Sunday, October 12, 2014

Life's a beach......

....and I don't live anywhere near one.......so I always enjoy a getaway that involves one.......
As mentioned previously, this little jaunt was to visit Leanne who lives in a lovely part of the world a couple of hours from me........

Rose came along and spent some time bonding with Bella..... who pretty much ignored Rose with dignified disdain...she is quite the lady! I certainly enjoyed having Rose along, and she had a ball.......here are a few pics of her on hols....


The wind plays havoc with a girl's hair!.......


Yikes....a seagull......

You are kidding me.......I can't go play with it???????


Leanne shared some of her favourite walks with us, and I am looking forward to visiting again one day to explore some more of this beautiful spot!  I will leave you with a few more pics.....oh yes.....someone found the bag of food I had left out  and thought she would help herself......


This morning we walked over the causeway from Victor Harbor to Granite Island.......a couple of the rock formations on the island....



more from the walk around Granite Island.....the colours of the rocks, the grass and the sea are such a great combination......




We finished our walk around the island as the horse drawn tram was coming across....


Looking back towards Victor Harbor.....



There is a team of horses and they take turns to pull the tram over to the island - they have a great shady spot on the foreshore where they are fed and groomed and get to rest between "shifts"........


So all too soon it was time to head home.....The next day a guest arrived at my house - time for me to play host and show someone my part of the world. 

More on that next time.......Lorraine

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

More gallivanting......

[gallivant] ˈɡalɪvant,ˌɡalɪˈvant/
verb
informal
verb: gallivant; 3rd person present: gallivants; past tense: gallivanted; past participle: gallivanted; gerund or present participle: gallivanting -
go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.
synonyms: gad, flit, jaunt, run, roam, wanter, travel, range, rove, ramble, traipse, stray
 
Yes, it's true - I have been away again, just for a few days with Rose.........to visit Leanne - and it was great to catch up after what seems like forever!  No stitching was done, but Leanne took me on a couple of her favourite walks (still more to explore next time!) and it was a very relaxing time - Rose loved exploring new territory - so many wonderful smells and distractions!
 
Before I went to Leanne's I spent most of the long weekend cleaning house.....it was time for some of the chores I had been putting off...and it was very satisfying to come home this afternoon knowing it was all done. I won't bore you with the details of the cleaning...you know how it goes.....I have been enjoying a little break for a week - work is set to be pretty busy for the next few months, so a few days off is lovely! 
 
the weekend wasn't all work and no play (because that would make it really boring...) 
Friday night Mark and Terri were here getting ready for presentation night at the footy club.....quite the dashing couple in their black and white outfits...well, I think so anyway :) 
 

Saturday was a stitching day with the girls which started with some of this......followed by an amazing lunch.......


After lunch it was time to get down to the serious business of the day......more drinks.....just kidding......you know I don't drink .......

Amanda is working on this cross stitch - black on black....something that needs to be worked on by day I am thinking.....
 

Cheryl is busy sewing shirts.....


Hmmm....Joyce was busy.....drinking tea.....after not finding the time to prep any stitching to bring.....

...and I was working on Leanne's stitchery from Stitch in Spring......again.....


So I managed to avoid housework on Friday by spending the time at the hairdresser, shopping (for food) and thinking about what needed to be done....I get so easily distracted! The weeds in the garden were threatening to invade the house, so I spent some time pulling them out and filling the green waste bin - very satisfying, but alas, the house still wasn't clean!  My sewing room was a mess, and was strangling the life out of any sewing mojo that wandered in and got lost ......so a good clean / tidy was on the cards ....and it's all ready to be messed up again now!

So leaving a clean house behind me and with a car with a full tank of fuel I headed for the coast........

...to be continued!

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

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stitching day with the girls.......

Last Saturday it was my turn to host the NTFW stitching girls - always a fun time!  It was Shay's birthday the previous week so I made her a cake (of sorts!) the recipe was from the blog of Chef in Training and it is worth having a good look around this blog if you visit - some excellent recipes....

