Monday, September 26, 2016

I'm late....I'm late.....

no, not for an important date ....just to post and catch up with what's been happening at Chez Loz and beyond....

the first week in September saw Michelle arrive from Hobart so a road trip was in order as she had expressed an interest in going to the patchwork shops in Port Lincoln....so I took a few days off work and we set off at the crack of dawn (literally) for the seven hour drive .......one of us slept a little of the way.....one of us didn't :)



My sister lives in Tumby Bay a little before Port Lincoln and it's never a bad place to visit and catch up with my big sister......

Rose came with us and is a great traveller.....she DID sleep most of the way, only surfacing to see where we were when I stopped for fuel then settling back again to snooze. She was happy to get out and stretch her legs once we got to the beach......



When we weren't out sight seeing we set ourselves up in Marilyn's sewing room and only came out for meals - which were cooked for us by M's hubby.  spoilt!!

Lots of beach walks - mostly at dawn and sunset - were the order of the week and the cold windy weather of the first couple of days was followed by calm, millpond sea for the last couple.

lots of cormorants flying about but most sitting on their favourite rock......



I never tire of the rock formations at the beach on the "island" a huge contrast to the long sandy "town" beach......










Sunrise and sunset were both spectacular and one morning I encountered a thick fog....(at the beach of course, not in my head!)





A day trip to Port Lincoln and a visit to the Patchwork Pear and Ruby and Kate was fun.....I didn't take many photos...too busy looking!

Encountered this fine looking fox at the Patchwork Pear - Francie the Fox by Angel Lea Designs     


 ...and a couple of pics from Ruby and Kate.....



 All too soon it was time to head home.....we arrived mid afternoon to find the blossoms had burst on the ornamental pear trees and they were literally buzzing with busy bees......


 Did a bit of touristy stuff in the area before it was time to get Michelle back to the airport to go home..there may have been some re-arranging of the suitcase to fit some of Maggie's goodies in......




...I will leave you with a pic of one of my vintage quilts with the Featherweight which I took away with me.....perfect little travel buddy!!
 


So here we are with September almost over....next event I am preparing for is a family one with Mark and Terri tying the knot in a couple of weeks....looking forward to having a houseful of family and friends and lots fun!  Lenny is having a sleep over here with Granny.....can't wait!!!

'til next time..............Lorraine


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Flying away.....

A couple of weeks ago I engineered a little break from work and flew to Victoria to meet up with friends and have a little retail therapy in a couple of quilt shops.......well, someone has to do it!  It was an early start with a 6am flight.....dark on the ground.....



 ...but a flying into a beautiful sunrise once we got into the air......


First stop was Cutting Cloth at Fairfield....I met Alison (aka Cardygirl) and her hubby there and the fun began.....too busy taking in the fabulous array of fabrics to take many photos..it was hard to focus!  The next stop (after lunch!) was Amitie where we whiled away the rest of the afternoon as we were fortunate to catch Jen Kingwell in the house!  A great afternoon!

Cardy doing a spot of shopping......


Stitching friends are amazing and we stayed with Sue and her family....the evening was spent with more friends who came to dinner and stayed for some stitching afterwards..

The next morning we left Melbourne and drove to the Mornington Peninsula...to visit Emma at Treehouse Textiles and stay with Cathy her hubby and Millie the Groodle.....stopping on the way for a very quick photo at Frankston...it was freezing!  


A quick stop at Treehouse before heading to Cathy's further down the Peninsula....to whet our appetite for the next day when we planned to spend most of the day at the shop!




Lunch at The Rocks.....best fish and chips I have ever eaten....and not a bad view either!


The bathing boxes are dotted along the beaches and we stopped off to see a few on the way......one was for sale, but I don't think it would be big enough to have a sewing room!




I thought this was an interesting contrast with the mansion on the road above the beach huts.....

Alison and Chris.....rugged up against the cold.....


We were welcomed with open arms by Cathy.....and Alison was loving the stash in Cathy's studio......

 The wood fire was very much appreciated...and here is Millie with the best seat in the house!...

A little later with some stitching and a glass of bubbly by the fire.....bliss!


I was up early the next morning to catch a beautiful sunrise.......




 we spent a fabulous day at Emma's shop....stitching, chatting and maybe even buying a few bits and pieces.....

On the way home we drove up to Arthur's Seat ......stopping half way up for a photo op....


Photo credit to a passing tourist.....


A new chair lift is under construction at the top...with my fear of heights I probably won't be holding my breath to go on it when it's finished.......


All too soon it was time to say goodbye to the Mornington Peninsula (and Millie!)  with Alison and Chris driving up to stay with their daughter for a couple of nights on their way home, and me catching a plan back to Adelaide for work.....

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..but before catching that plane I caught up with Gail and together we visited the National Gallery to see Making the Australian Quilt 1800 - 1950.....well worth seeing.....make the effort if you in Melbourne in the next couple of months!


It's a large display and these are just a few of the offerings......Auntie Green's quilt C1860....



A hexagon quilt (unknown maker) c1830's.....utilsing/reusing papers .....interesting reading!




Dressing gowns....with a nursery rhyme quilt as the backdrop,,,,


Next stop was the airport and the flight home......

Back in the Barossa to pick Rose up from the kennels.......


....and to see the garden had sprung to life a little bit more while I was away......

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...... gorgeous green moss/lichen which will no doubt dry off during summer, but for now it's beautiful......

 the wattle is almost in full bloom.....I do love wattle!!



 

....and a couple of parcels to open which had arrived while I was away......

A Liberty pincushion from Ava & Neve ..... love this!!


...and a lovely gift from Jan who sent a gift for Lenny and a cute magnet pin bowl for me....the gift has gone to Mark and Terri so I still don't know what was in it!  I will post a pic when I have one!  Thanks Jan......a lovely thought!



Most evenings last week I was in bed super early to catch up on lost sleep from the trip, but I did manage a finish from one of the patterns I bought .....a super cute turtle - I can see more of these in my future!....


I think that's about it!  a flying visit where we packed as much fun as we could possibly manage - time spent with good friends is never really long enough, but it's always wonderful to see them!  

'til next time....................Lorraine