Monday, September 26, 2011


Our daughter arrived home from Egypt and Africa this week. She had a wonderful time, despite a cancellation of a flight, that caused her to cancel her last tour. She didn't buy herself very much as she was wanting to buy in Botswana before heading home, so she didn't have to carry wooden bowls etc. Unfortunately she never made it there.

Yesterday we spent the day with her looking through her amazing photos and hearing all her travel tales.

Emma spoilt us with some presents. The length of fabric with the circles is 3m of fabric that the ladies use for head-scarfs. She said it was very hard to find fabric in the countries that she visited.
Her dad was bought a cookbook from Zanzibar, from which she cooked us a beautiful lamb and rice dish for lunch. The original recipe asked for goat, bit hard to find at Safeway, but next time she will look for it and re-make the recipe. He is also looking forward to trying the South Africa Cab Sav.
She made a pot of plunger coffee with the beans, that her dad ground up. The best coffee I have ever tasted.
She also gave me some hand painted fabric squares made by the Masai people. Also amongst my gifts was the brown/blue shoulder bag, which she is now sorry she didn't buy more of.
Emma and I have a travel tradition, everywhere we go overseas we always buy each other a Christmas decoration. The wooden decoration in the photo above is a carved fruit, which she presented to Customs/Quarantine. After cracking it open to remove the seeds, they gave them back to her. A little smear of craft glue, fixed it.

The highlights of her trip were sailing on the Nile, the Gorilla Trek, visiting the local Ugandan Primary school and Zanzibar Island. She is already planning her trip back. Lucky Girl.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Little Lost....

I need something to do. I have finished all the things I planned to get done sewing wise before we head off on holidays.

It's been a tiring 48 hours trying to support our daughter and helping her get flights home from Africa. Many texts and phone calls between Emma, myself and the Travel Agent. Her flight from De Es Salaam to Livingston via Johannesburg was cancelled due to a bird flying into the engine while the plane was on the ground. She missed the start of her final tour and had to cancel it as she was 24 hours late. She has booked a night to see Victoria Falls, then will fly to J'burg for 2 nights before heading home on Sunday a week early.

I keep walking around the house and garden trying to do something but end up just sitting on the couch with the TV on. It is too nice a day to just sit there..... so perhaps I might go for a walk.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


We received a postcard this morning from our daughter who is currently into her 4th week of a 6 week holiday to Egypt and Africa.

Hi, Having a fantastic time. Trekked into Bwindi Impenetrable Park yesterday and saw a family of mountain gorillas. It took 4 hours to find them in difficult terrain, but it was so amazing to see them! Egypt was very hot but I had a great time exploring the temples and pyramids. Highlight was sailing on the Nile. Love Emma


Came home with 4 document folders full of paperwork.
Might need an extra bag just to carry them all.
As we cull them, the space they take up can be filled with a little something,
like lace in Venice and the York Quilt Museum.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Our documents are ready to be collected.
Now it feels like we are actually going on holidays.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wyndham Quilt In

Yesterday I attended the Wyndham Quilt In at Werribee, where I live. It was a great day spent in the company of friends, fellow quilters and those I have seen around my shopping centre not realising they were quilters. It's strange how you recognise people when shopping. Werribee is still that kind of country town even though it has become suburbia.
The guest speaker was Esther Aliu. Esther showed us her many beautiful quilts. I feel that her talk was the best I had heard. She was inspirational, humble, made us laugh, smile and we came away from the day with encouragement in our quilting.

It was lovely to catch up with Esther and we sat and chatted for quite a while. She has been unwell with the flu. Look after yourself and take care. Thank you for a lovely day Esther.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hearts for Christchurch

Hearts were called for when the Earthquake in Christchurch occurred.
I made one and posted it to Evie who is a member of the ATC NZ group I belong to.
Over 4,500 hearts were received from overseas and many are still arriving in the mail each day.
The Canterbury Museum has now displayed those hearts and I thought you may like to have a look at what they have done.

I have found my heart in the 5th photo.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


I have finished knitting mini Christmas stockings that Jan M called for. I ball of red and green, they are to be filled with sweets.
This month's ATC swap is Redwork. Went to the Essendon Quilters Quilt In today and managed to to do all the stitching. Another thing to cross off my list before my holiday.


Self seeded lavender and carpet of freesias

My apricot iris has finally decided to flower

I love the smell of freshly picked freesias

My maiden hair fern has never looked this good. I was advised to water it every morning.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Quilts In the Barn

This morning Sue and I went to the annual exhibition of Quilts In the Barn at Wonga Park, Vic. Jo Morton from the USA was this years exhibitor. A Civil War lovers Paradise. Proceeds from this weekend will go to Breast Cancer. If you have the chance to go, it is a great exhibition. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was glorious.
I wasn't going to buy anything, but 4 Civil War 25cm pieces just happened to fall into my hands. "How did they know that they weren't in my stash..."

Set up outside in the shade were tables covered in quilts, and served were the most delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches with tea and coffee.

We were lucky to get there right on 10am and had the barn to ourselves with only a handful of fellow quilters. By the time we came out the lines were fast forming.
It was a lovely morning, especially catching up with friends who we didn't know were coming. A lady asked to join us at one of the tables, we got chatting and it turned out to be a fellow ATC member from the NZ internet group I belong to. We had never met before but had swapped ATC's. It was such a wonderful surprise. You just don't know who you are going to bump into.