Sunday, 18 November 2012

~ pretty pictures and a missed eclipse

Pretty pictures this week. I'll start with the lovely Christmas themed blocks I received from the crocherati this week. They brighten my day every time I look at them...
Then also a picture of the blocks I received in secret in the previous round:
Another block is one that I finished, block 10 of the Krista throw. The links to the Krista patterns promotion has changed, but all patterns to all the Krista blocks can be found via this [updated] link:
I really enjoy showcasing these squares I'm receiving alongside my own work because over time a unique blanket is forming in front of our eyes. Truly remarkable when one thinks of all the love put into each stitch; all the well wishes from someone whom you've never met - and in all likelihood never will meet. I'll call it what I think it is ... a real blessing!
One thing I was looking forward to this week but missed out on was the solar eclipse on the 13th. The northern part of Australia would have had a much better view of it but I wanted to see if there would be any effects as far south as Melbourne. The time for this would have been at 6:30 am.
Unfortunately I slept right through it so I can't comment on whether any effects were visible or not...
I am not an expert on these things, but after experiencing a full solar eclipse about ten years ago my ears pick up at the mention of a coming eclipse as it was one of the most memorable experiences I've ever had.

a trip down memory lane if you dare...
It was in Africa and if I remember correctly it happened in the afternoon. The entire area went suddenly dark - almost the same dark as just after dusk ... but an eery golden syruppy kind of hue. Add to that the air almost felt thick and it looked so golden I wanted to reach out and touch it ... and all the animals and insects held their breath collectively.
I was so engrossed in the experience I was completely not interested in looking at the sun - but instead went for a walk around the area. The eclipse in its entirety only lasted a couple of minutes, but being part of that surreal experience is still so vividly with me I can close my eyes and be back in that moment.
Definitely worth travelling for methinks. Maybe next time....
That's my craft story this week - warm pixie smiles coming your way. xo


  1. Nice Chrissy squares you have there Franci :) I slept through the eclipse too! I was so dissappointed with myself, even if there was cloudcover I would have to have been at least awake! I would love to visit Africa one day; I think along with all my other travel wishes they might just be pipe dreams.... but we'll see!

    1. *I would have at least liked to have been awake

    2. Yes I was quite annoyed with myself especially now seeing all the lovely photos of the eclipse that people have taken.
      Africa is truly beautiful - big sky country with some of the most unbelievable sunsets you can imagine. Definately keep on dreaming - well worth it :D