Monday, September 12, 2016

ROADTRIP to Nundle NSW - JULY 2016

Sometimes, you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company.... and this is what I did leaving my home at 4.30 am for a solo 5 hour road trip. Heading out into Country NSW for a girls weekend away in Nundle, for a retreat with Kerry at Cottage on the Hill. This was my first time attending a retreat at Kerry's besides the Girls Day in the Country Events I have attended.

Knowing that I could leave extra early and stop for a little girly fix up (read beauty indulgence) in Quirindi at The Beauty room by Kate. I was well and truly spoilt after arriving at 9.30am and leaving about 12.30. Kate had seen I was waxed, plucked and massaged oh and I even had a fantastic lash lift - yep spoilt.

I kind of invited myself along after hearing Chooky talk about it. Thanks Chooky for letting me come and crash the weekend with you and your friends.

Kerry really has a great plan and makes the weekend so relaxed. After checking into the caravan park, it was up to the cottage to select the quilt design and fabrics.... tada after some deliberation.

it got so cold it was extra frosty in the mornings, such is the little crystals of bliss.

Then it was sewing, eating, sewing, chatting, sewing, eating, chatting repeat repeat repeat... for 2 whole days.

The girls and their progress... amazing how similar but how different we all ended up.

The above is the original Kerry Quilt that I chose to work on...and quilt top complete... on my return home.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Little Quilting

Finishing last years quilt top from my Stitch-A-Long, I'd thought I'd try and inspire those like me that are almost there. I'm on the last 2 borders, I'm loving the dimples I'm creating in my hand quilting. I'm working a little every night. 

My poor Lucy Boston is very jealous.

Back to quilting.....

Monday, June 06, 2016

Happy Birthday to my Friend ChookyBlue's Chookshed

It's attended a virtual Birthday party this weekend, so wish I was actually celebrating with Chooky and the girls. But alas I'm like the other cyber attendees, stitching and celebrating at home from afar.

The weather is perfect for a stitch in though here in Sydney wild and wet.

Friday night saw me stitching pairs together for my next Lucy Boston Block, whilst drinking red wine with a bit of a cheeseboard for dinner with hubby watching a movie, the wind crashing and the rain pouring down.

Saturday, home alone and I decided the weather was telling me to lay in and read so I finished off a great book. Before slinking out of bed to the couch and Lucy, and another block in process, home alone for the best part of the day/evening one block quickly turned into another with the help of some ginger spiced Mojito, it was a pizza delivery dinner on hubby's way home from work. Oops Lucy took over.

Sunday and that weather was really crazy.... The images on Facebook were frightening and I decided that some chores needed doing, so a quick bathroom clean and a whip around with the vacuum and I settled in for a bit of stitching on Lucy feeling happy, and less guilty that I was truly having a me weekend, thinking of the chatting and fun going on at the chookshed.
Today I was joined by a few family members, we chilled out with episodes of wolf creek and I got my stitches on....completing 3 blocks over the weekend.  ***EDITED that's 4 blocks - just found one under my quilt tiding up - thought I'd done more 

This Last block being the challenge block, that I cut and prepared from my time spent in the chookshed from this post.
This Morning I was up early and went out whilst the weather cleared to share with you some of my walk that was blocked by the weekends crazy King Tide and rain.

And here is my Lucy blocks completed so far, she really is growing thanks to Chooky for the inspiration and Sandy of Shirallee stitches for my Blocks of the Month.

My First joining block

Friday, May 20, 2016

10 DAYS @ Sea on board P&O Aria

Such an amazing time was had by us all.... a family holiday really is special when it includes 3 generations. The P & O Aria was just the perfect size, the Melanesian Islands were the perfect location.

I have over 500 photos... so I am going to try and share just the special ones from each of the days we had at sea. OK so it may be more than one per day.

Day 1

It was the hugest of weekends for us and to arrive home from 2 full days of markets to be up and ready to leave by 11am was a huge task, but we did it and celebrated on board with a drink to prove we did it.

Sailing off into the ocean with sun setting, it really was all about turning off and relaxing and as exhausted as we were boarding the ship, all those worries just seemed to float away. It was helped with a few drinks and listening to live music, in the Blue Lounge with some Jazz to the Mix Bar and Pianist Anthony Quimby.
I promised the two younger boys that I would see them at sunrise, my first cruise I did the first night all night till sunrise... so this was my plan. Alas once they disappeared little did we all know it was too bed for them before midnight but I did make it till 1am, but set my alarm after reading the daily news for the sunrise at 6.... hehe the boys were up at 4.30 awaiting me.... I made it in time and it was beautiful, I think I saw every sunrise except one on this trip... it really is the best part of the day.

