Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Stitch the Day Away

It was very exciting to head to Queensland on Friday for Stitch the Day Away on Sunday. We caught the bus and then the plane to lovely warm Marcoola. Brenda, Caroline, Paddy and I shared a lovely apartment with a pool and near the beach. We did try our the pool, even me, and check out the beach.

 On Saturday we had our swim and then coffee and cake. We caught the bus then to Maroochydore and had a lovely afternoon browsing the very extensive shopping centre, Sunshine Plaza. We had lunch there and then bought supplies for a delicious grazing dinner! On Sunday we headed just up the road to our stitching day. It was very special to catch up with Fiona there.The day is organised by Lynette Anderson and her special guest was Anni Downs.


 We were given two lovely projects and starter kits but there was plenty of temptation to get us shopping.




It was a very lovely way to spend a day though not that much stitching was done!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Family and stitching

We are back to the swing of things again! Doesn't take long. I managed to catch up on my Stitch Therapy over the last few weeks. I didn't like being behind! I know......it is a bit obsessive.




 I also did the satin stitch needed on my holiday stitching. This is one of the lovely designs by Natalie Bird.
We have also had a few special events for the big boys. They had Book week a couple of weeks ago.
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Then they had an assembly too! I was able to provide some glasses, hats and vests to dress up as olden days people.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Home

So lovely to be home again. I did miss my relaxing and stitching time this holiday. It was a bit too busy but it was worth it to see so many lovely places. We are back to normal.....seeing the family, lunch out with friends and all the usual activities. Sadly, we farewelled a lovely friend last week. Jo was such a special person and we will miss her very much.
It has been good to catch up with everyone. Just thought I would finish the holiday with the few things that I bought. I did get some gifts for the kids but they have those!


 It was great to catch up with the stitching girls last week (with my little assistant, Alice). We were so thrilled to see Jayne's beautiful work. So so motivated to get sewing!!!





 Roni has made these gorgeous decorations too.
 I did stitch one thing while away but needs just a few more stitches. I did do a few of my Stitch Therapy blocks before I went and here was what I was up to last week! I am busy catching up.





Saturday, August 31, 2019

Heading home

On our last day we had a delicious breakfast in our B&B and then headed toward Manchester. We drove through the Yorkshire dales which was very scenic. We stopped at an amazing National Trust house called Gawthorpe House. It had wonderful history from  Elizabethan times. We had a great talk from one of the volunteers. The National Trust does a wonderful job. One of the highlights was that one of the last owners of the house was a wonderful embroiderer and collector!








 She spent 10 years embroidering this bedspread, curtains and the valance at the top!
Closer to Manchester we visited the Quarry Bank Mill in Styal. This was such a great place as the mill had machines working on most of the floors and showed the cotton being carded and prepared for spinning. The guides also told us about the terrible conditions in the Industrial age.










We could have spent a whole day exploring this amazing place. Sadly we only had a couple of hours. We then returned the car and made our way to our hotel near the airport. It is always a relief to return the car and be heading home. Our first flight was delayed (we did know this) but we only just made it to our next one from Singapore. Still it was good to get home on Tuesday night. Our bags arrived on Thursday morning!