Monday, December 07, 2009
'nuf of airplanes for a while
I am back from Sydney - a good 2 days at the Texstyle conference. I stayed in Surry hIlls and on Sunday after it was all finished I spent a few hours wandering around the area espcially around Crown Street. It was a lovely day and loads of people were enjoyuing themselves. Day 1 wasn't quite so easy - too many people and nowhere to breathe but on Sunday I had another larger room with access to power and a place to put all my stuff and we all seemed to have a good constructive time. I hope the teachers who came to the workshops got something out of it all. I flew back this morning and the flight seemed to go on for ever. We are here for some time now and of course we will get restless again before too long.
Back to NZ though - we had a great short time but it was very relaxing and we thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings. This is Lake Wanaka on the morning we left - the day before it was brilliant sunshine but this morning it was a little mysterious.
We drove from Wanaka up to the West Coast via the Haast Pass - mmany years ago I actually went to the opening of this - my father must have had a desire for a trip to see a ribbon being cut. Love these streams and the surroundings.
This is at the end of a little walk - don't you love the stones? This is what has inspired my stonehaven stuff. I didn't get all my stitching done - in fact I failed miserable but it is all there for me to work on now so all is not lost and I have a pic or two for reference. If you look carefully at this photo you can see stockpiles of flat rocks - I am not sure if something was going on but I will have more tomorrow. I managed to carry quite a few home as well......
A close up of the waterfall - the colour of the water is just like you see - cold and fresh
This pic is of Knight's Point - once you get over the Haast Bridge you head up to here. Often photographed. It was raining but then it often does on the Coast.