A few of my biscuits were fails - not the fault of the recipe I hasten to add, more the fault of the cook!  The recipe called for the biscuits to be a little under-done....mine were a little TOO under-done and wouldn't hold their shape...it was late on a Friday night after a big week at work to be fair :)

This was the result......and look at Rose waiting at the door for the girls to arrive!


....here is the birthday girl about to light the candles.....with Tara busy with her knitting next to her......I did have a pic of her scoffing  delicately eating one of the biscuits but thought better of posting it.....


Always good to catch up with the girls and see what they are working on....busy hands....

Val.....

 Kay....
 Lorraine.....
 Denise......

and look....no hands!  This was my effort for the day....I finally made a start on Leanne's project from Stitch in Spring....


I didn't get around to take pics of Claire and Shay's projects....bad host! 

Sunday I worked on Gail's project from Stitch in Spring....more pics to come............



'Til next time............Lorraine

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stitch in Spring - Rest day in the Port......

Saturday evening we went for dinner at the Twelve Rocks café - named of course for those other twelve rocks a few kilometres along the coast.....more great food with excellent company and a few of these....


While we were eating I had to dash out to capture this.....


Then it was across the road to the motel and some more stitching before turning in.

Sunday was a rest day before driving home on Monday, so after a great early morning walk and a leisurely breakfast Kris and I headed out to the Twelve Apostles for some sight seeing.....it was still reasonably early and unlike every other time when I have visited it was very quiet.....these boardwalks are usually packed with tourists.....


some pics of "the rocks" and surrounds......I never get tired of these coastal views......I hope you don't either......


 


 

 

A little further along the coast is Loch Ard Gorge....named for a ship that was lost off the coast here....


There were only two survivors from the ship and the beach below is where they found themselves after the ship went down.....
 

After some more time spent being tourists we arrived back at the motel for a spot of stitching in the sun......and some refreshments......
 

...and there we stayed until another very different but still beautiful sunset marked the end of another fun day......


Monday morning and it was time to start the long drive home....we had just one more stop to make though......at London Bridge (although the "bridge" fell down some years ago) as the sun came up.....





We arrived home late that afternoon....time to unpack the car, the suitcase and the shopping bags and get ready for work the next day......

'Til next time.......................Lorraine

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Where was I?

....I have no idea really :)  Not strictly true of course, I do keep a fairly close eye on myself to make sure I am where I am supposed to be ...most of the time!

Last Friday Kris and I set off for Port Campbell to attend Linda's Stitch in Spring with Gail Pan and Leanne Beasley....we got off to an early start (I think even before sparrow's fart) and after a stop around midday for lunch, some fuel for the car and a bit of a wander to stretch the legs we were back on the road for another few hours......mid afternoon we arrived at Elm Grove Patchwork to catch up with Lenora (oh, ok ..and to buy a few things......) ....and quite by accident we ran into Gail who had also decided on a stopover on her way to Port Campbell.....(aint nobody getting that white bag off Gail!!...)


....a little peek at a corner of Lenora's shop ....
 
 
Then it was off on the final leg of the trip...and an early-ish night in preparation for the stitching day on Saturday.......
 
Settling in at the table....everyone attending got a dilly bag along with a bag full of patterns and kits for the day......
 

...and just so I don't forget who I am.....a name badge.......


Kris getting organised while I flitted around taking photos and chatting.....and maybe doing some shopping.....

.....and speaking of shopping.....no prizes for guessing where the shop was located in the venue.......the day was scheduled to start at 10am so Linda suggested we arrive from 9.15 to allow for some shopping/chatting time before then......great idea!!
 

spotted this on the way in.....Gail was in da house!!
 

and here she is in front of the display of some of her work ......


she has been a busy girl.....


Leanne also had a lovely display of some of her work.....the project for the day was the bag at the front......

 
Leanne and Linda helping everyone get down to some stitching......


meanwhile I was thinking about what to stitch.....


How big should the stitch be Leanne???


Later......


One could easily be distracted by the view....




All too soon it was time to pack up - it seemed like we had just arrived!  Another fun day with great company! Thanks Linda - you really know how to throw a stitching day!

a bit more of our time in Port Campbell next time......

'til then.......Lorraine