Friday, February 5, 2010

It's All A Bit Fruity

I know I haven't blogged for a few weeks, but I have had a lot going on.

My Son finished his School Holidays so we had to go and get everything that he needed for the new school year. He started back last Friday so it is all nice and quiet here.

I also had to go and have a few tests and Dr's Appointments as I have to go into hospital in 2 weeks time for an operation on both of my knees. (Oh the pain of it all).

Although I haven't been blogging or visiting other blogs I have still been stitching and this is my progress on Scarlet Letters - Grazing Sheep. I love SL Samplers. Don't worry there are sheep in the sampler, just not yet. They are down the bottom. There is a dog though that will appear quite soon. But we have gone very fruity with pineapples etc. There are more fruit in the other basket, but these are over one as is the dog. In the border which I hate doing. Yes, I am one of those border haters. I think it is the repetition, in each corner there are large gold stars which are done in satin stitch. I am waiting to get a bit further down before I do these as I found that sometimes it rubs a bit and leaves little balls.

On the Hannah front, this is this weeks progress. See not much border done, although I am doing one or two a week when I stitch this on Sundays. Hannah is worked on 40ct cream linen and Grazing Sheep is on 35ct cream linen.

While my son was on holidays. He and a few friends decided to go down the end of the Street where we have this amazing waterfall. Although it doesn't look like it was doing much when he took the photos. If he went today, it would be a different story as we have had so much rain that yesterday which caused 2 landslides on the railway line, a train to derail and also closed the Highway due to a landslide.

Anyway, back to the photos. He borrowed my camera and took these photos and I thought that you might like to see what is down the end of my Street. Remember that this is part of the Blue Mountains National Park and that I am surrounded by the National Park.

This is a photo of part of the water fall. I think there are a few more parts to this. This all goes down into the Grose Valley.

This is the top of the Valley. It is a long way down to the bottom and there are millions and millions of gum trees down there. This is usually where all the Bush Fires lately have been.
There was also a pretty picture of a sandstone wall down there. There are also caves in this wall.

Here is one of the caves. I hope he didn't go into it as there as snakes down here.

Silly me, I have uploaded the wrong photo of the water fall. Sorry.

Here is one of the natives. I think it is a lizard and not a snake sunning itself. It looks like it has legs.
Hopefully I will be able to post another photo of Grazing Sheep and Hannah before I go into Hospital. Next week is another busy week. If not, I will see you when I return.


Margaret said...

Oh my! Grazing Sheep is gorgeous!!! I love it! Ack! Hannah looks great too, of course. :D I love the pics your son took too - can't believe you live surrounded by national park! That must be lovely! Hope the flooding gets better. Good luck with the surgery too!

Nancy said...

Both of your samplers are going to be gorgeous! I love the fruit on the Grazing Sheep sampler, and the bird on Hannah is so pretty.

The waterfall is wonderful! What beautiful scenery. Best of luck to you with your surgery.

April Mechelle said...

Both are beautiful. Take care od yourself. Let us know how surgery goes !!

Danielle said...

Gorgeous samplers! I love SL, too, and have one on the go, though I haven't worked on it for ages. I sort of like borders, but they can get tedious, too--variety is nice! Good luck on your surgery!

Melissa said...

You live in an amazing place, Sandra! I'm sorry you have to go in for the knee operations. Hopefully it will improve the current situation and you can recover quickly.

Your samplers are both beautiful!

Deb said...

Oh my goodness Sandra are those samplers gorgeous. You just do the most beautiful samplers!!! Grazing Sheep is really nice, but Hannah is just spectacular!! Love the pictures that your son took. You live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Sorry I've been missing - I owe you an email and it will come in a little bit.

Siobhan said...

Wow, what beautiful WIPs!! Your Grazing Sheep is fantastic. I loved seeing the photos of your area--wow! What a gorgeous place you live in.

Teri said...

I love checking in and seeing your progress. As always, your work is amazing! I love the pineapples in the basket, and it's cool to see how well the colors in these two samplers complement one another. When I saw you were starting to work on Hannah Lancaster, I thought to myself that I need to pull my own Hannah out and work on her. She's such a beautiful girl.

As for where you live? Wow! How lucky to be surrounded by a National Park! I hope that all goes extremely well with your surgeries; you'll be in my thoughts.

Brigitte said...

Ahhh, your new samplers are just gorgeous. I'm also one of those border "haters", lol, which means that I dont like stitching them but I love them all around a sampler.
Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of your surroundings. There seems to be a lot to see and to discover.
I wish you all the best for your knee surgery.

Suzanne said...

Grazing Sheep is amazing. The colours are great. You have made great progress on Hannah.

I miss our visits to the National Park. With all the renovations going on and my husband's work getting in the way, we have hardly left the house at all.

We had so much rain on Friday night I thought the house would start to float. The ground is so wet and the humidity is a killer. I haven't done much sewing.

The bathroom is almost finished. We are just waiting on getting the shower screen installed. It looks great and I am really happy with the colour scheme I chose.

I am not sure if you noticed on Hannah, there are little bits of back stitch here and there that are not mentioned in the instructions. I have done a little of it on one of the flowers below the house and they look much better with it.

Not too much else to say, just have a lot of laundry to catch up on and cleaning to get done.

Anonymous said...

Sandra, I love that pineapple. Now, I am going to have to put Grazing Sheep down in my list of things to stitch.... :)

Will be thinking of you when you go through your surgery. Keep us posted.

Red says hi! ;)

The Scarlett House said...

Sandra, you are such an enabler! I think you have the most excellent taste in samplers. Love, LOVE Grazing Sheep...oh that lovely pineapple is wonderful.
I'll be wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery.

Karoline said...

Both samplers are lovely, great progress.

I hope your surgery goes well and you make a speedy recovery

Anonymous said...

Help! I've moved to El Paso Texas and cannot find my pattern to complete Hanna Lancaster a DAR museum sampler. I worked in a needlework shop for years in the midwest and have many patterns to share, trade or borrow for Hannah. (including SL as WI is my home state) You can reach me at I really would like to finish her, can you help me?

Glenna said...

Oh, lovely! I just bought Grazing Sheep and can't wait to start it. Best wishes on your surgery! (And I loved seeing the photos of where you live--just beautiful--looks a little like our American Southwest but different too.) As far as the snakey-lizardy thing--yikes.