Friday, August 31, 2012
It's always fabulous to go away but good to get home especially to your own bed. Here is a smart fat cat - aka Harley - captured by Kazuko last Saturday about to enter her wee door. It is amazing she squeezes in really and so funny to watch her go out. As you can see, she has her very own platform inside and outside. She was pleased to see us late last night but it really is related to her tummy rather than us - Aunty Patricia had filled her up with lots of yummy stuff during the week. Prior to Harley we have only ever had sleek pussy cats light to lift up!
We flew back last night and spent most of the day at the pool but had a very nice late lunch at Zanders - spring rolls and calamari and a bottle of Chardonnay (well - we had been on holiday and it was about to end). We flew back business class because we were using out points and we could not come back economy. We were the only people in business - nice to stretch out but not worth it really for a 2 and half hour flight and you wouldn't want to have paid money for it. (well you have to be able to accumulate points but I am sureyou know what I mean)
Grant is sailing in San Francisco in the 18ft skiff - if you enlarge the photos you will see a black swan on his sail - and if you are in San Fran the bridge to bridge is on today. He has been doing well - wouldn't we love to be there as groupies.
On Wed they had 3 races and he had a 1st and 2nd and was leading in the third when they had a big you know what and you can see them on the right - by the time they got back up they were last and headed back to shore so they are running 3rd overall.
We have arrived back to a delivery of Quilting Arts Gifts which we will send out today. If you want a copy and haven't pre-ordered it, we do have a few over but I doubt if they will last long. There a few other parcels awaiting us at the post office - hoping one is what I am waiting for. I have set up a new facebook page for learning and sharing - and I will link it to the blog - just playing - that is what happens when I go on holiday - the brain cogs have even more time to whirl around. In the meantime - back to work or - off to work. I managed a wee bit of drawing while I was away but I also sketched and plotted new ideas for a new topic. Oh well - soon....
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
This is our lovely threadfin salmon from the other night. As soon as we have got into good relaxation, it is time to go home with loads to do but we will not worry about that until Friday morning and then get into action
Tonight, instead, we are organizing ourselves another nice BBQ. The wether has been perfect and we have done lots of swimming and nothing....
Today we had the pool to ourselves. Last night we went to Cable Beach Resort restaurant with friends, for dinner. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone - expensive and nothing flash at all. Much nicer to cook up this great fresh fish here.
I am trying my hand at drawing my cutlery - very hard work getting the light and shade. More practice needed - try the knife next!
Haven't done much stitching though but I have been enjoying Emily Carr's autobiography - I was introduced to her in Canada.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Here we are in Broome - this is the frangipani tree by our room. Not so many flowers out at present but I love the leaves as well. We arrived yesterday and up to now, under Ian's instructions, have been doing very little. Swimming of course as it is hot.
We like staying here at the Bali Hai, and have been coming here for quite some time. We have our own outside area where we can eat, read etc and enjoy it. You will see the bedside lamp which, it would seem, was purchased for us and only we have used it. I do believe it is on our file! Can't read at night without it.....
The BBQ where we cooked our steak last night and will cook our threadfin salmon tonight. We went into town and bought some wine glasses because the ones here are not that good and if you like good wine you should have decent (not expensive though) glasses.
And our entree - very fresh local prawns and a Chardonnay
Life is good
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Then we had a curry and stuff with Kazuko and Bruce
Thanks for all the emails about Harley and my abscess - it doesn't hurt but the tooth has to come out and i had avoided it becasue the dentist will talk about implants and stuff and I reckon I will live with a gap at the back...
I will post while I am away - be out looking for some different picies of Broome
Friday, August 24, 2012
We have had another busy week getting through some of our tasks - I had to go to the dentist and pretend that the abcess on my gums had only been there a wee while when in fact it has been there for 2 months. Have to go back and have things sorted. Not keen on dentisit visits.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
We also watched the first of the Bledisloe Cup games yesterday and happy that the ABs won but it was a bit of a dour game with both sides playing cautiously - be interesting to see what happens next weekend.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The week has continued busy - not sure what we do but Kazuko and Bruce came back last night after a lovely long holiday in Japan.
For all the lovely people in South Australia who are always asking - we have taken a stand at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival 28th Sept to 1st October so we hope to see lots of you there. We will have lots of our lovely goodies of course but we can't bring everything so if you have special desires, let me know.
All sorts of excitements have been arriving this week - the lynne Perella stamps from Paper Artsy http://www.thethreadstudio.com/catalogue/exp/paperartsy/lynne.htm
42 new stencils from The Crafters Workshop
and the first of our cotton sateen and hand dyed cotton thread in our Collection range - so far Rae has done Earth Elements and Illuminations
I am really taken with the threads.
That is enough for tonight - back to play with my gauze
Sunday, August 12, 2012
At the top is our bbq last night - it was a beautiful night and quite balmy. Today is wet and bleak. But I am sure there will be more of the former than the latter!
I have to laugh when I read what some people write about how much they do in a day. I think I cover a reasonable amount of stuff but I don't think I get that carried away. In fact I can be quite lazy. I cannot read at night becasue someone has pinched my light - looks like a trip to Ikea is in order for lightbulbs....
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
This the very large van we hired on Tuesday and filled on Tuesday and Wed.
The first commercial show we did was at Rosehill - Stitches and Craft and I shared a stand with Sue from Sanshi - had no idea what to expect but very excited with the response. It seemed that if I needed stuff then so did many many others. So we have done lots of shows and forums and I have demonstrated stuff forever. I was definitely the first person to introduce loads of this stuff to the good people of Australia and New Zealand (remember Embroidery 2000?)
We have really enjoyed the rowing - fabulous three gold medals to NZ - we recorded it all and watched it when we got home with matchsticks to hold our eyes open and fast forwarding through. Then on Sat we watched the Chiefs win the Super Rugby - knew they would and hope you had plenty of faith Ali!
So we had a wonderful three days or the show and eventually will allow ourselves a day off!