Monday, June 27, 2011

Darling Harbour Craft Show & Musicals

Oh what a weekend I have just had!!
Every June, my mother comes to my place to stay and while she is here we always go to the Craft & Quilt Fair in Darling Harbour.. we call it our "Annual Pilgrimage" and have done so for about the last 15 years.

We travelled by train (3.5 hours) to Sydney on Friday (I took the day off work), then got the light rail (tram) to Darling Harbour, booked into the Holiday Inn, then high tailed it to the "Craft & Quilt Fair", got a 3 day pass and started "shopping".

At 5pm, they threw/pushed us out the door and we went back to our Hotel, got changed, went down to the Bistro part of the hotel, had something to eat and of course washed it down with a bottle of wine.... then we walked to The Capital Theatre in time to watch the live performance of Mary Poppins.

WOW!!! IT WAS GREAT!!! certainly brought back childhood memories of being taken to the "Pictures" at the local theatre.... I silently sang along (in my mind) and tapped my feet with the songs. .... fell into bed just after midnight.

Next day, we went back to the Craft Show, spent the day looking, buying and attending workshops, and was again shown the door at 5pm. Same procedure as the night before, we went to our room, changed, went down to the Bistro to eat and wash the food down with another bottle of wine. We then got the light rail to the Lyric Theatre (which happens to be in the Casino) to see the live show "Hairspray".

WOW AGAIN!! Even though none of the songs were familiar, it was my type of music as the songs were written to sound like the music in the '60s.... and the person who played the mother was a man (like John Travolta was in the movie)..... I had to borrow a programme to convince myself it was a man, as he took the part well....

After the show, Mum and I went for a flutter on the pokies. I am convinced Casinos pump oxygen into the air conditioning, as we didn't feel one bit tired. We got a shock when we realised it was 1.45am... caught the light rail back to the Hotel and fell into bed just after 2.30am.

The next day (Sunday), again we went to the Craft Show, bought those last minute "must haves", then went back to the Hotel, had a leisurely lunch, but instead of wine we had a "Pimms". We just lounged in the lounge and then made our way to the train station to catch the XPT back home... arriving home at 7.45pm. My boyfriend picked us up, took us back to my home, made coffee for us and left us as he saw we were VERY tired.

I fell into bed, and was not impressed when the alarm went off this morning for me to go back to work.... I AM EXHAUSTED... so if I am so tired, wonder how my 79 year old mother feels and she was with me every step of the way on the 3 day trip to Sydney.

The 3 images I have used has been borrowed from the net by googling the show's name with the word "image".... I hope I haven't broken copyright by doing this... but I am advertising for them with VERY POSITIVE words.

Until next post...


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Final BOM made

Last weekend I manage to make the 12th and final block in the Fat Quarter Shop BOM.

Luckily I had purchased the sashing & border kit and the backing fabric at the beginning, otherwise I might have missed out on matching the fabrics. Now I must make time to put it all together.

My Mum arrived here for a 3 weeks stay last week and we have had a good time chatting, sewing, chatting, knitting, chatting, reading and chatting some more. We will be going to the Sydney Quilting Show at Darling Harbour this weekend. We go every year and stay for 2 nights. We have booked the tickets to see the live stage shows of "Mary Poppins" and also "Hairspray" while we are there, along with going to the Craft Show for 3 days. I always have a great time.

Until next post...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Different Read

I was sent this book from a friend in the States. It is The Lover's Knot by Clare O'Donohue - A Someday Quilt Mystery.

This is the author's first book which involves mystery, romance and of course quilting!

I finished it last night and was wondering if anyone else has read this book...

Until next post..