Wednesday, May 19, 2010


This is the little quilt I've been working on, inspired, obviously by the owl family that moved into our big old pine tree last summer.   They seem to have taken up permanent residence in our garden, so this quilt was designed in their honour.  I hope they like it too!!  I haven't written the pattern up yet, but it's not too far away.

I managed to overcome my fear of heights and got the little high section in the front of our house painted.  I don't have a photo to prove it, but that bit is definitely all completed.  Today's challenge though was to get up on the roof to paint the section between the verandah roof and the main house roof.  Must say that gathering courage is very time consuming.  I was afraid that after I climbed the ladder, it might accidentally become dislodged while getting off the ladder and on to the roof, and as I was home by myself the idea of spending the rest of the day on the roof unable to get back down, held little appeal. I tried to get a helper to hold the ladder in place, but my only hope was Dermott, who quickly reminded me he has a sore leg.

Bonny of course was nowhere to be found, but I know she would have let me know that she is, in fact, quite a lot older (in dog years) than even I am, so there wasn't much chance there.

The solution was to provide an alternate route just in case the ladder plan failed. With stools on top of stools,  it was actually the way I used because it felt safer than the ladder.  I somehow think it might have failed all Work Place Health & Safety regulations, but it worked for me and I live to tell the tale.  Once I'd been up and down a few times, I felt like I've done it all my life.  I will be very pleased though when this next section is finished and I can say good bye to roof climbing.


  1. Hey Val! Love your owl quilt ... I'm sure your feathered family would think it's a 'hoot' to be featured! :0) And I think you're right about Workplace Health and Safety having a fit at your route to the roof - EEK! You're MUCH braver than me!! In our house, that is a BOY job and I'm the ladder holder! :0) Glad you survived to tell the tale. Bear Hugs! KRIS

  2. Glad you are still around to tell the tale ! I cant believe you did it !

  3. You are a braver girl than I with heights. Glad you survived your little painting escapade. Your owl quilt is soooo gorgeous and so is Bonny.

  4. Tsk,tsk,tsk....glad to see you're all in one peice.Please don't do this again you're as bad as my 83 year old dad climbing ladders to paint the house!I nearly had a heart attack when he told me what he'd been up to and then he was cussing because he didn't finish the trim as his ladder wasn't tall enough...... go figure :) Barb.