Thursday, 29 October 2015

Be Careful What You Wish For

Just ten days ago I was bemoaning the fact that I was missing quality stitching time whilst enjoying our travel adventures. Not that I wished for more time to stitch, just a more comfortable place to sit.

Me and Louise just relaxing
Well, it happened -- another darn MS episode -- hardly able to walk for the past five days the only thing to do was stay in bed or sit in the comfy chair and STITCH. As it happens, the weather turned nasty on the weekend, very wet and very windy, so that was some consolation in that we would not have been out exploring much anyway.

Today it is still raining, but I am a lot more mobile thank goodness, as we only have three more days here in Albany before we start on our travels again. In the meantime, I shall make the most of this 'episode' and continue to slowly work on some of the PiPs in my little box of goodies. So far I have managed to complete two projects.

Exchange Bookmark
Working on that bookmark
The first was a bookmark that I started ten days ago and finished on Sunday. This was part of an "exchange" with a small group of cross-stitchers that I have been stitching with for some time now.  The organiser, the lovely Julie, lives in Scotland and has been organising Round Robins for a long time. Whilst I no longer take part in the RRs because we are away travelling so much, I did sign up for the exchange bookmark, thinking I would be able to complete that whilst travelling. Yeah, that worked --- NOT! But it is now finished and on its way to ???? -- well, I can't say who because she might be reading this, but you can probably glimpse her name in the photo!!

Reverse side bookmark
When I was looking for a design, I wanted to find something that had a special meaning, so when I found some owl fabric in Kojonup on our way to Perth, I knew exactly what I would do. The Owl and the Pussycat was one of my favourite "tall tales" as a child, so it was a delight to stitch that memory into this special bookmark exchange. And Heather, I still have some of the lovely owl fabric left to take home! Any suggestions for a future project my owl-loving friend?

Deerfield Sampler


How neat is the reverse of my sampler?
The second project completed is a Deerfield Sampler that was started in a workshop held by the Toowoomba Embroiderer's Guild earlier in the year. I really loved this style of embroidery and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop with our tutor Flo Longmore. Look how neat the reverse is - the OWO said he couldn't tell the difference between front and back but I know he was just being kind because I was in so much suffering this week!


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Wildflower Westerly Wanderings

What an amazing six weeks this has been. We left our beautiful home on the 4th of September- just as Spring flowers began to bloom - to begin an incredible journey to the shores of Albany in Western Australia.

What?? No shopping!!!
After five weeks travelling we have finally arrived at our destination where we will reside for the next three weeks. I am not going to give you a "travelogue" here but if you are interested in following our adventures then you are invited to read our travel blog at theramblingretirees.blogspot.com.au 
With a couple of weeks access to the internet, although intermittent, I will update our travel blog, so please check out the site regularly for the updates on our adventures.

After so many days in the 'wilderness' it is lovely to be able to sit and stitch in the comfort of an armchair. Don't get me wrong here, I have absolutely loved travelling this wonderful country but there are two things I missed more than anything else --- a HOT shower, and somewhere to sit and stitch away from the dust and flies!!!
Desert stitching - Montecollinor  Bore

Whilst making that latter remark I do have to quantify that I did get some stitching times whilst travelling, sitting in some of the most beautiful spots imaginable. Of course the OGO (who has now become the OWO - the Old WHITE One) just had to immortalise his Stitching Queen on film.

Strezlecki Track

'The Breakaways' Campground - inspiration plus


Whilst I was very selective on what projects I packed for this adventure, it never occurred to me that I would not be able to stitch for long periods because of the dust and flies.

At the end of five weeks travel I managed to complete two hand stitched projects. So no doubt there will still be a number of PIPs going home at the end of November.
With Hearts, Love Grows

'And Angels Sing'

In the meantime I shall enjoy the comfort of an armchair until the end of October with projects in hand , a cat by my side, and a glass, or two, of Margaret River wine.