Fish out of water.

No Sewing today, just planning the next tour….. USA, France, Britain, Russia, Thailand…..
So I will have lots to share, lots to tell you about quilting in those countries.

In England I will teach in Birmingham, at the big quilt show, then take a 12 day tour around Britain on a cruise liner, teaching.  Tough.


It's like working out an army maneuver really.

Today I felt like a fish out of water.
I took Tilly to her swimming lesson.
OK, I've been there before with her Mother…. On that occasion, I didn't have to do anything but just sit there and watch the action.

Today, however, one mum actually thought I was Tilly's Mum.

I thought how different things are now….

Swimming lessons were at school and during the holidays for my kids.

As for me, I never took a lesson… My mum sent me to lessons, I had to take myself, I had to travel on a hot train with dozens of other smelly kids….I hated it and sat on the sidelines and pretended that I had done the lessons and I just made up stories…. "My Father is a Vet" etc, etc.

What a waste of time and energy, I could have been home drawing at the kitchen table and listening to "Portia faces life, a story for those who have loved and been loved" my favorite radio soapy.

So today, I watched women and 1 man immerse their tiny babies under water and then throw them high in the air whilst singing nursery rhymes…
It was all a bit much really…. Tilly in the meantime was doing "laps"

She's 3 and can swim, I'm in my 60's and sink.

I was instructed to shower Miss Tilly and wash her hair in the change rooms… which I did….. however, I turned around and the room was full of naked women changing…. Good Gracious, I nearly had a fit…

I was in such shock I went home and had a pasty for lunch.

I think that's the end of my swimming adventures…!!!


Photo taken at the steps of the Getty Museum

4 Comments Add yours

  1. jane says:

    How fabulous! Bit scarey with all those bodies everywhere! Glad to hear Tilly can swim though. AND what better way to finish your trip, with a pasty, of course!
    Can’t wait to hear your next lots of adventures O.S.

  2. Pam says:

    Yep, it’s gong to be sensational…. lots going on…. and Keith will be traveling with me for 7 weeks.

  3. Joan says:

    If you are coming to NEC Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, I’ll see you there.

  4. Pam says:

    I will be indeed, look me up.!!!!

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