Friday, February 19, 2010

Fun, Family and Fancywork!

I have just returned from a wonderful Creative Memories Conference at beautiful Sanctuary Cove.  It was a couple of great days of fun, training, and soaking up the Queensland sunshine.  My gorgeous sister Karin came with to look after Maddie. Kaz was supposed to be getting some work done on her laptop (LOL) but I think she spent more time baby gazing than anything else!
One of the added benefits of Summit being in Queensland was getting to catch up with my family.  I saw 2 out of 3 siblings, 4 out of 10 of my Dad's brothers and sisters, my niece and my parents.  Maddie also got to meet her great grandparents for the first time.I just love my family and it is hard to live interstate and only get to see them once or twice a year so this time was so precious!  Kaz let me borrow her car to go up to the Sunshine Coast to see everyone so Maddie and I had a lovely time rambling through the country roads of my childhood.  Funny to note how much has changed and how much has stayed the same, and great to reminisce - I found myself thinking of the lyrics to "Strawberry Fields Forever" as I drove!

I stayed overnight with Dad's Mum, Gubby.  Gubby will be 90 this Christmas.  She is still sharp as a tack and lives alone (although my Uncle Doug visits twice daily)  Gubby pulled out old family photos and we spent several pleasant hours going through them all, hearing stories of forgotten  generations.  While I was there I got some tips on how to do neat stem stitch.  Gubby calls her embroidery "fancywork".  She has done "fancywork" almost all her life and used all 11 of her confinments to embroider tablecloths!  Every year she wins prizes at the Maleny show.  She has such neat stitching that it is hard to tell  the back from the front.  These days Gubby does more fancywork than ever; she says it is hard to be idle after so many years of hard work.  
Anyway, now it is back to reality, back to cleaning up the house and looking after the kids and getting ready for my next set of CM workshops.  Have a great weekend,
keep smiling,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nell it sounds like you had a wonderful time, I hope i'm still stitching my "fancy work" at the age of 90