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Magpie's Nest
Central West Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Leading a Fast Life in the Slow Lane & Ageing with Grace under Fire.
Interests: Healthy Ageing + Blogging + Writing + Reading + Researching + Knitting + Gardening + Travelling + Hobby ceramics.
Recent Activity
The best children's books of ALL time are THOSE ones shared with the loving adults in the children's lives who genuinely love passing on a shared love of literature. If the adults in the house are not seen to be reading books and enjoying reading books, then how can they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at madmagpielitcrit
"They steal things," our little Magpie said as she sobbed recently and demanded 'her' own money back so that she could escape and get a taxi back home. Through our own tears as we sobbed, we couldn't help but note that half the belongings she had packed did not show... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at The Magpie In the Attic
Adult women are mysterious shape-shifters: they invariably chop and change their names throughout their lives so that tracing them at times is an impossible challenge! It's fifty years this year since my cohort traipsed through the gates of our girls' high school, across the asphalt, kitted out with our regulation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
Why is it that people are always trying to helpfully teach me a faster technique to work my needle? I'm running out of tactful ways to bat them away. Very soon I might just roar at them. VERY LOUDLY. Then quietly resume my very satisfying slow hand stitching that I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at MyFabricatedNest
Is bed size a barometer of emotional intimacy for you? Would you feel that your other half was having an affair if they suddenly raised the topic of buying a larger bed? Would the best Valentine's Day present ever be a double bed wrapped up in red ribbon and covered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
This photobook was supposed to be mailed off to our 40th wedding anniversary music composer a month ago, but then I decided that it badly needed a slip cover. The truth is that somewhere along the line with my 88 year old father moving in with us and my mum... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at MyFabricatedNest
Today I had my husband driving all around the backblocks of Mandurama looking for the Millamalong Polo Carnival. I was appalled at the lack of advertising for such an exciting prestigious event. It turns out we were only a month early! No wonder it was so deathly quiet. It was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The Magpie In the Attic
Dad showed me his weekly letter to the extended family last night and this sentence was prominent. And of course, it's a sentiment that he has expressed frequently over the last month. I've been wondering whether to talk to his GP to refer him to counselling, although in discussions with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Magpie In the Attic
It's not only coming, it's up and running with the first blog Post hot off the press right here. You can see that I was into my usual mad creative challenge trying out various blog banners and spending hours at the desktop in a mad post-migraine haze. Which one is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
Yesterday, I entered The Magpie's Attic with a big smile of warmth and greeting on my face for my mother's three other roomies. I had seen Mum in the common room and I had just slipped down to her room with two large boxes of brightly patterned tissue boxes in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Magpie In the Attic
Gentle Reader, You're Forgiven if you've in subscribed from my RSS feed. Entirely understandable. My Posts have become so infrequent that my Blog Report Card would receive a 'D' for Effort. My darling mother had the inevitable very bad fall , two weeks after Christmas, and we had to quickly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
Thanks so much Sue. As you know, I'm up and down, all over the place, but mostly trying to get it together.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2014 on So Many Things To Tell You ... at Magpie's Nest
Who lost the historical plot in Sydney? I'm in utter shock. We're playing tourist in our city of Sydney and we strayed away from the Quay precinct. I had a sentimental longing to return to the Rocks historical locale of my regular excursions as a Sydney resident ever since St.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
'The Secret Garden' fabric series first caught my eye because of my love of the children's classic novel. I think it's because I was an English teacher and because I love reading novels myself, but as a beginning quilter I see myself telling stories through the design and composition of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
Thank you for your encouraging comments Bernie. I shall hold them tight to me as I perform on Friday night.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2014 on So Many Things To Tell You ... at Magpie's Nest
If you're new to my Magpie's Nest, I'm a middled-aged retiree trying to jam-pack three life-times into whatever time I have left. I'm nudging 62. My friend Helve says I'm "living a fast life in the slow lane". I like to add "with dodgy health". At the moment it's just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
Beware the hubris of age! Adult-Onset Musicians can be a know-it-all bunch, every bit as recalcitrant and stubborn as teenagers. And I know whereof I speak. Ageing bodies need to be looked after carefully. I awoke with a massive migraine this morning. I agonised in bed all morning until it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at inthekeyofsixtyplus
I chose to do 1/4" hexagons to make the most of my beautiful fabric scraps because a girlfriend suggested that fussy cutting wastes fabric and I was determined to prove her wrong! I kept using smaller and smaller hexagons until the fabric scraps became so small that even the 1/4"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
This is going to be a hard statement to explain, being ultra-aware of the need to be politically correct and my wish not to intentionally tread on anyone's psychologically vulnerable toes. And no matter what words I put down in black and white here, the experienced English teacher in me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Magpie's Nest
We had the Friday morning free before THE wedding ( my only daughter was married 10 days ago, in case you didn't know) and of course we headed to the fabric shop we'd been given the heads up about. It was called 'Addicted to Fabric' and we could see why!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
I ran out of fabric Kristine, but I didn't take any to the actual wedding itself! Thank you for your very kind comments about my page. The page, or blog itself is a wonderfully therapeutic outlet itself and I love working on it: thinking of topics for it, taking photographs for it and simply playing with it. It's a bit like Ratty's messing about in boats. Is it Ratty who did that in "Wind in the Willows"?
I'm thinking of setting up a 'My Fabricated Nest' YouTube channel wherein I upload short video clips of slightly 'insane' sewing sessions of arthritic fingers attempting scintillating feats such as sewing 1/4" hexies! Creative 'fun', what? Perhaps 'you' and I can even attempt a blog challenge next year using 1/4"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
What with a wedding in a scant few days, and my daughter asking me very sweetly and rather nicely if I would just please trust that she has everything under control to the best of her ability and that she really doesn't need me stressing within her hearing, LIfe in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at MyFabricatedNest
And it's so nice to know that you are there, swimming along beside me there Bernie. I've been tackling some 'free' photo software and in the end I decided to eschew the hassle and pay $46 for a license. It was driving me nuts to spend time making collages with the advertising watermarks splashed all over them!!! I now have some very niftily creative software to play with so my Christmas cards this years should look extra spiffy!
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2014 on The Blog Imperative at Magpie's Nest
How kind Loani! Would be lovely to play alongside you!!!