Saturday, March 22, 2008

Quilt Project - Take One

The first of my fabrics arrived on Thursday. I am about to embark on my next quilt project. This quilt will replace the one on our bed that's just getting worn out, but then it was a Pottery Barn outlet buy! As planned I went with Amy Butler fabrics from her Lotus collection. These arrived from Fabric.com, which is one of my favourite stores. They have the biggest range and really good prices and I am a little sentimentally attached to them because they are based in Marietta Georgia. I did my first quilting class in Marietta. I am still trying to decide on a pattern, but I think I'll do a simple brick pattern that will show off the beautiful fabrics. I might leave it to a professional to do something fabulous with the quilting. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Big Canberra Bike Ride

Before the week comes to a close, I want to document Monday's adventures. Monday (March 10) was Canberra Day holiday here in the National Capital. My boys and I joined in the Big Canberra Bike Ride. This photo is of the sea of cyclists and that's Black Mountain Tower in the background. It was such a beautiful day and a fun event. My darling husband and I took it in turns pulling the boys in the Croozer. We opted for the 15km course over the 25km course. That's as much as both of us could stand. Not to mention the boys who started head butting each other about 3km into the ride. The ride is put on by Pedal Power - one of our biggest bicycle lobby groups. They do good work and have made the city a very cycle friendly place to be.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Mad About Beets!

We in Australia are famous for beetroot on our hamburgers. No, it's not an urban myth but very true and delicious - if you haven't already, you should try it. I've recently discovered the fresh variety. I have been going to our local farmers market at EPIC very early on Saturday mornings and buying from the growers. This means I get local seasonal produce. Fresh beets have always eluded me. What to do with them? My darling friend Wil introduced me to this recipe and I finally put it to the test. I thought I would go and find a picture of a beet to include with the posting. I found the perfect one by Louise Lister and although she does do lovely things with food the picture wasn't royalty free! Clearly I'm never going to be a food stylist but here is my attempt at photographing my beet, fetta and Spanish onion salad. Not only did it look pretty, but it tasted great!