World Cup Soccer is in full swing here in South Africa at the moment. We live in the Cape Winelands (about 40 minutes from Cape Town’s centre) and even here the sellers at the intersections are doing a roaring trade in flags and side mirror cozies. We bought a small Australian flag and gave it to Gorgeous Girl, we wound down the window and she started shouting, “Look, Look, it’s flagging! It’s flagging!”
Gorgeous Girl is quite taken with the soccer. I think it may have to do with the appearance of soccer snacks (in this house small bowls of potato chips, some rice crackers and some nuts) and the fact that the TV is on more than usual. She also takes great delight in identifying the Australian flags she sees hanging around the place. (Our local mall is decked out for soccer fever).
Are you sitting down? I have a finished quilt to share. This has been finished for a while, it’s just taken me until now to get the pictures off the camera and on to the computer.
Behold, the Fish Quilt:
The pattern is from an old issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, but I changed the border. I didn’t have enough fabric left to do a mitered border that extended the colours in the quilt.
The quilt is a big hit with Gorgeous Girl. It is meant for her big girl bed (she’s still in the crib at the moment), but she insisted on getting out one of the camping mattresses to give it a trial run.
It then became “My very strong coat, Mummy.”
We had quite a bit of excitement last week.
I was working on the computer when one of our lightbulbs went pop. Then five minutes later the television went bang, bang, bang and smoke started pouring out of it. I phoned Gorgeous Man in a panic and he told me to go and switch all of the power off at the mains. There was a power surge (faulty power pole on our street). He made it home in 2 minutes and carried the smoking TV outside.
All up we lost the TV, the DVD player, speakers for the computer, the modem and the wireless router, and the heater. We were lucky I was home to switch everything off, and that we didn’t lose bigger stuff like the fridge and the washing machine and dryer and the work laptop or home computer. We did have surge protectors, but they failed
We have replaced the heater, because it’s winter and cold here. We have a short term solution with modem and wireless (this is vital since I telecommute for work) but it means that if the laptop is working wireless the desktop can’t access the internet. We aren’t going to bother replacing the TV it was only used for watching Dora the Explorer DVDs and we can run them through the computer. We have made alternative arrangements to watch the World Cup.