Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Another Morris journey soon to begin

In a few short hours we have to get up at the unearthly hour of 2.30am to get to the airport by 4.30am! I am not sure how the body will go being sent to bed at 8pm! It is going to be hard leaving this time with Larry not coming and leaving the family behind but "the show must go on" and I am so very lucky to be given this amazing opportunity. But before I go I just needed to share some stories and photos. Wendy from Queensland recently emailed me to tell me about her group having a quilt show with a display honouring William Morris. I had a search on the internet and found that Henzell Street Quilters have been going for 30 years this year…...the same length of time as my very own state Guild. Anyway Wendy went to the trouble of sending me a USB full of photos of some of her Morris inspired quilts. I love the men folk doing the holding up……

 Wendy even sent me a copy of the laminated flyer from the show…….
 Thank-you so much Wendy - I am glad that the quilts have brought you joy making them as well xx
I also received an email from Dot who came on a Morris tour a couple of years ago. Her group Bacchus Marsh Friendship Quilters (who I feel I know so well!), also had a recent event….."Morning Tea with William"…..how wonderful! Another member Lyn also came on the tour so Dot and Lyn shared some of their Morris treasures from the UK tour as well. And of course there were lots of Morris inspired quilts too…….just wonderful!

 Three stunning versions of "Morris Magic"……..



 I was so sorry I couldn't be there to share in it all especially the scones! Thanks Dot and everyone for sharing this wonderful event xx
 These are the latest photos of Miss Maisie going home from hospital and only 4 days after Emily had given birth by caesarian too! 
And Brett posted this image titled "My little china doll"…….
Our darling Maisie has a little hurdle to get through with some tests coming up so I am just grateful that ongoing news is only an email away. So next time you hear from me I will be on the other side of the world. Stay safe and take care wherever you are….as I will too! xx

Friday, July 18, 2014

A new life to cherish

Yesterday was a very big day as we welcomed Maisie Mary-Ellen weighing in at 3.2 kgs (just over 7lbs) and a petite 47cm (18inches). She is adorable of course and we are thrilled for her Mum and Dad, Emily and Brett and of course proud big brother Beau……(thanks for the photo Brett)…..
This was the first photo we received…….
and in just 24 hours she has changed so quickly………

 Deep thoughts with that furrowed forehead……….
And here with her big brother and very proud Auntie Sophie…..
We are indeed blessed with this precious new life to share xx

Sunday, July 13, 2014

On my doorstep

Lots of people have been asking us if we are happy in our new home and my response is often……."yes but not our first choice of where we would choose to live…..but budget constraints contributed to our eventual location"…well sort of like that anyway! I absolutely adore our home but often yearn to be back where we used to live (and where I grew up in Kensington Park too!). But times like this one must really evaluate life and how lucky we are. After all we are only five minutes from the incredible McLaren Vale Wine region, we are only five minutes from the fabulous Port Noarlunga beach and cafes and we are about to witness the opening of the amazing Southern Expressway which will cut about 10-15 minutes of travelling time to the city - so why wouldn't we be happy?! And this is right on our doorstep too…….
Yesterday while Larry was watching his beloved football team get beaten again (!!) I went for a walk with my camera. This view above is literally 'on my doorstep'. We live right beside the Onkaparinga River - the second longest river in South Australia and we are not far from the ocean mouth. In just five minutes of strolling along the major bike trail this is what I saw……..
 It was a very cold winter's day yesterday of about 10C but jackets, gloves and scarves did not stop many of us and the sun was shining…….
 The pelicans hypnotise me and to watch their flying synchronisation is fascinating…….
 One lonely and very cold looking fisherman……..

 The only disturbance to these idyllic scenes was the buzzing of trail bike riders somewhere and the hum of traffic….one forgets we are still only on the outskirts of the metropolitan area…...

 The housing estate we live in is right beside the walk………..
The field of yellow is in fact a noxious weed here…..the good old Soursob native to South Africa…... 

 Ducks doing what ducks do in the wetlands…...

The dog (not mine), scared a small group of kangaroos but I did manage a quick shot as they hurriedly hopped away….. 

 Evidence of a very old farm…...

 I must find out what these ghastly caterpillars actually turn into! We used to get them at our old home and they are rather creepy and for some reason we used to poison them as I think they spit. Well further reading and I think I have found them here and yes they do spit and also damage our eucalyptus trees, so no beautiful butterflies here…in fact they turn into sawflies!!

 Those wonderful pelicans again…..

 Some homes have an amazing vista and the sunsets over the river must be spectacular!….

 We also have a brand new train line nearby with all new electric trains. I managed to capture the train as it travelled on the brand new river bridge which I might add also lights up at night to create a spectacular display. I found the link to the new bridge here where you can read it is the equal third longest bridge of its kind in the world……
As the sun was setting I waited for the final sunset but it got a bit too cold…...

So today we are 'laying low'. Larry and I both have sore throats and are aching all over….the down side of visiting a very sick little grandson a few days ago! So hope you are well wherever you are and thanks again for visiting x