Friday, November 26, 2010

AQM Part 2

Teddlywinks at the AQM - our stand - very colourful! Eye catching! I haven't quite mastered the art of subtle colour coordination! At least it stopped the customers!
Nat was there - Natalie Ross that is, In Stitches. She is great fun and we really enjoy meeting up at the shows. I remember the first time we met. It was at Rydges Hotel next to Rosehill Racecourse where the QCE is held, several years ago. And (little jump for joy) Natalie has STOPPED SMOKING!!!! Yaaaay!!!!!
I have to come back and edit this because we have a FLOOD in our extension!!!!!!!!!! Back soon!
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OK. I'm back. We are having water problems with the extension - no roof yet and the rain is so heavy that it is seeping under the walls into the house. Out there with a mop and bucket - it's now under control. I'll tell you all about it next time - all I can say is, "I wish that I had duck feet"!
Ernie Dingle has taken up his usual position so that he can survey all. Loves to keep an eye on the proceedings.Here is the delightful Nat again .... with Himself. Much jocularity and banter between the two of them. You just have to take a look at her gorgeous new quilt Woodland Magic. It is made in the Bliss range of fabrics and has owls.
Now - our lives are full of long walks. There's the long walk at Windsor Castle (David and I walked it several years ago), the long walk up to the top of Mt. Snowdon in Wales (that was a steep one), the long walk from Cardiff city centre to Cardiff Bay (it must be just around the corner....), the long walk from the front entrance of Jeff's Shed to our hall (not as long this year, we were halfway down) ..... you know what I mean - start out on a walk not knowing how far it really is?
Well. We arrived at the beautiful Grand Hotel (heritage listed, used to be the old railways building). Booked in then rode up the elevator to the sixth floor. Turned the corner and this is what met our eyes.
Another long walk! Yes - our room was right down the other end! You can just see David at the door of our room.
I hate the city. Horrible smelly, noisy place. But we had double glazing and the bed was so comfortable that we both had two excellent night's sleep! Very little noise, even though we overlooked Spencer Street.
This is just after 5pm on the Friday night. Traffic and people everywhere.
This is Friday night.
Same intersection, Sunday morning.
The roof of a new tram with all the workings exposed.
The roof of a couple of older trams. Much nicer, don't you think? (Goodness, the trivia one finds to blog about!!!!!)

I really like this photo - it's of Flinders Street Station which was once a tall building for the "old" Melbourne. Now it's dwarfed by the newer skyscrapers. What a shame.Saturday morning's beautiful calm weather brought out the hot air balloons.
I really like doing the trade shows - it's a time for us to catch up with our regular buyers, meet up with friends in the industry and greet new clients. We went to a cocktail party on Saturday to celebrate the 10th birthday of Homespun Magazine, one of my favourite reads, where we caught up with the editor, Catherine Sanchez, as well as all our friends in the patchwork & quilting world. (Drinks and finger food - yummeeeeee!!!)
This week saw the brickwork on the extension completed. Looking good!
Duck Feet news soon!

1 comment:

Bearly Sane ® said...

Thouroughly enjoyed catching up Liz. Love the photos and the blog. Good to see the extention is finally on the move...'bout time that builder pulled his finger out! LOL!
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio