Monday, February 22, 2010

what do you do when you girl leaves for uni?

OK what do you do when you daughter, aged 18, is leaving for uni??
Cry?? Of course
Be proud of her?? Course I am!!!!
As for the rest of the day - I cleaned the whole house, washing in, ironed and put away by 3 oclock and also did some sewing to distract myself - finished this cushion and made some "buzzsaw" blocks from some 30's fabrics.
Wonder what Ill do tomorrow?
BTW yes that is Megan hugging Sarah goodbye and Sarah and Haylee heading off to her car to go to Bendigo

Monday, February 15, 2010

friday night sew in

Thanks to the lovely Vikki Im joining in the friday night sew in this friday night
Want to join me???
Here are the "rules".
1. Enter your blog info at heidi's site

2. Make a post on your blog - letting all your readers know about the sew-in. Spread the word.. we could all use the virtual sewing support and encouragement.

3. On Friday – 02/19/10 - Get your house settled, put on your comfy jammies.. maybe make a cup of tea.. and sit down to work on some of those projects (or anything else that you want to work on).

4. Then, sometime on Saturday - Make a post about what you worked on.. show us a picture or two.

5. Optional.. grab the "Friday Night Sew-In" Button on the right for your own blog!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

missed me??? and catch up

Have you missed me??? Or long time (10 days) no blog....Ive been busy.
We were blessed to have a lovely vistor with us -

His name is mark pedder and he is doing amazing things in an area called Baseco in Manilla. Click on his name and it will take you to his blog. Here's also a couple of photos of where he and his wife Christine live and work. He was with us for four days and he TOTALLY blessed us with his vision and faith - look out Baseco we WILL be coming (hopefully late this year)

We also (well Gary and I) have also just completed part 1 of the sustainablefarmfamilies course. We had a full health and wellbeing check - FREE!!! yes free and learnt about healthy eating etc and worked out a few areas we need to improve on. If you ever get the chance to do it, grab it, its excellent.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

a quilt from the past

Here is a quilt I made in a swap with SCQIS (southern cross quilters initial swap) group. It was made for Megan and I asked everyone to do "bright" cat blocks.
Turned out pretty good - my best girlie friend Jasmine helped me to put it together with some fabrics in the sashings from her stash.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

a sad day for murray goulburn suppliers

Had a total shock today - due to the drought etc Murray Goulburn (the dairy company we supply with milk) has decided to close the Leitchville factory (which is the one closest to us). Ive copied their statement below. We are ok, our milk etc will still be picked up, its just it will go to another factory. BUT heaps of local families and businesses will suffer. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
Murray Goulburn
Co-Operative Co.
ABN 23 004 277 089
3 February 2010
Media Release
Murray Goulburn announces drought-related site closure
After eight years of drought, Murray Goulburn Co-Operative (MGC) today announced the closure of
its Leitchville cheese-making operations.
“While the Co-operative continues to have confidence in the future of the northern Victorian and
southern Riverina dairy industries with the region still providing about 20 per cent of national milk
production, the decline in milk volumes since 2002 has led us to the very tough decision to cease
operations at Leitchville,” Managing Director Stephen O’Rourke said.
“Milk production across the northern Victorian and southern Riverina region has fallen from 3 billion
litres in 2001/02 to a forecast 1.75 billion litres for 2009/10. Consequently Murray Goulburn can no
longer viably continue operation across four northern Victorian milk processing sites and the
Leitchville closure was unavoidable.
“The decision to implement the site closure came after an analysis of milk supply forecasts and
operational factors at the Leitchville site,” Mr O’Rourke said.
Approximately 80 workers will be affected by the closure and the Co-operative is providing
redeployment opportunities at other MGC sites, retraining and outplacement services with the
support of the Victorian Government.
MGC will continue to employ approximately 2,400 people, most in rural and regional Australia. This
will include relocated employees from Leitchville.
Mr O’Rourke said that the decision was tough as it impacts on MGC people who have worked hard
for the Co-operative and in some cases the previous owner of the facility - Kraft Foods.
“Unfortunately the closure was unavoidable given the relentless dry conditions impacting on milk
supply in the region.”
“All employees unable to be redeployed in the Murray Goulburn business will receive their full
entitlements including severance pay. This is in addition to financial counselling, retraining and
outplacement services which will be provided by the Co-operative in conjunction with the Victorian
Government,” Mr O’Rourke explained.
Other Leitchville-based services – milk transport and field services will continue as normal.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


We just had a desperate phone call from the neighbour down the road "help!!! we are overflowing with you want some?"
Bring a bucket they said - and look what we scored ----- yummo!!!1

Monday, February 1, 2010

made it and a better photo

Go me - I actually managed to post an entry a day for the whole month of January - sometimes it was just drivel but I managed to get it done!!!!!!!
Oh,,,,and here's a much better photo of my three girls at Aimee's engagement party - thanks Hayley.