Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back from Melbourne.

We had an interesting going trip, two long drives and are home, the washing is being done, some shopping done and the cat is home, and I ache. I had to lovely days doing Ro Bruhns classes at art is you, nothing finished of course, only two of us in the first one which was her yo yo necklace class, beads, buttons and metal work. The other lass was Sally from Queensland and she and I and 3 others also did an altered book class, lots of fun making stamps from sticky backed foam and splashing paint around. I am looking forward to playing more with this when I have time.We also managed to see the absolutely magnificent Italian masterpieces from the Prado in Spain so glad we managed to get to the art gallery early and had almost no crowds. I bought the book, such wonderful faces. Off to hang out the next load of washing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An early touch of spring

I dont think there is much left of this poor flowering plum, nearly killed by the wisteria and the clematis but a branch is bravely flowering and I had to take a photo before we leave. Melbourne tomorrow for a week. house sitter organised, cat in the cattery, packing almost done. All sounds great but I am having a bout of aches which doesnt help. Not sure how much blogging I will get done while we are away but it will be lovely to see the family again and to do my classes at the Melbourne Art Event. As usual it will be a mad rush but hope to see the Italian masters at the Art gallery too. Have a great few days.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Last stitch, I have done 12 months

I have decided to stop stitching daily for a while. I may start again in the New Year but I have done 12 months and I feel that I need a small break, with spring just around the corner there will be much more to do outside. As you can see I cooked lunch for 10 people on Monday, we walked in the botanic Gardens on tuesday and then went out for dinner that night and had some unsettling news about a grand daughter, On Wednesday we had a huge day, flew home, had hair cuts and heard good news about our grand daughter. Thursday I shopped and washed. Friday I didnt do much I think everything had caught up with me. Saturday we went to look at paintings and had a walk and on Sunday we walked, the almond trees have been out and all look quite spectacular, it rained and that was the end of my 12 months. I will miss it but at times I felt I needed a break to be a bit fresher about the qhole thing. I still need to sew on the last few dates and put the last couple of bits onto my roll, then perhaps I will show some finished photos.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Goolwa to beach walking

I am being very slow getting things done, trying to get everything together to go away so quickly has been rather fraught. Any way we are home and yesterday we went over to Goolwa to look at a couple of art exhibitions for SALA (SA living artists)and this year the two we saw were particularly good, sometimes they are a little ho hum. This morning we went in for a rather difficult walk along the beach, everything has been re arranged and there were great lumps of seaweed but it was so nice to get back and see it all. A pretty gloomy slightly damp day and cold. After Queensland we are both feeling the cold.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Last night in Queensland

We are now home, after a long and quite traumatic day with worries over a grand child clouding the day as well. All is fine there but it all left us feeling totally exhausted. we went out for dinner on our last night and the moon was coming up over the high rises and clouds when we sat at our table. You may have to double click to see the one of the high rises. I spent yesterday washing and getting stuff away, all the usual things after a couple of weeks away. today I hope to clean out a cupboard that ants had got into, trouble is it is in a high cupboard and I need some help and John is too busy trying to sort out all the bills etc that have accumulated while we were away. really just to say we are home and my blogs may be a bit short on and then we are heading for Melbourne I hope next Wednesday to do 2 classes with Ro Bruhn which I am looking forward to.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A bit of stitch and Gold Coast birds.

I ha en done a small amount of stitching but yesterday was full on. We had 10 in for lunch, which has I cooked and then exhaustion set in. Today is our last day and after making sure J had enough food to last her for a week after we leave, we hope by then she can drive, John and I walked in the Botanical Gardens again as there is a strong wind blowing and I think we would have been sand Blasted! I love the photos of the coots and the duck in the water, the swirls were really I threshing. I took the photo of the big water hens as reference for later sketches. What really intrigued us were a group of mothers all jogging and skipping and generally exercising with pushers in various parts of the park, the photo across the lake was of them. Double click to enlarge. We will be home very late tomorrow as we have hair cuts and then a long trip home so no bog. P if you are reading this no contact until THURSDAY!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A week in stitch.

A week of friends on the Gold Coast, walking, lunches, a ride on the new tram, walks on the beach, more friends and the wonderful trip down to the Margaret Olley exhibition. It has been a great week.The photo from the balcony, I was trying to get a high rise but I don't think it came out terribly well.Today I cooked a must Rd crusted lump of beef and cauliflower cheese and made a salad for 10. Exhausting.