Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas !!!

Dearest Mom and Dad
After opening our presents...................


.............organising stuff,,,,,,


.................... thoughtful lovely gifts.........


Some of us had antlers to match our hair.


We headed off to the beach..................


What a glorious day.


A few photos were taken.


Special times.


Then it was into the kitchen.



Such concentration.


Gareth's contribution - pears with blue cheese and walnuts.


On the menu - oysters.


Grilled asparagus and haloumi !


Caramelised veggies.


A few prawns.


Bugs and sand crabs.


And Button's sugar free chocolate cake.

 
And that was that!!! I then had to out myself to bed - way tooooo much champers!!!
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Very unChristmassy Chistmas...................

Dearest Mom and Dad
So, this interesting thing happened.......................I was watching a programme about the Liberty (as in fabrics) shop in London and they were showing their display of Persian carpets - and look, its exactly like the one we have in our lounge - except the medallion is slightly different!


As you know, the last month has been all about Squash.................


In fact, its been a bit of a nightmare................


Between taking her to the vet etc, I have a few Christmas parties to go to and a few more trunk shows to do. One my students, Bettye made this intricate pincushion with miniature sewing stuff on top. Amazing !


I made a few gifts for my students - these little pin-on needle nests from felted balls!


The Patchwork Angel  "Crazy" Christmas is gathering is always fun.


So Squash had her operation - ag shame, she was so sore!


And to be honest, we still do not have the tree up.


Lights and Gareth, we have!


Another interesting thing I saw.


And so many things remind me of our Christmas's in South Africa - lychees!
Remember, Button and I used to sit on the lawn and eat boxes of them from that Indian guy in Umhlanga.


So, we are waiting on Button - she arrives today.


And then we will celebrate....................................


...................... our little family of four in Oz.
 
 
I wish you were here.
 
Jenny
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Telma and Louise...........................a roadtrip.

Dearest Mom and Dad
So, while Button was auditioning for a role.................................. Jane and I went on a road trip...............


I was asked to do a trunk show for a group of quilters in Dalby............ so I packed up my stuff and asked Jane if she would like to join me.
She suggested we stay over night in Toowoomba......................


Vaughn bought me a GPS and we were off!!.


Not too many things to look at along the way.


The odd little country town.


An odd motel or two.


We unpacked my stuff ........................


I spoke about stuff.............


............and then we headed off to Toowoomba...........


We both were impressed..........


The weather was not kind............


.......................lovely old homes.................


...................did I mention the weather?


A few drinks..................


at an interesting pub.................


Ate some interesting food.


....................the next morning we went for a walk - both Jane and I were up before 6!!!


...............its a very pretty place.............and it was really affected by those terrible floods.....


......................but it seems to have recovered.......................


......................breakfast......................


..................and then we stopped off at "Precious times Quilt shop" - we have been dying to go there............


...................such a beautiful shop with so many interesting fabrics and a friendly owner.


.................and then we were off home - hoping to dodge the thunderstorms that were predicted.

 
Such fun.
 
Jenny
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