This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Christmas in the Snowy Mountains of Australia...and some Wildflowers!!!

Christmas is all over...the New Year has begun...I love this time of year...

Endless sunny warm days all rolling into one another...lots of them spent at the beach!!!

And one of my favourite sayings...I love a salty blue day!!!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year...bring on 2010!!!


Over Christmas we went down to the Snowy Mountains of Australia (in New South Wales)...

and saw abundant wildflowers...above are lupin...amongst others...






Just before dinner time I thought I would take a walk...Hubby said 'have you got your camera'...and I raced back to get it...whilst walking I saw a spectacular sunset...and have shown many pics from my little walk...I was just mesmerized!!!


Australia is prone to bushfires...above are tree trunks left from about 4 years ago when part of the Mountains was on fire...


These pics speak for themselves...
No 40c heat here...more like 8c...and nearly time to put gloves on...but oh so refreshing!!!
























Truly a stunning sky!!!



The perfect quote for all this beauty I found today...

"When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon,

my soul expands in worship of the Creator."

Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948

On the way home now...and a pic of the Monaro Plains...

this is country leading up to the Mountains...
often known as the Treeless Plains

Here is a quilt received by one of the family...such beautiful warm colours, perfect for the Mountain weather...



and look at these placemats...looks like Charm Squares stitched together...backed and bound!!!

Fantastic...I think I need to make some too...


And here's a little challenge I have taken up and been accepted into...

the OPAM...one project a month...

One craft project a month to be made...

and put on my sidebar...

My first Challenge and I am so excited...

hopefully this will spur me on!!!

And by co-incidence (but they reckon there are no co-incidences)...

I went to a workshop yesterday and put together a bag made of Charm Squares...

this bag was completed today...

only the button has to be stitched on...

and I already have my first completed article...and I can't stop smiling!!!

25 comments:

Janey said...

Oh how my heart jumped at the sight of those beautiful photos, The lupins are gorgeous, they also grow in abundance here in the UK, I do love lupins, though have never had much success in growing them in my garden, they are a favorite food for the native slugs and sadly, I have more slugs than anything in my garden. The sunset pic is super, and makes me think of the coming months of spring... And what a beautiful quilt. Hugs Janey xxxx

Vintage Sandy said...

What beautiful pictures the sunsets are breathtaking and the flowers sure make me want Spring to get here but....we have alot of snow yet to come so I need to be patient and lock myself away and get some sewing done...
Blessings♥♥♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Dzintra! Your pictures are magnificent and Ghandi was right! I can't help see all the beauty and WORSHIP the creator in my heart and soul! Oh..thank you for coming to visit, and YES! AREN'T THOSE EMBROIDERED FRENCH SILK BOOKS WONDERFUL? Right up your alley, my dear! Visit the blog from which they are from...I put that at the end of my post. You will love it. Have a magnificent weekend! Anita

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I still can't get used to Christmas being warm, in your part of the world. In the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas goes with cold/snow/etc. And since I grew up with this, it's inbred. :-)

Wondering if in the Southern Hemisphere, your Christmas art shows warm scenes? Not all the snow scenes which we use, in the N. Hemisphere?

We're all rolling around space, on this little planet Earth. But the view is certainly different, from diff places. :-)

Kath said...

Dzintra, if I come into a fortune I will buy one of those "beam me up Scottie" machines and nip over to collect you. We will come back to England for the day and we can run about playing snowballs and make a snowman. Then when we get too cold, we will beam ourselves back to NSW and swim in the warm sea and eat seafood on the beach. Wouldn't that be grand?

Chemin des Muguets said...

Hello,

A truly lovely blog. I found you via Anita at Castles. We are just back in the States after living downunder for 6 years. I'll be back to see you often.

Marjorie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh Dzintra
What beautiful photos... I've have only been to the snowy mountains in spring once, many moons ago and it was glorious and al the wildflowers quite unexpected ... I love this quote by Ghandi, I haven't heard that particular one before. I'm glad you enjoyed your Christmas break... and sounds like you are very excited over your new projects... look forward to seeing what you get up to... take care xx Julie

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Everytime I hear tell of your beautiful mountains I recall the wonderful movie 'The Man From Snowy River'.
And then to stir the senses, you show tantalizing wildflowers whose delicate blooms speak of Spring that lies just over the horizon...
Thank you D for helping us escape from Winter's cocooning to enjoy the scenery you have shared.
x Susan

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Absolutely gorgeous photographs! What a loevly place to spend Christmas :) Happy New Year! :D

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Thank you thank you Dzintra, for all those breath-taking photos of your Snowy Mountains! The lupines are just gorgeous, and the scenery is very like the parts of Oregon where our ranch is... all except for the types of trees. We have mostly pines. The treeless plains look just like large areas of Oregon! Just lovely, and Mahatma Gandhi's words say it perfectly.

OPAM, what a fun challenge! I can't wait to see all your creations! That quilt and the placemats of charm squares are wonderful! Oh dear... I feel myself getting pulled toward crafts made of fabric by your pictures! I'm slow as a snail, but I guess the fun is is the time spent, right?

Great post Dzintra~ xxxVicki

Jeni said...

happy new year.... my friend Dzintra
i have miss blog-land.... but i think i am back on track

Jeni said...

happy new year.... my friend Dzintra
i have miss blog-land.... but i think i am back on track...i must say what beautiful pictures

Fer said...

Such a beautiful part of the world, thank you for taking us with you on your walk!

Enjoy the challenge. It will be great to see what you come up with.

Notjustnat said...

Thanks for the stunning pics. I truly love Australian sky. It's so beautiful and the change from each seasons is magnificent. I took some pics today on the plane back from Canberra too - Hugs Nat

Stina said...

Ohh.. so lovely pictures.. and we have some of those flowers too.. :o))
Happy 2+1+ to you and your family..and how envy I am of you and the BEACHDAYS...:o))

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra, thanks for the tour of the Blue Mountains,just beautiful. So glad you got into the OPAM Challenge,happy sewing.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

dzintra
those are gorgeous photos.... what a beautiful day and sunset !!
you are so lucky!
enjoy your special projects too
~laura

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Thanks so much D for showing your amazing vistas. I am always so curious about your country...so it is nice to see it through your eyes. Never in a million years would I have thought I would have friends in Australia.

Had a lovely holiday...and always glad to be moving on. We've known each other for a year - and where will we be next year?

Wishing you and your family a very, very Happy New Year.

Catherine xx

a good yarn said...

Spectacular images of some of the best country in Australia. I just love the Snowy Mountains. I think you'll enjoy the OPAM. I can't wait to see pix of your Charm Bag! Happy Stitching, Ann :-)

bluebird-lyn said...

Good Morning Dzintra, the Snowy Mountains is on my to do list...thank you for the pics...I wish it was 8 C here today...very warm overnight and waiting for the change.....Hugs Lyn

Zuzu said...

Wow! Wonderful post, Dzintra! Lupin and Yarrow wildflowers grow here too! :)
Beautiful shots of your trip, and I love the quilt!
And what a great challenge idea - have fun with it!
:)
Zuzu

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Dzintra! We could use some sweltering temps here! All is well, however; we are getting some major achievements completed and that hopefully, will welcome in a wonderful spring of celebration! Do enjoy the link I sent you....and have a wonderful day my friend! Anita

Cubby House Crafts said...

What beautiful pictures you've taken!
Lisa

Sandi said...

Lovely photos from your Snowy Mountain visit. The lupins are beautiful!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Lovely photos. Beautiful skies.

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