St Marie aux Mines – beautiful place for a quilt show!

The Alsace region of France is lovely with lots of little villages scattered around low mountain ranges. After finishing at the quilt show we broke the journey home with a short stay in Reims where we went to see the Taittinger champagne caves, Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame and the UNESCO Basilica de St. Remi. I took tons of stained glass photos to add to my burgeoning collection back home – not sure what I’ll ever need them for but I am so drawn to the colours and patterns especially on a sunny day.

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Magical days in Northern Ireland

I just spent a couple of days in Northern Ireland attending the wedding of my cousin Barry’s daughter, Amy Jayne, to Sam Robinson. It was a busy wedding with lots of home grown flowers, Swarovski crystals, homemade wooden tables, stable lanterns and Amy in a gorgeous wedding outfit (not her normal jeans as threatened apparently). It was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with some of my other cousins (and their families). Nice to see you Ken, Noreen, Barry and Sharon…!

On the second day, Steve and I went to see my cousin Barry and his wife Cindy. They breed Shetland Sheepdogs – two of whom who were knawing on my fingers and then little Ellie who sat so sweetly on my lap. Ellie has the most gorgeous face and is a blue marl colour with lots of black freckles dotting her little nose. It’s no wonder she’s Barry’s favourite at the moment.

At the wedding I also found out that my Dad taught at a school in Grey Abbey in roughly 1948. We had passed this little town on the way to the hotel the day before so we had to go back and get a picture of it (see below). It was a two room school back then. And wonder of wonders there was this wonderful shop across the road that sold antique quilts, embroidered linens, estate sale jewellery and other antiques. Only spent a little money on a couple of bits of vintage linen.

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Sardinia again – I love this place!

Blisteringly hot here in Villasumius, Sardinia. This is our view at breakfast.

IMG_0807Went exploring in town, then to the beach, then back to this pool then probably out to a pizzeria for dinner. I tell you this being lazy is very tiring. Another early night so we can repeat tomorrow!

Walked along one of the many beaches in this area at sunset. Tried to do some sand art like hearts and footprints but got soaked by rogue waves. Found a restaurant that has tables on the sand and fairy lights – booked for Friday night. I adore Sardinia!

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Last day waaaah! Dinner on the beach tonight; perhaps three hours in Cagliari tomorrow then home. I tried to convince Steve to stay a few more days but the old meany said no. Who could resist a place that looks like this (pix taken from a mountain road)?

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And, of course, there is always a flower picture or three…

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The lovely Isle of Thanet

Spent the May long weekend in the Isle of Thanet in eastern England. Visited Leeds Castle on the way and Canterbury Cathedral on the way back with various gardens and a couple of small museums on the way. Even had time for a walk along Broadstairs beach where the great British public were wearing jackets to keep warm but every child under two had a bare bum! These are some of my photos (and don’t worry there’s no nudity).

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Sardinia – my new crush!

I think I left a little of my heart and soul in Sardinia. Definitely going back some day – turquoise clear water for swimming, good food and wine eaten al fresco, lovely people and all those beautiful tanned families having fun! Did however pay 78 Euros for a 1.3 kg sea bass of which I thought they would only serve me a portion. My hair has been a Brillo pad for a week and I should have taken the boat to the grotto rather than climb down and up the cliff in 32 degree heat. Wonderful trip with Steve, the girls and their fellows!

Valkenburg Markets

Steve and I went on a bus tour to the Christmas markets before the holidays. We ate a lot of pie with whipped cream and enjoyed a bit of shopping with gluhwein and potato pancakes. We went to see a Nativity scene that was carved out of sand – isn’t the camel gorgeous exhausted after his long trip from the East! The bus driver also dressed up as Santa and amused passersby as we waited for the bus to fill up.