Tuesday, 11 July 2017

My! How Time Flies

Back again.... and before I go any further I must include this photo Megan sent me on Mother's Day - completely forgot to add it to my last post.... 
She has been away for 3 Mother's Days now and every year has sent me a photo....this year it was near Oxfordshire where her and her partner James are renting at the moment. 
Now back to June....and the arrival of Winter! A lovely wire basket and some little "pots of colour" and my back deck table was ready for the cold days ahead!
Early in June it was time for a hernia operation.... a hernia that I'm sure must have been brought on by some heavy gardening the year before.... maybe I should resort to the style of gardening that involves only "pots of colour"?...this of course meant a couple of weeks of recuperating at home - doing basically not a lot.... 
Lovely flowers were received from work.....
......Dora enjoyed my company everyday (for a change I wasn't at work).......
.......even watching over me as I brought out a jigsaw puzzle to while away the hours - though she did try to eat the pieces there were none missing at the end!
Have read a few books over the last month or so......
A couple of stitching projects were sorted out - one to start and one to complete....
 One did get started - a secret project....but the other one is still to be finished.....so I guess you could say I now have 2 (more) UFOs....
Lots of wool inspired projects to keep me going.... a scarf (wool and pattern a gift from a friend while recuperating), socks, a jumper for me and my ongoing crochet blanket....
And so - with friends calling in, reading, stitching, jigsaw puzzling, knitting I managed to fill in my 2 weeks at home before it was time to return to work towards the end of June.... 
Then one celebration became two.... the first being Megan's birthday (she had just arrived back in England from 5 weeks travelling around Spain - she has a very patient partner!......)

 ....... the second coming a few days later (early July) when James got down on bended knee and proposed to Megan in the French Alps where they were holidaying!!....of course her answer was yes!!.... a big surprise for everyone! ........and a wedding in England sometime next year! (She does say that they will eventually move back to Australia!) 
Time to "send" another cake (not the same one)........
And that about brings me up to date....though at the moment I've had another couple of days off work after getting a mild case of the flu : ( .....have spent time reading but that was about all I felt like doing..... will be back again soon - maybe with some stitching updates! 

Happy Stitching
Asta

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Hello!!!

Well.....what can I say - it's been over 2 months since I last visited my blog - and I have been here - unfortunately not an overseas trip as an excuse! 
At the time of my last post I was just starting to stage manage another local theatre production - Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" and that always keeps me busy as so many hours of the week are put into rehearsals - as well as working full time..... shame this theatre "work" is all voluntary as it would make a nice second income! Here is my back stage area in the early days when props were being sourced.....

Not a lot of sewing was being done while this was happening - but crochet and knitting fitted into my busy schedule as they were easily transported to rehearsals and while the cast were being directed I could keep myself occupied - well, at least till I was needed. 
First off I found a lovely crochet blanket on the blog site Attic 24 - loved the colours Lucy had chosen for her "Mooreland" blanket and a couple of weeks later they arrived from England..
Miss Dora instantly found a new place to take a nap!
Haven't taken a recent photo of my progress but this is where it was at quite a few weeks ago!
My local patchwork shop also sells wool so a quick trip between rehearsals and work saw this little bag come home.....
and the contents became.......
At the moment a second one is on the knitting needles after the first one ended up with my sister in Bundanoon!
Managed to fit in some reading......
And by the end of April the show was over....... cooler weather had arrived with Miss Dora always finding the warm spots.....even if it was on my ironing board!
......and a quilt top started in 2012 (!) re-surfaced to have borders sewn on......
......currently away being quilted but more photos will be seen soon........
Mother's day this year was spent in Sydney ..... going through Berry on my way some beautiful Autumn trees  ......

..... and a "must stop" at Sew and Tell..... resisted the embroideries but did come away with a  couple of balls of "sock" wool - to add to my wool stash, of course!
These are actually 2 different colours - but loved them both - how could I choose? They both had to come  home with me!
On the family front.... Megan and her partner finished off another Winter season working in the French Alps - with the occasional care package from home.....
... then it was back to England for a few weeks with Megan now heading off to explore Spain!
Hayley and her partner continue to enjoy life in "balmy" Burleigh Heads!
That about sums up what has been happening in my world..... I will finish off with some bright daffodils - "live" flowers bringing cheer to these cooler days!
As life has now quietened down a little I will be back to chat soon!

Happy Stitching
Asta


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Holiday Travels Pt 6

Just over an hour by train from Levanto to Genoa with a short break before the next train from Genoa to Turin....just enough time to take a rest in the park or in some cases do a bit of shopping......
......and after nearly 10 hours of travel by train and bus (from Turin) we arrived in Chamonix - in the French Alps......waking up to this early morning scenery from our window - Mont Blanc!
During the few days we had in this area we explored the delightful town of Chamonix......
Took a 20 min gondola ride from where we had amazing views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.......
..... and stepped "Out into the Void"......notice I wasn't too far out in the void!
Once more the girls got behind the wheel as we headed off for some sight seeing outside of Chamonix....... visiting quaint villages, beautiful scenery, forest walks and some locals!

Another day a drive further afield and we arrived in picturesque Annecy.......and it was market day!
And here we are enjoying our last night in Chamonix and the coming to an end of a wonderful holiday!
An early morning start the next day and we were on our way to Geneva and the start of our trips home..... Hayley & I back to Sydney and Megan back to England..... 
.....holding it together here but a few tears were soon to follow....
Megan was already "home" in England - and in bed! - while Hayley and I were still in transit! Flying via Helsinki and Japan can take such a long time that somewhere along the way we inevitably "crashed" - a 10 hour stopover in Japan was the place! 
And so after nearly 6 weeks this amazing holiday with Hayley and Megan came to an end.... but full of SO many wonderful memories to always treasure!!! 

Till next time
Asta



Friday, 24 February 2017

Holiday Travels Pt 5

West coast of Italy and a week in Levanto......
...... living the Italian life in our 2 bedroom apartment behind these doors and up a few flights of stairs........
complete with clothes line off the balcony!
From here we spent days exploring the villages of the Cinque Terre..... Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterossa and the beautiful  scenery in between....

A very resourceful elderly local - with a very long extension cord - was charging 2 Euros for freshly squeezed orange juice on one of the longer treks - a welcome change to water!
And of course there were coffee stops, lunch breaks and afternoon gelatos!! and the inevitable relaxing days at the beach!!
All too soon it was time to say farewell to the Cinque Terre and its fascinating villages and beautiful scenery.... and sadly time to leave Italy which had given us so many wonderful shared memories..... so many more memories to be made here so there will be a return visit sometime! 
We were now heading for a change of scenery and much cooler weather - the French Alps!

Till next time
Asta