Category Archives: holidays

tutorial – a little sugar, by craftberry bush …

[craftberry bush] I’m all about the white Christmas decorations this year!!! Of course we don’t have a cold, white winter Christmas in our part of the world … it is a full-on, hot hot HOT summer for us on Christmas Day. That said, I’m loving this little christmas tree decoration … you can find more […]

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a little update …

I’ve been away from the blog for a few days, haven’t I? It’s that very busy time of the year … work is finishing up, holidays are beckoning, family fun is just around the corner, we are attending a graduation soon, and helping a girl move back to our home city … oh yes, and […]

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holiday weekend …

It’s strange how a weekend of fun is almost as good as a holiday … I’ve blogged before about our semi-annual girls’ weekends away from the usual weekend routines with two of my high-school girlfriends. We’ve been to Melbourne a couple of times, and have an overseas trip planned somewhere in the next couple of […]

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melbourne marathon 2014 …

So tell me this, folks … how come on race weekends, the man does all the running (42 kms of it!) and I’m the one that’s exhausted afterwards? Yes, it was time for another marathon, and last weekend the man and I flew to Melbourne so that he could complete in what was allegedly a […]

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liberty mini quilt …

I mentioned a few days back how much I enjoyed visiting Liberty of London while on our recent holiday to the UK. I bought two packets of 2 ½ inch squares with the thought that I would make some hexagons with these very precious and beautiful fabrics. After some online research, I found a cute […]

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london trip, day 7 & 8 …

For our last full day of ‘touristing’ in London, Day 7, we hired a car and drove east to Canterbury to visit the Cathedral which dominates the skyline in this part of the country. We were very brave to tackle London traffic on a holiday weekend, in retrospect. The man is a very competent driver, […]

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london trip, day 6 …

Day 6 we spent back in London. So much to see, so little time. We caught the tube to Westminster Station after breakfast, and spent the day touring Westminster Abbey and Westminster Palace. [image from here] Photography was not permitted in most of the rooms we viewed, so I’ve ‘borrowed’ some images off the internet. […]

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london trip, day 5 …

Day 5 we were on our way by 9.30 am, after a great breakfast, and our first stop was Bourton on the Water, which has been described as the Little Venice of the Cotswolds, as it straddles the river Windrush with its series of elegant low bridges beside neat tree-shaded greens and tidy stone banks. […]

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london trip, day 4 …

Day 4 & 5 were the highlights of the trip for me … we ventured out of London for two days into the Cotswolds, travelling west of London, and staying in a country hotel. We went on a Rabbies tour, which I recommend, as there were only 16 on our bus, which meant we enjoyed […]

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london trip, day 3 …

So we are at Day 3, and wow, my feet still hurt thinking about Day 3! We walked over 16 kms, and visited The London Tower and the British Museum, and really, we could have spent a whole week in just the museum. I can sense how my energy levels were going during the day […]

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london trip, day 2 …

So here we are at the beginning of Day 2 … what do you think would be the quickest/best way to get an overview of the highlights of London? Why, catch a double-decker red London bus, and see the sights! (Ok, so our bus was blue, but it was a double-decker!) [photo from here] Just […]

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london trip, day 1 …

You may have wondered why things have been a little quiet around my little blog home lately … I’ve just got back from a 10 day trip to London, and I thought I might spend the next few days sharing my visit with you. If you are wondering, it takes roughly 25 hours of travelling […]

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well hello there …

[Credits: template by Cathy Zielske. Paper from Torquay, by Kaye Winiecki. Font: PT Sans.]

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chilly stuff …

It must be said that despite all the travel and a broken leg, the boys consider their ski trip to Furano in Japan an outstanding success. I guess you have to understand that we don’t really get powder snow in Australia … it just isn’t cold enough. So to play in powder for a week […]

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well hello there, home …

It’s that magic time of the year again … home safely after a lovely week at the beach! I really, really enjoy my holiday at the beach, and then, I really enjoy coming home. There’s nothing like home, is there? Our Willowtree nativity set came with us on holidays again … the girl and I […]

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happy holiday season …

I’m spending some time with the family this week … no posts but you can follow my holiday adventures via my Instagram feed which you can find to the right of this post. Hope Santa has caught up with you and that your holiday season is a relaxing and happy one! I’ll be back soon […]

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instaLOVE …

[Credits: InstaLove freebie by Cathy Z. Fonts: Times New Roman, Arial.]

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weekend away …

[Credits: Freebie template by Cathy Zielske. Font: Arial.] A quick layout this morning using a template freebie by Cathy … it’s a good thing to write down what we did before I forget!!! There are some cafes mentioned that really deserve a second visit. I must say that my breakfast at The Two Monks Cafe […]

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melbourne adventure …

It’s that time of the year again, when I disappear south and enjoy a ‘girlie weekend’ in Melbourne with two girlfriends … we three have known each other since we finished school together, so we are old, old friends! This time I messed with my ‘holiday system’ and left my laptop and DSLR behind, and […]

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well, hello there, 2012!!!

After a week of wild waves at the coast, we’ve arrived back home! And Santa has visited me a little late, but with such a welcome gift. My new sewing machine has a 1/4 inch fabric guide, and oh, how happy it makes me. I zipped up a quilt top from a collection of fat […]

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