Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Since I last posted we have visited the National Gallery of Victoria, years since I've been there but just as enjoyable as I remember. We've explored the Docklands area, had dinner with our wonderful friends and their gorgeous daughter who just happens to be my goddaughter ,had a little retail therapy and a fantastic dinner at a new Mexican restaurant in Lygon Street. Of course no trip to Melbourne would be complete without a chocolate experience or two so yesterday morning we enjoyed morning tea at 'Max Brenner', oh my goodness it was SO good!!! We also visited 'Haighs' and have a bag of goodies to take home and enjoy. This morning on our way home we will visit the Vic Market and fill our esky with fresh fruit, vegetables, pasta, fish and any other goodies that take our fancy. The quality is so much better than anything we can get in our local supermarkets and the fact the prices are more reasonable is even better!
Now that we are on our way we are all looking forward to getting home. The 'horsey' one misses Dudley, a long time since she hasn't ridden for a whole week and I really miss my own bed, my back is not the same at the moment, think it will take a while to return to normal!! We have been anxious about how Peter and Fred are, a friend is checking them and feeding them twice a day but am sure they will miss our cuddles and we are most anxious about our Jimmy. He has been boarding at the vet but while there he had his operation !! so will come home hopefully not too sore and sorry and maybe even a little quieter although I think that is wishful thinking!!!!!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
As I have mentioned before most of my family (okay all of them except me!) are Geelong Football Club supporters - the Cats, and for that reason are very excited as one of their former players will be playing in the Superbowl for Arizona , Ben Graham. I think , but am not sure , that it is the first time an Australian will play in the final. It didn't matter which team won that game as another Australian Sav Rocco who used to play football for Collingwood played for Philadelphia .
Our first day of our holiday went well. We arrived in Melbourne and went straight to Ikea where we had lunch, looked at storage options for our living room, and generally browsed. I didn't buy a lot and only one piece of fabric . Will try and post a photo when I get home. The highlight of our trip to Ikea was stopping at the Swedish food hall on the way out and stocking up on Daim Chocolate!!! We love it and it is not easily available here. Must be my Norwegian blood coming out..... We went to a great Greek restaurant at Southbank for dinner - Yum!!
Yesterday we spent at the tennis. The 'horsey' one and I lined up for 1 1/2 hours to visit the Garnier tent (Garnier is a sponsor of the tournament, a skin care company, at their tent you can have a mini massage, facial, or hair treatment and receive a showbag with full size products worth about $70). We then escaped the sun and headed to our shady seats in the main stadium. We were lucky enough to see two of my favorite players in a row, firstly Serena Williams who won easily and then Lleyton Hewitt, an Australian who unfortunately lost. For dinner it was off to Chinatown, once again YUM! Weather has been very hot and sticky but it is summer so is to be expected!!
I think off to the Art Gallery this morning then maybe a little retail therapy!!!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I am so thankful for the companionship of my furry friends while I enjoy a quiet house. There are 2 bloggers out there whose husbands are both battling serious health issues. Please pray for them and their families.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Well I am a little further with the quilt......mmm......sort of!! The fabric is out and the pattern is chosen.....mmm.....slight problem I still haven't cut into it! Oh well there is always Friday, see I am learning , I know there is not a chance of doing it tomorrow after work! The fabric is Moda's 'Woodland Bloom' and I have got the pattern from one of the magazines Anita sent me in the SSCS, 'Quiltmakers Favorites' - 'Wild Thing'. Sooner or later there will be progress!
This is another of my favorite Christmas presents sent all the way from the UK for me from my sister. She also knows me well! It is a set of 3 new cake tins - red and white spots , it also came with red and white spotted tea towells, tablecloth and napkins. To continue the theme are red silicone cupcake moulds - stars and hearts and a gorgeous red notebook.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I had other photos to post today but blogger decided it hated me so it was just too hard. Think I'll leave it for tomorrow.
Absolutely nothing achieved on the craft front today, it was hot and by the time we cleaned out and rearranged the furniture in HS's room I decided a Nanna nap was called for!!
Today I would like to give thanks for a husband that enjoys and is happy to cook !!! Prayers for those who are not as lucky as me to have a wonderful family.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Still no further on the quilts, had hoped to start cutting one of them today but not looking promising now. Think it will be more knitting while I watch one of my favorite shows 'America's next top model'!! Had a few comments wondering how I knitted in the car, not sure, think it is only because it is a plain scarf that I managed. I do get car sick normally and definitely cannot read but small amounts of knitting the other day were okay.
This is the stitchery that I made for my SSCS partner Becky - "Whosies". It is called 'Santa's Workshop' and had ceramic buttons on it. I found there was a lot more work in it than I realised and I was really fighting the time to finish it . I was really pleased with how it turned out though.
Thanks today for Lindt chocolate reindeers reduced in the post christmas sales and prayers for my Aunty Judy as she supports Jan in her battle. She has always been my 'fairy godmother' and the love and caring she is giving Jan is just amazing.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Managed to keep knitting the scarf in the car - a little progress!
Lots of posts to come in the days ahead and lots of blog reading!
I would like to give thanks today for my home and pray that I will learn patience.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I received this message for the New Year from a special friend and thought it summed up just how I would like to spend this year - fully and not wasting a single minute! I wish this for all my blogging friends along with good health and happiness.
One of my many! resolutions is to try and post daily even if it is just a line or too, this will give me a real record of my year and hopefully the wonderful crafty treasures I create!! I have started the new year well with the beginning of a scarf I am knitting to send to Africa for a primary school to give students to keep warm in winter. I am not a fast knitter so it may take a while but it felt good to have busy fingers today!
I have not yet posted the photos of the wonderful SSCS parcel I received but that is because I am away and have limited computer access. We are travelling home tomorrow so there will be lots to share on the weekend!
Today I would like to give thanks for a wonderful family, and I would like to pray for Jan xx