This is my 258th post, and there have been 475 comments since this blog began 20 months ago, however, it is now more than a week since I returned home from Adelaide, and 17 days since my last posting. Once more, my apologies to those 130+ people who visited in the interim, and found nothing new.
Even though I have not written anything, I have been following my usual favourite Blogs, and have seen several recently where authors mentioned a degree of inertia and lack of motivation in posting, with it becoming more difficult to start again the longer one leaves it. I can identify with that sentiment and I’m thinking that if I leave it much longer, I may never start again! So – I shall begin again by focusing on a few numbers that seem to have been significant recently.
We had the first major frost last night, with a minimum temperature overnight of minus 1 degree centigrade. Everything this morning was covered with a thick frost which looked very pretty, but means the end of summer vegetables like the still green tomatoes and pumpkins, and the frizzling of dahlia and hydrangea plants. (These are Anemone japonica or Windflowers which survive dense cold – in fact grow like weeds and are difficult to eradicate.)
As deciduous trees turn gorgeous autumn colours, winter is well on its way. Recently I received 6 cubic metres of wood for the slow combustion heater which is now burning 24 hours a day, but sadly, this will not be enough to last until the weather warms up again.
As mentioned previously, I have been away in Adelaide with about 150 other women at the Southern Cross Quilters annual Retreat, held at the Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg, somewhere I knew well when I lived in S.A. many years ago. It was amazing to see how it has changed, and the way in which tower blocks are now built along the foreshore echoing the development of the Gold Coast. It is a lovely beach and I hope it does not continue, but I guess some call it progress…..
It was great to catch up with old friends, attend a class or two, enjoy wonderful food, laugh a lot, walk on the beach, watch people win raffles and other prizes generously donated by sponsors, and explore several of the local quilt shops on the final day’s shop hop. Can you believe that about 90 women on three buses, visiting six different shops could spend a total of $29,383.50? My contribution to this was well below the average, however I did return with a few necessary (?) additions to my stash and wardrobe. By the time I returned home, I had driven a total of over 1700 kilometres (1000 miles) in my faithful Subaru, mostly on my own.
When I first logged on to the computer on my return, there were many many emails and blogs with which to catch up, and it took a while to get through them all. This morning however, Bloglines seems to have had a major hiccup, as it had 2673 posts marked as unread! Definitely a mistake.
Tomorrow is the first of May, the next day it is my brother’s 65th birthday, and it is 100 days since the inauguration of Barak Obama.
So much for today’s numbers………