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SAL #4 ~ Portsea Cliff

I am a little late in getting this post out, but I have just picked up my computer.

I did a very silly thing. A friend supposedly sent me a message, via Messenger, about a video I was in. I am usually very wary about clicking links and I am far more likely to delete a message/email/link than click on it. The message didn’t seem my friend’s style, and I couldn’t image that she would have a video I would be in, but instead of the warning bells going off, I thought “Oh well, let’s see what it is”. Click!

Of course, her Facebook account had been hacked and the message sent to everyone. So, caution finally kicked in, and I took my laptop to the computer shop…just to be safe. Everything is okay. Phew! I am a couple of days older, much wiser and far more cautious, and a little bit poorer, as peace of mind costs money.

So, I haven’t had the computer for a few days and this Stitch-a-long post is a day or two late.

I have been working. My wild, freeform work is progressing well.


As you can see I have worked on the bushes in the foreground. (The photo I am basing it on is the feature photo at the top of the post.) I used the same yarn, a variegated merino wool, as I used for the tree canopy. The stitches are random cross stitches. I wanted to keep them small to look like the small leafed foliage, and to make them different to the canopy. I enjoy the challenge of working the tones with the variegated yarn. Often the effects are quite serendipitous.

I left parts around the trunk. I can fill them in after I work on the trunk, as then I will be able to tell where the tones need to be.

I am moving on to the sand and cliff face next, and am really looking forward to working all those nooks and crannies in the face.

Thanks to everyone for your very encouraging comments on the last couple of SAL posts. I am part of a supportive group of embroiderers who regularly post about their personal stitching work. Do have a look at the others involved in the group, hosted by Avis, and be prepared to be amazed by their beautiful work! A welcome back to Connie.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie,Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy,Anne, Connie

(Apologies to those of you who blog at Blogger. I would love to leave a comment about your work, and I have tried, but I can’t. Is it something between Blogger and WordPress?)

50 replies on “SAL #4 ~ Portsea Cliff”

This is looking lovely Anne.
I got a similar email about a video but, unlike you, was immediately suspicious and didn’t click on it. I’m not being smug though because I did put my card details into a very plausible looking site to cover postage for something I’d won. As soon as I realised my mistake I had to contact the bank to stop the payment and have a new card issued. I was so embarrassed I didn’t even tell my husband – I’m a very seasoned online user after all and could never understand how people got scammed by these things. Obviously these things can catch us all off guard especially as the methods are getting cleverer.

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I was embarrassed too and only told my partner because I had to explain why I was going to the computer shop. And quite anxious too. I am glad there were no serious repercussions for me. If there had been my levels of anxiety would have been through the roof.


Those tones are why I love using variegated threads. I can get such a range of tones…although I sometimes have to unwind quite a bit to find the light/dark tone I am wanting to use!


I think we probably have been scammed, but there is a shame in admitting it. As I said to Lyn in a comment before, I only told my partner because I had to explain why I was off to the computer shop. As it turns out, he was more outraged by the money I had to pay the shop to check the computer!

And thank you for the reblog, and your very kind words. 😘

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Sorry to hear about your hacking scare. 😦 I’ve become absolutely ruthless with links and attachments in emails. They are sooooo dangerous, esp. the ones the utilities companies send: ‘Click here to pay your gas etc etc quickly and conveniently’
They seem to have no idea that hackers can counterfeit their logos with ease so conditioning people to click those links is just asking for trouble. grr…sorry, it’s a sore point with me.
Anyway, it’s good that your pc is okay. Have to say the tapestry/embroidery? is really starting to come along. Well done. 🙂

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I have had the utilities scam bill before too. It was very realistic, and I only picked up on it because the amount to pay was unusual, and it came at a time when I wasn’t expecting it. Speaking of utilities….we have started to use the washing machine after 11:00, thanks to your post n using off peak electricity. I will be interested to see our next bill.
Enjoy Cup Day! We are so close to the racecourse that we hunker down at home to avoid all the traffic.


Oh! So glad you didn’t get caught on that one. The hackers really are getting much too sophisticated.

I’m thrilled about the electricity but…in daylight savings you’ll have to put the timer on to midnight. The off peak start times apparently don’t follow daylight savings changes. I’m pretty sure that applies to all retailers but it might pay to check!
Didn’t even listen to the Melbourne Cup. Probably the first time in 20 years. The plight of those horses just sickens me. So very wrong.


That’s not good news about the off peak time moving to midnight. I am not sure that our machine has a timer, and I don’t need anything else that encourages me to stay up late. 😉


Anne, I am able to comment on Blogger posts.
All you have to do is follow their Blogger blog by email. They will send you a ‘Feedburner’ activation email to the same email address.
Then you can comment using that email address you supplied to Blogger.
Best wishes, Pete.

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Thanks for that advice, Pete. I do follow some by email, so I will have to check that out. Also, Avis has sent me an email with details on how to do it through using a website address, so I will try that too. It is annoying that these platforms don’t allow easy communication.

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It is a shame. The internet has given us so many wonderful ways to communicate with so many wonderful people, but we have to be so cautious. However, for me the positives far outweigh the negatives. Thanks you for your thoughts on my work!


It´s looking great! So now you´ve learned to NEVER ever click on posts you don´t recognize! It´s a hard lesson and I have been there too! Also, I think you must have a gmail account to be able to comment on Blogspot. Silly, isn´t it!

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You know, the silly thing is that I knew I shouldn’t click on it, but did anyway. Fortunately it wasn’t as awful as it could have been. Avis has sent me a lovely one email with instructions on how to comment on Blogger, so I will give that a go!

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The number of times I have had spoof emails – have been lucky so far but I have been pretty close sometimes! Glad to hear that all is now well. Loving the canvas work and the colours and textures you have achieved in your tree branches.

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I love variegated threads too. I enjoy using them “as is,” but I’ve also spooled off lengths to get just the right color for the area I was working on. Your piece is growing wonderfully. It’s going to be fun to see it in a couple of weeks.

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Yes, sometimes you need just the right shade, which seems to be quite a way into the unused thread! I am working on the cliff face now, and I think I am happy with how it is coming along.


[…] In my last post I wrote about an issue with my computer, explaining that I had to leave it at the shop for a few days, a few internet-free days. Did I miss Facebook? No way, especially as that is where the hacked message came from. However, I did miss this blogging world. I missed finding out what you were up to, catching up on the news. […]


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