Day 2

Essentials, sunrise, coffee, bingo, comfy spot to sit and watch the world sail by. Followed by Dinner at Angelo's. Followed by cocktails and live music, can you see the pattern forming.

Day 3

Such a hard life, coffee, bingo, watching the world just float by, soaking in the sun, even fitted in a touch of stitching today. Dinner at the Waterfront, followed by yes, more cocktails and live music.Oh and the cruise signature towel art... tonight's turn down featured the elephant.

 Day 4

Today saw us with our first port stop in Noumea. It is described as a touch of France in the South Pacific, and that's exactly it. After disembarking together all 10 of us and having the obligatory group photo port side. We then began the follow the leader walk through to the local markets what a laugh... it was a very long winded walk, passing by some pretty unusual sights , but we got there in the end. After the markets, it was decided that the Smith's, Joe, Bianca and Dylan should do the bus or the yellow chou chou train around the island taking in the sights, the rest of us had already done this on our last visits. We parted ways leaving Mum, Dad, Brian and Myself to browse the shops, on the hunt for a little Parisian cafe/pastry. Alas it seems we took one turn to soon and missed it but we did find a fabric shop instead. 

Of all the things Brian and Dad found it hilarious... No I didn't buy fabric but some beautiful vintage looking buttons did happen into my purchases along with a couple of dresses, that once back on ship we realised were actually made in Italy. Mum and Dad, then went back on board the ship. Brian and I sat under a tree pondering the afternoon, before deciding a hop on hop bus at $15 each was going to show us a part of the island we hadn't seen last trip. We chose to hop off at the Baie De Citron/ Lemon Bay, a perfectly sheltered bay of white sand and calm water just the thing to cool us off. Before getting back on the bus wet like most of the other tourists.

The Afternoon was spent in what was to become my favourite afternoon location... the Blue Lounge, think quiet, dark, secluded, plenty of coffee... a good book and you could find Bianca and I here having our afternoon Coffee (yes with Alcohol) our Book, some stitching and I think we may have even converted into a nail salon one afternoon.

Ending the big day off ship with afternoon cheeseboard and champagne, and a cocktail or two before dinner with the family  at the Dragon Lady tonight.

  Day 5

Mystery Island today, small uninhabited island. No roads, no shops, and no stress....enough said I think. 
Of course the only place to have a Tequila Sunrise on the Beach, after some snorkelling.

 Ending the day with a White Party.... life really was blissful.

 Day 6

Villa an action packed day, began with the Ocean Walk for the four of us, followed by the boys heading off on an extreme sports afternoon, whilst Bianca and I chilled in the sun, reading, drinking, relaxing, you get the idea.... ending the night with another show... spectacular.

Day 7

Isle of Lifou in New Caledonia. just stunning, limestone caves, white beaches, coral reefs filled with marine life. We toured the Vanilla House, such a long process for the one bean... I now understand the justified prices. 

 An island steeped in history and traditions.
This was my view, after an attempt at a swim but the sea snakes scared me out of the water... whilst Brian and the younger adults, climbed a mountain, rode bicycles and jumped off cliffs into hidden caves, back on board the ship and a  late lunch, prawns and a beer, don't mind if I do...followed by a little on board Pandora shopping, Dinner at Angelo's and tonight's towel animal - the rabbit.

Day 8

Early morning deck walks enjoying another sunrise. Table of 10 for Breakfast...this was an effort most mornings.

Hair braiding filling in time whilst we wait for the charter to Isle of  Pines, whitest of white sand. We lost Brian to the snorkelling bug here, it just was so pretty.

 Our big dinner at Luke Mangan"s Salt Grill, just an amazing meal that we all really enjoyed.

 Followed by another amazing live show.

Day 9 

Its sad when a day at sea means we are headed home... and the weather started to change today's sunrise was a little sombre. A day of rest and relaxing. Gatsby Party tonight, Dinner and a Show. Our last Towel Creation the dapper Penguin.

Day 10

Headed Home, a day of cocktails... 

Watching the sunrise on Day 11... sailing into our amazing harbour...

Dream Big
Travel Often.
Be Rebellious.
Fall in Love.
Speak the Truth.
Spend all your money.
Work HARD.
Stay Weird.