My brother-in-law, Wayne is widely regarded as the best coral trout fisherman in the universe. His fishing gear is meticulously catalogued and stored and when the weather is 'right', the well oiled machine that is - Wayne's going fishing - springs into action. Wayne is also a grower of all things vegetable and citrus. The produce is so full of flavour and plentiful in Wayne's patch and he proudly shows it off to anyone who ventures past the back door. A few months ago, Wayne built the Taj Mahal of chook pens to house his new little brood of three feathered girls. Elle McChook Book, Old Barnyard Book and (her name escapes me) Book are in love with him and follow him around the back yard waiting patiently for their warm mash, feed of earthworms and the odd bad tomato.
Recently, Wayne has taken up another rather unexpected hobby. He's sewing. Not just a few seams here and there. Wayne's very first project is a single bed sized patchwork quilt complete with applique and embellishments. He designed it, sourced the fabric, created the appliques and has almost finished the blanket stitch embroidery. When it's finished, I'll quilt it for him and hopefully display it for a while at The Quilter's Angel in Highfields. Here's some photos of Wayne's sewing kit. The black rubber thimble doubles as protection from the fishing line when he's pulling in a big trout, how resourceful!! His sewing basket is a mess of knotted DMC threads but he likes it that way.