Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gas pollution.

If you didn't know it I can inform you that Iceland has lots of volcanoes and one is erupting at the moment. Although we are very far from the eruption it has started to affect our life.

With this.

This is a more normal view (although a bit cloudy) from the same direction.

On to quilty matters. Last winter I was involved in a constant "battle" with DS2 about MY sports bag. Every time I was going to the swim aerobics I had to look for my bag and empty men sports things out of it, phew, the smell of the shoes. So a solution had to be found, buy a sports bag for DS or sew me one. I didn't really have to think very hard about it.

I decided to make the bag in such way that DS would never get caught in the open carrying it. I also wanted to make it sturdy and long lasting so this was a perfect opportunity to use some of my thicker fabrics that have come to me from many different sources.

Here are the fabrics I used, no pattern, just made it.

And the result, it has never been used by anyone but me. YESSSSSS.

And lastly, I'm busy baking for the Christening celebration this coming Sunday when this beautiful boy will be given a name.

Infectious smile.


Monday, September 15, 2014


Last year I happened to find Sea Mayweed in one of our fields that had fused itself thoroughly. This year I found another plant few meters from where last year plant grew and it, more than anything, started me rereading the Edge series by Ilona Andrews because in one of the books there is some ugly fusion happenings. This however is not really ugly.

Then there is the fusion in the asphalt in our old road. A leg bone from a lamb. This is actually more of an embedding and Hubby loves to tell people this is a leftover from a road kill since when the road last got a new overlap. Sometimes when he's asked about something, anything really, he gets this glint in his eye and begins the answer with the words "T h a t' s   b e c a u s e..............." and people who know him, know better than to take anything he then says seriously, sadly strangers don't always realize this. (lol)

And lastly, a tractor fusion, the old cab of this tractor was in the same shape as 

this cab. It doesn't show well in the photo, but the cab is really rusty, dangerously so even. Hubby and DS2, who is in the photo, deemed it safer to remove the doors.

I came home earlier this evening from the city, I went there to visit my mother and the newly weds and then went just outside the city to give a class in my way of free motion quilting on Saturday. It was great fun and the ladies who attended were satisfied. Notice that I don't say it was a class in free motion quilting. Only in my way and what works for me. Did I take a camera with me??? YES. Did I intend to take photos??? YES. Did I actually take photos??? no

But I gave the wedding quilt to my daughter and her husband and I managed to get a photo of it on Saturday evening before it was to dark. This is the Celtic Solstice mystery from Bonnie Hunter, at least my version. And the biggest quilt I've ever made. 250 cm x 280 cm.



Sunday, August 31, 2014

A beautiful little life.

Now the last reason for less blogging and blog reading.

First there was fence mending (well and haying later)

Then my beautiful blond daughter Steina got married to her Dori (nickname for Halldor, Seina's name is Steinunn).

Well, I have another daughter Ebba (dark haired) and she is engaged to a lovely young man, Einar. I'm so lucky to have these two great sons in law.

Here my daughter Ebba is in a photo taken on June 6.

Another taken on August 1.

And on August 3 my beautiful grandson was born, 4040 gr. and 55 cm. This was taken in the first hours after birth.

This a few days later.

And this photo was taken yesterday. He is so precious.

I think the last two reasons for my absence are absolutely perfect.


Monday, July 21, 2014

More reasons (excuses)

My other reason for not blogging much involves this pretty little church. (In our town)

And our lovely daughter and her fiancĂ©e, this photo was taken few years ago when her sister graduated from collage.

So... here's what happened on June 28.

Here you can see our wonderful priest who made the ceremony so fun and beautiful. DD had always wanted our old priest (and also wonderful) to perform the ceremony. But as she (our old priest) has gone and become the bishop over Iceland DD decided to give our new priest a chance and I really liked our new priest before the ceremony, but I and the whole family love her now.

This is the same car as was used when I and Hubby got married 23 years ago. It belongs to my FIL.

This is taken near the lighthouse on our farm.

I can't find a summer photo of our town community house. 

But this is where the celebration was held, it was fun and the dancing went on until early morning. But we old couple got home a bit earlier 4.30 to be precise.

We wish them long and content marriage. My firm belief is that a content person is a happy person.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Excuses, excuses.

Although they might be called reasonable reasons for not posting for so long.

Avalanches and yes that's me, I'm actually standing on the top of an older avalanche. This is on March 18. 

Hubby, up on the avalanche, happy in the sun although knowing what awaits come spring.

Here you can see where the snow broke away high up in the mountain.

This is what happens to our fences , they disappear. We have still not found lots of the poles, guess they went with the avalanche all the way to the river and out to sea.  

Then surprisingly there were poles standing here and there.

The wire was all accounted for, in curls all over the fields.

Made us worry about this kind of traffic though.

This is in another field where another avalanche went over clear (no snow) mire after and before tearing away fences, bringing loads of rocks and dirt on our field.

Look where the fence suddenly ends.

But we prepared by ordering a load of poles.

This is how it looked in May 28.

The leftover of the avalanche was so hard it held the tractor.

But it was melting away rapidly. My macho Hubby in a T-shirt.

Me, not so macho in two trousers and two sweaters, standing in the same spot as in the March photo.

The two standing poles.

And some rocks.

And were we ever thankful these rocks stopped just outside the field.

Pretty big rocks.

This is the field that got the mire dirt.

Another point of view.

And lastly, new fence on June 20.

Some broken poles, some reusable and the rest of the new ones, they are all gone now and we have started reusing old ones.

There are still lots of fence left to rebuild, but the fields are closed and that was most important. The little summer pastures can wait, even till next year.

I have more excuses/reasons, but they are for another post.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gratuation Cards

Today is a big day in Hubby's family as one niece and one nephew (cousins) graduate from college/high school. I'm never sure which applies here in Iceland as our kids attend for ten years what we call foundation school and then at 16 they go on to other schools (if they choose to go that route) and then graduate from those schools between 19 - 22. (20 is most common) In those years they can learn and get the foundation in whatever they want to study at Universities or they can learn to be Nurse Aid, Carpenter, Painter, Electrician, Chef, Fisherman, Farmer and so on.

Anyway, I had no cards for this day and needed to make them. When the kids (who are now 29, 27, 25 and 22) were little and invited to LOTS of birthday parties I made loads of cards every few years, then the day came for each of them when they (and their friends) got to old for this birthday thing. Duh Mom!!! you get my meaning and that's when I ended up with a box full of cards, which only recently got emptied. Besides, those cards were not good enough for a stand alone cards for graduation (we are giving just the cards with money inside).

So last night I sat down and made two cards, our Flag pole is down (the foundation needs repair) so I decided to raise the Flag for the young graduates on the cards and they each needed a little bouquet.

I can safely say that my skills at card making have not improved. But those will do the job. Now I'm off to the celebration.