Tuesday, 31 March 2015

My road....

this is my road.........the one I walk nearly everyday.............mostly twice a day these days too.............
sometimes I have company..............mostly I don't................but I hardly ever feel lonely..............
see it's a bit like my life...........I was never a person with a bestie.............I had lots of friends......some closer then others..........I like positive friends.............friends that do stuff and achieve stuff.........I avoid people who are complicated and hard work............they suck the good out of you...........
have you ever thought how you effect others...........
Sometimes I don't understand why people are like that............there is so much complicated stuff out there and sad negative things happening I try to stick with the good stuff........
I appreciate things and make do............it's probably a bit like my kitchen......the renos kitchen is not  my house.........people say why don't you get a new one for yourself......and trust me most people would have pulled mine out and replaced it by now............but you see my kitchen is about 50 years old..........it has heaps of cupboards, all solid and mouse proof except for one which does not have a door............the bench tops are grey/white marble look with metal trim and so outdated they have come back into fashion but nothing wrong with them.........
I could whinge and complain about it but just accept it as is..........and I accept people as they are you do need to look inside the cupboards (so to speak) as at a casual glance you may want to throw them out as in the old kitchen.........but really when you take a little time you find a real treasure..........
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I don't mind organising things either..............like the SAL girls...........they probably have me on a dart board at the moment pushing them along to meet their goals for the month BUT we will persist.........and thats why they joined the SAL.......to meet a deadline each month........

I organise lots of other stuff too...........some big some small.................and I don't mind doing it............but sometimes some people complain about trivial stuff..........well it may be major to them but truly it is trivial.............and I find the people who complain the most usually never organise anything.........never know how hard it is to try and please everyone............so I don't try and please everyone.............I try and please most and the rest can just deal with it themselves preferably in their own head to they don't bring the negative out only the positive..............
Also people do need feedback on things but there are better ways to give it like directly to the organiser whoever they are........
ANYWAY.............
my road ahead is calling......the birds are starting to wake and the sounds of the world coming to life for the day.........
it's a magical time of the day........
I am blessed to enjoy it with no noise from people or traffic......
no need for headphones listening to music as you miss life passing you by............
Life is precious and you only get one chance at it............
so live it the best you can.........
I know some areas of my life need improving more then others.........
Are you living life the best you can???

Chookyblue

Monday, 30 March 2015

Final farewell meal @ Girls Day in the Country..........

Thankyous..........
and I wouldn't do this but they look after us so well........
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Thanks so much to Heath and Kim at the Fossickers Tourist Park Nundle..............
They are the best hosts and run a very clean and tidy caravan park.........
the roses are usually gorgeous at this time of the year too........
Heath with his helpers (aka a bloggers husband and father) cooks a mean BBQ too...........yummo.........
I've been staying here every year twice a year for about 7 years and they are wonderful.......
ALSO
 thanks to the Peel Inn Hotel Nundle............it' always our first meeting place with lunch on Friday...........the noise that went up when we were gathering in the bar did bring the publican in to see whats happening....of course he just shook his head and laughed when we saw it was us.........
and made a rapid retreat............lol...........
always such huge meals here we really don't need to eat anything else for the weekend.............
but of course we do.........
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Sunday morning has been wonderful to catch up with all the girls for one last time before everyone heads off in a million different directions..............
so many hours of travel for all of us to get there............
2 hours is about the minimum...............
We book the Mt Misery Cafe to open especially for us.........and the food was amazing...............
actually we had dinner there on Friday night too and the meal was so delicious....thanks to Lyn for her wonderful food and looking after us so well..........

only a few faces missing.......those who need to leave early........

after breaky I usually go back down to the hall and say hello to some of the Sunday girls I know.........
(see GDITC is a 2 day event one group on Sat and one group on Sunday)
Say thanks and goodbye to Kerry and crew (Sharon, Nicole and Jodie)
and goodbye to Lynette then I am off home.........
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And once all the sad farewells are done we are now all counting down for Girls Day in the Country GDITC 2016 with Anni Downs @ Hatched and Patched ..............
19th March
only 355 sleeps
Thanks heaps Kerry....we are so excited......
Bring it on.............
Catch you later
Chookyblue

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Girls Day in the Country 2015 ............

