Month: July 2008

Pigeon House.

‘m now able to do some illustrations from some of my photos of France… I finished this on the plane, it’s a pigeon house.Pigeon houses were a symbol of noble authority and property. Only one pigeon house could be built on a property ; the landlord raised domesticated couples for food, hunting and droppings (fertilizers). Built around a pole allowing to reach the pigeonholes (boulins), dovecotes usually have an upper level housing pigeons and a lower level used as shelter. Both are separated by a "larmier", a device preventing rodents from climbing up to the upper level. I hope to re-create some of the images on a quilt.

I guess it is a little confusing.

ack home and I’m catching up on work…. I’ve had so many emails so I thought I might address some of them on line. Online Lesley…. asks. Hi Pam, I have been reading your blog for some time now in complete fascination. But I don’t think I understand your life! So, essentially, your home is in Adelaide but you spend a large portion of the year traveling overseas and teaching? You have a second home in the US? How on earth do you co-ordinate it all? Do you have an assistant traveling with you? It just all seems so mind boggling! How you can we find out when you are teaching in Australia? Any classes lined up in Adelaide? So many questions!! Thanks for your blog, feel inspired and well travelled! I guess it all does sound a little confusing… Yes, I live in Aldgate in the Adelaide Hills….My Husband and family are all home. Keith traveled with me for 6 weeks earlier this year, but he’s in private practice so it’s a bit difficult …

52817 kms

I arrived home around mid day today….this is the view as I flew along the coast of the Coorong. Not too bad for a mid winters day. A guy on the plane estimated he had traveled 30,000 kms… so I decided to calculate the distance I have traveled as the crow flies….52817 kms and that doesn’t include leisure driving….!!! So it’s interesting when you travel, you meet all sorts of people. There was a lady in line in front of me in Melbourne who complained bitterly about the 5 minute delay in getting her luggage checked. I felt like saying honey, "you have no idea." Mis Tilly was bursting with excitement at my arrival home and was ready to go to the airport first thing this morning….she was most anxious for my arrival. It was such a lovely welcome…and we’ve been together all day. My precious books and quilts arrived safely before me and I’m back home in the ‘shed’ where I’m feeling  the cold despite the heaters pumping. I missed the earthquake by just …

I’m sitting in the Qantas club at the airport.I can block out everything around me…. I have my headphones on and l’m listening to the latest Sugarland CD. Fabulous. I have the opportunity to look at some of the photos I’ve taken over the past 10 weeks….and I’m doing a little writing….I tried to put up some photos but the connections is too slow….

The past few days

My last day here in the USA for this visit. A friend commented that they were worried because I’d missed a couple of blog postings…. To be honest, after I had finished work preparations I was just plain exhausted. Last night I at 8.30 I thought I’d just lay the head down…… I slept until 6 this morning…..!!!!! I don’t think I moved an inch. The Convention has been a huge success, exceeding all expectations…. well maybe the expectations were there and they were met and then some. Saturday, I gave the lunchtime presentation, then a presentation on the floor in the afternoon, the sampler from 6.30 to 8.30… I was mentally and physically exhausted… The quilt above was in the show…. I am sorry I didn’t get the name of the maker, but it was one of my favorites, it also represents the statement below. I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, …

It seems ages since I posted…. but to be honest, I’ve been rather busy. My goodness where do I start. The first couple of days were rather quiet here. Classes were full however, and then suddenly today it all exploded.The lines to get in to the show wound their way like snakes down the pavement. It was rather difficult  to purchase food at the venue and many patrons took advantage of the restaurants around the Convention Center. The numbers of attendees have surprised everyone. The noise was tremendous as it resonated through the building…people excitedly chatting in anticipation of a wonderful experience. Despite that, I didn’t have the best of starts today…. Last night I realized that I had left my cell phone on the charger in my class room. Confident that it would still be there I accessed the room and to my horror the phone was gone. I reported it and then spent a difficult morning trying not to think of the loss…. In the mean time, I polished off the rest of …

It’s frustrating, I actually did a video and tried to upload it to my web page, but with the new system in apple it’s not assisting me today… This little guy knew how to keep cool. It’s been a real busy day. First I went for a walk in the sun, just a little reflecting and preparation for the mind for class.This afternoon I had to prepare the kits… You might wonder why I  don’t prepare them prior to coming…. well in essence I do… but 60 kits is too heavy to carry.60 kits are too expensive to bring from home….The notes are sent from home… because I like to do them in color.Then they were sent on to the hotel just prior to my arrival.I can’t tell you how stressful it is thinking that they may not get here on time…. or that they could be lost. !!!! you can’t send them too soon, or they go missing in the system, you can’t send them too late and you just have to put faith …

15 hours traveling yesterday….. I made it to Long Beach at around 2.00 am MN time and the big feather bed was really inviting.So tomorrow I will share the events of the Quilt Convention at Long Beach.