Australia Day 2018


Australia Day 2018

My Country

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

Dorothy MacKeller

Happy Australia Day.

This virtual design features simple wreaths of Aussie flowers, bottlebrush in the centre, banksias,  wattles, and Sturt peas.

There are also a couple of mice … not the introduced ones which scurry around keeping close to some protection and often in houses, but native marsupials about the same size as the introduced species, but which hop around a bit like miniature kangaroos and rarely enter houses.

During a mouse plague many thousands of the introduced species breed up and get into anything which may contain food, including farm sheds, vehicles and houses. I had shared my bed with one when I was about ten, so when there were mice everywhere inside and out of the house I set traps to keep them under control, especially the year we had a baby in the  house.

One day a mouse entered the kitchen from the opposite door to the one I was just walking through, and I started to indicate, gently but firmly, that the intruder should find a trap rather than start climbing into the bassinet. Then I had a closer look, this mouse was not scurrying around the skirting boards along the kick boards of the cupboards … it was hopping across the middle of the room. This wasn’t one of the plague, but a local inhabitant out of his usual environment!

I started setting off traps and encouraged the creature back towards the door it had entered and then opened the back door so he, or she, could safely leave the house and find safer refuge in the garden.

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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4 Responses to Australia Day 2018

  1. Laura says:

    Happy Australia Day, Judy!

    Mice are a problem at my house, as I am living in a rural area on 6 acres. Cat are a must! Good thing I like cats!


    • Laura,

      Thank you.

      Cats do a good job normally, but when the supply of mice increases too much they are no longer hungry enough to be interested in their usual prey. Unfortunately, cats don’t know the difference between introduced and local mice either.

      Judy B


  2. Cindy Hamilton says:

    That is true compassion to shoo out the native mouse without harm. We also live in the country but our mice are NOT welcome in any way shape or form. Because of the cold winters they tend to try to migrate into the heated house. The do a lot of damage to the wiring in implements, garden tractors, etc. Traps are always set. I really love the design created by the stitching lines!


    • Cindy,

      It was the first time I had seen one up close and personal, and I wanted to take a photo, but I was worried about those traps set for the more regular visitors we were getting.

      The introduced ones cause a lot of damage on farms here too, eating crops, damaging implements outside, and creating mayhem inside the houses.

      I designed the quilting or embroidery lines for one project file, but it is proving to be a design which works well in many unrelated designs.

      Judy B


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