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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Overcoming inertia

M. and I have worked very hard over the years to create the home we want, and generally we've been successful.  In a strange way maybe too successful.  Because it is so comfortable here, the views are wonderful and I have all my "toys" to hand - whether they be for sewing, gardening, reading or whatever.  So when I am feeling incredibly "bluuueeerrgh" and none of the things I used to go out and enjoy are anything I want to do right now, it is actually terribly easy to stay put.  In a lovely comment recently, 'Florida Farm Girl' summed this up perfectly when she said "it's that inertia thing".  She is so very right.

I absolutely had to force myself, but yesterday I drove over to 'Dolphin Harbour' for a couple of hours.  Didn't see any Tursiops and the first time I tried to go for a short walk I got half soaked, and on the second attempt I was nearly blown off my feet, but at least I got out of the house even if I did spend most of my time sitting in the van with a big mug of tea and binoculars πŸ™ƒ

A nice Herring Gull was up for a portrait session though:







And I got to wonder at the amount of braincells (or sheer bloody-mindedness?) it takes to stand on the end of a breakwater, in gusty winds, on an incoming tide?



Today was more deliberate 'inertia-busting'.  Finally got the sewing machine switched on and modified one of those packing cubes which are absolutely useless for clothes.  But it's now got potential for camera accessories.



Finally made a start on one of the boxes of scraps, small strips have become 'slab' and 2½" strips just cannot help themselves - they will end up becoming a long, long strip and eventually some sort of 'Random' pieced top.  It's slow going and going to take a very long time until I get all these boxes of scraps cleared out.










12 comments:

  1. If that harbour is where I think it is I somehow missed it completely when I was over that way a couple of weeks ago - I ended up on a little beach near a windfarm! Love the shots of the seagull, it was nice of him to pose for you :) As for people who fish, I've often said they are completely devoid of any brains or common sense - my ex was one of them! lol

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    1. Not the easiest place to find Eunice, unless you have had a thorough study of Google maps/satellite pre-visit.

      I sort-of-planned to get back there today, if I get overcome the interia - sigh.

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  2. I love the red, pink and orange strips.

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    1. Thanks Beverley, unfortunately haven't made any more progress since!

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  3. Good for you getting out for a jaunt, though your weather sounds more like ours. It's blowing a hooley here & the road up to Mt. Baw Baw was closed last night due to the threat of falling trees, snow & the high winds. Very unusual! DH also thinks rock fishermen are mad & often says things like - no brain, no pain. Strips must be our thing at the moment, but the photo I sent is still at the same stage, as we've been super busy in a strange way. Next post I must do, is how to construct my portable design wall, so not much happening on the quilting front. Take care & I'll talk soon.

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    1. Thanks Susan. The strip piecing you sent me a picture of is a HUGE order of magnitude nicer than the little thing I stitched together. xx Hope your weather has settled down.

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  4. I'm glad you're up and moving. I've even gotten up earlier than usual and gone for a walk with hubby two days this week! That's an accomplishment for me. Have to go early to avoid the summer heat we're having right now. Do you have any pattern books for use of 2 1/2 inch strips? Kim Brackett has about 4 books out I think. I have all of them and have made numerous quilts from them.

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    1. Thanks FFG. I have a couple of the very first 2 ½" books by Debbie Caffrey (Can of Worms). These days I browse online or Pinterest if I want some inspiration, or I just make it up as I go along :-)

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  5. We all have times of inertia when a good book and cup of coffee are all you want.

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    1. You are absolutely right Sue, trouble is I am having rather too many of them :)

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  6. Wonderful photos of the gull. I do wonder about people who put themselves in danger like that... I'm guessing they just haven't a clue!

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    1. He wasn't alone Nikki-Ann, but the others were further round the breakwater and not easy to photograph. The only saving grace is that the RNLI boat is within sight, just the other side of the harbour {grin}.

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