Monday, 24 November 2008

New books!

Can’t wait to start reading.

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I’m really curious which recipes are in the ‘The quilter’s Kitchen’. The book in the middle. Jennifer Chiaverini has published another book! This time she not only writes a novel about the cook/chef of Elm Creek Manor but she also presents the recipes from the kitchens (from past to present) of Elm Creek Manor.

Guess I need that fortnight vacation that I have planned around Christmas.

More snow pictures

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This is how it looked in front of our house

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My car was covered in snow!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Feathered star block (number 1)

I decided to work on my feathered star block this afternoon. My arm and right shoulder still hurt so I thought I’d better not work too long and try to finish it. It was tempting, as I can’t wait to see the end result. But I don’t want to strain myself too much.

I sewed for about an hour.

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The last picture gives you an idea how it will look.

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Hopefully I can work for another hour tomorrow night.

It is really snowing

This is the view from the dining table.

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You can’t really see that it is snowing. Decided to walk to the window to give you a view of our backyard. As you can see it is snowing. These pictures were taken around 3 pm.

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Wonder what it will look like tomorrow morning.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Tiny feather

Janny always likes a challenge. This is really a tiny feather. I don’t know how she does it.

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The above feather is part of a block that will become part of the quilt shown below. 

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Mini Christmas workshop

Last Thursday some of the quilters decided to learn how to make a Christmas star using fabric.

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It doesn’t seem easy.    

Hope to post a picture of the finished product in a fortnight.

Progress – more feathered star blocks

Some progress was made by a few of us as you can see in these pictures.

The blocks below are Marja’s  blocks

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These blocks are Matty’s

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And, the one’s below are from Joke.

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All very different, and they all look great.

Next time I hope to show the progress I’m making. Sadly, I’ve been hindered by the pain in my shoulder, arm and hand the last couple of weeks.

I’m part alien

Recently I found out that the Dutch government doesn’t consider me completely Dutch. At least they will not consider me fully Dutch when I’m 65. I won’t get a full (100%) retirement pension. I’m also not able to apply for the Australian Age Pension, for compensation, as I’m not eligible, as I will have earned too much money in the Netherlands by the time I retire.

This situation is quite funny actually as the Dutch Government has made me pay my taxes all my working life. I even have to pay the full percentage of the tax that goes towards the old age pension. The premium is 17% of my income. I won’t mention how much income tax I have to pay every year (around 40% of my yearly income).

By the time I retire I will have worked for 42 years in the Netherlands!! But the Dutch government isn’t impressed as I haven’t lived here from the age of 15. You are only considered fully Dutch when you have lived in the Netherlands from the age of 15. It doesn’t seem to be important that I was born here, that I have a Dutch nationality and citizenship.

I’ve lost my identity!! I’m not fully Dutch. I’m not part Australian (although I’ve lived there for more than 10 years). I seem to be part stateless!! I’m part alien!! The only thing that makes me happy is that I’ve saved up enough for my retirement. In the Netherlands you have a government pension and a private pension system. I’m not too worried that I won’t have a good life, moneywise, when I’m 65.

However, I’m considering going into therapy and sending the bill to the Dutch government. It is hard to be part alien. It is hard to be stateless. It is hard not to feel accepted, actually I feel discriminated by the government that doesn’t consider me to be a full Dutch citizen.

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‘I want to go home’……, however I don’t know where that is.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Block of the Month competition & giveaway

This is the new ‘Cottages in Common’ quilt that Lenna has made. Isn’t it a beauty? If you want to learn how to make it, go to her online classes. You get an e-pattern together with 3-4 videos each month demonstrating the techniques used in this quilt. Isn’t that nifty.

But for those who can’t wait, you can enter the competition and maybe you are the lucky winner of this quilt.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Light

Today I met up with a friend of mine, whom I’ve known practically since my birth. Next year we are going to celebrate our 45th anniversary!! Yes, I’m really that oldwinking0071 .

All through my childhood travels we kept in touch and when we moved back to the Netherlands we became friends. Although we don’t see each other often it is always nice to catch up. 

When I got home I saw that my study looked different. Hubby had hung up a lamp. I now have plenty of light when I’m sitting at my desk.IMG_1553 I guess I’ll be sitting here more often. It is definitely an major improvement. I’m one lucky girl to have such a handy Hubby.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Teddy

Some cats have it real good. Teddy is really enjoying himself. If a cats life could only be this good all the time.

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Teddy is one happy cat.

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Hornbeam hedge

After a long working week, Hubby and I decided to fix our hedge. Last year we planted some hornbeams alongside the house, but not all survived. We had some big gaps in our hedge! Not a pretty sight, even if I do say so. The gaps needed to be filled. We had to wait for ever as they can only be planted as of half  November. Finally the time was right. This afternoon we planted some new European Hornbeams, they are small medium sized trees as you can see in the pictures below.

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They are pretty popular in this part of the country. They are used to mark/fence our property.

As you can see we have a nice full hedge again. Now I only hope they will grow. Will post a picture next spring.

Hurting

 

My neck and right shoulder has been hurting. It hurts so much that I’m back having physiotherapy. Silly me has work related occupational overuse disorder. Most people call it RSI. When I have deadlines that need to be met, I usually remain sitting behind my computer in the same position for long periods of time. I also have a tendency to keep my hand on the mouse. I don’t want to let it go smiley  .  My posture is not good and I don’t  take enough breaks. When will I learn??

Two nights ago the pain was so bad that I put a hotpack on my shoulder.

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As you may gather, I haven’t been doing any patchwork.

Hopefully I'll get some done this weekend.