Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Spring Smiles

We have all been waiting with baited breath for Spring to finally arrive and today the sun is shining so there is lots to smile about. I have a huge but somewhat cynical smile right now following my visit to the allergy specialist this afternoon! The latest is that I might be allergic to exercise - Ha Ha - I already knew that!! I've had to keep a diary and have had four further allergy events in the past six months all brought on after walking (which I never noticed)  and possibly related to wheat.....the scientific term I am told is Omega-5 gliadin........I've never heard of it but I'll let them continue their testing and keep my cynical smile 😝 Be nice if that was the cause of the angina too but sadly I've been told otherwise. But there is lots in the garden to smile about......

 Fresh dill, coriander and parsley sprinkled over dinner is just the best......

 My late Mum's irises are still blooming and she's been gone nine years this year........
 I think we might even get some lemons and limes from our patio trees too.......
 Emily gave me these roses when we arrived home from New Zealand and 11 days on they are still blooming.........
Of course these little people always bring on the most enormous of smiles especially this first one of young Beau ready for his first school disco.......
 Now that Beau is at school Maisie gets to ride his motorbike when we are looking after her and that smile says it all........ 
There are always huge smiles when I get together with Rosie and Janie as we do more laughing than sewing, but on Monday we managed to make some more rope bowls, this time stitched on the machine and all for a very worthy cause too - the Adelaide Mbale Children's Health Foundation........

 We also shared some enormous smiles on Monday evening (along with a few tears as well) for a very special event  - an Australian Citizenship ceremony for our dear friends Simon and Kay from the UK. I chuckled when we arrived as I found this in the ladies loo and thought how funny......'an English Garden'.........

 As we waited I could sense Kay's trepidation. Their three boys still live in the UK as are all their friends and work colleagues.......
 The look on Kay's face as they were about to read their pledges kind of said it all but then there were smiles.......
We had a wonderful evening of drinks and nibbles to celebrate this wonderful occasion and even the daffodils in the late evening were smiling for us as we left.........
 I've certainly got lots to smile about as I will be sitting stitching and chatting at the Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair for the next four days. Today when we hung quilts I was impressed at the number of stunning quilts on display so if you live nearby do visit. So I hope wherever you are that you have something to smile about too x

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Thankyou and Kia Ora

As we wait for our flights I can send all our thankyou's - firstly to Expertise Events for flying us over so that we could enjoy our days at the Craft and Quilt Fairs. We had the best time and enjoyed it all. Thankyou to so many who came to say hello - previous students and friends and some who are coming to Symposium in just a few weeks. As I reflect on my 30 plus years of quilting I never ever forget how lucky I have been to see and do what I have.....and often being able to take my best friend Larry with me as well. We love New Zealand and next time we return together it will be for a long holiday. (We've had so many wonderful offers of accommodation!!) You do the best cheese scones anywhere and of course we will let you be the original creators of the Pavlova...........
 but we still might claim the Lamington!........(sorry to those of you in the rest of the world..it has been an ongoing discussion for the origins of these delights!!)
 It was special to meet you Diane and I am so glad you have had so much pleasure from making this quilt.............

 So farewell New Zealand.....you definitely are the inventors of the flat white! See you again soon x

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Hugs in Hamilton

I've given and received an awful lot of hugs today (that is something I love to do!, but more of that soon! This is the view from our hotel room looking out over the Waikato river and in the distance across the bridge there is a glimpse of the red roof of the Claudelands Centre where the quilt fair is being held........

 And some random views from one of our many ambles along the Main Street.......








 This time we have a different space but all the quilts are hung with those pretend Morris curtains again....


 This is a much larger show than Wellington and there are so many quilts on display......do come and visit if you can! There is a group called Quiltzamore with many quilts on display destined for charity, and the Waikato Patchworkers are a talented bunch as well..........




 What a great idea..each quilter has written his or her own information label that is pinned beside the quilt.............



 and some more designs from yours truly beautiful made by Betty..........


 and there are several international quilts on display from Fabco, a New Zealand fabric distributor.........

 There is an amazing array of colourful fibre pieces from the Waikato Creative Fibre group and I especially loved this crocheted rug.........

 Their challenge was fire and ice and all pieces will be donated to needy people after the show........



 I would love to take this home for Miss Maisie!........
 But instead we will be taking home these gifts from Alison and Malcom! We have spent time together when they were in Adelaide and still correspond from time to time by email. Alison has knitted a dear little top for the new grand baby due in January, some New Zealand chocolate for Larry (honey and pear - yum!) and a gorgeous Morris fabric lavender cushion stack for me. Thankyou Alison for your kindness and of course the hugs! And thanks to everyone else who I have met on our previous visits to New Zealand.......a hug is always special and speaks a thousand words. Hugs to you for visiting the blog too! x