3 April 2017

use it or lose it

turns out if you don't blog for over a year the part of your brain that stores your blog password (the same one you've had for the entire ten, no, ELEVEN years of this blog, mind you), atrophies, or maybe just fills up with shopping lists or menu plans.

anyway a week later I tried again et voila here I am.

what's been happening? um, the knitting has slowed down somewhat and the sewing has ramped up. I've totally revitalised my wardrobe with lots of simple sewing patterns in lovely fabrics. I've realised I don't enjoy executing complex patterns, but prefer to sew the same Esme dress/Scout tee/Owyn pants/Kate-Gabby tunic mashup over and over, in pretty fabrics. having said that, I've just purchased a Vogue reprint of a 1940s vintage dress pattern so watch this space. (in another year, probably).

the boychildren are no longer children but all grown up. two are at university and those same two did a lot of travelling around Europe last year, while the third is in his last year at high school. funny to look back on the first few posts of this blog eleven (!) years ago and see him as a wee six year old.

me? I've been travelling in between work work work. our retreat|recreate textile tours business is going great guns and we've now held textile retreats in Bali twice, Vietnam once, and are about to head off to Vietnam for the second time next month. a textile tour in Japan is booked for later this year (27 August to 6 September - bookings are open! sign up now!)

the kitties are well. the mister is well. the garden is a mess because our little semi-rural area got proper sewerage connections last month (five years of planning and works) and a noisy digger ploughed right through our paving, the fire pit, a garden bed and the lawn all in the name of decommissioning the septic tank and installing a new tank with pump and lots of pipes leading up to the big pipe under the road that connects us to the rest of Melbourne's stinky sewerage network.

Batik tjanting tools from our batik and indigo dyeing workshop in Bali last October.

12 comments:

thesixten said...

love seeing you back! xo

The Coffee Lady said...

Oh, you wonderful you, you.

Frances said...

What a lovely surprise to see this post from you! Coincidentally, I have recently taken a sort of break from blogland myself, and am now hoping to be an intermittent poster. I have found the charms of Instagram's quickness, but still do like the verbal component of blogging.

All of your textile tours sound so intriguing. Your recent garden disturbance sounds a real mess.

Hoping to see you here again soon-ish. xo

Carolyn said...

Hi! Welcome back :)

Carolyn said...

Hi! Welcome back

Kate Moore said...

Ah, nice to see you back in this space. I'm so tempted by the Japan tour but I'm up to my eyeballs in study for the rest of this year and have taken the one week off that I get between trimesters (the other is grand-parenting duty for a week) to swan around in Malaysia. It was booked on a whim when the hours of study were getting me down. I'll be living vicariously through your Instagram, no doubt.

willowcaroline said...

So lovely to see you in this space. I had just last week wandered over to your Rav space and wondered how you were and what you were up to. 2 of my boys are out of the house now - 1 with his first real job, one 1/2 way through university. The littlest one is 1/2 way through high school. A long way from the Waldorf years. So glad to hear from you and hope you will post about your sewing soon!

MyLittleBlueDog said...

How lovely to see your blog post. I haven't joined instagram yet... So very HAPPY to hear that the kitties are doing well. Did you ever get a diagnosis? Lovely to see you back, enjoy the glorious autumnal weather.

Pam said...

Oooh, welcome back! Though Facebook is great in its way, I still think blogging is better. I daren't do Instagram or anything else. Life is too short to do any more social media.

Stomper Girl said...

Yay you blogged. Blogging is ace. I miss it.

Ann ODyne said...

free advice from experienced pump owner: they infarct if the power goes off and have to be restarted [press difficult to see/find flat red mark on casing] so one needs to maintain a clear lit path to wherever difficult location the plumber put the pump [mine is under the side of the house furthest from the back door.
May you never need to use this advice.

Jamie Tidwell said...

I've very much enjoyed seeing the product of your textile experiments and am looking forward to more in the future. Come back!