Friday, July 31, 2015

Purchased in a store near the Musee D'Orsay. 6 little plates for 6 little duyvkens. Each with a message in french about table manners. The kids' favourite? The admiral saying Je ne mange pas le poulet avec mes doigts. (I don't eat the chicken with my fingers).


Thursday, July 30, 2015

The llama quilt is nearly finished.

Visitors to the Garden

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

There are lots of rainbow lorikeets in my neghbourhood and sometimes they swing by to beg for fruit. I think their favourite flowers, berries and nuts must be running out because they have come by a couple of times in recent weeks. They fly down as we get out of the car, perching on the verandah, chirping and chattering at us as to let us know they'd love something to eat. Yesterday they came to the back door and twittered until we got them something. They prefer apple cores but, after some chatter amongst themselves, they seemed to enjoy the corella pear we offered.

Tour de Duyvken

Monday, July 27, 2015

 Stage 11 - The Living Room. What a day! Our champions were only a few seconds apart at the start of the stage and were keeping pace with each other throughout the day until a crash in one of the final corners slowed down the little striped guy. He managed to stay on his bike but unfortunately he couldn't make up the time lost.
Which means the winner of Tour de Duyvken 2015 is...
...the little blue guy! Just look at the delight on his face.

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Our champions pose with the trophy. Who will be named winner of the Tour de Duyvken after today's stage?

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stage 10 - The Living Room. Our champions leading the peloton out at the start of today's stage.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Stage 9 - The deck.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stage 8 - The Hallway. Race stewards are investigating one of our champions today. After a fall that left him several minutes behind the peloton he was attended to by the team doctor and spent a little too long holding on to the car. Thankfully his injuries won't keep him out of the tour but if he gets a time penalty it could put him out of contention for the title.
Hang in there little blue guy.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stage 7 - The Front Path. One of the many colourful characters cheering our champions along on today's team time trial.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stage 6 - The Back of the Garden. Local livestock caused chaos in the peloton today. Thankfully our champions emerged unscathed.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Stage 5 - The Fence.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stage 4 - a photo finish at the sprint today. Not even half a wheel separates our two champions.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Stage 3 - Col du Glandon. Here are the riders warming up the legs and jostling for position at the base of the climb with one of the beautiful alpine rivers for which the area is well known behind them.

My Next Project

An AG2R quilt for an AG2R baby. Blue and brown is a beautiful combination especially with such a crisp white. I think I'll have fun with this one. With thanks to Patchwork on Pittwater for helping me choose fabrics.

Tour de Duyvken

Friday, July 17, 2015

Stage 2: Verandah - Letterbox - Verandah across the cobbles on a wet day.

New on the Shelf

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I am having some trouble getting back into the swing of things after the holiday. It turns out that regular life is a lot of work. So here's a photo of the little cyclists I bought in Belgium. They're on the Tour de Duyvken. stage 1 - The Bookcase.

Flowers in Amsterdam

Monday, July 13, 2015

Road Trip

Friday, July 03, 2015

Holiday Reading

38 degrees

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Practice Makes

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

We managed to fit in some queueing practice today at Versailles. We were a little rusty but today's 1 1/2 hour intensive class was not for the weak (those map heads nearly didn't make it) and I am proud to report that our certification has been renewed.

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