This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Gardener's Journal Progress...and a very special trip to Bowral!!!

An update of my progress on the Gardener's Journal Quilt by Anni Downes of Hatched and Patched...
I had finished stitching Block A and had started to piece it the night before I broke my arm...

Still going to the physio...shoulder won't fully function for 12 months...a long long process!!!
However getting back into using the sewing machine now (Nina)  and hope to finish it this week...yay!!!



Progress on Block B...Smell the Roses...


On the way to celebrate Mum's 80th birthday last week we stopped off at one of my favourite towns...Bowral...always have a cuppa there and go to a lovely shop called My Place specializing in Moda fabrics amongst other gorgeousness...


I saw this cute little quilt hanging there together with a kit next to it and it was an instant purchase for me!!!


The quilt is called Hopscotch Baby by Bunny Hill designs...


I thought it was just beautiful...all pretty and pink and chocolatey...not at all like me LOL!!!


We had a quick wander through Corbett Gardens...



Tri


Now here is a very very special home dear to my heart...The Corbett Gardens Guest House which my beautiful  Nanna/Vecmamin used to have...
With my family back in the early 60's...Mum with my 2 small sisters...me and my brother with my brothers's godfather next to him...and Nanna in the background with my step grandfather...


And I'm sooo excited...after looking for it since 1994 whenever we were up that way I think I have found it!!!  Look at the left hand step above...then at the right hand step in the family pic...very very similar...My Heart jumped when I spotted it and the road looked familiar...(perhaps a sign) a young girl skipping up that same road came to mind...and I can't stop thinking about it...More research needs to be done!!!

22 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Dzintra,

I know that in time, and with more physical therapy, your shoulder will come back enough to help you do what you WANT and need to do! I know it has to be so frustrating however....my dear friend fell and hurt her rib and that has totally thrown her off....I wish you complete healing SOON and what a SWEET LITTLE PLACE YOU WENT TO FOR TEA! And all the other gardens and places you went to must have been so charming my dearest one. Peace to you and your beloved ones, Anita

Chookyblue...... said...

slow and staedy wins the race so keep plodding away at the stitcheries and it will come together.......

Jeni said...

What a wonderful trip you have had ...
glad you are slowly on the mend

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Such a beautiful place.
That quilt you're working on is so sweet.
Tempted by those lovely pink and chocolate fabrics too were we?
Susan x

Fer said...

Don't you just love the autumn colours. Glad you had such a lovely time. ♥

Kath said...

Lovely new header photos. Hang in there Dzintra, it took a whole year to recover fully for my shoulder injury and subsequent op.
Although I regained full mobility after a few months, it still onjected to a lot of routine tasks, like raking and sweeping.
I know how frustrating it all is.
Your raspberry brownie quilt will be lovely :-P

Notjustnat said...

It is a beautiful post Dzintra. Glad you are able to use the sewing machine and you obviously can hand stitch so, you are all ok! Lovely photo of Bowral. I would have to visit and have a look at all the trees and leaves I can use for dyeing hehe!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, thank you for asking about my heel! Well, all is well! Just an injury from lifting too many heavy objects! I have the LITTLE DOG SYNDROME....I am small, but I think I am bigger than I am...so I do BIG THINGS and get myself in trouble, like injured ligaments! ALL IS WELL HOWEVER, and thank you so much for asking!!!!! Anita

Jenny said...

Oh my, Corbett looks like the most beautiful town! thanks for sharing your pics, and I hope you are feeling better and better every day!
Big hugs!
jen xoxo

lilabraga said...

sorry for your shoulder...hope you will heal faster.
at least you can take great pictures,why not concentrate in learning a new hobby like photography?
One door closes another open...so they say.
xox

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Rachaeldaisy said...

I love your Annie Downs stitcheries, The little lawn mower is so cute. It must be so frustrating to not be able to handsew, but good that you can use the machine. Beautiful photos of Bowral, lovely autumny gardens. How exciting for you to find a missing link to the past! so special that it brought back childhood memories.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

beautiful gardens !! i love that pink and chocolate fabric too. at least you can sew... the rest of the shoulder will heal soon.
~laura xx

Terry said...

Childhood memories and so nice when unexpected.
The pink fabrics are oooh soo cute.
Glad your stitching both by hand and machine.
Healing does happen just stay with it we are all sending you our strength. Hugs

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh my....I haven't been by here in ages...I apologize....what is this about a broken arm. Ouch!!!

Love Australia....love Aussies......!!!

Hopefully your arm will heal nicely and it won't drive you crazy while doing so!! LOL LOL

xo

Jo

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

A lovely post,love that little shop,so much in there. Good luck with the kit you purchased. Interesting to read about your family history and see the photo's of your Grandmother. Good luck with the research.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Simone de Klerk said...

I can imagine, you had to buy that kit and what a special picture of your family and the place you found. That must have given you such an exciting feeling!
Take care and have a lovely Sunday.

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Its been awhile (again) since I've been able to stop by my favorite blogs. So wish things were different... must do what I must right for now, but have so miss its! Your Gardener's Journal Quilt goes straight to my heart. You know how I love gardens/gardening! Its gorgeous! I can't believe how you've been able to keep doing your beloved stitchery in spite of your shoulder. I wish I had half your drive and determination! lol Our Mums are close to the same age! Sounds like you had a great celebration~ Love from the Up Over , Vicki

Micki said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I would have loved the pink and white colors, but yours will be stunning! Hope your shoulder heals soon!
Micki

shez said...

A lovely post,i enjoyed my visit i will be back again

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

PRECIOUS DZINTRA!!!!!


HOW ARE YOU DOING MY FRIEND? How is the arm? Has your therapy been making a difference for you? I HOPE SO! I bet you are so busy, but I so appreciate your taking the button to advertise my party! Let me know for sure if you are joining in; I have a list I am adding names and links to but if you cannot participate, I understand! THANK YOU ANYWAY DEAR FRIEND! Anita

rosie said...

I have had such a lovely read of your blog. Your beautiful header photos drew me in!!! Just lovely..Hope you feel better soon...
Rosie

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