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Love that God blessed me with a creative gift to share! Love creating new embroidery, needlework and patchwork projects of all kinds! Passionate about my family and my faith. Love where we live on the south coast! Wish I had more time to be creative!!

Something to remember ...

"She who sews with courtesy reaps friendship and she who sews with kindness finds love"

I'm tutoring on .....

I'm tutoring on .....
The 2016 Embroidery & Craft Cruise .... click on the picture for more information ...

I'm stitching ....

I'm stitching ....
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Vouvray

We have had a great few days catching up with our Canadian friends Clive and Irene who have retired and moved to the beautiful French countryside!   In Vouvray we have stayed in an amazing house built back into the cliff with an awesome cave dining room and lovely garden ...


Breakfasts have been incredible .... All beautifully prepared by our host Corinne, with gorgeous local produce ....




A huge assortment of bottled jams and spreads, stewed and fresh fruits, creme caramels (yes ... For breakfast!) plum tarts, clafoutis with fruit, brioche and baguettes!!!! 


The celebration tree is up all year around .. To celebrate Christmas, Easter, 4th July, etc etc with decorations appropriate for the occasion ...


We ambled through the countryside yesterday in Clive and Irene's car so managed to get off the beaten track and explore some tiny towns and enjoy a magnificent lunch ...


Heading to Paris today to join the party crew to celebrate Cathys 60th birthday on Wednesday !! 


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Amboise

After a long walk (24km) from Chenanceau, we arrived in beautiful Amboise situated on the Loire River ... another majestic chateau on the banks of the river and a gorgeous little town to wander through ... and wander we did yesterday .... The markets were on .... 



The flowers and produce were amazing ... Purchased baguettes, Brie and sausage of some description for our picnic lunch ....


You may recognise the man fourth in line in black  trying to disguise himself as French with a baguette under his arm!!


The berries were delicious ....




We found a little sewing shop ....





I just purchased a little piece of French fabric !


Visited the final house lived in by Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise .... Gardens were beautiful ... And lots of peacocks ...







The beautiful chateau on the river ....


And a lemon tart to die for ... You will note 2 spoons ... I only ate half !!! Off to walk to Vouvray today ... Another 20km day!  Enjoy your weekend! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chenanceau

We are now in the amazingly beautiful village of Chenanceau and have spent the day roaming around the Chateau Chenanceau, took a boat underneath the castle arches and up the River Cher, and then hiked for 6km up behind the village .... My Fitbit is in overdrive .... 21.5km today!   I do of course need to do that to walk off the New York celebrations with our son and his fiancée .... And now they are putting French pastries and croissants in front of me at breakfast!!!! 



The gardens are so very beautiful .... With such a magnificent backdrop .....






Walking down to the castle gates along the tree lined paths ....


It's amazing to have the sun shining so brightly here while at home in Australia where we live, they are experiencing the heaviest rainfall and bad weather .....


Floral arrangements in each of the rooms were gorgeous and the scent incredible ....




I managed to find some of the beautiful old embroidered post cards also throughout the castle ...



Tomorrow we walk 20km to Amboise through the beautiful French countryside .... We might need it after tonight's dinner ......












Monday, August 24, 2015

Philadelphia

We have enjoyed the last couple of days in Philadelphia with Sam and Nadia .... A weekend escape for them from New York and a visit to a new city for us!  We had a great time and really enjoyed Cuban and Spanish dinners !!  Steeped in history, it was great to see the sights of this beautiful city ....


We did visit the oldest pub ....


The Liberty Bell ....



Of course the Rocky statue and ran up the stairs .....


Loved the wall art on the streets ....




Found a lovely needlework shop .... 


And found these amazing leaves in a garden which look like they have been hand quilted!!  What are they??






Saturday, August 22, 2015

New York to Philadelphia

We are now on the train to Philadelphia for the weekend .... Following a great few days in New York ..., we have walked the beautiful High Line over old railway tracks above the streets .... Beautifully green and run by volunteers ..... 


It's amazing how everything has grown since last year .....


We wandered the Chelsea Markets ....


Beautiful flowers and features ....


I even managed to find a gorgeous mother of the bride dress for Chelsea and Kyes wedding in December .... Not giving away any secrets though .... Except it is not the orange dress in the window!



Love the creativity on the High Line !




And have managed to fit in Wicked and Mamma Mia on Broadway !  Only been away a week and it feels like a month!    And in that time we have also sold our house and had an offer accepted on another around the corner ..... Ash sent this cute photo of Jed with our for sale sign !!!


So it looks like we will be busy when we get home !


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New York

Still here in New York and having an active time ..... We have walked for so many miles my Fitbit is in overdrive ... Cycled Central Park, walked the Brooklyn Bridge and wandered so many streets .... This is good of course as it walks off the wonderful food and drink being consumed .....








Such a beautiful morning walk across Brooklyn Bridge and to look back through the greenery is amazing ...


Caught the ferry back up to mid town  .....


To the top of the Empire State Building ....


And wandered into The City Quilter with my very patient husband .....



And enjoyed more celebration drinks at the Top of the Rockefeller Centre !