Thursday, 13 June 2013

Muttonbird Island

Mutton bird Island from a distance
My husband and I recently went to Coffs Harbour with family. While there, I desperately wanted to walk along the sea wall to Mutton bird Island. On a previous visit to Coffs Harbour, we tried to walk down the sea wall but the surf was very rough and I was drenched by a large wave and we returned home with my ambition to reach the island unfulfilled.
Thankfully, this time, the surf was small and we were able to get through un-accosted by the waves and made it to the island. Something about the island was so beautiful and wild to me that I had to share the lovely photos we took!

The view walking out along the sea wall

Rugged and bare... but somehow beautiful!

Walking down the path to the edge of the world...

Nothing but sea, sky, grass and rocks.... and me!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Planting Herbs

I've always wanted to grow my own herbs for cooking and garnishing food. How convenient then, that I accidentally killed a pot plant that my Grandmother gave me and I have a spare pot all ready for use!

I decided to go with the basics to begin with as my track record for growing plants isn't the best. I always get excited when I get to the garden shop and see all the beautiful flowering plants and vegetables and ferns. Sometimes I buy things that I didn't come for, but this time, I stuck to the herbs. I came home with parsley, thyme, oregano and chives; the four most widely used herbs in basic cooking.

After a little struggle with my pots and the extraction of the herbs from their punnets, I now have two lovely pots filled with herbs. Apparently they take 6-8 weeks to be ready for use. Hopefully I remember to water them!

Thyme, Chives and Oregano

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

June Block of the Month

So this month, my quilting adventure became a little more complicated! June's block of the month was a large LeMoyne star. This block is created using strip sets, squares and triangles.
More time consuming and fussy than the previous blocks, but definitely worth the effort as it looks pretty amazing finished! Almost all of the pieces are finished now. I can't wait to start piecing the finished quilt together!