A mixed bag

Well, we’re home, in one piece and already planning the next trip.

The journey home was, um, interesting… We got soaked through to the skin in the early part of the journey, between Innisfail and Cardwell, when the heavens opened and the rain was so heavy we could scarcely see the road. Miss Scarlett didn’t let us down and carried us safely through. It was the only part of the trip where I was actually cold! We soon dried…

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Hot, but safe…

The previous day was wonderful, but again underlined the lesson that riding at sea level between midday and 3pm is asking for sauna conditions inside ones’ bike gear. Up on the Atherton Tableland, where it’s a good 5ºC cooler than down on the coast, it was a little easier, but sadly we had to come down some time! We went back for another visit to an old favourite, Mt Uncle Distillery, where they make award winning rum and gin, and have a banana plantation producing organic green banana flour. I bought a kilo to give it a go, but it’s a bit too pricey to use often

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 11.36.31 amIn case you were wondering (and I think you probably weren’t), my hands were not idle during the evenings. I’ve finished all the fillers and flowers for the left hand middle section of Worldwide Friends, and now just have to sew them all together, attach the new bit to the bottom of the left side, and then all three large pieces are ready to join. After that I have the two long thin strips for the full width of the top and bottom, and then the front is finished apart from a bit of embroidery. And then, it’s onwards and upwards with the back, poetry and all!

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 11.36.10 amA spot of gentle fabric shopping this morning has scored me a bunch of fat quarters for the start of the queensize quilt I’m making my brother’s eldest daughter as a wedding present. She’s getting hitched in the summer, and knows this won’t be ready in time, but is happy to be getting it at all! I think it’s going to be lovely. More details once I’ve cleared the decks a bit and can start planning, cutting and laying out on the design wall.

And I think it only fair to blow the whistle on the Husband of Chiconia, who achieves his half century birthday tomorrow. He has no blog for me to hijack, but will be suitably sheepish if I announce it here!

34 thoughts on “A mixed bag

  1. Nanette says:

    Good to hear you’re back safe and sound and had a good trip. Well done Miss Scarlett! Banana flour sounds interesting, look forward to seeing what you do with it.
    But on to the important business of your post….ooh la, a half century Mr C….well, birthday wishes for tomorrow, may there be much cake, gifts and celebrations in your day. Have a great day!

  2. Gail says:

    Happy birthday to Mr C. The beginning of every decade is the start of a wonderful new adventure and may this be an especially joyful decade.

  3. I’m glad you’re safely home and rarin’ to go! I love the colours for the wedding present quilt, it will be dramatic. Happy birthday to that young stripling who is Mister C!

    • katechiconi says:

      A mere youth… I remember my 50th; it seems quite some time ago! The niece has quite well defined ideas about colour and motifs, which is nice; nothing worse than “oh just make whatever you like” and then they’re less than enthusiastic when they get it.

  4. Great adventures on the road! Happy birthday to your husband!
    Hugs to both of you!

  5. tialys says:

    Welcome back!
    I love the term ‘gentle fabric shopping’. What happens when you go a bit wild?
    Mr. T. turned 50 at the end of last year – but don’t tell him I told you – he’s started lying about his age but, apart from that is coping well! The worse thing is you start getting loads of junk mail about pensions and more important mail about various tests the health service will now offer you free of charge as you apparently enter your dotage 😦 Anyway, I hope Mr. C. has a wonderful day and I am pretty sure there will be cake involved. What’s his favourite?

    • katechiconi says:

      Mr C is getting carrot cake with lemon cream cheese frosting, his favourite! Less favoured are the two candles in the shape of a 5 and a 0 which I am going to plonk in the middle! We have the tribe round for dinner, and the originally planned barbie is looking very unlikely due to the weather, so I shall have to grill the prawn and beef kebabs, roast the pork steaks and fry the sausages…
      As for fabric shopping, the wild stuff is when I’m on a major mission for something I don’t have which is urgent. Gentle is pottering down the aisles adding to a basket of fat quarters!
      We are both already enjoying the benefits of free bowel cancer screening but so far have avoided pension junk mail…

  6. rutigt says:

    Happy Birthday to your husband!! My DH turnes 60 this summer. We are all getting older 🙂

  7. Anlina says:

    Happy half century hubby! Does that make you a cradle snatcher like me 😉 Cheers to good health and happiness!

  8. Glad you had such a good trip! Greetings to the Husband of Chiconia – I hit the half century 2 weeks ago and it’s wonderful … 🙂 Much less painful than turning 40!

  9. Jule says:

    Happy Birthday to the young lad that is the HoC! 🙂

  10. claire93 says:

    happy birthday to Mr C.
    I think we may share the same birthday (bit difficult to know with your time difference) – I’m 8th ^^

    • katechiconi says:

      You do indeed share a birthday: Bonne Anniversaire to you too! The nice thing about the different time zones is that the birthday stretches. For example, it’s your birthday already here, and will be tomorrow there. For the Husband, it’s his birthday today, and will still be his birthday tomorrow where you are…

  11. on a biking holiday and still sewing ????you really are amazing !

  12. Kirsten says:

    Happy Birthday to Mr C!!

    Green banana flour??? Intrigued.

  13. EllaDee says:

    Happy Birthday to HoC. We’re the same vintage 🙂 Mine is later this year so the lead up birthdays are good in the way of acclimatizing. Sounds like he could only be having a fine day(s) of it.
    I’m pleased you enjoyed the trip. I’ve been sharing the details with the G.O. and it had us both yearning to get on the bike.

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s going to be doing a post on the OzSTOC members blog, with maps and photos. If he gets round to it, I’ll send you a link – it’s a superb place to get out and do some curly roads and hills, and the scenery is breathtaking. One thing the long trip did teach us is that the Air Hawks don’t hack it for 800kms at a stretch! So HoC is getting a custom seat for Miss Scarlett for his main birthday present! There’s a bloke in Brisbane who measures you up and fits them on the spot, so your seat is individually tailored to your behind! Can’t wait….

  14. Green bananas can make flour? Seriously?
    I love the colours for your niece’s quilt.
    My hubby is far more more ancient than yours! I hope he has a happy birthday.

    • katechiconi says:

      Apparently so. When still green, they are higher in starch than the ripe ones, which are full of sugar. At that stage, they can be dried and ground to make flour.
      The niece’s quilt will have a lot of inky blue and very dark jadey green and almost black burgundy added; what you see here are the mid range shades. The colours will graduate from pale in the centre out to very dark at the edges.

  15. pattisj says:

    I can’t imagine so many miles on a bike, you two are pretty tough! Happy belated birthday to the Husband.

    • katechiconi says:

      We were tired, but Miss Scarlett took good care of us. She’s pretty comfortable, very large and robust, and has an imposing road presence so we don’t get messed with much by other traffic! The Husband says thankyou!

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