat my banana with more care. Btw. cinnamon is a good idea. Have to try that!
Happy week to you, Bev!!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Yes it is amazing what treasures are around us that we can use in our stitching. Gorgeous roses too.

O meu pensamento viaja said...

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Come to visit me, too, in Portugal

Michelle said...

lovin the blue hexie runner...your garden must look amazing... the roses look very happy!

Jessica said...

What a beatufil garden you have!
You table runner looks great :)

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your table runner is beautiful and your rose is gorgeous. The moon planting sounds very interesting.

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

what a gorgeous table runnner Bev, I love it. I am sure Lucy will have a fantastic time..you should have sent o her our way!

O'faigh said...

Hello Bev, enjoyed your post....I hope Lucy enjoys NZ such a beautiful place...hugs O'faigh

rosie said...

I love your idea Bev for the applique, we do have so many things which we could use for designs and never think about it..
Your roses are gorgeous.. I have always intended to plant with a moon calender, but it some how never works.. good luck with yours.

Cath Ü said...

I know how you feel about the bananas.. we bought our first bunch in almost 10 months... we were lucky and got ours for $3.99. Boy did we enjoy eating them... they were delicious.
Cath Ü

Narelle said...

Mmmmm yes! I had my first banana on Saturday :)
I'm enjoying your roses ... mine are suffering from the hot windy weather and no water to spare :(