what a lovely time of the year this is, i went away for christmas to hobart and now just like father christmas i have been and now home to start the new year of 2012. thanks to all my good friends and family for making it all such a happy period of time and life.
lots of things to show you, mostly pictorial, with some comment !
our last saturday stitching day just a week before christmas was a good day, we celebrated the season, but also did some stitching
a great group of friends who meet monthly, share our interest in stitching and talk about life and all of its issues and have a good day, chatting, laughing and producing some beautiful works.
one of the group brought this along for some show and tell, it has a history, the details of which i cannot remember now, but it is very old ! and wonderful !
all so very cute, it is one panel with all these little characters done in appliqued felt and simple embroidery, what a treasure !
then i went to hobart on a secret mission, my family did not know, but my good friend deb and i had cooked up a way of getting there without them knowing. we met at melbourne airport, they were coming to melbourne for christmas and i flew to hobart, we had time between the flights to exchange house and car keys and it all worked so well. i drove to their new home, the old was familiar because i have housesat it before, so it was like a real adventure, but from the moment i put the key in the door and went inside i felt so at home !
and with this view of the magnificent derwent river in hobart there was plenty of changing views to greet me everytime i looked, which was most of the time as i just stared and enjoyed the serenity, calm and peace and emotion of being there.
just about an hour after arriving i looked out and this big liner was leaving hobart after a short stay, i sat with my large glass of cascade raspberry and could not believe i would be so lucky, so soon, to see a ship go sailing by
i waved to those leaving this beautiful city of our island state of tasmania, as they steamed past heading for open waters beyond the mouth of the river
inside it was christmas and gift left for me which i opened on christmas morning
some glass birds made me feel right at home and this one protecting the fruit on this wonderful peach tree just outside the river side of the house
a couple more weeks after i was in residence, the peaches had ripened considerably, i can only just imagine a sit in the sun and further gazing eating one of these just straight from the tree and juice running everywhere !
this was the view late into the twilight one night
and this was sunrise on christmas eve
and this is where i sat up in bed and saw this magic moment ! i will write about it later sometime
a room with a view, and oh what a view !
and then the day came to leave ang go and stay at my home away from home, at my cousins, but not before i saw the boats come in, yes the two leaders in the sydney to hobart yacht race, i waited all day and was rewarded in the evening of jan 28th when loyal and wild oats made their entry into the river and i watched them sail by, oh how wonderful, something on the bucket list ticked ! i have seen the yachts leave from sydney harbour and seen them at constitution dock after they have arrived in hobart many years ago, but to be so fortunate to be staying right on the river and see them sail in was so special !
yes ! ah ! all so lovely !
on christmas day we had a lovely day at my cousin's home and it was just that extra bit special because we had all homegrown goodies, along with the turkey and the lamb and the ham, we had grown in the back garden, peas, pink eye potatoes, carrots, cherries and these raspberries all picked fresh on christmas morning. it was delicious and a lovely day spent with those i love !
all the way from townsville, steve was working the barbecue well, lee had cut the turkey, in fact the men in the family had it well under control
and these went with this and it was all so delicious and aren't we so fortunate to be able to share in the happy time of the year
and thanks to the neighbours, julia and frederick for looking after things her at home while i was away
and those of you who know the story, i have a new door bell ! whoo hoo, thanks father christmas, the bells are ringing again !!!
there is more, but too much to keep going today, i will be back with the second half of my time in tasmania. happy and good wishes to you all for 2012, i am back and must away to work out some stitching dates and my life after a lovely holiday.