Saturday, 26 July 2014

think about our family travelling

Being the type of family who cannot live without travel, I need to update on who's where in the world.

Annabel and Jessica (seen here with a friend in Prague) have recently returned from their school's incredibly successful music tour of Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Florence and Rome.
Standing ovations all over.

Colton and Jen spent a week in Beijing with Dave, who's currently residing there.

Paul and Myles are in Africa. Here's Paul, the week before they left, having conquered another fearsome peak in the Scenic Rim. All part of his training regime for the big one.

Here he is at Whistler training for the frigid conditions they're expecting on top of the big one.

Contact from the intrepid travellers has been good up until 2 days ago, when they moved into the safari  phase of the expedition.
We know that all was well when they were in Kampala visiting with Nick and Mey who are still valiantly saving the world from Uganda.

This what Paul really really wants to see. He might have to make do with a few stragglers.

Here's what they'll definitely see.

.....Not sure about this?

I'd like to thank all family members from whom I've shamelessly borrowed images.
Couldn't have done this post without you!!

try and catch up

Don't the days get away.

I have some serious catch up for my blog; here's the first.

My Sydney week.......

Day 1, attending the National Quilt study group Conference being held at the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour.
As my 2 friends and I walked across Pyrmont Bridge, it opened to allow a large piece of the Ice Rink construction to be barged into Cockle Bay. It was a tight fit, but the teams responsible succeeded.

Here's the end of the part that swings open and the Darling Harbour precinct.

.... And here's the section that made it through.

The Conference was wonderful, with great presentations and sharing of collections, both old and new
This quilt from the 1800s.

and these French toiles from the 18th and 19th centuries.

I indulged in a coffee in the Westin Hotel in the CBD. this building used to be the Sydney GPO.  
No 1 Martin Place. 
Here's a bit of personal trivia. Paul and I first met outside this building. Seems like only yesterday. Ok, maybe a fortnight ago.

The renovation is gorgeous.

Another coffee and caramelised icing donut that I needed for energy during this mega shopping day.

It was only mega in its intensity, not the number of purchases you understand.
This was my 'visiting shops that are really like museums day'. 

Such as the Christian Dior boutique featured below.

All of the other icons, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Christian Loubouton, Gucci, Prada etc were visited, but I didn't really find anything I liked.

I saved the buying for another day.