This time last week I was still enjoying the most amazing weekend............
2008 13
2009 20
2010 16
2011 23
2012 24
2013 21
2014  23
2015 33
well I think that is about right............
the number of amazing blog girls who go to Girls Day in the Country............
plus we also have a few extra friends so our bloggers group this year was
39 fun amazing talented girls.....
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I've been to every single one of these wonderful days that Kerry @ Cottage on the Hill, Nundle hosts and this was the 8th one...........i've always had the most wonderful weekend sharing with the best girls around......I also catch up with some of the ladies who attend on the Saturday.........
lots of familiar faces..........
"Hi Shelley got that project finished yet".....
have you whipped me up a 1/4 in hexie present yet?

What can I say....how can I not enjoy a weekend with girls that are this happy.............

look at all those gorgeous smiles..............
Bugger I missed taking a pic of the table I was on............
anyone got one??
Me and Lynette
(thanks for the pic Jenny)
Lynette Anderson our gorgeous tutor very kindly drew me a few chooks to replace the rabbits.........being a farm girl I just can't stitch a rabbit...........
A new record set for stitching this year...........
look how much I achieved...........
Kerry got a stitchery from Lynette which we all used to make into our own project.........what ever we wanted and then to swap this with someone on the day at the workshop................
I stitched mine in blue on some linen and made a notice board with it............
chalk textas are great.......
so much easier to clean off then white board markers.............
Marilyn won my gift...........
the frame is 11x14 inchs............
(thanks for the pic Teresa)
I was so lucky to receive my present from Dale.............
she's a very special blog friend of mine........
a beautiful covered notebook........

I love this pic.............
 "busted"     such cheeky looks on their faces........
(click on it and make it bigger)

some of the show and tell..............
A few ring in's here too..............thanks Newcastle ladies.........hope you enjoyed your Sunday

cheeky birdy here..........

Introducing our newest blogger.........Diddles........not only does she now blog, she stitches, sings and plays guitar.........the talents you discover after dinner.........
All the girls above make the weekend such fun........
one more post to come..............
Catch you later
Chookyblue

Craft Alive Dubbo.......

What a wonderful spontanious day................I wasn't going.......to much on but I saw the ad on tv this morning and thought that would be good and it actually starts today.................
the ads are great........this is one I found from 2012.........pretty similar now.....very funny..........
 
On the way I was thinking I should text Ruthanne and the first person I run into was Ruthanne....
told her I was booking into a few classes and she joined me too...........here we are at Under the Mulberry Tree booking into Rosalie Quinlan's class...............
Ran into the lovely Helen who I always see at Girls Day in the Country...............she has a stand Country Pieces............got some nice fabrics here too........
For some reason the pic is upside down but the patterns are Red Brolly and Lynette Anderson..........
lovely floral prints and a 1930's print..........
 Fabrics 4 u 2.........some lovely fat 1/4's to purchase among other goodies on the stand...........
 Some feet for a bag I need to make...........
Loved this stand........Scrap Box Patchwork Designs
what a bright lovely stand........great designs..........
Joined the lovely Jane from BeBe Bold for a Sashiko workshop..............wow this is addictive............but I refused to buy another pattern until I get this piece made into a runner..........hopefully that will be soon.....loved it...........
now I know how to do this it's great.............thanks Jane..........
A view of the hall packed to the brim with crafty goodness..............heaps of quilting stuff........even had a go on a quilting frame at Brindabella Quiling ..........and I made a smooth loop........very impressed..............Mr Chooky even looked at the flash ones...............
Reece Scannell was there..............gorgeous hand printed cottons and linens.............
Love this pinflower print on cotton................
And just as I was leaving I found Jan from Red Shed Quilting..............we have been in a swap together and emailed/commented over a few years ......this was a lovely surprise........because when I was email Jan last I was not going........
Also saw quite a few friends...........
well worth the day and the workshops were fun........still think I missed seeing stuff..................
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Anyway kitchen renos calling again........
if you get a chance to head to Dubbo this weekend do so as there is so much to see...........
Catch you later
Chookyblue

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Oh 27 I love thee............

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The last time I had a maximum of 27deg C was about 3 months ago...............
Oh how I love thee.......please hang around...........

.........take care til next time.....Chookyblue.........