Very late Easter wishes to you all. Hope everyone enjoyed a little break at Easter. I know I did. I badly needed a respite since Christmas. I took the opportunity and took some extra days off returning after ANZAC day.
We took a trip to Broken Hill, in the Australian Outback for five days. Broken Hill is quite a drive from Melbourne. Both of us love a driving holiday so it was enjoyable. I had prepared some stitching to do on the drive as well as a journal to play with. We are both very keen photographers so any opportunities we had we would stop and take some great photos of the wonderful countryside.
I packed-in a lot for the mini trip. I took a journal to keep mementos, souvenirs, leaves and later add photos I took. I had prepared some jars and silk for dyeing with leaves I collected along the way. When I got to our son's, my daughter-in-law and I put a big batch of dye together. My grandchildren loved helping us with dyeing. We made a lovely mess!
|Easter hopping bunny|
|Lake Tyrrell at sunset|
|Lake Tyrrell at midday.|
|Photographer in action.|
|Leaves and barks gathered on the trip.|
|Bundled and packed into jars.|
|After a couple of days.|
|Bundles steamed ready to unwrapped.|
|A piece from the bundle.|
|Lovely little helping hand.|
|A piece from one of the jar.|
|Another piece from the bundle|
Below are some photos I took from the trip and some artworks from Broken Hill Regional Gallery.
|Eucalyptus trees look wonderful against|
|The old railway station at Silverton.|
|River in Hay, NSW.|
|Hay river, NSW.|
|Old mining tour, Broken Hill|
|The giant bench, Broken Hill|
|Modern mine tour|
|Cottage featured in the movie 'The Last Taxi|
|Artwork from Bronken Hill Gallery|
|Painting by John Osen|
|Totem Poles at Broken Hill Gallery|
My son wanted to get creative while I was with them. He knows I can sew. Our family joke is "my mom never breaks a needle". He asked me to make him a stick-on pouch to stick on one of his favourite backpacks. He had purchased one on eBay so I had a sample to work on. I insisted that he work with me on this project. After a couple of hours together. We got it done! Below is the finished product!
|Stick-On old and new front view.|
|Stick-On pouch attached on to backpack.|
|Stick-On back view.|
|Stick-On back view.|
Lucky find: Never stop visiting op-shops! Every so often you might have a lucky find. I found this leather vintage Oraton handbag a couple of weekends ago. It's the sort of bag that is just perfect for my purse, phone and keys. I like the outside pocket for train tickets or receipts. Indeed it was a lucky find!
The winter is setting in here in Australia. We got plenty of rain as well, but rain is always welcome here. In the last 12 weeks I have been taking part in the 12WC (12 weeks challenge) at my gym. the challenge consists of 3 early mornings per week team exercises supervised by a personal trainer. We set goals at the start of 12 weeks. We weigh and take a body scan and do the same again at the end. This morning was the last session of the program. I felt that I achieved a great deal during the challenge. Working in a team is always encouraging. I enjoyed getting up early and getting the exercise out of the way so I did not need to do it after work. I hope you guys are putting in regular exercise as well. As you get older exercise is a lifestyle and not just to keeps thin.
Until next time