Friday, 22 April 2011

been gone a little bit.....

Well things have been a little quiet here due to a few factors such as lack of inspiration, direction and creativity but also because of  a big holiday to New Zealand!
Fiona please note how well your travel bag co-ordinates with my luggage!

We have been away for a lovely 10 days touring the south island of New Zealand. We travelled over 2000 km and even more if you include the boat cruises and bus trip and initial plane trip to get there and back. I know it sounds cliched but sometimes the scenery really did take your breath away.  I took lots of happy snaps of what will seem the most boring things but to me they were just wonderful. Our older boys who didn't come with us said while looking at our photos 'what another mountain?, what's with the trees?'. So if you weren't there I can imagine it would be a little like that. So be prepared over the course of time to be bombarded with a pic of a tree or a mountain or two!
One of the highlights of the trip was being in Queenstown at the same time as the Quilt symposium. No I didn't get to go as it opened at 1pm on the day we had to leave but I did get to meet up with Lisa who was my partner in a Christmas swap last year and was there to attend the Symposium. She and her friend Helen came to dinner with us and we all had a lovely meal and laugh together. It was wonderful.
Patchwork shops were a little sparse but we did hunt two out on our travels. Towns were quite sparse also so we would travel quite far without going through a town at all and when we did they were usually small country towns but they were very sweet.
Before I left I ordered some new books for some new inspiration and they arrived while we were away so I am hoping that I can get fired up in the few days left of our school/easter holidays. Fingers crossed!
So stay tuned for pics of lakes, mountains, trees and glacier carved sheer cliffs!
cheers
Marina

8 comments:

Elyte said...

Welcome back. I too have lost some inspiration and creativity. Can you find some for me too? I look forward to seeing your photos.

Melody said...

I wondered where you were and hoped you were OK. Glad you had a good time. Have a great Easter too.

Val said...

Seems like you need a holiday to get over your holiday. There certainly is a lot of open space and mountains in the South Island. Perhaps a lovely arty quilt with trees and mountains and lakes would be nice :)

BubzRugz said...

So good to have you back.... glad the tags worked so well with your luggage... otherwise you would have had to buy new suitcases!!
Hugz

Serenata said...

Can't wait to see your photos Marina, I quite understand what you mean about the scenery, the South Island really is beautiful.

Glad you got to meet up with a bloggy friend as well, that is always good :-)

Narelle said...

Welcome home!
I'm looking forward to the pics :o)

My ailing failing computer is keeping me quiet in blogland but on the upside I've achieved some other things.

els koetsier said...

Your are bag from your trip to new Zeeland. it looked you had a wondurfull time there.

I look forward to your photo's.

Cheers and Hug, Els

Shiree said...

maybe you passed thru my one-horse town?? if you did and stopped you would have found a fantastic little quilt shop... in Twizel. I am so glad you had a fantastic time, we would have been in Queenstown at the same time you were, I missed the symposium and exhibitions also, next time!