Yep, we have a long weekend which doesn't really feel like one, because it's the start of the school holidays for mr14.
The reason for this long weekend is that today is a public holiday to mark the birthday of The Queen... but this has always confused me, because while Western Australia gets it in September, all other States & Territories get it in June. (WA already has a public hol in June for another reason). Add to that, her actual date of birth is 21 April, & there's a separate 'official' birthday!
So I finally decided to do some research & find out why all these dates...it's all to do with the what time of the year is most likely to provide favourable weather for the Birthday Parade, aka Trooping The Colour... so if a British Monarch was born in the months of a dreary British winter, public birthday festivities were held off until sunshine returned & outdoor parades could be held.
Ah yes, something only the British Royal Family could imagine doing, huh?!
(more can be read here if you're interested)
Anyway, now that I have satisfied my curiosity, it's time to share something that's hopefully a bit more interesting!
Another stitchery is now complete, the 12th for my Tis The Season wall hanging. I am going to stitch all 13 of the designs provided in the book, so I can use one as a label for the back. While I'm stitching the last one, I'll have to cast my mind to where I've stored the fabrics I want to use for it; I've put them away so carefully that I can't remember for the moment where they are!
I'm not entirely happy with the standard of the stitching on this one, so I might end up re-doing it; getting the shapes & definition in Santa was quite tricky, & the door looks a bit odd.
yes, I am my own worst critic!
I've cut all of the remaining bright-coloured fq's into strips, ready to sew more Trip Around The World blocks. I didn't want any of it hanging around unused, so I'm just going to sew it all, & get it out of my Sewing Space. There will certainly be more than enough blocks to have fun with! This pic is closest to the colours, but they are not quite so bright...
The binding for my Halloween wall hanging has been stitched down, & I'm ready to start playing with my Halloween buttons to add some quirky interest.
And lastly, I created uproar in the family late last week, by agreeing to have The Site Manager clipped short... his coat had become so very thick during the winter that it would have been a bit of a trauma for him to get it brushed out... so here he is, all FOUR KILO'S of him...
Poor little guy can't even look at me he is so disgusted!
He gets cold so easily now, so I bought him a little jacket, which he happily trots around in (pics soon). And he's also keeping warm by rolling up on my lap when I sit to the sewing machine... yes, he's that small!
Sorry for such a long post... thanks for sticking with me...
Have a wonderful week ahead xx