Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Christmas Eve was quite hectic with our tradtional family celebration. This year the celebration was at our house with my children and their partners, my brothers' and their families along with my Dad and brand new great nephew. This is always such a great night family night with games, laughs and everyone contributing to a wonderful buffet meal ... of course there's always too much food!
I hope everyone has a great time this holiday season.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Several days in French Polynesia was a feast for the senses - vibrant colours, intense light and peace and quiet.
Onwards into the second half of the trip and we were headed towards the Samoa's - American and Western. More snorkelling and more forays into the countryside and views of totally different cultures left us feeling in awe.
Fiji next stop! Firstly Savu Savu. Time well spent wandering through town produced some wonderful printed cottons of quilting quality. What can a girl do, but buy, buy, buy. Speaking of buying, pearls are right up there. All throughout French Polynesia, Cook Is and now Fiji, black pearls are readily available at unbelievably cheap prices. Needless to say, I'v added to the jewelary collection.
Next port - Suva. We were lucky to be in Suva as the Police and Army were to have their first combined passing out parade. A police officer on the dock directed us to the parade ground. Everywhere we've been we've been lucky to find very helpful locals who've made out time in port memorable. So despite the rain, we managed to get some photos of this history making event.
We hired a car here as we'd arranged to take some gifts to an orphanage in Nasauri. The instructions we'd been given to get to the orphange were excellant and we quickly found ourselves being treated to morning tea with the Deaconess.
After leaving the orphanage we travelled south of Suva in the hope of catching the firewalking display at Pacific Harbour, unfortunately on the day we were in Suva, there was only one display and it had been in the morning - RATS!! Nevermind, Pacific Harbour was worth the visit if only for the wonderful curry at lunch.
What turned out to be our last port, Nadi, was next. This was another shopping stop for us - time to pick up our final gifts for those back home. We avoided the taxis and used the local transport (converted Tarago vans)
Dravuni Is unfortunately was aborted due to impending bad weather on the way home (which never eventuated) which would have meant arriving back in Sydney up to 7 hours late.
All too soon we were entering Sydney Harbour in the pre-dawn cool. Once again it was back to jackets and winter clothes and the warm and balmy days at sea were a dim memory.
First stop was Noumea. Since it was Sunday, and very little was open, we took the HOP-ON-HOP-OFF bus around town. When we reached the aquarium, we couldn't resist a visit.The corals and fish displays were superb, and the time went quickly.
Continuing the ride we ended up back in the centre of town and close to the our ship (Pacific Dawn) in time for a late lunch. There was just enough time after lunch to finish the bus route, before sailing on towards Tonga.
A couple of days at sea, saw us land at Nuakolofa (never can get that spelling). We'd prebooked a tour of the island that would include some snorkelling, blowholes, historic sites and some general sightseeing.
Monday, May 4, 2009
To date my wardrobe consists of a twinset and a pair of capris. I do have another pair of capris cut and a stack of fabric in the "to do" pile.
Wish me luck, as nothing in the stores fits, there's no choice, but to sew!sew!sew!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Decisions, decisions, what to sew? I could start planning the cruise wardrobe (though I would like to drop a few kilos first), or I could continue with the charity quilts (that means crawling around on the floor pinning - don't think my knees will hold up to that today), or I could just start my winter sewing (I'll still need warm clothing as we'll be back from hols when the r-e-a-l cold weather hits).
Actually, I must pack my bag for the draping workshop this Saturday.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
It didn't seem like I got much done in the way of sewing this week, but when I did the tallies I surprised myself ... finished another 2 blouses.
The next thing is to get a couple more lap quilts done, then I can get in and tidy my unruly sewing area (and to think I used to pester my kids at the mess they made.)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Rather than try and update (and let's face it, I probably can't remember everything that's happened), I'll just start the new year with a new start.
Sewing goals this year are pretty straight forward
1. To sew from stash (who isn't disappearing from the ever expanding stash ... I envy those who aren't!
2. To finish everything that gets started (I'm not too bad with this, but there are a couple of long standing UFO's that didn't quite get past the pattern stage ...gulp!)
3. Keep a record of everything sewn, especially here!
Revving up the sewing this year I've entered the Stash Contest at Patternreview http://sewing.patternreview.com/ and have even managed to get 3 items done, soooo, in keeping with my 2009 goals they are from stash, completed and here...