Hiking along the Hawkesbury River

Last Sunday, I had a quilt judging assignment in preparation for the Hawkesbury Show that is on this weekend,  5-7 April May. There’s something very charming about agricultural shows. Here’s the jam and preserves class awaiting judging:The show venue is nearly two hours from Copacabana so we decided to take the opportunity to take the… Read More →

Out and About: Mount Penang Gardens

Combine a glorious day with family visiting from overseas and it was time to go exploring. After discharging our civic duty and voting in the federal election (complete with sausage sizzle), we headed to the newly opened Gosford Classic Car Museum and then onto Mount Penang Gardens. The gardens are set in 8 hectares and are divided into… Read More →

Revisiting London

On our home exchange, we have been staying at Bricket Wood near St Albans north of London.  In real estate speak, we are “close to transport links”.  There is a constant hum of traffic on the nearby M1 and M25 and, even with navigational aids, we’ve been known to turns and end up in a… Read More →

Visiting the West Country

On our home exchange in England, we took a side trip to the West Country. Our first stop was Stonehenge. Due to the muddy conditions, the path was restricted so you could not walk a full circle around the stones. The upside is that it was possible to take photos without any people in the… Read More →

Feeling Festive: London Decorations

I am feeling festive after an overnight trip to London! One advantage of short days is that the decorative lights shine. Here’s a small selection of Christmas decorations that I saw. Snowflakes on the Strand: Regent Street had a Dr Who vibe with timepiece motifs catching the welcome sun. Fortnum & Mason boasted window feasts… Read More →

Textiles at the Ashmolean Museum

This post comes from a damp and gray England where the Laundry King, his sister and her husband and I are spending the holidays.  Our home exchange house is situated near St Albans to the north of London and makes a great base for day trips.  Our first excursion was to Bletchley Park, the central… Read More →

Discovering America: Boston

I have lost count of how many times I have travelled to the United States.  I have strong connections to this country. My first trip was in 1983 as an exchange student to Washington State bringing several return trips to visit host families and friends in the Pacific  Northwest.  A few years later, I made… Read More →

Greetings from Canberra

The Hume highway to Canberra was abloom with yellow wattle: The temperature dropped to -5C overnight. An iced up windscreen to remind us we are not in coastal Copacabana anymore: Not that we’re complaining about the weather. Sun, blue skies and no wind: And I got to see my artwork on exhibition ( view the 2015… Read More →

In my own backyard

Last weekend it was my pleasure to have Lisa Call come to stay.  The weather was off to a promising start but, by the time Lisa arrived in the early evening, the southerly had rolled in.  Conditions were not favourable for our planned hike but we did get to look out from some local vantage points; explore… Read More →

A Garden Day

On my last day in New Zealand, I took an excursion to the Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa with my mother and grandmother – three generations of first born daughters.  The rose gardens were a little past their prime but still full of colour.  Appropriately, this floribunda variety is called My Mum: And there were… Read More →