Okay, here’s the photo that did it!!! Sandie took it while I was waiting for permission to dive into the pile of Chicken Scratch fabric and because she is taller than me, the angle of the photo makes me look even worse. I couldn’t wait to get to the local gym and sign up for a whole twelve months after seeing this plus I went shopping and bought all low-fat groceries and will try to stick as closely as possible to the Weight Watchers diet as money and circumstances will allow. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting more photos of thinner Viv at a much later date!
Category Archives: Holidays
Before we went to England, I bought three Flower Fairy books on eBay.uk and had them posted to my mother-in-law’s address so they were waiting for me when I got there. I love the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker and the little Columbine Fairy is definitely my favourite fairy of them all. I am trying to encourage my grand-daughter Taylia to love them too although at the moment she is in love with Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, just as I was at six or seven yrs of age. I also bought lots of Mill Hill seed beads and over-dyed threads for my crazy quilting on Ebay from UK sellers which were sent to M-i-l’s address so it was a bit like an early Christmas for me when we arrived, opening all my parcels.
We also spent a few days exploring the Scottish Highlands around Fort William and Mallaig and stayed in a lovely Bed & Breakfast called “Glenlochie” at the foot of the mighty Ben Nevis. The snow at the top of the Scottish mountains was the only snow I saw the entire time we were away and it was so far away that it looked more like icing sugar on a huge cake. I’ve wanted to visit Scotland ever since I was a little kid and was egged on by my grandmother whose father was Scottish. Grandma instilled a great Scottish pride in me but sadly she never actually visited Scotland herself….how she would have loved the place! Much to my family’s amusement, I played the side-drum in the Perth Ladies Highland Pipeband from when I was twelve until I was fifteen years old and my favourite Scottish singer is Kenneth MacKeller.
We travelled to Wales to spend a few days with Eddie’s cousin Rob, his partner Karyn and Rob’s 92 yr old mother Aunty Nesta. What a great time we had driving around the Welsh hills with it’s patchwork of fields and hedgerows. I asked Rob to stop the car at the top of this hill so I could photograph the landscape. I wish I could capture the view in crazy quilting but that green colour is so peculiar, not at all like the greens in Australia. I think Wales is so pretty and the colours change with the weather…..
Nothing is nicer than catching up with old friends especially when we only see them every three or four years. This particular evening we went to a pub for a meal and a quiz night which was a lot of fun. Marlene on the left is married to Ron in the centre right while Vic at the back on the left is married to Rosalie on the front right and that’s me at the back in the black jumper. These are special friends who are always there when we land in England. Ron and Marlene have been to Australia to visit us once but we are still working on Vic and Rosalie.
We conned the man at the Mercure Hotel in Rosehill, Sydney, to take our photo. He took so long fiddling with my camera that Mary went to sleep standing up – no, not really, she closed her eyes just as he finally clicked the camera. Unfortunately we didn’t realise at the time so couldn’t get him to take another one. Not to worry, we were about to start on two wonderful weeks together……..
We don’t have Waratahs in Western Australia so it was with great excitement that I spotted this bush growing across the road from the Three Sisters lookout in Katoomba. I always thought that the flowers would be hard and wiry but they are actually quite soft and more pinky-red than bright red. I am not used to taking photos of flowers so this was a real hit and miss attempt and for a change, it was a hit!!