I was late leaving work today.  Always happens.  As I hurried through the garden to the carpark, my new boss called out “See you later Lils (Lils?), go home and make the most of this sunshine!”

Oh I didn’t need a second telling.  After a positively frosty fortnight with very dark and often wet and windy days, this afternoon’s sun had been calling to me for hours!

coffee and thread

I made a coffee, gathered up some thread, scissors, needle and a needing-to-be-bound quilt and hot footed it outside.  Glorious!  The sky was blue.  The clouds were as fluffy and sweet as new spring blossoms.  There was SUN glinting on the oak’s bare branches.  And with that quilt tucked over my lap, I was delightfully warm.

blue sky and sunlight

little girl

blossoms and thread

But the best bit?  Oh folks … I could see to stitch until 5:45pm.  That’s right.  5:45pm.  You know what that means, don’t you.  We are tilting back towards the sun.  The days are stretching longer.  Spring is round the corner.

Which means summer is round the corner!  Which means it’s almost the end of the year!! Which means it’s almost the end of living in Melbourne!!!!! Which means we will be packing up and moving to the beautiful Bega Valley in the blink of an eye.  Well … almost :-)

sunlit clouds


Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!  Words cannot adequately describe how happy this makes me :-)  See this here photo of scissors – it was taken at 5:45pm.

Tonight I won’t even need to look at my bookmarked sunrise and sunset webpage, because I sat outside – dry and warm – and stitched until 5:45pm.

scissorsMy heart is singing.


oh these lengthening days!

4 thoughts on “oh these lengthening days!

  • July 23, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Yes I’m also loving that the days are lengthening, & it was great to see the sun. I actually sat in the sun down at Mornington yesterday & ate my lunch. Mind you it was like a scene from The Birds as the seagulls monstered me. One pecked my finger as I put some roll down, another grabbed a beakful as it flew past, lol. I was told there is a rogue bunch of seagulls in Frankston, so I’m guessing they were having a day trip, lol.
    The colours in your latest quilt are beautiful.

  • July 23, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I love that you were able to get that picture of your scissors at 5.45pm in Melbourne – I am on the Sunshine Coast in Qld and it is sooo dark by then…honestly even in summer I come down to Melbourne and enjoy the daylight saving, yet up here in summer the sun is up at 4.30am and gone not long after 7pm :(. I know it’s a long winter down there, but be thankful for the beauty of four seasons, and getting to appreciate summer rather than dreading it because it starts in Sept/Oct and goes through until May! But yes, the Bega Valley will be fantastic, lovely part of the world, and your quilt looks beautiful :)

  • July 24, 2015 at 2:12 am

    And as your days lengthen, ours in the Northern Hemisphere shorten. On my evening strolls, I’ve noticed that the crickets, cicadas and late summer creatures are starting their songs. This is the harbinger of autumn. It brings a bit of melancholia to the walk, but the call of cooler air is inviting. Enjoy your light! It’s good for us to know what goes on in your end of our world.

  • July 24, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Sounds like a perfectly delightful afternoon!

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