Month: August 2009

Scotland yesterday, Ireland today

Scotland yesterday and Ireland today. It’s a bit hard to remember just exactly where I am. Buy goods in Euros one day, Pounds the next, then back to Euros….. Oh, and US dollars on ship, just to make life interesting. We visited Belfast today to be exact. Oh and I mentioned the clear skies in the past blog….. hmmm shouldn't have talked too soon. It seems it rains every day here I missed going to the quilt event this morning, it was a lack of communication on my part I’m afraid. I had the information 3 months ago, and with my schedule I just didn’t file it… I need a reminder a few days in advance for it all to sink in really.However  we did  drive through the area in Belfast where the civil unrest was at it’s worse. How many years have we been hearing of the struggles, and I am embarrassed that I didn’t understand it fully. That’s not to say that I understand it completely now, but I do have a better …

6.16 am an we’re sailing….I can’t believe that the sky is pink and blue and we may have a clear day as we arrive in Dublin. I have no idea what we will find today. We have no pre-planned trips, just adventure. Yesterday was amazing, we overheard that there was a rather big event happening a taxi ride and a ferryride away from the ship.Dressed in our warmest clothes we ventured forth and lo and behold not a tourist in sight. We attended the Cowel Games. It’s an annual event. There we were two invisible Aussies amongst 1000’s of kilted Scotsmen and women. It couldn’t have turned out any better. We stood on the bright green banks of the sports field and watched the events in awe, pinching ourselves to make sure we were really there. Band competition.  Dancing, Wrestling, Tossing the big pole (I can’t remember what it’s called really)

We move on.

5.00 am and still dark. I can see white small white waves outside the window and it’s lovely to sit in our room an see the dawn arrive. Lucky the keys on my computer are lit so I can work without disturbing Keith. We did make it into Liverpool even though we were later than expected.  As we left the ship it was blowing a gale…. you had to walk bent into the wind, the huge grey clouds skidded across the sky  above us and the gulls whooped their way on the currents.~ winter weather for home.I had on my coat that I hadn’t even worn all winter at home. You know when a ship of 3000 plus enters a port the interesting sites are saturated with tourists. I’m not complaining about that, however, I just don’t want to spend my time “sharing” space. Keith and I hopped on a train for Chester. I’d been there before when I taught one time…..just fleetingly. There were a few other passengers who took the challenge as well …

I’ve written a number of articles as I’ve traveled.. but with limited access to the internet, it’s difficult to share them until we get back to London. To make things a little more frustrating the photo application ceased to open on my compute two days ago… so it meant I had to download another app until I get back to London to talk to Apple and get if fixed… It happened once before and it just sort of closed… Dublin yesterday and Liverpool today (maybe). We had a problem in Port yesterday which means we are about 8 hours behind today so it gives us limited time in Liverpool if they decide to stop there.I’m not a cities person and prefer to catch the local busses to get around…so I guess if we do stop we will be running.After paying $30 for a small lunch yesterday I’ve packed boiled eggs, cheese and croissants for lunch today…!!!!! As I write, the panorama outside looks rather grim… grey water, grey skies… so it could be a day …

On the high seas.

It’s been a little frustrating to say the least. We visited Bath and Stonehenge on the way down to the ship. I’ve been to both places before. Bath is elegant and whimsical and we were able to purchase a pastie there much to Keith's delight. Stonehenge, as ever, a fellowship of genius that stands to remind us of the ingenuity of our forefathers. The first night on board we had internet and then it crashed… so no communication from home at all. Last night, I think the 3000 people on board were attempting to get on and it was very slow. So I waited till this morning. Our first stop on the ship was Guernsey. We opted to do our own tour rather than pay the exorbitant amounts that less fit passengers pay for a tour. We were able to tour the Island on a public bus for 60p and got back in time for lunch on board ship. Guernsey is beautiful, just as I imagined it…. tall Victorian buildings set on narrow winding streets. …

The next leg

Oh my goodness. It's just about over. The bags are packed to overflowing for the next leg of our trip. There have been whoops and hugs as I greet students from previous classes who are coming on the cruise with us and then tears as we say goodbye to old friends. I've met the most interesting people. Sampled new fabrics and had a feast of new ideas thrust upon me. I spent a precious hour with a student I taught several years ago in South Africa. I'm so lucky -  and we will meet again when I go back to Cape town. It's been interesting for Keith to see my work environment…. when I go home I pack all that stuff in the bags and I become Wife and Mother again… LQuilt has taken off with a bang and those of you who have booked my class, don't forget, I'm just a click away to answer your questions.. I'm working on the Gallery right now…. I need to get the catalog out of the bag …

Art

My Master Classes finished today. I think it's actually a fancy name for an ordinary class really. My students were delightful and every one finished their small quilt. Tomorrow I will have a whole day to video, interview and film. I've been editing all evening and I almost fell asleep over dinner… I wondered what I might share with you today. Please take a few minutes to honor "The art of Chunghie Lee"