Friday, January 23, 2009

Peahen.....?

Yesterday I heard this really funny noise coming from the back yard. I looked, couldn't see anything through the window, heard it again, had another look and there it was, sitting on our back fence! A pretty "Peahen"! I couldn't believe it. I yelled out to the boys to come and have a look whilst I grabbed the camera. I really wanted to get a great picture but this was the best one (er hem...through our very grubby window).
I chased it around the backyard in nothing but my bathers (as we were getting ready to go to the pool), and trying to avoid being bitten by our VERY ferocious "Jumping Jack" ants. It would have looked so funny to any strangers walking past but I didn't care - all I wanted was a great photo. It didn't happen. Oh, well it was fun seeing it in the backyard anyway!! Doesn't happen everyday! I wonder where it came from?

We are heading off to Dookie for the long weekend (Australia Day on Monday) to visit my Grandmother. We don't get to see her as often as we would like as she is 4 hours away. We have a friend who had a baby 4 months ago in Bendigo (half way between here and Dookie) so we thought we'd call in and visit them on the way home. When she phoned to arrange a catch up on Monday I panicked because I hadn't done the quilt I had in mind for the baby. So in my panic last night I cut out the squares and started sewing......

I managed to get it nearly finished today (including more Free Motion Quilting) - all but the binding sewn down. I shall do that in the car on the way. It's a very simple design just 4 1/2" squares (7 X 9) with a 4 1/2" strip around the sides. They love dogs which is why I chose the "Puppy Love" fabric. The spots were an end of bolt sale at Spotlight for $3.oo for about 4 meters!

Tomorrow, I am turning one year older but I am going to.........

I hope everyone has a wonderful Australia Day weekend. We live in the best country in the world don't we!

Kathryn. XX

29 comments:

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Oh Happy Birthday to you!!!
And how about that bird!!!
I would've been thrilled too.
That pics pretty good though.
Lots happening for you all.
Take Care and enjoy beng that lil older and wiser!! *wink*

rachelmp said...

Happy Birthday for tomorrow Kathryn! We have a peacock that roams our area of Ballarat and calls out all summer. He has been around for the past 11 years that we have owned our house. How strange!

mandapanda said...

Happy Birthday for tomorrow!! and don't worry about getting older, remember some people never have that opportunity. The peahen, so cool! We have them (and males) roaming the zoo and botanical gardens. I collect the males beautiful feathers! The quilt looks fantastic! I'm sure they're going to love it! I love Australia, and am very proud to have been born here. I mean, can you imagine growing up any where else? It just doesn't seem right not to have vegemite on toast every morning and to sing "Advance Australia Fair" at school. No Ashes or Bathurst or Sydney to Hobart race? Nuh. Just isn't right. We really do live in the best country in the World!!

trasha said...

when she was little Princess Curly-Wurly and I watched a pure white peacock walk up our drive and strut around the garden for about 20 mins before he flew up onto the building next door. We watched him for another 20 mins or so and then he just flew away! Very odd.

clare said...

Have a great birthday . Love that peahen !
Clares Craftroom

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Best wishes for your birthday - hope your family spoil you!! Love your poster - I have that on my desk at work :)

MelMel said...

What a wonderful quilt and i just love the keep calm poster picture.....fab!xx

PaisleyJade said...

Such an amazing site to see our your window! Love your quilt... and happy birthday for tomorrow!

i cant sew said...

happy birthday sweet pea! great quilt, you are a super human to be able to whip up that so quickly. happy oz day. %*_*%

Annie said...

Happy Birthday Kathryn!!! I'm off to spotty - I got the thing in the mail today about the bolt sale. See you really are a quilter now to be able to whip one up. My sister got a peacock for christmas, but how strange for one to be walking around your yard. It must live close by.

Michelle said...

happy birthday, hope your weekend away is fab...
peacocks are very "trendy" at the moment...so your pretty lucky to see one, it might be a inspiration for a project...love the quilt...

Noémia said...

Happy Biiiirthdayyy tooo yooouuu,
happy biiiiithdayyy tooo yooouuu...
I hope you will have a nice day, a lot of presents, a lot of joy and love, with all your familly and friends.Hugs. :)

Shabby Raggy Roses said...

Happy Birthday Kathryn, have a lovely day! Love that quilt...lucky little baby!
Best wishes,
Jenelle

Rebecca said...

I promise you, I've never heard of a PEAHEN! :) Not here in Oklahoma anyay...

So charming to see and I LOVE the quilt!

Hugs, Rebecca

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Happy Birthday to You Sweet Kathryn, hope you have a GREAT day & enjoy the visit to your Grandma.

Love the quilt need to email you about the fMQ I cannot get the hang of it

Lyn xxx

Kerryanne English said...

Today is your birthday....so a big cyber hug and kiss for the birthday girl....mmwaahh!!

I love the baby's quilt - how super quick are you??? Hope you have a great trip north to visit your grandmother.
Hugs,
Kerryanne

The Handmaden said...

Wow, great looking quilt in such a small amount of time!

lillyhootandhoney said...

That's what the PeaHen was doing there...wishing you a very happy birthday....she did want you to run around in your birthday suit I think but a bathing suit is a much better option! Have a very happy day and a wonderful Australia Day weekend....great quilt, so clever!!
Kiss Noises Linda Lilly Cottage

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Kathryn!
I hope you have a wonderful day & get spoilt rotten!
I love the quilt, I envy you for being able to whip it up it a day.
Sarah xxx

Julie said...

How funny. I came across a peacock on a country road far from any houses the other day. I'd love to have brought him home but I hear they cause a bit of noise and mischief.
Enjoy your weekend in Dookie. I spent the first few years of my life living there, Dad used to lecture at the college. Dookie church was my second choice for wedding venue if my first choice was unavailable. I like that part of the world.

The Pink Poodle said...

OHHH HAPPY birthday...happy birthday...!!

you are still a YOUNG PEACOCK!! not an OlD HEN like me!

have a lovely day...keep sewing..keep up the gorgeous blogs...keep doing what you do >>> i love it..

xxx andrea

SG said...

Happy Birthday! The baby quilt is lovely!

TattingChic said...

Happy BIrthday! THanks for the Peahen photo! How funny that she hopped over the fence to say hello!

Chocolate Cat said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday! hope you had a lovely weekend away. Happy Australia Day!

Purple Pam said...

Cute baby quilt, and finished in such short time. Hope you have a great Australia Day and a wonderful weekend.

Janette said...

Happy birthday!!
Hope you had a lovely weekend away

Alison Gibbs said...

Hope you had a fabulous birthday.
Alison

blushing rose said...

My husband loved his trips to Australia ... he'd have moved their altho I refused to leave USA.

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PTL ~ Marydon

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