Sunday, 2 August 2015

The benefits of road-trip holidays

I know, I know when it comes to my kids I am probably not the most objective person  (I’m sure most, if not all, mothers are proud of their kids).  What I want to say is that I am proud of them, not for their achievements (which I am of course), but for their loving personalities and most of all for how they care about each others.

We’ve been ‘stuck’ together, in the same car, in the same hotel rooms for now 2 weeks, and apart for the very rare ‘name-calling’ incidents, they still seem to like each other.

Our Far West road trip10I think our road-trip holidays help us to reconnect and still be a ‘normal’ family even thought we live apart most of the year.  We started going on road trips when Juliette was just 2.  We went to Canada, Italy (twice), Japan, Vietnam, Australia, the States (now for the fourth time).

I might feel a bit nostalgic.  As the kids are growing up, I know it is going to be more and more difficult to have these bits of time just for ourselves.  Soon they will be heading to their adults’ life.  On a side note,  we had an interesting discussion today, they were all imagining their lives, maybe in Japan, or somewhere in Europe, unless it was in Australia or in the States… and it made me smile to remember that my big adventure, with my first job, was to go to Paris, just 3 hours away from my home town…

I just hope that these holidays will have engraved a solid sense belonging to each other and no boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, work obligation, hard-time will take them apart, or not for long anyway.  I hope they will support each other wherever their lives take them.   I hope they will take time to have fun together because it makes the best memories.

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And I hope they will remember to take silly family selfies!Our Far West road trip13

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Postcards

Amongst the ‘thousands’ 500+ of pictures I’ve taken, here are a few postcards.  We’ve drove quite a lot and each day has brought some magnificent points of view.Our Far West road trip8 Our Far West road trip7 Our Far West road trip6 Our Far West road trip5 Our Far West road trip4 Our Far West road trip3

Sunday, 26 July 2015

To the moon and back

We are in Idaho Fall for a couple of days and went to Craters of the Moon where Apollo astronauts trained.Our Far West road trip2 Our Far West road trip1

… then driving across flat flat land in Potatoes Country, Idaho Our Far West road trip I just love those landscapes and I try to imagine what it must have been to arrive there for the first pioneers.

A stop at Arco – Atomic City

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

omh omh omh

That’s the sound of bisons on the Yellow Stone prairies.  It’s the first time I’ve seen bisons in the wild.  They are soooo impressive.  I can’t find words for this, I just LOVE bisons.

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Get ready for picture-overload in the coming days!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Tale of the lost mystery quilt

Once upon a time (and I think I should start all my quilting posts like that)…. back, way back in 2010… My friends from my British group started a Mystery Quilt and they kindly sent me the instructions month after month.

I remember shopping for fabrics at Quilts and Friends with my Mum.  I think I picked mainly Japanese made cottons (by now you know how I feel about anything Japanese…).  I always find it difficult to pick fabrics for mystery projects.  The values don’t mean enough for me.  Don’t you find that sometimes a medium value fabric can go either dark or light depending where it is placed?

Well, I worked on it for a while, made some progress, as you can see here.  I finished the top… then nothing… I really really don’t like the process of making the sandwich before quilting, and I get paralysed when it comes to deciding on the quilting pattern.  Oh, and I get so overwhelmed when it come to choosing the right batting, the best backing…  So the top ended up in one of my baskets. Then we moved once, twice and the basket with the top, the wadding and the backing disappeared.  A real mystery, I looked and looked again and again…

Then 3 months ago, we moved again.  As I was starting to unpack my sewing room, there is was – the basket with the mystery quilt, the batting and the backing… waiting for me.

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Now to make this story short, my friend Debra (Made of Honor Quilts and on Instagram) offered to quilt it for me. And I am very grateful she did.  She has been super fast to return it to me (faster than me sewing the binding)…  And she did a very nice job. I particularly like the little pebbles on the dark fabric and the leaves running on the border.  There are some large flowers in the centre and some petals echoing the  flowers’ pattern running toward the borders.

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Don’t you love a finished quilt?!… and a crafty post for once :)