Sunday, September 27, 2015

Canberra, wedding venue and a dog with no name.........

Dearest Mom and Dad
Here's hoping that your computer issues have been sorted.

Yes, I am wearing a cauliflower hat and Katrina a broccoli hat! Katrina made them for Chloe's first assembly with her class. But after a few glasses of wine ...........................

Button and Gus.


Chloe and Gareth took us to where they will be getting married. A historic homestead in Canberra. Gareth and Button!


Many options available for the ceremony. I liked this one. The owner sprinkles bread onto the grass near the fence and the cows gather for photos etc.


Vaughn and Button in front of one of the oldest water towers in Oz.


My little family is growing!


This is the area that the convicts were housed. If these floor boards talk.


All so very pretty and rustic.


I can imagine some very lovely photos been taken here.


Bride and groom.


So this is our new addition. I still have not found a name that suits her. I have a feeling that we have our hand full.


SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO intelligent. A little frightening actually.


Sorry, back to the wedding venue. The cows gathered...............no bread was involved.


This is the barn where the reception will be held - it will be decorated with fairy lights and tulle etc. I love it.

All my love
Jenny
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Canberra

Dearest Mom and Dad
A braai on their deck.......


Some wors!!


Delicious salads.....


Beautiful people...........


Great company...............


The boys!


Hanging pot plants and fairy lights............................


And Gus.................

 
 
All my love
Jenny
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Canberra..........................

Dearest Mom and Dad
Our long awaited trip to Canberra. Gareth and Chloe's home.


succulents in their garden.........


First dinner at their new dinning room table.


All the quilts I have made on the beds..........


One of my favourite......


The latest one......


And we got to meet GUS!


A walk near their home........


Vaughn and Gus......


Its spring here............


The big dawgs!!


Pretty clouds..


More scenery !!!!


Gus having a swim.


Blossoms every where.........


Turning for home.

 
All my love
Jenny
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Can you believe it .......................another post.

Dearest Mom and Dad
So, Vaughn got busy oiling and cleaning the patio table - looks great.


George staring at me - he wants a treat! Without taking his eyes off me he scratches the door - then stares some more!


Up close and personal - my new best friend - on my lap while I was trying to read.


A stroll in the Maroochydore botanical gardens turned into a 90 minute hike - I loved it - Vaughn not so much!!!!


The view...........


How amazing is this?


Beautiful Button and vivacious Gemma - out on the town!


Posted this again - because I love it so much!


And it got real!!!


Gus's slobber - photo courtesy of Chloe - waiting for dinner!!

 
All my love
Jenny
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At long last..............................a blog post

Dearest Mom and Dad
Apologies for the lack of posts but I Have been a bit sad of late (missing you terribly) and I have been busy teaching - not very conducive to happy blog posts!!

Anyway, the weather has been glorious - so has the sea - beautiful to swim in - clear and calm.


I never get to go to workshops (quilting) anymore - and I miss that. I suppose I am too busy teaching myself  but the local quilt shops very rarely hold workshops. I have no idea why because Australia have so many great teachers.............but any way. As you know I have been a bit obsessed about Boro for a while now. It is an ancient form of Japanese darning - and I LOVE it.
I spent the best day a few weeks ago doing a Boro class with the Boro Queen - Akiko Ita from Japan.
Oh Mom, she is wonderful. Gracious and generous - and speaks no English - she uses an interpreter. Her story is wonderful, although on the day she did not speak of her life - just about boro and why she does it. I read up on her later. She spent all her life looking after both sets of parents, bringing up her children and helping in her husbands business and then she did what she wanted to do - she now travels the world!
Its strange because Western quilting teachers tend not to share their expertise further than what they are teaching on the day. Their work is not to be photographed and not to be touched. Akiko was so different - even her ancient boro garments were draped over us and we were encouraged to touch etc.
 This is one of her pieces of boro - all antique fabric used.


Here she is - evidently she loves having her photo taken!


Akiko and her granddaughter.


How happy do I look!!! Stimulated and intrigued ........................


My boro completed in her class.


Back to reality and have started spring cleaning - this rag rug Marie gave to me drying in the sun.


This vintage poster (I bought for Gareth a few years ago) is going to Canberra to hang in his new home.


Karyn bought these amazing cupcakes to class the other day - not only were they beautiful they were delicious too.


So pretty.


Karyn also made these bouquets for her new daughter-in-laws wedding.

The photograph does not do them justice - they were lovely.


Chloe woke up one morning to find Gus sound asleep on her new couch - even resting his head on a cushion!!
I cannot wait to meet him.

 
All my love
Jenny
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