Sunday, 25 June 2017

Stitching soothes the Soul

We've only been home for six days but it sure feels like much longer! Larry worked out that we drove almost 7,000kms (4,350 miles) in just over a month including our trip to Victoria a week before we headed for Queensland. So we are now glad to be home reflecting on the wonderful journey that we had and everyone we met. It is actually quite hard to comprehend that we traveled so far and Helen said to me in an email that if she traveled that far she would fall off the end of the UK.......and this map kind of says it all - we must have driven the length of the UK twice and then back!!......

And for friends in the US I guess it was like driving from Fort Worth to Washington and back.....
 But we did come home to some devastating news on Monday night where we learnt that Larry's younger cousin was in intensive care following a brain haemorrhage or so they suspected. Helen has a very responsible job as the Managing Director of the freight train services between Adelaide and Darwin so she is consequently on call 24/7. But she does take breaks and travels often - at least one big trip a year and they think that it may have been following a recent trip that an embolus travelled to the brain sustaining this injury. We have been pleased to see positive signs and in the short time that we have been to visit she is now trying to talk and move the side that has been affected.......so we all pray that she continues to improve with each day. So I threw myself straight into stitching as I find that is one of the best forms of therapy....and as they say 'Stitching soothes the soul"......well for some of us I guess! I did lots of cutting on the road and now thirteen blocks are all ironed and ready to be appliqu├ęd.......
 And dare I say it??!! Yes I think there will be a third William Morris quilt book so lots more sewing over the next 12 months!.........
 I am even trying to do more pieced quilts this time - not my favourite thing to do!!........



 So while I was busy cutting I started Miss Maisie's quilt for her third birthday that is soon. I've been searching for Shopkins fabrics as Maisie is quite obsessed with it all! The fabrics finally arrived in a local store so some quick cutting and piecing and the quilt is already on its way to dear Jude to work her edge to edge quilting magic..........


 So while the machine was still warm I whipped up a bag ready for the quilt and a wee quilt for the doll I made Maisie as well...............
 Of course one of the best things about coming home is catching up with family so the first evening we were home some of the family joined us for a belated birthday dinner for Larry (Brett was studying for Uni exams and Sophie teaching dance so just Emily and the little ones). Bath time is always a special time with naked mischief running around the house but a story soon stopped that.......(unfortunately Emily's phone camera lens was dirty....or so she says....I was sure it was Larry drooling in this shot!!).......
 It is so nice to see photos when we are away and these are some that Emily shared while we were gone.....and how nice that they can still blow a dandelion to see what time it is in fairyland...love it!........

 Yesterday we had another catch up with them and Sophie and Tim as well........
 We have finally had a little rain today despite being very chilly but it looks like we are in for a very dry winter. But chilly nights means baking Larry's favourite mince and sweetcorn pie....with some healthy veggies on the side (!!)......so time to indulge in that right now......

So once again thanks for dropping by......I will leave you with this exciting link to investigate........(And No it is not really teaching because that ceases for me this October....this is just a great time to relax and share in a lot of stitching to soothe all our souls!........Quilt Norfolk and also HERE!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Fog & Sweeping Plains

Every time I post I wonder what on earth the post title should be...so tonight it is from Larry and considering he took a lot of photos this morning maybe he should be writing it too! Our day started with pea soup fog and visibility was low but we had an orange car to follow for quite some time............

 and the foggy sign says only 860kms to home..........
 It was a very chilly 5C outside...........
 and then suddenly we could see the road ahead on our way across the infamous Hay Plain.......
 But there were lots of trees before we finally hit the plains.......
 and cotton fields that had recently been harvested. An optical illusion was captured by Larry where the red field was in fact made up of farrows...........

 we met a few more wide loads.....we had to stop for this one (and later a near miss of an emu standing in the middle of the road).........

 Cotton in bails..........
 While Larry was happily snapping away I wondered what he was capturing seeing as there is not much to see! But it was apparently the different colours of the road! Yes it is a tad boring out on the Hay plain!.........


 And then "I've captured the highest point" he exclaimed!!.........
 As we reached the town of Hay we noticed some vineyards that we haven't seen before........we didn't think there would be enough water out there for that.....

 and there in the middle of town was some cotton on its way.........

 We found a delightful cafe open for our morning coffee (most were closed being a Sunday). This is a new venture run by a mother and daughter - Cotton Wool Crema.......a most appropriate name and the coffee was divine........




 I found some more lovely historic buildings in Hay........





 And some delightful flowers in the street planters but this time of a textile genus (!).........





 From time to time a plane would fly low overhead.......
 and more of that wide sweeping plain.........


 Larry reminded me that we've traveled through four states in 13 days and tonight we are in Mildura, Victoria.......
 After we unpacked the car we decided a walk was in order but this time I used the phone for photos........


  It was great to see all the recent development at the new Mildura wharf alongside the Murray River.........

 There is a lovely new mosaic installation that reflects the people and surroundings of Mildura. It was completed by Badger Bates who was born in Wilcannia, a town we visited almost 2 weeks ago.......













 Just as we headed back to the car we noticed a hot air balloon on its descent so a perfect way to finish the day............
 Tomorrow we only have 420kms to go before we reach home. So we will bid you farewell and hope wherever you are that life is as good for you as it is for us x